A special treat this week…George, the beloved first judge returns tonight to be guest “eyes and ears” for the Donald. For long-time Apprentice fans, George is like an old friend and brings a different perspective to the tasks. (Donald Trump Jr. is the other judge; Ivanka must be out doing serious business.)
Tonight, the teams are tasked with selling ice cream with a two-day assignment. It’s not selling the most ice cream but making the most profit. And the challenge starts at 9:30 a.m. The men are just doing a very bad job. The guys, looking a little like grown ragamuffins, begin with a style best summed up with the word “harassment.” Yelling, screaming, cat calls…and no sales. I mean, it looked like women in New York City were running from these contestants.
Project Manager for Fortitude: Poppy
Project Manager for Octane: David
Over at Fortitude, the women start a little later and don’t have much better luck. Then they decide to go for a more flashy look to stand out from the crowds. They buy pink tank tops (over the top of another shirt) with cute headbands. They also changed to selling cases.
The guys are also thinking of wearing hats and they switch locations a few times. The apprentice guys find the old-fashioned barber shop vests, but the day is late…so I don’t know if they will have a chance. The guys are also beginning to pick on individual performers. Alex, for example, is now called a puppy dog. The Apprentice guys are basically looking like Carnival barkers (not that there’s anything against the carnival barkers.)
Here’s where the guys really get hurt, the girls show up in a position they just abandoned. Ouch! The pain on their faces is pretty visible, especially as the girls are doing a brisk business. As business slows down, though, guess who shows up? Donald Trump Jr. (and he can pull off a pink shirt rather nicely) He notices that the girls have no one working the busy subway station just steps away.
After the first task, Stephanie is very worried as she senses (having a sales background) she’s likely the one who will end up in the boardroom. She sort of steps up as self-appointed asst. manager and chief motivator. (This might work on television, but it usually doesn’t work in real life.) Here, about half of the girls respect it…half don’t.
The girls are surprised to find the guys have claimed their spot. They decided to set up right next door. And in the words of one of the contestants “Game On.”
I do like Stephanie as she calls it as she sees it: the guys are sloppy and really offensive. They basically tell their sad stories and beg people to buy ice cream. The girls decide to move it up and go to the park where they’ve noticed kids and parents. The girls are much more professional.
Now for one of the better strategies….
The girls have a few boxes left and decide to just cancel out the guys sales. They go over to the guys area and just give ice cream to the customers, keeping the men from a sale. Pretty good idea.
First question? To Poppy….who’s the weakest player? She calls Leza out as the least strongest player. I’m surprised because she thought of the uniforms. I mean selling strategy isn’t just the point of purchase. Leza then says Poppy should be fired because Stephanie was the de-facto project manager. GEEZ….we don’t even know who was the winning team yet!
doesn’t hesitate in calling out James and Alex. James is too detail-orientated. Alex is a little immature. Despite Alex’s immaturity almost everyone agrees with Jim. Alex, when asked by George to defend himself, he goes at it full-force, accusing team mates of break-downs. And like, Leza…he had some good ideas including the outfit and the locations.
The winner? By $300
The reward for Poppy? A one-on-one with Jack Welch (discussion…I know he’s been known for some other types of one-on-one behavior.)
Since David has already threw James and Alex under the bus…why bother with the discussion. Donald Trump dismisses everyone but David, James and Alex. The focus soon focuses on Alex. David compares managing the two as babysitting his kids. Ouch! Donald Trump makes it even worse by saying Alex isn’t quite in the same league as the others. (From a viewing stand-point, it’s sad to see Alex go simply for entertainment.)
Not much of a debate here…Donald Trump makes a command decision and sends Alex home. The three of the leave on very cordial terms, with hugs and handshakes. I don’t know about you…but I’ve never seen anyone fired eager to hug those responsible.
An update from Alex…after he got fired, he landed his dream job and is now gainfully employed.
Next week: the contestants run a hotel for dogs. See you back here….10 p.m. next Thursday. Thanks for reading my recap. Anyone have any favorites this early in the game?