I hate when they do this. I really hate it. The Apprentice aired two episodes back to back and there will be no new show next Monday night. Oh, whatever happened to one new show a week at the same time (as in same Bat Channel and same Bat Time) each week for an entire season? The next new show will air two weeks from now on April 24.
This episode opened with Leslie crying over losing Bryce, someone she considered a friend. We all know she wants Lenny gone. Will she get her wish? Lenny decided since he was on thin ice, he’d be Project Manager to prove himself…or not.
The candidates, wearing silly hardhats, met Donald Trump, wearing a silly hairdo (apparently it doubles as a hardhat) atop of the Trump Building at 40 Wall Street. There were two executives from Ace Hardware there, as well as an executive from the Boys and Girls Clubs. The task? Well, based on creativity, originality, and judge’s approval, teams had to renovate a Boys and Girls club with a theme in mind. Woohoo! Finger-paints! Oh. Okay, no finger paints. Sigh…
Lenny started right off on a bad foot with the project. He decided music or dance, which were okay. But he didn’t make a real decision, although he finally focused on music. More than one time I heard him say “I don’t care.” What kind of attitude is that? Even if he was having problems dealing with Charmaine, that’s not the phrase he should use. Eek! When they had the meeting with the executives, Lenny just went tongue-tied. If not for the rest of the team, no questions would have been asked. That was their chance to find out what the execs wanted, which, in the end, would win the task.
The commercial break return foreshadowing quote and lecture from Trump this episode was “Be Decisive.” D’oh! Why didn’t he say, “You’re fired, Lenny” and get it done and over with right then and there?
Over at Synergy, Michael was the Project Manager and was pretty much the polar opposite of Lenny. He didn’t stop asking questions of the executives to the point of repeating himself and becoming a bit annoying. But, at least he asked good questions for the most part. They decided on a variety of activities which would be interactive and children could gather in groups. They went for a big screen TV, video games, music, a comfy girls’ gathering corner and board games.
In my opinion, both teams blew it with time management. It’s a wonder either team got things done. Michael dawdled and was indecisive. Lenny was dismissive of others and indecisive. Everyone fussed at each other. Lenny and Lee like each other, but Charmaine and Tarek don’t like either. Synergy on the whole was frustrated with Michael’s lack of leadership. Both teams were a mess. Bill Rancic actually asked Andrea what she thought of Michael’s leadership qualities in front of Michael! Ack! She fumbled through it rather politely for her.
However, when the execs arrived, both clubs were finished. They seemed more impressed with Synergy’s multiple interactive activities than with Gold Rush’s simply music. The children brought in actually seemed more excited by the music only one, but they weren’t the ultimate judge. In the end, the judges went for a Synergy win. As their reward, they took a young girl with cancer to a Make a Wish Foundation sponsored toy buying spree at Toys ‘R Us. It was touching.
Gold Rush got to visit the Boardroom once again. Lee, in a show of loyalty to his buddy Lenny, coached Lenny on what he should and shouldn’t say to Trump. Now, of course, I’m wondering how even Loyal Lee could think that Lenny could indeed actually work for Trump if he won the show. Yes, Lenny has drive, but he has few people skills at all. Lenny asked Lee if he could bring him in the Boardroom and it was given that he’d bring Charmaine as those two are like oil and water.
Lenny pleaded conspiracy. Lenny tried his best to make Charmaine look bad, but it didn’t work. She really did nothing wrong in the task. A “no-brainer” as Bill said.
“Lenny, you’re fired.”
Trump did think highly of Lee’s loyalty. I personally think it was misplaced unless Lee planned to have a poor candidate against himself at the end. Friendship is one thing, but defending someone like Lenny…I don’t know.
Welp, there’s another episode yet to be written up before I hit the sack. What did you think of the show?
Dollar bills, y’all…