The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal’s winner and mole were revealed in a much more dramatic fashion than season one, and the reunion dived much deeper into strategy—and revealed some significantly better clues.
The Mole 2: The Next Betrayal was the second season of the ABC reality competition hosted by Anderson Cooper. It premiered in the fall of 2001, and then was pulled from the schedule and aired in the summer of 2002. Its 14 players—Al, Ali, Bill, Bob, Bribs, Darwin, Dorothy, Elavia, Heather, Katie, Lisa, Myra, Patrick, and Rob—had to figure out who among them was the mole.
For their final two tests, The Mole 2’s final three—Bill, Dorothy, and Heather—play a game Kathryn Price called a “hideous game,” and then take a hideous trek across treacherous landscapes before taking their final quiz.
In an iconic Mole challenge, the final four players enter Anderson Cooper’s Funhouse, where one of them has to stay all night in a room with “Tiny Bubbles” playing.
On The Mole 2, episode 10, Dorothy and Heather form a coalition, and one of The Mole’s best tests ever takes place in a small Italian town and in its tower, which was destroyed in the 2009 earthquake.
Anderson Cooper drinks wine with Al and Heather—and shows off his wine-pouring skills while the other players attempt a test that’s really just a trick question.
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.
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.