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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? Check out the Portfolio to see who is still in the running!

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.
Origin: Trump Tower, New York City
Airs: Thursdays at 9:00pm ET on NBC


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"Something Old, Something New" - October 6

Welcome back to The Firing Game. Now it’s time for Excel to find out who survived the boardroom. Here’s Markus! And the crowd goes dead. Jaws hit the floor and for a moment there is a vast sense of disappointment. Josh breaks the tension by telling everyone that what happens in the boardroom stays in the boardroom and that tomorrow is a new day. Only time will tell if their resolve will last.

On the Capital Edge side of things, Toral and Rebecca have found friendship as a result of Rebecca’s hospital visit. Unfortunately friendship will not fix a broken ankle. Maybe next time Trump will allow the ladies to simply have a celebratory dinner. Regardless, Rebecca will be in the cast for 5-6 weeks and she seems more than ready for the task. Toral however has other concerns. She believes that there are some alliances forming in the suite especially amongst all of the blondes. It’s good to see someone aware of the sorority attack early in the game.

Out front of Trump place, the teams receive there next task. Each team will be responsible for creating a high tech expo for the cedar crest retirement community in order to introduce the elderly to the benefits of modern advances. The convention attendees will then fill out surveys and the team with the best comments will win.

Randal notices a quick irony here in that the last thing he did with his grandmother who recently passed away was take a picture of her with his camera phone and show it to her. As a result he feels inclined to take on the project manager role this time around.

Capital Edge has nominated Rebecca, who feels that she needs to prove she is still valuable despite her ankle. She quickly delegated event planning to Jennifer W. and Jennifer was very confident in her ability to help deliver a win. Whether she is confident because of her skills or confident because with comment cards the women can use their flirty skills to their advantage no one knows, but she is confident nonetheless.

In pre-interviews with the senior citizens, on citizen felt that computers were from the devil. Now there is a wall to break down. George who happens to be in the room is consulted by Clay who seems to be more worried about covering his own tookas rather than aiding the team. George warns him that he is on thin ice and Josh suggests that if Clay makes one wrong move that he is on everyone’s radar and he will be gone.

Trump Lesson for the Day!

Inspire. Make life interesting everyone likes to work for the Donald because he makes things vibrant. I guess you can do that when you have Miss Universe available to meet people at your beck and call.

Kristi, Alla and the rest of the blonde squad are blaming Rebecca for not keeping mojo up in the group. Beware: sorority entering attack formation. The rest of capital edge is doing fine purchasing their technology from Best Buy in peace.

On the Excel front, Mark confronts Clay about his actions. Markus tries to explain the situation by using the beautiful metaphor that there is still a turd in the pool, but hopefully it will be fished out. Yes, these are the kind of people that the Trump Corporation is looking to hire. Excel at least temporarily buries the hatchet and moves on, snappily dressed in geek squad uniforms.

Expo time!

Excel has set up three stations. 1. The Internet to explore hobbies. 2. Photography to keep lasting memories and 3. Entertainment such as TiVo to make everyday life a little better. The booths and exhibits looked great and Markus had a captive audience so of course he was happy.

Capital Edge seems to have fallen a bit short on the dressing up of their expo. Jennifer W’s event planning wasn’t up to par and worse yet, they aren’t excelling on the technological side either. Toral can’t work the big screen TV and Jennifer M. is just selling her body to old men showing them how to use a heart rate monitor. Did I Mention that they spelled “Techno Expo” wrong on the cake? I’d tell you what the misspelling was but it truly wasn’t legible. Unless Capital Edge can use sex to sway the comments this looks like a slam dunk for the men.

Results:

Here are the average scores:

Capital edge: 7.8 (out of 10)
Excel: 8.1

Excel takes the cake and unanimously votes for Randal to receive and exemption. You’d think trump would fire them all for making such a strategically dumb move, but I guess there are always people politics to handle. The men will, as a reward, be delivering electronics from best buy to sick kids in the hospital.

Back at the suite, Jen W. is crying her eyes out because Rebecca threw her under the bus calling her out as the weakest link. She feels very betrayed. She also feels that Rebecca’ vision is clouded because she will not acknowledge that Toral was a weak link in not being able to operate the big screen TV. No one is giving her any real sympathy so let’s see how well she fights for herself.

The Boardroom:

Things start out with Toral praising Rebecca’s job and the Marshawn attacking Toral for her ineptitude with the TV. Then Toral explodes and suggests that only she and Rebecca have the background necessary to become a great executive. Sorority Attack! The Blonde squad then points out that Toral’s opinion is biased because she and Rebecca have become friends. Cutting off the bickering, Carolyn and George attack Jennifer W. for her lack of event planning skills and Carolyn gives us the cake misspelling “tethno” Then Trump asks everyone who they would fire and the blonde squad chants Toral! Toral! Toral! Then Rebecca opens her mouth a little too wide saying that she would like to see a female win the Apprentice and that if Toral goes there may not be any more women with the intellectual capability to do so. Ouch. As for Rebecca’s decision, she chooses to bring in Jennifer M. and Jennifer W. Toral luck out big time and Rebecca say that if she were to put Toral on the line when she absolutely believes in her abilities that she would be destroying her integrity and that is something that she refuses to do for a short term gain.

Firing:

With the final 3, Rebecca can not come up with a good reason for having brought Jennifer M. into the boardroom. Trump tells Jennifer M. that she is safe unless she says something stupid. Jennifer M. summarily shuts up for the rest of the proceedings. Trump then chides Rebecca for having not brought in Toral and says that she would have been fired. Further, he says Rebecca is stubborn and hard-headed to which Rebecca agrees. Rebecca takes offense however when it is said that she was inflexible as she feels taking on project manager with her injury shows that she is more than ready to adapt. Then the facts come out and when it comes down to it, Jennifer , simply failed to even put on a marginal show and even though Rebecca made a lot of late managerial efforts Trump respects her loyalty and for the first time in a long time, someone has tried to protect someone and survive. Jennifer W. You’re Fired! Rebecca and Jennifer M. will rejoin the team and I can only think of one person in the suite who will be happy to see Rebecca back.

Another one bites the dust and some just plain bite, but next week someone is going to try to bite the Donald. Check in next week to see if the Donald bites back.

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