The Apprentice 5, Episode 9 Extras: Anything You Can Do…by Jenn Brasler -- 05/01/2006
After seeing Lee’s triumphant return to the suite and the Trump Lesson of the Week again, we see Gold Rush planning out their brochure. Charmaine is right - if you were to walk into the room in the middle of this, you would think Tarek is in charge. He’s even talking to Lee like he’s the project manager and Lee is one of his employees. Tarek interviews that Lee hasn’t contributed anything, but Tarek himself will because he wants to win. However, someone else needs to step up.
Synergy works on their brochure without Allie and Tammy. Ivanka and Don arrive and watch them for a while. They note that the team is smaller than it was the last time they saw it. The others try not to make a big deal out of the fact that Tammy and Allie missed the boat. Ivanka interviews that that was carelessness on Allie’s part.
Gold Rush gets up early the morning of the sales portion of the task. Lee interviews that if Synergy doesn’t make it to Battery Park, they’ll be disoriented all day. Charmaine and Tarek stay at the ferry line while Lee and Michael go to get the brochures from the printer at 9 a.m., the earliest they can get them. They note that Synergy isn’t there and wonder if they got held up somewhere.
We see Synergy getting to Battery Park to find that Gold Rush has taken over. We then see Andrea suck at selling despite her supposed expertise.
Over on Ellis Island at the end of the day, Sean and Tammy are both pessimistic about the outcome of the task. Sean interviews that not enough planning went into the task. He blames Allie for that. So I guess Andrea didn’t have to do much to brainwash him after all; he was already kind of against Allie. Sean complains to Andrea as well, interviewing that he loves Allie, but she was a bad leader. He says the day was “catastrophic.”
Gold Rush goes on their golf reward. Lee interviews that he “scripted” all of this. He adds, “I look amazing.” That Lee, always humble. Vijay Singh shows his humor by asking Trump if he can fire any of the members of Gold Rush. Trump gives him permission if they don’t play well. Charmaine says that she’s glad they won, but Lee was just lucky to have been the project manager. They play golf. It’s not the most thrilling thing ever. Tarek does well and interviews that he was the best on the team, though that’s not saying much. Charmaine interviews that golf is difficult because there are so many things to remember at once, like where to keep your head and how to move your arms. She hopes she’s not getting points off of her record for doing badly at something Trump enjoys. Hee. Tarek interviews that Trump was giddy like a guy on his first date. Lee says that this was like Trump’s reward. He’s just like regular people, only rich. Thank you, Lee.
After Allie’s creepy “blood on the walls” moment, we’re in the boardroom. Trump rubs it in that Synergy missed a great reward, acknowledging that it was a reward for him as well. Andrea blames Allie for the loss. Let the Andrea bashing begin! My favorite part of the episode, of course. Trump proves my theory that he respects Roxanne’s opinion by asking her credentials, then asking who she thinks should be fired. She notes that it’s not even a close call and Andrea should go. Trump says that Roxanne has been the most vocal team member. Roxanne reminds him that she said Andrea should go weeks ago. She mentions how Andrea tried to undermine her on the cruise line task right after Roxanne bashed her in the boardroom. She shouldn’t be surprised that people are against her now.
Andrea says she’s a threat to the others. Sure you are. Sean says that Andrea just prefers to lead, and Trump notes that he’s not looking for a follower. But he still needs someone who can “play in the sandbox,” as Roxanne said. Sean thinks Allie should go because she didn’t adapt. Trump asks if Andrea adapted. There’s no kind way to answer that one. Ivanka thinks that should have been Allie’s responsibility.
Allie says that Andrea screwed up the brochure. Ivanka points out that Allie should have been there. She thinks the two teams had very different energies when they were out selling. She also doesn’t like that Synergy conceded the Battery Park location. Don agrees with her. Allie thinks that the loss was really because of the quality of the brochure, which was Andrea’s fault.
Trump says that Andrea is the most successful person on her side of the table. Roxanne speaks up, “And she won’t let anyone forget that.” Hee. She starts to talk about Andrea’s successes with work and Trump notes that she’s tough. Andrea has to agree. Roxanne says that she knows Trump thinks highly of Andrea, so Andrea isn’t worried when she comes into the boardroom. Trump says he thinks highly of everyone on the team. He singles out Tammy, who hasn’t said anything, and Tammy says that Andrea questioned all of Allie’s decisions. This created stress, caused disruptions, and showed that Andrea is incapable of being managed. She also fails to inspire people. Allie talks about how they won the GM and p’eatzza tasks despite Andrea, not because of her. Roxanne backs this up, adding that Andrea makes it hard for the team to move forward.
Everyone discusses Andrea’s failure to mention to her team that she’s an “expert” at bulk sales. Andrea reveals that her expertise is really in hiring great sellers, and her expertise in graphic design is hiring great graphic designers. Yeah, that’s not so much the same thing. If I can hire a great accompanist to play piano for me, that doesn’t mean I’m a great pianist. Trump notes that this means Andrea should have been helping Allie. They all discuss who Allie and Andrea get along with.
Well, Andrea made Synergy lose, and she doesn’t get along with people, and she can’t follow, and she sucks in general, so she’s fired. Yay!
Andrea cries through her whole cab confessional. Leslie didn’t even cry and she got fired on her birthday. Andrea says that her team won a lot, so obviously she can be led. Um, okay. She thinks they’ll struggle without her. Of course she does. Allie has problems making decisions under pressure and wouldn’t listen to Andrea’s advice. And I’m sure Andrea’s advice was perfect and wonderful and magical and transcendent and came attached to puppies and kittens, floating down from Heaven on a fluffy cloud. However, Andrea hopes she does well. She’s such a liar.
Andrea continues that people either have something or they don’t. How profound. Apparently Tarek and Sean have this “something.” She enjoyed the experience because business is fun for her. She thinks she did well, of course, and is upset that she got the “Brent special.” Finally, the Brent special is explained - it’s when a person is fired before going into the second boardroom. Though technically it should be called the Elizabeth special, since she was the first person that ever happened to.
In her exit interview, Andrea is insufferably full of herself. She thought she would win because of her tremendous business acumen. Other people were there to get the level of experience she has obtained, but she was there to get the level of experience Trump has obtained. She hated the cruise line task because Roxanne had unrealistic timelines and was frantic about the footage. Andrea says that Roxanne and Allie were childish and she was never threatened by them because they didn’t display any business ability. She overheard them talking about her a lot, which means that Andrea is just a big eavesdropper. They had a strategic alliance against her and saw her as a threat.
She continues that Allie and Roxanne went over the top and lied about her in the boardroom, saying that she sabotaged everything. She was calm and they were yelling, because Andrea never yells. That wouldn’t be classy. Andrea also didn’t feel the need to defend herself in the boardroom because she knew that what the others were saying about her wasn’t true. Then shouldn’t she have made more of an effort to defend herself? I will never understand her logic. Trump was the only person who defended Andrea. And then he fired her, so what does that tell you? Andrea thinks he was “momentarily distracted” by the others. What? She’s still shocked at being fired, but she doesn’t need a job with Trump. Yes, Andrea, you’re too punk rock for this. She would do this again, and she loves Tarek and Sean. She liked everyone except Brent. Of course. Andrea finishes by saying that she owns a mountain in Santa Fe. I didn’t even think that was possible.
In a preview for next week, we see Roxanne and Allie eating somewhere. Roxanne says that people are suspicious when they’re shady. Sean has flown under the radar because he’s been trying to protect himself. Taken out of context, I’m not sure what she’s talking about exactly. She continues that Sean is crafty and charming. I guess the British charm has worn off. Allie says that Sean probably thought she was going to be fired. I really wish I knew what they were referring to. Allie says that Sean sold his soul. Roxanne wonders what he’s doing now; she thinks he’s trying to get back into Tammy’s good graces. Allie doesn’t think that Tammy will want to date Sean now.
She’s wrong, because Sean and Tammy are out on a “date,” eating pizza. Sorry, Betsy. Tammy interviews that the others think Sean is weak in character, but she thinks he’s a good guy. Sean tells us how cool Tammy is and says that anything could happen. After this is all over, he thinks they’ll have lots of babies. I don’t trust him anymore. Just saying.
Jenn Brasler is an Assistant Editor of Reality News Online and an aspiring writer from Falls Church, VA. You can e-mail her at email@example.com. Nothing Andrea can say will ever convince her that she shouldn’t have been fired.
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