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The Apprentice 2, Episode 7 Extras: Weak and Ineffectiveby Betsy Wasser -- 11/04/2004
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Episode 7 of The Apprentice 2 had one of the shortest boardrooms ever. Trump didn’t have to consult with George and Carolyn before making his decision. In fact, he didn’t even need project manager Elizabeth to bring anyone back to the boardroom with her. After watching the extras on Yahoo, it becomes even more clear that Trump made the right call. Read on for what we didn’t see.
In the first segment, Elizabeth talks about how she is going to be the next project manager for Apex. She doesn’t know what the task is yet, but she does know that it’s crucial for her to win. She is, after all, the only candidate to lead twice. To get pumped for the competition, Elizabeth hits the gym. She works out hard and says that’s how she’ll lead – strong all the way. She says she’s a fierce competitor.
The teams learn the task, meet with Donny Deutsch, and head for the NYPD compound to get ready. Elizabeth says again how important it is for her team to win. The last time she was in charge, Trump said she was a lousy leader, and she’s eager to prove him wrong. Watching this, and the previous segment, knowing just how Elizabeth will be as a leader, it’s hard not to laugh at what she’s saying here.
Meanwhile, Mosaic arrives after Apex has already started shooting. They know they’re pressed for time, but Andy has a complete and detailed shot list and immediately starts making plans for setting up the next shot as one is shooting. He looks very organized, and in spite of the coming rain, gets all of his shots filmed. Now that’s a good leader.
Later, Apex is putting the finishing touches on their ads. Elizabeth meets with the designers and changes the copy on a print ad. She has them put the headline, “38,000 Strong and Growing” on a picture of a female police officer. But when Jennifer sees it, she doesn’t think it’s a good idea. Most women wouldn’t want to see the words “and growing” on their pictures. Chris thinks the ads look dated, like something out of the ‘70s. He’s mad because Elizabeth made changes to the ads without talking to the team first. Jennifer tells Elizabeth that by making these changes, the ads look really inconsistent. Elizabeth says she’s not willing to “fall on [her] sword” over it, so she’ll change the ads back again to what the team had wanted. Yep, she’s a tough one all right! In an interview, Jennifer says that it’s the day of the presentation, and it’s becoming more and more apparent that Elizabeth is just in the way. She wonders if they should overthrow her and appoint a new project manager.
After Apex loses, Wes tells Elizabeth to be opinionated and honest and to hope for the best. He says it doesn’t look good for her – her whole team wanted one thing, she wanted another, and she basically let them dictate how the campaign would go. A few minutes later, Jennifer criticizes him for helping her. Can’t he just let their team get rid of a weak link? “Let her hang herself,” Jennifer says. Elizabeth says in an interview that the team lost because their idea was bad, an idea that everyone but her supported. She’s not surprised they’re all gunning for her. She and Raj talk, and she tells him that she felt like the team was talking about her behind her back the whole time. In an interview, Raj says he thinks he’ll be under fire for supporting the military theme, but if it was such a terrible idea, why did everyone else agree to it? He says that it was the only vision available, so they went for it.
Mosaic gets their reward – watching their ad play on the big screen in Times Square. Andy is really proud of his work, and Wes has chills. Maria says it was very rewarding to see their ad play in Times Square and hopes it helps the NYPD.
In the boardroom, Elizabeth says that the team lost because they didn’t come up with a good enough idea in the time they were given. She says she didn’t want to lead a campaign she didn’t believe in. I guess that’s why she apparently opted not to lead at all. Trump watches the ad and says that it is far too military in its focus. It was Raj’s idea, wasn’t it? Elizabeth says that Raj was determined to use that theme. Raj simply says that he believed in the ad and went at it full tilt. Trump respects him for his determination and certainty. Raj adds that he pushed forward because it was the only idea on the table. George asks if it was not the best idea, but rather the only idea, and everyone agrees that it was. Jennifer and Chris agree that Raj did a solid job and gave the team much-needed direction.
Raj says that Elizabeth was weak. She wouldn’t lead, but she also wouldn’t let anyone else lead. Ivana commends Raj for at least taking a position and sticking to it. Elizabeth tries again to defend herself. Trump says he can’t believe they couldn’t come up with a better idea. It’s the New York City Police Department – it shouldn’t have been that hard. Jennifer says Elizabeth was indecisive to the point of paralysis. She was a terrible leader and shot down good ideas. Jennifer adds that Elizabeth was incompetent. Kevin adds that he tried to work with her to come up with a better idea, but then she caved in to the pressure from the rest of the team. Trump asks again, “How can you not have ideas?”
The rest is Apprentice history – Trump fires Elizabeth on the spot.
In her cab ride home, Elizabeth says that it’s ironic that she lost since she was the only one who didn’t support that terrible military idea. She can’t believe she was fired already. Ivana kept telling her she was one of the smartest people there, and Jennifer said that when she had to choose the women to be on her team, she was an easy choice. Elizabeth thinks Trump doesn’t know what she’s capable of, and by not being able to bring anyone to the boardroom, she felt like she was nothing. But, she says, she’s not nothing. Elizabeth thinks her team viciously ganged up on her. She believes that she showed courage by standing up for what she believed in. If Elizabeth thinks that was standing up for her beliefs, then she is seriously deluded.
See you all next week!
Betsy is the Associate Editor of RealityNewsOnline and can be reached with any comments at email@example.com.
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