"The Final Showdown, Part 2"
- December 15
As you may remember, Randal
and Rebecca were tackling their final tasks: Randal, a
Celebrity Softball game on behalf of Autism Speaks and
Rebecca, a Comedy Event on behalf of the Elizabeth
Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
When we last left the terrific two, Randals event was
being threatened by rain and Rebecca had just lost her
celebrity emcee. How did they cope?
Randal clearly had no clue that the rain was going to
come, but after waking up the next day to see puddles in
the street; Randal got an even nastier rude awakening.
The groundskeeper at the field alerted Randal that it
would be unlikely to be able to hold the game. After
that the executives from outback jumped Randals bones
seeking an answer for what he would do. In the Limo,
Alison Singer from Autism Speaks called adding more
pressure to Randals burden. In short, everyone is
unhappy and everyone is looking at Randal for answers.
Randal keeps his cool and once he arrives at the field
here realizes that holding the game will not be an
option. Thus without a contingency plan, Randal is
forced to think on the spot and he quickly searches the
facilities for another location to hold a VIP event.
They find a spacious locker room downstairs, and without
any other options Excel is forced to dress up the
lockers for a fabulous auction or die trying.
As Marshawn explained, Excel adapted from a silent
auction to a live auction and is going to attempt to get
the celebrities to bid against one another in order to
draw more money. This may be a good idea, but without
the entertainment of the softball game, will everyone be
pleased with the event? The Outback Execs, and the radio
announcer are particularly concerned that many of the
guests of the event will be disappointed with driving
hours to attend a locker room auction. Worse yet, Alison
Singer from Autism Speaks is more concerned than ever
that the message of autism will be lost in favor of
logistics and fund raising.
In their continuation of fund raising, Mark has created
a bucket with an Autism Speaks T-Shirt over it to create
a donations bin. Alison Singer as always in worried, but
Things are coming together. George stops by for a visit
and Randal greets him and comes off as very positive.
George doesnt probe much, but another person does.
Carson Kressley (Queer Eye) asks Randal why they are not
going to be playing the Softball game and Randal tells
him that that is not going to happen unless he wants to
get down and dirty. Carson is more than willing to get
down and dirty and this is a good thing, because at
least it shows that celebrity morale is high
As Randal continues his meet and greet, Trump arrives
via helicopter and Randal runs outside to greet him
making sure that the Donald is not kept waiting. The
Donald asks why no game and Randal expresses that the
celebrities would not want to play in this weather even
though the rain has slowed. Trump agrees and they head
downstairs to the auction. Randal steps up the stage and
gives an amazingly eloquent speech extolling the virtues
of Autism Speaks to the point that not even Alison
Singer can complain. With the charitys message served,
the Trump says a word and the auction begins. Items
start selling very well and Trump heads to location
number two. Here is what has been happening on Rebeccas
Rebecca is long past Joe Piscopo and has focused her
teams efforts on finding a new comedian to host the
event. After some serious rounds of phone inquiries,
they ended up with a very popular NYC comedian, Pete
Dominic, who seems to have the charisma to pull the
Now that talent has been settled, Rebecca and capital
Edge are arranging the gift bags which happen to be
purple Yahoo backpacks filled with goodies and the all
important donation envelope. Toral seems to have things
under control, so Rebecca checks on decorations which
are being handled wonderfully by Chris. The entire club
is yahoo-ed out with banners, lights, and video screens.
The problem: there is on one Elizabeth Glaser banner and
even though it has prime location above the bar, it is
overshadowed by all of the yahoo signage. It seems as if
Rebeccas teammate selections are paying off for her as
her crew is working very efficiently.
Carolyn arrives to check on how things are going and she
is greeted by Rebecca who points out the elaborate
decorations and the purple yahoo-tinis with purple
flashing ice cubes. Carolyn is impressed by the décor
but question if the charity is taking a back seat.
Rebecca is later accosted by the Yahoo execs and they
are interested in finding out what Rebecca did about the
fund raising aspect of the event and Rebecca assured
them that there would be no direct requests for
donations and explained that the envelopes were in the
gift bags. The Yahoo execs are very pleased and Rebecca
takes just a second to breathe before receiving the
magic call from the Donald saying that he will be
Rebecca remains inside talking up all the guests about
the wonders of the Elizabeth Glaser pediatric AIDS
Foundation and unfortunately through doing all of this
she misses Donald Trumps arrival. Fortunately she is
near the front door, so shortly upon his entrance she
greets him and they quickly take a look around to the
liking of the Donald. Donald then says a hello to the
crowd over the PA system and says lets begin the event
and the mass exodus downstairs to the comedy show
begins. The only problem is that the show wasnt
supposed to start for another 20-30 minutes. Thus taken
off guard, James is doing his best to prep Pete Dominic
to go on but Rebecca is working behind the scenes to get
Jake Glaser on stage to speak for the charity as a way
of filling time. Jake is found and he says his bit on
stage filling just enough time for Pete Dominic to be
ready to start the show. With a potential crisis
averted, the evening continued without a hitch. That is
if the comedians picking on George and his wife for
about an entire set isnt a problem. George took it with
a good laugh and a grain of salt and everyone is happy.
With the tasks behind the candidates, Randal and Rebecca
reminisced about their 13 weeks and got some rest. They
then had brunch the next morning at a café and the clear
message is that they seem to hold a mutual respect for
one another. Both are proud of their personal efforts
and they seem ready for their final boardrooms.
First is the biggest waste of a board room yet as the
employees for both Randal and Rebecca are inquisitioned.
Basically everyone is extremely happy with their leader
and everyone believes that their leader should be the
one to become the Apprentice.
The interesting fact that came out was that Randal
raised $11,000 while Rebecca raised $0 at the event, due
to the envelope strategy that we do not know whether or
not it will pan out. Second, Randals group never had an
established Plan B if there was rain, and although they
did recover, there was a lack of foresight. This faux
pas resulted in some disorganization and other blunder
including the lack of highlighting of the celebrities as
George was disappointed that the celebrities were never
brought on stage. Knowing that these are the points that
the two remaining candidates will have to defend we move
forward to the boardroom that really matters.
Randal feels that he should win because of his
undefeated record. He cites his academics, his work
background his 3-0 PM record, the fact that he was
always the member drafted to a new team, and more as
reasons for his victories. Rebecca counters suggesting
that even though her record is not as stellar and
Randals she has received accolades from all of the
executives she has worked for even in the face of these
losses. Then Trump asks Rebecca why there was not actual
fund raising at the event and Rebecca claims that she
was trying to please Yahoo as the client. Trump then
distinguishes that he believes that the client was the
charity and not the sponsor. Randal harps on this same
point and Rebecca is taking a bit of a beating. In order
to even things up, Trump asks Randal why the auction was
so disorganized. There was not list of items for sale
and this prevented purchases from being able to decide
where their money was best spent. Carolyn then jumps on
Randal for not having a Plan B, to which Randal answers
that there was only a 30% chance of rain. Carolyn chides
him saying that there should have been a plan B if there
was a 10% chance.
Now the big question. Why shouldnt Rebecca win? Randal
feels that Rebecca is young, and that her record speaks
for itself, 1-2, losing. The question reversed reveals
that Rebecca respects Randal but that she feels Randal
over thinks things and misses the important smaller
details. She says that he is weak on determining what is
central to accomplishing objectives. Randal retorts that
her claims are ludicrous stating that if this was true
that there is no way that he would have won three tasks.
The bickering is then cut short and Randal and Rebecca
are excused with the boardroom to continue live at
The candidates make their grand entrances into the final
boardroom and the big news is that Rebecca is off of the
The former candidates get a chance to spout off and
Toral is completely in Rebeccas corner. Marshawn
believes that Randal is the easy choice. Jennifer M. was
a Randal fan from the start and still is one now. Alla
shoots straight and believes that Rebecca isnt in
Randals league and that personally Alla sees nothing in
As a sidebar, Yahoo makes a donation that the Donald
basically forced them into of $100,000 split evenly to
Autism Speaks and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS
Now for the jobs the winner will choose from, he/she
will get to choose from a condo complex in North Jersey
or a major casino renovation of Trumps 3 properties in
Atlantic City. Randal chooses Atlantic City, while
Rebecca chooses the condos as they are closer to NYC.
In final comments, Trump asks Rebecca if there is such a
thing as too much education and Rebecca says that she
will not undermine education and that it is more
important to be able to use whatever education that you
have. Randal is then asked if he thinks Rebecca is tough
enough and Randal says that he does not believe that
Rebecca is experienced enough to effectively lead a team
to victory. Randal believes that he should gets the job
by having more than half the candidates stand in support
of him, after being cut off, Trump moves to Rebecca and
she states that if there is a concrete wall in front of
her she will walk through it. She states her credentials
such as working a non-profit with Colin Powell and
raising $750,000, and caps it of by answering Mr. Trump
that she does believe that absolutely she is a better
Apprentice than Randal. Randal shuts her down stating
that he runs business and Rebecca writes about business.
That will be the end of that. Its Donalds turn now.
After numerous praises were handed to both sides, Trump
brings his decision
Rebecca, Youre Outstanding
Randal, Youre Hired!
But wait!!! Theres more!
Randal jumps up and shouts in celebratory cheers and
then Trump pulls Randal back to the table for an
opinion. Trump simply asks Randal what he thinks of
Rebecca and Randal says that Rebecca has done an
outstanding job, that she has much to be proud of and
that she has many supporters.
Then the second question, Should I Hire Rebecca?
Randals Answer: I firmly believe that this is the
Apprentice, that there is one and only on apprentice and
if you are going to hire someone tonight it should be
one, its not the Apprenti, its the Apprentice.
Trump says that on Randals advice he will leave it at
that then and suggests that he could have been convinced
otherwise. Alla, Felisha, Clay and Josh are all
applauding in the background and Rebecca still isnt
letting anyone see her sweat. Im sure there are great
things in store for both Randal and Rebecca in the
future. With that said we bid a fair ado to season 4 of
The Apprentice. Season 5 will be around soon enough, so
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