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The Apprentice 4, Episode 4 Extras: Toral is Delusionalby Jenn Brasler -- 10/17/2005
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I have decided that instead of picking between James and Brian, I will just date both of them. Just please don’t tell either of them about the other. Unless, of course, they agree to fight over me in a mud pit without their shirts on.
This week we start out with Trump’s Lesson of the Week. There’s nothing new to his message about maximizing potential and knowing your employees’ strengths and weaknesses.
The women of Capital Edge try to pick a project manager. Toral says that she’ll do it if no one else wants to. Doesn’t she sound confident? Felisha takes the role and everyone seems to support this (except Toral, of course). Rebecca interviews that she’s disappointed because Toral should have stepped up. (I never want to hear that phrase again after this week.) Rebecca is afraid both for Toral and for herself, since she stood up for Toral.
Over at Excel, the guys who are brainstorming call Mark and Clay on a cell phone to tell them about the jingle they’ve come up with. Apparently Randal wrote the jingle, but Adam is elected to sing it to Clay. He does. He has a nice voice. Clay is unimpressed. He says that Adam sang the “jazzy chorus boy version” and sounded like a gay Aretha Franklin. Dude, at least they’re trying. What are you doing? Clay tells Adam that he’s speechless, but he’s actually just trying not to laugh too hard. Poor Adam thinks that Clay is speechless because he’s impressed.
Felisha, Kristi, and Jennifer see the finished Zip costume. Jen thinks that Toral wouldn’t be able to carry off the attitude necessary to wear the costume. Kristi puts it on. Is it just me, or is Kristi the perfect person to dress up in an oversized costume like that? As the women leave, Felisha tells the designers to call them if they have any problems. Out in the hallway, Kristi tells Felisha and Jen that she’s wearing the costume. Jen call Zip “hot.”
The next day, Kristi and Marshawn go back to get Zip. Kristi has to carry the costume down the street, and, as she states, it’s 30 or 40 pounds and twice her size. It definitely looks like a struggle to carry. Marshawn thinks it looks great and that the team has a good chance of winning. She thinks they’re more creative than the men will be. She clearly underestimates the magic of Mark in drag. Kristi and Marshawn finally get Zip back to the rest of the group, who cheer (except Toral, because cheering is unprofessional and her family might be embarrassed if she cheers).
Later, Felisha tells some of the other women that if she tells Toral to wear the costume, she will, since Felisha is the PM. Yes, because people on this show always do exactly what their project managers tell them to do. Alla says that Toral won’t wear it. This leads to the discussion of Toral not stepping up. Allan tells Toral that they just want to know why she doesn’t want to wear the costume. Toral would be embarrassed. Jennifer makes the excellent point that her family and employers wouldn’t even know it was her in the costume. (Well, unless they see her agree to do it. But still, good point, Jen.)
Mark and one of my boyfriends, Brian, are in a cab, discussing the genie costume. Mark thinks the details are fine but he’s not sure people will get that Ginnie is supposed to be a genie. He thinks that right now she looks like a cross between Snow White and Mrs. Claus. Brian agrees and isn’t sure about the way the mask looks. They point out that the mask is Clay’s creation. Mark says that if things go badly, Clay’s neck is on the line. Brian thinks that Clay wants everyone involved so that he can point fingers if thinks don’t turn out well. Mark thinks this is exactly right. He says that if they fail, Clay is the responsible party because he hasn’t delegated a lot of the work. Brian hates the pit in his stomach, which he has because he’s uncertain.
Mark, Clay, and my two boyfriends (uh, oh) go to the studio so Mark can try on the genie costume. The music guys put in some Nutcracker music, which is hilarious. What’s also funny is that one of the costume designers doesn’t get at first why Mark might need some duct tape. Mark will wear fake breasts, but he draws the line at duct taping Mark Jr.
There’s a clip here that I think is of the teams’ presentations, but I couldn’t open it. Sorry! Just pretend that Toral rolled her eyes through Capital Edge’s presentation and that I was in the corner during Excel’s, making out with both James and Brian.
The women head to the boardroom. Trump brings up the corporate branding mistake. George says that the brand identification wasn’t there. Jen speaks up that she mentioned this. Kristi and Felisha don’t remember this, but Marshawn does. Trump wonders why the team didn’t want to include “Dairy Queen” somewhere on Zip. Carolyn says that the men did a good job because they thought outside the box (oh, Carolyn! You don’t need to go there! You’re so much better than that!). Their mascot wasn’t exactly attractive, but they hit the demographic. The women, however, went over too small of a market and weren’t effective.1 2 3 Next-->
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