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The Apprentice 5, Episode 13 Extras: They Fight and Fight…by Jenn Brasler -- 05/29/2006
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We start out with an extended clip of Sean and Lee interviewing Embassy Suites employees. It’s… not that interesting. The only thing in here that’s really new is a Lee interview in which he says that he’s been called a politician in the past, and though it kind of hurt before, now he’s going to own it. He’ll do anything to get the employees’ votes, including kissing babies and speaking Spanish (though he admits he can’t).
I guess it’s an okay strategy; business is about connecting and creating relationships, so this sounds like something Trump would be in favor of. Oh, and one of the housekeepers says that their uniforms shouldn’t be beige because they get dirty quickly, so I guess Roxanne and Allie really didn’t listen very well.
After the Trump Lesson of the Week, Gold Rush working with their designer, and Synergy deciding to go for culottes, we see Sean and Lee at the fabric store. Aww, now I’m all nostalgic for Project Runway. While Sean is looking at fabrics, Lee is making more phone calls and talking to more Embassy Suites employees. Smart. I don’t want him to win or anything, but Lee is using his brain very well on this task. He interviews that they’re cruising ahead without any baggage.
After Allie is rude to Synergy’s designer, Roxanne interviews that the way she dealt with him would embarrass Trump’s organization. No kidding. Though I was recently reminded that Marc Bouwer was the designer who measured Cassie’s thighs in the third season of America’s Next Top Model, and he was a jerk then, so maybe he kind of deserved this.
Anyway, Roxanne advises Allie to be nicer. Allie’s face says, “Does not compute.” Roxanne tries to suggest that she be the one to talk to Marc in the future, but Allie isn’t having it. Roxanne says they need to make Marc feel like he’s in control of the designs.
Lee and Sean are at the hotel, making last-minute decisions and such. They realize that they have no time to go pick up their uniforms (which are being finished by the seamstresses), so they call one of the seamstresses to ask her to deliver them to the hotel. Sean is the one to make the call, and while he’s very calm and professional, Lee is giving orders and suggestions. He’s also pacing around the room, throwing peanuts around. He’d better clean those up because all of the housekeepers are about to go to the fashion show and won’t be able to clean up after him.
Sean interviews that he tries hard not to get emotional during tasks. Instead, he bottles everything inside and waits until he gives interviews, when he can scream and call people wankers. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Sean thinks Lee is young and nervous, and panicking doesn’t help anything. After the seamstress agrees to deliver the outfits, Lee calls himself a “fashion show maven.” He hopes the employees “elect Lee Bienstock as fashion connoisseur.”
We see the fashion show, then head to the restaurant with Lee and Sean for their reward. The only new thing in here is Sean interviewing that for the children of a rich, powerful, famous man, Ivanka and Don don’t have any weird quirks.
Boardroom time! I hope you’re not expecting a lot of new footage, because there isn’t much. Allie tries to remind everyone that she and Roxanne had focus groups, but Trump points out that they didn’t spend nearly as much time talking to the employees as Lee and Sean did. Ivanka thinks they did a good job implementing a bad design. Everyone discusses Allie as project manager and Roxanne says she wanted Allie to have another win. Trump tries to spin this as Roxanne saying that Allie isn’t a winner. Roxanne doesn’t take the bait.
They all have the pants vs. skirt discussion, then the friendship vs. establishing authority discussion, then the Allie-keeps-saying-everything-was-50/50 discussion. Allie and Roxanne start arguing their cases. Roxanne brings up Marc and she and Allie start battling each other. Trump wonders if Roxanne was unfair to Tammy. Allie says Roxanne had a bad attitude. Roxanne basically responds, “Whatever, eye-roller.” More fighting.
Trump asks where Allie thinks Roxanne’s attitude comes from. Allie says it appears when the team doesn’t do what Roxanne wants them to. I don’t agree with that at all, but I don’t have the energy to argue with her anymore. Trump calls both women losers and accuses them of battling each other. Whatever. If they sat there and talked about how much they like each other, he’d think they lacked self-confidence. And if they sat there and didn’t say anything, he’d say they couldn’t make up their minds.
Anyway, Allie and Roxanne fought and lost, so they’re fired. I don’t care anymore. I’ll give Trump the benefit of the doubt for Sean, since I think he’s done very well all season, but Lee? In the final two? No way. Go, Sean!
In the cab, Allie and Roxanne laugh and act like their firing wasn’t a big deal. Roxanne says she had a great time and she and Allie are totally best friends, BFF, friends 4-eva, yeah! She’s happy that if she had to be fired, at least it was with Allie. Allie agrees. She didn’t want either of them to be fired, but they knew that wouldn’t happen, so they had to defend themselves. She points out that they never attacked each other’s characters.1 2 Next-->
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