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The Apprentice 3, Episode 5 Extras: The Scapegoat Says, "Bleat"by Jenn Brasler -- 02/21/2005
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Net Worth is waiting to see who will return from the boardroom. They're thrilled when Audrey and Tana return without Kristen. There's nothing new here, but Audrey gives her swear-filled speech about Kristen and warns that she shouldn't be crossed.
We rewind a little to see Magna before Erin, Bren, and Michael return from the boardroom. When they arrive, Kendra is excited that they didn't lose any team members. She thinks that the next task will be defining for the team. Thank goodness for the extra footage; otherwise, I'd completely forget who Kendra is. Michael goes on and on about being a mini-Trump and Erin interviews that Michael thinks he's "the best everything." Kendra reminds Michael that Trump blasted him the last time they were in the boardroom. Michael brushes this off, preferring to live in his fantasy.
Net Worth goes to see their trailer, where they brainstorm. Tara brings up the idea of a mobile casting director, which catches on. John says that Angie started guaranteeing that the idea would work. John, however, only guarantees death and taxes. Craig says that he, Chris, and John were wondering what the casting idea would entail, but the women were already all over it. Tana especially likes the idea of people in a line with money.
Back at the suite, Michael makes pizza while Erin works on the name for their business. We see my favorite Erin moment again, where she compares Michael to a five-year-old throwing a tantrum.
At the trailer, Bren talks to the technicians who are going to turn it into their business. They assure him that they'll stay and work as long as necessary. Bren asks if Magna is expected to cover dinner for them, but the workers say that it hasn't been discussed. Alex tells Bren that the others (meaning Michael, Stephanie, and Erin) are at Kinko's. Bren decides that it makes sense for them to pick up some food for the team and the technicians. He calls them and Michael argues that they have things to do, but Bren has stuff to do, too, and Project Manager trumps lackey. Michael gives Stephanie and Erin the news. They're not happy.
We see Net Worth (well, Angie) calling casting directors without much luck. Tara finally takes over and, with some help from John and Chris, lands one. We also get to hear Tana's "Uma Thurma" comment again.
Back to the Magna food discussion. Stephanie thinks that bringing food from Queens is ridiculous. Michael wonders why Bren couldn't find a restaurant closer to the trailer. As Betsy said in the episode recap, it can't be that hard to find a close restaurant in New York. I live in a D.C. suburb that's only two square miles, and there are dozens of restaurants around here. Why did Bren want food from that one particular restaurant? Stephanie complains about Bren's lack of leadership. In an interview, Erin says that Stephanie is busy trying to cover herself in case she winds up in the boardroom; this is all she ever does. When I watched this episode, I didn't find Stephanie as annoying as other people did, but now I get it. She's getting on my nerves more and more each week.
Stephanie, Michael, and Erin arrive at the trailer, where Bren recognizes that Stephanie is mad. She says that his decision about the food wasn't logical. Bren asks why she didn't make a decision for herself then. Stephanie asks why he didn't do it. Bren points out that he did - he asked them to do it. That's called delegating, Stephanie. I can't wait for Stephanie to be project manager to see how she handles it.
Kendra, who's being smart and staying out of this, says that Stephanie disrespected Bren for no valid reason. Her attitude, not her ability, is getting in the way. Stephanie tells Bren that she's not mad, but obviously she is. Bren denies that they're disorganized; Stephanie thinks they are, since they don't have a location for the task yet. In an interview, Bren says that Stephanie will never intimidate him - he puts "thugs" in jail and spends his days working with people much harsher than her. Stephanie asks Michael if he thinks they're disorganized. In possibly his first smart move, Michael keeps his mouth shut.
In an interview, Stephanie pulls out the mean words - she says that Bren is a wimp, he's two-faced, and he doesn't take risks. Her insults are really lame. "You non-risk-taker!" I'm sure Audrey can teach her a few words. Stephanie tells Bren that they needed a timeline for the task. He asks why she waited until now to say anything. Stephanie has no confidence in Bren and doesn't trust his leadership. Bren tells Stephanie to take care of things herself. In an interview, he says that Stephanie demoralizes everyone and only cares about herself.
Net Worth goes to Mikimoto for their reward. Tara is happy because she loves pearls, and Mikimoto is "the Rolls Royce of pearls." Hi, Tara! 'Bye, Tara! Net Worth sees the Miss Teen USA crown, which John says is worth $250,000. Tana tries it on and Miss USA tells her to wave like she's screwing in a light bulb. Since Tana is wearing the Miss Teen USA crown, she's between 14 and 18 right now.
Back at the suite, Magna gathers to discuss their loss. Michael says that they're getting demolished. The team talks about what they could have done differently. Bren points out that he has the most at stake. In an interview, he says that the loss has made him humble. He's giving his all, but it's not working, so he's frustrated. He's never been in the position of giving everything and having it still not be enough. The rest of the team still wants to talk about the loss, but Bren doesn't want to play Monday morning quarterback. He thinks that he did a good job as the project manager and the team gave a good performance.
Stephanie is frustrated that Magna keeps losing. She thinks that Michael needs to step up. The two of them talk quietly, agreeing that Bren will probably take them into the boardroom. Michael says that he's the scapegoat and he thinks Trump knows that. He can't trust his team members - "If you told me to give them a code to a nuclear bomb, I'd run the other way. I think they're all evil people." Who's giving Michael the code to a nuclear bomb? Stephanie says that if they're in the boardroom, she'll bring up the food discussion, which has now been named the Queens trip. Michael interviews that Stephanie brought everyone down, and if the person with the worst attitude is fired, she's gone.1 2 Next-->
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