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The Apprentice 4, Episode 7 Extras: When Will Markus Stop Talking, Clarice?by Jenn Brasler -- 11/07/2005
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We start out with the surviving candidates in the suite, waiting to see who will come out of what they don’t realize is a Boardroom massacre. I think Brian even wonders if everyone has been fired. At midnight, no one has come back, so everyone goes to bed. Time of death, 12:00.
Then we go back in time (ooh!) to before 12:00, when everyone is still sitting around and waiting. Brian seems to be a little sleepy. Markus notes that this is a first. Rebecca says, “It’s over, isn’t it?” Brian doesn’t want to believe that his buddies are gone. Markus asks if the Boardroom was brutal, but Rebecca tells him that it doesn’t matter, since things could have changed after they left. She says that she and Brian don’t know anything about what’s happening there now. Markus wonders why there are four people in the Boardroom instead of three. Brian is a little irritated and repeats that they only know what Markus knows. I have to say, I’d probably be asking the same questions as Markus.
Markus interviews that with four people in the Boardroom, they have to assume that one will come back to tell the story. Except this isn’t a horror movie, where one person survives (and, of course, is targeted again in the sequel). He says that everyone has basically disappeared, like aliens. He’s taking my horror movie metaphor a little too far. Markus continues that the point of the Boardroom is that someone gets fired, so if four people go home tonight, it’s better for him. I was thinking that, too - it’s only beneficial for the remaining candidates if four are taken out in one fell swoop. Marshawn and Rebecca head to bed around 11:40. This is about the same time that Alla says they’ll declare the others done at midnight.
Fast forward to Capital Edge brainstorming. Shhh, Markus. Adam pulls him aside and tells him to focus.
Capital Edge talks about sex. Okay, that sounds bad. They’re talking about their topic for the task. Adam is a little hesitant to teach a class about sex. He interviews that Clay is attracted to racier topics. He tells the group that he doesn’t want the discussion to get too graphic. Clay starts talking blue, which makes Adam blush.
More Capital Edge. They share what they’ve learned from their research. Shhh, Markus.
We see the Trump Lesson of the Week again. Yeah, we got it the first time. We’re supposed to get to the point.
Even more Capital Edge, as we see them working at the suite at night. Well, Adam is working. Alla and Clay are running around like little kids. Adam asks if they can be professional and get some work done. Alla replies that they’re just taking a little break. Clay gives Adam a “quote” for the presentation, but it’s actually a distasteful joke: “What’s a Jewish porno? 10 minutes of sex, 50 minutes of guilt.” Shhh, Clay. He says it’s “all in good fun” and pats Adam on the back. Oh, yes, the “just kidding” excuse. Apparently you can say anything and get away with it as long as you tack on that it’s just in fun.
Adam is reasonably concerned because everyone is goofing off. He asks everyone if they can act like they’re in the “war room,” even though they’re at home. Markus interviews that Adam is an accountant, not a leader. He’s scared to lose, so he’s doing what he knows best, which is trying to control everything. Everyone meets and tries to have a discussion. Felisha interviews that everyone is all over the place and Adam is having a difficult time keeping everyone and everything together. Poor Adam. That’s not the last time I’ll say that this week. I think that with a different team (or at least without Clay and Markus), he could have done really well on this task.
Over at Excel, Randal is pulling an all-nighter. He says that he hasn’t slept for 48 hours, but the presentation isn’t finished, so he has to keep working. Everyone else is in bed. I think they finished their own sections but Randal had project manager tasks he had to attend to before he could do his part of the presentation. Randal says he’s nervous and doesn’t want to lose. If they do lose, he’ll be in the Boardroom and will have to explain why their class failed.
We see Excel’s class, which is, appropriately, excellent. We also see Capital Edge’s class, which is not so excellent. Shhh, Clay.
Excel gets their Michael Kors reward. Marshawn is enjoying it the most. Michael notes that the women have pulled a lot of clothes to try on. Rebecca informs him that they’re actually all Marshawn’s. She interviews that she wants Michael to take care of her. Usually she goes for clothes that are affordable and simple, but she wants something special now. Randal puts on a white suit and Michael says it’s “a little Italian movie star.” Marshawn says this is the best reward yet. Oh, Marshawn. Everyone says that. You only think this is the best one because you didn’t get free diamonds last season.
Capital Edge traipses to the Boardroom. Trump asks Adam for the name of the class, because Trump likes to make people talk about sex. I really could have lived the rest of my life happily without having to hear Trump talk about sex. Anyway, this leads to the start of the “sex is good” conversation. Adam admits that he’s not really comfortable with the topic. George asks why he stuck with it, then, and Adam says that he thought it had potential for educational value and entertainment. He says that they were able to connect with the people in the class and make them more comfortable.
Trump asks why Adam didn’t go with accounting instead. Adam hilariously says that it’s boring. Hee, he thinks talking about his own profession is boring. Awesome. Trump asks if sex isn’t boring. Adam replies that it’s interesting. Carolyn speaks up that Capital Edge lost on their presentation and education. They were entertaining, but she couldn’t tell the point of the class. Adam says that they were presenting both sides, the good and bad of sex in the workplace.
As we move into the “whose fault was it?” portion of the Boardroom, Adam points the finger at Clay and his Jewish comment. He says that it was important for the team not to make the presentation too provocative. Carolyn asks what exactly they were teaching. Alla says that they were teaching how to deal with sex in the workplace if it happens. Felisha adds that people in the class got the sense that it does happen, and now they can handle it with class. Trump has never heard of “classy sex in the workplace.” He’s clearly working in the wrong place. (Like I would know - the walls in my office are so thin that if anything were happening, everyone would know about it in two seconds.)
Carolyn asks Adam if the worst salesperson isn’t the one who doesn’t believe in his or her product. Adam replies that he does believe in the product. Carolyn points out that he has no experience and isn’t an expert on the topic. Usually I agree with Carolyn, but this week, she says a lot of things I disagree with. You don’t have to have experienced something to teach about it. Consider writers who write about topics they have no firsthand knowledge about. Adam doesn’t have to have sex to be able to talk about it.
Anyway, Adam says that they researched. Carolyn says that he couldn’t become an expert in 24 hours. Professors don’t teach classes after studying for 24 hours, and people paid for this class. George says that if he reads a book on anatomy, he can’t just go perform surgery. No, but… sex isn’t surgery. Granted, I’m about as much an expert as Adam is, but I’m pretty sure I’m right about that. Trump agrees with George that this isn’t about book learnin’.1 2 Next-->
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