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The Apprentice 5, Episode 5 Extras: Sean as James Bond in “Diamonds are Forever”by Jenn Brasler -- 04/03/2006
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The first four clips are just repeats – Dan going crazy as PM, the TLOTW, Dan doing everything during the filming of Gold Rush’s commercial, and Andrea taking over for Synergy. Finally we get to a semi-new scene. Leslie tells us that Dan let her, Charmaine, and Lee direct the first scene of the commercial (which they’re filming last). Lee explains to Bill what they’re doing. Charmaine interviews that they started working and Dan took over again. Dan explains in an interview that the scene looked bad. Charmaine tells him that it’s a key scene in the commercial. Leslie interviews that you have to trust the people you work with, but it’s obvious that Dan doesn’t trust them.
Gold Rush is editing their commercial and Tarek has been assigned to work with the editors. Charmaine interviews that he acted like he was the project manager. Tarek and Dan discuss a scene and Charmaine interviews that Tarek never gave up the role of PM after the first task. He’s stuck on his own ideas and won’t listen to anyone else. So it looks like Dan wasn’t the only one who didn’t listen to the TLOTW.
Synergy discusses their ad. Michael (who?) is worried that in the first scene, the couple will seem like they’re bored on a Norwegian Cruise. I guess this is what Andrea was whining about earlier, but Michael is obviously able to articulate himself better than she is. Andrea thinks that the idea is complex and they can’t convey it well. What’s so complex about it? It’s called compare and contrast. Tammy is worried that the ad looks gimmicky. Like Trump cares about gimmicks. Roxanne interviews that she’s frustrated with the whole process. Andrea is the bad apple ruining the whole bunch. With this and her comment about playing in the sandbox, Roxanne must love analogies. She continues that Andrea has been conniving all day and getting the other members of the team to side with her. She’s decided to just scrap the opening.
Roxanne and Sean are now alone in the editing room and she tells him that some people have been complaining. Sean interviews that she can’t just give up after all this work. She’s the PM, so if she wants something, she can just do it. He tells her just to see what the first scene looks like with the rest of the ad; if it doesn’t work, then they can get rid of it. Sean interviews that he wanted to kick everyone out of the editing room except Roxanne and tell them all to leave her alone. Go Sean! After seeing the episode as aired, I didn’t think anyone was on Roxanne’s side, so it’s nice to know that Sean stuck with her and, whether the rest of the team was aware or not, tried to help her out.
Synergy gets their sparkly reward. Sean interviews that the trip down to the vault was like something out of a movie. He had the James Bond theme running through his head. Roxanne interviews that she hopes this is the closest she ever gets to prison. The team members play with diamonds. Allie interviews that everyone was dropping them. They pick out their own. Allie interviews that she understands now that diamonds really are a girl’s best friend.
Once again, it’s Boardroom time. Dan tells Trump that they had a close call, I guess thinking that his ad was better than it was. Charmaine thinks there’s room for improvement with Dan. Trump and the team discuss Leslie and her lack of involvement. Lee says that there was a lot of chaos in the first hour of the task because of the way Dan led. Overall, he wasn’t the best PM. Lenny says that Dan was incapable of being the project manager. Trump asks if Dan was loud. Lenny says that he was lost and scared, and he had a problem with listening.
Trump discusses the ad’s lack of clarity. Everyone notes that it was Lenny’s idea, but they admit that everyone liked it. Bryce says that the concept was a problem, but it’s the whole team’s fault. Trump asks if that means that the whole team should be fired. Bryce says that even he takes responsibility; he should have spoken up and said it was a bad idea. They just had limited time and had to go with the first idea that they all thought might work.
Trump brings up freestyle cruising and how the ad was supposed to highlight this. This leads to the discussion of the lack of voiceover. Tarek tries to defend his decision. Lee seems amused. Lenny says that Tarek isn’t a genius. Trump wonders if Tarek took the Mensa test or if he paid someone else to take it. Lenny speaks up that it’s only $18. Heh. Tarek argues that he was just executing what his team wanted. Lee says that it was a one-man team. Trump asks whose fault the loss was. Leslie says that there were two decision-makers and Lee adds that they made a lot of bad decisions. Dan bashes Lee and Tarek backs him up. Trump asks if Lee was a worse leader than Dan. Tarek says he was.
Charmaine would fire Tarek. Lenny wanted the voiceover and Tarek got brash with him just for making a suggestion. Lee would fire Tarek (of course) because he hijacked the task and didn’t let Gold Rush work as a team. Leslie wants Dan to stick around. She thinks Tarek should go, but she doesn’t think Dan will bring him back to the Boardroom. Lenny says something about a “Brent special” that I don’t quite catch. Trump asks if Tarek is the opposite of Brent. Lenny replies that he is physically. Trump asks who’s smarter. Lenny thinks Brent is smarter – Tarek has a high IQ but low intelligence. Bill cautions Dan not to make this a popularity contest; he should bring back the right people. He shouldn’t leave out his friends because it’ll come back to haunt him. Dan doesn’t listen to him or Trump, choosing to bring back Lee and Tarek but not Lenny.1 2 Next-->
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