The Mole

ABC (ended 2008)
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  • Fifth Season: The Mole 3.0 The Mole, the "smartest reality show ever," returned to ABC on June 2, 2008. This is the fifth run of the program and the first time the program has produced new content in over four years. The program returned with its third batch of regular, non-celebrity contestants who are trying to win up to $500,000 by avoiding the machinations of a saboteur in their midst. The show has a new host -- Jon Kelley (ex-anchor of Extra) and features new challenges, locations and an exciting new interactive element on the official website. Stone & Company (formerly Stone Stanley) continues to produce the series. The new season has been picked up for ten episodes, with twelve contestants. The return of the program was generally greeted warmly by both fans and critics. Unfortunately, the show fared extremely poorly in the ratings and will not be returning again. Past Seasons: Celebrity Mole: Yucatan Yucatan, Mexico was the home of the second celebrity edition of ABC's reality series, The Mole. Eight celebrities: six new and two returning from the previous celebrity edition are competing for a pot of $250,000, which can be earned by successfully completing challenges. One of the celebrities, however, is the mole, a double agent hired by the program to secretly sabotage the games. At the end of each episode, the celebrities take The Quiz - ten questions regarding the mole. This knowledge is important because the celebrity that scores the lowest on the quiz is executed and sent back to their previous show business existence immediately. The celebrity left standing at the end of the game that isn't the mole and scores the highest on the final quiz takes home all of the money in the pot. Can you figure out which celebrity is the mole? Celebrity Mole Yucatan won an Emmy in 2004 for Outstanding Achievement for Enhanced Television. "Celebrity Mole: Yucatan" came to an end and ABC declined to renew the series for a fifth season -- until 2008 (see above!) Check the guide to learn all about past seasons. Celebrity Mole: Hawaii - The first celebrity edition of the series. Anderson Cooper has left to pursue television news, so Ahmad Rashad, known for his work as the host of RealTV, takes over hosting duties. Seven celebrities come to Hawaii, where they face challenges designed to test their mettle and maybe even disprove traditional notions about celebrities. One of them, however, is the mole, a secret agent hired by ABC to try to secretly sabotage the games. Celebrity Mole: Hawaii ran in January and February 2003. Season Two: The Next Betrayal - A group of strangers, working together to earn up to $1 million, that in the end only one of them will win. One of these players is the mole, a double agent we hired, working for us against the other 13. At the end of each episode, the players take the quiz, ten questions about the mole. The quiz determines who stays and who goes because the player who scores the lowest on the quiz is executed and sent home immediately. Up to $1 million hinges on discovering who is the mole. - Anderson Cooper's introduction. The Next Betrayal began in September 2001, but after airing only three episodes, it was placed on "hiatus" by ABC. Its original broadcast run finally ended in August of 2002. Season One: A Saboteur - The first season of the program introduced viewers to this brilliant program, which was hailed by MENSA as the "smartest show on television." There were only ten players in this series, but as always, one winner and one mole. This edition ran in January and February 2001. On March 16th, 2004, cable/satellite's GSN (formerly Game Show Network) began showing repeats of The Mole. The fun began with "Celebrity Mole: Hawaii" and continued with the first season, "A Saboteur." Unfortunately, GSN did not continue airing the program. Instead, you may now catch repeats at various times (watch listings for special marathons and other airings) on FOX Reality.moreless

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  • S 5 : Ep 10

    The Mole 3.0, Episode 9

    Aired 8/4/08

  • S 5 : Ep 9

    The Mole 3.0, Episode 8

    Aired 7/28/08

  • S 5 : Ep 8

    The Mole 3.0, Episode 7

    Aired 7/21/08

  • S 5 : Ep 7

    The Mole 3.0, Episode 6

    Aired 7/14/08

  • S 5 : Ep 5

    The Mole 3.0, Episode 5

    Aired 6/30/08

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ahmad Rashad

    Host (Celebrity Editions)

  • Anderson Cooper

    Host of Seasons 1 & 2 (2001- 2002)

  • Michael Boatman

    Himself - 4th Executed (Celebrity Mole: Hawaii)

  • Ali Gorman

    Herself - 2nd Executed (Season Two)

  • Heather Cambell

    Herself - Runner-Up (Season Two)

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  • Quotes (262)

    • Manuel: (in a closing interview segment) I'm from a little old town, Oxnard, and this is like, it's a dream. I don't even see this stuff in my dreams.

    • Kathryn: (regarding Afi and Jim, who are out to withdraw 500 francs from an ATM for a challenge) It's just occurred to me that if either of them is the mole, they have a very easy way to sabotage this, which is to just screw up a couple times on entering the number in nervous haste, you know.

    • Anderson: (voiceover) While Jennifer and Henry pack Afi's bag, they take the opportunity to do a little snooping. Henry: Oh, we know her list of people. Kathryn: Oh, do we? Henry: And her top three.

    • Henry: (in an interview segment) I don't think Manuel or Steve -- I don't think those guys are gonna skydive.

    • Anderson: It is a simple game -- be observant, expose the mole, claim the money. Each player has a strategy, but only one will win, the one who correctly answers the question "Who is the mole?"

    • Anderson: MOLE: noun. A spy (a double agent) who establishes a cover long before beginning espionage. Our story begins in the California desert. Ten strangers set off on a 28-day adventure that will take them over 15,000 miles, four countries on two continents.

    • Kathryn: I wish I was the mole – then I’d get to stay the whole time!

    • Jennifer: (regarding Manuel) I wish we’d have let him go out and dance in Paris and sacrifice that $10,000.

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    • The first task ever is skydiving from a plane. If all of the players complete the 10,000 foot jump, $75,000 will be added to pot. Even though all of the players were given a short scare when Jennifer and Charlie appeared to not have jumped, they later complete the task, and the money is added to the pot.

    • The first penalty of the game is found in this episode. In the second task, before Anderson leaves the room, he tells the remaining eight players that they may not talk about anything that they saw on the profile screens. While they are waiting for Afi and Kathryn to finish, Wendi questions Charlie about never having his heart broken, asking if he was serious that it never happened. He answers that yes, he has never had his heart broken. Although it is a rather brief discussion, the producers’ secret cameras capture the moment, and $10,000 is taken from the pot.

    • During the second real task (this does not include the night in Paris), the players are given fifteen minutes to memorize information from the other contestants’ profiles. When time is up, Anderson tells the group to pick two people who remember the information the best. Kathryn and Afi volunteer, and the two must complete a series of equations pertaining to the profile information (ie: the year Afi graduated + the number of times Charlie has had his heart broken). The sum of all of these answers will give them a four-digit pin number, which they must use to open an ATM account near a bank. With the help of Jim, the women are able to complete the task and earn $50,000 for the pot.

    • The end of this episode brings the pot amount to $115,000.

    • Manuel becomes the Mole's first victim at the execution ceremony.

    • The first task in this episode is a complete surprise to all members of the cast – especially Steven, who is taken hostage somewhere nearby the Chateau that the players are staying at. The remaining players are informed of Steven’s departure, and are then told to split up into three groups - Henry and Jennifer are in the group that is not afraid of heights, Kathryn, Afi, and Jim are chosen as those who are good with directions, and Kate, Wendi, and Charlie are chosen as those who do not get sea sick. These groups all use a different method of transportation to find Steven (helicopter, car, and boat, respectively), and in the end, after the Car team is convinced that Steven is in Monaco, the helicopter team realizes that he is in Cannes, and the group fails the task because of a lack of time – if they had been four minutes and twenty-three seconds earlier, they would have succesfully completed the task.

    • In Crest, Anderson tells the team to split up into three groups: Kathryn, Kate, and Henry are chosen as the three people who have good eyes, Steven, Afi, and Jim are chosen as leaders, and the remaining players are chosen as followers. The contestants with good eyes must identify which of two watches is a genuine Cartier watch using only the town of Crest and its inhabitants. They succeed, earning $20,000. The leaders and followers are taken to a cornfield maze, where the leaders try to guide the followers through the maze, avoiding two guards in under three minutes. All three of the pairs fail at the task, earning no money towards the pot.

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    • In the second challenge in this episode Kathryn and Afi are given two hours to find the bank and withdraw the money for the pot. Because they get help from Jim for navigation, 15 minutes is deducted from their time.

    • The players go to three separate places in this episode. Day 1 begins in the middle of the Mojave Desert, that night, they fly to Paris, France, and Day 3 takes them to Draguigan, France.

    • Throughout the episode, the group of players remains in France. On Day 5, they are in Mougins, the first test leads them to Monaco and then Cannes, and the second group of tasks takes place in Crest.

    • In the cornfield test the pairs of leaders and followers are, respectively: Steven & Charlie, Afi & Wendi, and Jim & Jennifer.

    • 11.5 million viewers watched this episode's initial ABC airing.

    • The players finally get out of France on the 10th day, when they travel from Avignon, France to Seville, Spain. On Day 12, they move to Medina Sidonia, also in Spain, which is where the execution takes place.

    • During the dice game, the players are given two tasks – one simple and one unpleasant – to complete for money. If they roll a 1, 2, or 3, they must do the simple task. If they roll a 4, 5, or 6, they must complete the unpleasant task. Steven gets the option of either painting a nude portrait or posing for a nude portrait, and comes up unlucky, having to pose. Jim must cast both legs for money, as opposed to only casting one, and Kathryn is told to shave her head instead of the easier task of dying it green. Wendi rolls one of the higher numbers, requiring her to wear a stockade for a day; a lower number would have allowed her to wear only a ball and chain. Kate, the final player, attempts to earn the entire team’s $40,000 by rolling the dice for all four tests. She gets posing nude, casting both legs, dying her hair, and wearing a ball and chain.

    • On Day 14, the players are still in Sancti Petri, Spain. On Day 15, they move to Seville, Spain, and the next day, are moved back to Sancti Petri.

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    • At the beginning of the choosing for the sheep-herding test, Anderson Cooper asks for a team of two players who can count to 751. Later, they are asked for the number of sheep that they herded, but fail to come up with this number. Throughout the sheep-herding task, a music piece plays that combines elements of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," "The Wedding March" and other tunes. This piece is called "751 Sheep" and is available on the official show soundtrack.

  • Fan Reviews (39)
  • A number of strangers meet . They all do odd tasks to earn a amount of money . One of them is a mole, or a saboteur who is paid to make sure the group earns no money. they answer tests on the mole. The winner is the person who can answer who is the mole?

    By kerrytinga45, Oct 23, 2008

  • The mole US is one of my favourite reality shows ever. The contestants have to complete games to earn money for a group pot. But there's a mole among them a player who sabotages the games. Doing so losing money for the group. It's just so good tv.

    By baskok, Aug 11, 2008

  • good show

    By munchlax99, Aug 06, 2008

  • I love this show. John Kelley is a very good host, but I miss Anderson Cooper as well. The Celebrity version I liked to see Corbin Bernson and Stephen Baldwin going at it.

    By Worf1, Aug 06, 2008

  • Not many people I know watch this or want to watch it, but it is a pretty decent show. It involves a game show as well as mysterey solving and espionage. I just miss AC!

    By Cali_girl_213, Jul 22, 2008