The Mole: Episode 8
(S05E08) I was always terrible at math in school, which probably explains why I'm typing this right now. So this episode of The Mole, at least the first half, is rather tense for me. I like to follow along with the questions and the clues and try to figure out stuff myself in this game (as much as you can in an edited format), and all of the questions involving math problems in the first challenge confuse me. Still, I knew the answer to that one question was 455, and I couldn't understand why Clay was insisting it was a number it couldn't possibly be. Could he be screwing up the numbers on purpose because he's (insert dramatic music)...the Mole?
This is the episode we see in several reality shows, the one where the family members/ friends of the contestants show up and either get to spend time with their loved ones or are sent home crying. There's actually some suspense generated in these scenes, as we see the family members waiting inside the subway car waiting for the doors to open.
When it got down to Paul after everyone else was successful, I thought he'd be the one who didn't get to meet his family. But after the commercial, we see his wife and daughter come through the doors. Side note: Paul has an adorable two year-old daughter. If she's not part of central casting because Paul is the Mole and really doesn't have a daughter, that is.
I wondered if the family members knew which person is the Mole, but that was answered in the interviews. The family members don't know either, which makes sense. Nicole's mom tells her to quit the game if she's not enjoying herself. Nicole thinks about it, but decides to not throw the quiz. I love how her mom calls her Omarosa at the end. Even her mom knows what she's like! It's also cool to see another reality show referenced on a reality show, especially one on a rival network. Kinda odd that Nicole brought up the whole "I threatened to kill Paul" thing. Mom was surprised that Nicole would say this. Not because she didn't think Nicole would say something like this, but that she knows Nicole knows how to kill someone and shouldn't have said it out loud.
I know a lot of readers picked Clay as the Mole, and you've lost your office pools tonight (in a perfect world where the Mole is in the top 20 in the ratings and offices around the country have Mole pools, that is). Clay is executed. Which means we're down to four, and I think we saw a clue tonight as to who survives next week (possible spoiler ahead).
In the previews for next week, we see the red thumb come up on the TV screen for the next execution, and Nicole opening her mouth and gasping. I really doubt that they would show her gasping like that if she was the Mole, nor do I think that Nicole would gasp like that if she was voted off (all of the reactions have been fairly calm, if I remember them all), so I think that she'll survive at the end of next week, and either Mark, Paul, or Craig will be the next to go. Which means that one of those guys is not the Mole, and Nicole could still be.
I'm sure there's a mathematical way to figure that out even more, but like I said, I suck at math.