What better way to put a couple's love to the test than to have them transfer hundreds of live hissing Madagascar cockroaches between each other using only their mouths? Here are Jason and Misti Palmer with the low-down on their mouth-to-mouth regurgitation.
FEAR FACTOR: What did you think when you first saw all those huge cockroaches?
JASON PALMER: The smell when we walked into the room was unbelievable. When Joe said "Go" I remember just throwing my face down in that nasty, stinky box. I just grabbed as many as I could, I just wanted to hurry up because going first the pressure was on and we had to set a high bar. I was amazed I could fit five of those roaches in my mouth. It was unreal because they were clawing, biting, pooping. It was disgusting.
FEAR FACTOR: Misti, were you amazed that you also could fit five roaches in your mouth?
MISTI PALMER:Jason and I had talked about just transferring one roach at a time. But once we started it was, like, let's do whatever we have to do. I was just as surprised as anybody when I spit out that first mouthful of about four or five roaches. I had no idea that it would be four or five roaches in my mouth.
FEAR FACTOR: Did you two have a special strategy in place?
MISTI PALMER: Well right before we began, I knew how I was going to have to position my feet to turn, to twist really fast back to the other box. And I think I had an advantage over the other team because I'm longer. Jason and I wanted it to be where as soon as the roaches were in my mouth, I would immediately turn and he would immediately go down for more. So he was never having to wait with roaches in his mouth. There were a few times where they were biting my lips and getting a good hold in my mouth and I had to shake them off, and that was horrible.
FEAR FACTOR: You two were definitely in a zone. Jason, at one point you banged your head and had started bleeding a little but you never seemed to let that affect your rhythm.
JASON PALMER: I couldn't tell that I was cut when I was going down. I went down so many times. I knew that I had so many roaches in my face at different times, I was knocking them away so I couldn't tell if one of them just scratched me or whatever. But once I got through and I could feel up there, I felt a little knot so I knew I must have banged something.
FEAR FACTOR: Did you give each other a pep talk to get through this?
JASON PALMER: When we were strategizing about how we were going to do it, I know we were both kind of in shock to think what we had to do as far as putting these things in our mouth and transferring them. But right then I was like, "Look, this is not funny. We've got to get serious about this." I said, "I don't know how we're going to be able to do as far as the number but as soon as you get them, you blow them out and be aggressive with them and don't try to be real petite."