The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal’s loved-ones episode is significantly different than season ones, as the loved ones are used as rewards for two separate tests. Otherwise, though, the game is mostly on hold.
ABC's The Mole was a game of strategy and intrigue originally hosted by Anderson Cooper, and also aired two celebrity seasons. Each season has one player secretly working for the producers and against the other players, who are quizzed about The Mole's identity. The Mole is coming back in 2021, filming a new season with American contestants in Australia.
The Mole 2’s players are split up again for episode 7’s two tests, which involve transporting a lubed gnome and competing in a gladiator battle, but they’re all present when host Anderson Cooper offers their least-favorite player a bribe to leave the game.
The Mole’s players face a grueling physical test and a grueling emotional test, plus a paltry dinner, in season 2, episode 6.
In Vicenza, Italy, The Mole 2’s players face their two best tests yet, and also have a charming dinner with Anderson Cooper. It’s a near-perfect Mole episode.
Only three episodes of The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal aired in the fall of 2001, so we had to wait until the summer of 2002 to see the two tests—and the secret tire-changing test—in episode four.
This collection of my The Mole season 1 recaps and analysis explores, episode by episode, tests, strategies, and notable events of ABC’s Anderson Cooper-hosted competition reality show.
In its first three episodes, The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal has given out almost twice as many exemptions as season one, and that’s coming at the expense of big, elaborate tests. But the players did have fun with Anderson Cooper.