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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It's Week 2 of the toughest job interview in the
world. No, this isn't Paris Hilton's New BFF. This is the Apprentice.
The record is 1-0 in favor of Octane over Fortitude and Nicole went down in
infamy as the first candidate fired.
Nicole ouster seems to have rejuvenated Fortitude, so the ladies seem stronger
than ever. The men of Octane have gone out on a limb already naming their new
PM. They have chosen David. Maybe they have already forgotten his antics on the
last task, but David should be the last person they pick as PM... unless they
are setting him up to go home.
Now that the show has been unbloated down to 1 hour. we get straight to the
task. It's sales baby. The teams will be selling ice cream across Manhattan with
the sole goal of making the most profit.
After hearing the task, the women announce Poppy as their PM. Good luck.
Traditionally, tasks like these favor ladies as people are more "attracted" to
purchase things from women.
Both teams have keyed in on the importance of location. Mahsa and James are put
in charge of this for their respective teams.
Note there is no funky flavor design as in the past. Kind of disappointing to
see that this task is lacking the layers of some of the tasks of Apprentice
past, but there is a certain comedic humor to seeing the men of Octane bark out
their hard sell (as opposed to arguing red velvet vs. chocolate pecan).
The women are having issues of their own. They can't settle on a price and they
are actually telling customers that they can get ice cream for either $3 or
$5... Special... In the short bus way.
Stephanie flips the bitch switch and forces Poppy to put her foot down on the
price. The women then settle on $5. Then Stephanie focuses on mass sales. Yes,
selling cases of ice cream will make you more money than selling individual ice
The uniforms on this task are cute. Fortitude goes with being pretty in pink
while the guys go with the barbershop quartet look. My only question is that
Trump said, "most profit wins." These uniform purchases had better be deducted
from their gross receipts.
One note on the location argument as it may be a major factor in the winner.
Both teams chose union square with the men getting there first. The men then
left their original corner setup to move next to a playground with the women
setting up in the men's old location. This resulted in increased sales for the
women. James believes that if this costs them the task that, he and David will
both take heat for this. Yes, and while we're on the topic of geniuses, let me
introduces you to my dog spike. He likes to lick his butt. (Sorry, a simple
duh... would have sufficed)
However, location aside, as the afternoon rolls in, business is extremely slow.
Fortitude is visited by Donald, Jr. They are struggling and Donald Jr. points
out that they are more than 20 feet from 2 different subway entrances and
missing big volume. Stephanie notes this as well and has clearly not turned off
her bitch switch. The women are starting to notice and Poppy is considering
bringing her back to the boardroom for her abrasive behavior. At least one
woman, Liza, is siding with Stephanie though...
The men of Octane are whooping it up at Father Demo Park. The change of location
has boosted their sales. Steuart and Anand are working the charm basically
begging every woman that passes for the sale and it seems to be working.
Then in reality show "twist" fashion we realize there is a day 2 to this task...
What!?! Nice to see this for once as each team gets to regroup and set a new
plan of attack. The men go and reclaim their original spot in Union Square and
the women arrive and set up right beside them. Dogfight commence!
The men are more aggressive stealing sales from the women. They even warn New
York not to buy from the "charlatans". With 1 hour to go, the women choose to
leave to the other side of Union Square and their sales improved.
With the women gone though, the men are still doing fine. George Ross stops by
to be the Donald's eyes and he's impressed by the aggression on the men's team.
With the final minutes ticking, the women enact one final ploy. They give away
their leftover stock in front of the men's cart to blunt their final sales. The
men have to run away from the women to make a final buck and boom! The task is
In the boardroom, I'll give you one guess as to which team is slitting throats
before the verdict is released. Ok, you don't even get one guess. Fortitude is
imploding and while this time they think they won, PM Poppy calls out Liza as
the "least strong" player based on sales. Interesting considering Poppy put Liza
in charge of accounting. Liza is incensed and start defending herself as the
idea person on this task who was responsible for the women's costumes and
aesthetic. Trump points out the team doesn't think she was that strong and some
of the other women agree. And then in a moment of Apprentice history, Liza
Donald drops the hammer... and then states he is just kidding. I believe all of
America had a collective heart attack. To route the conversation back on track,
Trump asks Mahsa if she thinks the women won and she says that she knows they
won. Some might consider this bravado, but Trump calls Mahsa an outright idiot
because she has no way of truly knowing which team won. Mahsa redacts her
statement and the focus shifts to Octane.
David is confident the men won and list Alex & James as the men's weaker
players. He says Alex has a puppy dog mentality which Alex refutes. David says
James over thinks things (as seen by his painting last task) and James actually
admits some weakness by saying that he has never done sales before. Gene, Wade
and others on the team say that if Octane loses James should be fired. James
casually nods in agreement. He was responsible for the location. They are either
going to win on it or lose on it.
So let's get some numbers.
So the tables have turned and now the men will face the firing squad. And Trump
saves time in the conversation by lasering in on David's earlier choice of
bringing James and Alex back to the boardroom.
Everyone else departs to the loft.
David keeps referring to James and Alex as his children and suggests that he had
to babysit them the entire task. Trump wants to know who the weakest seller was
as Alex is identified. Due to his prior silence, Trump asks Alex if he believe
he is in the same league as the "killers" he is sitting beside. Alex says that
he does think he can be in their league.
I'd make a point about that last statement, but James is about to make it for
Trump asks James if he thinks Alex is in the same league as he and David and
James points out that Alex answered that himself. After all saying that you can
be in the same league as someone else suggests that you are not there currently.
Let's see, is there anything else to be argued here... ? Nope. Alex was the
worst salesperson and does not believe he is in the same league as the people he
is working with. Alex, You're Fired! (For realz, this time)
Two final notes:
First, Alex now has a job as a Construction site manager. Whether this was
because of the Apprentice, who knows, but that's our first uplifting story in
this economy inspired season.
Second, next week the candidates will be running hotels! ...for dogs. Anyone
else noticing the lack of big name sponsors behind these tasks? Will Snapple and
Kodak only get behind the celebrity editions? If so, that's kinda sad.
See you next week.
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