The Apprentice 3, Episode 10 Extras: Pork Princessby Jenn Brasler -- 04/05/2005
Once again, we start with a preview scene. This time it’s of Magna trying to decide on their pizza topping. Does anyone else think that Craig was being really annoying to Kendra? Anyway, they choose the meatball thingy.
At dinner the night before the task assignment, Chris makes fun of Trump’s obsession with his tobacco habit, saying something about only sophisticated people in New York smoking. He feels insulted by Trump’s focus on his habit. Tana pretends to summon a nurse to bring him some valium. Hee! Chris thinks that Trump pictures him spitting into a cup in a meeting. Stephanie wonders if Chris is going to take it out on the team while he’s quitting. Angie says that of course he will. Chris doesn’t deny this, and says that Angie isn’t happy about having to work with him while he’s in nicotine withdrawal.
The next day, Net Worth cooks pizza. Stephanie says that she wanted to be the project manager so that she could boost morale and manipulate her team. I’m not sure “manipulate” is the right word here. She insists that everyone on the team be trained in making pizzas (hear that, Todd?), so that they can keep up with the supply and demand. Stephanie mentions that she doesn’t eat pork, so she can’t even eat the meatball pizza. She adds for emphasis that she doesn’t eat any four-legged animals. Does that mean she eats eight-legged animals? Or two-legged animals? Oh, my gosh, is Stephanie coming out of the closet as a cannibal?? Anyway, she says that at least her team can enjoy the pizza. Oh, just take the meatballs off of your piece.
Stephanie eats a piece of pizza anyway. Angie says that vegetarian or not, Stephanie scarfed down pizza. Angie says that Stephanie isn’t a vegetarian; she’s never seen anyone “eat so much dead animal. She’s a meat-lovin’ vegetarian.” Stephanie says that she wants another piece.
Alex and Chris go to Brooklyn to try to sell pizzas to construction workers. They don’t seem to be having any success. Alex suggests that they go back to Union Square, but Chris wants to stay. He doesn’t think that Alex’s decision to leave makes sense. Alex asks him about the possibility that they might not be able to come through with deals in Brooklyn. Chris says that he would rather make a deal with construction workers and not be able to honor it than not make a deal at all. I wish so badly that Trump had heard that. No way would he hire someone who thinks it’s okay to make deals and not honor them.
Alex seems to agree with me; he tells Chris that if they make a deal in Brooklyn, they have to honor it. Chris asks him whose team he’s on. Alex repeats that they have to follow through. He interviews that Chris has a different vision of business. Alex asks why someone would make a deal to build 1,000 buildings and then find out that he couldn’t even build an outhouse. Thank you, Alex. That’s a perfect point. He finally tells Chris that they need to cut their losses and leave.
Magna cooks and sells pizzas. Bren says that he picked the area they’re in because there’s no competition from fast food restaurants around. Very smart. He starts talking about the meatball pizza and says “balls” approximately 47 times. That’s mature.
Magna keeps selling. Bren says that they’re doing a lot of business, but that’s actually a problem - there’s more demand than supply. People are getting antsy about having to wait in line for their pizza. Bren says that it’s getting uncomfortable, and he wishes that he could keep an eye on everything, but he’s in the back, making pizzas. He says that he and Craig are struggling to keep their noses above water, let alone their heads. He notes that if they disappoint too many people, they could lose the task.
Net Worth finishes the task and closes up. Stephanie notes that she ate beef and pork and feels sick, so she doesn’t think she could handle a loss on top of that. She tells Alex that if they lose, she wants Chris gone. Alex says that Chris is angry at the world. Stephanie replies that he hung up on her when she was in Brooklyn. Alex tells her about the fight and says in an interview that he’s waiting for Chris to pop and start killing people. Actually, I’m waiting for the same thing. Not the killing people, but the popping. I think it’ll be very entertaining. Stephanie says that she can’t manage someone that out of control. Interesting, since later she tells Trump the exact opposite.
After learning that they’ve lost, Net Worth returns to the suite. Stephanie tells Angie that they just didn’t work well as a team. Later, Angie tells Chris and Tana about Stephanie’s complaints, mentioning that she said Alex told her Chris threatened to beat him up. Chris goes to confront Alex, asking him if he told “her” that Chris threatened him. Alex asks who this “her” is and Chris says, “Who do you think? That little retard.” Aaaaaand you’re off my Christmas list. Not that you were ever on it. They have their whole fight and Alex interviews that Chris is a spoiled brat. He says that no one’s ever stood up to him.
Magna gets their reward. Tana, Bren, and Kendra look at a bunch of family photos. At breakfast, Trump asks how Net Worth took their loss. Tana says that they took it hard and Trump wonders why - “were they surprised?” He says that when you’re winning or losing, you sort of have an idea of how things are going. Craig interviews that eating with someone is in intimate experience, and Trump doesn’t eat with everyone. He adds that this is great, since not going to the boardroom is enough of a reward. Trump has to leave before the meal is over, but he tells the team to take their time and enjoy themselves. What’s nice is that Bren shows his respect by standing up when Trump leaves the table, but Trump urges him to sit down.
Net Worth heads to the boardroom. Trump asks Angie how Stephanie was. Angie says that she could’ve been more organized, but adds that the team worked hard. Trump agrees, but points out that that wasn’t enough. He says that a race horse and a donkey can run around a track and both work hard, but the donkey still won’t win. What if it’s a donkey with superpowers? Sorry, I have to amuse myself somehow. Angie is amused by this analogy.
Alex says that he’s surprised that Net Worth lost. Trump asks about Chris’ behavior on the task and Stephanie says that he was difficult to manage. She mentions his fight with Alex. Angie speaks up that Chris and Alex worked well together the first day of the task. Alex thinks that Chris can change over time. Trump asks if he thinks people are born a certain way, and if Chris was born with a temper. Alex says that people are born with temperaments, not tempers. Trump asks if Chris needs psychiatric help and Alex says that he doesn’t - he needs a mentor.
Stephanie starts to say that she has a history with Alex and Trump asks if it’s a good history or a bad one. Stephanie says that it’s a good one. Trump asks about her history with Chris, but Stephanie says they don’t really have one. She goes back to the fight and says that she wanted to hear both sides, so she talked to both Chris and Alex. She’s decided that they were representing Domino’s during the task, so Chris should have watched his behavior. Trump asks who was at fault and Stephanie says that Chris was.
Trump brings up the tobacco again, then asks Stephanie if she can handle Net Worth. Angie blames Stephanie for the team’s loss. The group gets into the NYU vs. Union Square discussion. After all of this, Stephanie announces that she’s sending Angie back to the suite, so Alex and Chris will come with her to the second boardroom.
Trump, George, and Carolyn talk things over, and Stephanie, Chris, and Alex return. Alex says that Chris is excitable and hard for Stephanie to manage. Trump asks if it was a matter of lack of leadership, but Alex says it wasn’t. George asks why he didn’t step in and try to take a leadership position. Alex says that, with regards to Chris, he tried. Trump asks Chris for his view and Chris says that he’s intense. No kidding. Carolyn replies that they’re concerned about his conduct.
Stephanie says that Chris is difficult to work with. The “threat” situation is brought up again. Chris reveals that after the Home Depot task, Stephanie told him how incredible it was to work with him. Stephanie says that she didn’t use the word “incredible,” but she told Chris that she had a good time. She knows how difficult it is to work with Chris, and she didn’t want the team’s morale to go down. She says that she was organized, and to boost morale, she left notes for her teammates while they were sleeping. Aww. Or something.
Trump is still skeptical that Stephanie is good enough. When the conversation moves back to Chris’ behavior, he acknowledges that his cursing was unprofessional but promises that he’s working on it. I have to say, he’s been remarkably calm in the boardroom this week. Alex says that Chris has a lot of talent, which Trump thinks is interesting. He says that if he were trying to get rid of someone, he wouldn’t be saying nice things about him. Alex says that there’s nothing wrong with saying positive things about someone else. Trump points out that they’re in a competition, but Alex counters that he wasn’t comparing Chris to himself. Trump asks him to do so and Alex says that he’s way more talented and has a lot more energy than Chris.
Alex and Chris start turning on Stephanie, who decides that it’s time to blame the trip to Brooklyn for the team’s loss. Yes, but you were the one who took the trip to Brooklyn, so that doesn’t quite work. She talks about their reputation and Trump says that they shouldn’t have to worry about that; the pizza should speak for itself. He still doesn’t think Stephanie is strong enough.
Trump sums up that Alex was good (until this task, at least), so he’s safe. Chris was a disaster and out of control. But Stephanie was a bad leader, so she’s fired.
In the cab, Stephanie thanks Trump, George, and Carolyn. She appreciates their feedback and constructive criticism. I always thought it was more critical than constructive. She’s glad to be away from Chris, and says that it makes sense that he works individually, since he doesn’t have what it takes to work in a business atmosphere. She also doesn’t think that Angie and Chris will go far. Basically, the high school grads suck and the college grads rule, woo hoo!
Stephanie’s most memorable experiences were dinner with Steve Forbes (where she saw the Statue of Liberty for the first time in her life), golfing with Trump, and the negotiation with Gene Simmons, where he slipped her his phone number. She doesn’t look as her firing as something negative, since she came there to learn. She points out that she last ten weeks. She can only grow and take forward what she’s learned.
Next week: hey, look, more problems for Net Worth! Is anyone surprised?
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. She will write for money. Or candy. Or clothes from Old Navy.
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