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The Apprentice 3, Episode 14 Extras: Bewitched, Bothered, and BedazzledPage 2
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Trump asks about Rock Star Couture, wondering what it has to do with T-shirts. He says it doesn’t matter anyway, since the shirt was better, but didn’t sell. Alex says that the Rock Star Couture thing was supposed to appeal to the customers. He thinks that they should have focused more on their artist. Trump asks why they didn’t and Tana admits that it didn’t occur to them.
George wants to know what Net Worth did right. Tana thinks that they had a great design, then starts talking about the beads. Trump points out that the fact that they had a better design makes their bad marketing job look even worse. Alex agrees. Tana says that she put Alex in charge of marketing, but he doesn’t back this up. Trump sends them to the lobby.
After his discussion with George and Carolyn, Trump brings Alex and Tana back in. The group starts talking about the Staten Island trip, and Trump calls the fact that there were no beads in Manhattan “inconceivable.” I do not think that means what he thinks it means. George says that the only thing Net Worth accomplished was finding a Beadazzler after looking for one for six hours. Alex points out that they didn’t even do that. Trump is even more shocked, pointing out that there had to have been beads somewhere in Manhattan. He thinks that the Beadazzler is a ridiculous concept with a ridiculous name.
Tana says that she called about four stores for a Beadazzler. So there are only four arts and crafts stores in Manhattan, Tana? Okay… Trump says that he can take her to find beads in Manhattan right now. Ooh, field trip! Oh, wait, he’s not serious. Darn. Alex compares the bead fiasco to working on a building project and spending six weeks looking for door handles. Trump asks if he thinks that the traveling hurt the team. Alex says that marketing hurt them worse. He should’ve just said “yes.” Tana and Alex acknowledge that it was both of their faults for not incorporating the artist more.
Trump warns Tana that she’s close to being fired because she doesn’t exhibit the traits that he’s looking for. He asks Alex if Tana has what it takes. Alex doesn’t think that she’s tough enough. Tana starts standing up for herself and says that she can do the job that Trump wants her to. She says that she’s been mostly successful and is a born leader. Also, she has a better record than Alex.
Alex has trouble counting. Trump points out that Tana knows Alex’s record better than he does, but Alex notes that it’s to her advantage to know it. Trump says that it would have been to Alex’s advantage to tell the truth. Hey, don’t call him a liar just because he can’t count. Call him a kindergartener or something instead.
So, to sum up, Tana was bad, but she’s been better in the past. Trump thinks that Alex spent the task sitting back and hoping that Tana would fail. I wouldn’t go that far. It’s not like he’s Craig and she was Kendra. Anyway, Alex is fired.
In the cab, Alex waxes philosophical for three minutes. Man, Bren’s 42 second cab talk last week really spoiled me. Alex says that records are important to Trump, but the numbers aren’t important to him. He’d rather just balance his wins and losses and try to make sure he’s winning more than losing. He’s learned again that he has no fear. Alex says that he loved it when George started beating on him; he has a lot of respect for George. He also seems like he might have a little crush on Carolyn.
Alex says that he calls his own shots. He quotes William Ernest Henley’s “Invictus” - “It matters not how straight the gate / How charged with punishments the scroll / I am the master of my fate / I am the captain of my soul.” Yeah, he wouldn’t have lasted long working for Trump with that attitude. Alex says that he got to do 14 tasks and live 14 lives. He’s had great experiences and thinks that he and Bren will be friends forever. He doesn’t think that Trump made a mistake in firing him.
Alex thinks that Trump wants to hire Tana, who he calls “lovely.” He thought that he would be fired tonight. He thinks that Trump encouraged Tana to fight for herself. The whole experience has been an “extended question” - who should he be? Where will he go next? He’s learned that businesses can be built quickly, and he wants to go home and stat a new life.
Next week: interviews, interviews, interviews!
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