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The Apprentice 4, Episode 6 Extras: Trump's Grand SlamPage 3
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Trump tells Jen that she’s bright, but she let him down. Jen argues that she wasn’t given the opportunity to do what she can do because the concept was changed. She couldn’t sell because there was a store full of customers who had nothing to do but stand in line for 15 minutes? Josh says that, from the game Jen talked, she should have sold ten times more than she did. Jen asks if the didn’t need to change. Trump reminds her that she didn’t sell. Jen is delusional and says that she did. Trump tells her that she failed and Jen begs not to be fired. Jen and Josh fight, and Carolyn points out that Josh failed, too.
Trump says that Josh was an ineffective leader and made bad decisions. James… came up with the cage. Seriously, that’s it. Mark didn’t sell anything. All four are fired. Okay, I’ll give him Jen, Josh, and even Mark. But James did not deserve to be fired. He may have come up with the batting cage, but Josh had veto power. They didn’t lose because the batting cage was there, they lost because no one sold. They could have sold plenty since everyone was coming in to use the cage. The best part of this scene, however, is that each fired candidate has a different look on his or her face. Josh’s says, “What?” Jen’s says, “Please don’t do this.” James’ says, “Oh, well.” And Mark’s says, “Yup, okay.” All four leave.
In the first of this week’s four exit interviews, Josh says that he thought he could be the apprentice because he’s smart and strategic. He’s always been an entrepreneur and run his own company. He was four and one going into the Boardroom and always the number two guy. He thinks that the problem was picking the wrong sport. Oh, please. Josh continues that James was a baseball expert, which was why they chose baseball. He thinks Jen should have been fired because she wasn’t good at selling. He was the PM, but everyone should take responsibility for their personal losses.
Josh says that he was in so much shock in the Boardroom, he couldn’t defend himself. It wouldn’t have mattered anyway, since he’d already been fired. He says that the experience was the real deal. They experienced everything you deal with in business, just in a more intense time frame. He got a crash-course MBA. Josh talks about how great Trump is, then dons a Trump wig and does a great impression: “Well, Josh is a very bright boy, very intelligent. Yoooooge potential, yoooooge. I made a mistake firing him. I apologize, Josh. I would actually work for you. Carolyn?” There’s a shot of Carolyn. “George?” George staring off into space. “George!” George coming to attention. Josh cracks himself up.
In Mark’s exit interview, he says that he thought he could be the apprentice because he has a great education, lots of entrepreneurial successes, and a “common upbringing.” Apparently this means that he can relate to a lot of people. Mark said that he would go with baseball and work hard. He says the experience was great, they were just bad at selling. Josh asked him to run the cage, and with balls flying 30 to 50 miles per hour, a kid getting hit would ruin the experience. Yeah, and the kid wouldn’t be very happy, either. Mark says that Josh knew Mark could handle the cage.
Mark loved seeing all the kids, mostly because he was missing his own. He admits that he may have been too emotionally attached. Yeah, that was your problem. Mark says what Josh did about losing because they chose the wrong sport. He was stunned when all four of them were fired. If Mark had won, he would have had to make a tough decision - working for Trump or going home to his family. He has a great life back in Kentucky, a great business, and a great family. He’s anxious to go home.
In poor James’ exit interview, he says that he thought he could win because he has potential, experience, leadership skills, and… is athletic. Because Trump is looking for a marathon runner to run one of his businesses. James knew that they shouldn’t do an expo. He thinks they were too concerned with the cage and entertaining the customers. He doesn’t like that he was painted as a baseball expert. If everyone who came into the store had bought something, they would have won. James claims that Rebecca and Brian didn’t sell anything either, but he admits that he should have because he was familiar with the product.
James wasn’t worried in the Boardroom because no one was paying any attention to him. In fact, he doesn’t think they should have been paying attention to him. He calls the experience “empowering.” Before, he had a narrow focus, but now he’s seen all of the opportunities in front of him. He knows that he should capitalize on them, or he’ll regret it.
Jen says in her exit interview that she thought she would win because she has a proven track record, is successful at everything she does, and people love her. She doesn’t think she should have been fired. That makes one of us. Jen thinks that everyone did well on the task and they worked well as a team. She’s a great salesperson and proved that in other tasks. She says that most of the customers were kids, not middle-aged men who wanted to buy radar guns to find out how fast they could hit a ball. Yes, Jen, that’s exactly why you lost. She admits that she may have tied her own noose.
Jen was upset that she was fired, but she was more upset for the guys. She says that even though she went after Josh in the Boardroom, when they were in the elevator, she gave him a hug and told him he did a great job. She wants him to know that nothing was personal. Jen learned a lot and says the experience was incredible. It was a roller coaster, but she thinks the most exciting times in her life are still to come.
Next week: I wonder how long everyone will sit around in the suite before they realize that no one is coming back from the Boardroom.
Jenn Brasler is an Assistant Editor of RealityNewsOnline and an aspiring writer from Falls Church, VA. You can e-mail her at email@example.com. She hopes that someday a fired candidate will say, “Yeah, you’re right. I sucked, and I totally deserved to be fired.”
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