The Amazing Race
Sunday's Amazing Race 14 introduced a new twist to the globe-trotting series — the blind U-turn, which ultimately eliminated dating couple Amanda Blackledge and Kris Klicka. Though they didn't know it at the time, unsuspecting mother-son duo Margie and Luke pulled the dirty deed on them. Just how dirty was it? Read on to find out, and also to get their response to Jaime and Cara's taunting.
TVGuide.com: When did you find out it was Margie and Luke who U-Turned you?
Amanda: We found out about a weekend later when we were sequestered. But what they didn't show was the reason why we initially thought it was Jen and Kisha. The day before, we were eating lunch with the cast at a restaurant in Romania and the cast was split up into two tables. Afterward, when we were walking back to our room, Luke and Margie approached us and said, "Hey, just so you know, everyone at our table was talking about the U-Turn and every single team said they wouldn't use it, including us, but Jennifer and Kisha said, 'You'd be stupid not to use it. We'd definitely use it if we have a chance.'" So naturally, that was the first thing we assumed because of what we were told the day before. When we found out it was Luke and Margie, it's like, "Why did they have to go out of their way to make up a story to tell us?" At the end, we told Jen and Kisha, and they said Margie's story was completely untrue.
TVGuide.com: Did you ever think they were lying to you?
Kris: No. We had spent a lot of time with them. We had layovers together. We've sat down hours with these people, but it was a complete shock.
TVGuide.com: Have you talked to Margie and Luke about it?
Amanda: We talked after the Race and they just said, "We're sorry." Apparently they had an alliance with Victor and Tammy, and the redheads [Jaime and Cara], and I guess they all agreed that whoever got to the U-Turn first would do whatever it took to protect the other teams. But Tammy and Victor got to the U-Turn before Margie and Luke [and] didn't do it, so I dunno.
TVGuide.com: Did you think you would get U-Turned?
Amanda: We had it in the back of our minds. We knew we were a really strong team and therefore a threat. We went from fifth place to third place to second place. In every single task except for the last episode, we blew through everything. I think we were starting to look like the ultimate threat, and I knew we were in the back [of the pack], so I knew it would make sense to get U-Turned.
TVGuide.com: Besides having to do both tasks, you took a while find the house. How far did that set you back?
Kris: Well, we had to find the place with the little workshop first and that was clear across from the other side of the village, so it took time to get over there. We got there, Mark and Mike, and Mel and Mike were there, and I guess Mark and Mike had been there for hours because the map they gave us wasn't very good. It was tough to find it with that and then we had to put together our shutters too. We ended up only 10 minutes behind the short guys [because] of their [negotiating about fare for the] cab and they took a while figuring out "Chekhov" from the Roadblock. I got that pretty quickly.
TVGuide.com: Did you think you had a chance of beating them on the way to the Pit Stop, or that maybe this will be a Non-Elimination Leg?
Amanda: When we arrived, we were 99 percent sure we were last, but we weren't sure if it was Non-Elimination. Not only were we hoping, but we kind of convinced ourselves that it was going to be Non-Elimination. Because the U-Turn was thrown in and it was the fourth episode and there hadn't been one yet, we were hoping it would be.
TVGuide.com: Why did you decide to switch after your wood fell?
Amanda: Once it fell the second time, I was like, "Kris, let's not even think about it. Let's just do it." It took so long and we couldn't waste time there.
Kris: We were like, "We can go put up some shutters and be done," but we got U-Turned and went back to the wood, which only took about 10 minutes that time. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Amanda, when you were stacking, Jaime and Cara made fun of you about ordering Kris around and you not doing anything. What's that about?
Amanda: That was very bothersome. It was disappointing because I was always giving 110 percent.
Kris: She physically couldn't do any more because the wood got so high that she couldn't reach. Honestly, it made more sense for her to hand to me, and our strategy was to have her pick out the flat pieces to lie on the side to make it more sturdy. We were working together very well on that.
Amanda: And bending over, picking up a piece of wood, handing it to Kris is just as much work as him taking it from me and putting it on the pile.
TVGuide.com: Now that you guys are gone, all the couples have been eliminated. Is it not the season for couples?
Kris: I guess not! [Laughs]
Amanda: I think it's just coincidence. A lot of people we've done interviews with have mentioned a lot of couples in the past don't do too well, but I think we were different in that aspect. We didn't really argue. We have a perfect balance of personalities, but it was just unfortunate.
TVGuide.com: What are you up to now? Are you still together?
Amanda: Definitely. I still have less than a year left of school and I want to get that done before I get engaged or anything. We're traditional in that aspect. Kris graduated last June and even though we're back from the Race, the economy's so bad he hasn't found a job, so we're trying to find him a job! [Laughs] Get some money so we can afford a ring, let alone a wedding!
TVGuide.com: Will you invite Margie and Luke to your wedding?
Kris: [Laughs] I'm going to probably go with no.