"Shot Callers" -
Last time, Mark gave each person $1000 and 12 hours to
achieve their dream. Some people did. Others (namely
Shawn, Christine, Latane, and Chris) may have, but for
one reason or another, Mark didn't think that they did,
so they were sent packing.
Meanwhile, the six begin
to think that there are some that don't deserve to be
here, and that they will weed themselves out with time.
Onto today's challenge,
as Mark divides the six into Team Silver (Femia,
Dominic, and Tiffaney) and Team Blue (Spencer, Linda,
and Kevin). Their task: compete in a modified game of
horse. BUT they won't be playing. They will have to use
their persuasion, intellect, and confidence to go out
and build a team from a man, a woman, and a child
(12-and-under). No pros. They have until 12:30pm
Mark Cuban life lesson #11:
On the road to success, you're going to have to delegate
tasks based on your best judgment. These choices will
control their destinies. It's what Mark learned in
buying and building the Mavs.
Linda wants to hit a Boys &
Girls Club for their kids (she was once a coach of a
high school team). Kevin wants to make the call. Linda
wants to make the call. Spencer... lets the two decide
for themselves. Femia, on the other hand, looks
for regular play areas in Dallas. Her team follows suit
as they start to case joints. Great use of teamwork. On
the other side... Linda is playing the leader, much to
the other two's dismay.
At a local gym Team Silver
found their guy (Bernard) and their kid (Junior). Team
Blue... is still looking... Team Silver finds their
woman in the guise of Amy. So now all we need is a Team
Blue. They head to the Premier Club, where they talk to
Rhonda, supposedly the best woman there. From there,
they head to FootLocker where they meet Keenan. He demos
a bit for Linda, and he's in. Kevin and Linda are
worried that Spencer may be scaring everyone off by a)
his poor game skills and b) his knees.
Spencer isn't scaring
anyone off, but he does pick up a kid in a squash court
(wrong court, dude). But he's actually good, so
congratulations to Lucas. Now it's just all on Rhonda.
We don't get to see her play, but Team Blue figures that
the resume proceeds her, so she gets the go-ahead.
So now it's the next day at
the AmericanAirlines Center. Everyone's excited. Blue's
excited. Silver's excited. The dancers are excited.
Mark's excited. The dancers are excited... To recap,
it's Team Blue (Keenan the street baller, Rhonda the
mystery woman, and Lucas the kid - "How do you go into a
shooting game without having seen your teammates
shoot?") versus Team Silver (Bernard the man, Amy the
ex-college star, and Junior the 3-pointer). The game
is... LOSER. Played like Horse... "only better". First
team to spell "LOSER" loses.
Round 1.1: the free-throw.
Amy hits... Lucas misses. Blue L.
Round 1.2: middle of the key. Rhonda misses. Bernard
hits it. Blue LO.
Round 1.3: the 3-pointer. Junior hits... Keenan hits...
Round 2.1: Keenan misses.
Bernard hits. Blue LOS.
Round 2.2: Junior makes the bankshot. Lucas... doesn't.
Bringing up Mark Cuban life
lesson #12: There's no room for quitting. "You get
exactly what you deserve if you quit."
Round 2.3: Rhonda makes the
layup. Amy doesn't. Silver LO.
Round 3.1: The behind the
back shot. Bernard misses. Keenan hits. Silver LOS.
Round 3.2: Underneath the basket, eyes closed. Rhonda
gets it. Amy misses. Silver LOSE.
Final round: Lucas vs. Junior. Top of the key. Junior...
AIRBALL. Lucas... misses again. Junior hits the second
try... Lucas... misses. Blue LOSER. Linda's take: "There
are good winners and there are good losers. I'd like to
think of myself as a good loser." Her proof: "I just
want to kick their asses. Not because of the money, just
because I want to kick one of their asses."
So what happens next?
Spotlights. Mark has chosen one person to leave, and has
sealed away his choice in an envelope. But before he
reveals the name, he has a bribe to leave the game. Mark
Cuban life lesson #13: If you're going to be a success,
you can't take the easy road. The bribe is... $10,000.
Linda doesn't accept it. Kevin... doesn't accept it.
Spencer... doesn't accept it either. Mark raises the
stakes to $20,000. Any takers? No? Hard-asses. Mark
kicks it up to $30,000. Takers?
Kevin: "I'll accept." Mark
takes this as a loss of confidence in his abilities.
Kevin believes that Oprah would be proud of his
decision. But before he leaves... he reveals the name of
the person whom he just saved... Spencer. He took the
easy roads in recruiting Rhonda.
Mark takes the final five
out for dinner and drinks. But there's one more hitch.
Tomorrow's task revolves around two teams of two. They
get to choose the teams, but the odd-man-out is left to
go home. Linda and Spencer plot to pick each other,
leaving Tiff and Femia to fight for Dominic. The
deciding factor... Jenga. Again. Dominic lets the tower
fall, so in the end, it'll be Femia & Tiffaney. Dominic
takes the loss hard. So hard that he can't even get to
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