Exclusive: Brandon Squyres and Adam Switzer talk about 'The Amazing Race' (Part 2)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/29/2013
The Amazing Race eliminated Racers Brandon Squyres and Adam Switzer during Sunday night's fifth broadcast of the CBS reality competition's 23rd season.
The "Childhood Friends and Beard Lovers" became the fourth team eliminated from the around-the-world competition after they arrived at the Race's fifth Pit Stop at Poland's Sopot Pier, the longest wooden pier in Europe, in last place upon completion of a super-leg.
Halfway through the super-leg, Brandon and Adam had checked in with The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan in first place and did not experience a rest period of any kind.
In an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Monday, Brandon and Adam talked about their The Amazing Race experience. Below is the concluding portion. Click here to read the first half.
Reality TV World: What was doing that pastry Roadblock task like, Adam?
Adam Switzer: I like Poland and they make awesome food, but their pastries suck!
Reality TV World: Oh, you didn't like them? It seemed like everyone else thought they were delicious. (Laughs)
Adam Switzer: Oh yeah! (Laughs) Maybe it's because we were there so late, they were all dried out. But man, shoving an old, stale, dried-out jelly donut in your mouth when you're running and totally dehydrated and you're wearing that stupid onesie with that stupid hat on, oh man!
Reality TV World: You were given 12 different addresses to go to within that building complex. How many different apartments did you actually have to go to before finding the correct pastry?
Adam Switzer: I think I got the right apartment on try No. 8 or something.
Brandon Squyres: Really?
Adam Switzer: Yeah, I don't know. It was the fourth block I had been to, or the third block, but I had been through several apartments. The thing was, you had to -- reading the rules, you had to buzz yourself in to each one, which meant you had to go all the way back down to the bottom even if you were in the same block.
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You couldn't just go knock on the door. So there was a lot of running! I think we about killed some of the crew. They were pretty bummed that we run so much.
Reality TV World: Rowan Joseph had called Marie "Reebs" Mazzocchi "the devil" during a previous leg, and you guys were shown as not being big fans of hers either. For instance, when she asked you for help when she and Timothy Sweeney couldn't figure out where to hang their fish to dry, you guys refused and ran off yelling stuff. What were your thoughts on Marie?
Adam Switzer: I think Marie is one of the most messed up people that I know, but I like her, and I told her that I didn't have any ill will towards her. I mean, Brandon and I are really good about talking smack to anybody, and I don't know, I liked her! And I know she REALLY likes Brandon. (Laughs)
Reality TV World: Am I sensing a little sarcasm there maybe?
Adam Switzer: No.
Brandon Squyres: Oh no!
Reality TV World:Oh, okay, so she really did! If you guys had an Express Pass, there's probably a good chance you would've survived this leg since you could've skipped one of the Detour tasks. So looking back on the moment you guys refused to help Tim and Marie with the fish when they were basically waving the Express Pass in your face, do you regret that at all?
Brandon Squyres: No, I mean, you could sit and regret that, but it felt so right to just leave her right then. Because in the fish head task, one of our clues was stuck inside my outfit and I couldn't get it out and I was trying to ask her how many heads there were that had to be -- how many bundles I had to make, and she wouldn't answer me.
I was kind of pissed that she wouldn't just like -- that she was ignoring me then. So at that time, it felt good to just like leave. They showed that we just left too when we did the thing, and it was just [the type of] thing where we were like, "We're in a race. I don't have time to sit and make sure yours is okay. Yeah, maybe you'll give me the Express Pass, but you told every single person you'd give them something." So I guess I could've sat there and haggled with it until I got it, but I don't know.
Adam Switzer: She flaunted that Express Pass to all the other teams, and none of them got it. And we actually did stop to help her. We said, "You need this many strings, this many heads, we tied them, we separated them all out on a pole like this -- that's what we did. Peace, we're out."
Brandon Squyres: But she kept yelling at us.
Reality TV World: So did it surprise you then that Tim and Marie actually followed through with giving their Express Pass to Nicole Jasper and Travis Jasper -- who had helped them? Because it sounds like you're saying they promised the pass to a lot of people.
Brandon Squyres: Well they only gave it to Travis and Nicole because Travis and Nicole, like, called them out and sat and made them give it to them. They didn't really have a choice.
I didn't really understand that. I guess [Tim and Marie] could've just followed them, like what? Are Travis and Nicole just going to sit in the car and not go to the place? (Laughs) If I was Marie, I'd just be like, "Well why don't you drive there and I'll just follow you."
Adam Switzer: And at that point, they had to give it away. It was coming up. They had to give it away by the end of that leg anyways.
Brandon Squyres: [Tim and Marie] didn't have a clue. If I had sat there and said, "Hey Marie, give it to us and then I'll tell you," like at first, I didn't really know why they didn't have [it correct]. I didn't look at their pole or anything. But I wasn't going to sit there and haggle with her over it.
Adam Switzer: Yeah, we weren't going to beg her for anything.
Reality TV World: Going back to that really long 30-something hour boat ride, what the heck did you guys do on the boat that entire time?
Adam Switzer: Slept on the boat!
Brandon Squyres: I slept. I was exhausted.
Adam Switzer: We had gotten about -- between the Portugal leg, and so for however long that was, we got about four-six hours of sleep, Brandon and I. And then the Norway leg was really long. It was, you know, I think 30 some-odd hours, and then, you just keep racing! So we had been up forever and ever and ever.
We went and secured plane tickets and we had to do all that before we could rest. So by the time we got to that 36-hour boat ride, we were exhausted, and people were getting sick. So it was awesome. But I sat out on the deck the whole time and stared at Norway.