Once again this week, Deal or No Deal ran over its finish time. What’s up with that, NBC? It’s annoying to get all settled to take notes for blogging The Apprentice and then sit through 3 minutes of a show about people choosing briefcases. I don’t understand the show; I don’t watch it. I want it to end on time so I can watch “my” show. Is it too much to ask? What’s Trump’s opinion on this? Is he going to let a bald Howie Mandel stomp all over him? I think not! Okay, now that I have that out of my system, it’s onto the show…
In the hotel, Sean has worked his way up from repeating “awkward” situation by adding a syllable. Now it’s “awkwardness.” Remember, he spoke against Allie in the Boardroom two weeks ago and she wasn’t the one fired. She’s as thick as thieves with the other two members on Synergy, Roxanne and Tammy. He said, in his British accent, “I’m adrift in a sea of ‘eastergene‘.”
In came Lee and Michael from the Boardroom with the news that the most recent event was a double firing — both Tarek and Charmaine gone. Right then and there I figured Sean has his way out. The teams can’t run two against four. Trump will flip one Synergy member to Gold Rush and I’d bet dollars to doughnuts it would be Sean.
They got the call to meet Trump at Rutgers University Stadium in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Not far from where I’m writing this article.) He took his TrumpCopter and they hitchhiked. Well, perhaps they didn’t hitchhike. I suppose they drove there. Once there, Trump explained the upcoming task. At the Navy versus Rutgers football game, the teams were to each put on a tailgate party feast selling Outback Steakhouse food.
Synergy was assigned the Yellow Lot while Gold Rush had the Blue Lot. Naturally, the team earning the most money would win the task. And, as I had thought, he evened the teams out. Sean volunteered to join Gold Rush, so the show’s back to a gender war once again. Tammy, Allie and Roxanne were so happy that they danced. I personally thought that a bit much, but that may just be me.
This week’s ominous foreshadowing quote and Trump lecture after a commercial break was “Deliver the Goods.” It was a dead giveaway as to which team would win once the task was on. “You can talk a good game, but it’s no good unless you deliver the goods,” said Trump.
Lee stepped up to be the Project Manager for Gold Rush, saying that he’s a recent college graduate, a football fan, and blah-blah-blah. I think he thought it was a sure thing, didn’t you? He delved right into things, planning and scheming with Sean and Michael. He arranged an exclusive on having the cheerleaders join them, got a “money pit” (an enclosure with dollar bills blowing around — people pay to go in and grab as much money as they can in an allotted time span), planned an eating contest, and generally went to town with plans run amok. They decided on low prices and went for the crowd scene.
Meanwhile at Synergy, it looked like the women were doomed. Roxanne was the Project Manager and, to me, it looked like they didn’t have much of a plan. They decided to visit Outback to sample the food. (Now, I wouldn’t have to do that…give me a bloomin’ onion any day, mate!) They decided that each dish would be $5, no matter what.
They lagged in the actual doing of things to prepare, though. While they were planning, the men were already hyping their tent at the pep rally with flyers. The women’s flyers weren’t even ready at the time! The more they showed of the team, the more sunk they seemed to be. It looked like the men had this one in the bag.
Synergy tried to get cheerleaders, but Gold Rush’s exclusive deal with the cheerleader team’s coach nixed that. Actually, the coach tried to give them some and silly Michael almost agreed, but Lee and Sean made him insist on all the cheerleaders.
So, Synergy themselves donned little cheerleading outfits. I think all of them were cheerleaders in past lives, or at college. Then it happened. The Trump Quote came to play. Gold Rush had so much going on that it was a cool party, but the focus was on partying, not selling the food. Synergy had almost nothing but themselves and their $5 an item food plan when they hit upon delivering the food through the lots. The baseball team bought $200 worth, taught them the Rutgers football cheer, and they were on the run from that point on. They were delivering the goods.
In the Boardroom with both teams present, it was obvious that the delivery (thought of on the spot at the event) won for Synergy. Their proceeds for the Outback Steakhouse were $2750 and Gold Rush only brought in $1750. Synergy won a trip to Raphael Vineyards on Long Island where they made and private-labeled their own wine while Gold Rush won a trip back to the Boardroom where someone would be fired.
I would like to mention now that every time I see people stomping on grapes with their bare feet, I promise I’ll never drink wine again. They had a grand old time and each left with a bottle named after themselves.
As Gold Rush prepared their bags in the hotel, it was clear that both Lee and Sean would go against Michael in the Boardroom. They thought he spent too much time on the microphone being the emcee of the tailgate party and not enough time selling. Plus, they still were shocked that he almost gave some of the cheerleaders to Synergy.
Once in the Boardroom, the latter is what did him in. Somehow Lee’s performance as Project Manager skated through, but Trump and Company focused on Michael almost giving up the cheerleaders. “You don’t give away your assets to rivals.”
“Michael, you’re fired.”
All right, even though I still think Lee’s days are numbered, I don’t think Michael was the best candidate for the win anyway. I’m not sure if I were Trump I’d fire him over Lee, but he did have to get gone. Michael seems like a very nice man, but he’s wishy-washy. In corporate life, unfortunately, nice doesn’t often make the grade. A politician-type such as Lee would do better. Sean is still a bit of a non-entity, even this late in the game. I’m thinking it may be a Tammy or Roxanne win at the end.
Mark your calendars: next week’s The Apprentice will air at 10 pm ET/PT in most viewing areas. Be there or be square.
Dollar bills, y’all…