The Apprentice 5, Episode 11: Girls Against Boysby Betsy Wasser -- 05/09/2006
Let’s recap quickly what’s been going on in recent weeks. Two episodes ago, Sean was the only person on the team to support Andrea over Allie in the boardroom. Allie has pretty much been a pouty brat about it. Trump fired Charmaine and Tarek last week, so Michael and Lee are the only ones left on Gold Rush.
In the suite, Roxanne and Allie are cooking while Gold Rush is at the boardroom. They are still complaining about the Andrea thing. Ugh, get over it! Roxanne says that Sean needs to be told about the importance of working as a team. He overhears them talking. In an interview, he says that they have a really awkward dynamic now.
Lee and Michael return. Roxanne can’t believe Charmaine and Tarek are both gone. Of course, the drama of two people getting fired is nothing compared to the drama still of Sean not being supportive two weeks ago, so that’s where the focus returns. Roxanne thinks Sean should have apologized to Allie. Sean says in an interview that he’s having a rough week and is “adrift in a sea of estrogen.” He is trying to sleep as he hears the women talking about him over the wall. He asks them to please stop talking about it, at least until morning. Roxanne thinks he should take some opportunity to apologize. She wishes he’d show some regrets. Allie begins to list the times that Sean might have apologized to her- on the way to the bathroom, before breakfast… Sean puts in ear plugs. God, I love him. Allie keeps babbling.
The next morning, Michael answers the phone and is really cute in his glasses, to say nothing of the shirtlessness. The teams meet Trump at Rutgers stadium. Trump, naturally, arrives by helicopter. He says some of them will travel that way some day. They all walk out onto the football field, where the marching band is playing. Skeevy Trump checks out the cheerleaders. They have the tiniest pom pons I’ve ever seen. Really, they do- that’s not a euphemism. Trump asks Synergy to send off somebody to join the other team. Sean grins, loving this opportunity to get away from the drama. He volunteers. Trump says it’s “the basics in life,” men vs. women. Allie says that the three women get along great. Lee says he’s excited to get started. The teams will work with Outback Steakhouse on a tailgating party. Each team will set up a tent in a different parking lot. They’ll sell Outback food, which Trump claims to love. I actually have an easier time believing Trump’s claims that he loves Arby’s than that one. Can you imagine Trump and Melania hunkered down over a bloomin’ onion? The teams will sell at the Navy vs. Rutgers football game. The team that makes the most money wins.
The women dance with joy. Roxanne says they had a quick celebration of the fun they were about to have.
This week’s Trump Lesson Of The Week is “Deliver the goods.” Trump says that being a big talker is meaningless unless you get results. This week’s Betsy Lesson Of The Week is sort of tailgating related. If you’re making burgers, add a little bit of bread crumbs, cracker crumbs, or some other filler. It will help the meat stay together better and not fall apart on the grill.
The men of Gold Rush get started. Lee is excited about the project. He wants to be PM- he knows college and sports. He just graduated, so Sean thinks he’s a natural. If he wins, he’ll be 3-0 and will show Trump he’s a leader. He spews some sexist crap about how it’s football, not a salon, so they’re bound to win. Lee is obviously unfamiliar with the Irony Fairy, as he is practically screaming for her to bring him down. Sean is thinking, “Girls, girls, millions of girls.” Lee thinks they need 1,000 scantily clad women to create a scene. Michael is thinking of a fraternity eating contest. Or maybe a money pit, Lee suggests. Sean thinks they should work with the cheerleaders. Michael loves it. Sean is feeling like a man again. These guys must be operating under the assumption that there are absolutely no female football fans in all of Rutgers University. Lee leaves a message for the head cheerleading coach.
Allie also wants to work with the cheerleaders- she thinks they can bond. Roxanne is the project manager and wants to win through girl power. There is a pep rally at 4:45 for homecoming, Allie notes, so they all decide to go. The women arrive at Outback. They think it’s important to taste the food so they can understand what they’re selling. I’m not sure how it’s rocket science, but at least they’re doing this now, so it’s not like Charmaine getting her hair done in the middle of the task. Roxanne says the food is great. Allie says they can surely sell it.
The guys start making invitations. Sean says something is good “whilst supplies last” and the other guys give him a hard time about it. It’s a really cute dynamic between the three of them. Michael gets a call from the cheerleaders, and the coach agrees to work exclusively with them. Sean does a little happy dance. That is quite a boon to their team. They plan to have the place “swarming with cheerleaders and steak.” They figure now they’ll have 40 good-looking girls to Synergy’s three.
Synergy plans to make flyers and pass them out at the homecoming event. Roxanne and Tammy go to Kinko’s while Allie meets with the cheerleading coach. Coach Christine breaks the news that they agreed to be exclusive to Gold Rush. But, she wants to accommodate both teams. Allie butters her up and says how she has a background in cheerleading.
The guys go to a pep rally, and Allie sees them. She has no flyers to pass out, so she feels like they have an edge. That’s really poor planning on Synergy’s part to not be prepared for the pep rally, since they knew what time it would be. The two teams good naturedly trash talk each other’s lots. Allie calls the other women- the pep rally is over. As she’s on the phone, the guys are getting the DJ to announce their party. Roxanne sits listening in the cab, mouth open.
Michael meets with two cheerleading coaches. Christine tells him she wants to send some of the squad over to Synergy. Michael says he understands that they want to be fair. He suggests that they send “one or two” women to the other team. One or two won’t be enough to make a difference, he reasons. He says he has to talk to his PM about it. He calls Lee, who says absolutely not- they made deals contingent on having all of the cheerleaders there. Lee and Sean say hell no to sharing “out of good faith.” Sean is going nuts and in an interview says that Michael should “grow some balls” and is “a wanker.” I love it when Sean does his little dance of frustration and calls Michael a wanker. So entertaining.
Christine calls Allie and breaks the bad news. The women think it’s “so unfair.” Roxanne is frustrated and thinks it can hurt their sales. Allie says she doesn’t want to be down. They stop at a stop light just in time to hear the guys on campus promoting their party. They get kids chanting “blue lot!” The women sit in their van and make frowny faces. Perhaps they should get their butts out of the car and start talking to some students. That might help. Also, I can’t believe all of the team members are still in business wear. They should change into Rutgers sweatshirts or something.
The next day, Synergy sets up their tent. They all dress up in cheerleading outfits. This is how they can use their girl power. Allie’s girl power put her pants on backwards.
The guys set up their money grab and work with the cheerleaders. Lee thinks it’s going to be great. The mascot will be there, too. The prices are “bargain basement” low, and Lee figures the kids will come flocking. Seeing as how he’s within a couple years of their ages, probably Lee can’t get away with calling them kids. It’s kind of depressing to realize that I totally can.
The cheerleaders set up in front of the tent. Sean walks around the tailgates and invites people to come by. Lee convinces a customer to add clam chowder to their order.
Synergy sells everything for $5. Carolyn thinks that’s interesting. I’d be all about a five dollar steak! Tammy offers to deliver the food to people. Allie does the same. A group of guys has her do a cheer and she scores a $200 sale. Roxanne says that the tailgating delivery will make all the difference. That is a brilliant idea.
Gold Rush is working hard. Lee says Michael needs to get off the microphone and start selling. Meanwhile, Allie uses her cheer again, which impresses Roxanne. Roxanne says that Tammy is doing great at the tent. She feels good about how the team is doing.
Gold Rush stars their eating contest, which is really gross. George and Carolyn (nice to see the two of them again) look disgusted. Someone forces some food into Michael’s mouth. Carolyn says they’ve created a spectacle. But are they converting the crowd into sales? Michael says it’s all about man food and men. “Guys like steak. Guys like cheerleaders.” He feels confident.
The teams arrive in the boardroom, and the women are still in their Rutgers sweaters. Lee says that his team did great. He thinks they threw a great event and sold a lot of food. Sean says he was a great PM. Trump drools over the women’s outfits. He is such a slimeball sometimes. Michael says pretty women had an advantage, which was why they had 20-30 women on their team. Roxanne says she hopes they won. She seems considerably less confident. Gold Rush had several events, the cheerleaders, and a cash grab. They earned $1,750. Synergy focused on sales and sold to everyone. They earned $2,750. The women win. Lee admits that its’ a huge difference. For their reward, the women will be flown to the Raphael Winery. They’ll pick and stomp grapes, creating their own signature wine. Cool!
The women take the Trumpcopter to the vineyards. Allie is excited. They take a hay ride over to the cabernet franc grapes. Mmm, cab franc! Then they get to stomp grapes like I Love Lucy. Roxanne dances through her grapes. All three stomp together. They then blend wines and each get their own bottles. Over a nice looking meal (with wine, of course), they wonder what the guys are doing. They guess that Michael is primping in the mirror, and Sean and Lee are shooting hoops.
Sure enough, that’s what Sean and Lee are doing. They think that Michael spent too much time on the microphone. Sean says he was attached to it like “a bloody umbilical cord.” Later, Michael tries to talk to Sean about who will be fired. Sean doesn’t want to talk about it. After all, he’d say either Lee or Michael, so what’s the point, really? Michael thinks his downfall will be that he wasn’t selling. He thinks Sean was the only one selling. Lee didn’t set them on the right path. It was a great party, but they should have just sold the food. Lee doesn’t want anyone to go. Michael says he doesn’t want Lee to take anything he says in the boardroom personally. Lee is nervous- he’s been in the boardroom seven out of ten times. It’s his first loss as PM.
During the commercial break, we learn that in “Get Rich with Trump, 27% think Allie should be fired! Guess that’s not going to happen.
In the boardroom, Lee says they had a great strategy, but got outsold. He is very surprised they lost. Michael thinks Lee is a good PM, but lost because of a flawed strategy. He says that Lee set the strategy of having events. Carolyn says that they failed to convert the people in the crowd to sales.
Lee thinks Michael should go. He should have sold more. He was too caught up in the events. Michael says he was asked to run the events. Sean says Michael did not sell. He was in charge of the eating contest and money pit. Trump thinks that the eating contest doesn’t make sense. Why give people a ton of food and then expect them to buy more? Lee says that it is just a draw to bring people in. Yeah, not to mention that they didn’t give everybody the chance to eat their head-weight in free steak. More of a concern should be the fact that watching guys stuff steak in their gobs as fast as they can was really gross and unappealing.
Lee set the prices, along with Sean. He doesn’t think it was wrong. College students don’t carry much cash, Lee reasons. Carolyn says the women had no problem selling at higher prices. George thinks the students would have been willing to pay eat and drink at a tailgate party. Trump says college students just want to drink and have sex. Shut up, Trump.
Carolyn asks about the cheerleaders. Leecalls out Michael on the idea sharing the squad with Synergy. Michael says that he wanted to be fair. He says he wanted the coach to feel comfortable. He didn’t say yes; he said he’d look into it. Sean thinks that sharing was crazy. Michael says he let Lee make the call. Lee didn’t even think about it- the answer was obviously no. Trump says it wasn’t a question of being fair, just stupid for giving up an advantage. Why give up your assets? Lee says they had an exclusive. Michael says he himself negotiated that exclusivity.
Carolyn says the other team won because they sold. What was the incentive to buy from Gold Rush? The price was low. Carolyn says the women’s incentive to buy was delivery. Lee says there were thousands of people at his tent. Trump isn’t impressed. He sends them all out and seems disgusted. Before they leave, Lee has something to say. Oh, shut up, Lee! Never speak unless you have to. Did you learn nothing from Lenny? Lee says that he’s been PM three times, twice in two weeks. He stuck his neck out, but you can’t win ‘em all. Carolyn thinks it sounded “kind of desperate.”
George thinks the price was wrong and they were over confident. Carolyn can’t believe Michael was going to give up some cheerleaders. He has no competitive edge.
They return to the boardroom. Carolyn doesn’t know what was worse- bad negotiations or creating a spectacle and not selling. Sean thinks that Michael’s mistake was far worse. Michael says he didn’t lose the task. Trump hates handing over an asset. They didn’t give it up, but only because of Lee and Sean. Trump blathers about how he’s learned that if you have a cheerleader, you never let her go. Carolyn wants to know where the competitive edge is. Would Michael just roll over in a business setting?
Michael asks to be heard out. He says wanted to give Coach Christine the idea that they were listening. Trump still doesn’t get it. Michael repeats that he wanted them to feel comfortable. At this point, Michael is trying to cover his butt with some revisionist history. Back when the whole thing went down, he never said in his interviews that he was trying to reassure the coach; he said he thought it would be fair. Trump doesn’t like that Michael didn’t sell and was willing to give up an asset. Michael is fired.
Trump adds that the other two did a lousy job also. Carolyn thinks it was easy, as does George.
In his final cab ride, Michael says you don’t realize that small things could bite you in the butt. He can’t believe what he did is considered worse than actually losing the task. It’s frustrating to go so far and be fired over something so small.
The thing is, Michael’s mistake wasn’t small. The team’s strategy was pretty simple- they created a huge party with lots of buzz so that people would hang out there and buy steaks. It doesn’t make sense at all to give away any of your attractions to help the other team. That’s why he negotiated exclusivity in the first place. Lee’s strategy is what lost them the task, but I think if they’d had more people on the team, they could have had some people run events while others sold, and they would have won.
I also think that Synergy got really, really lucky. For the longest time, the women really didn’t have a plan other than to know that bloomin’ onions are tasty and to wear cheerleading uniforms. The were behind the men for most of the task- they were second to call the cheerleading coach. They were second to arrive at the pep rally- and with just one person and no flyers. They didn’t promote themselves around campus the way the men did. Delivering food to tailgaters was a great strategy, but one they apparently didn’t think of until the day of the game. They won, and they won big, but it was really not an impressive performance.
Next week, the show is on an hour later. Our girl Ivanka will be there, which is always awesome, and the teams will be promoting the X Box 360. See you then!
Betsy Wasser is the Associate Editor of Reality News Online. At her college, tailgating involved wearing nice dresses and drinking bourbon, but rarely ever watching football, and she liked it that way. She can be reached with comments at sign up for our e-mail update so you can stay informed about new articles on the site! For more news about this show, be sure to check out SirLinksALot’s Apprentice page!