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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The Apprentice continues and it's time to turn on
the lights, set the stage and sell that jazz. That’s right, it’s Broadway week
on the Apprentice. The teams learn that they will need to create marketing
materials and presentations for Broadway play backing pitches.
Basically, they need to create the best package to get people to want to invest
in the run of a Broadway show.
For PMs it is going to be Liza vs. Steuart.
Fortitude is working on a show called Darling which is basically a darker
version of Peter Pan. Stephanie immediately offers her services on this task as
she says that she has over 30 years of background training in a musical
conservatory. Poppy is kind of sick of this. She feels that Stephanie brags
about being the best at every task. Gotta admit Poppy’s right here, but if
Stephanie is so musically inclined, let her hang herself here.
Over at Octane, the men are struggling with having fewer hands on the task.
They’ll be pitching a show call Little Miss Fix It. Steuart feels that his
biggest challenge on this task is going to be finding a way to handle David.
Thus, the first task Steuart gives David is to order food. Once David comes back
with the food he is lucky enough to catch the tail end of the musical
presentation. Each team has access to the actors and musical numbers to
incorporate into their presentation. Steuart has the idea of Octane introducing
each number and then having the actor perform, but David is rolling his eyes.
Once Octane steps away from the actors, David speaks up and tells the team that
they should let the actors run the presentation as you don’t want to break the
journey that the audience is being taken on. With fear, Clint agrees and
eventually they hand the reins of the presentation over to David while Clint and
Anand handle the promotional materials.
Liza is struggling at Fortitude. At least that is what Donald Jr. thinks when he
visits and Liza is unable to present their plan to him. Yup, Liza you’ve been
exposed. More importantly, Stephanie is fuming. She’s in the van with Liza
leaving to create the promotion materials, but is still incensed that her
musical abilities are not being utilized. Mahsa fully agrees with Stephanie and
beings to posture for the boardroom telling Stephanie that they are united
against Liza. A high five solidifies the deal.
So the time for presentations is upon us. Octane goes first. Here’s the dirty
The acting and singing is great and the story of Little Miss Fix It is conveyed
Octane’s marketing materials, modeled after a playbill and a chalkboard are
appealing and the judges including Broadway star Kristen Chenoweth
That same Broadway star attacked Steuart for stumbling during the presentation
and being unable to read his note cards.
Liza was warm and endearing in her presentation, but Mahsa was the one who wrote
The songs were great, but the judges felt that the story got lost a bit in the
middle of the musical numbers.
The presentation materials were very basic. …And they committed the cardinal
sin. There was no contact information on them.
So in the boardroom, credit is given where it is due. Octane lauds David for his
performance on this task and even Fortitude doesn’t rail into Liza, that is,
until she blames the missing contact info on Mahsa and Stephanie. Liza promises
Mr. Trump that should the women lose, Mahsa and Stephanie will be coming back to
So let’s cut to the chase. The men win the task by a split vote (boo, Kristin
Chenoweth for not making it a sweep)
Now the ladies must duke it out. Oh, and Steuart will be meeting with the CEO of
Snapple. (I’d rather meet the Snapple lady).
Now, we could waste time and bicker about how lady X did this wrong on the task
and how lady Y did that wrong, but this is The Apprentice, where anything can
and does happen.
So let’s turn this into a retrospective and talk about last week. Remember the
pedicabs? Well apparently, Mahsa told Clint how much money the women had made
prior to going into the boardroom. She says it was a friendly conversation, if
anything more than a lapse of judgment, but she claims Clint told her how much
the men made.
Brandy is furious over this and says that Mahsa’s disloyalty is only the latest
in a series of reasons to fire her. She even admits to Trump that she told Mahsa
to “STFU”. (Look it up kiddies).
Mahsa claims that while her move might have been stupid that it has nothing to
do with this task, but there is one person who is steaming over these
revelations more than anyone. Clint, who has been watching the proceedings in
the loft is pissed that Mahsa in his opinion is lying about what transpired and
he along with the men storm back into the boardroom.
Trump takes a moment to clear the air and Clint says that he never gave Mahsa an
actual figure of what the men earned. He even admits that when Mahsa gave a
piddling number in the three hundreds that he thought he was being set up for a
much bigger number in the boardroom.
Mahsa now lights up saying that Clint is full of BS and that he told her the men
made over a thousand dollars. All of the men back Clint up and even Brandy backs
up Clint’s version of the story. Trump asks Mahsa one last time if she thinks
that she made a mistake by telling the number and she says yes. That pulled the
Mahsa, You’re Fired!
I’d make the argument that giving the number was not a mistake. Knowing where
you stand heading into the boardroom is a big advantage and if Mahsa was able to
figure out that her team lost by divulging a sales number that lets her know
that she will need to defend herself heavily in the boardroom. Trump may call it
disloyal, but in the end there is only going to be one Apprentice.
So, Mahsa is gone but she has hopes of pursuing a career as an on air
personality. Good luck, genuinely.
And good luck to the remaining candidates. Now that you can get fired for things
that happened on prior tasks, you’re gonna need it.
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