Perhaps the challenges are just a little bit harder this year, or maybe the teams just underestimated what it would be like once they got out there and started racing. Either way The Amazing Race Canada said farewell to father-son duo Stéphane and Antoine Tetreault on Tuesday night when they were the last to arrive at the episode’s Pit Stop.
When Stéphane was unable to cage the required number of roaming ducks during a Road Block under the sweltering sun in Vietnam, the team took a four-hour time penalty that wound up costing them the game.
Here they tell us what went wrong, what the conditions were really like, and how they now feel about ducks.
What went wrong?
Antoine: The ducks wouldn’t go in the pen, that’s what went wrong! A combination of things, but I think the duck challenge is what really killed us. We were doing so well leading up to that. The ducks just wouldn’t go in. Our strategy was a bit off too – we didn’t really get help from the other teams even though my dad was busy helping everybody else, and then the heat kicked in. After two or three hours under that sun with ducks that won’t go in the pen, that’s about enough to get you kicked out of the race.
Stéphane, do you regret helping the other teams now, looking back?
Stéphane: That’s who I am. Would I do things differently? Yes. But regrets? No. What’s done is done. I should have strategically played with Jillian, which in the midst of things I just forgot. It is what it is.
What kind of discussion did you actually have when deciding to take the time penalty?
Antoine: When we signed up for the race we said that we would never take a penalty unless we absolutely had to. I think we held our word. When we took the penalty during that challenge we had no other choice. My dad, as we saw, got all the way up to 18 ducks, at some point they all came out. He kept going for a bit and was actually pulled aside by a medical person to cool his body down because his temperature was way too high. At that point we talked about a penalty and I managed to get him to muster up the strength to give it another try. He spent another 30 minutes out there, got up to 15 ducks again and then they came out again. At that point we had been there for about three hours, he was starting to get delusional, he was getting heat stroke… had we kept going he probably would have fainted and the outcome would have been the same. We were obviously disappointed, but it wasn’t about giving up, it was because he had no other choice.
Have you had any experiences with ducks since then? Maybe a nice roast duck?
Stéphane: It’s funny, because I left a simple message yesterday on Facebook saying that if you want to invite me for supper, no ducks. No more freaking ducks. Never, never again. When we came back, my wife made duck for supper – and I didn’t have any. She couldn’t understand why I wasn’t having supper. Now she understands why I wasn’t eating it that night.
What was it like giving up your cell phones and technology to do this thing?
Antoine: I was dreading it in signing up for the race, thinking about being away from friends, family, technology, news and all that kind of stuff, but I really enjoyed it. It makes you focus on the important things. I focused on spending time with my dad, getting to know him. We had the chance to talk about so many things we don’t get to talk about back home. It helps you focus on the race and on our relationship. I was having so much fun that I didn’t even think about people back home. Not that I don’t like them, but I was just really focused.
Did you guys feel any pressure to represent Montreal?
Stéphane: No, I think we represented Montreal very well, we represented our hometown and did our best. We went out there, guns blazing and did our best. Number three on the first leg, two on the second. We were ahead on the third and unfortunately came out with a quack.
Antoine: It’s one thing also representing your city, but what was most important to me was to represent myself and my dad well, our relationship and our friends and family back home. I wanted to make sure we were true to ourselves. If our friends and family are proud of us, that’s all you can ask for.
What’s Jon Montgomery like when the cameras are off?
Stéphane: He’s amazing.
Antoine: He’s a funny guy – he’s a lot funnier than he looks on TV. Very sweet, very funny, very approachable. We didn’t get to know him that well because the interactions we have with him are quite limited to what you see on camera, but we respect him.
Would you travel together again?
Antoine: That’s a tough one. I would do the race again and I would absolutely do it with my dad, but travelling together, we just don’t travel the same way. I travel with a backpack, extreme conditions, crazy stuff…
Stéphane: And I’m on a five star with a beach. That’s what my travelling is about — not the same as him.
Antoine: He pays as much for one day as I do for three weeks!
Any advice for the other teams going forward?
Antoine: Don’t give up, just keep pushing.
The Amazing Race Canada airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CTV.