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The Apprentice 5 Corner Office and Mailroom Assignments, Episode 12by Jenn Brasler -- 05/17/2006
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This week, Xbox 360. Wal-Mart. Xbox 360. Microsoft. Wal-Mart. Over the Hedge. Wal-Mart. Xbox 360. Got it?
As far as Iím concerned, the guys were reeeeeeally lucky this week. I think they barely eked out a win. Their display sucked horribly, and they were probably only saved because Synergyís idea sucked more. And yet Iíve managed to find someone to put in the corner office! (I know! Iím surprised, too!) I think Sean did a terrific job of trying to keep everything in order. He and Lee had a lot of difficulties that were really out of their hands, mostly with the very unhelpful Adrien. Instead of sitting around and complaining that everything was going badly, Sean took action. He told Adrien to get the job done and, as Tim Gunn would say, make it work. Even when it looked like they wouldnít have their ceiling in time, he resigned himself to having a less-than-completed display and moved on. Sean worked with what he had instead of worrying about what he couldnít control. And Iím sure he learned a little lesson about outsourcing the really important things. Seanís girlfriend was fired this week, so I hope the corner office is a nice consolation.
Speaking of lucky, I wonít make Lee go to the mailroom this week. Since he and Sean are the only members left on Gold Rush, Lee would be an obvious choice for the mailroom since Sean is in the corner office. But I think Lee worked well this week, especially with Sean. He still doesnít impress me much, and if he wins Iíll be angry, but he was better this week than he has been. For that, Lee is saved from stamp-licking duty.
You all know how much I love Roxanne, and how many times Iíve put her in the corner office this season (seven!). But this week, I just canít. I meanÖ she sucked. She really did. Her attitude was out of line and she didnít give the task her all. I know she and Allie werenít happy with the theme (neither was I; more on that later), but she should have learned from past seasons that working on an unenjoyable task is better than not working at all. (Remember Erin? Sheís probably still kicking herself.) Trump would rather see candidates push through than sit around whining about how bad things are. And in the past, Roxanne has been the person who has taken on even the most menial tasks and done them without complaining. So Iím sad that I canít give her the corner office this week (Allie either), but Iím also not giving her the mailroom.
No, that dishonor falls to Tammy. As annoying as Allie and Roxanne were on this task, I thought Tammy was even worse. First of all, her theme was just ridiculous. A red carpet event for an Xbox? Bleh. Itís been overdone, and it had nothing to do with the product. The guys at least latched onto the 360 part and did something with that. Iím not sure Tammy was even thinking. Off the top of my head, I can think of five other themes that would have been better:
Secondly, instead of recognizing that her theme was horrible, Tammy decided to blame the teamís failure on Roxanne and Allie because they had Mean Girled her. Not exactly a quality I think Trump is looking for in an employee. She accused Allie and Roxanne of being juvenile, but she wasnít any better than they were. A leader should take responsibility for her actions - if a task fails, she should figure out what she did wrong, be a woman, and admit to her failings. Instead, Tammy whined. And whined. And whined. Then she proceeded to yell her way through the boardroom, never a good idea. She blamed Allie and Roxanne for everything, even though they at least made an effort to help her with her task. I figured about two minutes into the boardroom that Tammy would be going home, and Iím glad I was right. Good riddance, and enjoy your return to the mailroom, Tammy, because I might keep you there. Just because I can.
Week 12 Tally:
So now weíre down to two women and two men. Iím sure thatís no accident. I think two people will be fired next week, leaving us with either two men or two women. Maybe all of Trumpís talk about women this season has just been foreshadowing and weíll have another all-female finale. At this point, I donít really care that much. Iíd like to see Roxanne win, but only if she recovers from her issues this week. Like I said earlier, if Lee wins, Iíll be ticked. I donít think heís in any way the best person left. Iím thinking weíll see a Roxanne/Allie final two, though I would place Sean over Allie at this point. Right now, though, itís too close to call.
Lee (1, 8, 9), Lenny (2), Leslie (2), Charmaine (2, 4, 7), Tarek (3), Sean (12)
Tarek (1), Summer (1), Lee (2), Theresa (3), Bryce (4, 6), Dan (5), Lenny (7), Leslie (8), Charmaine (10), Michael (11)
Allie (1, 7, 8, 10, 11), Roxanne (2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11), Andrea (3, 7), Sean (6, 7), Tammy (7, 11)
Brent (1), Stacy (2), Andrea (4, 5, 8, 9), Michael (6, 7), Tammy (10, 12)
Jenn Brasler is an Assistant Editor of Reality News Online and an aspiring writer from Falls Church, VA. You can e-mail her at email@example.com. She will spend the rest of the week trying to convince Roxanne to be cool again.
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