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Wes announces that he tried to give Maria input and direction. Maria argues that Wes was asleep at the wheel. She thinks that they lost the task on upfront planning. "Maria," Carolyn begins, "Did you do anything wrong on this task?" Maria starts to respond very firmly, "I absolutely… " I'll bet anything she was going to say "…did not." She pauses and says, "I absolutely did." Carolyn just says, "Okay."
Maria elaborates that, during the planning, she didn't put her foot down more and this came back to haunt her. "Is that it?" Carolyn asks. Maria hedges with an "um…" and starts to say, "We didn't showcase... " Carolyn breaks in, "Don't say 'we,' I said 'you.'" Maria replies that she didn't showcase the jeans well enough because they didn't discuss it. Wasn't showcasing the jeans the entire point of the task? Carolyn rocks.
Carolyn points out that Mosaic didn't wear jeans to the presentation. Maria blames this on their failure to plan and execute. I really wish Andy would speak up and mention that he did bring it up. Bill points out that Andy didn't say anything during the presentation. Carolyn speaks up, praising Andy for doing a good job on the NYPD presentation and blasting Wes for being "boring" in that same presentation.
Wes says that he should have utilized Andy more, but he wanted to cover the main points. Trumps asks if he usually acts like that. He thinks that PowerPoint is boring and that Winston Churchill wouldn't have done well with it. I'm not sure what Winston Churchill has to do with Trump finding someone to run one of his companies, but okay.
Trump asks Andy why he's so quiet. He says that Andy tends to escape because someone else is more incompetent. That's not Andy's fault. Andy says that part of being a good debater is knowing when to listen; everyone was doing too much talking and not enough listening. Trump proclaims this a good answer, but possibly because he thinks Andy just knew what he wanted to hear. Wes decides to bring everyone back for the second boardroom.
Trump, Carolyn, and Bill discuss the candidates, and then the team shuffles back in. Trump asks Maria and Andy if Wes is a bad leader. They both agree that he is. Wes asks if he can defend himself and Trump tells him he can, but he'd better move fast. That should have been Wes's first clue.
Wes takes the opportunity to jump on Maria. Bill asks why he didn't bench her. Wes says that he gave her too much leeway. Bill asks Wes why he wants to win, and Wes tells him that he wants to work for a great organization. He brings up his past successes and Trump says that he's judging based on the present, not the past. Wes agrees that he didn't do his best work, but, you see, it's really all Maria's fault. Trump asks if he should fire Maria or Sandy. How did Sandy get dragged into this? Wes doesn't want to take sides, but he would fire Maria.
Trump asks Andy if he should fire Maria. Andy says no, because Maria was willing to take risks. Bill says that risk-taking is fine, but you have to convert the risks to success. Andy believes that she can do so. He says that, during the NYPD task, he was firmer with her about having final control. When she's utilized in the right way, she can be effective.
Wes speaks up that Andy had to get his help with that. Maria tries to argue that she's used to leading, which is really not the right argument here. Wes thinks that Trump should fire Maria, since she can't be a team member.
Trump goes over Wes and Maria's failures again, and then basically says that they're both horrible and are fired. Both seem to want to say something, but neither can find the words or maybe they just know that it's not a good idea. Andy and Sandy have looks on their faces that say, "Did that just happen?" Wes and Maria share an elevator as Carolyn and Bill tell Trump that he made the right decision. Wes and Maria leave Trump Towers together.
In the cab, Wes explains that he and Maria were both fired. They both made mistakes and are both responsible. Maria says that there's always something you can do better. Wes thanks Trump for the opportunity. They got to see a lot of the world that they hadn't seen before and learned a lot. He advises Sandy and Andy to "play hard" for as long as they can. Maria and Wes are both surprised by the outcome; Wes thought that he was free and clear. He also wanted his own cab. The cab drives on, possibly towards 52nd Street.
Next week, Pepsi! But, sadly, no new singer for me to grab lyrics from.
Jenn Brasler is an aspiring writer from Falls Church, VA. You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She's trying to decide whether to use her powers for good…or evil.
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