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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

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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"One Hit Blunder" - November 17

Money, money, money, money… MONEY! Now that’s a hit. Last week, Trump hit the roof firing two candidates, Brian and Marshawn. Needless to say the suite mates are shocked as they were hoping Brian would return. As the teams regroup Alla once again tries to get Clay back in action but this time Clay is not pleased with the way everyone has be affecting his personal feelings. Alla calls him a roadblock, I prefer speed bump, but I digress

At Trump Model Management, the teams meet Miss Universe, and Clay gets his wish to swap teams. Rebecca and Randal welcome him with open arms, but you can’t help but wonder if they are just trying to make the best of a bum deal.

The Task: The teams will be selecting talent and cutting songs for XM satellite radio. The team that creates the song that best fits the mood of the XM satellite radio café as judged by XM executives will win.

Excel runs some auditions and picks a Nigerian artist named Jide (pronounced G-Day). He has some rock folk and African vibes, so Excel felt comfortable that they would have many options. However, in beginning to write their song Clay and Rebecca came to a head. Clay suggested the lyric, “What about me?” and Rebecca put the kibosh on that saying that it was too feminine suggesting that he write a lyric that is more aggressive. Clay then proceeded to shut down and Rebecca as PM is worried that they might be in trouble.

Capital Edge picked their artist, Levi Kreis, a pianist who seems very soulful in his styling. They begin to draft a song with a hook that “nothing can be everything.” Felisha as PM along with Adam and Alla are much more comfortable with their team now that Clay is gone and it shows.

In the studio both teams are fighting to make changes. On the Excel side, Clay is pushing for Jide to insert more power and more Nigerian influence. Capital Edge is taking their artist and changing the band. When Felisha noticed that the track was sounding too jazzy, she quickly flipped the script in deference to the alternative rock vibes of the XM Café station. Alla praised this move and Capital Edge still seems to be operating smoothly.

Again this is in stark contrast to Excel where Rebecca’s presentation practice is getting the air violin from Clay who feels Rebecca’s presentation is not focused on the song and is boring. Rebecca is peeved that he will only offer criticism rather than suggestions and they are at a stalemate.


Levi and Capital Edge are up first and they seem to have nailed it, they get positive feedback from the audience and more importantly the execs were impressed with the quality of the song.

Jide’s grand entrance was premature as Clay opened the door a little too quickly. This caused Rebecca’s presentation was thrown off a bit, but she recovered. Unfortunately there was no way to recover from the playing of the song, as the listeners didn’t quite get it. The Execs didn’t feel that the song quite fit XM Café even though it was good song in its own right. To add insult to injury, a presentation poster created by Excel and presented by Randal, had the wrong channel number listed for XM Café.

Needless to say compounded mistakes cost Excel and Capital Edge ran away with the victory. As a reward, Felisha, Adam and Alla got to fly around the city with the Donald on a tour of his real estate. However, from this point on, no more exemption will be awarded, so Felisha will still be on the hook next week.

Randal is frustrated, because Excel lost a subjective task and he made a personal error on his poster. Rebecca and Randal are clearly prepared to team up and take down Clay but will it happen?

The Boardroom:

Trump questions why Clay didn’t drive this effort more as the creative person on the team and Clay points out that Rebecca stopped him. In discussing the presentation, Trump questions whether the mistaken channel is a firing level mistake, and while Randal takes full responsibility he feels that this mistake was more of an off day than a reason to be fired.

Trump then inquires as to whether Rebecca feels that Clay is more creative than Randal and Rebecca replies to the affirmative, turning Randal’s head. All of this chit-chat is stopped by George who points out that the presentation is not the reason that they lost. They lost because they went outside of the desires of the XM Café audience. Randal admits that they were taking a risk with their choice of artist and George calls it suicide.

Carolyn belittles the team and Clay specifically for making the decision that Jide should not speak during the presentation. Clay feels that it was their responsibility to sell Jide, and this doesn’t fly well at all.

In the end Trump points out that they all made mistakes this week but he cites that Randal and Rebecca were stars before Clay joined them and the other team was ridiculously happy to get rid of him. Thus, through looking at history and learning form it, the Donald only had one decision. Clay, You’re Fired!

With that we are down to 5 candidates and on Thanksgiving we will have 2 episodes of the Apprentice to bring us to the Final 4. Only a few weeks left until the big finale, so keep turning on, tuning in, and not dropping out.

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