The Apprentice 5 Corner Office and Mailroom Assignments, Episode 6by Jenn Brasler -- 04/07/2006
This week the candidates had to write a song about Arbyís all-natural chicken, focusing on the point that Arbyís has a corner on the all-natural chicken market. Synergy won again, putting all of the necessary facts in their jingle, while Gold Rush faltered, even though they were finally getting along. PM Bryce took Lenny and Lee (who sat out again for Yom Kippur) to the boardroom, where he proceeded to battle with Trump until he got himself fired.
Bryce, Bryce, Bryce. I put Bryce in the mailroom two weeks ago for doubting his idea on the Grape Nuts challenge. That means he was already on thin ice with me, and you can probably tell from reading my articles that I donít let go of things like that very easily. This week, Bryce got off to a good start, trying to get his teammates to let go of their personal issues so they could work together for the next task. After that, though, everything started to go downhill. Gold Rush was late for their meeting with the Arbyís executives, so they couldnít talk to them about what exactly they were looking for in the jingle. This put the team at an early disadvantage.
Bryce oversaw the task well, but it was in the boardroom where things really got out of hand. First of all, he took Lee in with him, despite the fact that Lee didnít contribute to the task at all. Apparently Bryce didnít pay much attention last week when Dan was criticized for not taking Lee to the boardroom. Bryce should have taken in Leslie and Charmaine, who wrote the jingle, the thing on which the entire task hinged. Then Bryce spend most of the boardroom arguing and attempting to talk over Trump. Many people admired him for this, but you have to remember that this is ultimately a contest to get a job working for Trump. Why would he hire someone who spent so much time standing up to him? Trump wants a ďyesĒ man. Bryce isnít it. Heís out, and he gets to do mass mailings for the week.
For the second week in a row, I canít think of anyone to place in the corner office for Gold Rush. Bryce was obviously not even a contender. Leslie and Charmaine wrote a jingle that lost the team the task. Lenny at least tried, but he didnít do much to help the team. Tarek tried as well, but I didnít see many extraordinary actions out of him, so I donít think he deserves this prize. That leaves Lee, who wasnít even around for the task. I could give him the corner office just for the heck of it, but like the others, he didnít do anything spectacular to deserve it. So once again, the corner office remains empty.
Before this episode aired, I tried to think of which remaining candidates hadnít had a turn at being project manager yet. When I tried to think of all of the members of Synergy, I kept forgetting Michael. Thatís not good. True, Kendra flew under the radar for much of the first part of season 3, but we at least saw her working (and doing a good job). Even when she wasnít standing out on her team, she was contributing to their wins. Michael might be doing the same, but so far we havenít actually see him do anything. He rarely speaks, and when he does, he sounds like heís been spending all of the time heís not on screen trying to figure out what to say. Michael is so inconspicuous that heís forgettable. So this week letís forget about him while he toils in the mailroom.
I wasnít sure if Sean would shine or crash and burn this week. When I heard Synergyís jingle, though I figured he would be okay. Seanís leadership was pretty good - he wasnít overbearing (like Dan) but he didnít sit back and let everyone do his or her own thing without organization (like Theresa). I think heís also learned some things from past seasons of the show. For one thing, he made sure the whole team met with the Arbyís execs so they knew what they wanted. The Apprentice itself is a good tool for project managers to use; where else would you learn what Trump is looking for in an employee? Sean was smart to apply what heíd seen in the past. He seemed to lead easily and didnít step on any toes while getting everyone to work together. I hope he enjoys the corner office (and Betsy can pay him a visit if she wants).
Week Six Tally:
Iím very unimpressed with Gold Rush. Even when they win, itís not because of anything spectacular that theyíve done. Probably their most successful project manager was Charmaine, and look at the mistakes sheís made, especially this week. Even with the teamís newfound love for one another, theyíre going to have a hard time going up against the powerhouse that Synergy is turning out to be. Unless the teams are switched up soon, Gold Rush is in a lot of trouble.
Corner office: Lee (1), Lenny (2), Leslie (2), Charmaine (2, 4), Tarek (3)
Mailroom: Tarek (1), Summer (1), Lee (2), Theresa (3), Bryce (4, 6), Dan (5)
Corner office: Allie (1), Roxanne (2, 4, 5), Andrea (3), Sean (6)
Mailroom: Brent (1), Stacy (2), Andrea (4, 5), Michael (6)
Jenn Brasler is an Assistant Editor of Reality News Online and an aspiring writer from Falls Church, VA. You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can think of someone who should have gone into the corner office for Gold Rush, let her know!
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