The following originally appeared at the original TV Tome:
Well, here we go. It's time for the finale of the Celebrity Hawaii edition of "The Mole." Heading into this, I have a bit of a bad feeling. I really want Kathy Griffin to win, but I just get the feeling that Erik Von Detten is going to beat her out. So let's watch and see...
It starts out with a review of what's happened so far. It's a lot of stuff and I've gotta say, it was way better than I expected. I wouldn't mind seeing another of these celebrity editions in the future. The games and the personalities were actually fairly decent and I was able to deal with Ahmad, even though he's not Anderson. Anyways, after the clips package of the previous season, it's time to talk about some of the "suspicious" moments for each of the contestants. Yada yada yada, you know the drill. Each of them had suspicious moments, but only one can be the mole.
So now that we've done that, it's time to gab with those contestants who didn't make it to the final round. Andersen asks them all for their choices as to who the winner is and who's the mole. Michael and Kim both get it right. So what's right? Well, you'll see in a moment. So now, after the break, it's time to reveal the results. This year, instead of having keys or anything, they've locked them in rooms with hand-scanners to up the technology ante. First, they're going to reveal who the winner is. We see some shots of them with the hand-scanners and then a door opens. It's Kathy! (Yes, yes, yes! YEEESSSS!) So everyone's in varying degrees of shock. Kathy's not sure it's real and asks if they did it backwards so that the loser steps out first. (Me: "Yes! It's really real! You won! Congrats!") Ahmad reinforces the good news. So, now that we have that out of the way, it's time to find out who the mole is. They do the hand-scanner thing again, and, to no big surprise for most of the viewing audience, out steps Frederique. Finally, they have Erik come on out. Corbin Bernsen demands that a red thumbprint appear, so one does and Ahmad tells him that he's the mole's final victim.
All right, now it's time for a series of clips packages. Don't worry, they're good clips packages though, with lots of stuff we haven't seen before. There's one about Kathy and coalitions. Basically, she went to a lot of different players for coalitions. And (isn't this funny?) she even tried to get in a coalition with the mole. But Frederique acted uninterested and eventually, Kathy ended up in a coalition with Erik. That coalition evenetually broke apart in the final round. Oh, and check this out, if Erik hadn't gotten an exemption the night Michael was executed, then he would have been gone. I find that really interesting because, well, think about it. The entire dynamic of the game would have been changed. It would have meant that Frederique, Kathy and Michael would have gone on to the final round. Kathy would have still been convinced that Michael was the mole and Michael wouldn't really have been sure what to think. In the end, Kathy probably would have lost to Michael. Either that, or it would have been the first version of The Mole ever in which the winner of the game didn't actually really know who the mole was.
In any case, Kathy beat Erik out by three questions. In another clips packages, we see a whole bunch of scenes of Stepehn Baldwin. It's probably best not to talk about it too much because it's really kind of scary. Next! The next package is about Corbin Bernsen. It seems, that, well, Corbin had this thing about looking for clues. He had watched previous seasons of the show and thought he could find the hidden clues. But he was looking at all the wrong things and it led to his execution.
Now, it's time to talk about how Frederique sabotaged the games. Now, stop me here, but the claim is that Frederique managed to sabotage a total of $80,000 from the pot. Now, everything they said was that there was only $250,000 up for grabs. The pot total is $233,000. So really, the only way this is possible is that they actually offered more money in the games then they theoretically could have given away. Oh well, whatever. In any case, Frederique really was a good mole. Everyone had their suspicions on Michael or someone else and therefore nobody whatsoever chose her until the final quiz. They even went so far as to say that they were sure she wasn't the mole.
Finally, there's the hidden clues. As usual, some of them were lame and some were fairly decent. Fortunately, none of them were dead giveaways. One good one was that Frederique was the only person visible in the chopper shown in the opening sequence for the show. One that I thought was really lame was a red, white and blue dolphin, which are also the colors of the flag of the Netherlands, Frederique's home country. Uh, hellllo? Red, white and blue are also the colors of the flag of the United States, sillies!
Anyways, that's about all for the show. If you saw the "XYZ'd" marathon edition on ABC Family, there were also some comments by Kathy. For example, she said that she was going to spend all the money on herself. Hee! Kathy's so funny!