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The Apprentice: Los Angeles, Episode 3 Extras – Hollywood or Bussedby Kathy Lonergan -- 01/23/2007
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We begin this week’s coverage with the “webisode,” a term The Donald will surely attempt to brand in his own Trumptastic way. (If it hasn’t caught on already, trust him – it’s gonna be YUGE!) According to its title, the week three webisode focuses on Michelle’s indecision and the adverse effect it has on her team. Yeah, saw that one coming, didn’t ya?
Michelle kicks off the webisode by interviewing how she completely underestimated the difficulty of the process and the conditions she’s had to face. Hmmm… I wonder if the whole “I’m going to quit because I didn’t sign up for this, yada yada yada” debacle can be traced back to this moment?
Flash forward to the team, comprised of Michelle, Tim, Nicole, and Frank, brainstorming in the “war room” (their term, not mine). Tim makes a pitch for his “Hollywood Scavenger Hunt” idea and Frankie Suits is all over it. Say what you want about him, but he’s never apathetic. Michelle throws ice water on Tim’s idea, asking if that would really be interesting to someone visiting L.A. Tim looks perturbed and interviews that it was at this point that he realized it would be very difficult to work with Michelle. It was, as he called it, a “wake-up call.”
Michelle goes on to tell her team that she is feeling very overwhelmed and she thinks things are chaotic. She asks the group to work together and not to roll their eyes or make other negative nonverbal indications of displeasure. Everyone assures her that none of this kind of behavior is going on. I’ll bet there were some fingers and toes crossed when that statement was made. Frank interviews that Michelle is just upset from things that were said within the group last night, and that she is too caught up in her feelings. Michelle states that they are going with “A Day in the Life of the Rich and Famous” as their tour theme. The team looks less than thrilled.
Nicole interviews that the entire team went to check out the bus and found that it was very nice – clean, inviting, and even humorous. On each side, the lettering advertises “Starline Tours’ Topless Fun Bus”! While the rest of the team appreciates the humor, Michelle is having none of it. She instructs the others that they will have to make sure they cover the word “topless” with signage. Nicole, complaining about Michelle’s apparent Puritanical streak, interviews, “It’s a topless bus! The bus has no top! It’s FUNNY!” and makes sounds of frustration.
Michelle reminds Frank not to make hand-lettered signs; this isn’t the car wash challenge! Frank assures her he will get suitable signage, but he will need to measure first. Michelle tells him she needs him to go with the others back to the war room. He insists it’s an easy task that will only take five minutes; that way he won’t have to come back later. I have to agree with him – it makes more sense to get it done now. Unfortunately, he then loses me by adding that he’ll do whatever she wants, however – she’s the boss. Pssssst! Hey Frank – the passive-aggressive fairy called, and he wants his modus operandi back.
After a lot of very chaotic discussion about who will do what, Michelle decides she and Tim will take a ride to map out their tour. Frank again mentions that this would be the ideal time to measure the bus, but she insists he should get in the van to head back to HQ. Frustrated, he again throws out a “you’re the boss.” He interviews that he can’t believe he’s listening to this “girl” (his chauvinistic word, not mine) and that she’s a terrible leader. Meanwhile, Michelle is complaining to captive audience member Tim, who does his best to assure her that everything’s okay and that the tour is going to be great! Yeah, and Trump’s going to dinner with Rosie O’Donnell.
Speaking of Trump, he tells us in a voiceover that after a sleepless night, Michelle’s team headed out early. This would be a good time to interject one of the other video extras – a replay of the whole “You’re not going to sleep”/”I am going to sleep” disagreement between Nicole and Michelle. Nothing really new here, just lots of strong personality from Nicole… and not a lot of sleep. Michelle interviews that they are headed to the bus to meet their driver and decorate. Whaaaaaa? Does she call hanging signage “decorating”? I guess so, because there was nary a balloon or streamer in sight.
Frank tries to hang the sign, and lo and behold, it’s not quite long enough to cover all the lettering on the bus. Michelle complains that the measurements weren’t taken properly, and Frank blows a gasket. He tells her he wanted to measure and he was told to leave. Michelle argues that he was supposed to come back later and do it. Frank replies by asking “When? At 4 AM?”
Frank interviews that he couldn’t believe Michelle had the audacity to say this to him, and that he almost jumped off the second deck – he wanted to strangle her. Flabbergasted, Frank says he should have stayed and done it then, no matter what she said, and adds to Tim, “She’s driving me crazy – you don’t know!” Tim replies with, “Oh? I don’t??” Hmm. I’m guessing Michelle isn’t going to win any popularity contests at this point. Trump’s voiceover tells us, “Michelle’s tour was a total disaster.” Gee, ya think?
As if more proof were needed, we are treated to a montage of scenes of squealing microphones and Tim’s lapse in judgment involving the demise of John Belushi. Oops! The best part of all, though, was saved for last – Don Jr., who was, poor soul, aboard their bus. We see a scene of him in discomfort, then what appears to be embarrassment for the candidates. In case there were any doubts about the fate of this team, Don puts them to rest with these words: “I’ve been fortunate to spend a couple of days with the rich and famous, and I’m not getting the same kind of vibe. I didn’t see anything really pertinent, or anything, in my opinion, that the rich and famous do on a daily basis. For Aaron’s team to lose, the bus would basically have to explode. People would have to be running out on fire.” Sorry, but that was just too good to paraphrase. Hilarious. On a more somber note, the webisode ends with Michelle’s resignation.1 2 Next-->
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