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The Apprentice 3, Episode 1 Extras: The Blame Gameby Jenn Brasler -- 01/24/2005
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Welcome back to the Apprentice extras column! Did you have a nice three weeks? If the stories are correct, Trump and Melania are getting married as I write this. Congrats to the bride and groom, and let’s hope Melania signed a pre-nup.
We start off seeing all of the candidates arrive at Trump Tower to meet Trump for the first time. Erin has a pink ultra suede suitcase. She wants to challenge stereotypes and show “male chauvinists” that women can be sexy, powerful, and smart. Chris says that he likes Bren immediately; he thinks he looks like Colonel Sanders without the gray hair. Bren believes that he’ll have an advantage over everyone else because they’ll be judging him by his appearance. Michael thinks that Erin looks like a pampered princess. John says that even though Danny doesn’t look smart, he must be, or he wouldn’t be there. I’m not going to touch that one with a ten-foot pole. Danny recognizes that he makes a strange first impression. The candidates go into the boardroom as Todd says that they’re all sharks. In the boardroom, it’ll be survival of the fittest. Knowing what we know now, that’s pretty telling.
After meeting Trump, the candidates head up to the suite, which impresses them. Tana says that she’s like a pet off of its leash. She wants to pee in all of the corners. Considering what happens when she and Kristen go to get the plane tickets later, that’s incredibly ironic. John opens a bottle of champagne and proceeds to drop it. Everyone introduces him- or herself to others. Tana’s way too excited. The teams start to split up and Verna asks Tana if she’s a college grad. Tana responds in the negative, saying that she’s one of the rich ones. Do you think maybe they took this too far?
The teams separate and try to come up with names. The college grads quickly agree to call themselves Magna. Alex says that the name fits because they’re the “educated elite” and are second only to Summa. I like Alex, but for the record… “educated elite”? It’s not like these nine are the only people in the world with college educations. Also for the record, I have a college degree, but that in no way means that I’ll be rooting for Magna. I’m most likely going to root for individuals rather than teams. I’m worried that this “educated” vs. “uneducated” thing will get old fast.
Speaking of things that are getting old fast, Magna starts their strange “unbelievable!” thing. From the next room, the non-college grads overhear and start yelling back. I would comment on the maturity of that, but I don’t want to be accused of calling the non-college grads immature. John says that yelling means nothing - it’s about your actions on the tasks. The team chooses the name Net Worth. Magna tries to come up with a team song. Bren jokes that we shouldn’t expect a CD any time soon. Net Worth hears the singing and Kristen comments that they must have sat around singing in college while her team was out working. Don’t be a snob, Kristen. I remember you from Murder in Small Town X, and I didn’t like you on that show, so you have a long way to go to earn my favor.
Project managers are chosen. Magna nominates Todd, since he has restaurant experience. Danny and Stephanie offer to work on marketing. Bren interviews that Danny positioned himself and had better step up. John offers to be the project manager for Net Worth and everyone agrees with this decision. He wants to lead the team in a democracy. As Betsy said in her recap, it’s a little kindergarten, but it’s better than a dictatorship. Tana decides to announce her areas of expertise, but her teammates don’t exactly appreciate what they see as bragging. Audrey tells her to stop talking about how great she is, since she’ll be utilized no matter what. Suddenly I really like Audrey. Tana interviews that she thought Audrey was rude but didn’t want to say anything. Kristen announces that they need to respect each other. John tells his teammates that if they listen, they’ll win. They head off to meet their chef.
Danny and Stephanie meet with Russ to discuss marketing. They obviously don’t know what they’re doing, but, to his credit, Danny is bluffing pretty well. They talk about doing a promotion with photos. They talk with Mike, the “graphics guy” who will be printing up their fliers, and he does some brainstorming. Danny and Stephanie decide to start over (or, according to Stephanie, Danny decides to start over). The brainstorming doesn’t go very well, and when Todd calls to find out what’s going on, he gets no feedback. That should’ve been his first clue that Danny wasn’t going to work out.
During the promotion itself, Alex says that Magna’s ideas are crazy. Todd says that Danny looked awful - he was disheveled and wouldn’t wear a Burger King shirt. Stephanie says that Danny is actually scaring people away. I’m not surprised. Would you go near a restaurant where a possibly crazy street performer was trying to get you to buy something?
For some reason, we rewind to the night before. Todd, Stephanie, and Danny go to a party store to get decorations for their promotion. They call Mike, and Danny tells him that he’s “unbelievable!” Seriously, enough with that. Mike hasn’t started the printing yet, and Stephanie says that it’s because the legal department hasn’t approved their ideas yet. It’s 10 p.m., by the way. Todd asks if he should call Russ and Danny says that he’ll do it. He says that Todd is bothering him. Well, you’re probably bothering him, so you’re even.
Back at the Burger King, Danny calls Russ (from inside the restaurant) and learns that they have approval to go ahead. He goes to find Todd but can’t. Todd is outside, on the phone with Mike. He tells Mike to ignore Danny and start printing only what’s been pre-approved. Danny comes outside and overhears the tail end of this conversation. He tells Todd that he shouldn’t do something like that if he trusts his subordinates. Connect the dots, Danny. Todd says that he had to make an executive decision. Danny says that Russ liked their ideas, but Todd points out that Burger King had to approve; if they hadn’t, Magna could have been disqualified. Danny says that he respects Todd, but Todd screwed up the ad campaign, which was supposed to be Danny’s department. Danny thinks that Todd doesn’t trust him, adding passive-aggressively that Todd’s the project manager, so it doesn’t matter. It seems like he’s saying Todd will be blamed if they fail, so he’s just washing his hands of the whole thing.1 2 Next-->
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