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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


FACT FILE:
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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"The Games People Play" - May 5

For once, it genuinely seems as if everyone is happy when Tana comes back through the Trump Tower suite doors. Craig is ecstatic and he and Tana quickly sneak off to celebrate and then pray for the future. But praying can save no one from the onslaught known as the Trump interview circuit. Who did he get this year? Well I'm glad you asked.

David Brandon - Chairman & CEO, Domino's Pizza
Darlene Daggett - President, QVC
Howard Lorber - Chairman, Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Greg Brenneman - Chairman & CEO, Burger King

Four executives, 500,000 employees and 11 billion dollars in value. Now that's pressure.

While it is impossible to recap the garbled montage of overlapping voices that is the stressful harried representation of the Trump interviews there were some noticeable highlights:

Tana offered her life story to Darlene pointing out that her mother went into entrepreneurship because she wanted freedom.

Craig, discussed his shoe shine business with Greg, and ended up babbling under the pressure.

Kendra expressed her interest to Howard that she would like to work in construction, but was cut off when he pointed out that she had no construction experience and rather was strongest in sales and marketing.

Craig was accused by David of being scattered due to his inconsistent job path.

Kendra told Darlene that she bends the rules every day, especially taking advantage of tax and legal loopholes.

And then the big question. If you has to choose one of the two other finalists to be your business partner who and why?

Kendra unsurprisingly chose Tana stating that Craig can be narrow minded in his leadership approach.

Craig also chose Tana stating that Kendra has a problem with focus, potentially setting up a boardroom brawl.

Finally, Tana chose Craig but remained neutral saying she has had no arguments or problems with either opposing candidate.

…and that folks ends the questioning, sending the candidates back to the boardroom for the verdict. So, while the candidates wait nervously outside, the execs confer with the Donald.

Domino Dave felt that Craig was weakest lacking substance and felt that Kendra was in the middle while Tana would be the correct hire.

Darlene said that QVC would hire Tana, loving her back story. However, Darlene, shot down Craig for his lack of substance, and Kendra for coming across to scripted (hey, this is Reality TV after all).

Howard liked Kendra with his only concern being her age. He chimed in saying that Craig should be eliminated, but became the first to discredit Tana saying that he could not see her surviving a major city or metropolitan area.

With the last vote, Gregg jumped on the "Craig has no substance" bandwagon. Further he said that by far, Kendra had the most intelligence and would be the most successful, while he was concerned that Tana may never turn out to be a leader.

…and switch! The candidates enter and just as you are preparing to see them fight it out tooth and nail… the Donald instantly fires Craig. In his one comment prior to being fired, Craig said of the execs that, "They were incredible. They can discern a good business mind." Wonder if he feels the same way now?

After Tana and Kendra enjoy a giddy picture party reminiscing the candidates fallen before them, it's time to introduce the new tasks to our final two. From his limo, Trump places Kendra in charge of the Best Buy Video Game World Championships at Webster Hall. Tana will run the NYC 2012 Athlete Challenge, a promotion for New York City to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

Now as for staff, Michael, Danny, and Erin are summoned to work for Kendra while Tana gets Brian, Chris, and Kristen. It's a revival of Book Smarts vs. Street Smarts for the finale. After the staff leaves the boardroom, Tana asks George if there is any chance that she can change her team. The answer is no, and therefore we can all expect mayhem to ensue as always. Tana quickly dubs her team the 3 stooges, and even calls Chris "snuffy." Way to win friends and influence people, Tana.

As Kendra and the Book Smarts crew check out their convention space, they plan a meeting with the main sponsors, Best Buy, Electronic Arts, and Sony PlayStation. Danny hijacked Kendra's meeting and tried to buy time for Kendra's absence by singing one of his "classic" jingles. As the Book Smarts team continues to fumble, the sponsors became antsy and frustrated as the event was only 24 hours away and Danny's presentation worried them that nothing was organized. Finally, Kendra arrives and manages to salvage some of her team's credibility with a tour and explanation of her ideas.

Meanwhile, Street Smarts is organizing at Chelsea Piers, figuring out how to juggle beach volleyball, track and gymnastics all in one area. After plotting out a basic floor plan, Tana takes the team to meet with the NYC 2012 execs. In the limo, Tana informs Carolyn of her team's stooge-like qualities and is proven right when their bickering causes them to lose track of Tana's limo which they were following in an SUV. Worse yet, once arriving, Chris and Kristen interfered with the meeting by calling Tana to let her know that they could not find a parking space. Note to Tana: In a meeting, cell phones OFF.

Back at Book Smarts, the PlayStation kiosks have arrived and are moved into the basement, as Kendra does not want to violate the exclusivity agreement that Electronic Arts has over the main ballroom floor. Later, PlayStation exec, Aimee Duell arrives and upon receiving Kendra's tour of the basement space and is less than pleased. She even threatens to pull PlayStation's sponsorship. And boom! There's your cliffhanger for next week's Apprentice Finale.

One thing we do know is that the Donald is going to be hiring a woman this year, but which one will it be? More importantly, will Street Smarts or Book Smarts reign supreme finally answering that time old question: Is it worth getting a college education if you are going to appear on a reality show?

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