"Barking Up the Wrong Tree"
- October 21
On the last Apprentice, the women get their first win
since the last ice age and John's chances to win the
game melted away. Unlike the past few weeks, it's the
women's turn to guess which of the men would be
eliminated. The men ponder again as well, as Wes sticks
up for Andy, saying that he brings more on the table in
terms of creativity than anyone else. As he says that,
Andy walks in the room and hears what Wes is saying.
Wes's reward? A big hug from Andy. AwwwwBarf. Wes then
says that maybe that will teach the other guys to not
pick on young Andy anymore.
Everyone gets served Mexican food as the phone rings.
The other line is Robyn, who tells him that everyone has
to immediately go back to the Board Room. Andy wants to
eat some taco, but he and everyone else comes back. Back
in the Board Room, the Donald looks surprised that a
number of the people are dressed up casual, adding that
he is surprised that some people aren't prepared.
Donald has another surprise for everyone. Both teams are
to immediately pick a project manager. Wes goes for the
men and Jennifer goes for the women. Donald sees that
with 6 people on each side, it's time for a corporate
restructuring. The restructuring is settled by Wes and
Jennifer sending over three people that they don't want
over to the other team. Well, that's one way to create
Jennifer goes first and sends Sandy over. Wes sends Raj,
who Donald said is probably very happy. Heh. Jennifer
sends Maria over, while Wes sends over Chris. Finally,
Jen sends over Stacy while Wes sends Kevin over. Hmmmm...
the new teams are...
Apex: Jennifer, Elizabeth, Ivana, Raj, Kevin, Chris
Mosaic: Wes, Kelly, Andy, Stacy, Maria, Sandy
Interesting. Wes sends over, in my opinion, the three
weakest guys, so I think he's made a good move.
Jen sent Stacy over, which is also a good move, but also
sent Maria while keeping Elizabeth, who annoyed
everyone. I guess she's figured out how to use Elizabeth
- or she kept around a very good scapegoat in case her
team fails. Both people have made decent moves. Let's
see how it turns out...
Donald tells the people who were traded that it's
business sometimes - and to tell the people who were
traded that it's time to prove themselves. Sandy adds
fire to that, saying that she wants to make Jennifer
regret her decision. More artificial drama - you gotta
Wes talks to Stacy and Sandy and wants to know about
their contributions. He jokes with Stacy that she is
good at being argumentative, to which Stacy says that
her questions help. That gets Kelly rolling his eyes and
even Stacy admits that she is 100% vocal. Wes sees that
- and says that Stacy asks too many questions and can't
shut up. He says that's what he needs to be careful
Jennifer does the same briefing - but wants to know
weaknesses as well as strengths - and he wants to hear
it from the other 2 guys - and not the person asked.
Interesting. Raj - Kevin says he's creative, but
sometimes long-winded and asks too many questions. Raj
says that she's analytical, calculating and beautiful -
which makes her dangerous. And I think she would swat
you if you asked her out on a date, Raj.
After and the analysis, the group is asked to come to
Central Park at 8am in the morning. He talks about the
pet business, which is a more than 30 billion dollar
industry. Their job is to create any sort of dog
business - and the group with the most profit wins.
George is once again on business - and this time, so is
Bill, so this week's replacement is Alan Weiselberg.
Stacy is not thrilled about dogs - but she'll do what it
takes to win. What else will it take to win? Trump's
lesson of the week, which is 'Sell Your Ideas'.
If you think an idea is really good, keep going after
it, since some of the best ideas were originally
Both teams get $1,000 of seed money, and Raj and Chris
use some of it to get biscuits and shampoo to start a
dog shampooing service. Raj and Elizabeth are starting
to pitch it, but in Raj's words, "This is working like a
hole in the head," and he goes over to complain to
Jennifer. Raj wants two locations and he is concerned
that they are marching towards defeat and doom.
Wes is also going for the dog washing service - with
part of the proceeds going to charity. He asks Engine 74
to do it, but he is told that they can't do anything
without a Union decision. Stacy is very upset, and she
blames the loss of 2 hours on Wes. Here come the
Andy is continuing to call up shelters and companies,
and he gets Kitty Kind to agree to pick up the money. A
cat store that will accept a dog donation? Wha? I agree
with Stacy that calling everyone up without actually
doing anything is a big waste of time. What will be a
bigger waste? Andy leaving the cell phone in the
now-departed taxi, which effectively stops them from
splitting up. Well, if they do lose, we see the three
candidates for the Board Room now, don't we?
While that is going on, Raj does another sweep, and
without success, Jennifer finally listens to Raj and
they agree to split up. Chris, Ivana and Raj go off to
split business, and they also lower the service to dog
massages (as they realize that dog don't like to get
wet) for $1 a minute (since $20 is way too high). Chris,
who is stuck massaging with a Rolex watch, feels like a
...but at least they get the service during the lunch
hour. This is important because Mosaic doesn't get set
up until 12:30 pm, and they completely miss the lunch
rush. Their angle is now a doggy makeover for $15, with
an additional picture for an extra $5. Stacy wants to
add a doggy outfit to the photo, since the reaction is
that people would do that, but that gets shot down by
Stacy isn't done yet, as she goes to a store and shows
them that the outfits are $30. The guys still don't want
this, because it's too much money - and now they are
wasting precious time and not making money for it.
Apex now adds toenail clippings to their services - and
that turns out well, as Kevin holds them down while they
try to clip their very sensitive toenails. Meanwhile, on
Mosaic's side, Carolyn is observing Kelly and Sandy
doing work and having fun, Maria doing marketing the
services (and being that she's wearing heels and a VERY
short skirt, marketing herself), Andy is running around
like a lawyer going after an ambulance, and
Stacy....well, Carolyn doesn't know what Stacy is doing
- and if Trump's assistant doesn't know what Stacy is
doing, that spells trouble.
Wes is counting the money, stating that if they win,
he'll be a hero, but if he loses, he'll be a Jackass.
Chris thinks that his team will be a Jackass, and he'll
be shocked if Apex wins. Ivana thinks that if they lose,
it's Jen's fault for taking too much control and not
delegating enough. After venting over a dinner at Tao,
the teams come into the Board Room. Carolyn said that
they came in late, but they made a profit of $122.50.
Alan said that because of diversification, they made
$307.41. Donald says that We's team lost, and he may
start looking if there are any Jackass suits left at the
little doggy store.
The reward for Apex? A trip to the current Mayor,
Michael Bloomberg's place at Gracie Mansion. Nine mayors
have lived there and Bloomberg, who more uses it for
work, gives them advice in the business world. He tells
them not to compromise on your objectives or standards,
because the worst thing you can do is compromise and
lose. Raj says that knowledge is power, and the trips to
get that knowledge from successful people is more
important than any trip to a dinner.
Wes is hoping that Stacy will get some knowledge, as he
tells Stacy that he will not bad-mouth her - if she does
the same. Stacy is already bad mouthing Wes, stating
that Donald is going to fire him, so I guess that idea
is by the boards. Speaking of boards, Maria, who is
exempt, is asked who is responsible. Maria says that it
was a simple task that they screwed up on. The attention
then goes to Andy, who left the cell phone and costs
them valuable time. Donald says that he keeps sticking
up for him, and Wes says that Andy needs to be checked
on and managed. Andy counters by saying that he closed
the charity deal within an hour, but Donald told him
that dogs don't want to be known by having their money
go to a cat charity.
The attention turns to Stacy, who says that she would
fire Andy. Andy says that he would fire Wes. Wes says
that Maria is exempt and Sandy and Kelly are completely
accountable, so he has no choice but to take Stacy and
Andy. All's going according to Wes and Stacy's plan, and
at the deliberation, Alan says that Andy should have
been more responsible, and they both wonder what Stacy
did during the task. This one may come down to final
is asked why Stacy is there, and he said that Stacy
wasted time to try to buy outfits for dogs. Stacy
disagrees, saying that she tried to get her point
across, but Wes didn't do anything. Carolyn asks what
she brought to the table. Stacy says that she promoted,
but Carolyn says that she didn't see do anything. Andy
says that Stacy has good ideas, but she has to
communicate them. Stacy agrees, but the Donald says that
Stacy has to sell them. Wes says that he is a good
leader because he sells his ideas. Donald says that he
was a terrible manager - but he detests someone for
blaming something just because they don't get their
point across. We've seen this as why Rob got fired, and
now that's the same reason why Stacy is getting fired
Outside, Wes wants to give Stacy a sympathy hug, but
she'll have none of that and she just shakes his hand.
Donald is tired of not taking responsibility, and says
that if you want something, you have to go out and get
it. He's looking for that sort of personality, and he
didn't get it, hence the boot. I don't know if he made
the right choice, but it's apparent that he has given
enough time to try to see potential from Stacy - and he
didn't get it.
With that, let's see who else is in danger of not
So Far, So Good - Jennifer M., Kelly, Sandy, Maria,
So Far, Not So Good - Ivana, Kevin
In Trouble - Raj, Elizabeth, Andy, Wes
You're Fired - Stacy
Next week, Andy gets his shot at project manager, while
Elizabeth gets her shot at...getting fired by her team?
It certainly seems that one of those two will be leaving
next week, but you know those wacky preview people. Tune
it to see if one of them will be leaving - or if we have
a surprise departure.