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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 Home Stretch" - May 12

As we prepare to see who is going to become the Apprentice, we have one more task left to watch and evaluate before the winner is chosen. As you may remember, Kendra was assigned the Best Buy World video game championships and Tana, the NYC 2012 Sports exhibition. Worse yet, each was given their own set of dysfunctional children to work with. Chris, Kristen and Brian were assigned to Tana while Michael, Danny, and Erin were given to Kendra.

Opening up, Kendra was attempting to remedy the Playstation game space (basement) as Sony had threatened to pull sponsorship. Kendra assigned the job to Michael figuring that the job wasn’t anything that a few posters couldn’t fix.

Meanwhile at the restructured Net Worth, Chris and Brian are changing the locations for hanging banners, peeving Kristen, who complains to Tana and thus revolves the circle of pain and torment. This is only a taste of the hell that is to come for Net Worth however, as the next morning it seems as if some of Tana’s troops are less than willing to wake up. In one of the few ugly moments she has had on the show, Tana showed us how Iowa moms deal with children who don’t get to school on time (and believe me, it’s not pretty). Fortunately, after a little extra goading, the whole team is out the door.

Meanwhile, Magna is getting ready to rumble as they are constructing a boxing ring to match the theme of the headlining video game, Fight Night 2. Even better, upon a second inspection of the newly refurbished Playstation game space, Sony is more than content with the changes that have been made. In fact, the quality of work was so good that it even got the George Ross seal of approval. Things are looking up at Webster Hall

Chris, who is on of the few people actually putting forth effort, is getting aggravated at the lack of organization on the Net Worth side. He tries to get Tana to give him more detailed information but he is quickly brushed off. However, brushing off the Governor of New York won’t be as easy for Tana as his aide consistently demands of a schedule from her which she does not produce. Amongst this and multiple other complaints, Tana was hit with the atomic bomb. Apparently someone who made the souvenir programs added additional unflattering information about the athletes, (::cough….KRISTEN!...cough::). Tana immediately pulled all of the programs and worked to squash this potentially career-crushing faux-pas.

Enter the Governator (sorry, wrong Governor). George Pataki enters with smiles and talks it up with Trump, meaning as Tana puts it, that it is showtime. In organizing the processional of flags the Governor wanted to march with the American flag, and while the flags of nearly 100 nations were held by the children, no American flag was to be found. That is until you look up. Hanging up in the rafters is the American Flag, but the flag is not in the hands of the NYC youth. So, with an introduction from Bruce Jenner, and a speech from the Governor, the games begin.

Now, while everything might be running smoothly if this were a regular event, this is a reality show therefore something must go wrong. Chris is working with the athletes to make sure that they will have enough warm-up time and accordingly he adjusted the time of their final race. When Tana came over and joined the conversation two minutes after it was done, she negated Chris’ decision and Carolyn noted that she somewhat berated her team for any and every problem that might arise. Regardless, Tana is confident as she is amazed at how well things were accomplished and feels that we are, “looking at the next Apprentice.” Positivity can only get you so far, my dear.

However, positivity is getting Kendra everywhere, as all of the sponsors seem to love what she has accomplished. After a stop to thank rapper Fabolous for hosting, Kendra enters the ring with the Donald to kick off the event. As easy as that, people are beating the crap out of each other, and the Donald gets knocked out by a girl… in the video game of course. In what isn’t that detailed of a point of view, we are led to believe that everything has run smoothly on the Magna side. Kendra is even made a job offer from one of the video game insiders. Of course, there has to be something to argue in next week’s finale, so let’s head back to Trump Tower.

Both candidates feeling extremely confident rehash the tasks and Tana quickly becomes irked that Kendra’s team seemed to be much more cooperative than her Net Worth counterparts. Not caring, the two combatants hug and cry, before getting some well deserved rest. All right, enough with the nice stuff, on to the boardroom.

While discussions started out with praises of both candidates for successful events, Tana is quickly attacked for the lack of the presence of the American flag. A quick explanation of the expectation that it was packed in with the other flags suffices as an admission of fault. Then the Donald attacks Kendra for leaving Danny alone in a meeting with high level corporate sponsors claiming that she should have known that he was a loose cannon. Kendra somewhat babbles around this issue claiming that Danny swiped the sponsors without her knowledge, sufficing the Donald’s curiosity.

Then, at the core of this boardroom came the question of education to which Tana responded that she felt she was just as qualified as Kendra. Kendra rebuked this, claiming that when she starts something she finishes it, pointing out that Tana spent 3 years in college and then quit. Tana admits to quitting but only so that she could stay with her husband as start a family raising children, forcing the Donald to immediately back off.

As far as records go, Kendra is 3-0 while Tana’s sole loss came at Kendra’s hands. The employees have not been heard from yet, but we can be sure that they will have fun griping about the taskmasters that were once their equals. Further, the question is on the table of whether Kendra’s effort garners more merit because of its clean execution or if Tana should be rewarded for succeeding in the face of adversity. It’s going to be a jam-packed hour next week, and after you’ve imbibed on your fill of the Apprentice, your GSNN recap will be there in the morning to help you sober up. So until then, may the Trump be with you.

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