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The Apprentice 5, Episode 11: Girls Against Boysby Betsy Wasser -- 05/09/2006
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Let’s recap quickly what’s been going on in recent weeks. Two episodes ago, Sean was the only person on the team to support Andrea over Allie in the boardroom. Allie has pretty much been a pouty brat about it. Trump fired Charmaine and Tarek last week, so Michael and Lee are the only ones left on Gold Rush.
In the suite, Roxanne and Allie are cooking while Gold Rush is at the boardroom. They are still complaining about the Andrea thing. Ugh, get over it! Roxanne says that Sean needs to be told about the importance of working as a team. He overhears them talking. In an interview, he says that they have a really awkward dynamic now.
Lee and Michael return. Roxanne can’t believe Charmaine and Tarek are both gone. Of course, the drama of two people getting fired is nothing compared to the drama still of Sean not being supportive two weeks ago, so that’s where the focus returns. Roxanne thinks Sean should have apologized to Allie. Sean says in an interview that he’s having a rough week and is “adrift in a sea of estrogen.” He is trying to sleep as he hears the women talking about him over the wall. He asks them to please stop talking about it, at least until morning. Roxanne thinks he should take some opportunity to apologize. She wishes he’d show some regrets. Allie begins to list the times that Sean might have apologized to her- on the way to the bathroom, before breakfast… Sean puts in ear plugs. God, I love him. Allie keeps babbling.
The next morning, Michael answers the phone and is really cute in his glasses, to say nothing of the shirtlessness. The teams meet Trump at Rutgers stadium. Trump, naturally, arrives by helicopter. He says some of them will travel that way some day. They all walk out onto the football field, where the marching band is playing. Skeevy Trump checks out the cheerleaders. They have the tiniest pom pons I’ve ever seen. Really, they do- that’s not a euphemism. Trump asks Synergy to send off somebody to join the other team. Sean grins, loving this opportunity to get away from the drama. He volunteers. Trump says it’s “the basics in life,” men vs. women. Allie says that the three women get along great. Lee says he’s excited to get started. The teams will work with Outback Steakhouse on a tailgating party. Each team will set up a tent in a different parking lot. They’ll sell Outback food, which Trump claims to love. I actually have an easier time believing Trump’s claims that he loves Arby’s than that one. Can you imagine Trump and Melania hunkered down over a bloomin’ onion? The teams will sell at the Navy vs. Rutgers football game. The team that makes the most money wins.
The women dance with joy. Roxanne says they had a quick celebration of the fun they were about to have.
This week’s Trump Lesson Of The Week is “Deliver the goods.” Trump says that being a big talker is meaningless unless you get results. This week’s Betsy Lesson Of The Week is sort of tailgating related. If you’re making burgers, add a little bit of bread crumbs, cracker crumbs, or some other filler. It will help the meat stay together better and not fall apart on the grill.
The men of Gold Rush get started. Lee is excited about the project. He wants to be PM- he knows college and sports. He just graduated, so Sean thinks he’s a natural. If he wins, he’ll be 3-0 and will show Trump he’s a leader. He spews some sexist crap about how it’s football, not a salon, so they’re bound to win. Lee is obviously unfamiliar with the Irony Fairy, as he is practically screaming for her to bring him down. Sean is thinking, “Girls, girls, millions of girls.” Lee thinks they need 1,000 scantily clad women to create a scene. Michael is thinking of a fraternity eating contest. Or maybe a money pit, Lee suggests. Sean thinks they should work with the cheerleaders. Michael loves it. Sean is feeling like a man again. These guys must be operating under the assumption that there are absolutely no female football fans in all of Rutgers University. Lee leaves a message for the head cheerleading coach.
Allie also wants to work with the cheerleaders- she thinks they can bond. Roxanne is the project manager and wants to win through girl power. There is a pep rally at 4:45 for homecoming, Allie notes, so they all decide to go. The women arrive at Outback. They think it’s important to taste the food so they can understand what they’re selling. I’m not sure how it’s rocket science, but at least they’re doing this now, so it’s not like Charmaine getting her hair done in the middle of the task. Roxanne says the food is great. Allie says they can surely sell it.
The guys start making invitations. Sean says something is good “whilst supplies last” and the other guys give him a hard time about it. It’s a really cute dynamic between the three of them. Michael gets a call from the cheerleaders, and the coach agrees to work exclusively with them. Sean does a little happy dance. That is quite a boon to their team. They plan to have the place “swarming with cheerleaders and steak.” They figure now they’ll have 40 good-looking girls to Synergy’s three.
Synergy plans to make flyers and pass them out at the homecoming event. Roxanne and Tammy go to Kinko’s while Allie meets with the cheerleading coach. Coach Christine breaks the news that they agreed to be exclusive to Gold Rush. But, she wants to accommodate both teams. Allie butters her up and says how she has a background in cheerleading.
The guys go to a pep rally, and Allie sees them. She has no flyers to pass out, so she feels like they have an edge. That’s really poor planning on Synergy’s part to not be prepared for the pep rally, since they knew what time it would be. The two teams good naturedly trash talk each other’s lots. Allie calls the other women- the pep rally is over. As she’s on the phone, the guys are getting the DJ to announce their party. Roxanne sits listening in the cab, mouth open.
Michael meets with two cheerleading coaches. Christine tells him she wants to send some of the squad over to Synergy. Michael says he understands that they want to be fair. He suggests that they send “one or two” women to the other team. One or two won’t be enough to make a difference, he reasons. He says he has to talk to his PM about it. He calls Lee, who says absolutely not- they made deals contingent on having all of the cheerleaders there. Lee and Sean say hell no to sharing “out of good faith.” Sean is going nuts and in an interview says that Michael should “grow some balls” and is “a wanker.” I love it when Sean does his little dance of frustration and calls Michael a wanker. So entertaining.1 2 3 Next-->
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