The Apprentice 3 Weekly Performance Review, Episode 8: Excuse Me, Stewardess? I Speak Jive...by Mike DeGeorge -- 03/17/2005
I didnít think it was possible, but I actually have a lower opinion of Gene Simmons than I did before. He came off much, much worse here than he did when he appeared on American Idol recently. Although I thought he rather creepily stared at one of the female contestants on that show, he didnít tell anyone he was ďrigidĒ or stick his finger in a femaleís ear. Or maybe American Idol editors are just more sensitive, who knows? Maybe Iím the one being overly sensitive, but to me, Donald Trump allowing someone like Simmons to sully his show is just another reason, to me, why this show is rapidly circling the drain.
Donít get me wrong Ė one can easily be a fan of KISS without condoning Geneís behavior. I like quite a bit of their music, in fact, even though I feel the need to spit every time I hear his name. If youíre a fan of KISS and havenít read THE definitive unauthorized biography written by my friend and co-RNO writer, Dale Sherman, you really should. You can pick it up right here.
The Halfway Point:
Weíre halfway through, and I have to ask myself: Who in this crowd is worthwhile? Is anyone? At this point last season, it became pretty obvious that no matter who won, we would all lose for having watched. So does anyone deserve to win at this point? Sure. As I said last week, I have a weird feeling itís going to be a two-woman finale because thatís the combination we havenít had yet, and I think Trump wants to have a female winner to prove heís not a chauvinist (Gene Simmons notwithstanding). If that is indeed the case, I am predicting Tana and Kendra. In each personís case, below, I will make a prediction on their future. Itíll be fun to see how badly I do a couple months from now.
Craig: Last season, one of Jenís (many) negatives is that she was only project manager once before the finals. It was seen as her being afraid to step up. While you couldnít have seen last seasonís show before this one taped, itís pretty obvious that Trump isnít going to appreciate someone who doesnít want to lead.
Prediction: Your first chance at Project Manager (which Iím guessing will happen the next time we see a new episode) will be an unmitigated disaster. Youíll be domineering and condescending, yet give no actual instructions and do no actual work. Weíre talking Elizabeth-style disaster here.
Tana: A lot of people loved your little jive talking demonstration, but I thought it made you look really stupid. The celebrities could have easily laughed AT you or, worse, been horribly offended, thinking you were making fun of them. The fact that, apparently, they thought it was endearing that you were making an effort to talk ďon their level,Ē was to your advantage. You were loose, and you had fun. And youíve got the charm to sell them on it, which is a huge asset. As Trump said, you were out of your element and did a great job, by utilizing your strengths as a salesperson. Although I donít necessarily agree with the label, having them flash ďMILFĒ on the screen during the auction was downright hilarious.
Prediction: As I said before, I think you will make the final two due to your charm and personality. We havenít seen your hard-edged business side, which is why I think you wonít win, but unlike certain other finalists from previous seasons, at least you will have deserved to be there. Iíd hire you as VP of Sales in a split second.
Bren and Alex: You guys must have done a good job on the production, because we barely saw you this week. Thatís not a bad thing!
Brenís Prediction: I like you a lot, and would love to work with you, but you have a tendency to say the wrong thing. One of your ideas is going to rub Carolyn the wrong way, and youíll be dead as fried chicken.
Alexí Prediction: If a male makes it to the finals, it will be you. But I see you as this seasonís Kevin or Troy, the one fired (possibly in the next to last episode) for an incredibly asinine reason like ďYou have too much educationĒ or ďYou have too much legal experienceĒ or some such nonsense. In reality, youíll be fired to give Trump the two-women final and first female winner that you KNOW heís dying for.
Kendra: Great job getting rid of your two weakest links in Erin and Stephanie. Itís telling that you worked with Erin in the previous task, and then chose her to go.
After six weeks of hiding in the background, youíve really come on the last couple weeks. Sort of the anti-John. You did a number of positive things in this task. First, you started off with the group on negotiation, then left it in Tanaís capable hands when it was obvious she had it under control. Personally, I love a manager that is hands-on enough to make sure that things get done, yet still hands-OFF enough that the employees actually have a chance to do their jobs. You let Tana and Craig do the negotiating, but still had them run ideas by you so that you knew what was going on.
Prediction: If you havenít figured it out, Iím predicting you as the first female winner of The Apprentice. Anyone who needs to ask why hasnít been watching the last couple weeks.
Erin: I have a problem with you and Stephanie having a problem with John. Yes, he dominated the negotiations but, first, you asked him to come along. Secondly, why didnít you DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT? Drives me batty when people complain about a co-worker after the fact when it does absolutely no good.
Prediction: Eventually, Trump and the gang will realize youíre still there, kind of like what happened with Ereka in season one. She was Project Manager and they remembered they hadnít fired her yet. Youíll be the same way.
Stephanie: See above. If you didnít like Johnís style, you should have done something about it. Complain to him. Call Chris. Something. And yeah, I know youíve been taken to task for being negative, but as Iíve said before, being negative to cause change is one thing. Being negative just to complain is another.
Prediction: It will surprise absolutely no one when I say that you will be fired for your poor attitude and negativity.
Angie: You did a good job with the set and production, I suppose. It occurs to me that weíve never seen you do a whole lot.
Prediction: Youíll be another one who gets fired because thereís no one else that should go. Theyíll probably give some asinine excuse like ďyouíre too old.Ē
Chris: You got rid of Craig, which was a good move, and Tana, which wasnít. You should have gotten rid of Angie, who has yet to show any talent aside from answering the phone.
Your problem on the task was not that you delegated the negotiations, itís that you had NO IDEA what was going on with them. Huge difference. Had you gotten regular reports from Erin and Stephanie and known the kind of ass John was making of himself, you might have nipped it in the bud. Or at least been able to say why John did a bad job in the boardroom. Yes, John got fired (mainly because John and Erin convinced Trump not to fire you), but youíve proven yourself a bad leader, which didnít do you any favors. Dead man walking.
Prediction: As with Stephanie, it will be no shock when you are fired for blowing a gasket in the boardroom. Either that, or youíll be fired for something stupid like chewing tobacco. Yes, itís a bad hobby, but itís an idiotic thing for Trump to be focusing on, especially considering some of the harassing activity that went on this week that got no play.
John: Boy, you had quite the turnaround, huh? Hereís a hint for you Ė people, especially celebrities, want to hear about themselves, not you. And if youíre going to completely take over a task, you might want to do a good job. One might think you would have learned that from Kristen a few weeks ago, but then it looks like learning anything from a woman is totally against your nature. Geez, what kind of moron would have a celebrity say that they wanted to offer a BIGGER charity package and then talk them out of it?
I still canít believe you had the nerve to call your teammates ďfluffersĒ on national television! How you managed to hide such a raging misogynistic streak for so long is beyond me. Then again, youíre a musician, and you said your proudest moment was meeting Gene Simmons Ė both HUGE negatives to me, thanks Ė so Iím not putting anything by you. Had I KNOWN you were a musician I would never have bothered with you in the first place. Good luck in your dream of being just like your idol Gene Ė a laughably failed businessman who offends everyone in his path. At least youíre shooting high.
Mike DeGeorge has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, and has almost ten years of management experience. He is also Associate Editor of RNO. Email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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