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And THIS Is Why I Love Reality TV: The Mole Is Finally Back!



Everyone here at the Shack is breathing a collective sigh of relief and rejoicing afterwards. The Mole is finally back! For those of you living under a rock, The Mole is a super terrific game show in which contestants must work together through challenges to earn money. All the while, one of the contestants is really The Mole, a person who sabotages missions covertly. At the end of each episode, the contestants take a quiz about who they think the mole is. The contestant who does worst on the quiz (or has the worst time if someone else does equally as horrible) is eliminated. Anyone can be the mole. To stay on, all the contestants want everyone else to think they are the mole. And so, these are the sketchiest people you’ll ever meet.

The first time I saw The Mole, I had no clue as to what was going on. In fact, I hated it. It made no sense at all and I turned it off right away. I started watching mid-season. That’s really not conducive to viewing this show and understanding what’s going on. It’s quick paced and a lot happens each episode. If you miss an episode, find a [b][url=http://www.realityshack.com/modules/magazine/article.php?articleid=1112]recap[/url][/b] or something.

What pulled me back in was [b][url=http://christinamrau.blogspot.com/2008/06/kathy-griffin-does-westbury.html ]Kathy Griffin[/url][/b] and [b][url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celebrity_Mole]Celebrity Mole[/url][/b]. Oh my God, have you seen these seasons? Corbin Bernsen is a nutloaf and Stephen Baldwin ain’t that far behind him in the oven. Then there’s Kim Coles who has coined the term Mole-icious. I want to be Mole-icious! So now that The Mole is back, I am addicted. Unfortunately, I’ve missed some episodes so I’m struggling to catch up. Still, it’s amazing.

Everyone on it annoys me in some way, including the host Jon Kelley. I don’t know if he knows who the mole is, but he sure acts like he does. He’s kind of toolish without being overtly toolish. The toolishness actually becomes charming. I start watch each show not liking him. By the end, I’m head over heels. There’s something about how he walks the losing contestants out that makes my heart melt. Sure he seems a bit condescending, kind of like Jeff “It’s All About Me” Probst at Tribal Council. The thing that separates Jon Kelly from Jeff Probst is that Jon Kelley is not a complete and total douchebag like his Survivor counterpart. Unfortunately, Anderson Cooper now works for CNN and probably won’t host The Mole again.

This season’s contestants are quite the motley crew. You’d think Nicole would be a bit nicer and likeable considering she looks at women’s vaginas all day and needs that good bed side manner to administer a non-painful pap smear. Yet, Nicole is irritating—the funniest moment of the season was Nicole getting voted most annoying by the rest of the group. Hil. Air. Eee. Us. She might be the mole since she’s so unlikable and the producers would want people to watch just so they can hope she gets kicked off.

Then there’s the soccer coach/teacher/guy who definitely makes all the kids cry and will wind up in the headlines as Coach Fired For Decapitating Ref During Pee Wee Soccer Game, Mark. I think my rather long nickname for him sums him up nicely. He can be the mole for the same reason Nicole could be.

Kristen, Ali, and Marcie are all women who have a pretty side and a nasty side, which makes for manipulation skills all up and through em. Each can be the mole.

Clay is disturbed any time he has to, well, compete. He thinks it’s absurd to have to do anything. He’s got mole tendencies.

Alex seems like the All-American take me home to mom boy. A good cover, mole.

Paul is completely the opposite and any day now, his eyeballs are going to pop out during the elimination ceremony. Mole-like.

Liz, Bobby, and Victoria are hard to figure out. Very mole-ish.

Then there’s Craig who wants to be loved but screws himself over when he plays for himself instead of the good of the group. Craig, I think, may have self-esteem issues. Or maybe that’s a front—maybe he’s the mole. I’m aware that some of these contestants have already been eliminated, but who says they can’t come back and be the mole? Actually, I think that’s the whole point but I’m a bit paranoid and at this stage, I’m not sure that I’m not the mole.

The Mole is enjoyable because each episode gets you thinking something new. You can insist one week that someone is the mole only to change your mind completely the next. It’s a fun ride each week and the in-fighting is fantastic. Nothing says fun like paranoia on warp speed 18.

Are you the mole? Email me and [b][url=http://www.realityshack.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=2487&forum=13&post_id=40206#forumpost40206]chat in the forums[/url][/b].

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