The Apprentice Recap - Week 14 - Who got fired
The show opens with clips of Bren and Alex talking about how awesome they thought their stupid little table was. *snicker*. I don't know how they could have possibly thought that their table was any good at all, let alone "awesome." It's almost as if the producers said "hey, say what you DON'T think about your table. You know, like the exact opposite of the truth." Anyway, it's good that bygones are bygones, and by-golly Bren is gone for good.
moneymoneymoneymoney-MONEY...almight-eey-dollah....blah blah blah, moneeeeey.
Trump lays out the task: you're gonna design a Hanes commemorative t-shirt. Team Alex gets to pick a teammate to join him on team loser, and he lets us know that he's thought long and hard about it and that he's decided that he wants TANA. That is the best choice - not only is Tana good at everything she does, but this leaves Craig and Kendra, who hate each other, alone to rip each other to shreds. Good thinking.
I have to say, though, I think Craig is going to do well on this task - as I said last week, Craig isn't a good communicator, and he has really crappy management and people skills, but he is creative and has a knack for knowing what people want. It's also interesting that both Craig and Kendra are "loners," each quite capable of hammering out the task on their own. (You'll remember that Craig did the incredibl successful "box" all by himself, and that Kendra did the impressive brochure all by herself.) At this point, I don't know who to pick, but I'm leaning towards Craig.
Each team is partnered with a pop artist, Magna with Romero someone-or-other and Net worth with one Burton Morris. The teams will be selling their product at a store called "Scoop."
Tana is project manager of Team Tana-Saves-Alex's-Ass, and Kendra is the project manager of Team-Two-Year-Olds. Both teams seem to hit on identical ideas - Tana goes for wings and a star with the word "coutre," and the two-year-olds pick a heart with wings and the word "culture." Do wings have something to do with Hanes that I'm unaware of? Craig says that he would have preferred to use a star b/c it's "more universal" and I have to think that he's dead-on right - more people want stars than hearts. But Kendra makes an executive decision, and besides, their artist is wearing clothing that's plastered with hearts, so maybe that's all he can draw.
Alex wants to bling up the shirt, and Tana immediately gets psyched about a product called "the beadazzler." Unfortunately for me, I'm no stranger to the beadazzler, because back in my P.T. (pre-tivo) days, infomercials for that thing were on constantly. Tana says "It costs about $10 and I think I've made about $10,000 off of it, putting beads on t-shirts." On the cab ride all the way over to freakin' Staten Island to pick up this beadazzler Alex bitches that Tana isn't paying enough attention to marketing, etc. He tells the camera in no uncertain terms that he thinks that Tana is a bad leader, makes bad decisions, etc. Earth to Alex - Tana always wins. You always lose. Mr. stupid little work-table or whatever that was. My lord, this guy is out there.
The two years olds just keep fighting. And I keep skipping over it.
OK - I think that team two-year-olds has a pricing problem. In their arguing, Craig thought that the price was too low - $35 for a hoodie, $25 for a t-shirt, "for an original, limited edition design by a famous artist." I've never shopped for this crap but I can tell you that yes, the price is too low. Well, it looks like Kendra won the battle, because that's the price they go with. First customer says "I want three - wait, how much are they? (hears the prices) OK, I need 4." Whoa, but now Craig is giving people discounts. team confuses me!
Team Tana is pricing at $45-$55. George comes in to say that he thinks the task will be won on price point.
Enter the boardroom.
Team Tana sold 33 shirts for $1148.
Team Terrible-Twos sold 101 shirts for $2705.
Looks like George was wrong - this task was won on marketing, because team TT marketed to the artist's fan base. Oh, no, I really, really, hope that weasely Alex doesn't somehow manage to get Tana fired for this. See, Alex whined about everything for the whole task, the lack of marketing included, so of course he'll have something to blame her for.
Whoa, Reward: Kendra and Craig get to dogfight each other in real fighter planes. Trump says "I hope you don't have a problem with airsickness and BOTH of them says "my daddy was in the air force/was a pilot." OK, kiddies, so we now know that your daddys don't have a problem with airsickness, but that wasn't the question, was it? These 2 really bother me.
Kendra, before getting into the plane: "The whole task was a catfight, and now we're gonna have a dogfight."
OK, this dogfight is an awesome reward. I think Kendra won.
Pre-boardroom scenes: JackAlex tells us that he's smarter than Tana, and in not so words tells us that he thinks he's smarter than everyone else on the show too. Oh boy. I can hardly stand to watch this guy. If he isn't fired tonight, I'm not watching anymore.
In the boardroom, Alex starts in on the lack of marketing. Trump asks them both to step out of the room so he can consult with his posse. George: thinks Alex has more fire. Karen: Tana is good salesperson and is nice and sweet, but I can't see her working for you.
Hmm, it's looking like it's gonna be Tana. I think this is her first boardroom too - how unfair. Trump: Tana, you're terrible. Alex, you never win. Tana, you're usually pretty teriffic. Alex, it almost seemed like all you did was sit back and hope that she'd fail.
Alex: You're Fired!
Whew, that was close. As I've said previously, I'm no Tana fan, but I can't stand jackalex.
In Alex's taxicab confession he tells us how great he is. Oh, Alex, like we didn't already know - you've been telling us for 14 weeks now!
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Posted by jkhat at April 28, 2005 11:03 PM
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|# April 29th, 2005 9:45 AM kris|
|I can't believe I missed an episode that featured a beadazzler. Stupid Bush press conference...
I think that next week's episode (or the finale) may feature some Olympic swim hotties, or so the rumor is.