The show opens with Anderson explaining the rules. You know them. Ten players do "tests" for cash prizes that go into a pot. One player is The Mole, who tries to sabotage the whole thing. The one who correctly figures it out gets the pot. Each week, one player is eliminated via a quiz on facts about The Mole. Whoever knows the least leaves. Anderson claims that it's "a simple game -- be observant, expose The Mole, claim the money." But do they really want to expose The Mole? Don't they want to figure it out and then try to divert the others? I guess he means at the end. I'm not going to think about it anymore.
Also, for those of you who missed last week's recap, I want to quickly explain the Three Creamer Rule. The producers obviously include a lot of information to distract the viewers, and in that capacity will often make a big deal out of things that are not at all a big deal. My example was if someone said, "Jim usually only uses two creamers in his coffee, and this morning he used three. I think it means he's The Mole!" So, Three Creamer Rule means something that the producers try to make us think is significant, but clearly (at least in this recapper's opinion) isn't. ["Also known as the Red Herring." -- Wing Chun]
And on with the show. We get a recap of last week's events, but you can read the recap instead of rehashing it all here, if you missed it. The credits roll with a super-cheesy Bond-esque theme song while each player is introduced. Anderson sets the stage by saying that Manuel was the first victim, "and then there were nine."
Jim speaks directly to camera, saying, "Bless me camera, for I have sinned. It's been how many hours since my last confession?" In an interview, Jennifer says that Jim is her "buddy," but not because they are both gay. What? They are? Okay, then. Clearly, the producers did not want to introduce that tidbit into the first episode, probably for fear of turning off the more conservative viewers. And it doesn't really matter to the game, does it? I don't know why they put that at the top of the show, but there it is. In an interview, Kate says that she feels bad that she's not "bonding with the group." Because she's totally The Mole. You know it and I know it.
The group eats breakfast. Jennifer asks how many people think that Jim could be The Mole. She and Jim are the only ones to raise their hands, that we can see. Charlie says that he hasn't eliminated anyone at the table. In an interview, Afi says it's weird to be in a situation where "you can't trust a single person." Or a married person. Ba dum bump. Thanks, I'll be here all week. Don't forget to tip your waitress. Jennifer gets her hands on a video camera, and makes a little video introducing each player. She calls Afi "Alfie."