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Sixteen men and women have been
chosen by the queen of good things for a 12-week job
interview, in which only one can be named president of one of
will Martha Stewart choose as his next Apprentice? Keep track
Recaps by Julie Suchard, GSNN
Assistants: Charles Koppelman and Alexis Stewart
Creator: Mark Burnett (based upon "The Apprentice")
EP: Mark Burnett, Donald Trump, Jay Bienstock
Packager: Mark Burnett Productions, Trump Productions
Airs: Wednesdays at 9:00pm ET on NBC
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- October 20
Last week on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart,
Matchstick lost for the 4th time in a row!
Rather than waiting until the next morning, Martha has
her receptionist Julia call the candidates the same
evening Dawn is fired. Everyone has to go to the
conference room immediately. Martha has decided to
reorganize the teams. [Yeah, Im sure the producers had
nothing to do with it. ;)]
Martha asks which Primarius members havent been project
managers. Ryan, Jennifer and Sarah raise their hands.
Martha has Ryan and Jennifer pick new teams. Jennifer
chooses Howie, Ryan chooses Dawna, Jennifer chooses
Sarah, Ryan chooses Amanda, Jennifer chooses Carrie,
Ryan chooses Leslie, Jennifer chooses Bethany, Ryan
chooses David, Jennifer chooses Jim [insert evil laugh
here], Ryan chooses Marcela. Jennifer is the project
manager of the new Primarius Team, while Ryan becomes
project manager of the new Matchstick Team.
The candidates all come back to the loft. Ryan says that
he didnt want Jim on his team because he causes
conflict. Jim tells everyone on the new Primarius that
they have the strongest player on their team, him. Jim
confesses that he is the most desperate person in the
loft; he has to win because he wants to make a better
life for his family. [Suicide is an option, Jim.]
Ryan tells Marcela that she was picked last because he
doesnt know her. He says that he has heard that she
does what she is asked, but doesnt go above and
beyond. Marcela is glad that the teams were reshuffled
because now she will have an opportunity to show what
Martha waxes euphoric about the concept of teamwork and
how important it is for building a business.
The next morning, Julia calls the candidates and tells
them that Martha has business in Bedford [no doubt she
has to give her big black horses massages] and so she
will be contacting them by video at 9:00 a.m.
Martha is working in her kitchen when she contacts them.
She has something big and black and limp in her hand, it
looks like some sort of lettuce. She tells the
candidates that one of her favorite things to do is
create new salad dressings. She talks about her
childhood and how her mother took her to the grocery
store and bought her first jar of salad dressing, called
Wishbone. Martha goes on to plug Wishbone, saying that
they have been in business for 50 years and that they
have revenues in excess of $300,000,000 per year.
[Thats a freakin huge amount of salad!]
Martha tells each group that their task is to create
their own salad dressing for Wishbone, design their own
packaging and then sell their new creations at one of
two Stew Leonards locations. [http://www.stewleonards.com/]
The team that sells the most wins, the team that sells
the least will be sending somebody home. And in huge
non-sequitur news: Martha tells the teams that the
lettuce that she is touching was grown on her farm in
Bedford and she would love a new salad dressing to dress
it with. Jim tells Martha that he loves her as everyone
Matchstick immediately went to New Jersey to the
Wishbone Test Kitchen to start making their salad
dressing. Ryan tells Marcela to come up with something
on her own, since she is a professional chef. He says
that he wouldnt tell the Pope how to pray, so he
wouldnt tell Marcela how to cook. Marcela says that
Bethenny, who is on the other team, has more experience
as a chef, so she is worried. She comes up with a
Latin-style salad dressing with scallions, onions,
cilantro and cumin. The teams love the taste but says
that it looks too green. Dawna says that it looks like
vomit. She goes on to say that it looks like something
you might find in a healthfood store, something that you
would have to plug your nose to drink. Dawna says that
due to the result, she felt that Marcela had to be
watched and that she couldnt be allowed to come up with
something on her own.
Over at Primarius, Jennifer organizes the team. She
decided that each teammate would be given a task based
on who is most suited to it. Jim is assigned the label.
Bethenny will create the dressing. Bethenny says that
she is a natural foods chef and that although she loves
Marcela, she cant touch her in the kitchen. Bethenny
goes for an Asian Vinaigrette dressing. Her dressing
includes honey, lemon, rice wine Vinaigrette, wasabi,
ginger, onions, white wine vinegar, olive oil, sesame
oil, a bit of peanut butter, garlic, and her team loves
the way that it tastes.
Back at Matchstick, the team is still tinkering with the
recipe. The team doesnt want a Latin flavor to their
dressing, they want something that appeals to more
people. They decide on a Rosemary Lime Vinaigrette.
Matchstick sells their product for $3.49 and offers
samples at the Stew Leonards in Yonkers, NY. The
shoppers in the store love the product and the men love
interacting with Marcela, who is doing a great job
selling her creation.
Primarius sells their Asian Vinaigrette at a Stew
Leonards in Connecticut. They sell their dressing for
$3.99, which is high for Wishbone Salad Dressing. Jim
tries to sell product and is completely obnoxious in his
sales pitch: Try before you die, or Massage it on
your wifes feet, or Its been known to cure warts.
Project Manager Jennifer just watches as he makes a fool
out of himself. Sarah says that he is embarrassing and
she just wishes that he would disappear. A customer
overhears Jim saying that the other team doesnt have
the f*cking balls to price their product high. She
goes to the manager of the store, talks about the
comment along with his foot massage comment and says
that he is very vulgar. The store manager says that if
there are any more complaints the team will not be
allowed to sell any more bottles of dressing. Jim
doesnt let up and his teammates can only stand by and
roll their eyes.
Over at Matchstick, Leslie is selling too hard. She
places extra bottles of the dressing in peoples
shopping carts and the customers are leaving their
unwanted salad dressings around the store. Even Charles
[wandering around the store with his trademark phallic
cigar] finds salad dressings to return to the team.
[They are like Tribbles and start showing up
everywhere.] About 40 extra bottles showed up, so the
team has to sell their dressing even harder.
At Primarius, Jennifer says that she intended upon
pulling Jim back, but she was afraid of his reaction.
Alexis says that she doesnt know what Jennifer is
doing, she doesnt see her controlling Jim.
In the conference room, each team talks about their
dressing. Primarius sold 391 bottles of their $3.99
bottles of Asian Vinaigrette for a total of $1560.09.
Matchstick sold 453 bottles of their Rosemary Lime
Vinaigrette for $3.49 each for a total of $1580.97.
Matchstick wins by a $20.00 difference. The winning team
gets to go on the Letty G schooner and the losers go to
the conference room.
Martha sees the winning team off on their evening
cruise. She asks if everyone is warm enough: if not, she
has a blanket in her car. She says that she is sorry
that she cant go too. [Her parole officer probably
didnt want her leaving dry land.]
Primarius talks about their loss. Jim tries to convince
everyone that Jennifer deserves to leave. He designed
the label and sold 20% of the product. Carrie says that
she would rather have Jennifer on her team because she
wouldnt kill her in her sleep, but agrees the Jim did
more for the team. Jim threatens his teammates saying
that they are either his ally or his enemy and that if
they go against him, they will pay. Howie warns Jim that
he needs to stop threatening him.
In the conference room, Jennifer says that Bethenny did
a fabulous job creating the dressing and that Jim did a
good job on the label. Martha says that the team didnt
make a connection with the customer. Sarah makes the
comment that Jim was out of line in his sales pitch.
Martha wonders why Jennifer didnt keep Jim behind the
scenes. While Martha is chastising Jennifer, Jim is
acting like a total nutjob, but Martha doesnt seem to
care [Did the producers tell her to keep Jim since he
makes good television?] Martha tells Jennifer that she
should have been selling since Jim has a history of
being overly aggressive, overly enthusiastic, overly
verbal, dah, dah dah. [Jim repeats the dah dah dahs.]
Martha tells Jennifer that she is a D.A. and that she
should be able to control Jim. Jim says that Martha
probably has 10,000 Jennifers in her organization and
very few Jims. Martha guffaws, There might be a good
reason for that. Jennifer says that Jim said When
Martha looks into the mirror, she sees me. I find it
hard to believe that when you look in the mirror you see
a raving lunatic.
Martha decides that she only needs to see Jennifer and
Jim and sends the rest of the group back up to the loft.
Charles says that they are dealing with a nut on one
hand and a poor manager on the other. Jennifer has
winners on her team, but lost.
Martha says, At Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, we
have a lot of different types of people working ,we have
entirely creative people, they behave creatively and
think creatively, but they are nice. Martha says that
Jim flies off the handle too much. Jim says that he his
fighting for his life in the game. Martha says that it
isnt a game, its a job interview, its serious. Jim
and Jennifer snipe back and forth about who is the
better person. Martha says that Jennifer didnt do a
good job managing the team. Jims behavior was
inappropriate on the floor. Martha says that she doesnt
respect Jennifer for being afraid to pull Jim off the
sales floor. How can you be afraid of somebody who is
working for you? Martha says, Jennifer you are just
not working for me.
Martha says that its more interesting to have a
live-wire around than a poor manager. She writes her
Thank you for being an Apprentice candidate. I hope
that you found it to be an interesting diversion from
you job. Were sorry that it didnt work out. We wish
you well. Travel safely.
[The letters are getting shorter, pretty soon its going
to be See ya, Wouldnt want to be ya!]