There is no line that sums up Australian reality television more than Game On Moles.
First uttered on Big Brother in 2006, Game On Moles has popped up in multiple reality shows over the past decade. The most Australian of insults, there is a deep history to this hallowed phrase.
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First of all, is it “mole” or “moll”? The original spelling is definitely “moll”, and referenced either a gangster’s girlfriend or a prostitute. The word was popularised as an insult by the 1979 book Puberty Blues where it was always spelled “moll”. By the time the phrase first appeared on Big Brother it seems that “mole” had become the accepted spelling, and a range of merchandise declaring “game on moles” was produced. In this article "mole" will be used throughout.
While mole is historically an insult thrown at women, reality TV has changed all that. Anyone can be referenced as a mole, as these examples will show. Let's take a trip back through time.
Big Brother – Anna – 2006
In this scene Anna is very upset that Karen, the mother of her enemy Krystal, will no longer share a bed with her. Karen and Krystal entered the house as a secret mother-daughter pair (with matching breast implants) but by this stage in the competition their relationship had been revealed. And thus history was made.
Australia’s Next Top Model – Jordan – 2007
Remember when Top Model was more about teenage bullying than modelling? One of the major themes of the 2007 cycle was Jordan and Paloma's ongoing arguments. After Paloma told Jordan she had “lost her as a friend”, Jordan hit back in the best possible way during a one on one interview.
The Bachelor - 2018
Well well well. What do we have hear? ANOTHER Bachie Game On Moles, this time uttered by mean girl Cat.
Australian Survivor - 2018
Just days after Game On Moles was uttered on The Bachelor, Queen Fenella on Survivor threw in a cheeky Game On Moles while talking strategy in the Contenders camp.
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This article was originally written in 2015 and is faithfully updated whenever Game On Moles is said on Australian TV.