The Apprentice 2, Episode 10 Extras: No Regretsby Jenn Brasler -- 11/17/2004
Sadly, there's not a whole lot of new footage in Yahoo's extras from the most recent episode of The Apprentice. But there is some important stuff that can be dug out. Let's get to it.
First we see Jennifer and Andy waiting to see who will come back from the boardroom. Jennifer thinks Ivana has been fired, since she doesn't offer much to her team and has been disruptive. Andy and Jennifer see Kevin and Ivana return. Ivana interviews that, because Jennifer is smart and attractive, guys can't see how conniving she is. I think we're starting to see how right she is. Ivana thinks that this will eventually catch up with her. Chris interviews that Raj was solid and a good friend, and he'll miss him. Ivana says that it's difficult for her and Kevin because Chris doesn't believe in their team. Chris interviews that, due to his comments in the boardroom, it's his turn to be project manager. At the pre-task meeting, Chris says that they need to keep everything business-like and can't let things turn personal. They're not there to make friends. We see the rest of the meeting, as shown in the episode, and at the end, Chris says it's time to "put up or shut up."
Next, we're in Apex's showroom as they're about to go get some vendors. Jennifer decides that they should go into different stores, so they split into groups. Ivana tries to be positive, but Chris seems like he'd rather be doing anything else. Ivana and Kevin talk to a woman who tells them that they're too late - Mosaic has already been there and made an exclusive agreement with them. D'oh! The woman said that Mosaic warned her that Apex might show up and that she couldn't make any arrangements with them. Ivana says that they tried to outsmart Mosaic but got outsmarted themselves. Jennifer and Chris go to some stores, where Jennifer takes charge and Chris acts, in her words, "lackadaisical." Ivana and Kevin meet with Bernadette, which we also saw in the episode.
Mosaic gets organized for their salon and Sandy chastises Kelly for his treatment of the dresses. Kelly interviews that she's mad about the e-mail/phone number fiasco, as well as about the fact that he's putting dresses on the ground. Well, yes, she would be mad that you're letting the pretty white dresses you're trying to sell touch the ground. Nothing says "till death do us part" like a big dirt stain. Kelly says that he needs to pacify Sandy with sugar and coffee. We see Kelly and Wes loading the dresses into the truck, then the aftermath of the truck catastrophe.
In the van on the way to Mosaic's salon, Sandy talks about compiling inventory, getting different sizes, and making sure they have accessories. Kelly interviews that Sandy is their ringer, then mentions that it usually takes a number of visits for a bride to buy a dress. Andy wonders if they should work on consignment and talks about negotiations. Kelly says it's not rocket science and they have to work on consignment.
At their space, Kelly calls someone (Maria?) to say that they have a big space and can fit a lot of dresses there. He passes the phone to Sandy and Andy tells Kelly that he wants to be acknowledged for his consignment idea. He just wants Kelly to say "good job." Andy interviews that he leads through compliments but Kelly does the opposite. Andy thinks that he's contributed a lot of good ideas, but Kelly always just says that he would have thought of them eventually. Andy says that it's respectful to congratulate someone on a good idea, and he does it for Kelly; it's "a matter of courtesy." Kelly seems to think that Andy is patting himself on the back, but Andy denies that he is. Kelly, would it hurt you to say, "Good idea?" Two words, two syllables, that's it. Plus, then Andy would stop talking about it.
Mosaic sets up for the salon, getting their dresses and discussing the e-mail. Andy says that they shouldn't have to pay more to get it fixed. Maria doesn't want to be rude to theknot.com. Andy agrees, but he doesn't think they should pay for a service they weren't provided, unless it's Mosaic's mistake. Maria swears that the original e-mail had the phone number on it. Andy says that they're trying to fix the problem.
Maria, Andy, and Sandy head over to the offices of theknot.com and meet with a woman. She says that they got approval to send out the e-mail. Andy interviews, "Something smells rotten in Denmark." Did you read Hamlet at Harvard? Apparently not closely. He wonders if Maria is covering her tracks. If she is, he thinks that she should admit her mistake so they can recover from it. Sandy asks if they can send a second e-mail; the woman says that they can, but the brides might not get it before the salon. She repeats that they were given the go-ahead to send the e-mail. Sandy interviews that Maria was caught in a lie. I think it's very telling that everyone is willing to take the word of a complete stranger over Maria. Outside, Sandy tells Andy that Trump hates it when people aren't accountable. She doesn't think the team is working well together, and they need to.
Fast forward to Mosaic's salon starting. Sandy has a good feeling and thinks that the salon looks like it's been there for ages. We see the line of customers outside. Wes tells a woman that he's been trying on a lot of dresses. Hee. Kelly announces that they've sold about 16 or 17 already. Andy pours water for the customers outside. Smart! Wes tells people that they'll get in soon and he knows how annoying it is for them to have to wait. They show the scene of Wes telling Andy that a girl needs to get inside and Andy ushering her right in. That scene made me like both of them a lot more. Inside, Wes asks a woman who's leaving empty-handed what she was looking for and didn't find. Also smart. Wes tells another woman that the dresses in the back are 20% lower than the others' already low prices; she says that it doesn't matter as long as she can find something she wants. Wes interviews that it was great to have Sandy there and mentions that Apex could hire someone to do the same thing she's doing.
Next we see Mosaic at Graff's with Melania. They show the entire sequence from the episode. When they get back to the penthouse, Ivana is literally jumping around, excited to try on Maria's diamond ring. I think Ivana got the sugar and coffee Kelly was supposed to give to Sandy. Jennifer says that it's every woman's dream come true to get those diamonds.
Apex prepares for their trip to the boardroom. Chris says that he's a straight shooter and if Trump wants a person who speaks his mind, it's Chris. Kevin thinks that Chris should be fired because he didn't contribute to the task. Ivana reminds Jennifer that the two of them and Kevin had to pick up the slack. Jennifer says that Chris gave up. Ivana agrees: "In the first five hours." Jennifer: "In the first ten minutes." She wants to know what kind of project manager does that. Sandy asks Chris how his group got along. He says they got along fine, but they sucked. She asks if he's going to bring all three of his teammates to the boardroom. He says something I couldn't catch even on three viewings, then starts pretending to shoot a gun. Chris confuses me.
Chris tells Ivana and Kevin that he's not going down without fighting. He brings up their three losses in a row. Kevin says that they worked well, but Chris contributed the least. Chris does some swearing about the bridal salon. Both teams say their goodbyes and Apex departs for the boardroom.
It's time for the weekly smackdown. Trump asks Chris what happened; Chris responds matter-of-factly that they lost. He says that their team gelled and Ivana agrees that they rallied, though Chris gave up. Trump doesn't think that Chris seems like the kind of person who would give up, but Ivana maintains that he did. She thinks that he should have been more reactive than proactive. There's a Trumpism for you. Kevin says that Chris didn't have a plan, he just wanted action. Kevin wanted to sit for a minute and come up with a plan, but Chris was in favor of going out and doing something. Chris protests that that was on the first day; on the second day he was ready and Kevin wasn't. Kevin wanted to plan the day; he claims that he was up before Chris to work on their inventory list. Trump asks about Kevin's performance and Chris says that in the first nine tasks, Kevin was at the top of the group. However, in the previous day's task, he wasn't operating at even 50%.
Next comes the Penn Station fliers discussion. I'm with Trump - it was a bad idea. Kevin says that Chris sees planning as a waste of time. Chris says that he's a born leader with a good instinct. However, if he's not familiar with a product, "I don't have an excuse for it." Trump asks if Chris delegated and is told that he didn't. Jennifer says that Chris lacked energy and focus. It's decision time, and Chris lets Jennifer go back to the penthouse. She tells Trump that she would fire Chris. Don't pick on the guy who just saved you, Jen.
Outside the boardroom, Kevin questions Chris' decision to send Jennifer up. Inside, Trump says that everyone in Mosaic did a bad job. Carolyn points out that no one said anything positive about their work. George says that there's no spark there. I still love Carolyn's, "Send 'em home." Chris, Kevin, and Ivana return to the room and Trump asks Chris why he let Jennifer go. We get this discussion again, complete with Carolyn pointing out that Jennifer couldn't have been that great of a saleswoman since they only sold two dresses.
Everyone gangs up on Ivana and George says that no one is defending him- or herself. If they want to work for Trump, they have to "stand up and be counted." Kevin says that there's a time to be quiet and let others talk; the truth will eventually come out. What he means is that there's a time for everyone else to shoot off at the mouth and for him to pray that he goes unnoticed. He adds that they shouldn't talk over others because they all turn combative. Carolyn says, "That's called flying under the radar, and it doesn't work here." I love you, Carolyn. George repeats that there's no spark in Mosaic, and Chris should have incited one. (I think he means "ignited." But it's George, so I'll let it go.) He thinks this is the first time their group has shown a spark. Trump agrees, and thinks it's ironic, since one of them is about to be fired.
Speaking of that, here's the firing. Trump reminds Chris that he said his team was a mess the week before. He also points out that Chris said he could straighten things out. He brings up the decision to send Jennifer back and says that, if he'd brought her in, she might have been fired. Trump says that even Kevin and Ivana asked why Chris made that decision. Chris says that they don't like Jennifer, and Ivana and Kevin protest that it's not personal. Trump tells Chris that he led badly and is fired.
In the cab, Chris says that he doesn't think Trump had any choice in firing him. He doesn't regret not bringing Jennifer in for the second boardroom. He points out that he was ninth out of over a million people. He mentions his wife and the baby they're expecting. He says he's a partner in a stock brokerage firm, and that if his disappointment were "long-lasting," it would be "selfish." Chris has no regrets about his comments last week, because they're a demonstration of his personality, which he would never change. "You either take it now or you leave it later." He thanks Trump for the learning experience and for the chance to meet Rudolph Giuliani and to spend time on the Queen Mary II. He hopes to prosper from the experience.
Maybe next week we'll have extra footage of Billy Joel. Or maybe from the extra-special boardroom that I can't wait for.
Jenn Brasler is an aspiring writer from Falls Church, VA. You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She's trying to decide whether to use her powers for good…or evil.
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