In our Gross Tube couples stunt Troy Parsons & Courtney Dykes had to slurp up mouthfuls of blended fish heads, roaches and giant beetles and spit it into each other's mouths through a tube. Despite a fear of roaches and a wretched smell that would haunt them for days to come, these two contestant somehow found the will to dive head first into one of the grossest Fear factor competitions yet.
FEAR FACTOR: So what was it like showing up on set for the gross stunt?
TROY PARSONS: When they showed us the stunt we saw the barrel and there was a burlap sack over the top of it and I saw it move and I heard the little clicking of legs on some plastic and it freaked me out. I looked at Courtney and I was like, oh, God. That was probably my biggest obstacle I just knew I wasn't going to be able to handle much of that.
COURTNEY DYKES: That smell, that smell, I can't, I can't even describe it to anybody who saw it on TV. It's just this evil, evil voodoo smell. I feel like it's become part of my body. Every time I get in the shower and I've tried taking a bunch of showers since that stunt I can still smell that awful smell.
TROY PARSONS: It smells like fish in the bathroom.
COURTNEY DYKES: It just smells like death and evil. It's just
the smell of evil. Fear Factor evil.
FEAR FACTOR: So we've established that it smelled bad, but what did it taste like in your mouth?
COURTNEY DYKES: It was a horrible feeling in my mouth. The most difficult thing for me was the roaches that were floating on top of the mixture. 'Cause the roaches are my biggest fear. Going into this competition I just kept praying, "oh please god nothing with roaches". I can handle spiders, worms, centipedes, everything but roaches. And they were just floating all over the surface of this slop. My biggest problem was I couldn't ever get a huge mouthful of it because I was so deathly afraid that one of those roach pieces was gonna get into my mouth.
FEAR FACTOR: Troy you were on the receiving end right?
TROY PARSONS: Yeah. I think that was just as bad 'cause, man, to have your mouth on that tube and to feel all that stuff just splash into your mouth and the chunks hit the back of your throat, it just made me gag every time. And then once you spit it out you would catch a whiff of what it was, 'cause you weren't breathing when you were catching it in your mouth. I'll have to wait and watch it and see how many times I actually gagged, which was probably plenty. It was just as bad being the receiver.
COURTNEY DYKES: It's all fun and games until you actually begin the stunt and that clock starts. It's funny, I can't believe I'm doing this, I'm on TV, there's camera. And then when that stuff hits your lips it, it's just like something inside your mind clicks and reality hits you. What am I doing? What is this in my mouth? What is going on? It's just, it's crazy.