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The Apprentice 4, Episode 7 Extras: When Will Markus Stop Talking, Clarice?Page 2
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For some reason, Trump asks Markus for his opinion. Ten minutes later, Markus has still not completed a coherent sentence. He says that there was no educational factor in the group’s topic and he thought it was condescending to teach about sex. He thinks that dealing with sex in the workplace is common sense. Adam notes, and everyone agrees, that Markus never said anything to them about these beliefs. Markus says that the others are covering themselves. He always tells it like it is (when he can get the words out, at least). Trump asks how he liked the Learning Annex. Markus says it was good. Trump brags that he broke a record there, for having the most people attend a class. He talked about business, but if he’d talked about sex, maybe he would have had 100,000 people in the class.
Trump wants to know who caused the loss. Markus says that Clay exposed homosexuality as an issue. This leads to the revelation (to Trump, anyway) that Clay is gay. Moving on, Markus says that there was no “cross-section of New York” in the class and he would have liked to teach about time management. Alla thinks this is funny. Carolyn asks Markus what his role was on the task. Markus: “Uh….” George: “Move to strike as unresponsive.” Markus says that Adam was always on his back. Yeah, because you suck and he didn’t want to lose. Adam decides to bring Clay and Markus back to the Boardroom.
George: “Clay is bad.” Trump: “I like Adam. Markus talks too much.” Carolyn: “Markus likes to say, ‘I told you so.’” Adam, Markus, and Clay come back in. More sex discussion. Trump wonders if Adam put himself in a bad position by talking about sex when he’s not familiar with it. Adam says that he might have, but he made it productive. More sex talk. Adam says that he’s come a long way. Clay says that Adam and Markus are weak. Carolyn asks Markus again what he did on this task. She accuses him of always trying to cover himself. Adam says that Markus wasn’t focused and didn’t do what he was assigned to do. Trump agrees. Clay says that Markus comes up with one idea, and that’s it.
Trump asks the guys about Alla. Clay says she’s a godmother (I’m guessing he means a fairy godmother). Trump says that she’s smart; the other guys adamantly agree. Trump asks if Alla is tougher than Adam. Clay says she is, since she told Adam everything to say in the Boardroom. Adam stands up for himself, disagreeing. Adam argues for himself very well. Trump asks if Alla is tougher than Markus. Clay reveals his belief that he and Alla are the toughest candidates. Yeah, it was real tough the way you talked to her like a gal pal last week. Clay thinks that Felisha is a follower. Adam says that the rest of the candidates aren’t necessarily followers, they just value Alla’s opinions. That’s part of what makes her a good leader.
Trump asks Markus why the team lost. If these people want to get home for dinner, they need to stop asking Markus questions. Markus says that Clay offended people and was making sexual innuendos. Except that argument doesn’t hold water, since sexual innuendos are fine in a class on sex. Anti-Semitism, however, is not, and Trump isn’t happy about Clay’s Jewish comment. Adam says that the comment may have contributed to the loss, but Clay did apologize. He continues that a lot of provocative comments were made, but George points out that THE CLASS WAS ABOUT SEX. For some reason, I’m not as squicked about George saying “sex” as I am about Trump saying it. Maybe because now I know that Trump went home from the Boardroom and made a baby. Adam says that they could have kept the comments tasteful. George says that sex by itself is provocative.
Adam’s not good with sex. Got it, Trump. Trump tells the guys that he likes all three of them. Markus talks too much, Clay “talks too stupid,” and Adam may talk too little. Adam interjects that he listens, which I think was a nice touch. Trump asks Adam who he should fire. Adam names Clay. Trump notes that Adam said Clay wasn’t anti-Semitic. Adam: “That doesn’t mean he’s not an idiot.” Wait, that was me. Adam actually says that Clay might have come across that way to the audience.
Markus thinks that he rocks. Trump wants to know how he could rock when his team lost. Markus says that he championed a better course. Trump says that Markus always has an excuse and uses too many words. He says that Clay isn’t anti-Semitic, which makes him happy. Clay is horrible and Adam is inexperienced. Adam argues for himself again. I’m glad, because the whole inexperienced thing never works for me. Why did Trump pick him for the show, then?
Trump says that the team’s problems with Markus are some of the big reasons Markus can’t work for him. Therefore, Markus is fired. Trump wishes him good luck. Markus replies that he doesn’t think Trump means that. Way to burn your bridges, Markus. He says he was railroaded. Trump just wants to go home.
Markus’ exit interview is surprisingly coherent, and he actually makes some good points in it. He says that he thought he would be a good apprentice because he’s a problem-solver, he brings value, and his best strength is his creative and open mind. He often critiques himself and his thoughts, which is a plus and a minus. He brings up the “green with envy” situation and says that his loyalty was questioned afterwards. He thinks that his being different is misconstrued as being too talkative. He doesn’t want any of his ideas to be taken away in order to make his point succinct.
Markus claims again that he told his team that the sex class wouldn’t work. He says that having sex with a person who blabs is a problem - isn’t discretion or indiscretion really the bottom line? They also could have talked about retaliation after a breakup. He thinks that Trump made a hasty judgment about him during their phone call on the first task. He wanted to give some background and didn’t realize that Trump just wanted a one-sentence answer.
Markus continues that he thinks Trump wanted him gone from the second week, and even told him as much. (He actually said that he didn’t think Markus had much time left.) Markus says he was a bull in a bullfight and everyone knew it. If someone didn’t take him into the Boardroom after the team lost, that person would have been a fool. Markus was the easy answer. When he was fired, he realized that he had to do something different. He’s going home, and he’ll be sending Trump a letter containing an overview of how he saw things on the show. He says that Trump will have the opportunity to reassess what Markus has to offer for his business. He thinks that eventually he’ll get a good job and Trump will be sorry.
Next week: [Insert Star Wars theme music here.]
Jenn Brasler is an Assistant Editor of RealityNewsOnline and an aspiring writer from Falls Church, VA. You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She can’t believe Markus is the most coherent of all of the ousted candidates so far.
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