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The Apprentice: Los Angeles, Episode 10 Performance Reviewsby Brian Towers -- 03/29/2007
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Last week I mistakenly opened my article saying that the teams are running out of deadwood to pick on. Tim and Nicole showed me how wrong I was, as this week they lost both their focus and their minds. Let’s look at the “Performance Reviews” for more on all the remaining applicants.
But really, this episode was always all about the Showmance. The topic even dominated the webisode. I yearn for the good old days when the show was about a lengthy job interview and they performed real estate-oriented tasks.
The webisode told us Frank was in charge of the budget and per Nicole, tends to be very free-spending. The clip continues and shows him being over-budget at one point in the planning. I think they cut out some extra labor to correct the situation.
Quoting Trump, Frank said, “If you care about the other team, you’re going down,” and, “Crush your enemies.” That’s the kind of focus Trump is looking for, and the kind of focus that won Arrow this task. Although I’m a little amused that Frank didn’t know if the chopper was airborne or not while it still stood on the helipad, he still gets a GOOD rating this week.
James did well in the Boardroom when the results were announced by pointedly crediting his team for their efforts. Trump likes loyalty.
In the Kinetic Boardroom, James did well again. He defended his decisions without making the Boardroom about Arrow. He also called Angela on her poor attempts to rationalize a one-sided shellacking and turned the focus back on her. James’ rating is GOOD as well.
But the biggest plus for Stefani this week was when James identified her as one of the two people he could not do without on his team. She may be working behind the scenes a lot, but this confirms she’s making real contributions toward Arrow’s results.
Stefani gets a SATISFACTORY rating. I can’t go higher because we just don’t have visual evidence to support it this week.
Tim helped plan the task well, suggesting the kiosk that would legitimize their presence and imply they weren’t just a one-day operation. And in the first Boardroom, it was alert of him to point out to Trump that the stars of the show really are in Arrow Corp.
But in this episode, Tim’s positives were dominated by his unprofessionalism over the Showmance and further, for spilling information pre-Boardroom to Nicole. In real time, they’ve known each other for half a month at this point, he has even told us viewers he knows he’s making a foolish mistake… yet he continues down that same path! I’m going all the way down, to an UNACCEPTABLE rating for Tim, who I fear has forgotten exactly why he’s in Los Angeles. It’s too bad; Tim consistently generates clever ideas and avoids pitfalls, and he ought to be a frontrunner for the title.
Again in the Boardroom Trump gave undeserved kudos to Kinetic, saying, “I hope you win.” I think after this episode and with Tim’s prompting, he finally figures out what this season is all about.
Heidi wasn’t a major player this week, so I’ll assign her a SATISFACTORY rating.
Kristine had one quote this week where she compared Arrow Corp to used car salesmen. To me this highlighted the lack of killer instinct in Kristine in particular and Kinetic in general.
While selling, Kristine got tired of Arrow undercutting them and frustratingly offered to buy a potential client a bottle of water herself. Maybe she could have heeded her own hint and recognized they had to sweeten their offers a little? Surely the rental of skates didn’t kill the whole budget. Seeing problems and not reacting to them is a constant theme this season.
It may be a tad generous, but Kristine’s rating is also SATISFACTORY.
Nicole thought the team should use their sex appeal on this task. I ask myself, what’s sexier than women in conservative shorts and tee-shirts with sales devices strapped into their form-fitting (I joke) flak jackets? Well, there are actually a whole lot of answers to that one!
In one deleted pre-Boardroom scene on Yahoo, Nicole told Kristine she respected Angela and wasn’t intending to attack her in the Boardroom. Good plan, but the gloves correctly came off after Angela took the first shot.1 2 Next-->
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