Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Mark...molish actions

Kelly just asked me if Mark turning down the exemption didn't indicate he was not the Mole. If you will remember, I asked Al not to give me the exemption after the pugle stick game, causing some consternation among the rest. (Darwin: "Bill's just trying to look 'noble.' " Derisively) It did confuse them; no one turns down an exemption (except Heather). I think Mark's refusal to take the exemption is in the same category as mine was. He turned down an obvious exemption. Why? In his words to "keep the peace with the others so he would not be frozen out." Nah. Any one of them would have taken the exemption in his case. As I review his continuing angst about losing his journal and the fuss he makes publicly about that, I again grow suspicious. What a good ploy to get the others off his case. Acting strangely, somewhat inappropriate, "losing it." I don't think so. Playing a smart game is more like it. Mark is moving way up on my radar screen. I'm going to have to go back and review all the episodes. He is doing a lot of what I did in that long ago last mole season!


At July 2, 2008 at 10:26 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

I was thinking the very same thing. Mark is the one with the "story". Remember in the first or second episode he talked about wanting the money so his wife wouldn't have to work. No one else has ever talked about things like that. I think its looking more and more like Mark.

Thanks for your insights! My wife and I loved Mole 2 more than all the others. It's great to see your commentary on the new series.

At July 2, 2008 at 11:13 AM , Blogger Kelly said...

I was not necessarily commenting on this singular action on Mark's part as much as his continual tour de force of putting money in the pot. I can't recall, when you passed on your exemption was there money tied to it as well? If you had taken the exemption would it have cost the pot some cash? Mark looks like the female Kristen to me--just wanting to win. Another point with Mark is his coalition with Clay revealed in ep 2. I think these guys are getting the "Jim/Steve" edit where they get themselves to the end. Did you ever put yourself in a firm coalition with another player to share info, thereby risking your cover? Mark and Clay have been comparing notes for over two weeks (filming time) at this point in the game.

At July 2, 2008 at 2:32 PM , Blogger Bill said...

On the first day Darwin asked me to be in a coalition; of course, he asked everyone! Unable to figure out how to turn him down, I said, "Sure." Then never had another discussion about that coalition. I had no desire to have a coalition; I was paranoid enough without having to keep tabs on what I shared!

Nope, when I passed on my exemption no money was involved. However, when Elavia was offered money to give up her exemption she turned it down through $40,000. Afterward we all agreed that an exemption was worth at least $50,000. If you're executed, none of that money comes into play anyway! I can't stress enough how much exemptions are valued. For someone like Mark to turn one down really makes me wonder!

At July 2, 2008 at 7:11 PM , Blogger Kelly said...

That's one of my sticking points with Mark. A major thread that has been edited into the storyline is the Clay and Mark coalition. And Bobby tells us in a post-execution interview that he was approached by Mark on the first night to align with him, which he did. Mark is either very confident in his ability to deceive, or he is not the Mole. To me, his actions are that of a player that really wants to win.

At July 3, 2008 at 1:35 PM , Blogger Sir Jason DeLima said...

I find it annoying how they're willing to run around Santiago half naked asking random passengers for clothes, but they won't use random costumes and vehicles to get to a friggin' statue. I still find the second season of the Mole to be the best.

At July 3, 2008 at 1:39 PM , Blogger Sir Jason DeLima said...

..and to add to my previous comment, there wasn't even anyone around to watch, except the camera men!

At July 5, 2008 at 9:22 PM , Blogger Stephen said...

I think the point of them not playing that costume game was that they felt it couldn't be done. With the clothes thing, most of them believed it could be done, so they gave it a shot. Clay didn't want any part of that game and Mark joined him.

Interesting point about not turning down the exemption, Bill. I think that's probably what made Heather look suspicious and heroic at the same time...same with Bribs in the Gladiator game. Though with Heather, it was an exemption that would have been really hard to take, leaving the other 2 in the cells...I'm not sure how many would have taken that.

But Mark, he's not leaving anyone behind, and I don't think anyone would have blamed him if he did take the exemption given his journal being destroyed. I guess I'll have too look more toward Mark too!

At July 6, 2008 at 11:16 PM , Blogger Wil Brendel said...

Hi, Bill.

I just stumbled onto this blog via a link on Wikipedia. It's highly interesting reading your views on this new season. Consider yourself bookmarked :D Looking forward to reading your thoughts on this week's episode.

-Wil Brendel


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