The Apprentice 2, Episode 11 Extras: They've Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadwayby Jenn Brasler -- 11/23/2004
First up is the post-boardroom waiting game, played this week by Mosaic and Jennifer. Jennifer thinks that Chris is on his way out. Ivana and Kevin return and are greeted by the others. Kevin tells us that Jennifer is always protecting herself, as well as brownnosing. Ivana is mad about what happened and thinks that Chris was afraid of Jennifer. It must be her wacky, magical Fembot powers, right, Ivana?
Everyone jokes around about Jennifer still remaining, and Wes says that she must have the ability to "dog someone out in a nice way." Jennifer doesn't respond because she knows he's on to her. She can't say anything; that's not her style.
After the Levi's assignment is given and Kelly joins Apex, his new team welcomes him warmly. Jennifer is confused about their assignment; not sure what kind of catalogue they're supposed to be making. Jennifer is every girl I went to high school with - she looks like she's smart and paying attention, but the second the teacher's back is turned, she's all, "What are we doing again, guys?" And then she gets the rest of the group to do the work. Just saying.
Apex meets with Robert Hanson, who asks what Levi's jeans mean to them. Ivana says, "Levi's - they fit." That's… original. She says that you can always find a pair that fits. Oh. Kevin asks Robert who the ideal customer is. Robert asks the question back to him. Kelly speaks up, "Everyone with legs."
Ivana says that there's a big selection of styles, and for some people it can be overwhelming. Robert agrees, stating that shopping isn't an easy experience for everyone, so they have to help them. Ivana starts talking about the seat of the jeans and kicks off the episode's "it's all about the butt" theme. I'd like to state, for the record, that Jennifer doesn't say anything during the meeting. What's with the code of silence?
Mosaic wraps up their photo shoot, and Wes sends Andy and Sandy to get their van, which he says is parked one block away. He mentions that they only have 15 minutes left to drop off their photos. Sandy drives the van while Andy gives her directions. Sandy winds up driving on one-way streets and swearing. Now she's in the New York state of mind.
Wes heads outside to look for the van, which is probably no longer one block away. Sandy asks if they're missing their deadline. Wes calls, and Andy has to fish their phone out of Sandy's purse. He announces that they're on their way. Sandy tells Wes to meet them on the "main street," but Wes has no clue which one she's talking about. Sandy says to "go left" out of the door. That's how I give directions, too.
Sandy's circling with the van. She needs a travellin' prayer. She decides that it's easier for Wes and Maria to come to them. Andy tells Wes that they're at 21st and Tenth. Wes wants to run, but Maria can't because she's wearing four-inch heels. Wes tells Andy that they're at Ninth. Sandy tells them to go to Tenth. Wes realizes that they should have taken a right out the door instead of a left. He starts to run, dropping the phone (and possibly breaking it) in the process. What's with these people and phones? Maria takes her shoes off and runs with him.
Kevin and Jennifer head over for Apex's photo shoot, which we see again. I'm not complaining; I get to see Kevin with his shirt off again. Give me a second; you have to leave a tender moment alone. So pretty. Okay.
There's posing. Kelly says that it took courage for him to pose without his shirt on. Ivana tells the others that he said, "This is really accentuating my old man fat roll." Hee. For the record, he's only 37. Well, only the good die young. Ivana says that everyone has love handles. Except for herself. And Jennifer. And Kevin. Kelly calls this a "'don't quit your day job' situation." Jennifer comes in for her turn, and Kelly seems to be thinking, "You look so good to me."
Mosaic prepares for their presentation. Andy brings up the jeans-wearing idea, but is shot down by "we're fines." Famous last words. We see their presentation again. Andy says that Maria dominated, which is true. Wes says that Maria didn't think the butt shots were perfect, so she took them out. Okay, Mr. Project Manager. He thinks that he put too much faith in Maria, who's proven that she's a loose cannon. So much for keeping the faith. After the presentation, Robert and his executives discuss Mosaic. The woman thinks that their catalogue had a good attitude, was youthful, and appeals to both men and women, but the man isn't sure.
Apex prepares for their presentation, wearing Levi's jeans and T-shirts, because when in Rome… Kevin sweats and talks about perfection. Ivana talks about butts. She says that anyone can wear jeans and look good. She explains the fit guide, which I think was a really good idea. Jennifer takes over. Ivana obviously wants to talk, but can't find a way to do so without interrupting. You had to be a big shot, didn't you, Jen? Robert tells Apex that they did a great job, but their presentation wasn't "visually compelling."
Trump and Melania arrive at Levi's and the teams are ushered in. Robert announces that Apex did a good job; he liked their butt stuff and their fit guide. However, their catalogue wasn't as sexy as he would have liked. Robert says that Mosaic's presentation was sexy, but they didn't do so well with the fit and universality issues. Apex wins (Ivana: "Finally!"), and Robert says that Jennifer did the best job. Yeah, tell her about it. Ivana isn't happy. She says that Jennifer didn't even understand the fit guide until she actually saw it.
Trump congratulates Jennifer, and she really should have passed on the credit, but, of course, that's too much to ask of her. Trump announces that Apex's reward is to meet Billy Joel and Apex is excited about this. Mosaic will face the boardroom, and someone will be fired. Or sometwo!
Apex is in a van on their way to meet Billy Joel. Everyone is singing "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," badly. Please stop that. They meet Billy Joel and see the theater where Movin' Out is playing. He tells them that a Broadway show is a business and, as with every business, Broadway involves taking risks.
Billy plays "She's Got a Way" and "Lullaby," which he wrote for his daughter. Ivana says that she got choked up while he was playing "Lullaby" and kept telling herself, "Don't cry in front of Billy Joel." Billy Joel wishes Apex luck, advising them to take risks and be brave. Ivana interviews that they did take risks in the task because they hoped for a big reward, which they got.
Maria, Sandy, and Andy meet in a bedroom, where Maria tries to garner support before they head into the boardroom. She basically tells them that if they blame her for losing the task, they'll be admitting that they didn't do any work. Or they'll be admitting that you're a dictating taskmistress who can't cooperate in a team setting. Either way. She says that such a stance would be dangerous for them. It's going to be a tough fight, and she's prepared for it.
Maria interviews that Sandy didn't do enough work, and Andy seemed like he was on vacation. You may be right. But you can't blame them for bad work if they didn't do the work. Maria continues that Wesley has two losses under his belt and has demonstrated that he's a bad leader. She tells Sandy and Andy that she blames Wes for their failure, and that she'll be very clear on that in the boardroom.
In another bedroom, Wes tells Andy that he's not dumb and knows that people are plotting against him. He says that for everything someone (meaning Maria) has to say against him, he has something to say against that person. Andy tells him that he can spin things however he wants. Wes thinks that everyone is vulnerable, but Andy may be the most vulnerable. He hasn't been a hard worker except when he's in danger of losing. On top of that, Maria can't work on a team.
Wes says that he has a lot of ammo to use in the boardroom. Andy tells him that "there's no greater dictator of the future than the past." He interviews that if Wes brings him into the second boardroom, he'll fight back. He thinks Wes should go home. Mosaic heads for the boardroom.
Boardroom. Bill! Carolyn! What a great week. Trump asks Wes why he sent Kelly over to Apex when he's proven that he's a winner. Wes says that he knew the task would be creative and would deal with marketing. Though Kelly offers a lot logistically, he's not so great with marketing and creativity. Trump points out that Kelly won anyway. He asks if Wes thinks Apex might have won if Kelly were on their team. Wes isn't sure.
Maria says that she wanted to keep Kelly. She didn't like the idea of Apex having two strategists, Kelly and Kevin. Wes announces that Maria didn't speak up, but she says that she did. If I remember correctly, Kelly offered to switch sides, and while there was some discussion, it looked like Kelly was pretty sure about what he wanted to do. I'm not sure they could have stopped him.
Trump asks who is to blame for the loss of Kelly. Maria says that it wasn't Kelly's idea to go. With Maria, honesty is hardly ever heard. Andy thinks that it was Wes's idea, but he agrees with the decision, since Kelly isn't creative.
Trump asks Maria about the lack of butt shots in the catalogue. I never thought I would hear Trump ask anyone about butt shots. Wes says that Maria didn't like the shots, and Trump reminds him that he was in charge. Wes keeps agreeing with what Trump says, repeating him, and then, either making excuses or expanding on answers. Bill mentions the big Mosaic fight and Sandy tries to explain it.
Trump asks Wes if Maria is talented. He says that she is, but she's "overpromised." I'm pretty sure that's not a word. Andy says that he used Maria in a similar way when he was the project manager. Maria speaks up that everyone is talking about her except for her. The night is still young. Trump replies, "Yes, but no one cares what you have to say." Aww, he's saying what we're all thinking.
Wes announces that he tried to give Maria input and direction. Maria argues that Wes was asleep at the wheel. She thinks that they lost the task on upfront planning. "Maria," Carolyn begins, "Did you do anything wrong on this task?" Maria starts to respond very firmly, "I absolutely… " I'll bet anything she was going to say "…did not." She pauses and says, "I absolutely did." Carolyn just says, "Okay."
Maria elaborates that, during the planning, she didn't put her foot down more and this came back to haunt her. "Is that it?" Carolyn asks. Maria hedges with an "um…" and starts to say, "We didn't showcase... " Carolyn breaks in, "Don't say 'we,' I said 'you.'" Maria replies that she didn't showcase the jeans well enough because they didn't discuss it. Wasn't showcasing the jeans the entire point of the task? Carolyn rocks.
Carolyn points out that Mosaic didn't wear jeans to the presentation. Maria blames this on their failure to plan and execute. I really wish Andy would speak up and mention that he did bring it up. Bill points out that Andy didn't say anything during the presentation. Carolyn speaks up, praising Andy for doing a good job on the NYPD presentation and blasting Wes for being "boring" in that same presentation.
Wes says that he should have utilized Andy more, but he wanted to cover the main points. Trumps asks if he usually acts like that. He thinks that PowerPoint is boring and that Winston Churchill wouldn't have done well with it. I'm not sure what Winston Churchill has to do with Trump finding someone to run one of his companies, but okay.
Trump asks Andy why he's so quiet. He says that Andy tends to escape because someone else is more incompetent. That's not Andy's fault. Andy says that part of being a good debater is knowing when to listen; everyone was doing too much talking and not enough listening. Trump proclaims this a good answer, but possibly because he thinks Andy just knew what he wanted to hear. Wes decides to bring everyone back for the second boardroom.
Trump, Carolyn, and Bill discuss the candidates, and then the team shuffles back in. Trump asks Maria and Andy if Wes is a bad leader. They both agree that he is. Wes asks if he can defend himself and Trump tells him he can, but he'd better move fast. That should have been Wes's first clue.
Wes takes the opportunity to jump on Maria. Bill asks why he didn't bench her. Wes says that he gave her too much leeway. Bill asks Wes why he wants to win, and Wes tells him that he wants to work for a great organization. He brings up his past successes and Trump says that he's judging based on the present, not the past. Wes agrees that he didn't do his best work, but, you see, it's really all Maria's fault. Trump asks if he should fire Maria or Sandy. How did Sandy get dragged into this? Wes doesn't want to take sides, but he would fire Maria.
Trump asks Andy if he should fire Maria. Andy says no, because Maria was willing to take risks. Bill says that risk-taking is fine, but you have to convert the risks to success. Andy believes that she can do so. He says that, during the NYPD task, he was firmer with her about having final control. When she's utilized in the right way, she can be effective.
Wes speaks up that Andy had to get his help with that. Maria tries to argue that she's used to leading, which is really not the right argument here. Wes thinks that Trump should fire Maria, since she can't be a team member.
Trump goes over Wes and Maria's failures again, and then basically says that they're both horrible and are fired. Both seem to want to say something, but neither can find the words or maybe they just know that it's not a good idea. Andy and Sandy have looks on their faces that say, "Did that just happen?" Wes and Maria share an elevator as Carolyn and Bill tell Trump that he made the right decision. Wes and Maria leave Trump Towers together.
In the cab, Wes explains that he and Maria were both fired. They both made mistakes and are both responsible. Maria says that there's always something you can do better. Wes thanks Trump for the opportunity. They got to see a lot of the world that they hadn't seen before and learned a lot. He advises Sandy and Andy to "play hard" for as long as they can. Maria and Wes are both surprised by the outcome; Wes thought that he was free and clear. He also wanted his own cab. The cab drives on, possibly towards 52nd Street.
Next week, Pepsi! But, sadly, no new singer for me to grab lyrics from.
Jenn Brasler is an aspiring writer from Falls Church, VA. You can e-mail her at email@example.com. She's trying to decide whether to use her powers for good…or evil.
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