Lance Layne and Keri Morrione
Self-professed "directionally challenged" couple Lance Layne, 41, and Kerri Morrione, 33, not only got lost in the desert, but all over Dubai, too, causing them to be the fifth team to get the boot on The Amazing Race. "In this day and age, you normally rely on a GPS," Lance tells TVGuide.com. "But Dubai was tricky. They definitely had a lot of highways intersected and there weren't a lot of clear signs. We knew it wasn't going to happen for us." What did happen was a kick to a snowman's head. Get the full story on the beheading, why the duo wouldn't have helped out other teams and more.
TVGuide.com: So this was the episode where you just got lost. Are you normally "directionally challenged" or was it just in Dubai?
Keri: It was a combination of Dubai highways and exhaustion. I normally am directionally challenged and Lance normally isn't.
Lance: We made a bad move in the beginning [not following the other teams to find the cars], but I just felt like since there were four teams ahead of us, we needed an advantage because the 15-minute advantage [for the first four teams] turned out to be a little more. It's hard to say how much time we lost and how far behind Mika and Canaan we were. We screwed up the directions when we left the desert too. Once you U-turned on the highway, it was, like, 10 miles to the next exit to turn around. We knew we were screwed going to the snowmen.
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TVGuide.com: Is that why you were a lot more calm here than you were in Vietnam, where you had a bunch of mistakes too?
Keri: I think we were more calm this time because we went through different stages of frustration. We also pulled together better as a team by this leg. We just felt like we were working together well and whatever happens, happens.
TVGuide.com: Lance, you destroyed the urn and said you wanted to kick the snowman. Did you ever kick the snowman?
Lance: I actually did decapitate the snowman with a kick. I don't know why they didn't show that. I wanted to kick it again and that's why the clue-giver was a little freaked out. The lady wouldn't clear us a bunch of times, so I kicked the snowman's head off. [We were going to switch Detours], but decided not to and fixed the head. We were just trying to get through it. We knew logically the only way we were going to be saved was if it's a non-elimination. Or we were hoping it would be a two-part leg. There was a big difference in getting in that first group. For whatever reason, the other three teams just gifted the Fast Forward to Meghan and Cheyne and that was a walk in the park. I give them credit for either intimidating the other teams to not go for it or to the other teams for just playing good guys.
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TVGuide.com: If you were in the first group, would you have challenged them for the Fast Forward?
Lance: One-hundred percent. We really genuinely like all the teams outside the game, but during the game, I hated all the teams. We were here to win. Some teams continued this lovefest into the game. Now the only one I did like inside the game was Canaan. But we weren't going to give people our cab or be Mr. Courteous.
TVGuide.com: Or wait for Maria and Tiffany to get a new car after they destroyed theirs.
Lance: [Laughs] It's funny how Maria and Tiffany got Sam and Dan hypnotized. They waited with them! Sam and Dan are great guys. Maria and Tiffany — I love them. They knew they needed help throughout the race and they managed to get help as much as they could. We wouldn't have waited. I don't get it. Just like how I don't get no one challenged Meghan and Cheyne on the Fast Forward other than the fact that if two teams went, one wasn't going to get it. I understand that, but not even challenging them?
Keri: Sam and Dan couldn't do anything and still waited for Maria and Tiffany. I think it's because they have so much respect for Tiffany helping them fill their thing with water that they felt bad. They're genuinely nice people.
TVGuide.com: Maria and Tiffany called you, Lance, a "meathead," and said they couldn't imagine you being in a courtroom. What did you think about that?
Lance: I laughed. Those girls are interesting. As a viewer, you [appreciate someone who's] got the cojones to go out and say something about somebody. Too many people wouldn't stand up or say anything. They took the time to mention me. I was on their mind in some respect. You could look at it that way.
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TVGuide.com: A lot of the blogs have called you a villain and say you're a bickering couple. Do you pay attention to that?
Keri: I really don't. ... but it's funny to listen what people have to say. You have to think about if you were thrown into this situation where you never functioned with someone as a teammate competitively and how that's going to play out. We don't play competitive games together. When I get stressed, I go to a super-calm place. Lance goes to a more high-strung place. We had to work within that and however that came across for people, so be it.
Lance: Plus, we didn't have the touching story going in. We weren't the brothers coming out, we weren't the interracial couple, we weren't the only girl team, or Big Easy and Flight Time, who had some serious friends and family losses this past year, which is sad. There wasn't much for the public to grab on for us, other than the fact that we wanted to win. We tried to keep it real.
TVGuide.com: You guys got married after filming. Congratulations!
Keri: Thank you. It was a beautiful wedding. And then we moved in together. We hadn't even lived together before. We already had the date set before we even got cast. There were a lot of big changes in our lives for us. For us, going on the show, it was great, but we have so much else going on in our lives. The show made us stronger. It gave us a new perspective on each other and how we handle situations. It actually helped us as a couple.