Episode #458 – Wie is de Mol 2023 Episode 1 Recap

Count the number of Moles you’ve got right on one hand, because we are back for Wie is de Mol 2023’s return visit to South Africa! Over the next ten episodes, two guys who are very much in favour of more sarcastic teenagers – Bindles & I – will be putting everything on the Table (Mountain) in an effort to uncover the Mole in this twenty-third season of Wie is de Mol – beginning with the premiere and potential elimination of Sarah.

In this week’s recap:

  • Where in the world is Logan Saunders?
  • Bindles is a jinx.
  • How good is Bindles at guessing the Mole?
  • Does WIDM do good premieres?
  • We briefly deal with Netflix Mole.
  • It all goes a bit international.
  • Did the Mole find out more than two weeks before they left?
  • Was Glenn Hugill sending us a sign?
  • Why did they use Everon?
  • How were the boxes not spotted (appropriately)?
  • I get tested.
  • Was Rik that good in Sri Lanka?
  • Do we like the Box challenge?
  • Did they give us a clue with the Box locations?
  • How much of a superfan is Ranomi?
  • Is this the year of an athlete as Mole?
  • How would a Mole sabotage the Box challenge?
  • Who is the best NPC of the episode?
  • Did the vegetable gardens stand out?
  • I potentially retell a story from the South Africa Historians episodes.
  • Do we mind that there is no Treasurer or physical money this season?
  • How good is the choir challenge?
  • Did Netflix Mole actually do some good?
  • Our YouTube recommendations are rather eye-opening.
  • Is the choir challenge actually better than Shosholoza?
  • What was Nelson Mandela’s greatest achievement?
  • Do we like one group assigning the values for the other?
  • Has a new favourite already been crowned?
  • Was 12 seconds that bad?
  • Bindles almost gives himself a shoutout.
  • Does no-one know their Mole music?
  • Would the Mole want to be in the choir?
  • Was Jurre too obvious?
  • Someone gets a birthday shoutout.
  • We give the people what they want.
  • Did we need to see that much of the music director?
  • Are Production being generous with the prizes in this episode?
  • Why is it now Test & Elimination?
  • Did we like Sarah?
  • Is Sarah going to return?
  • Who do we suspect?
  • Would Producers really cast someone in a friendship group as a Mole?
  • Aside from Sarah, who’s going home?
  • What would happen if Australian Mole got rebooted?
  • And Bindles tries to foreshadow something already.

We’re also pleased to announce that back for its sixth WIDM season in a row is our predictions pool! Now that the first episode has aired, Michelle, Logan & I will each be drafting three people for our teams. As winner of the last pool, Logan gets first pick, then Michelle, then me and so on until nine people have been assigned a team. The rules are as follows:

  1. Following the premiere, we will all order the cast from most to least suspicious. Logan was guaranteed to get his first pick, Michelle would get her first unless it matches Logan’s… and so on, until we each have three people on our team.
  2. In the event that more than nine people are left after a premiere, then whoever is left over will not be assigned a team until the next episode – when they will replace the next person to leave the show. If there are two left over, then whoever loses someone first will get first choice of those remaining without a team.
  3. The person whose team contains the Mole on the finale night will be crowned the winner. In the event that I win again, I will also gloat incessantly until I lose the Belgian one later in the year.
  4. During the season, each person has the use of a Switch. The Switch gives you the power to trade someone from one team with someone from another. There is no requirement for this to be your own team, and does not expire in the event that all of your team are eliminated.
  5. Only one Switch can be used per week and all Switches expire one the episode in which the Final Five becomes the Final Four airs. If there is a Final Five non-elimination episode, Switches are still valid until that Final Five is no more.
  6. In the event that there is a Final Four in the end and the two losers are spread over two separate teams (with the Winner & Mole on the third one), the tiebreaker is that the first person to lose someone out of those teams with the losers on it will be third place.

Teams will be revealed during next week’s episode!

Also, if you’re reading this in the Premiere Week, you too can fill in our First Suspicions form – I’ll be keeping an eye on everyone’s list during the season to see who has the best instincts! You can also take part in the all-new Bother’s Bar Suspect List here.

Thank you for listening – we’ll see you next week for more Mole Hunting!

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