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The Apprentice 2, Episode 14 Extras: Marco PoloPage 3
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Kelly rides in his own Maybach, jumping out at a stop to give some papers to his employees in their van. I’m still confused as to why he decided to tell them that he loves them. Kelly explains that he picked Elizabeth because he knew that Jen would want her. Ha! That cracks me up. Oh, and she’s also good from a marketing standpoint. Kelly picked John because he’s “motivated” and does good work. He picked Raj because he’s not Stacy. Oh, sorry – he picked Raj because his clothes are conducive to polo. No, seriously, that’s what he said.
At some point during the tasks, Stacy meets with someone about catering for the post-game reception. She’s supposed to figure out how many tables to keep inside and how many to put outside. She thinks it would be strange to have both taller tables (at which people can stand) and smaller tables (where people can sit) inside. Stacy starts to say something about putting some tables outside, then kind of trails off. I don’t think she has any idea what she wants. The caterer seems to agree and tries to get an answer out of her. The caterer has this look on her face like, “I can’t believe this.” Stacy keeps trying to make a decision but can’t quite put her thoughts together. “Am I driving you crazy?” she asks. Yes, but why stop now? Oh, wait, she wasn’t talking to me.
Chris is in charge of looking through a huge number of boxes, the contents of which are supposed to go into gift bags. He and Stacy are amazed by the number of boxes in a storage closet; he says that they can’t reach them all. She tells him that they have to open all of them to make sure everything is there. Chris disagrees; he says that if someone didn’t ship something he or she was supposed to, it’s that person’s fault. What a great attitude! I can imagine him in Raj’s position – “I don’t care if we’re contractually obligated to paint that logo on the field. If it doesn’t get done, it’s not my problem.” Tell me again why you were fired, Chris?
Jen interviews about all of the things that still need to get done. Chris tries to wrestle some boxes into an elevator, talking about putting the gift bags together. He swears at the elevator, which is sure to be helpful.
Kelly’s team meets with a Genworth managing director about putting the Genworth logo on the polo field. It’s Raj’s responsibility, and Kelly is (quite appropriately, as we learn later) worried that it won’t get done. Raj is told that the field will be mowed and then the lines will be painted on it. The logo can’t be sprayed until after the field is mowed, and it has to be sprayed first thing in the morning.
Later, the team meets with a couple of other Genworth employees, who talk about the polo match being a good cause. They try to reiterate how important it is, mentioning that some VIPs, including Genworth’s CEO, will be there. The male employee says that some people there will have Alzheimer’s, and Raj decides that this is kind of funny; security may have to chase after people who are wandering around. Yes, hilarious. The guy doesn’t seem very amused by Raj and says, “I can’t wait to see how Raj screws up our logo on the field.” Ha!
Kelly wants his team to brainstorm about things that they’ll be selling during the match. This kicks off the spreadsheet madness. After being chased away from the computer, Raj interviews that Kelly is like Ulysses S. Grant. Oh, he’s going somewhere with this. Raj explains that Kelly isn’t brilliant, but he’s a good leader. He can “send people forward to be killed and to get the job done.” Is Raj worried about getting killed on the polo field?
Kelly explains to Raj that he doesn’t want a bunch of spreadsheets on the computer. Raj says that something in Kelly’s head is “skewed towards that militaristic bent” and he’s sick of it. He, John, and Elizabeth go out to the field, where John and Raj talk about relaxing and enjoying the match the next day. Elizabeth tells them that they’d better help her if she needs them to. Inside, Kelly wonders where everyone is.
Jen meets with a couple of people from Genworth who don’t have much information on what’s going to happen the next day. Jen wants to know if Chris Webber or someone from Genworth is going to “go first” (I’m not sure what she’s referring to). One of the Genworth women says it’s not her decision. Jen tries to explain that she just received the assignment so she doesn’t have everything worked out. The woman interviews that this is a bad excuse.
Jen asks how the MVP of the game will be selected. The woman replies that she doesn’t know. Jen thinks that Genworth would want to do the selecting. The other woman asks if Jen would have contacted them about this if she’d had more time. Jen says that now she can keep in touch with them, and the first woman asks when, “three in the morning?” She’s trying to lighten the situation, but Jen doesn’t see the humor in this and tries to make her excuse again. The first woman says that choosing the MVP is important.
Jen decides to pass off the discussion to Pamela. This turns out to be smart, as Pamela is either on top of things or does a good job of pretending that she is. Pamela interviews that Genworth doesn’t think they have things covered. Indeed, the first woman interviews that she doesn’t have much confidence in Jen and her team.
Next week is the three-hour finale, but there will probably be extra footage anyway. I’m going to have to back Kelly on this one, though I can’t help seeing him as the lesser of two evils. Who will be hired? Tune in and find out.
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Jenn Brasler is an aspiring writer from Falls Church, VA. You can e-mail her at email@example.com. She’s trying to decide whether to use her powers for good… or evil.
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