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The Mole: Episode 3

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 17th 2008 12:40AM

The Mole

(S05E03) "There isn't a single person in Santiago my size." - overweight Craig, walking around in his underwear

So tonight I decided that instead of just looking at all of the players equally to see if they were the Mole, I would focus on the two players that I have narrowed it down to (I know, a little early, but you have to start looking early). So I paid attention to everything that Mark and Victoria said, did, ate, wore, and didn't do. And you know what? I'm as lost as I was in the opening scene of the first episode. OK, not that confused, because after tonight's third person was eliminated, I guess mathematically I have a better idea of who the Mole is or isn't. But I know that it's not easy to figure this out.

I also know that I don't want to see Craig walking around in his underwear ever again.

Tonight is the night where Paul lets loose on several contestants, not just Nicole (who threatened his life last week). Paul is so "reality show a-hole" that he's either a real player trying to win this game or he's giving a performance that Emmy voters should consider next year.

The first challenge tonight is "Fruit of the Luge." Basically teams of two go down a luge (one blindfolded, one not) and have to memorize signs that have fruit pictures on them. Every one they get right they get $2000. Oh, and they can't talk at all once they cross the finish line. So what happens? They get a ton of money, but two teams are completely disqualified because they spoke after crossing the finish line! Now, was this stupidity or Mole sabotage? (Nicole also got her fruits mixed up in a really suspicious manner, but that could be "I want them to think I'm the Mole" strategy.)

This challenge is notable for two other reasons: one, when it starts, Jon Kelley is eating an apple, which I believe is something that Anderson Cooper did when he hosted the show (Anderson did it better). Is this an homage to earlier seasons or a clue? Bobby thinks it's a clue. He tells Mark that he picked up on that right away (he's been a fan of the show since the first season) and thinks the Mole might be Paul because apple = New York. Of course, apple could = other states as well, but at least Bobby is thinking about the game. Mark thinks he's nuts (and he and Clay don't quite trust him).

The second challenge is "Dress Code." The gang goes to a spa for some massage and relaxation. But that doesn't last long, as Jon steals their clothing and sends it out to be cleaned! Their mission? Go into Santiago and beg the townspeople to give you clothing! But it has to be nice so you can meet Jon in a nice restaurant later. Needless to say this isn't the most hygienic challenge this show has had.

I can't imagine anyone in any town giving a stranger his/her clothing, and it makes me wonder if the players are allowed to say "hello, I'm participating in an American reality show and could win thousands of dollars...can I have your pants?" Amazingly, some of the guys get clothing. The girls are gawked at by 50 school boys getting off a bus (they follow the girls through town), until a woman in a restaurant has extra pants. Paul actually finds a New Yorker who has extra clothes at his hostel. But the most intriguing part of this assignment is that just when you think half-naked Craig isn't going to find any clothing, he goes to a laundromat to see if they have any extra shirts and pants...and it's the same laundromat where ABC brought the players' clothing! Shocking luck or did Craig know something? Hmmmm...

At the dinner, Paul talks back to almost everyone. He calls Bobby a "punk," he and Craig get into a little, and of course he hates Nicole for just being alive. He also accuses Mark of changing his attitude after Mark says he'd rather be a decent person than win money.

At the elimination, Jon offers $20,000 to anyone who wants to just quit the game now. No one takes him up on the offer. Three players are then deemed safe by the computer, so Jon ups the offer to $30,000...and Ali takes the money! The others are shocked. So we now know that Ali wasn't the Mole. We also find out that if she had stayed, she would have been safe.

But that doesn't mean the elimination part is over. Two players are going home tonight. And the person executed is...Bobby! So I guess Mark and Clay were completely off base when they said they didn't trust him, and Bobby was way off base when he thought the apple munching was a clue (either that or he's right and he just answered the questions wrong).

Some observations:

- They're still in Chile? I can't remember how many places we went to in other Mole seasons, but I hope they move on to other countries in the coming weeks.

- A lot of viewers noticed that in the first episode, Victoria was the only player who had a green Mole logo on her helmet in the waterfall challenge, so tonight I paid attention to the helmets in the luge challenge. Unfortunately, all of the helmets had Mole logos this time, so there was no clue to be found in that aspect tonight.

- Our collection of Mole collectibles grows again tonight, with black and green Mole underwear!

Next week: mountain climbing! (By the way, you can read Jon Kelley's blog about the show here.)

Who definitely ISN'T the Mole?
Mark28 (9.4%)
Clay19 (6.4%)
Victoria30 (10.1%)
Craig32 (10.7%)
Paul72 (24.2%)
Alex15 (5.0%)
Nicole83 (27.9%)
Kristen19 (6.4%)

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Annie W.

I'm choosing the Mole based on those stupid hidden hints that they have every season. In this episode, they explained to us what sorts of massages each person got and Victoria got a chocolate massage. Mole! Chocolate sauce! AH-HA!

June 23 2008 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have a thought about whether they can tell people they are part of an American reality show. They are walking around half naked with a tv camera crew following them. Even if they don't tell people on there own, don't you think someone in town might have asked what is going on (especially the police!).

June 17 2008 at 6:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

im goin to think that craig is the mole " if thats his name, the fat guy" cuz on the first episode during the quiz and the questions they show him during like 3 of the questions.dj

June 17 2008 at 6:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matt Chey

Did anyone else notice the small tattoo of a star on Victoria's arm during the dinner before the execution that had the Chilean flag in the background? What was interesting was that the Chilean flag has a single star on it. Is this a clue that Victoria is the mole?

June 17 2008 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

IIRC, during the show's intro, the host gives a voice-over explanation of the show, then goes on to announce the contestants.

Last nights episode announced Victoria first (yeah, I'm still on that kick) so if you listen to the audio it sounds something like, "blah blah blah... try to determine who is the mole. Victoria... " Why list Victoria first in the lineup?

June 17 2008 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did anybody else notice the camera show a close-up of the address of the theatre just before they found the laundromat? It was 172. I think it's some kind of clue. Not sure what it means though.

June 17 2008 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tv junkie

Clay is invisible, he's got to be the mole. I sometimes forgot he was even there until he pop up on screen once in a while.
I was hoping Paul would get the boot, he's really getting on my nerve. he's either playing the loud-and-obnoxious card really well, or a really good mole, which i doubt he is.
I'm already missing Ali, the girl who looked like the dumb blonde friend in Legally Blonde, I thought she was doing well, but i guess the pressure of the game was too much. at least she took the money.

June 17 2008 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't leave Chile at all. Although both previous seasons were in Europe, they didn't travel around much, sticking to only one or two countries.

June 17 2008 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Nicole is the mole. She has toned it down some since the first episode. OK...except for the "I'll kil you in your sleep." comment. I was surprised she wasn't asked to leave the show. Hmmmm. Also the apple was not only eaten by John, but it was the first fruit on th elist, and Nicole said it twice. An apple a day keeps the Doctor away. Doctor Nicole. Another Hmmmm. Those are just my thoughts...until the next episode.

June 17 2008 at 10:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was sorry to see Ali leave, I really liked her. I wish Paul had gotten to boot, he is a giant dick. I'm starting to think Craig is the Mole. Not sure excatly why at this point, though.

June 17 2008 at 5:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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