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businesspeople have come to the biggest jungle of their lives
- New York City - to take on each other and the business savvy
of Donald Trump to win the job of a lifetime as an apprentice
with the Trump Organization.
Recaps by Gordon Pepper, GSNN
Host: Donald J. Trump
Assistants: George Ross, Carolyn Kepcher
Creator: Mark Burnett
EP: Mark Burnett, Donald J. Trump
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Episode 5 - February 5
Just in case you wanted to know, this is the first
time in a Burnett production that a team has started out
a competition by having 4 straight members of their team
eliminated. There have been many times where a team has
lost 3 to start it off - and there have been times where
a team has lost more than 4 people (including a very
impressive 8 straight by Sook Jai in Survivor 5), but no
one has lot more than 3 to start a show - until now.
Hence, we now have 8 very happy women, and 4 dispirited
guys who want to rip each other's throats out.
The feelings only intensify when Nick, the guy who
everyone else claimed 'checked out' and who the men
wanted to see gone - is back. He even says as much, and
you can cut the tension with a knife. Not everything is
all daggers and creme though, as Troy and Bill make up
about their spat in the board game, AwwwwBarf.
Still, the Donald decides that he wants a change - and
both teams have an hour to assign their new project
managers and meet him in the Board Room. Nick, playing
the role of Sam, is now the Project Manager for the men
while Kristi takes over for the women. Also taking over
is Bernie Diamond, who will be sitting in while George
is out attending business. According to Donald, when
things aren't working out, you reshuffle, and with that,
he orders the Project Managers to create new teams. The
guys, as can be expected, look happy, and the women, as
expected, look like they've stepped on one of those wind
grates which cause their dresses to lift up.
Here are the new teams - The New Versacorp has Nick,
Amy, Bill, Katrina, Ereka and Tammy, while the new
Protege has Kristi, Troy, Jessie, Kwame, Heidi and
Omarosa. This on paper looks like a horrible mismatch.
Kristi's team has all of the sociable people who get
along, but all of the business savvy is on the other
team and it's possible that Protege could spend the next
4 meetings in the Board Room.
Now for the weekly assignment - each team gets $1,000,
and the teams need to go to a flea market, sell the
wares that they have gotten for the $1,000, and try to
make as much of a profit as they can. How do the teams
prepare for this? Nick's team starts out with a plan
immediately, as the women suggest to make t-shirts and
jewelry and sell them for a much higher value. Tammy,
who kept being the dissenter for the women's team,
continues her role here. "It is not smart for Nick to
defer so many of the project manager tasks to the women
on the team because this is Nick's moment to shine. I
think Nick will be back in the boardroom and I think he
will get fired." Is there anything that Tammy has done
besides not complain? Yet she has not gotten to the
Board Room because every team that she has been on has
won. Talk about someone who is riding on coattails...
but at least her team has a plan - which Kristi's team
doesn't. They finally decide to sell dirt with seeds and
flecks of gold. Wha? That's going to sell in New York? I
am just waiting until Kristi takes her first trip to the
The Donald's lesson for the week? "Stand Up For
Yourself." This is one of the rules that I know by
heart - If you don't stand up for yourself, neither will
anybody else. Let's see if that comes into play on this
Protege goes to a flea market - and that's not the one
that they want to sell at, since no one was buying
anything. They decide to try their luck in Chinatown -
and Troy suggests that they use a
Nick and Katrina find a clothes rack in the dumpster -
and Nick wants to get it, because he knows that if his
team doesn't win, he's gone. Katrina, who was with him,
goes right into the dumpster to get the clothes rack.
They wheel the rack in to Trump Towers as Katrina tells
him how sexy he looks carting the rack. Really? Hmmmmm.....
While Versacorp is creating their product and finalizing
it's production, Protege are in Chinatown getting hats
and other fashion accessories - but they are not the
items that they will be selling. Troy asks Kristi if
they have gotten a product yet, and she hems and haws
before saying that they have found some nice
mini-umbrellas. Troy says that there will be a rainstorm
tomorrow and it would be a great idea to sell that if
they will actually be sturdy. Kristi says that it's a
decent product, but there is no way that the paper
umbrellas will be good in a real rainstorm and I don't
even have to watch the rest of this episode to see
what's going to happen here.
As they are leaving, Kristi tells Omarosa to make sure
that no money falls out of her pants. Omarosa squeezes
the money in before they leave. If the money was that
important, why not put it in a purse instead of
someone's back pocket? Kristi did do a smart thing, as
they booked an indoor booth and they said that they sold
a decent amount of profit. Nick's team is stuck outside,
where there is a rainstorm - and people do not
traditionally go to outdoor flea markets in rainstorms.
But inside, Kristi's team isn't doing much better, as
Heidi suggests that they work outside. The rain clears
up, and Heidi talks to Omarosa about convincing Kristi
to make up her mind and to move outside. As the rain
clears, Nick asks Katrina her opinions about what they
should do, and Katrina says not to panic. Nick says that
it's smart to get advice from the women - and why not,
since they have won 4 challenges. Katrina responds that
Nick is a great leader, because he doesn't take all of
the credit or the blame. Nick's team manages to sell
everything - including the table - and the rack that
they got out of the dumpster.
The very impressive work means that Kristi's team can
not make any mistakes in terms of selling. Omarosa, who
is the expert in counting the money, finds a mistake -
she finds $186 missing from the ledger. Everyone
double-checked and they don't find the money. All of the
suspicion goes to Kristi and her butt, while Kristi
accuses Omarosa of setting her up. We see the return of
the cat's claws...
Versacorp made a profit of over $600, and Donald tells
them that Nick was impressive. Bernie, on the other
hand, tells Donald that Kristi's team made a loss of
$78. Nick's team wins, and as a reward, they get to see
George Steinbrenner. Kristi's team gets to go to the
Board Room, and Kwame and Troy will be making their
fifth straight trip to see The Donald.
Kristi takes the full responsibility for the loss - and
although the rest of the team tries to convince her that
it wasn't all of her fault, she is convinced that she's
gone and she takes the loss very hard, tearing and being
Heidi is convinced that she and Omarosa are going to
join her in the Board Room, and she tells Omarosa this,
because she will not be bringing or either of the guys
with her. While Heidi is cursing up a storm and singing
her own rendition of 'Bitch', Omarosa is being start and
is creating her own plan on how to defend herself
The victors are sensing all of the tension, and they
tell Nick how dirty it's going to be in the Donald's
business, while Nick feels that Kristi is going to be
safe. Who cares about that? They are going to meet
George Steinbrenner at the Yankee Offices. They get a
tour of Yankee Stadium - and they get to see George
Steinbrenner's Box Seats. George and Donald exchange a
love fest between themselves and the winning team, and
Nick is a very happy puppy. "George guaranteed a victory
when he bought the Yankees, I guaranteed a victory for
my team. I'm feeling pretty good right now."
But not everything it good in Mudville, as we still have
a losing team to deal with. Omarosa and Heidi are still
yapping, and Omarosa points out that she is a sensitive
manager. They still talk about their preparations to get
rid of her, and we may be Omarosa's first alliance,
which would be a huge jump for her.
Kristi talks to Jessie about getting a game plan going
on - and she tells her to follow a plan and to talk
about what she did wrong - and about what they did
wrong,. She also tells her to not counter-react or gripe
until the Donald talks to her. Her gut tells her to
trust Jessie, who is telling her not to overreact and to
say as little as possible in terms of counterattacking
so she doesn't look too over demanding.
It's time to go to the boardroom - and Kristi gets taken
down for a bad plan, a bad project - and the
disappearing money. "The money disappeared between the
hand and the ass." Omarosa talked about the money and
that it disappeared when she gave it to Kristi and she
never saw it again. Heidi takes the high road and says
that she doesn't know where the money disappeared to,
but everyone else points the finger right at Kristi -
including, Jessie, who was asked about where the fault
was laid at - and she says that it was the Project
Manager's fault. Ouch. That probably blew Kristi out of
the water at that point - and her mind was probably so
dazed due to Jessie turning on her that you can stick a
fork in her and she'd be done for the evening. When
asked on who to bring with her to the Boardroom, she
should have gone after Jessie, but instead, she selects
the 2 tiger sharks Omarosa and Heidi to bring with her,
and I think that Kristi is as good as gone.
Carolyn and Bernie both tell Donald that Kristi is a
good follower - but not necessarily a good leader.
Donald even tells her that she was a superstar - until
now. "I saw Heidi fighting for her life, I saw Omarosa
fighting for her life...you didn't fight for your life.
You're fired." Kristi asks if she can talk, but Donald
said that it wasn't going to matter, and that she's
So why did Kristi get booted? Well, sure, some people
say it was because Jessie backstabbed her, but I didn't
see as much as that, because Jessie did give her a plan
to list out what happened - and Kristi didn't follow it
at all because she didn't say anything in terms of why
anyone else was to blame - and Jessie did tell her to
say that. She knew that she was to blame for a lot of
it, and even without Jessie saying anything, she was
going to play it wrong because she wasn't going to
defend the hardest accusations against her. You can't
really blame Jessie, because she was never in the board
room, so she didn't really know what to expect either.
In the words of Bernie, "She took the heat without any
defense, which meant that it was all true."
Omarosa has learned a lot - so she is still in the game
- what happens when the people who don't want her in the
game find out? We'll see in 7 days...