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The Apprentice 2, Episode 12: On the EdgePage 4
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Sandy says that she wants credit for the ideas that she came up with. Andy claims that he has a reputation for giving people credit where credit is due. Sandy is incredulous, as am I. This kid who just got out of college and hasn’t had a real job yet is claiming to have a reputation for giving people credit when they deserve it? Sandy says that in that case, she has a reputation for being creative. Trump declares, “Losing is a bitch,” and asks Andy what Sandy did do. He says that she came up with the label, which was pretty good. Trump tells them that since there are only three people left, all three of them will come back for the final boardroom.
George says that he admired the way Sandy defended herself and says that Andy didn’t impress him. Carolyn thinks it’s interesting that the project managers always defend Jen. She’s not convinced Jen is really that good. Out in the lobby, Sandy is livid that Andy suggested she didn’t contribute anything. The three return to the boardroom.
So, how does Jen keep sliding by every week? Jen says she’s not sliding by – she thinks her project managers appreciate her and think she does a good job. Andy agrees. Sandy, on the other hand, thinks Jen is flying under the radar and doesn’t take any risks. Jen counters that Sandy didn’t have any ideas. Sandy says she did – the label and the sweepstakes were her ideas.
Then, inexplicably, Jen tells everyone about how Ivana approached Andy about getting rid of her that morning. Sandy says she sees what happened – Andy and Jen have formed an alliance. The three of them argue back and forth, and Trump, taking it all in, notes that Sandy is clobbering Andy. Andy says he didn’t tell Sandy about his conversation with Jen because it was irrelevant. Sandy points out that Jen had all day to come up with ways to stand by him, and that the two of them are teaming up on her because of their alliance. Trump interrupts the discussion by saying that Andy, a nationally ranked debater, is being totally outclassed by Sandy. Andy? You’re fired.
Well, I wasn’t expecting that.
Sandy and Jen leave the room, then argue their way into the elevators. It ought to be interesting seeing the two of them trying to work together next week. Andy thanks Trump for the opportunity, then leaves as well.
Trump says that he thought he was going to fire Sandy, but that she showed some real spunk. He says it just goes to show that women are tougher than men. I don’t think he really believes that, but whatever.
I don’t know what to think of the outcome of this task. I think the way Andy and Jen teamed up against Sandy was unfair. Sandy did come up with some good ideas. The sweepstakes idea was hers, and she appeared to contribute far more than Andy did to the brainstorming session. She did fall apart during the presentation to the marketing execs, but Andy and Jen didn’t really focus on that in the boardroom. In this task, Sandy really appeared to contribute far more than Jen did. Andy was, for the most part, a decent leader. He kept everyone focused and on task, also contributed a lot to the brainstorming, and then had a real misfire by keeping the team from eating when they were hungry. As for Jen, I’d be hard pressed to say what she really did, good or bad. She did come up with a more practical way to show the globe idea on the bottles than Sandy did, but it’s hard to cheer that hard for her idea since Pepsi hated the shape of the bottle.
Ultimately, I think Jen did the worst at this task, but has had a more consistent record over the course of the show than Sandy, who has only begun to shine recently. If either of them had been fired, that would have made more sense to me than Andy. I don’t think Andy would have made it to the final two, but I did think he’d be around for a few more challenges.
Andy takes his final cab ride home and says that everyone thought he was too young, but that wasn’t the reason he lost. He thought Sandy would be the one to go, but realizes everyone was looking out for themselves.
Next week, there will be two episodes of The Apprentice! On Wednesday, there will be what looks like a clip show. I will cover any new footage that they show. And on Thursday, the teams work to promote a new product from M&Ms. Sandy and Jen revert to the popular “sex sells” mantra, but Ivana actually goes bottomless to win the task. Carolyn does not look impressed. I don’t think I’m going out on much of a limb here by predicting that Ivana better pack her bags. See you then!
Betsy is the Associate Editor of RealityNewsOnline. She can be reached with any comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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