"To Have and Have Not"
- January 7
Welcome to L.A. L.A. Land. This season of the Apprentice
it's California, Trump Style. Can the west coast handle
Trump pulls up to his new Mansion (real? who knows?).
Out the doors comes Melania with his son Baron and we
are warned that the boardroom lies inside Think about
all the blood about to be spilled.
But first, some surprises.
The candidates pull up to the mansion and enter the
grounds They get a look at their new digs and are quite
impressed, but quickly have to put on a show for
James, an Internet entrepreneur from Seattle
Jenn, a publicist from Phoenix
Aaron, a community Sales Manager from Fredericksburg, VA
Martin, an attorney from Atlanta
Stefani, an attorney from Los Angeles
Muna, an attorney from Matawan, NJ
Angela, an Olympian from Oyster Bay, NY
Derek, a vice-president of business and legal affairs
from Los Angeles
Tim, a tutoring company owner from Los Angeles
Kristine, an attorney from Los Angeles
Frank, a founder and CEO of a contracting company from
Michelle, a real estate consultant from Los Angeles
Carey, a president and owner of a marketing firm from
Marisa, an attorney from Wellington, FL
Surya, a brand manager from Cincinnati
Nicole, and owner and broker of a real estate
corporation from Chicago
Heidi, an international sales manager from Santa Monica,
Aimee, a territory manager from Chicago
Immediately the candidates are pressed with their first
task. They will have to construct a tent. Trump feels
that this will be a great way for everyone to get to
know one another and wow was he right. The candidates
are fighting tooth and nail initially until Heidi steps
up, announces that she is a long-time camper, and that
she can easily direct people how to put things together.
Then Frank seemingly tired of being bossed around begins
to talk over Heidi. Heidi steps back a bit and the tent
is completed, eventually. Of course none of this could
have been done with Martin standing on a rock and acting
As they finish, everyone begins to freak out. They
realize that Trump asked them to come to the boardroom
following completion and think that this may be their
first official task with someone getting fired.
Little do they know that the twist is that the losers of
each weeks challenge will be sent to live in Tent City.
In the boardroom, the candidates are introduced to
Ivanka who will be taking Carolyns place this season.
They discuss the putting up of the tent and Trump learns
that the group feels Heidi and Frank were the best
leaders. As a result, Heidi and Frank will be picking
teams schoolyard style. No one cares who is picked
first, its all about who is last. Last was Martin. Here
are your teams.
A Car Wash. Thats right, a simple car wash. The team
that makes the most money wins.
Might we add some more twists? The winning teams
project manager will remain project manager until he or
Frank and Aaron take off down the road in search of
something and over the phone Frank stresses that they do
not need to make things complicated as the other team is
probably already washing cars. He tells them to just
change and get started and with that his team wonder
where the heck Frank is going that could be so
Ivanka stops by Heidis team to see if they are truly
washing already, and they are. They have chosen to avoid
detailing and just work sheer volume. They are in West
Hollywood and have hired 2 shirtless men to attract the
local gay clientele. On of the boys asks Ivanka if she
would be willing to jump in and take off her shirt and
Ivanka quickly passes. (Hmm... where Ivankas Stuff
Magazine cover again?)
Back at franks team, Carey has convinced Frank to get
some poster board and markers, saying that a sheet of
paper with writing will not make a car pull over.
Back at Heidis team, the marketing is working very
well, in fact too well. They have a backlog of cars and
customers are waiting upwards of an hour. Angela points
out that their only weakness is the chaos.
Franks team finally has signs with only about an hour
to go. They now have cars and they are focusing on
selling wax and detail packages. Everyone seems to be
doing well, but the tem seems to feel as if Martin is
not holding up his end of the bargain.
Times up! Only the boardroom will tell who won and
Franks Team $2,345.54
Heidis Team $2,463-
Heidis team wins! They head into the mansion and will
enjoy the lap of luxury.
Franks team is headed to the back and begins to set up
the second tent.
One more twist, the empty chair next to Trump in the
boardroom will be filled by the winning project manager.
So Heidi will be in the boardroom, helping the Trumps.
One argument erupts in the middle of the night as Tim
ponders how he will answer the question of who should be
fired. He says this to Frank saying that marketing was
the flaw and for that Frank must be blamed. Frank is
outraged saying that the loss was only 60 dollars and a
loss that small cant be placed on marketing. Why not
look at sales? Tim does back off stating that not
everyone put in 100% and that the loss could be due to
marketing or sales.
On reward, Heidis team heads to dinner with Trump and
Spago, a Wolfgang Puck establishment. To no surprise,
Melania is there and better yet, Wolfgang will be
While Heidis team dines, argument number 2 breaks out
in the backyard. Martin wants to put the heat on Frank
and chooses to question the $10 price point.
Heidi has already said that she has the strategy of
protecting the weakest member of the opposing team;
lets see if it plays out.
Ivanka attacks the team saying that she didnt see much
of a strategy. Martin jumps on this saying that many
critical mistakes were made. Frank stands behind his
choices, but is clearly nervous.
There is much bickering, but the majority of the team
seems to think that Frank is the one that should be
fired. However, a few members think that both Martin and
Frank should be fired.
Tim, who Frank says was in charge of Sales, seems to be
flying under the radar. Every time he is accused of
blame, everything gets pointed back at Frank.
With that, Trump asks for 2 names and Frank provides him
with Martin and Tim, everyone else gets the fortune of
heading back to tent city.
With the 3 men on the hot seat sitting in the lobby,
Trump asks Heidi who she thinks should be fired. She
admits that she would like to keep the weakest player in
the game, but if she were Trump she would fire Martin
The men come back in and quick as a flash, Tim is
dismissed and sent back to Tent City.
With Tim gone, Frank seems to realize that he is in deep
trouble and he shows arguably more fire and passion than
any previous Apprentice candidate. He points out that
the entire candidate group selected him as a leader and
that his loss was only by $60. Martin says that $60 is
still a loss and does not excuse Frank being absent for
the first hour of the task. Frank says that during this
time he was doing marketing and that they definitely had
enough cars so he must have done something right.
Trump asks Ivanka who should be fired and she says that
she cant see Martin meshing with the Trump
organization. Donald can see Martin as a great lawyer
and an even better Professor, but not as an apprentice.
Martin, youre fired!
The new season is off to a bang. Can Heidis team hold
court and their place in the mansion? Tune in and read