Today's News: Our Take - Amazing Race's Joey and Meghan: It's Our Fault for Not Being Thorough
Joey and Meghan have no one to blame but themselves for their Amazing Race elimination. The YouTube hosts failed to check for earlier flights to Scotland and found themselves racing for last against Mona and Beth. Adding insult to injury, both teams were U-Turned, and Joey and Meghan became the first team to be U-Turned twice in a season. "We finally thought that we had gotten ahead, but it was our fault for not being more thorough with the flights," Meghan tells TVGuide.com. So why didn't they double-check? And would they have U-Turned a team as far back as they were?
How far behind Mona and Beth were you?
Joey: We don't actually know. But running up to the mat, I had a feeling that we were last.
Meghan: They were really bad with directions, even worse than we were. There was that little glimmer of hope that maybe we were hot on their trail.
How deflating was it to go from thinking you had a couple hours lead to fighting for last?
Joey: [Laughs] I think it was once we were making the haggis that it really hit us that we were fighting for last place. Up until then, we were like, "Maybe there's another team behind us." There was actually an extra car at the airport - they have an extra in case something is wrong with one - so we were a little hopeful.
Meghan: Coming out of the airport and seeing the cars was the worst feeling ever! We finally thought that we had gotten ahead, but it was our fault for not being more thorough with the flights. We were just so stoked that we got that flight and that the other teams weren't on it that I think that emotion took over us and stopped us from being extra thorough. Beth and Mona had checked online and we asked them if there were earlier flights. And they said, "No, this is the earliest." So we trusted their research. We also asked a bunch of people and they said this was the earliest too.
You clearly didn't ask the right people.
Meghan: Yeah! But it was also 4, 5 o'clock in the morning. We were so tired. We were just relieved to get that flight, so we didn't think things through.
Joey: We did talk to [the other three teams]. They were all, "Congrats on getting an earlier flight." We saw them walking around and looking at other places. Even like 20 minutes later, we saw the blondes roaming around and we were like, "Oh, they still haven't gotten anything."
Once you realized you were in the back, did you think you'd be U-Turned? You guys were so far behind that it was almost guaranteed that either you or Mona and Beth would be eliminated even without the U-Turn.
Meghan: I wasn't surprised they used it. It was very typical of that alliance to U-Turn us. They're looking out for each other. Anything to bring our morale down, they would do it.
Joey: If I were in their shoes, I would've U-Turned just to be safe anyway. Obviously we couldn't U-Turn anyone since we used ours already, but if we still had it and were in the front like they were, I would've used it.
Meghan: I wouldn't have. [Laughs] They were so far ahead.
Joey: But you don't know that when you're racing.
Meghan: I don't know. I'm still a little hurt, Joey! [Laughs]
You guys were U-Turned twice.
Meghan: Yeah! U-Turned twice! That's the worst. ... Good thing we wasted [our U-Turn]. We wouldn't have been able to use it anyway. ... I was hoping that some of them would gain some sense and realize that we're close to the end and should U-Turn the hockey players. Obviously the hockey players got there first, but still. No one did that.
Joey: We would've U-Turned the hockey players. Immediately. They're the strongest.
How much time did you lose at the Roadblock?
Meghan: That was a bummer. It felt like we were 30 minutes behind. I was super-lightheaded. My bagpipes instructor didn't want me to do it until I could hold a note for a solid 30 seconds. I was like, "Dude, I'm running out of energy and muscle strength. Just let me try and we'll see what happens."
I thought you would've made up some time going to the castle since Mona and Beth had a Speed Bump. Did you get lost?
Joey: We got a little lost, but by the time we had gotten out of the Roadblock, it was rush hour, so we had gotten caught in some really bad traffic. That was definitely a setback for us.
Meghan: I forgot about that, but yeah, we hit traffic. And then [Mona and Beth] just destroyed the haggis Detour. They're moms. They can probably change diapers really fast. [Laughs] Changing diapers and filling up haggis are probably very similar!
Then you had to do the barrels. Was it actually faster to roll one barrel at a time?
Joey: Well, what we really did was we each rolled one barrel up halfway. The steep hill was when we both pushed one up at a time, so it wasn't like we were going all the way back to the beginning. I think it did save us some time. ... It still took so long, probably like 40 minutes, and Mona and Beth were halfway done by the time we started. We didn't have any of our gloves on, so my hands were all cut up and frozen by the end of it. It was not fun.
Meghan: The barrels would get caught in the cobblestone and doing them by yourself was really hard. At one point, we tried doing multiple ones and it was just not happening. Those things were heavy! I don't know how the hockey players lifted them up. ... We were covered in haggis. One of the barrels I rolled had horse poop on it. I'm rolling and I'm like, "This smells really bad. Oh, God, it's poop!" And I was pushing it against my body and I was rolling it. It was awful.
You guys remained relatively calm throughout the race, even in Switzerland when you thought you were eliminated.
Joey: Yeah. We always tried to keep our cool and keep a positive attitude about everything.
Meghan: No matter what place we're in, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we're just grateful for the experience. Although it would be great to still be racing, we knew anything could happen, like in Switzerland. We thought we were out and we were safe. That was a lesson in itself.
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