For the second straight Amazing Race, Leo and Jamal came thisclose to making the final three. Like last season, they started Sunday's All-Stars semifinal leg in first place, but dropped back to fourth after getting lost en route to Bolesworth Estate in England. "The fact that we came short again in the same position, it was déjà vu in the worst way," Jamal tells TVGuide.com. "That's the toughest. I wouldn't have minded if we had gotten out earlier but the fact that we were right there and almost had a 33 percent chance of winning again, that's the hardest." See what else the Afghanimals have to say about their exit, why they didn't U-Turn Brendon and Rachel, and what happened to the GPS in Leo's brain.
Is this elimination harder than last time? You started off well in first place and ended up fourth both times.
Jamal: I think both eliminations are just as tough just because we finished fourth both times. We just want to get in the final three and get a fair shot at the $1 million.
Leo: I think for me it was the last one. I did the robot and you could see it slipping away because we knew that was the last Roadblock. This one, we weren't seeing it slip away, but we felt it slipping away. It was a little easier. We knew it was out of our hands because of the directions. It was tough both times.
Last time, you were very content to do your own thing and your personalities rubbed a lot of teams the wrong way. People thought you were manipulative for some reason. This time, you obviously were in the Accidental Alliance. Were you consciously trying to befriend and work with more people?
Leo: Last time, people were so old-fashioned and really glued to ethics. We wanted to be close with everyone. ... When it came down to the wire, last season, three teams ganged up on us, and we didn't want that to happen to us again. We were close with Dave and Connor, and Jen and Caroline, so we made a pact to get the three of us through to the very end. We were going to U-Turn Brendon and Rachel or Jet and Cord. We never promised who it would be. It may have seemed like we lied, but we never promised who we were going to U-Turn. When Jamal messed up his knee, it swayed toward Jet and Cord because they are fast, they're strong, they finish Roadblocks like no other. We really look up to them. We had to take someone out to benefit us with the injury that we had.
Jamal: The alliance was with three teams. We never told the cowboys or Brenchel we weren't going to U-Turn them. We knew we would U-Turn one of them. There's a bonus clip on CBS.com called "Friendly Advice" that shows we're contemplating who to U-Turn. Dave and Connor were talking to us, and we're throwing out different scenarios.
Leo: We actually talked more with Brendon and Rachel than Jet and Cord during the race. Jet and Cord really ran their own race.
Would you have U-Turned the cowboys if Jamal didn't injure his knee?
Leo: I don't know. It was 50-50. We saw Brendon and Rachel's backpacks, so we knew the last two teams were Jet and Cord, and Jen and Caroline, and our alliance was with the girls. So we knew if we didn't U-Turn Jet and Cord, Jen and Caroline might be out.
Do you know why Dave and Connor were so worked up about getting U-Turned? You guys have been U-Turned three times total and handled them all well, but they were so angry about theirs.
Jamal: The U-Turn is part of the game. That's what a lot of teams don't understand. If you get U-Turned, you're supposed to take it in stride. You were U-Turned for a reason. If you're not last already, you're probably one of the best teams or the biggest threats. The best thing to do is to go into a U-Turn expecting to be U-Turned and if you don't, it's a bonus. When Dave and Connor got U-Turned and they U-Turned us, we're not going to sit there and complain. That just wastes time.
Leo: I don't know why they were complaining as much as they were. It's part of the game and whatever the reasons that Brendon and Rachel had, it probably makes sense, and for Dave and Connor to U-Turn us, that probably makes sense, so you just have to deal with it. We survived three U-Turns. Sometimes things turn out the way they're supposed to and sometimes they don't.
Jamal: Yeah, you should be honored to get U-Turned! [Laughs]