Blunder" - November 17
MONEY! Now thats 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 cant help but
wonder if they are just trying to make the best of a bum
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
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
Again this is in stark contrast to Excel where Rebeccas
presentation practice is getting the air violin from
Clay who feels Rebeccas 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.
Jides grand entrance was premature as Clay opened the
door a little too quickly. This caused Rebeccas
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 didnt quite get
it. The Execs didnt 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?
Trump questions why Clay didnt 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 Randals 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 doesnt fly well
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, Youre 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