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