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The Apprentice 3, Episode 10 Extras: Pork PrincessPage 2
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Net Worth heads to the boardroom. Trump asks Angie how Stephanie was. Angie says that she could’ve been more organized, but adds that the team worked hard. Trump agrees, but points out that that wasn’t enough. He says that a race horse and a donkey can run around a track and both work hard, but the donkey still won’t win. What if it’s a donkey with superpowers? Sorry, I have to amuse myself somehow. Angie is amused by this analogy.
Alex says that he’s surprised that Net Worth lost. Trump asks about Chris’ behavior on the task and Stephanie says that he was difficult to manage. She mentions his fight with Alex. Angie speaks up that Chris and Alex worked well together the first day of the task. Alex thinks that Chris can change over time. Trump asks if he thinks people are born a certain way, and if Chris was born with a temper. Alex says that people are born with temperaments, not tempers. Trump asks if Chris needs psychiatric help and Alex says that he doesn’t - he needs a mentor.
Stephanie starts to say that she has a history with Alex and Trump asks if it’s a good history or a bad one. Stephanie says that it’s a good one. Trump asks about her history with Chris, but Stephanie says they don’t really have one. She goes back to the fight and says that she wanted to hear both sides, so she talked to both Chris and Alex. She’s decided that they were representing Domino’s during the task, so Chris should have watched his behavior. Trump asks who was at fault and Stephanie says that Chris was.
Trump brings up the tobacco again, then asks Stephanie if she can handle Net Worth. Angie blames Stephanie for the team’s loss. The group gets into the NYU vs. Union Square discussion. After all of this, Stephanie announces that she’s sending Angie back to the suite, so Alex and Chris will come with her to the second boardroom.
Trump, George, and Carolyn talk things over, and Stephanie, Chris, and Alex return. Alex says that Chris is excitable and hard for Stephanie to manage. Trump asks if it was a matter of lack of leadership, but Alex says it wasn’t. George asks why he didn’t step in and try to take a leadership position. Alex says that, with regards to Chris, he tried. Trump asks Chris for his view and Chris says that he’s intense. No kidding. Carolyn replies that they’re concerned about his conduct.
Stephanie says that Chris is difficult to work with. The “threat” situation is brought up again. Chris reveals that after the Home Depot task, Stephanie told him how incredible it was to work with him. Stephanie says that she didn’t use the word “incredible,” but she told Chris that she had a good time. She knows how difficult it is to work with Chris, and she didn’t want the team’s morale to go down. She says that she was organized, and to boost morale, she left notes for her teammates while they were sleeping. Aww. Or something.
Trump is still skeptical that Stephanie is good enough. When the conversation moves back to Chris’ behavior, he acknowledges that his cursing was unprofessional but promises that he’s working on it. I have to say, he’s been remarkably calm in the boardroom this week. Alex says that Chris has a lot of talent, which Trump thinks is interesting. He says that if he were trying to get rid of someone, he wouldn’t be saying nice things about him. Alex says that there’s nothing wrong with saying positive things about someone else. Trump points out that they’re in a competition, but Alex counters that he wasn’t comparing Chris to himself. Trump asks him to do so and Alex says that he’s way more talented and has a lot more energy than Chris.
Alex and Chris start turning on Stephanie, who decides that it’s time to blame the trip to Brooklyn for the team’s loss. Yes, but you were the one who took the trip to Brooklyn, so that doesn’t quite work. She talks about their reputation and Trump says that they shouldn’t have to worry about that; the pizza should speak for itself. He still doesn’t think Stephanie is strong enough.
Trump sums up that Alex was good (until this task, at least), so he’s safe. Chris was a disaster and out of control. But Stephanie was a bad leader, so she’s fired.
In the cab, Stephanie thanks Trump, George, and Carolyn. She appreciates their feedback and constructive criticism. I always thought it was more critical than constructive. She’s glad to be away from Chris, and says that it makes sense that he works individually, since he doesn’t have what it takes to work in a business atmosphere. She also doesn’t think that Angie and Chris will go far. Basically, the high school grads suck and the college grads rule, woo hoo!
Stephanie’s most memorable experiences were dinner with Steve Forbes (where she saw the Statue of Liberty for the first time in her life), golfing with Trump, and the negotiation with Gene Simmons, where he slipped her his phone number. She doesn’t look as her firing as something negative, since she came there to learn. She points out that she last ten weeks. She can only grow and take forward what she’s learned.
Next week: hey, look, more problems for Net Worth! Is anyone surprised?
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