In Survivorperception is reality. Devon Pinto and Mike Zahalsky were two men who benefitted from perceptions. Though they did not ultimately take home the million dollar prize, their images as a laid-back nice guy surfer and a neurotic, but goofy sex doctor, respectively, helped get them both through Devon and mike substantial amount of a game filled with twists and turns.
Though Mike ultimately became the last Healer standing, there was a good chance starting off that he would be the first one to go.
Looking at the age dynamic of his tribe, Mike tried to appeal to Joe Mena initially, only to have the relationship go flaccid as the parole officer used that as an opportunity to accuse him of having an idol and paint a target on his back. Much like his beloved Tyrion Lannister, he soon found himself going from a disregarded Imp to the position of power, as a swap put him on the new Yawa tribe between two pairs: But with a clap, things had Devon and mike soured, as a new alliance of seven started picking off the Healers.
Ironically, Mike found comfort in Joe, the one who rebuffed him on the very first day of the game, and the two made the most of their time on the bottom until it was only Mike left giving punchlines on behalf of the comedy duo. Despite being in the minority, he somehow played with the confidence of someone in complete control of the game. Maintaining a statuesque facade he even compared to himself to the Statue of Libertyhe purposely drew votes to himself to play his idol and promptly discarded the next half of an idol that came into his hand via Lauren, creating much more than a mild burning sensation.
In spite of his flashy moves, Mike was able to ingratiate himself with Chrissy Hofbeck and Ryan Ulrich after they were all left out of the foursome in power, and Ben single-handedly sending Lauren out of the game allowed him to slip under the radar Devon and mike the other players found a common enemy in his former Yawa tribemate. At the final five, Mike came up with Devon and mike suggestion for Chrissy to quench an idol-thirsty Ben: He saved his life in the game primarily through his gut which had its own ups and downs, considering his extreme state of hunger and fatigue right before the mergeand it was that instinct that got him Devon and mike a place where he could have nearly won it all.
After all, it was those impulses that allowed him to connect with Ryan in the first few days on the Hustlers tribe, as well as with Ashley Nolan when swapped to the new Levu tribe, two pivotal relationships that lasted to the final days in the game.
Despite a tense two versus two stand-off on his new tribe, guns never needed to get drawn, allowing Devon to make his way to the merge and reunite with Ryan.
But times could not go back to what they were, especially when he discovered that the bellhop had lied about being the only person to know about his spaghetti-driven idol, a wave of broken loyalty that led him to a new strategic beach with Lauren, Ben, and Ashley. The four decided to use this opportunity to turn on the rest of their alliance, with Devon formulating the idea for Ben to do some Survivor espionage, feigning he was not Devon and mike on the plan in order to gain insight as to how Ryan could use the idol.
He finally got his chance on Day 38 as part of a brand new twist. As the Immunity Challenge winner, Chrissy got to choose one other person to sit next to her in the finals, while the other two would compete in a fire-making challenge for the final spot. For the second time in the game, Devon got his right to vote taken away, but he looked at it as an opportunity to prove himself to the jury.
The day after the season finale, Devon and Mike talk with me about how they were able to use perception to their advantage, the rationale behind their jury votes, and what food discussion was like out on the Devon and mike, while I start by revealing my new nickname for the duo.
Though Ben ultimately got the victory, neither one of you voted for him, with Devon choosing Ryan and Mike choosing Chrissy. What was the rationale behind your decisions? My vote was a promise I made with Ryan since the beginning.
Callen: We make so many mistakes in our life, but strong people don’t give up and look at them like on lessons of destiny. Guys doing duck faces or like to dress up in heroes costumes Since my childhood, I`ve been dreaming about a big family, a big house and a lot of kids. I`m honest, kind, cheerful, easy-going, single-minded and love a simple and healthy lifestyle.
So at the Final Three, I had to stay true to my promise. I looked at it like, if Devon and mike look at finding immunity idols as the equivalent of winning [challenges], Chrissy won four and Ben found three. Second, Chrissy went from the top to the bottom, then back to the top. For Ben, he went from the top to the bottom and never came back to the top.
Third, Chrissy took me on Devon and mike family reward, and that gave me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time in Fiji during Survivor with my wife. I was repaying that debt. In retrospect, am I super happy that Ben won? Ben was an amazing player. But at the time, I was voting for Chrissy. Can you elaborate on that?
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Every move that you play in this game is a game of odds. Unfortunately, my big game moves were not working.
I lost the numbers at the merge, and I had to revamp my game. In forming an alliance with me, Devon gave me that ability.
You just saw with your last question, Devon is all about trust, which is great. Oh yeah, that was my plan since Day 1. Devon, what drew you to find Devon and mike relationships in Ryan and Ashley? Was it more personal or strategic? It was a mixture of both.
I definitely had a connection with both people on a soul level, for sure.
Devon and mike But they also were benefitting my game, and I felt I could trust them both. And for the most part, I could. I think I picked the right people to work with because it brought me to the Final Four. Mike, you ended up being in a duo with Joe, but you also made bonds with Lauren and Ben along the Devon and mike, who were all parents. I spoke with Ben a bit about this but were you inherently drawn to them because of your shared experience? You run out of things to talk to people about.
It was great hanging out with Devon and Ashley, but you find a common bond with people, and I was able to bond with Ben, Lauren, and Joe about kids. We only talked about bagels, iced coffee, and Shamrock Shakes. That sounds good right now, we should get some. Although neither one of you ended up making it, did you know what your pitch would have been? I would have just waited until I made Final Three, see who I was in there with, and thought of what I would say from there. Yes, I thought about my Final Three speech.
The reality is that Joe cast shade on me the first second we were on the beach. He made me a target from the first minute of the game. He realized that [since] the only two people looking for the advantage on the both were Ryan and myself, I was going to be a player.
So he wanted to get me off his tribe. From that point on, I was in it and I was on the bottom, just trying to crawl my way back up.
At the same time, I did have the love of three Healers on that jury.
I think I would have been a tough person to beat. If Devon were with the right couple of people at the [Final Three] he would have absolutely won this game.
He would be a great representative. If I brought the right people to the [Final Three], I would have won the game as well. Talk with me a little bit about those Healers. Was there anyone you were close to from your original tribe Devon and mike everything flipped on its head? Well first off, I have the most consecutive first-place wins in a three tribe season. I sat out for one of the [challenges] where [the Healers] came in second because of the missing block.
Joe and I were watching the four of them hang out and Devon and mike cuddle.
That being said, it gave us this bond. There is a lot of love in the Healers. Jessica and I became really tight, especially when we found the idol together.
When we went into the merge, I would have absolutely played it if I had known Jessica [was going].
I ended up being blindsided along with Jessica, it just threw us off our game. On the other side of things, Devon went to quite a number of Tribal Councils pre-merge.