The Apprentice 2 Finale Extras: Rain, Rain, Go Awayby Jenn Brasler -- 12/20/2004
This is it - the last round of extra footage for this season of The Apprentice. The third season starts up January 20th, and it sounds like it'll be good. Let's hope the show gets back to its roots and finds some people the fans actually enjoy watching.
Our first scene is of Kelly being unhappy about the rain. "Oh, good. It's raining again," he says dryly (no pun intended). Raj and John open a bottle of wine, not caring that Kelly doesn't approve. Kelly should've said something, or made them pay for the wine. John makes fun of Raj's hat. The group discovers that it might rain the next day. Elizabeth decides that something needs to be moved inside in case it does rain, so she asks Raj and John to move it, but they basically ignore her. Given their attitudes and behavior throughout this task, I don't blame her for her blowup later.
The next morning, Elizabeth announces that she's going to be a dictator for the day. Kelly tells her that this is fine. Keep that in mind. John interviews that if Kelly wants to make this Elizabeth's task, he could be making a huge mistake. Elizabeth gives Raj some instructions, but Raj, of course, doesn't care. He says that if Elizabeth wants him to do something, she should butter him up. Isn't your ego big enough already, Raj? I didn't dislike Raj that much before this episode - I was pretty much indifferent to him - but now I can't stand him. He's just so egotistical and condescending and sexist. Yes, I said it, he's sexist. If I were Elizabeth, I don't know if I could have stayed that calm.
The Genworth booth falls over (they call it a booth, but it's more like a sign) and Elizabeth says that she wants to put it back up in case the Genworth reps come by. Raj refuses to help her. Elizabeth interviews that she was too nice before, which is why she's being a little tougher on this task. Raj and John continue to not listen to her. I don't think it has anything to do with the sign. If she'd said, "Guys, go get some beers and take a five minute break," they would say, "No, we're not going to do that" just to be contrary.
Back in the clubhouse, Elizabeth and Raj have their fight, in which the word "dictator" is used no fewer than five times. Raj tells Elizabeth that she's not his leader. Would you listen to her if she were? Elizabeth tries to stay calm, but Raj and John just don't want to listen to her. Raj is also incredibly condescending; that's one of my biggest pet peeves, which is why I can't stand Raj anymore. Kelly steps in to mediate and tells Elizabeth not to be a dictator. Okay, but you told her it was all right. After the mediation, Elizabeth says that no one fought with her. Kelly says that the fight was about ego (no kidding) and that he defused a bomb.
People arrive for the polo match and Kelly realizes that he hasn't even confirmed that the match is on. He says that it's out of his control and the task could be ruined by the rain. The refs check everything out, and after about thirty seconds of suspense accompanied by "don't you feel the suspense?" music, everything is proclaimed good. Look, horsies!
Now we're over at the reception for the basketball game. There's not much of a response to the auction, so Bob Lanier takes over and gets the crowd bidding. Chris calls Jen's decision to bid "smart." Jen interviews that they raised some money for charity, which felt good. Despite the chaos, everything came together and people had a good time.
John, Raj, Elizabeth, Pamela, Chris, and Stacy head to the boardroom and Trump asks Jen's team about her. Pamela says that Jen doesn't have a Type-A personality; she means that as an insult. Chris thinks that Jen should have been more "hands-on." Stacy sings her support for Jen and George wonders if she supports Jen so much because they're both lawyers. Trump mentions that Jen disappeared after she greeted him; he wonders if she was working on the auction. After she left, Pamela was the one who was always out in the open. Stacy continues to support Jen.
John and Elizabeth, however, support Kelly. Trump congratulates Elizabeth on her contributions to the task, which I think was something she wanted and needed to hear. He asks who decorated for the dinner and Elizabeth says the she did. He praises her for this as well, saying that everything looked beautiful. (He compares the décor to that of Mar-a-Lago, because it has to be all about him.) John adds that Elizabeth decorated beautifully on a tight budget; he also thinks that she did a good job. It's nice of him to say that to her when he didn't have to, and when he made things so difficult for her.
Trump asks Raj about Kelly; Raj doesn't like him. Pamela thinks that Kelly is "manipulative" and that a lot of people don't trust him. John, Raj, and Elizabeth side with Kelly while Chris and Stacy side with Jen. Pamela seems to think that firing both of them wouldn't be such a bad idea. Hey, Pamela, if you can't say something nice, come sit next to me.
Kelly and Jen are now in the boardroom. Trump questions some of Jen's decisions. George doesn't think that Jen worked closely enough with Genworth. Jen gets extremely snippy when she responds to this accusation. She's a lot snippier than you should get with someone a) you barely know, b) who's obviously your superior, and, c) most importantly, might be helping you get a job. Jen seems to be burning a lot of bridges here without even realizing it.
Carolyn notes that Jen spent a lot of time on small details. Jen says that her team wasn't motivated to do this, so she had to. George wonders if Jen can take responsibility for things that can't be delegated. Trump asks Jen if she thinks she should have dealt with the NBA. Jen, snippy again, says that she did. Seriously, does she remember that this is a job interview? This is the guy who could be signing her checks from now on. She should probably be a little more respectful.
The focus turns to Kelly and Carolyn mentions his failure to motivate his team. She says that he should have gotten them to want to work for him. I think that the only way he could have done that was with vast amounts of money. Kelly mentions the Elizabeth/dictator debacle. Hey, Kelly, remember when you told her it was okay for her to act as a dictator? And then when you didn't tell her to stop until things had already gotten out of hand? I remember that.
Trump asks Kelly if Raj left the women at the polo match alone. Heh. Kelly says that he did, at least until after his part of the task was over, and then he mostly just danced with them. Jen and Kelly start picking at each other. I miss Bill and Kwame. We didn't even get to hear Kwame say anything at Lincoln Center. I mean, we had to listen to Omarosa and we barely got to see Kwame. But I'm not bitter or anything. Somewhere in the middle of their fight, Jen accuses Kelly of being manipulative. Girl, please. I'm starting to think that Ivana's fembot comment was spot-on.
There are some other clips on the site - full clips of Kelly being hired, Kelly being presented with the two job choices, Kelly choosing the job in New York, and three of the clip packages. But since they were all in their entirety and they've been recapped, there's no point in going over them again. So I'll just say that this has been an… interesting experience. I think I'm oversaturated in The Apprentice and just need a little break. A month should be about right. See you in January!
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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