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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Nothing is sexier than a strong businessperson. At
least that is what Trump would like you to believe. In fact, that sexiness may
have paid off for Poppy, last week's winning PM. She was afforded the
opportunity to meet with Jack Welch and he gave her a 2 year scholarship to the
Jack Welch Business school. That means Poppy will have 2 years to learn how to
make the best grape juice in the business. Kidding.
This week's task: To run a hotel for dogs well enough to impress and please the
one and only Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan.
The PMs this week are James and Tyana. David is giddy now. Giddy to lose. He
hates James so much that he says it would put a smile on his face to lose and
see James fired. Of course, James' ouster would not be guaranteed, so David
would be wise to focus on doing his job rather than being a slightly chubbier
version of Matt from Big Brother 12 (Seriously, it must be the same casting
The men of Octane have already come up with one way to make their hotel stand
out. They are going to provide webcam access to their guests so that owners can
check on their pets from afar. David is put in charge of technology once again
and thus the one trick pony is preparing to ride off into the sunset.
Now here's a newsflash. Tyana and Mahsa who once were a united front in
eliminating Nicole are now at odds. Let's call this Fortitude Fallout chapter
one. In the car, Tyana is assigning duties and decides that she should run the
front desk as she believes she creates a commanding and welcoming presence. She
defends this by pointing out that she is the current reigning Miss Cougar
California. I thought that was Courteney Cox...? Mahsa who spent her younger
years running the front desk of her mother's salon is incensed at Tyana's
selfish decision and in confessional calls Tyana a selfish cow. Now I'm begging
that the women lose so that we can hear what more Mahsa will say in the
(Author's Note: James just pointed out his Duke and Georgetown pedigree. I will
officially be biased against him for the rest of the season.)
Octane is meeting with Naresh who is in charge of the doggie day care they will
be taking over. James is leading the way with questions, but David tries to
stick a question in. James talks over him (not inappropriately) and David
mutters a few cusses under his breath. James hears this and warns David that if
he continues to be insolent he will be benched. What is it with men relating
business to sports? Does this mean last week's loss was simply and interception
at the end of the 1st quarter?
James pulls David aside and finishes delivering the reprimand and NBC mercifully
relieves us from the men's bitchiness via commercial break.
When The Apprentice returns, we are with Fortitude and they have created "Tailwag
Tuesdays". Tuesdays are the slowest day of the week, so by giving away doggie
bags, pictures and report cards for the dogs, they hope to create value added
incentive. Simpler than Octane's webcam idea, but it may be wise not to
The one thing getting more complicated is the relationship between Tyana and
Mahsa. Tyana puts Mahsa in charge of the large dogs when Mahsa is not
comfortable around any dogs. Now we understand even more why Mahsa is frustrated
with not getting the routine job at the front desk. Mahsa says she and Tyana are
done and Tyana needs to go home. So Mahsa vs. Tyana is our official second
grudge of the season.
Over at Octane several team members are looking at James like he is an "educated
idiot". (That should please David) Naresh, the owner of the doggie day-care
comes by letting James know that they need to begin training on the basics of
how to handle the dogs and James blows him off asking for 2 minutes to continue
So let's break down this last moment:
Time Management: FAIL
Pissing off one of your judges: SUCCESS!
Oh, but it gets worse. While preparing the space, David tries to chip in with
some MacGyver like carpentry and James pulls him off the task asking him to stay
focused on the webcams. David relents, but storms off in a huff. James tries to
calm him down and eventually this turns into a game of who can get in the last
word. I say this because if either one of the two just shut up business would
have been completed as usual. Instead, we get this:
James: "David, I need you to calm down"
David: "I need you to shut up"
James: "Does anyone else know how to run a webcam?"
That's right, James is benching David. This would have been great back in the
day of Kwame and Omarosa in season 1. (Remember when The Apprentice was pure??)
This benching may be a little premature. By that I mean that it might be too
early in the season to be writing off anyone. Now I'm not sure which team I want
to lose more. At least it will be a great boardroom either way.
As the production deadline looms, Liza who has been put in charge of signs and
banners at Fortitude, is having trouble. The design house cannot open two of the
files. On top of this, her delay in creating the files prevented Liza from being
trained in any of the dog care duties. Yes, the ladies are using this as an
excuse to target her again. The women made the deadline and got their banners,
but still it's all about getting someone fired.
Do you hear the whispers? Cesar Millan is here! We don't get lengthy reviews
from the Dog Whisperer, but here's his take on each team.
Fortitude: Tyana had great energy at the door. The pictures were cute. The
report card was nice as well. Just don't touch the dog after he puts his head in
Octane: Too many leaders greeted Cesar at the door, suggesting James wasn't
fully respected as the leader of the pack. The webcams were a big "wow".
In the boardroom the standard darts are thrown on both sides. James, David,
Mahsa, Tyana and Liza are all thrown under the bus for the reason aforementioned
in this recap, but nothing matter s unless you team loses.
So the only ones that need to be worried are the Men as Fortitude wins!
Tyana as a reward will be meeting with Russell Simmons, the man in charge at Def
Jam. An interesting match for Miss Cougar...
With the women in the loft, the men learn why they lost. Ivanka reveals the 2
reasons for the Octane's loss as determined by the judges were that the Team
dynamic was negative and detectable to customers and that Octane did not train
on and execute the operational side of the business effectively.
More barbs are throw at James. The odd thing is that David is starting to fall
under the radar. Anand steps up and says that James did nothing on this task to
earn the team's respect and that's why Octane was so ineffective. A pretty
brutal statement from someone who was barely even involved in this episode.
The only person less involved in this episode was Wade. And speak of the devil,
when James is asked to bring 2 people back into the boardroom, he picks, David
and Wade, citing that Wade is so content with staying in the background that his
contributions are ineffective.
And now it is time to put the final arguments on the table.
Wade may be in the background, but that may be more the editors' fault than
Wade's. Wade points out that he had little respect for James, but still
completed the tasks give to him effectively and did not cause any disruptions.
David , according to Trump, is a smart-ass and very well may need an attitude
adjustment. However, David could have been an easy target for derision this task
yet the entire team went after James instead.
James was the PM and the two reason the team lost were under his control and
truly didn't involve David whatsoever. Worse yet, Donald Jr. points out that
James has an air of elitism around him that might make life in business more
difficult for him down the road.
It's a sad outgoing comment, but a valid one, so James, You're Fired!
James went right back to work at the NY attorney general's office and claims
that he could not do what he does now if he didn't run the Doggie day-care (I
really hope that is tongue in cheek...)
Next week, the apprentices will be creating a guerilla marketing campaign for
Gold's Gym. Ironically, I was a Film major in college and Gold's Gym is where I
am going right now. So on that note, why the hell am I not on this show? (and
see you next week!)
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