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The Mole

Season 4 Episode 7

Celebrity Mole: Yucatan Finale

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 18, 2004 on ABC
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Celebrity Mole: Yucatan Finale
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The final episode of the season reveals the results of the quiz, determining which celebrity wins, which loses and which is the mole. Video clips give viewers a look back at what happened during the season and reveal new information on previously hidden aspects of the game. Hidden clues pointing to the identity of the mole are unmasked.moreless

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  • Originally posted at TV Tome --- Extra! Obvious Sabotage Fools Almost All! See Who Won and Who's The Mole!

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    Hi, Agent0042 here. Before I get started, I'd just like to say that the review below contains references to the idea of The Mole being revived on another network. Unfortunately, this never happened. Again, shame on ABC for cancelling it and for cancelling "8 Simple Rules." At this point, I watch nothing on ABC but "Lost" and I don't have any plans to change that soon.



    P.S.: And double shame to GSN for dropping the repeats like a hot potato!





    The following originally appeared at the original TV Tome:



    So, before I get started with the review, I'd just like to comment on a little something quickly. As you probably know by now if you read the guide, ABC has officially announced that they're declining to renew The Mole for a fifth season. Surprising many major insiders, ABC has turned The Mole into a free agent, up for Stone Stanley to market to any network that might be willing to pick it up. To ABC, I say this: 1. Stupid, you're really stupid. Just going on dropping one of your best shows like that, I think that's even more stupid than when Dennis said there were 13 continents on the Graduate Game. 2. Good riddance. I know I'm certainly not going to miss your poor treatment of the show: the lack of promotion, the putting the program on "hiatus," the celebrity editions. Nope. Buh, bye. 3. Whatever network it is that finally decides to pick up the show is a lot smarter than you! Wa ha ha ha ha!





    Okay, now with that on the way, I can get on with what everyone's really here for, a discussion of what happened in this final episode. Since the format was a bit different, the review's going to be a bit different. Obviously, there can't be any comments on the games or mole suspicions and I won't be recapping the music either since so much of the episode was clips shows anyway.





    After a recap of the episode, things begin with Ahmad introducing us to the previous celebrities. It's been a few weeks since the final quiz and everyone's there to share in the final results. We begin by getting the guesses of the players as to who they think the winner is and who the mole is.



    Ananda - Winner: Angie Everhart, Mole: Mark Curry

    Corbin - Winner: Dennis Rodman, Mole: Mark Curry

    Stephen - Winner: Angie Everhart (but he hopes it's Dennis), Mole: Mark Curry

    Keshia - Winner: Dennis Rodman, Mole: Mark Curry

    Tracey - Winner: Angie Everhart, Mole: Dennis Rodman



    And, as you know, my prediction is Dennis as the mole, with Mark Curry winning the money. Next, we're given a montage of the suspicious moments of each of the players. Angie faked sickness during the piñata game and stepped outside the circle. She made up the fakey story in the Artifact or Fiction game and in Exemption or Bust, she actively refused to give anyone an exemption. Mark's suspicious moments included choosing the pink pig with the exemption in the piñata game, not earning any money in Tequila Shooters and throwing water into the boat in the Treasure Code game. Finally, Dennis refused an exemption in Exemption or Bust and also heavily sabotaged the Flashback game.



    The big moment has come and it's time to find out who the winner is. The players try to unlock their doors and out comes... Dennis! Man, was I floored. I'll admit it, shouting all over the place. I was happy that he won, but I really, really thought he was the mole. Ahmad asks him about why he was so confident in his winning. He answers that he had a good strategy and I guess so. Ahmad has him unlock the mole's door and out comes... Angie! Big-time shocker #2 for me. I thought she was always way too obvious, but, as they explain later, that was the idea all along. To rub things in, she comments that she fooled us all and she sure did. Going over the celebrities' answers, only two out of five picked Dennis as the winner and none chose Angie as the mole.



    In the first montage, we learn that Mark and Dennis each had a different strategy. Mark thought he could create suspicion through humor, while Dennis tried to intimidate people with his "bad-boy" persona. (And in my opinion also really threw people off by acting just plain moronic at times.) In a really interesting flashback clip, we hear Tracey's comment about Dennis taking no notes. We then get to hear what we didn't hear before, as she continues that even though he didn't take any notes, he remembered stuff and could tell you pretty much anything you would want to know that might be on the quiz. Mark focused on Angie as the mole right away, while Dennis had other suspects, but managed to hang in the game. In another big twist, Tracey's giving him the exemption from the Graduate Game saved his neck because he would have been sent home. She was his main suspect, but after she was executed, he managed to shift his focus: correctly identifying Angie as the mole and sabotaging the Flashback game so badly that Mark was thrown off. Mark picked Angie as the mole on the final quiz (ah ha ha ha ha!) while Dennis, with his razor-sharp memory, answered 17 out of 20 questions correctly, sealing his victory. So congratulations to Dennis, definitely one of the smartest players the game has seen.



    In another montage, we revisit some Stephen and Corbin moments, them, of course, being the two who came back to try the game twice. They vowed to have new strategies, but were once again thrown off by Angie's charm. To everyone's great amusement, we see how they almost immediately began focusing on everyone as suspects except for the one person they should have been most worried about: Angie Everhart. Ahmad comments that they really do suck at playing this game, but we still love them and I guess that's true... sort of, kind of... okay, not really. I don't find them that amusing and I still don't think they should have been allowed to come back. Surely they could have found somebody more deserving.





    Another montage discusses Angie's sabotage, saying that in all she took $195,000 out of the pot. To that, I say: not bad, although they could structure the show a little better so as not to confuse people with the dollar amounts. If the celebrities won $222,000 and she sabotaged $195,000 plus there was all of the stuff that the other contestants sabotaged, then there's a much larger pool of money available than the "up to a quarter million" dollars that they advertise that they can win. Also, certain things would be affected, for example, if Dennis hadn't chosen to open the briefcase in the final game, then the producers likely would have told Angie too. So it just seems to me that they could structure it a little better.





    Finally, there's the hidden clues and I have to admit to being a total dodo-bird, just like the celebrities on this one. I even knew about the "7AE" clue and chose to dismiss it as a red herring. Fairly good work on the seven theme and to anyone that did catch all the clues, congratulations!





    Well, that's all for now. With any luck, I'll be back again when The Mole premieres on another network. Until then, you can catch repeats of classic episodes of The Mole beginning in March on GSN. There's a good chance that I might choose to review the two original seasons of the show once GSN starts showing them, so keep an eye out then!moreless
Mark Curry

Mark Curry

Himself - Runner-Up (Celebrity Mole: Yucatan)

Keshia Knight Pulliam

Keshia Knight Pulliam

Herself - 4th Executed (Celebrity Mole: Yucatan)

Ahmad Rashad

Ahmad Rashad

Host (Celebrity Editions)

Tracey Gold

Tracey Gold

Herself - 5th Executed (Celebrity Mole: Yucatan)

Corbin Bernsen

Corbin Bernsen

Himself - 3rd Executed (Celebrity Mole: Hawaii), Himself - 2nd Executed (Celebrity Mole: Yucatan)

Angie Everhart

Angie Everhart

Herself - The Mole (Celebrity Mole: Yucatan)

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