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The Apprentice, Episode 9: Catty GamesPage 4
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George says that he’s not sure if the choice of artist really matters, because there was a lot of dissent in the team. Heidi tells Trump about the lunch argument. Omarosa says that she has a concussion, which Heidi chose to ignore. Trump wants to know why that means she needs to stop for lunch, and says that he has had many, many pieces of plaster fall on his head, and not once has he gotten a serious injury that lasted for days. Huh, maybe the plaster falling on his head explains the hair. Trump summarizes Omarosa’s point by saying, “Because you had this horrible concussion, you took lunch instead of working.”
Omarosa gets very touchy and says that she didn’t know she’d be accused of being lazy and that she did not expect to be attacked. Trump says that he just doesn’t get why it was so important for her to have a long lunch because of a bump on her head. Kwame says that Omarosa exaggerates her injury sometimes and can be overly dramatic. Trump has had enough discussion. Who will Kwame take to the boardroom?
Kwame says that Troy is his all-star, so he’s taking Heidi and Omarosa. It’s a decent choice. Troy has been an incredible performer for weeks, even though he didn’t do very well in this challenge. No way is Trump firing him this week, so Kwame’s chances are better against the two women.
Outside the boardroom, Omarosa starts to cry big heaving sobs. Kwame holds her for comfort as Heidi sits alone on the couch looking miserable. I seriously wonder if this was just a last-ditch effort on Omarosa’s part to get some sympathy from Kwame. Then, Omarosa barges right into the boardroom, wanting to talk to Trump. Trump is pissed, saying that he did not tell Omarosa she could come back. Seriously, I can’t believe he didn’t fire her on the spot. Then, Omarosa who was in such a rush to get back into that boardroom, asks if she can get a tissue, because her nose is running. She blows her nose and sits down.
Trump asks Kwame what he has to say for himself. Kwame says that he was in charge, they took a risk, and the risk didn’t pay off. He stands by his decision. That was the best possible answer Kwame could have given. If Trump is going to fire someone for the choice of artist, he’ll fire Kwame, since he was in charge. The only thing Kwame can do is be strong and own that decision. Well done, Kwame.
Omarosa sniffles that she worked very hard and doesn’t see what was so terrible about wanting to break for a short lunch. Heidi says that she thought it would take much longer than just half an hour for them to have a sit-down lunch, because the restaurants were busy. Omarosa (who is apparently no longer crying) says that if Heidi had been that eloquent then, she would have understood. Heidi, she says, tends to drop the f-bomb. Heidi says, “I don’t have time for these catty games. I just wanted to get the job done.” Trump asks what the f-bomb is, and Heidi explains that she has a tendency to swear a lot. Heidi says that Omarosa did an okay job. Omarosa says that Heidi did not make a significant contribution.
Trump says that Heidi has an edge about her, and that it tends to annoy people. He suspects that she has heard this criticism before. She says she has. Trump tells Omarosa that the challenge is about leadership and teamwork, and that she creates a distraction. Then, Trump tells Kwame that he took a risk, and it failed. He has taken plenty of risks himself, and thinks that Kwame learned his lesson. Trump says that he hates the constant fighting in the team, and he doesn’t like it when people make excuses. As a result, Omarosa is fired.
Did you want to hear that again?
Omarosa is fired.
Omarosa thanks Trump for the opportunity, and Heidi makes a joke about how she’ll try to be less annoying in the future. After they leave, Trump says that Omarosa had a chip on her shoulder, acted superior to everyone, and had a terrible attitude. He says, “I was a little tough on her, because she’s always making excuses.”
Trump made the right choice again this week. I don’t think his choice had much to do with this challenge. The team lost because they chose an artist whose work they were unable to sell convincingly. From what Trump heard, three out of four members of the team thought Meghan was a good choice. Omarosa was the only member of the team who sold anything, but with one sale of less than a thousand dollars, she didn’t exactly set the world on fire. This week, Trump based his decision on which of the three people would ultimately be less successful running one of his companies. Heidi has proven herself to be smart and resourceful over the past few weeks. Kwame isn’t setting the world on fire, but he was strong enough to admit his responsibility for the team’s loss this week. He won’t win, but he does deserve to stick around for longer than Omarosa. Trump told Omarosa a few weeks ago that he found her behavior “repulsive,” and she didn’t change it one bit since then. He knows that there has been fighting in the ranks, and he knows from his eyes and ears Carolyn and George that Omarosa was at the heart of much of that commotion. If Omarosa can’t get along with anyone in her team, how could she possibly manage being president of one of Trump’s companies? Trump made the best choice he could.
Things are going to start getting interesting now, because almost all of the remaining candidates have proven themselves to be real contenders for the prize. If I were Katrina or Kwame, I’d be worried right about now.
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