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The Apprentice: Martha Stewart Episode 1 Extras: Who Are These People, Anyway?by Jeffrey Clinard -- 09/27/2005
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Hello, and welcome to the extras to The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. I’ll be filling in for regular recapper Paris Cosby. The extras for this week’s episode were a bit disappointing. Two of the clips for Episode 1 were taken directly from the show, and one is an NBS promo. However, there is an exclusive video clip featuring Jeff after he was eliminated, plus interviews with several of the candidates, which give us a chance to get to know them a little better. Let’s get through what we’ve already seen, then hit the new material.
Jeff Out: This clip covers the meeting with the three candidates in the conference room. Jim, Dawn, and Jeff point fingers for the blame at each other. Martha ends up deciding that Jeffrey doesn't fit in, telling him that the story his team wrote didn't connect with either children or parents.
The Letter to Jeff: This video is a repeat of the scene on the show where Martha pens her letter Jeff after his elimination.
The Apprentice: Martha Stewart: This clip is the NBC promo for the show.
NBC.COM Exclusive - Jeff: Jeff says he's very surprised that Martha picked him over Dawn. He said previously that if he couldn't beat Dawn in the conference room, he would hang his head down in shame, which he does. He believes that he did listen to everybody's suggestions, and everybody participated and engaged. When they got back to the loft, people pointed out what they did, and Dawn was part of the editing team (of the book). However, if he had to do it over again, he'd be less open to the others’ suggestions. He'd close more people's ideas down sooner. He wouldn't do the project management again, and would want Dawn or Jim to have it. They still would have lost, Jeffrey says, but one of them would be standing there instead of him.
Meet Carrie: Carrie thinks Martha Stewart has a variety of strengths and is a visionary. She likes Martha’s unique leadership and vision, and ability to develop products that people need every day. Martha Stewart is a human, living, breathing brand. She’s an icon, the first female self-made billionaire. She has inspired a generation of women in both professional and domestic roles.
Meet Sarah: Sarah thinks a good apprentice for Martha Stewart would be somebody who can take constructive criticism. She believes Martha has very high standards, which can sometimes come across as being a bitch. Martha knows a good product when she sees one and isn’t afraid to say which products are not good. She has the highest standards in the industry.
Meet Shawn: Shawn says that being with Donald Trump is much different than being with Martha Stewart. She wanted to be a part of this show because Martha is the queen of media. Shawn thinks and dreams big, and thinks her advantage is that she already understands up and down what Martha’s business are all about. She’s there for the wild ride.
Meet Marcela: Marcela wants to spend a lot of time with Martha in order to learn as much as possible from her. Marcela’s strength is in the creative side, but she wants to learn more about the business side. She thinks Martha has had an impact because she knows what people want. Even if she, for example, isn’t the best florist, she will find the best florist out there and bring them in. Martha has a knack for knowing what people like.
Meet Ryan: Ryan thinks being a good apprentice depends on who you are an apprentice for. To be Martha’s, it requires creativity, innovation, good character, courageousness, and leadership. He thinks Martha is tough and runs a tight ship, but he doesn’t want to judge her before he’s met her. She’s built up an enormous company and transcended several mediums, but retains consistency. He’s heard the mean things, but looks forward to seeing another side of her.
Meet Jim: As far as Martha Stewart goes, Jim has heard the word genius, and he thinks it fits her. She’s cunning, powerful, strong, and has all the right qualities for a CEO.
Meet Dawna: Dawna thinks Martha Stewart has a lot of drive and willingness to succeed. There aren’t many women like that, and she likes it.
Meet Dawn: Unfortunately, Dawn’s video clip failed to play on two different browsers and two different machines.
Meet Chuck: Chuck tells us that Martha Stewart is a strong, determined, precise, but inflexible person. He thinks she has a hard fish to make things run. She’s an amazing businesswoman who took simple things like making cakes or folding sheets, and made it everybody’s business. He has a lot of respect for her. He has some nervous energy because she’s larger than life, but he’s excited about working with her.
Meet Jennifer: Jennifer’s impression of Martha Stewart is that of a dynamic force of nature. She is a calm in a troubled world. She represents that sense of order for the world in the midst of war and terrorism. She provides stability and calm for the living room and kitchen. Martha’s strengths are knowing what is hot in the market, and beomg true to herself. She believes she’s been honest with the world, and deserves a fair chance like everyone else.
Meet Howie: Howie thinks a good apprentice thinks outside the box and knows both when to lead and to follow. He thinks Martha is resilient, covers all bases, and has a lot going on, including TV and publishing. Martha is the complete package. She’s successful, and he believes he has a lot of in common with her. He says she is a fantastic lady, and is tremendous in everything she does.
Jeffrey Clinard lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his cats, Lam and Princess. He can be reached at email@example.com
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