“Patrick! That was Patrick!” I shouted enthusiastically to my group of friends as I franticly pointed towards the man who had just walked into the very same cafe which we were sitting outside of.
I expected them to all share my excitement but instead I was met with blank looks of confusion. Normally I would not get so excited by a guy called Patrick walking into a cafe but I recognised him from the Dutch telly.
“You know! The mole from the last season of Wie is De Mol?” I continued expecting that this would jog their memories. It didn’t.
“What are you talking about?” One of them asked.
I guess I should have expected it. I was sitting with a group of mixed expats after all and it was only thanks to a Dutch wife and a former flatmate that I even knew about the shows existence. I forgave them their ignorance. However, there was one Dutchman in our group. He had no excuse.
Wanting to explain my excitement I happily launched into an overly enthusiastic explanation of how Wie is de mol…
“It’s this game show were a group of celebrities work together…”
… right at the moment that Patrick (Mole 2011) walked back out of the bar…
“…to complete challenges for money…”
… and moved towards a table across from us…
“…and someone in the group…”
…while being able to hear everything I was over enthusiastically shouting…
“…is secretly… trying to… subvert their attempts.”
… and I trailed off quietly and shyly having realized this.
I don’t know why I thought using fancy words like ‘subvert’ instead of ‘sabotage’ or ‘mole’ might suddenly conceal the fact that I was talking rather loudly about him but it clearly did not pay off because as he took his seat and I fumbled my way through the end of the sentence he smirked to himself.
This was not helped any farther by one of my friends, having noticed my rather obvious embarrassment and enjoying it, suddenly shouting very loudly, “Tell us more about this show Stuart.”
I went very quiet and spent the rest of the evening trying not to stare at Patrick like a stalker collecting celebrity kidneys while he had dinner.
Other ‘Wie is de Mol’ encounters
This brings the grand total of ‘Wie Is De Mol’ celebrities contestants I have seen in real life up to four (Patrick Stoof, Pepijn Gunneweg, Jon van Eerd and Froukje Jansen). I keep on seeing them everywhere I go. However, this is possibly because they are the only Dutch celebrities I really know.