Before the game, the players were asked who they would like to see win the pot other than themselves, and Heather was chosen, so she is the Evader. Anderson reminds Heather that she's wanted an exemption for a long time. Heather says she thinks this is a critical round, and that "an exemption would mean the world." Anderson tells Heather that the other players don't know that she will have a walkie-talkie (so she can listen in on their communications) and a map with the location of all nine thumbprints on it.
The players were also asked who they least suspected of being the Mole, and they chose Al "by an overwhelming majority." Okay, there are only four people voting (assuming that Al couldn't vote for himself), so what is an overwhelming majority there? All four? Why didn't they just say unanimous? The overhead map shows that Heather starts at one end of the village and Al starts at the other end, with the tower almost directly in the center. In an interview, Al says he realized that he's not fooling anybody in the game, and wondered how he would win, but he also thought that he was fooling all of them. What does that even mean? I don't know. Anderson tells Al that if he captures Heather's flag in less than thirty minutes, he'll get an exemption in addition to the money for the pot. Al is psyched. Anderson hands him a walkie-talkie and wishes him luck. In an interview, Al says, "At this stage of the game, an exemption is worth a free pass to the next round, and that's gold. That's gold." Unlike the other stages of the game, where an exemption didn't mean a free pass to the next round? Also, quit channeling that Seinfeld guy.