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Troy points out that the other team put all of their eggs in one basket, too. Trump says that was different – it worked.
Trump asks if any of them drove the rickshaws. Kwame says he did, and admits that he was terrible at it. He did not get a single customer, even though he went to all of the locations recommended to him by the drivers.
Trump asks Kwame who he’d choose to go into the boardroom. Kwame says that although neither did anything wrong, he’d choose Heidi for the boardroom because Troy was and has been a good leader. Heidi says that she would choose Troy because as project manager, he should be responsible. Trump asks George and Carolyn if they have any more questions. They don’t.
Troy wonders if they’re going to ask him who should go to the boardroom. Trump says that it will be his decision. Troy looks a bit startled. I think he thought for a moment that Trump was asking him to make the ultimate decision. But instead, since there are only three of them, the project manager must choose just one person to accompany him to the final boardroom. Troy says that he and Kwame have an agreement to always take the weakest link, even if it’s each other, but that in this case, he’s choosing Heidi. I think Troy said that to avoid the pitfall Ereka ran into of allowing Trump to believe that her decisions were based on friendship.
Kwame wishes them both luck, and Heidi swears at Troy for choosing her. She says that she did better than Kwame did in the challenge. I think Troy made the best choice he could. Heidi and Kwame seemed to perform pretty equally in the challenge, so no one was the obvious weak link. But both Carolyn and George seemed to be gunning for Heidi in the boardroom, so she was a safer pick for Troy to have at his side.
Inside, George says that he doesn’t think Heidi did much, but he wasn’t impressed by Troy’s punch card idea. Carolyn says that it might not have been the greatest idea, but at least it was something. She says she hasn’t seen anything impressive from Heidi, and thinks she’s been riding coattails. “I’ve seen nothing out of her,” she concludes.
Troy and Heidi return. Troy says that leaders are born, not made, and he is a natural leader. Trump asks if a natural leader would say that, and Troy thinks one would. He says that he has been selected by his peers three times to be project manager, and he takes risks rather than playing it safe. He says that Heidi is a great salesperson. Trump asks if she’s a great leader, and he repeats that she is a great salesperson.
Trump says that Carolyn had some comments for Heidi. Carolyn tells Heidi, “I have yet to really see anything from you.” Heidi says that she is entitled to her opinion. She says that she too is a great leader, and she’s feisty, aggressive, and a great salesperson. Trump points out that Troy is all of those things, too, so what makes Heidi different? Heidi wants a chance to prove herself. If Carolyn doesn’t think she’s done anything, she wants to show her what she can do. After all, Troy has been in charge three times to her one. Carolyn says that she should have volunteered to take charge, if she really had so much to offer. Trump says that everyone has called Troy a good leader, but no one has said that of Heidi yet.
George says that he has yet to see a spark from either of them. When they asked Troy who should go, he hedged, and a good leader should give a decisive answer to avoid losing power. Troy says that he thought he needed to give an explanation. Trump says that it was long and boring. Trump is ready to give his verdict. Troy has done well, but has been on a lot of losing teams. Heidi didn’t step up as a leader, and barely contributed as a follower. She’s fired.
Outside the boardroom, Troy and Heidi hug. She tells him to give Katrina her love, and then skips into the down elevator. She’s a good sport, and I respect that. Trump tells Carolyn and George that Heidi doesn’t have the leadership skills to win the game. He adds, “I like her, but really, it was time for her to go.” He asks Carolyn and George if they’re happy with the decision. George says, “I loved it.”
Again, I think Trump made the right choice. Really, Troy is one of the best candidates there is, and is my favorite right now to win it all. Trump was pretty much going to fire whichever person Troy put next to him. Kwame would have been just as good a choice as Heidi. The really interesting thing would have been if Trump had to decide between Kwame and Heidi. I think that in that case, Kwame would have been the one to go. Carolyn may not have seen much from Heidi, but I think Kwame has shown us even less. But Troy, the rickshaw cowboy, continues to ride high.
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