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The Apprentice 4, Episode 3: How Can Seven Brilliant Women Be Wrong?Page 4
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Trump asks Rebecca who she’s bringing back. She says she has to go with her gut and integrity. Get used to hearing her use that word. Rebecca is bringing back both Jens. Oh, you have to be kidding me. What did Jen M. do wrong? Trump says that Rebecca is putting herself in a bad position. Danger, Will Robinson! Rebecca, are you listening? No, she’s not. She says that she has to maintain her integrity. She believes in Toral and is “incapable” of bringing her back. If this means she’ll be fired (“which it might,” Trump speaks up), so be it. Her integrity is more important.
Trump tells Toral that she should drop to her knees and thank Rebecca, because he doesn’t get it. Toral tries to say something, but she should really be quiet right now. She just got her neck saved. She manages to say that she wasn’t the reason they lost. Trump announces that he hates Rebecca’s decision, but he admires her integrity. He tells Toral to enjoy the view while Rebecca goes through hell. The women exit and some very deserving and one undeserving person go back to the suite.
“That was amazing,” Trump says. Carolyn is surprised. Trump asks George if Rebecca was right or wrong. George notes that Rebecca has principles and stuck with them. Notice that he didn’t actually answer the question. Carolyn is surprised that Rebecca didn’t bring Toral back, and she’s especially surprised that Rebecca brought Jen M. back. She does agree that Jen W. should be there.
Rebecca and the Jens return. Trump asks why Rebecca wanted Jen M. in there. Rebecca says that Jen M. sometimes gets off-point. She focuses on things that are technically important but don’t lead to a win. So, basically, you have no reason and just needed a second person to bring with you. Trump doesn’t think that Jen M. did anything wrong. Jen W. agrees. Trump says that unless Jen M. says something really stupid, she won’t be fired. Fortunately, Jen M. keeps her mouth shut the rest of the time she’s in the Boardroom.
Trump tells Rebecca that she should have brought Toral back because none of the women like her. She could have brought her simply for that reason. I think he’s implying that everyone’s hatred of Toral trumps (no pun intended) everyone else’s bad work on the task. He notes that Rebecca is hardheaded, which she agrees with. George thinks that Rebecca is inflexible. She thinks this is ironic, since she stepped up to be PM even with a broken ankle. What does that have to do with flexibility? “To call me inflexible…,” she begins. Trump cuts in that she is inflexible.
Carolyn thinks that the women lost because there was nothing to their presentation. George asks if Jen W. really thought everything was fine. Jen W. based the food on what her grandmother likes (a respectable decision). Trump asks why they lost. Rebecca blames the poor presentation. Trump asks if that was her fault; Rebecca blames Jen W. Jen W. blames Rebecca’s poor leadership and judgment. She asks again how seven brilliant women can be wrong about how bad Toral did.
Trump notes that the task was about creating an inviting environment. The women didn’t, and it was Jen W.’s fault. However, Rebecca should have brought Toral to the boardroom. He actually says that if Toral had come in, she would have been fired. Just when it looks like Trump is going to fire Rebecca, he says that she has potential, so therefore, Jen W. is fired. Jen quietly says, “Okay,” pretty much accepting that there’s nothing she can do. She leaves as Jen M. and Rebecca head back up to the suite. Trump shakes his head silently a few times, then says that Rebecca will either be great or a disaster. At this point, I’m thinking it’ll be the latter. George says that only time will tell.
I’ve agreed with Trump’s decisions the past two weeks, but I definitely disagree this week. I don’t care how much integrity Rebecca has. Integrity, schmintegrity. This is a game, not a way to keep your friends happy. I don’t think she should have stabbed Toral in the back or anything, but Toral was obviously the weakest person on the team. As PM, Rebecca should have her team’s best interests in mind. By excluding Toral from the boardroom, she made things personal. She should’ve been fired for making such a bad decision. I wish Trump had pulled a Martha and made everyone come back to the Boardroom so he could fire Toral.
In the cab, Jen W. says that, for the record, she is a good event planner. She’s disappointed with the outcome and feels that Toral should have gone home. She thinks that Rebecca’s judgment is clouded and she showed poor leadership skills. Jen W. believes that the team will be shaken by this and have to work to rebuild their morale.
Next week: “Sometimes really smart people go a little bit too far.” Some of the candidates dress up as… mascots? Theme park characters? It’s hard to tell, but it looks amusing. Clay wants to get scary. Someone takes on Trump and is branded “ineffective.” Oooh, fun!
Jenn Brasler is the Assistant Editor of Reality News Online and an aspiring writer from Falls Church, VA. You can e-mail her at email@example.com. She used to like Rebecca, but now she’s just annoyed by her and hates the fact that she’s Evangeline Lilly’s doppelganger.
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