Who knew butter clams were so hard to find? Of all the tough tasks and challenges that the teams on The Amazing Race Canada (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET, CTV) have faced over the years, digging for clams in Nanaimo, B.C. turned out to be one of the hardest.
To be fair, digging through the seashore to collect 95 mollusks from four different but nearly identical species of clams was a muddy order. So it’s no wonder when Dave and Irina, who are quickly becoming the king and queen of skipping challenges they just don’t want to do, took a time penalty and bypassed the whole thing. This is the same team that choose to wait it out two hours at the mat rather than dive into the icy water last week in Yellowknife, after all.
But they weren’t the only ones to sit the clams out or give up. While Aarthy and Thinesh, Anthony and James, and the night’s first-place finishers Sarah and Sam, successfully completed the task, Trish and Amy, Lauren and Joanne, and twin sisters Meaghan and Marie all gave up after spending hours looking for the clams—specifically butter clams. Never in the history of TARC have so many teams taken that kind of penalty. Unfortunately, while the gamble paid off for almost everyone who took it, it ended up being the reason Meaghan and Marie were sent home.
We caught up with the twins the morning after their elimination to discuss the frustration behind their elimination, why they’re team Sarah and Sam, and how Dave and Irina go against everything they stand for.
How frustrating was it to be eliminated?
Meaghan: We’re pretty bummed. Sam and Sarah had a little viewing party so we watched the episode last night with some of the other teams and it was definitely… it’s so funny because it was so long ago that watching it resurfaces all of the emotions.
Marie: All the feels. We are Canada’s ugliest criers, for sure.
Why did you ultimately decide to take that time penalty?
Marie: Three teams had taken a penalty. Sarah and Sam found the clams. We were there with two other teams, one of which had an Express Pass. And the other team had found at least one or two butter clams. When you take a time penalty you’d better take it as soon as possible, without hesitation and waiting around. So we took it with the understanding that potentially one of the teams could use an Express Pass. It’s a little bit stressful, and a huge risk, which we found out. But in that moment we thought it was strategic.
Were you upset that everyone else worked together at the cave challenge?
Marie: I went in the cave and figured I’d try it without asking the other teams for help. A few teams owed us a favour and I’m sure they would have helped us. So I figured I’d go in the cave, I’d come out and I’d work with the other teams. I went in the cave, got all the letters, I came out and everyone was gone. And then Meaghan saw them all leave and started crying like the little crybaby she is! [Laughs.] Unfortunately we just didn’t have an opportunity to work with anyone else.
How did it feel to see Anthony and James and Thinesh and Aarthy guess the answer without even going in?
Marie: That was extremely demoralizing and that was the moment I knew we were going to be kicked off the show. But I remember sitting in this beautiful forest and just bungee jumping that day. Clam digging that day. Having this crazy, wild ride with The Amazing Race Canada and thinking, ‘I’m going to finish this. We’re definitely last but I’m going to finish this.’ We had a great ride. Meg and I chatted in the car on the way to the mat and there was a sense of positivity. We were trying to be as positive as possible because we still felt very fortunate in that moment to be on the show. But we definitely knew we were last.
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Why is everyone so against Dave and Irina right now?
Meaghan: You even see on Twitter and stuff… what Irina is intentionally standing for goes against what a lot of the women on the show stand for. Sarah speaks to young girls about being a leader and standing up. Marie and I make a lot of videos for social and environmental issues. It’s integrity for sure. But when someone is openly saying like, ‘I don’t want to do this, my husband…’ And not just the clam-digging, it was in terms of everything. It takes us back many years, which is unfortunate. It’s frustrating to a lot of people. I totally understand it. Plus you see everyone helping each other and it’s very, very Canadian. They’re clearly there to win. Fine, for sure. Absolutely. But in a different way.
Marie: As East Coasters, we get along with everyone and anyone. It takes a lot for us not to get along with people. Dave and Irina definitely brought a different energy—a bit of a negative one. But they also brought a lot of game and that is highly respectable. They were there to win, they weren’t there to make friends at all. They’re perceived as the villains of the show, but everyone loves a villain. It’s good storytelling.
Who would you like to see win this thing?
Meaghan: Sarah and Sam. They have a lot of integrity, we respect them greatly, they stand for amazing things and they’re super-fast. So good luck to them.
Marie: They’re some of the most genuine people at their core that we’ve met and it would be amazing for Canada to see them to win, for sure.