The Apprentice 2, Episode 12 Extras: Everybody Hates Jenniferby Jenn Brasler -- 11/29/2004
As in the episode, we see Apex waiting for Mosaic to return from the boardroom. Of course, they're under the impression that three people will be coming back. Silly Apex. Kelly wonders why they're waiting for Mosaic to come back before they eat, since Apex outnumbers Mosaic. That's an interesting argument. Sandy and Andy return and explain that Trump fired both Wes and Maria. Everyone's shocked. Sandy said that she started to leave after Maria was fired, but then Trump dropped the bombshell. She says that he swung "a right and a left." Andy and Sandy both say that they started to leave before Trump could change his mind and fire anyone else.
Sandy realizes that someone from Apex will come over to join Mosaic, so that the teams will both have three members. It's a whole new game now. The final six toast, saying, "Then there were six."
Sandy asks if anyone thought she would still be around for the final six. Ivana admits that she didn't. Sandy interviews that she's the only one left without a college education, but so far it hasn't hurt her. It's all about performance. Kevin says that Trump is looking for leaders. Either Kelly or Andy says, "We're all winners." Well… okay, but only one of you is going to get the job.
Apex holds a brainstorming session for the Pepsi task. Ivana says that they're coming up with ideas about the bottle and only have four or five hours. They do some drawings and we learn that it was Ivana's idea to "punch" Edge on the bottle. Kelly talks about putting a hole in the bottle. Kevin says that they can talk about taking the calories out of Pepsi, which is what the hole can symbolize.
The group starts designing, and Kevin says that they're using a combination of everyone's ideas. He thinks that they have a good team, and that if they "set the bar at perfection," they'll win. Kelly asks what's "buzzworthy" about the hole. Ivana says that it's about what gets put in the hole. Kelly mentions movie tickets and Ivana tells him to write that down. Kelly: "Okay, Jenn." Ivana laughs and asks if he just called her Jenn. Kevin says that they work better without Jennifer.
Kelly jokes that in a minute, Ivana will take credit for his idea. Ivana and Kevin join in, saying that the movie tickets were Jennifer's idea and they stole it from her. Kevin explains that whenever anyone repeats something, misses the point, or just does something stupid, they call it "being Jenn." Kevin suggests putting sporting tickets in the hole and Ivana suggests concert tickets. Kelly says, "Sporting tickets," and Kevin and Ivana point out that Kevin already said that. Kevin says that Kelly "pulled a Jenn." Kelly good-naturedly tells him to shut up. He interviews that they've pulled together because they have a common enemy. Hating Jennifer has strengthened their bond. Aww, isn't that sweet?
Mosaic is nearing the end of their work and Sandy is working on their label. Jennifer looks at it and asks why the word "Edge" is slanted. Sandy says that it's just an option. Jennifer interviews that Sandy has certain strengths but not necessarily the judgment to make a good label. She thinks that the one Sandy has put together looks unprofessional. Jennifer brings Andy over and says that she's worried about visibility. Andy agrees that the word "Edge" looks off-center. They start rearranging everything. Andy says that Jennifer gave better suggestions and was more helpful than Sandy. Sandy speaks up that she liked the label the way it was. Andy thinks that Jennifer is stronger creatively. Sandy is upset that, after the hard part of the task was over, Andy and Jennifer started messing around with the label. Andy thinks that using Jennifer more than Sandy was his best decision.
Mosaic heads into the room for their presentation, stunned by the amount of people there. Andy starts off, explaining the task and talking about the soft drink world. People are laughing, for some reason. Maybe because they saw the bottle. Sandy interviews that Andy was a pro and knew what he was doing. She calls him a "genius" at public speaking. Andy talks about Edge being the best of both worlds. He interviews that he was in an exciting environment and didn't want to leave. The presentation was in the "ultimate debate room." Sandy talks about the game piece (the cap) and Jennifer talks about the in-store globe. Andy tells the room that it's a simple concept and repeats that Edge is the best of both worlds.
Apex heads home in a van after their win. Ivana is happy that they got to eat and sleep while working on the task. Kelly talks like a political candidate, saying, "I promise to bring you, as PM, eating and sleeping." Kevin says that nothing matters but winning. Kelly channels Vince Lombardi with, "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." Kevin still thinks that they have a great team and that one of their rewards was beating Jennifer.
Apex starts talking about Mosaic's trip to the boardroom. Kelly thinks that Andy can beat Jennifer, but he doesn't think that Sandy can beat Jennifer. Ivana agrees. Kelly continues that Sandy can beat Andy. Ivana says, "Hey, man, get the Edge." Um… okay. "We rock," she says. Yes, dear.
In Mosaic's van, Jennifer says that there will soon only be two of them left. She says that she liked working with Andy and Sandy, who agree. Andy thinks that it will be hard to pick either Jennifer or Sandy. He's also disappointed that Apex gets to go race cars. Sandy wonders about the female equivalent of racing Lamborghinis. Andy can't give her the answer, since he's not a woman.
Apex is getting ready to go out for their reward. Ivana explains that she hasn't driven a nice car for awhile, since she wrecked the Porsche her father gave her when she was a teenager. Kevin doesn't know how to drive stick, but he's glad that he gets to learn on a Lamborghini. Apex heads to the helicopter and Kelly hopes that they'll do some "map of the earth, contour flying." I have no idea what he's talking about. They see the racetrack and the cars from the air. They land and Ivana proclaims the cars "sexy." When they learn how much the Lamborghinis cost, Kevin asks for a price break. He should name-drop Trump and see if that gets him a discount.
Kevin says that his dream car is a Lamborghini. As he drives off, there's a click and Kelly and Ivana laugh. Kelly and Ivana drive and Ivana says that it's almost like having sex. The editors have some fun with this. I like the editors. After they're done driving, Kevin thanks everyone at the track. He says that the experience was very Trump-like and thanks Trump, saying that this was their best reward yet. Of course, he didn't get the free diamonds.
At the suite, Ivana tells Andy that Jennifer sucks to have on your team, but she's good in the boardroom. She thinks that Sandy has proven herself on the tasks and that Andy will "have a better shot" at Jennifer. She says that perception on tasks and in the boardroom is different. Ivana repeats in an interview that Jennifer sucks and that Andy and Sandy are better off without her. You mean you're better off without her. She tells Andy that Jennifer will suck up to any project manager and list what she's done well. Andy interviews that Ivana is great, but it's in her interests to get rid of Jennifer, because she's such strong competition for her. He says that his goal isn't to clear a path for Ivana, but to clear one for himself.
Andy meets up with Jennifer and tells her that Ivana is gunning for her. He says that Ivana is threatened by Jennifer and basically told Andy to get rid of her. He thinks that Jennifer is more creative than Sandy and he trusts Jennifer more. Andy says that Jennifer did better in the presentation with Sandy, but that's not news to anyone. He doesn't want Sandy to see them talking, but he also doesn't think that there's anything "devious" about their conversation. The truth will come out eventually that Jennifer is just better than Sandy. Andy warns Jennifer that if she comes after him in the boardroom, he'll fight back. Jennifer interviews that Andy has integrity for telling her what Ivana said and for not coming after her because of Apex. By going after Sandy, they'll be getting rid of their weakest member.
In the kitchen, Sandy asks Jennifer how she thought Andy did as a leader. Jennifer thinks that it's hard to say, since they worked hard and all agreed on the concept. Sandy interviews that Jennifer has lost more than her, so she'll be more visible in the boardroom. She's tough and not intimidated by Jennifer. She says that as long as the facts are there, she doesn't need any partnership or alliances. Sandy believes that this is the time in the game where she should break from the pack.
Sandy tells Jennifer that Andy was a little uncontrollable at times and will have some explaining to do in the boardroom. Jennifer thinks that things are getting personal. Sandy says that the boardroom might be a quick one. Elsewhere, Andy says that he deserves to be there and can make a case for that. Sandy thinks that she can successfully highlight her qualifications and her strong points. She can bring something different to the table than Andy and Jennifer. Jennifer says that her goal was to work hard and do her best. She hasn't resorted to forming any alliances. She thinks that if she does the best job she can, everyone else will eliminate themselves. She just has to worry about herself.
Andy says that Kelly is older and beat someone younger. He thinks that he's lost the battle but not the war. Andy isn't there to be a victim; he came to work hard and do a good job. He warns that if someone comes up against him, he'll fight back. Mosaic leaves for the boardroom.
Andy, Sandy, Jennifer, Carolyn, and George gather in the boardroom and are soon joined by Trump. Trump asks who came up with the concept for the task; Andy replies that he did. Trump asks if he liked the finished product. George and Andy have their discussion about the size of the bottle and geography. George thinks that Mosaic's product was too complex.
Sandy spells out who did what in the task. Trump asks Andy who the least creative person was. Andy says that it was Sandy. This starts off the first round of fighting. Trump asks if Sandy is trying to take credit for something that wasn't her idea. Jennifer, who really shouldn't say anything about others taking credit, announces that the trips were her idea. Trump asks Andy which woman is smarter; Andy thinks Jennifer is. Trump asks which was harder to manage. Andy says that it was Sandy, explaining that she didn't get the compass for the bottle cap until the morning of the presentation. Sandy points out that it was a two-day task, I guess meaning that they didn't have much time to do anything. Andy argues that she only got one compass and he wanted her to get more.
Trump asks Sandy how Andy was as a leader. Sandy says that he was immature, bringing up the pizza fiasco. Andy asks if he can defend his decision. Sandy is talking over Andy, but he manages to tell Trump that he held back the pizza so that everyone would make the deadline. Carolyn asks how he motivated the workers, obviously wanting him to admit to the $100 bonuses.
Trump asks Jennifer for her opinion on Andy; she thinks that he did a "fair job." She says that Andy has his strengths and weaknesses. He was frantic, but also enthusiastic and motivated. Trump asks if this could be energy and Jennifer agrees. Carolyn says that that's a safe answer. Carolyn is obviously not happy with Jennifer. Jennifer says that Andy did a solid job, but he still lost. Trump asks her about Sandy; Jennifer says that Sandy was "okay." She claims that she didn't see that many contributions and that Sandy wasn't as good as Andy.
Sandy speaks up that no one wants to take credit for anything. This kicks off another round of fighting, in which Andy and Sandy argue about the globes and giving credit. Andy claims that the globes were Jennifer's idea. Trump notes that everyone hates each other. Sandy just wants to give credit where it's due. Andy says that he has a reputation for doing that, but Sandy wants to know who gave him that reputation. She can say that she has a reputation for being more creative than Andy, but that doesn't mean anything. Good point. Andy says that he's trying to be honest. Trump says that Mosaic's behavior in the boardroom demonstrates how horrible it is to lose. Mosaic agrees. Trump wants to know what Sandy did during the task. Andy says that she was responsible for the label. Trump announces that everyone will return to the second boardroom. Mosaic leaves and starts pacing around the lobby.
George tells Trump that he liked the way Sandy defended herself. He doesn't think that Andy was strong enough to have a winning concept. Carolyn brings up the fact that project managers always defend Jennifer in the boardroom. Trump says that maybe Jennifer is just smart. Carolyn says that this might be true, but it's still something to think about. In the lobby, Sandy says that she came up with the idea of the cap game before they even got started. Andy doesn't believe her. I don't think it really matters at this point. It's hard to tell, but I think Sandy might be on to Andy and Jennifer at this point. She tries to get Andy's support, but Jennifer says that everyone agreed on everything and it's too late to try to spin anything. Sandy argues that they're going to skew things.
Mosaic heads back into the boardroom. Trump says that he heard them arguing in the lobby. Andy says that they were talking about giving credit. He adds that Sandy thinks he said she did a bad job and that Jennifer did better. Trump asks Jennifer how she always manages to slide by, but Jennifer doesn't think that she does. She says that she works hard for her project managers and they recognize that. Trump wonders if they're intimidated because she went to Wharton. He asks Andy if Jennifer's education makes a difference, but Andy says it doesn't. If education made a person more deserving of being there, then Pamela would still be around. I miss Pamela. At least she was entertaining. Andy says that Jennifer and Sandy are on equal footing where he's concerned.
Carolyn tells Jennifer that project managers always defend her in the boardroom. Jennifer says that she always works hard. Carolyn says that she does, but she's a "smart girl" (interesting that she says "girl," not "woman"). In fact, she might be "too smart." Jennifer wonders if that's a bad thing. She says that she went to some good schools, but when the time came, she washed dogs along with everyone else. Carolyn wonders if it's just a coincidence that Jennifer always gets specifically mentioned and then saved in the boardroom. Jennifer claims that it is a coincidence. Carolyn points out that she gets to see what happens during the task, but not what goes on in the suite.
Trump says that Jennifer should be doing better. Jennifer thinks she's doing well. George says that it's not enough to work hard, they have to work smart. Jennifer says that the team worked together. George points out that Jennifer never admitted to making a mistake on the bottle. Jennifer takes the opportunity to admit that they made a mistake. Trump wonders why she isn't defending her team. If we'd seen this scene on the show, I would have been sure that Jennifer was going to get fired. First she's told that she should be admitting her mistakes; then she's told that she should be defending her team's mistakes. She pretty much can't win in this situation. Jennifer agrees with George that they should have been able to see what was in the bottle.
Trump asks Sandy who did the worst job on the task. Sandy says that Jennifer did, since she flew under the radar. Jennifer says that this isn't true. Round three of the fight, this time between Jennifer and Sandy. Things turn personal when Sandy tells Jennifer that she should think about why she was sent from Apex to Mosaic. Jennifer fires back that Andy came to her and they pretty much agreed to go after Sandy. So much for not making alliances. Sandy accuses them of doing just that and Andy jumps in that they weren't aligning.
Jennifer and Sandy go back to fighting and Andy tries to make some interjections. Trump says that Sandy is beating Andy. See, here's where I disagree with Trump. Yes, Sandy was arguing in such a way that Andy couldn't get a word in. But Andy is a debater, not an arguer. In a debate, things are organized and everyone gets a say. People don't sit there and yell at each other, trying to see who's louder. Andy could take Sandy in a debate because he's a better speaker. Sandy took Andy in the fight because she's a better yeller.
Jennifer and Sandy keep fighting (and I think it stands to be mentioned that Sandy is also beating Jennifer in this argument). Andy still isn't able to say anything. Trump announces that Andy is being beaten badly and he can't have him running a company. Andy is fired. Jennifer and Sandy leave the room and start bickering again outside the elevator. Robin is sitting there, all, "I'm going to have something awesome to talk about at the water cooler. First the guy with the bow ties asks for my number, and now the two blond girls can't keep their mouths shut until they get up to the suite? This is the best job ever!" Trump tells Andy that Sandy and Jennifer are "two tough hombres." Bzzzt! Thanks for playing, Trump, but "hombre" means "man." Andy thanks Trump and leaves the boardroom.
In the cab, Andy says that he's in shock. He thought that either Jennifer or Sandy would argue herself to a firing. That might not be the best technique, especially since Trump doesn't like it, but that doesn't mean it hasn't worked before. Andy says that the boardroom is about survival and, as Trump said, he got eaten alive. He laughs a little at this, like he knows it's true. He says that he wouldn't have done the task differently. He thought everything about it was great. Andy showcased his skills well. I can't decide if he means that he showcased them for Trump or for some other potential employer who may have seen him on this show.
Andy points out that he was in the first boardroom and lasted until the twelfth episode. That is pretty good. He says that everyone kept thinking that he was too young, but that obviously wasn't the case. He was lucky to be there and is proud that he could be. He thanks Trump again, even though he disagrees with his decision (well, obviously). He hopes to have a good job in the future and points out that he's just a college graduate. He says that he had a good experience and hopes that he did his family proud. He had fun, and he would do it again.
Next week: Ivana drops trou.
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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