Sixteen candidates, hit hard by the recent economic crisis,
are chosen by the most powerful name in real estate for the
ultimate job interview.
Recaps by Eric Pierce, GSNN
Donald Trump Jr.
Donald J. Trump
Trump Entertainment LLC & Mark
Trump Tower, NYC
10p ET Thurs, NBC
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QVC, Isaac Mizrahi, Donald Trump...
Things that don't belong on television... cold (ok, maybe warm)
A combination guaranteed to produce low ratings? Warmer (and Whew!)
The next task on the Apprentice. Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner.
But first we had a loser. Stephanie was fired on the Last apprentice leaving us
with the final 4 Liza returns to the loft joining a hyped Clint, Steuart and
After a little bit of celebration which Brandy refers to as a "who's got the
bigger, ahem..." let's just call it a pissing match and move on to the fact that
...Holy Crap! The Donald is in the loft.
They are told to pack their bags as the will be boarding helicopters to QVC in
the morning. The teams are re-split into men against women and Project Managers
are selected. Clint will be facing off against Liza.
(Yes, Steuart still got the chance to meet the chairwoman of Hearst magazines,
but who really cares about that anyway? Sorry Steuart's Mommy)
On the helicopter, Steuart and Clint talk strategy and Steuart mentions that he
look at Clint like a father figure. You really shouldn't hold someone that you
need to beat in such reverence.
Liza and Brandy are wowed by the skyline, but otherwise silent. Brandy is
concerned by their lack of strategy talk.Brandy, don't forget, you can talk too.
At QVC the teams go over the details of their task. Negotiate for an item and
time slot. Set a price point that must be above the QVC minimum. Sell the
product on air. The team with the greatest profit wins.
There's also a fleece, but you have the info on the products you need to know.
The men want the purse. The women want the watch. Clint has a plan. He decides
to act like he wants the watch as well, but then offer to give up the watch if
the women will give him first pick of time slot. And then select the purse.
Clint meet fiddle. Clint play fiddle. Clint gets his purse and the later time
slot. Brandy is pissed they were duped, but no time to worry about how painfully
you were out negotiated.
The teams head to their war rooms and set price points. The women think that
69.95 will be their sweet spot and the men are aiming for 194.97 for the purse.
Brandy with no knowledge of the men's price point correctly premeditated that
they may have to sell 3 watches to every one purse the men sell. Good luck.
When the teams meet their QVC hosts, they have to decide who will co-host. Clint
wants to keep the reins in his hands, but admits that his presence may not be
the best for selling an Isaac Mizrahi purse. They decide Steuart would be the
best and pitch him as the Luxury brand ambassador for Isaac Mizrahi.
On the Fortitude side, Liza feels confident in putting Brandy in the spotlight
given her previous run with presentations.
So let's go to the studio. Liza is a bit of a control freak in the producer's
chair. She makes Brandy move set pieces around so many times that you would have
thought this was a furniture moving task. Once they finally go live. Brandy
seems slightly nervous but competently presents the watches. Isaac Mizrahi who
is watching it on TV with the Donald is very pleased with how his brand is being
As the seconds tick down on the ladies' presentation, Liza keeps giving Brandy
tips in her ear but seems to forget to manage the time. By the time Liza
realizes that they need to wrap the presentation it is too late and the 5 minute
window ends abruptly. A sad ending, but will it affect their sales?
The men of Octane step up and feel better rehearsed as they had the later time
slot. Steuart is on top of his game and is not longer making any cruel jokes. As
the sales window opens Clint the the producer's chair is whispering sweet
nothings in her He keeps telling Steuart to calls the purses sassy and supple.
An interesting choice of words, but it was definitely a presentation to
remember. Great start to finish and Mizrahi recognized it. However, they need to
know just how much money they made in order determine whether or not they won.
And in the boardroom we get that answer.
Fortitude: 77 watches 2998.38
Octane: 25 purses 2174.25
Unbelievably the win goes to Fortitude. It's about time really. When you
consider how many times the women's team has been for want they were due.
But guess what? This time it doesn't matter because two people are going to be
fired. First up: the losers.
This is one of the more polite boardroom fight you will ever see. It become a
battle of the resumes. Clint and Steuart both bring up their education pedigrees
(Point: Clint) Age (Steuart is 27, Clint is 40) and Paternity (Clint points out
that Steuart sees him as a father figure). Trump is baffled as to who should
stick around and asks for advice. The 2 headhunters who served as his eyes and
ears are split. One believes Steuart is more metropolitan and would fit better
in the Trump organization. The other sees Clint's age as experience and an
ability to bring more to the table.
Of course, in the end the decision belongs to the man with the golden hair.
Trump takes a pause to point out that in this case there are no losers (liar!)
and then he drops the hammer.
Steuart, You're Fired!
It was a nice run for the budding fashion student, I mean entrepreneur, but
alas, time has run out.
But that was only one firing and we have been promised 2! Trump beckons the
survivors back into the boardroom...
And that is all we get. It's all over, until next week which will start with a
firing and continue with the Final 2. Until then, just prepare yourself for the
return of some former candidates. Mahsa and Stephanie will be back. And if Trump
knows what's good for ratings, we'll get Omarosa too!
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