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The Apprentice 3, Episode 4 Extras: Firing in Big City XPage 2
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Once alone with his viceroys, Deutsch calls both ads "silly." One of the viceroys doesn't like the idea that, in Magna's ad, the men leave together and the woman winds up with a cucumber - does that mean women who buy this product wind up with a cucumber? Heh.
The teams return and Deutsch calls Trump. Deutsch says that both teams had big problems and big misses. There's no winner, so Trump says that both teams will go to the boardroom and only Angie is safe.
The teams head to the boardroom, where Erin tells Trump that her team worked together well. Trump points out that they still didn't do a good job. We have to watch the ad again. George notes that the ad is emphasizing the odor of the body wash, not the wash itself. He says the ad shows "just smell and innuendos." Erin says that they wanted to make an ad that was memorable. Okay, but there's memorable for being good and memorable for being ridiculous.
Alex agrees with Deutsch that their ad was bad. Stephanie says that their team was effective and hit their timelines for the first time. Trump doesn't seem to care, since their ad was offensive. Erin says that he shouldn't fire someone from her team because they had the better ad, worked better together than Net Worth, and the team members care for each other more. Is it just me, or do a lot of the things Erin says sound like she's rehearsed them?
We see Net Worth's ad again, which Carolyn can't help laughing at. She says that she can't even watch it. Kristen thinks that their main problem was not having the actor wash the body wash off of his face. Angie calls Kristen out as a bad leader and says that she didn't delegate well. She's embarrassed by their performance. Tara thinks that Kristen took the safe route. She allows that Kristen remained calm throughout the task, though Tara wasn't sure she would. She adds that Kristen listened to her team members, since she took John and Craig's idea. She obviously didn't listen well enough, since she didn't pick up all of the pieces.
Carolyn points out that people use body wash in the shower, with water. Kristen says that they would have used water, but the models were being difficult. Way to demonstrate good leadership, there, Kristen. Tana argues that the models were perfectly happy. Well, except for the fact that they didn't like Kristen very much. Chris is asked for his opinion and this leads to the homosexuality and Will and Grace discussions. Are NBC executives slipping Erin money under the table to promote Will and Grace? Decision time comes, and Erin chooses Bren and Michael to accompany her to the boardroom while Kristen chooses Audrey and Tana.
After Trump chats with Carolyn and George, the six candidates return to the boardroom. Kristen and Audrey get right into it and Audrey says that Trump should fire Kristen rather than a member of Magna. Erin says that Trump should fire someone from Net Worth. Michael, surprisingly, says that his team did come together and points out that they took a risk. Trump tells Kristen that her team turned on each other. Kristen picks on Audrey, who says that she's making things personal. Audrey doesn't need a babysitter and says that she supported Kristen during the task. Tana also blames Kristen for the problems with the ad, but she's a little more tactful.
Audrey argues that Kristen didn't have the same ideas that John presented. Trump asks why Kristen didn't bring John in and Kristen says that she didn't want the ad to be funny. Audrey says that she did say she wanted the ending to be funny. Trump asks if the whole thing boils down to a matter of control.
Kristen complains that it was hard to lead her team members. Trump asks if she thinks Magna would be an easy team to lead. He thinks that of the two teams, she had the one that was easier to lead. Kristen points out that Magna didn't do well, either. That's not going to help. Trump replies that at least Magna held together. Kristen tries the as-yet-unsuccessful Apprentice method of arguing one's way out of a firing, but it remains unsuccessful and she's fired.
In the cab, Kristen says that Trump made a mistake by firing her. She thinks that she was one of the strongest members of her team. She took initiative because her team doesn't know how to take control. She says that she did an "incredible" job. She thinks that Trump would have been happy if he'd hired her. She wishes John, Craig, Tara, and Tana luck. Somewhere, Chris is wondering what he did wrong. Kristen says that everyone pointed fingers at her after they lost. They respected her before, but not after they lost. I'd say that's debatable.
We get to see both ads again, but there's nothing new to them.
Next week: poor Trump.
Jenn Brasler is an aspiring writer from Falls Church, VA. You can e-mail her at email@example.com. She's trying to decide whether to use her powers for good…or evil.
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