After surviving a U-Turn, Jaime Edmondson and Cara Rosenthal fell victim to a grueling life-size dinosaur assembly task on The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business. "[It took] about four hours," Jaime tells TVGuide.com. "We knew we were last and I'm very happy knowing that even though we knew we were last, Jaime didn't quit," Cara adds. "We finished because the one thing we aren't is quitters." The former NFL cheerleaders also aren't bitter about Kent and Vyxsin U-Turning them right in front of their faces — but they wouldn't have done the same to them.
Jaime: I said that Kent would do it if we didn't get there first. At that point, none of us thought we were the first teams there. We all thought we were the last teams there, so the only team Kent and Vyxsin, and Cara and I saw behind us for a fact at our Detour was the Globetrotters, so that's why we kept saying to U-Turn them and that's why we [used the second U-Turn] on them. We wouldn't have chosen them had we known we had so many teams to choose from.Would you have U-Turned Kent and Vyxsin had you gotten to the cluebox first?
Cara: No. I think we still would've chosen the Globetrotters even if we stepped on the mat a minute before because we knew they were the only team still behind us.Jaime: We wouldn't have chosen a team that was standing right there because I'd rather choose a team that was further behind us so that they then become even further behind us. [Laughs]Did you understand Kent and Vyxsin's reasoning for U-Turning you?
Cara: Well, not really at the time because we didn't know about their penalty ... since they chose to lie to us, so we thought they could ultimately get to the Pit Stop and get disqualified for not taking the mandatory flight that the rest of us made.You seemed to take being U-Turned pretty well.
Cara: Jaime and I have always been upfront since our first season that the Race gives you particular tools that you're expected and allowed to use to your advantage. If we were in Kent and Vyxsin's position, we would've definitely used the U-Turn. Maybe not them, not in front of them, but we would've felt we had to use it for our own survival. It would've been a waste of our time to get upset at Kent and Vyxsin when we had a task to get our heads in. That's exactly what we did. I was really proud of us for dealing with it, moving on and getting ahead with our task, which as you saw, we did very quickly. Jaime: Absolutely. I would never be mad at someone for using a tool that was given to you.
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How much time did you lose when the cabbie stopped for gas?
Jaime: Um, we didn't just only stop for gas. [Laughs] We were lost for a long time and then stopped for gas, so it was like Hawaii all over again because [our cabbie there] got lost and then stopped for gas the first time we were in the Race. It was quite awhile.
The dino task seemed really hard. Did you flip the crux of it like a few other teams did?
Jaime: The hips were backwards. The problem was it still fit either direction. So when you built the whole thing — a 20-foot dinosaur from scratch — and locked those pieces in, it took a tremendous amount of effort to pull them out. And you're on a stepstool and so when you realize the one piece you slipped on backwards is the part that anchors the whole thing together, that means the whole thing has to come apart.
The judges would tell you if it was unsafe, so even with the hips backwards, it was still safe?
Jaime: I guess. They wouldn't tell if you if it was wrong; they would only tell you it was unsafe.
Cara: In some teams' cases, they had the pieces correct, but they hadn't fully locked them in. It was very hard for each of them to figure out what the problem was because there was no direction that it was wrong. They would simply say it was unsafe and that could've meant a lot of things.
You were known as the mean girls during your first season. Do you hope fans have a different impression of you this time around?
Jaime: I hope so! Yeah, I mean, we're just two girls that are competitive and driven and we never intentionally try to be mean and hopefully people saw that this time.
Cara: I know! It seems like a curse. I don't know what's going on!Would you come back for a third Race?
Jaime: Sure or Survivor. [Laughs] I'd like to do Survivor! I always try to tell the casting lady, "Wouldn't it be fun if you did a version where you took different people from different [reality] shows and put them together because everyone would think they would already know them having watched them in their respective shows? But you never know how people behave in certain situations." I thought that would be a fun one. They haven't fallen for it yet. I would totally embrace that villain role on Survivor though!You think you can top Russell?
Cara: Jaime can take him down! [Laughs]Jaime: They need a girl like that. They've never really had a girl like that.What are you up to now?
Jaime: Work! Cara has work, law school and a husband to take care of! She's Wonder Woman.Cara: I just don't sleep. Insomnia — it heals everything!