The Apprentice 4, Episode 8 Extras: In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…by Jenn Brasler -- 11/14/2005
We start out with Clay throwing his hissy fit in the elevator and refusing to talk to Adam. They head back up the suite, where Clay slams around and glares at Alla and Felisha. Sheesh, someone get the baby his blanky. Alla tells Felisha that he looked at them like he was thinking, “Deal with me.” They note that they’ll have to deal with him. Clay interviews that, obviously, he’s not happy. He doesn’t think that he was vindictive, but when people go after him, he goes after them.
Felisha and Alla congratulate Adam on doing a good job (and surviving the Boardroom) and the three decide to debrief without Clay. Felisha interviews that she wanted Clay to be fired. She’s afraid that now he’ll sabotage the next task for revenge. Adam tells Felisha and Alla about Clay’s hissy fit. Alla warns that he’ll be vindictive and won’t care about the team. She think she’s going to make things very hard for them.
Next up is… well, I’m not going to tell you yet. I’m saving it for the end, because it’s the best thing about this week’s extras and should have been at the end. That’s right, Yahoo! extras - I’m switching things up!
We get the Trump Lesson of the Week again. Maybe this is for people who didn’t pay attention the first time. Be loyal, everyone. Got it?
Excel is late for their meeting with the executives because Brian screwed up. Good job, boyfriend. Rebecca doesn’t think that making a bad impression on the people who will be judging their task is a good sign.
Over at Capital Edge, Felisha announces that the team needs to use action in their photo shoot. Clay says that when it’s time for the shoot, he wants Felisha and Adam to stay behind while just he and Alla go. He interviews that he wants to keep Alla close, as well as separate her from Adam and Felisha. If she’s nearby, he can control her (no, he really said that) and know that she’s not sabotaging the task or him. Interesting that he’s trying to prevent Alla from doing what she thinks he’s going to do. Also, is he going to put her in a gold bikini or something? He’s creeping me out. Clay says that you have to keep your friends close but your enemies closer. No one actually says that!
Alla and Clay leave for the shoot. Alla interviews that she knows that Clay is setting her up either to be best buddies or to fail. Felisha is no dummy either - she says that Clay is obviously trying to align himself with Alla. She thinks that he knows that Felisha does well at photo shoots and should have let her go. She adds that Clay doesn’t care about the team, he’s a “one-man player.” Clay and Alla discuss their booth with a designer. Clay brings up an idea Felisha had but he doesn’t like it. Alla interviews that Clay is a parasite. He latches on and spreads, and then you can’t get rid of him. Apparently he’s been taking his “keep Alla close” concept too far and has been following her around all day. Clay interviews that he’s trying to work as a team with people he doesn’t respect.
Later, the designer tells Felisha that Clay had some ideas that were different from hers. She tells the designer to go with Clay’s ideas, but she’s obviously not happy about it. Clay tells her that he’s just putting people’s ideas together. He says that he’s turning things over to her now, but Felisha says he’s not, since he reworked things. She interviews that she was ready to wipe the slate clean after the last task, but Clay is still Clay. He’s all about manipulative strategy. Felisha tells Clay that she feels underutilized. All he says is that that’s interesting. They go into the hallway and Felisha says that she wanted to do photography. Clay argues that no one told him that and he didn’t realize that Felisha had done photography on other tasks. Felisha adds that Clay is being buddy-buddy with Alla. She interviews that she’s been mismanaged and underutilized for half of the task. It would be better for the team if she hadn’t been there at all.
Alla works with a designer. Clay tries to change some things but Alla takes control again. Clay finally defers to her, because her Jedi mind tricks are too much for him. Felisha says that Alla is the real project manager for this task.
Capital Edge goes to see their booth. Most of them like it, but Marshawn says it’s just average and anyone could have come up with these ideas. She blames Randal, since he really drove the project. She pulls Brian aside and says that there may be four people on their team in body, but only two are there in spirit. She interviews that she didn’t think she would bring this up, but she did. Marshawn tells Brian that he’s been agreeing with anything Randal brings up. She just wants him to know that she feels that way. Brian says that he’s been relying on Randal for the Star Wars information because he has no other choice. Too bad he didn’t say, “That boy was our last hope,” and then Marshawn could say, “No. There is another.”
Marshawn tells Brian that she just wanted him to include everyone. Randal hears this and asks what’s going on. Marshawn says that she just thinks it would be nice for the team to feel like they’re a part of the decisions being made. Randal is confused, because he thought the team was making decisions together.
We see Marshawn back out of the presentation again. Rebecca takes over. Oh, Marshawn.
Back in the suite, after the loss, Brian tells his team that tomorrow’s Boardroom will be pretty straightforward. He says that he won’t say anything against any of his teammates. They didn’t grasp the creativity and he’s man enough to admit it. Brian tells the rest of the team that they did a good job, but honestly he didn’t have fun during the task. Randal interviews that for the first time, he’s seeing someone who has run out of gas. It makes him sad. Brian tells his team that they did what they could. Do or do not; there is no try.
Capital Edge meets with Bill for their reward. Adam asks Bill what traits an apprentice should have. Bill names passion, action, and results. Adam thinks that Bill is a good source to consult. Clay notes that Bill has an actual job as the apprentice. Bill admits that when he first won, he thought he would never see Trump again. However, Trump has taken him under his wing and given him access to his world. Clay interviews that he wants the job even more now because he would love to do what Bill does.
The group eats lunch together and Clay asks what the best advice is that Bill could give them. Bill mentions that their team seems to have a lot of problems. Alla says that it needs to be about winning. Felisha says that they need to find a balance. She wonders if it’s bad to be strategic, but Bill points out that business is about strategy. They need a new dynamic, because the team as it is isn’t working right now. Clay says that he’s learned that, in the end, “it’s all about you.” Did I miss something? I didn’t hear Bill say that. Whatever, Clay.
Excel heads to the Boardroom. Trump asks Brian what the group’s concept was. Brian says that it was good vs. evil. Trump asks who came up with the concept and Brian says that it was Randal’s, but they built on it. Trump is surprised that Randal came up with a concept that didn’t pan out in the end. Randal thought it was good and mentions that the task was about both the concept and the display. Trump asks if Excel’s concept was better than Capital Edge’s. Randal doesn’t know what their concept was. He says that Capital Edge did a better job and had a better-looking display, but Excel’s concept was better.
Everyone discusses the whole meeting/traffic fiasco. Trump also brings up the fact that the team didn’t feature Darth Vader in their display. Carolyn points out that they would have been better equipped for the task if they’d gone to the meeting. Rebecca admits that her only source was the cover of the DVD. It had Darth in the background, looking ominous, and they tried to recreate that. Obviously it didn’t work. Randal says that they definitely should have met with the executives.
Brian says what he told his teammates - that they couldn’t grasp the creativity. They were new to the movie and didn’t have information from the meeting. Carolyn thinks this is a poor excuse. Bill notes that they had Randal for information. Trump asks if Randal is a Star Wars expert; Randal says that he knows enough to be dangerous. Brian says that they lost because they didn’t get the “gist.” Carolyn notes that, of course, they would have if they’d gone to the meeting.
Trump says that Brian hasn’t stepped up. Marshawn doesn’t think that Brian’s heart is in the game. Trump thinks he overrated Brian when he met him. Brian apparently always apologizes for his height (though we’ve never seen him do this). Trump reveals that Brian is 5’2”. Brian - you probably have a hard time finding women who aren’t taller than you. I’m two inches shorter than you. Call me! Trump says that Brian has a lot going for him, so he shouldn’t defend his height. Brian protests that he doesn’t; in fact, he makes light of it (which we’ve seen). It’s part of his personality and persona. If Brian had seen a Star Wars movie, he could say, “Judge me by my size, do you?”
Carolyn asks about the presentation and what happened to Marshawn. Marshawn says that she thought Brian’s communication style was better for the task. Trump disagrees, basically saying that Brian would have sucked. (Fortunately, Brian agrees.) Marshawn makes more excuses until Trump asks straight out if Marshawn didn’t want to do the presentation or if Brian didn’t want her to do it. Brian says that he gave Marshawn the responsibility but she dropped the ball. Marshawn says that he’s just saying that. Trump asks Marshawn if she thought Rebecca would be a better presenter than her. Marshawn says that she wanted to give Rebecca the opportunity to shine, which is total crap, and we all know it because we saw what happened. Carolyn wonders why Marshawn didn’t try to get the ball back in her court after Rebecca stepped up.
Trump announces that if there’s one thing we’ve learned about Rebecca, it’s that she doesn’t lie. She’s a rock, as evidenced by the way she defended Toral. Trump thinks that this shows flexibility, honesty, and sincerity. He says that Rebecca knew that if she didn’t defend Toral, it would be an asset to her, but she was willing to go down fighting. He thinks this shows Rebecca’s loyalty.
Trump asks Rebecca why she offered to present. Rebecca says that she wanted to get the job done and focus on the project. Bill notes that Marshawn should have been concerned with showcasing her talents, especially at this leg of the game. Trump says that Marshawn ditched her team. She admits that it was her idea not to present. She hems and haws about how Rebecca did, then finally says that she was “fine.” Bill says that Marshawn is contradicting herself - she said she’d be better than Rebecca, but she let her do the presentation. Marshawn says that she didn’t know how Rebecca would do because she hadn’t see her in action yet. Bill wonders why she would take the risk of handing the presentation over to Rebecca, since it was a big task. Trump agrees, saying that he loved this task.
Trump tells Marshawn that she backed down and Brian that, basically, he made some dumb decisions. Therefore, they’re both fired. He hates the way that Marshawn let her team down. My poor boyfriend. (He deserved it, though. Sorry, sweetie!)
In the cab, Marshawn says that speaking is her forte. She thinks things would have turned out differently if she’d agreed to do the presentation, but she can’t cry over spilled milk. She doesn’t think that she should have been fired. The presentation had nothing to do with the concept. She blames Brian for the loss. Brian says that he agrees with Trump’s decision - he made a time management mistake. Marshawn says that Brian relied on one person and didn’t use his resources well. She thinks that she was an easy target, but they really lost because of creativity. Brian agrees with that, adding that Capital Edge had a better idea. He still respects his team, including Marshawn; she was right about spilled milk. Marshawn denies that she was the reason the team lost, but she has to respect Trump’s decision. She’s grateful for the opportunity.
We don’t get Marshawn’s exit interview, for some reason, but we get Brian’s. He says that he thought he could become the next apprentice because he’s driven, aggressive, and focused. People underestimate him because of his height. He can take a joke and often laughs about his height, but some people are malicious with their insults. Apparently Clay wasn’t very nice to him, so Brian doesn’t care for Clay very much. Brian admits that he wasn’t creative or aggressive enough. Trump is looking for a certain spark and he just doesn’t have it.
Brian talks about the meeting debacle and says that it definitely hindered the task. It was a huge reason they lost, but Marshawn backing out of the presentation didn’t help either. She was fine with the presentation but suddenly ditched it. Randal was Brian’s go-to guy because he knew the movie stuff and was a “brainiac.” Brian says that the Boardroom was uneventful because he knew he’d screwed up. However, it was a team effort, and he doesn’t think he should have been fired just because he was the project manager. Poor Brian. I don’t think he gets it.
It sounds like Brian’s firing was surprising and not surprising at the same time. Brian says that he should have been ruthless, but instead he was too calm and nervous. He missed his friends and family while he was on the show, which is interesting to him, since all of them were in New York. He thinks that all of the candidates are great and he’s close with them. He likes Alla, Felisha, James, and Mark the most. He hopes that some day Trump will hire all of them.
And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for (I hope): The Apprentice: Star Wars. If you can, I highly encourage you to go to the Yahoo! Extras and watch this clip, because it’s great. Trump is in the Boardroom with a bunch of Stormtroopers, his candidates. He announces that squashing the Rebellion is a $32 billion industry. The candidates’ task will be judged by George and Darth Vader. Poor Carolyn doesn’t get to participate in this (though maybe she likes it better that way). One of the candidates will be fired. Darth confers with Trump, who adds, “And sliced into tiny pieces by a light saber.” Trump tells Darth, “I like your style.”
We get a shot of the Earth blowing up. Now Darth is alone in the Boardroom with Trump, who tells him that he’s not selling the Death Star hard enough. He’s supposed to say that it’s the best, most sophisticated, most technologically advanced battle station ever, in the entire galaxy. “It’s not just any Death Star, it’s the Trump Death Star,” Trump says as his name appears on Darth’s Death Star model. Maybe this is supposed to be the Trump Lesson of the Week.
We see movie scenes, and then the Stormtroopers are back in the Boardroom. Trump tells them that they blew it: “You had this yoooge Death Star thing going, and some squeaky kid from Tatooine slips in and destroys the whole shebang.” He asks whose fault it was that the Stormtroopers lost. One says, “Sir, Lord Vader was in charge of marketing.” Darth uses the Force to choke the Stormtrooper, who says, “Uh, I meant to say I was in charge of marketing.” Later, Trump fires a Stormtrooper and Darth shows him how to kill him with the Force. “I really like that,” Trump says.
Trump fires someone else for being unintelligible and for having a bad temper and bad grooming habits. It’s Chewie, of course. Chewie leaves the Boardroom (pulling a pink suitcase behind him, which is when I lost it) and growls a goodbye to Robin. In the cab, Chewie says (via subtitles), “Bad grooming habits? What’s that on HIS head, a squirrel? Sheesh!”
Next week: More singing! Um… yay?
Jenn Brasler is an Assistant Editor of RealityNewsOnline and an aspiring writer from Falls Church, VA. You can e-mail her at email@example.com. She was hoping that Trump would tell Clay he’s his father.
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