.... an interesting articleEast St. Louis native in search of 'The Mole' on reality show
Ledora Williams always knew her daughter, Dr. Nicole Williams, was adventurous and assertive.
But she never expected to see her rafting over a Chilean waterfall on "The Mole" reality series last Monday.
A new episode airs at 9 p.m. today on ABC KDNL-TV, Channel 30.
"I have confidence in her judgment. But just like any other mother, you're concerned," said Ledora Williams of East St. Louis.
Nicole Williams, 33, graduated from East St. Louis Senior High School in 1992 and is now a gynecologist and obstetrician at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago.
She also took dance and acting lessons as a child and has performed with the Black Repertory Theater in St. Louis.
During the first episode, Nicole Williams admitted her fear of heights but completed the first task.
"In order to make it over the falls, I made it a point not to look before I leapt, so I never saw the drop until I did the mission, and whoa! It was an incredible experience, and the view was remarkable," Nicole Williams wrote in an e-mail.
During the show, 12 contestants compete against each other to reveal the mole -- the contestant trying to sabotage the others from winning $500,000.
Each week contestants compete in physical challenges, while keeping track of each other in diaries. At the end of each episode, contestants complete a 10-question quiz to see if they can guess who is the mole. The person with the lowest quiz score is eliminated each week until a winner is chosen.
On the first night of competition, Nicole Williams was told she could not sleep in a cabin with other contestants; she was one of four who had to sleep outside because there wasn't room for 12 in the cabin.
She refused to sleep outside.
"No. I'm coming in, seriously," she said on the show.
She entered the cabin, where eight other contestants were staying. When they questioned her, she said she wasn't going to sleep, so she could stay.
"All I have to do is stay up all night. It's called circumventing," she said.
Later some of the contestants called her a "whiner" and the 11 other contestants chose to leave her stranded on a beach for the night.
In the end, Nicole Williams was glad. She survived the first round of elimination and will be on tonight's show.
Ledora Williams wondered what happened during segments that never air on TV.
"I don't think people are seeing the real Nicole. I don't know what happened before that. You don't see it all and she can't talk about it while she's on the show."Looking back, Nicole Williams agrees she did complain at the beginning.
"The players were right, I did whine. I was very ill-prepared for the possible rigors of the show," she wrote.
Nicole Williams auditioned for the show at a friend's suggestion and is glad she did. Medical partners at the hospital took care of her patients.
Clay Newbill, executive producer for 'The Mole" said the show casts contestants who are "... from all walks of life ... interesting people that have the ability to remain interesting for an extended period of time."
Nicole Williams was glad to have the chance for travel and adventure, but isn't giving up her day job for showbiz.
"I'll always be Dr. Williams. That's my calling in life," she said.
Would she do it again?
"It was a crazy ride, and I'd do it again in a flash. I learned what is really important in life is the ones I love, not money, not fame, and especially not where I sleep."