The Mole (U.S. season 2)

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The Mole (U.S. season 2)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 13
Release
Original network ABC
Original release September 28, 2001 – August 6, 2002
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The Mole: The Next Betrayal (also referred to as Mole 2: The Next Betrayal, and simply Mole 2) was the second season of the American version of The Mole produced by Stone Stanley Entertainment. The second season featured a team of 14 players, one of whom was the Mole.

The season debuted in September 2001 on Friday nights on ABC. However, after three weeks, it was put on hiatus, with disappointing ratings in the wake of 9/11 and the Friday night death slot to blame. The producers later admitted that airing the program on Fridays was "a big mistake."[1] The show returned in June 2002, restarting from the beginning, as a summer replacement series on Tuesdays.

Anderson Cooper returned to host, and often had a playful rapport with the contestants. In one episode, he tricked the players into thinking that there was an extra execution and taunted them after revealing the truth; in another, the contestants decided to throw him into a river following a task as a joke. In one of the games he apparently became slightly inebriated after drinking large quantities of wine with two of the players. As it had been in the first season, Cooper was unaware of the Mole's identity.[2] On the final day of filming, he accidentally learned the identity of the Mole when he overheard a conversation by the producers.[2]

During its summer 2002 run, Mole 2 aired opposite the first season of American Idol.[3] Its ratings were considered a success, and thus two celebrity editions of the show were created.[3] The Mole returned in the summer of 2008 with a third season of non-celebrity contestants, and a fifth season overall.[3][4]

In 2007, Bill McDaniel, the Mole, published a book documenting the experience.[1]

Show details[edit]

The Mole 2 was filmed over seven weeks, from June 2 to July 16, 2001, in Switzerland and Italy.[5][6] The reunion show, as well as a retaping of the second execution, was recorded in Los Angeles in October 2001,[6] shortly after they pulled the series from the air. It was not until that time that the show participants discovered the results of the final quiz, and thus the winner. Winner Dorothy Hui did not receive her cash prize until after the final episode aired in August 2002.[7] The Mole Bill McDaniel received a separate flat compensation for his role.[6]

The show followed nearly exactly the same format as the first season. The maximum possible pot attainable was again $1,000,000. However, a few minor changes were made. The most noticeable change was the expansion from 10 contestants to 14. The season also expanded from 9 episodes to 13 (due to the expanded cast). Exemptions (from execution) were part of the game's basic strategy from the first episode, and more prevalent, where in the first season, they were introduced later. In addition, a new aspect was added, with the introduction of the Neutralizer, which would prevent a player from being eligible for an exemption on that particular episode. The quizzes were of the same mold, however, each quiz consisted of only 10 questions (season one had 20 questions apiece), and the television viewers were shown all ten of the quiz question, rather than just a few selected highlights. The contestants were given Journals: in the first season they kept notes in a variety of formats, primarily on loose sheets.

The second season traveled only once during the gameplay, whereas the first season saw four locations. Like the first season, most of the nights were spent in lavish four and five star hotels, and the players dined on multi-course meals and fine wines.

During the game, Bribs's tote bag was embroidered with the name "Michael" (his actual first name), but he covered with a piece of tape and wrote "Bribs" (the nickname he went by).

Contestants[edit]

Player Age HomeTown Occupation Finish
Bob Paulhus 25 Redlands, California Financial Consultant 1st Executed
Alison "Ali" Gorman 26 Chicago, Illinois Nurse 2nd Executed
Lisa Noller 30 Chicago, Illinois Asst. U.S. Attorney, Comiskey Park beer vendor 3rd Executed
Patrick Guilfoyle 51 Plainsboro, New Jersey City manager 4th Executed
Robert "Rob" Nelson 22 Rochester Hills, Michigan Magician, Videographer 5th Executed
Myra Brown 46 San Diego, California Airline pilot 6th Executed
Elavia Bello 26 Passaic, New Jersey Sales Representative Bribed
Katie Mills 25 Penacook, New Hampshire Spanish teacher 7th Executed
Darwin Conner 30 New York City, New York Attorney 8th Executed
Michael "Bribs" Bribiesca 23 Austin, Texas Ski instructor 9th Executed
Al Spielman 33 Selden, New York Distribution manager 10th Executed
Heather Campbell 25 Dallas, Texas PR Account Supervisor 2nd Place
Dorothy Hui 24 New York City, New York Musician Winner
William "Bill" McDaniel 58 Oak Harbor, Washington Rear Admiral (retired), Surgeon Mole


Execution Chart[edit]

Elimination Chart
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 - 13
Dorothy IN WIN IN WIN IN IN LOW IN IN IN IN WINNER
Bill IN IN IN WIN IN IN WIN IN IN IN IN MOLE
Heather IN IN IN IN IN IN IN LOW IN IN IN OUT
Al IN IN WIN IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN OUT
Bribs IN IN IN IN IN LOW IN IN IN OUT
Darwin LOW IN IN IN IN IN IN IN OUT
Katie IN IN WIN IN IN IN IN OUT
Elavia WIN IN IN IN IN WIN LEFT
Myra IN IN IN IN IN OUT
Rob IN IN IN WIN OUT
Patrick IN IN IN OUT
Lisa IN WIN OUT
Ali IN OUT
Bob OUT
     Blue indicates the player won the game
     Yellow indicates the player was the mole
     White indicates the player was safe
     Green indicates the player won an exemption
     Orange indicates the player was neutralized in that episode
     Tan indicates that that player tied with another but took the quiz in a faster time
     Pink indicates that player scored the lowest on the quiz, but another player accepted a bribe
     Red indicates the player scored the lowest on the quiz and was executed
     Gray indicates the player accepted a bribe and left the game

Episodes[edit]

Episode 1[edit]

Episode 1 recap
Original Airdate: September 28, 2001; Re-aired: May 28, 2002
Mission Money earned Possible earnings
Bike/Crossbow Biathlon $40,000 $40,000
Pulse Rope Walk $20,000 $20,000
Swing for Life $0 $0
Burn Bags Burn $0 $40,000
Current Pot $60,000 $100,000
Exemptions
Elavia Refused to jump in "Swing for Life"
Execution
Bob 1st player executed

Born Leaders: The 14 players were all blindfolded and taken to Castle Tarasp in Switzerland. Once there, they were instructed to remove their blindfolds, meeting each other for the first time. Immediately, they were charged with selecting two players who seemed to be "Born Leaders". Those two players would then choose who would take part in the next three challenges, as well as how much each challenge would be worth: One challenge would be worth $40,000, another $20,000, and the other $0. None of the other 12 players would know how much each challenge was worth until after all three challenges are completed.

Bike/Crossbow Biathlon: Three players would ride a bike down a steep incline to retrieve two arrows, then return up the incline to the starting point where an archery target was located. Using a crossbow, each player would have to shoot an arrow into the center of the target (marked by the iconic thumbprint). If both arrows missed, the player would have to get two more arrows. If all three players hit the target in less than 30 minutes, the game was won.

Pulse Rope Walk: Four players had one hour to traverse a tightrope suspended high off the ground. Each player was hooked up to a heart monitor; whenever the player's pulse rate exceeded 130 beats per minute, the player had to stop immediately and wait for his/her pulse to lower in order to continue. The last player to cross had two different sets of ropes to traverse; the second set was narrower and higher off the ground. The game is a success if all four players complete their portion in under an hour total.

Swing for Life: Five players were required to swing by a rope off a bridge spanning over a raging river. Only if all five players completed the swing was the game considered a success. An exemption was offered to the last player if he/she refused to swing.

Burn Bags Burn: In the hours before the challenge, the players were given journals and an opportunity to interview their fellow players to gain personal information on each other. Afterwards, they were taken to a bonfire, where they discovered that their knapsacks - containing all of their belongings - were dangling over the fire. Four players were nominated, and asked questions taken from their fellow players' contestant applications. If the team could get all eight questions right $40,000 would be won and the luggage would be safe. If they even get one question wrong, no money would be won. If four questions were answered incorrectly, the luggage would be lowered into the fire and destroyed. It was later revealed in the next episode that the bags were fakes, and their belongings had not been destroyed.

Episode 2[edit]

Episode 2 recap
Original airdate: October 5, 2001; Re-aired: May 28, 2002
Mission Money earned Possible earnings
Clothesline Game $18,000 $40,000
High Roller Game -$20,000 $20,000
Blueberry Game -$2,000 $0
Current Pot $56,000 $160,000
Exemptions
Dorothy and Lisa Succeeded in the Blueberry game
Execution
Ali 2nd player executed

Clothesline Game: The players had to select two women with the most fashion sense, and a man with need of fashion advice. These players then secretly assigned a variety of outlandish outfits - from a rabbit costume to a G-string bathing suit - to each of the other players. These players were brought in pairs to the clothing area, and were charged with changing into the designated costume and wearing it to a nearby train station, where all 13 players would have to meet to catch a train. For each player who kept their costume on the entire time and reached the station, $2,000 was added to the pot. After the 5 couples were sent on their way, the three players who picked their outfits were given the choice to double the value of the challenge by wearing a baby bonnet, pacifier, and diaper to the station.

  • Ali and Bribs acted as if they had been given exemptions by refusing to get on the train during the first challenge, but this turned out to be a prank. It did, however, end up costing the team $2,000 during the challenge, as Darwin removed his rabbit ears when he believed the challenge would be a total loss.

High Roller Game: The players had to pick four players, one a gambler, one with a cool head, one person who's good with numbers, and one who is a selfish brat. Each of the players were dressed in formal attire, and escorted to a casino. There they played blackjack using $20,000 taken from the group pot. The team had one hour to play, with $1,000 minimum bets for each hand. If they managed to double their $20,000 stake, the challenge ended as a win. But, if the money was lost, it was deducted from the pot.

Blueberry Game: At dessert that night, each player was served a piece of cake. All but one piece was topped with a blueberry (coincidentally, one piece was left over after everyone had a piece; this piece was missing the blueberry). The player who ate that piece - along with her roommate - were given the chance to earn an exemption by each luring one other player into their hotel room, even though the producers had explicitly told them to stay in their rooms after dinner. The group was penalized $2,000 for the summoned players violating their curfew.

Episode 3[edit]

Episode 3 recap - October 12, 2001 (re-aired June 4, 2002)
Mission Money earned Possible earnings
Neutralizer $10,000 $10,000
Little John & Little Jane $25,000 $55,000
Current Pot $91,000 $225,000
Neutralizer
Dorothy Chosen because she had received an exemption the episode prior.
Exemptions
Al Won final match in Little John & Little Jane game
Katie Awarded spare exemption from Al
Execution
Lisa 3rd player executed (tied for last; slowest to complete quiz)

Journal Switch: At the start of the round, each of the players were required to pass their Mole journals four seats to their left around the dining room table.

Neutralizer: One player was recruited for being the most trustworthy of the group. That player was then given a photograph of a nearby landmark, and was given 60 minutes to find the landmark and retrieve an envelope there. That person was Myra. The envelope contained a Neutralizer, which the player could use to prevent any other player from earning an exemption for the remainder of that round.

Little Jon & Little Jane: One player was selected to be a "matchmaker". That player's job was to pit each of the other players against one of two opponents in a pugil stick battle over a small stream. The available foes were Little John, a heavily built man; or Little Jane, an average-sized woman. At least three players were required to square off against Little John. Each player that won their bout and successfully crossed the stream earned $5,000 for the group pot and earned the chance to compete for an exemption. Once everyone had completed their bout, the matchmaker then pitted the players against each other until one remained. That player fought against the matchmaker for the exemption.

After the game was over, several of the players converged on Anderson and pushed him into the water. Bill, who had led the players in advancing on him, also fell in. Jokingly, Anderson said he would remember it. One of contestants retorted that it was payback for the Burn Bags Burn game.

Exemption to Spare: The winner of the exemption in the above challenge was later told that he had earned a second exemption, which he could award to any other player for any reason.

  • After the airing of this episode on Friday October 12, 2001, ABC pulled Mole 2 off the air. It was put on hiatus, and returned in May 2002.

Episode 4[edit]

Episode 4 recap - June 4, 2002
Mission Money earned Possible earnings
Rappel Lock $0 $35,000
Morality game $30,000 $30,000
Dumb vs. Smart $50,000 $50,000
Penalty -$5,000 $0
Current Pot $166,000 $340,000
Exemptions
Bill, Dorothy, and Rob Won exemption in Dumb vs. Smart game
Execution
Patrick 4th player executed

Note: When Mole 2 returned in May 2002, ABC started the season over from the beginning. The first week (Tuesday May 28, 2002) of the second run, featured a doubleheader of Episode 1 and Episode 2 reruns. On the second week (Tuesday June 4, 2002) there was a doubleheader of the Episode 3 rerun, and previously unaired Episode 4. It marked the first new episode airing in almost eight months.

Rappel Lock: One person was volunteered for being the most trustworthy player, four others volunteered as players who just wanted to "hang around". Each player took turns rappelling down a dam. Located at four points on the dam were signs that posed mathematical questions about the other players (ex.: "Darwin's Age - Heather's Age".) The answer to each problem served as a number in a combination lock which, when opened, would release the prize money. Players had a maximum of 10 minutes on the dam, and could not rappel a second time if they reached the bottom early. Once at the bottom, the player would radio to the trustworthy player their guesses on the questions they had seen. Unknown to the other players, the last player was briefed about the four questions after the other players had already gone. The last player then had to rappel face-down towards the chest that guarded the money. The player then had only one attempt to solve the combination.

Morality Game: While on their way to their next destination, the group is stopped by a pair of beautiful ladies, asking for help with a flat tire. Later on, an elderly lady also stops the group with a flat of her own. If the group helps to fix both flats, they win $30,000; if they were to help only the beautiful ladies, $10,000 would be deducted from their running total.

Dumb vs. Smart: Three players - of those who did not take part in the first challenge - were considered to be "Dumb" players, while three others were deemed "Smart." The "Dumb" group were presented with a series of eleven different brain-teaser questions, and needed to select five to present to the "Smart" group. The "Smart" group then had 30 minutes to solve the five problems for $10,000 apiece. If the team guessed a problem incorrectly, they were given one minute to come up with a second guess. If the "Smart" team was unable to solve all five problems, all three "Dumb" players earned an exemption; if the "Smart" players got all of them correct, however, they would earn the exemptions.

  • After switching the journals in the previous round, Patrick borrowed his original journal from Katie, ostensibly to copy some material into his new journal. It was later discovered that Patrick had ripped out several pages of the journal. For vandalizing a player's journal, the group was fined $5,000. Patrick's move angered the players, and by that point he had fallen out-of-favor amongst the others. He became the fourth player executed.

Episode 5[edit]

Episode 5 recap - June 11, 2002
Mission Money earned Possible earnings
Think or Sink $0 $20,000
Get the Key $40,000 $40,000
Current Pot $206,000 $400,000
Exemptions
none Heather declined the exemption in the Dungeon Escape game
Execution
Rob 5th player executed

Think or Sink: Three players volunteered as the group's best runners, three as the best swimmers, and one as the biggest talker. The swimmers and the talker were taken to a swimming pool, where the swimmers would have to tread water for as long as possible. At every five-minute interval, one swimmer would have to carry a 500g weight. Meanwhile, the talker communicated by phone to the three runners, each of whom was responsible for finding the answer to a question located somewhere in the town they were in. Once those three questions were correctly answered, the talker used the letters marked in specially-marked blanks on the answer key to form a fourth answer. If the fourth answer was correctly unscrambled before the three swimmers gave out, the challenge was won. This challenge gave viewers one of the most memorable moments of the season, as Katie (deemed the talker) neglected to transfer a lone "G" from the original three answers to the fourth one, resulting in a loss.

Get the Key: The three players who did not take part in the above challenge were taken to a dungeon, where each of them were locked in their own separate cells. The key to open their cells was tied by a string around a light bulb in the center of the room, which served as the room's only source of light; breaking the light would be necessary to release the key, but would result in the room going pitch dark. The team had 3 hours for one of them to retrieve the key and release themselves from the cell. The player that did so was then offered an exemption by leaving the other two players in their cells overnight. No money was at risk, but leaving the players in their cells would prevent them from having a previously-arranged video chat with a loved one that night.

Episode 6[edit]

Episode 6 recap - June 18, 2002
Mission Money earned Possible earnings
Pizza Chefs $20,000 $20,000
Wine Delivery $20,000 $20,000
Penalty -$5,000 $0
Penalty -$5,000 $0
Exemption Confession $0 $15,000
Current Pot $236,000 $455,000
Exemptions
Elavia Took exemption rather than adding $15,000 to the pot in the Exemption Confession game
Execution
Myra 6th player executed (tied for last; slowest to complete quiz)

Pizza Chefs: Three players volunteered as those who did not want to cook; naturally, they were given the cooking challenge. They had four hours to find 14 different pizza ingredients by going door to door in a residential area and begging the townspeople, then baking three 12" pizzas for the rest of the team and delivering them to the church where they would be eating. Each ingredient had to be donated by a different person. It was also mentioned that these pizzas were to be the only food the players could eat that night. $20,000 was at stake, as well as food for dinner.

Wine Delivery: The three players who did want to cook, as well as three who didn't care, had 1 hour, 45 minutes to ride two bikes in varying states of repair along an entirely uphill road. Players were able to switch out bike-riding roles as desired, with the other two members of their group following along in a van. At the midpoint, each team was given a bottle of wine to take to the church. $10,000 was awarded for each team arriving, and $5,000 for each unharmed bottle of wine.

Exemption Confession: Each player returned to the church the following day and were asked to write down a list of their fellow players, in order from favorite to least favorite. The player who garnered the most "least favorite" votes was asked to come inside the church. That player was then given the choice of adding $5000 to the pot (to perhaps earn some redemption), or an exemption (to annoy the other players further). If the player opted for the exemption, the offer was then increased to $10,000, and finally $15,000.

  • Two rules were broken: first, Heather touched one of the bikes before starting the Wine Delivery challenge, even after being expressly told they were unable to do so before they decided on which bike each team would ride. Second, both Bill and Darwin partook in some ice cream at a local cafe after the pizza dinner, even though the pizzas were supposed to be the only food available to them that night. The team was fined a total of $10,000 for these infractions, and were warned that further breaches of the rules would incur a $20,000 penalty. Myra, who was executed, was the first name Anderson entered into the computer. It was the first time in the American series that the first player to be entered into the computer came up with a red thumbprint.

Episode 7[edit]

Episode 7 recap - June 25, 2002
Mission Money earned Possible earnings
Gladiator Battle $30,000 $30,000
Gnome Home $0 $30,000
Current Pot $266,000 $515,000
Exemptions
Bill Broke the gnome during the Gnome Home game
--- Bribs opted to not pursue the exemption in the Gladiator game
Bribe
Elavia Accepted $50,000 to leave the game

Gladiator Battle: Five players volunteered as those who would prefer to see the movie Gladiator. Four of them would serve as guards to the fifth, who served as the group's emperor. The players then engaged in a mock sword fight against five gladiators. Each fighter had an egg-shaped target on their chest; if the egg broke, that person was dead. If the group could slay all five gladiators before any of them killed the Emperor, the team won. One player - who had randomly chosen a predesignated "Brutus helmet" - was given the chance to earn an exemption by betraying the Emperor at the end of the game, slaying her and taking her crown.

Gnome Home: Three players volunteered as those who would prefer to see the movie Romancing the Stone. They were given 30 minutes to transport a garden gnome through a series of obstacles. At each leg of the relay, they would have to apply a generous amount of grease onto the gnome to make it slippery. Hidden inside the gnome was a plaque awarding an exemption to the player who broke it; however, players were not told this element of the game, only that an exemption was somehow involved.

  • During dinner, Anderson asked the players to rank their fellow players in order from most to least favorite on a dollar bill. It was the second time the players ranked each other, and for the second time, Elavia was nominated as the least liked. During the execution, she was offered $50,000 ($49,992 in a suitcase, and the eight one dollar bills with the rankings) to leave the game immediately. After consideration, she accepted the bribe, and withdrew, thus eliminating the need for an execution. Anderson played with the contestants by tricking them into thinking that another player was going home. He quoted "Lets continue with the execution. In a minute I'll begin entering your names into--Just Kidding!" It was later revealed that Dorothy scored the lowest on that night's quiz, and would have been executed if Elavia did not accept the bribe.

Episode 8[edit]

Episode 8 recap - July 2, 2002
Mission Money earned Possible earnings
Relative Disguise $20,000 $35,000
Relative Bungee $60,000 $70,000
Current Pot $346,000 $620,000
Execution
Katie 7th player executed (tied for last; slowest to complete quiz)

Relative Disguise: Each player was informed that a loved one had been brought to their location, and that each of them were in a nearby courtyard. Players had 30 seconds to describe that loved one to another player; that player then had 2 minutes to survey the courtyard through a window and identify the loved one. Each correctly spotted person won $5000 for the pot, as well as the opportunity for that loved one to join the team for dinner that night.

Relative Bungee: Each loved one made a video-recorded prediction as to whether or not their player would go through with a bungee jump. If the player's action matched the prediction, the group earned $10,000 and the two of them could remain together until that night's execution. If the prediction was incorrect, that player would have only five more minutes with his/her loved one until that person was sent off.

During dinner in the evening, Heather's boyfriend Nathan proposed to her. However, the two broke up at some time following production.[1]

Episode 9[edit]

Episode 9 recap - July 9, 2002
Mission Money earned Possible earnings
Wine Stomp $10,000 $10,000
Wine Wager -$10,000 $10,000
Drink the wine $10,000 $10,000
Assembly Line $20,000 $20,000
All-Night Ball $0 $30,000
Current Pot $376,000 $700,000
Neutralizer
Dorothy Bill placed the neutralizer thumbprint in Dorothy's journal.
Exemptions
--- Bill appeared to receive an exemption in the All-Night Ball game
However, it was negated when it was discovered that other players had touched the ball out of turn earlier.
Execution
Darwin 8th player executed

Neutralizer: One player was secretly chosen for this game, as the last person to leave the breakfast table that morning. That player had a thumbprint sticker that had to be placed inside the journal of another player at some point during the afternoon. Doing so would neutralize that player, preventing him/her from earning any exemptions offered in that round. If the player failed to place the sticker, however, he would be neutralized instead.

Wine Stomp/Wine Wager: Two players volunteered as those who liked to drink wine. They had one hour to make five bottles of wine the old-fashioned way: by stomping on the grapes and squeezing the juice into the bottle. Each player worked in shifts, while one stomped, the other was given the chance to sample the vineyard's wares. Afterwards, the players had a chance to wager $5,000 each by pouring three glasses of wine and carrying them on a tray to a nearby table. (Naturally, both players were quite inebriated by this point and failed miserably.) They were then given a chance to redeem themselves by convincing the other players to drink one bottle of their "foot wine." However, they were not allowed to tell them that doing so would recover the money they had lost. During the game, Anderson partook in several glasses of wine, becoming somewhat inebriated himself, and offered considerable ridicule to the players and their wine smelling like feet.

Assembly Line: The other four players have two and a half hours to transport Anderson's car, an odd-looking 1950s Citroën, into a greenhouse. However, the greenhouse door is only partially opened; a combination lock is preventing the door from being opened fully. Once the time is up, the car must be completely intact, and must be able to start upon ignition. Tools are provided if the team decides to disassemble the vehicle and carry it inside by hand. Little to the players' knowledge, a clue had been given at breakfast, and another on the odometer, of the combination.

All-Night Ball: The six players are all awakened in the hotel rooms shortly after midnight and taken to a room where a tetherball is suspended from the ceiling. The players must keep the ball in constant motion until 6:00 a.m., hitting the ball in the same order every time. At two different points during the game, one player is allowed to return to bed. The third player to volunteer to go back to bed is then offered an exemption by hitting the ball out of turn and forfeiting the game.

Episode 10[edit]

Episode 10 recap - July 16, 2002
Mission Money earned Possible earnings
Buy and Sell $0 $30,000
Morality Game $10,000 $10,000
Evader $100,000 $100,000
Current Pot $486,000 $840,000
Exemptions
Al During the Evader game, he succeeded as the Tracker
--- Heather failed both times as the Evader
Execution
Bribs 9th player executed

Buy and Sell: Two players (Dorothy & Heather) were selected to visit a local flea market. Given one hour and 200,000 to spend (roughly $100), they were instructed to buy at least ten unique items, with the direction to drive as hard a bargain as they could. The three other players (Al, Bill, & Bribs) were then given two hours to sell the very same items the first two players bought, and turn a profit of any sort.

Morality Game: In the midst of the selling portion of the above game, a townsperson stopped at the group's tent and dropped a book, with 20,000 sticking out. If the team successfully returned the money (rather than use it in an attempt to aid their bottom line in the challenge), they earned $10,000.

Evader: The players took a vote as to which player other than themselves was most deserving of winning, and which player was least likely to be the Mole. The deserving player (deemed the "Evader") was given a chance to earn an exemption by retrieving five thumbprints hidden along the streets of a small town. The least suspicious player (deemed the "Tracker") was charged with finding that player and catching her, earning $50,000 for the group pot if successful. The other three players (deemed the "Spotters") could scout the evader and relay her movements to the Tracker, but the Tracker could not begin pursuit of the Evader until visual contact of the Evader was made. It was later discovered that the Tracker would also earn an exemption if he could successfully catch the Evader. Two rounds of the game were played, both for either $50,000 or an exemption for the Evader.

Episode 11[edit]

Episode 11 recap - July 23, 2002
Mission Money earned Possible earnings
High Card $0 $100,000
Truth or Lie? $50,000 $50,000
Current Pot $536,000 $990,000
Exemptions
--- Bill failed to spot the truth-teller in the liar game
Execution
Al 10th player executed

High Card: Each player started the game with a $25,000 "chip". Players were then dealt one playing card. Whoever had the highest card had the choice of either adding the $25,000 chip to the pot, or eliminating another player from the game. The last remaining player was allowed to leave and spend the night in the hotel; the others had to stay in the fun house, and participate in one of three rooms. One room had a large python inside, and would go dark after a certain period of time; another contained a small cage from which cockroaches would drop onto the player, and would also go dark towards the end of the player's stay; and the third was a brightly lit room containing a bubble machine, a bed frame (but no mattress) and a speaker system that played Don Ho's "Tiny Bubbles" repeatedly and in varying manners (backwards, sped up, stuttered, etc.) Each player had to remain in their rooms for a specific amount of time; leaving the room would forfeit the money earned in the card game.

Truth or Lie?: The player who had left the fun house (Bill) the night before now interviewed the three players (Al, Dorothy, and Heather), two of which were lying about their experiences in the fun house. The lie detector is shown two of the three rooms. If the interviewer could correctly guess which player was telling the truth, he earned an exemption into the final round; otherwise, $50,000 is added to the pot.

Episode 12[edit]

Episode 12 recap - July 30, 2002
Mission Money earned Possible earnings
Three questions $0 $30,000
Top secret $100,000 $100,000
Final Pot $636,000 $1,120,000

Three Questions: Each player filled out a questionnaire about the other two players. Each player took turns hiding inside a local residence while the other two searched for him/her by predicting how the player answered three of the questions. If the duo answered all three questions right, the group earned $10,000.

Top Secret: Each player must race to a secret location. To get there, each player must locate a GPS, found in three different locations, which the players chose off a dessert menu. The first player to find their GPS and reach the secret location is given the choice to see a dossier of sensitive information about the Mole, or refuse to look at it and instead add $100,000 to the pot.

The remaining players took the final quiz, and the winner was to be revealed the following week.

Episode 13[edit]

The final episode of the season crowned Dorothy as the winner, and revealed Bill as the Mole. A new format was used this time to reveal the final results. On their last day of filming, the three finalists took the final quiz, however, none of the three were informed of the results. They all went home not yet knowing who won.

About three months later, all of the executed players were reunited to watch the unveiling. The three finalists (who still were unaware of the results) were each placed behind a locked door. A key was inserted through each door, but only one key would open a door, that which belonged to the winner. After Dorothy's door opened, she was announced as the winner. She then slipped a second key to the door belonging to the mole, and Bill emerged. Heather settled for the runner-up position.

As is tradition, the remainder of the episode was spent detailing the various ways the Mole had sabotaged the team, as well as explaining the clues littered throughout the episodes that home viewers were to use in order to figure out the Mole's identity.

Heather had first suspected Elavia as the mole and formed a coalition with Katie. After Elavia took a $50,000 bribe and left the game, Heather and Katie moved on to their next suspect, Dorothy. They both tied for the lowest score on the next quiz (and were also the last two players to yet have their name typed into the computer). Katie finished 7 seconds slower than Heather and was executed. Shocked, Heather knew Dorothy could not be the mole and moved on to her third suspect, Bill. She tried formed a coalition with Dorothy during the "Buy and Sell" game. What Heather didn't know was that she was one of Dorothy's top suspects. After convincing Dorothy that she wouldn't backstab her, they targeted Bribs. Heather lied to Bribs about being the mole. She managed to confuse Bribs enough to split his vote on the quiz thus executing him. Afterwards, they targeted Al, who was beginning to suspect Bill as the mole. Dorothy pretended to hesitate adding $25,000 to the pot during the "Anderson's Fun House" game, enraging Al. Al split his vote between Bill and Dorothy (but claimed he suspected Dorothy during that round) and scored the lowest on the quiz. After Al was executed, Heather began to regret forming a coalition with Dorothy because she now knew she was up against a well-prepared opponent. She broke down during the "Evader" and "Top Secret" games. Dorothy and Heather both took the final quiz and both correctly identified Bill as the mole. Dorothy beat Heather by one question.

Mole Sabotage[edit]

Born Leaders: Knowing that he would be chosen as one of the leaders given his age and his background as a former Admiral, Bill's first task was to assign players to the next three games that were most unsuited for those challenges. He drafted Bob and Rob, who both admitted to not being very athletic, to the demanding Crossbow Biathlon. In addition, he assigned Al, who had been suffering from an upset stomach all day, to take part in the Pulse Rope Walk. Although Bill's choices all had relatively subpar performances, none of them did badly enough to prevent the team from winning the money.

Clothesline: When Ali and Bribs went missing, Bill was sent out to find them; he located them quite quickly in a nearby pub. But rather than immediately bringing them back, he joined them for a drink at the bar, and then planted the idea to play the situation off as if Ali and Bribs were offered an exemption to throw the challenge. They did indeed manage to convince the team for a short while that they would refuse to get on the train, which caused Darwin to remove the rabbit ears from his costume in disgust. This resulted in the team losing the $2,000 bounty associated with leaving Darwin's costume on for the duration of the game. In addition, Bill refused to put on the diaper and bib that would have doubled the value of the challenge, even though both Dorothy and Elavia were up to the idea.

Journal Switch: Most players exhaustively recorded the details of every game and every encounter they had with the other players in their respective journals. Bill, however, took minimal notes, as it was technically unnecessary for him to do so. When he was informed by the producers that the players would be forced to trade journals the next day, Bill scurried to fill his journal with content. He wrote a heart-felt, emotional but mostly fictional, love letter to his wife, about his experience so far in the game. He wrote that he lacked confidence in winning, and expected to be executed soon after. Bill's journal ultimately went to Lisa. She read the letter, and was convinced of its sincerity, and eliminated Bill as a suspect to be the Mole. Not surprisingly, Lisa was the next player executed. Though there was no money removed from the pot, Bill succeeded in feigning a player's attention, which directly, and swiftly, led to her execution.[1]

Think or Sink: Despite boasting about being fairly talented at swimming, Bill went out less than ten minutes into the challenge. He chalked it up to the fact that he was not indeed swimming, but rather treading water. Darwin and Bribs were left to pick up his slack, and failed the challenge while Katie searched fruitlessly for one missing letter she had failed to transfer to the final puzzle. Bill received some suspicion, but as his actions were considered "too obvious" by some players, who thought he was simply pretending to be the mole.

Pizza Chefs: Initially, it appeared Bill would have little problem sabotaging the game, because after an hour, the team had little to show for their efforts. However, they unexpectedly met up with a boy who helped them complete the task with ease. Since he was not able to foil the game itself, after dinner, Bill noticed a nearby trattoria selling ice cream and bought some (eating it very quickly), complaining he was still hungry after the less-than-satisfying homemade pizza (as the players neglected to wash their hand when making the pizzas). Darwin, spotting Bill with the frozen treat, was interested too. Bill gave him some money, and he bought some ice cream of his own. This was a violation of the rules regarding the pizza challenge, since players were expressly informed that the pizza they ate for dinner was to be the only food available to them that evening. While Bill scarfed down his ice cream almost unnoticed to everyone, Darwin saved his and ate it in front of the other players. The other players saw him with food, but ultimately dismissed it as an honest mistake. Later that evening, the players were informed that a $10,000 penalty would be assessed to the pot due to the food violations. Players were suspicious, but put more emphasis on Heather's mistake in the Wine Delivery game that same day. Bill succeeded in sabotaging a game with minimal suspicion.

Gnome Home: Bill figured that the way to earn the exemption was to break the gnome, so he volunteered himself to work the middle leg of the relay, which involved a rather difficult bicycle obstacle course. After forgetting to take a picture with the soccer goalie he had just scored against, he hurried through the bike course, dropping the gnome and breaking it.

Assembly Line: Bill was aware of the fact that the combination lock would need to be opened in order to move the car into the greenhouse, so he tried to keep everyone's attention focused on dismantling the car in an attempt to fit it through the narrow opening left by the door. He was able to waste considerable time by having the team dismantle unnecessary parts (such as the seats), even though they would not have made the car smaller. He even tried to coax the team into removing the engine, which would have undoubtably doomed the test. Unfortunately for Bill, Darwin noticed the lock and Dorothy figured out the combination on her own. The last few minutes of the challenge was spent scrambling to put the car back together before pushing it into the greenhouse, an effort that Bill was unable to stall. At the same time, Bill had been selected to play the secret Neutralizer game, and targeting Dorothy was his obvious choice. The only positive for Bill was that, once again, Dorothy mysteriously figured out a difficult clue in the last minute, which led many players to suspect she had foreknowledge of the answers (and thus thought she was the mole).

All-Night Ball: With the foreknowledge that the third player to admit to being "the most tired" would have a chance at an exemption, he began lying down and almost missing the ball several times as soon as Heather, the second person to be excused from the game, left. When offered the exemption, Bill immediately ended the game by hitting the ball out-of-turn. However, it was later discovered that Darwin had much earlier in the night persuaded Dorothy to hit the ball out of turn, and Bribs had hit the ball back-to-back as well, which eased some of the suspicion from Bill.

Buy & Sell: Although Bill admitted afterwards that it would have been nearly impossible to turn a profit with the bizarre assortment of wares they were forced to sell, he did little to help matters, spending more energy making a spectacle of himself than being a salesman.

Three Questions: When Bill's turn to answer the questionnaire came up, he made it a point to answer the questions using the most illogical reasoning possible. For example, one question asked whether Dorothy or Heather would be more likely to be alone ten years from now. While the two girls went with Dorothy on account of Heather being recently engaged, Bill said that he had chosen Heather since nearly half of all marriages now end in divorce. (Coincidentally, Heather did break up with her boyfriend.) In addition, the producers secretly slipped Bill the answers Heather and Dorothy wrote.[1] When it was his turn to search for them, he used that knowledge to make sure they got at least one answer wrong, because a single incorrect guess foiled the round.[1] None of the three rounds of questions ended successfully, but in Bill's case Dorothy and Heather missed on all three of his questions.

Top Secret: Although told previously to get to Anderson first and choose the dossier over the $100,000; Bill became physically and mentally exhausted during the game. He decided to take the money after "maxing out that much", and because he knew Dorothy and Heather have been suspecting him for the past few episodes.

Hidden Clues[edit]

At the start of each episode, host Anderson Cooper encouraged viewers to keep an eye out for a hidden clue to the Mole's identity. One clue was revealed in each episode, ranging from straightforward references to Bill's background to highly esoteric wordplays. Some clues were presented to the players, while others were available only to the home audience.

Episode 1:

  • Burn Bags Burn: All outdoor shots of the night sky were absent of stars, except for one digitally-enhanced shot. This shot, taken outside the cabin where the players stayed shortly before the next game, featured the constellation Pisces, Bill's Zodiac sign. Viewers could have used Bill's biographical information on the ABC website to deduce this.

Episode 2:

  • Pre-Execution: In the opening montage, two pictures of Zodiac signs are shown. The first is Virgo, Ali's Zodiac sign, and she was the Mole's second victim. The second sign is Pisces, a reference to episode one's clue.

Episode 3:

  • Journal Switch: A journal written ostensibly by the Mole was planted for the other players to discover and read it. In it, the Mole explains how eliminating his first victim, Bob, was "too easy", as he had spent all of his time "schmoozing the ladies". This should have ruled out any female from further suspicion.

Episode 4:

  • The Telegram: Upon arriving in Italy, the players are welcomed with a telegram sent by "La Talpa", which is Italian for "The Mole". Patrick thought there was a clue to this (although he couldn't figure it out), and he was correct. There was a fake telephone number given at the bottom, 0024-5500. When using a telephone keypad as a decoder, the line reads "BILL". When decoding the numbers preceding the name, 843-665347, the sentence reads "THE MOLE IS BILL".

Episode 5:

  • Think or Sink: Anderson talks about how many believe that William Shakespeare was a "scoundrel" for plagiarizing the story of Romeo and Juliet from a local playwright. (The Italian translation of the play's title, "Giulietta è Romeo", served as the solution to the game.) This was to point out that the Mole was a scoundrel, and Bill's real name is William.

Episode 6:

  • Wine Delivery: At the midway point of the course, Anderson would hand the rider a bottle of La Mole wine, while eating an apple (first to Al, and then Elavia). The apple was a symbol of Bill's home state, Washington.

Episode 7:

  • Player Ranking: Prior to execution the players were each (again) instructed to rank their fellow players in order from favorite to least favorite on a dollar bill. This was intended as a reference to the name of the Mole, Bill.

Episode 8:

  • The Quiz: No pictures were featured in the other quizzes except for this one. In the back, there was a portrait of a large schooner prominently shown on the wall, referring to Bill's background as a Navy admiral.

Episode 9:

  • Opening: During the Matrix-like grid of letters that flashed on the screen during the opening title sequence, the word "AdMiRaL" is displayed in the top-left corner for a split-second. The clue is a reference to the clue in episode 8.

Episode 10:

  • Morality Game: A local man visits the team's table and leaves behind a book and money. The book was Romeo and Juliet, a reference to the clue made in Episode 5. Both Al and Bribs noticed the coincidence, but neither made the correct connection from it.
  • Post-Execution: After Bribs is executed and leaves, Anderson asks all the players if they are the mole, and they all deny it. Then, the viewer sees each person, one by one, along with a word of the question "Who is the Mole?". Bill is shown when the word Mole appears.

Episode 11:

  • Anderson's Fun House: A montage of three model ships were shown as lightning flashed, referring to episodes 8 and 9's clues.
  • Pre-Quiz Dinner: The players are treated to a dinner consisting of fast food from McDonald's. Anderson mentions the dinner is a "courtesy of 'Mickey D's'". Mickey D's is a nickname for the fast food franchise, but it also serves as a clue to Bill's last name, McDaniel.

Episode 12:

  • Opening: Much like the clue in Episode 9, a message is concealed among the letter grid in the opening title. This time, however, the message is far more blatant, as "Bill is the Mole" is spelled out along the top of the screen.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Reflections of the Mole
  2. ^ a b "Anderson confirms that once again he didn't know the mole". Reality TV World. 2002-08-08. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  3. ^ a b c "ABC revives 'The Mole', new non-celebrity edition to debut in summer". Reality TV World. 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  4. ^ "The Mole will return to ABC this summer with a "simplified" format". RealityBlurred. 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  5. ^ "Life on Whidbey: Doctor plays a mole, but only on TV". whidbeynewstimes.com. 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  6. ^ a b c ""I Don't Think I Avoided Suspicion at All!" – An Interview with The Mole 2's Bill McDaniel". Reality News Online. 2004-08-14. Archived from the original on 28 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  7. ^ "An Interview with Mole 2's Winner, Dorothy Hui". RealityNewsOnline.com. 2002-08-14. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 

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