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Eighteen men and women have been chosen by the most powerful man in real estate for a 15-week job interview, in which only one can be named president of one of his companies.

Who will Donald Trump choose as his next Apprentice?

Recaps by Eric Pierce, GSNN

Host: Donald Trump
Assistants: George Ross and Carolyn Kepcher
Creator: Mark Burnett
EP: Mark Burnett, Donald Trump, Jay Bienstock
Packager: Mark Burnett Productions, Trump Productions.
Airs: Thursdays at 9:00pm ET on NBC

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"I Can't Believe It's Not Clutter!" - April 21

(C-Note: Up until now, we haven't had a recapper for this show. However, we've secured the services for one Eric Pierce to help us round out the series and get us properly started for the next one. Here's Eric!)

As we begin, Magna is playing a game of “guess who” guessing by a vote of 2-1 that Bren will be fired over Chris. Add that to the list of Apprentice mistakes as Bren and Alex walk through the door. Of course, everyone is happy to see them (This Moment of Fakeness is brought to you by the Donald’s comb over, confusing hairstylists since 1946.)

The next morning, the candidates reported to Mr. Trump’s office to receive their next assignment: Invent and develop an office product for Staples that will allow customers to cope with desktop clutter. The Jury: Staples executives and a pool of office managers.

Net Worth, shortly after leaving Trump’s office jumped on the phones in order to talk to the Staples execs and quickly found out what the rest of us already know. Cell phones are unreliable. When the third time wasn’t the charm, Alex decided to move forward, reflecting maybe that it wasn’t the best idea to forego an in-person meeting. However, with all the time he saved he was able to give Bren a phone book with which he could unsuccessfully call office managers for suggestions. That’s right, why walk to the offices when you can “let your fingers do the walking.”

Logic alert: Magna, led by Craig, chose to speak with the executive to learn what they wanted. Upon doing this they learned that Staples was looking for an improvement on an existing item rather than a brand new idea. Further Logic Alert: after meeting with the executives, Magna went to Staples and ask the customers what they wanted. Tana and Kendra stumbled upon an office manager who happened to be buying stackable filing units and faster than a cartoonist could draw a light bulb over Tana’s head, the file-functional lazy susan was born. After all, what could be better than putting plastic compartments on a turntable to increase organization and desk space?

How about a brand new desk? Enter the “pack-rat.” Alex, decided to take a risk and rethink the entire desk conceptualizing a curvy, stylish desk on wheels with a plexi-glass top. If looks could kill you might call this “the Manson.” In actuality, the desk looked more like high-end a kid’s desk from Wal-mart, but given they had a one day turnaround, not bad. What was really stunning however was the confidence of Alex and Bren who seemed assured they would win.

However, no one is allowed to win until after the drama, and Craig & Kendra delivered. Kendra, frustrated with Craig’s condescending treatment of her, spoke up and vocalized her displeasure with his leadership. Craig responded by calling Kendra a liar and even worse, “young” lady, to which Kendra was visibly agitated. (Do we really need another pot calling the kettle black incident?) In short, moan, moan, moan… whine, whine, whine.

As the presentations began Net Worth’s confidence exuded in their presentation. They showed off how their desktop flipped open to allow access to 2 wire bins that could act as in and out boxes as well as many shelves under the desk for staplers, pencil sharpeners and other office doodads. They sold their desk hard.

And the jury didn’t even care. Why aren’t there drawers? Is this supposed to replace my standard desk? Do you really expect me to flip the top of a desk that would be covered with papers when in use, in order to access what you call in and out bins, every 15 minutes? While Bren and Alex finagled their way around these questions masterfully, their grave was all but dug.

That is unless Magna faltered……which didn’t happen. Their presentation went flawlessly and while Craig did inadvertently knock over a cup of pens, it was part of the act and as a result all the questions lofted at Magna were softballs such as did you think of adding a motion lock to the lazy susan?” and “Are any of the parts detachable?” which some were.

With that, Magna delivered another drubbing and as should be expected the “Desktop Apprentice” is now in stores. (Now you have a place to file your, wearable tech, meatball turned cheeseburger pizza, Pontiac solstice, and whatever they are selling next week). More importantly, they get one of the best rewards yet, breakfast with George and Carolyn at the Rainbow Room.

At breakfast, we find out that George has been with trump since he first renovated the Commodore Hotel and thought Trump was crazy. Better yet we find out that Carolyn has had a ménage-a-George in that she is not only side by side with George in the boardroom, but she is also married to another George and has two kids. One of these relationships has resulted in two children. I’ll let you guess which.

Back to the action in the boardroom where the cigar smoking, buddy-buddy friendship is about to come to and end. Trump drills Alex as to how he thought that their desk was a better invention and he still claims that the desk was better, wishing he had the rights to sell it. Bren faithfully defended the product as well and then Carolyn brought the heat. “It’s too big, it wasn’t practical, it certainly wasn’t creative,” proclaimed Lady Di, and with that the issue was over.

With Alex being the PM it was looking like more and more of a sure thing that he would be the one fired, but Bren violated Apprentice boardroom rule number one, shut up. Bren explained to the Donald that he didn’t like to take risks and that he was finally learning how to do so just now, to which the Donald claimed that he could not develop an entrepreneur who was still in kindergarten and after statement, Bren’s efforts were futile. Bren was fired, rather politely actually, and the final four was set.

So, as the Apprentice heads down its final stretch, now is the time to pick your pony. Will Alex, Craig, Kendra or Tana take it all, and most importantly, who will step up their game and actually make the Donald want to hire them?

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