Belgian Mole 2021

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We’re finally here! Ten contestants adventure to Germany under the auspices of Gilles De Coster to complete tasks to earn money for a pot. One of the ten is an imposter, The Mole, and must try and sabotage the tasks without being detected. Every week the contestants do a multiple choice quiz on who they think the mole is and what they think The Mole has done and whoever is furthest away from the truth is eliminated, until just the winner remains to claim the pot and and unmask the mole.

The Starting Ten

These are the ten people who were selected as the contestants:

They are:

  • Kevin, 30, Lawyer
  • Katrien, 39, Heart surgeon
  • Philip, 51, Marketing teacher
  • Samina, 42, Flamenco teacher
  • Lennart, 25, Educator
  • Annelotte, 25, Recruiter
  • Sven, 41, Catering operator
  • Jasmien, 30, Advocate
  • Jens, 30, Joiner
  • Dami, 20, Psychology Student

HOWEVER, and it’s a big however, we know that during episode one we also meet 10 contestants who weren’t selected but almost made it, and they might have a chance to replace the selected ten in some sort of challenge.

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42 thoughts on “Belgian Mole 2021

  1. Joseph M.

    The subtitles in English (translated with Google Translate and secondhand knowledge of Dutch from the show)

    “This year the will to unmask The Mole was greater than ever.

    More than 30,000 people registered, but did not make the selection. A small group did get the green light.

    Ten contestants start the adventure of a lifetime.

    But whether it is these ten is still the question. This year no one is sure of his place.”

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  2. John R

    Natalia is back! It just cheered me up no end knowing that she is OK! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Sinan Stan

    Until the final few seconds of the episode, my conspiracy theory was that “Jens” was a production plant hired to go out first and that the successful attacker was always going to be the mole.

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    1. Brig Bother Post author

      I reckon they’ve got a bit unlucky as that I just can’t see someone that young being a good Mole. But perhaps he is and will be brilliant, so…

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  4. John R

    I watched the episode several hours ago (Thanks Natalia, incredibly speedy as always!) and have been walking around with a huge smile on my face ever since, absolutely fantastic! (the music editors deserve a raise, that slow piano rendition of Life On Mars in particular had me reaching for the tissues!)

    Then they basically stuck two fingers up to Covid, then time to lose the first contestant…hmm hang on has Natalia accidentally left the recording going a bit too long as there are still 20 minutes left…ahh…yay! Time for a bottle of be…OH MY GOD!

    An interesting point raised that they took a short test for the car seats (‘as they always use to decide’ in Gille’s own words) but there was no red screen for the poor eliminated contestant…so that may come back to haunt later in the season

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    1. Dale

      I said the same thing about the red screen. No red screen being shown = not eliminated. I also wonder about all the other mystery players as well.

      If this was in non Covid times its say that I could seem them returning for revenge on the players for not being selected to steal money from the pot. OR OR WHAT IF Jens WAS the mole and they didnt show the screens bc the mole ALWAYS gets a green screen ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  5. Alex McMillan

    I mean, I love that they’ve set it up that Noah *could* be the mole, but it’s still significantly less likely it’s him than any of the others, right? 10% chance the Attacker mole getting in, I’d still bet hard on Noah not being the mole.

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    1. Brig Bother Post author

      Oh absolutely, for no other reason than I can’t see them giving it to someone with so little life experience – it might be more believable if it was someone a few years older.

      Although perhaps that’s what they WANT us to think.

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      1. Brig Bother Post author

        Although as erstwhile FOTB Matt suggested on the Discord, it was quite amusing seeing him phone his mum to say he wasn’t coming home.

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      2. Clicky

        Before knowing the final scene at the end of the episode, I honestly just assumed every single person in an orange mask was 18 years old (and assumed they were all competing to be the Mole)… perhaps one reason for the disguise in the first place, to cover up their age, it felt like a shock that he was so young so I wonder if they were all that young. :O

        Probably wrong, but I wouldn’t be surprised!

        @Alex – wouldn’t the odds be the exact same that Noah is the Mole compared to everyone else?

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  6. Aprilbride15

    We know the alternative mole was in the corn field in advance…do you think they were briefed by production on the task? Might they have any kind of advantage over the other contestants in the second group?

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    1. Brig Bother Post author

      I think they were aware of how it worked but probably not given the code at the start, having to earn their place, but I reckon the actual mole knew which one they were so they could try and eliminate them to ensure being on the show.

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  7. spp138

    Episode 1: Holy cow! I had forgotten how beautiful and creative Belgian Mole is!

    Episode 2: Holy cow! I had forgotten how ruthless Belgian Mole is!

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  8. Brig Bother Post author

    There’s quite a lot of #molchat going down in the Bother’s Bar Discord btw, if you think it’s a bit quiet here.

    https://discord.gg/cCYTDgk

    Here’s what I’ve posted, for posterity:

    That first challenge, Carpool Karaoke Literally In Paddling Pools With Brake Tests is an all-time comedy classic, and probably one of the best “task A affects task B challenges” they’ve done. Funnily enough, I was half expecting the piano in the hall to explode if someone made three mistakes.

    The second challenge looked impossible so I was really impressed that they earned so much. I too want to ride the Winecoaster. I genuinely thought there was no way any wine was making it to the table, so for them to get as much as they did, and almost getting a fair amount more, was impressive.

    Third challenge: goddamn that setting and set-up. I thought there would be no room in the garages to actually open the doors and they’d have to do something trapped in the cars but fortunately we got something much more interesting. We were always due a double elimination although I’m quite surprised it felt so early. Also seems a bit odd that we’re two eliminations in and they’ve both had twists when normally they’ll do one with a twist halfway through the series.

    Actually also amazed re: challenge two a) nobody who drunk the wine went A over T down the hill at any point and b) Philip drinking and driving? Surely not!

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  9. Clicky

    Does anyone else think the Mole might have “slipped” in this episode and made a crucial error and possibly revealing themselves? I’m referring to a specific moment but when I explained it to my friends nobody else seemed to think anything of it.

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    1. John R

      Yep, but then others have pointed out the editors surely wouldn’t leave something like that in making their chance of being the Mole even less likely!

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    2. steve

      reffering to what ? and if had slipped would the editors really leave it in

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    3. spp138

      If we’re thinking about the same thing, I think I noticed it too. But then, I noticed more than one person doing the same thing

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  10. Sinan Stan

    From what I’ve read I seem to be the only one who thinks this, but for the first time I feel they actually went too far with the twist. Not a series ruiner like the one in WIDM, of course, but it was pretty shit seeing the more interesting team face elimination while the one with all the fodder on it got a free pass.

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    1. TVs Michael Harmstone

      I was a bit gutted it was them, but on the plus side we sort of got the answer to who would have gone last week – three of the people who could have got red last week were in the vulnerable team.

      On the plus side, it’s almost worth it for the visual of them exploding execution chairs (and the others having to sit on chairs that could be rigged with explosives too) and for the utter hilarity of that result podcast-wise.

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  11. Brig Bother Post author

    As we know, sometimes non-elimination twists don’t quite go how production were anticipating. I wonder how the bunker challenge would have worked if someone *did* get eliminated in the first week?

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    1. Brig Bother Post author

      Thinking about it some more, this is pretty easy – everyone’s up for execution or only half of them still are.

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  12. Harry

    The setting for that twist was great. The twist on the other hand, eh…

    It was a nice idea but the ‘carrot’ of โ‚ฌ3000/โ‚ฌ5000 felt much too small for what was an exemption in a double elimination. There was also no ‘stick’ for pressing the button. I know we don’t like mole to be too cruel but I wonder if there was a rule of “if you both press the button the pot gets wiped” we might have a much more interesting game.

    As it stands the easiest solution to the dilemma was to hit the button but then it felt much more like a race with amazing prize than it did an opportunity for betrayal.

    I’m also somewhat disappointed that Jens isn’t coming back given it contradicts the ‘lore’ the show set up in South Africa. Nevertheless Belgian mole is still by far the best thing on tv at the moment and I very much look forward to seeing where they go next. The other two challenges were great!

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  13. Brig Bother Post author

    Right, so naming no names right now, but Gilles’ ten-minute call was clearly a coded instruction to The Mole, and two people went straight for the code rather than ripping the box up.

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    1. John R

      Absolutely fantastic episode that was, and just for good measure they chucked in a new candidate but of course there are several twists to go along with that!

      Also nice to see with whatever Covid measures they had in place they were allowed to do so mingling with the locals

      I feel like I’m going to absolutely be kicking myself at some of the clues revealed in Episode 9 already :/

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  14. Brig Bother Post author

    Thought it was the weakest of the three so far, but still very good.

    I enjoyed the thought processes behind the challenges:

    1) Do dogs really look like their owners?
    2) Can you break hypnotism?
    3) Wouldn’t it be cool to 3D print pasvraggen? And some dominoes.

    I don’t think Noah gets enough credit for keeping his eyes open for over two minutes, that’s basically incredible.

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