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The Apprentice: Los Angeles, Episode 6 Extras – “Le Encienden!”Page 2
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From here, we go to the Boardroom for another uncut scene. We see Aimee blame the language barrier for their loss, even though in the earlier scene, she said that big smiles and excitement precluded it from becoming a problem! We hear Derek call the Spanish language issue a red herring, and says that ultimately, it boils down to the management style of the PM. Trump asks Derek if he likes Aimee, to which Derek responds that she is an extremely hard worker with a hands-off approach. While he appreciates being given more freedom, more people wanted her to be firmer, like Heidi was. Heidi, he adds, set a high bar.
When Trump asks who was a better leader, Angela tries to be diplomatic. She states that Aimee had problems delegating and following through with that delegation. She says she would love to have Aimee in sales and in certain areas she’s tremendous, but as far as leadership goes, Angela was confused. Surya says he would love to hear from Heidi, and the team agrees.
Heidi says Aimee had a problem with seeing the big picture, that the balance was off. As an example, she states that Angela was told she was going to be in charge of marketing, but that responsibility went away. Kristina agrees that Aimee had difficulty delegating and did not follow up. She feels there was a breakdown in communication. She praises Derek and Muna, saying they “stepped up huge,” but feels the team should have had more Spanish-speaking people. Trump asks why they didn’t, and Aimee claims to have been unaware of the demographic.
The final uncut scene is of Jenn and Aimee arguing in the Boardroom. Don Jr. says they missed key things. He specifically cites the issue of Jenn withholding the demographic data from Aimee. Surya agrees, and adds that it could be indicative of Aimee’s style, that the team wasn’t comfortable coming to her with information. Trump asks why everyone is against Aimee. Derek offers that she was absent as a leader and wasn’t assertive enough. This comes as a shock to Trump, who feels if anything, that Aimee is too assertive.
Derek agrees that this must be true in the Boardroom, since Aimee had come back and bragged about it to her teammates. However, he says, in tasks, she didn’t lead them at all. Don retorts that it’s difficult to lead without specific information. As we all know, Aimee is fired. Just in case you didn’t know that was coming, all you had to do was to pay attention to those asinine “Get Rich With Trump” promos. The Powers That Be are so stupid that they don’t realize they’re telegraphing the outcome of the show by limiting the choices to be “sent to Tent City.” As if that isn’t enough of an insult to the intelligence of the viewer, the person that’s fired doesn’t GO to Tent City – he or she goes HOME! Grrrrrrrrrr!
Our final clip is Aimee’s exit interview, in which we learn that she’s 32 and from Chicago (my hometown!). She feels she could have been the next Apprentice, and says, “I’m ridiculously smart, funny, I work hard, I have great ideas, and there’s no situation I can’t handle. I have 100% heart and passion – it’s who I am!” In talking about her final task, she admits noticing the Latino population, but claims she didn’t see the language barrier coming. Had she known Angela and Heidi had been having problems communicating with shoppers in the mall, she would have redeployed Muna or Derek. Ultimately, she says, that’s why they lost, and claims the team she had was not the same team who worked for Heidi. She says she was floored when she was fired; she thought she would be someone who was around for a long time. To have a group of individuals give up and not try, and to throw her under the bus, was the ultimate betrayal.
The best parts of the experience were the tasks themselves, which were amazing, and the opportunity to sit with legends like Hugh Hefner, Wolfgang Puck, and (of course) Donald Trump and learn from them and hear about their success. She also loved meeting Phil Jackson, who she watched back in his days with the Bulls. The whole experience makes her feel so fortunate and she says she has no regrets.
And so we are brought to the end of another recap. The next episode of The Apprentice will air on March 4, so in the meantime, I propose we take a little stroll down Memory Lane. Visit the RNO archives and get reacquainted with candidates from seasons past (including the Martha Stewart installment). Reminisce about all the hirings, firings, and everything in between. From the contestant pool, choose your five best and five worst candidates and e-mail them to me. You can also recognize certain candidates for “Most Entertaining” or any other designation. I will compile the responses and bring you the results. See you soon!
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