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The Apprentice: Los Angeles, Episode 6 Extras – “Le Encienden!”by Kathy Lonergan -- 02/21/2007
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For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, the title of this article may have you confused, much like 50% of the mall patrons that Team Kinetic tried to attract in this week’s task. If you haven’t seen this week’s episode, be sure to check out Betsy’s recap. In addition to all the details of this week’s goings-on, you’ll find a wonderful little extra in the form of a very handy Betsy Lesson of the Week. Sadly, it’s about the only extra that’s worth reporting this week. As was the case last week, we have no juicy deleted scenes, so the best we can hope for is that the “uncut” scenes offer something valuable. And with that, off we go!
As always, we begin with the webisode, which is an abbreviated recap of Sunday’s episode. The webisode starts with Trump’s voiceover, telling us that Surya returns from the Boardroom with newfound determination. Of course, this is likely the result of his having barely escaped firing by the “skin of his ass” on the honey task. We see Surya ranting and raving about Aaron having lied about the delegation of responsibilities. He gives Team Arrow an impassioned speech about his plan for success. In an interview, Tim gives his thoughts on Surya: he is clearly emotional and very vulnerable – not the state you want your PM in. Tim feels that down the road Surya will have some tough spots because he takes everything so intensely. He remarks that the team is very laid-back and that Surya really doesn’t fit that mold.
In another voiceover, Trump tells us that the next day, the teams went to the mall. I’m sure glad for that information. In the planning room, we see Tim giving his pitch to his teammates. He then explains it to the audience in an interview, saying that his plan is to give away a trip every ten minutes, which will create buzz, since there will always be something happening.
Surya wants a timeline. Tim looks annoyed, and in another interview, claims that Surya knows he has to win and thus is micromanaging. It’s becoming irritating. To illustrate Tim’s point, we see Frank giving ideas, only to be cut off by Surya, who tells Frank he wants him to think outside the box. Frank interviews that people have to have a certain spark, and he doesn’t feel Surya has it. Are we seeing a pattern developing? The webisode ends with scenes of the task and the Boardroom; nothing here is new.
Speaking of replayed scenes, this week we get Frank complaining about Surya’s absence, Angela and Heidi wandering the mall speaking English to non-English speaking people, Nicole’s doctor visit, and Jenn and Aimee talking before the Boardroom. Again, nothing new here. Where are the deleted scenes?? Sigh.
There are several clips marked as “uncut,” and though for the most part they are almost exactly what was shown on the network broadcast, there are some highlights that are unique to the web. The first shows the trouble Kinetic has with the language barrier. Angela, who has been canvassing the mall with Heidi, realizes that there’s a good chance the people they are addressing don’t speak English. She wonders if Muna is using her Spanish with the shoppers. We see that she is, as is Derek. It’s no wonder the Priceline executives were impressed with these two; their bilingual status clearly makes them the most valuable members of the team.
Derek interviews that while he is busting his ass (Trump’s new favorite word) helping the Spanish-speaking people enter the sweepstakes on the computer, Aimee is “walking around like Night of the Living Dead.” He does a hilarious zombie-like pose and says, “please don’t ask me a question.” Heh!
Immediately thereafter, we see an interview with Aimee that her perception is completely different. She notes that many of the children are bilingual and thus are translating for their parents as they complete the registration process. The truth is that the children are doing the typing, which is allowed provided the parents are the ones to hit the “enter” key. Aimee says, “As long as we have a smile and seem excited, there’s not a problem with the language barrier.” Poor Aimee – the clue phone rings and rings, but she just won’t pick up. Jenn confirms this by saying that Aimee is a poor leader and she thought so from the start. Pre-emptive strike, perhaps?
The next uncut scene is of Tim and Nicole in the pool. There are two things I’d like to say about this scene. First, I have to say that while Tim doesn’t really do anything for me, those were some really sensual kisses he was planting on Nicole. Between the kissing and his piano playing, I’m betting Nicole had quite a memorable Valentine’s Day, assuming their romance wasn’t just concocted for sweeps week. As an aside, Nicole is an alumna of my alma mater, so I am crossing my fingers that she doesn’t do anything to make me want to disown her. I’m not saying I want her to win; I just want her to go out with dignity. But I digress – again.
The other point I’d like to make about this scene is this: Go to the website, look up this scene, and go to the 1:06 mark; you’ll see Tim whispering sweet nothings to Nicole. Because it is difficult to hear what he is saying, there are subtitles on the screen. Apparently Trump must have dropped a bundle for some new shiny object to put in his apartment, because budget cuts clearly cost a proofreader his job. Tim tells Nicole he likes the fact that she is uncomfortable and embarrassed, only the editors spell it “embarssed.” Golly gee, they musta been “embarssed” to make such a mistake, eh Jethro?1 2 Next-->
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