The Apprentice Recap - Week 15 - one more left until the finale
I thought that this wasn't going to be a full-sized recap, but I was wrong. Hey, who knew?
OK, here we go, Trump voiceover tells us that Tana and Kendra are left. One book smarts candidate v. one street smarts candidate. Kendra is running the Best Buy videogame championship, and Tana is running the NYC 2012 athlete challenge. We join them in action...
Who will win? Who will be fired? Who will be the next Apprentice?
moneymoneymoneymoney-MONEY...almight-eey-dollah....blah blah blah, moneeeeey.
We see that Tana is an early riser, up and ready to go at 6:45, while her team is still lying in bed. "Come on, I've given you 45 minutes!" I'm not sure whose side I'm on here - on the one hand, I hate being late. 45 minutes is a ridiculous amount of time to
get readysnooze. On the other hand, I haven't been up before 10 am for about 3 years now. hmmmmm.
Remember last week when Kendra pissed off the Sony people by sticking the Playstation area in a dirty basement? The Sony rep had said that there was a good chance that Sony would "pull" its sponsorship. No chance of that anymore - Kendra did an awesome job on the basement. Since Sony is providing a boxing game, she had a regulation size boxing ring put in, she's planning on having a boxing announcer and actual boxers in the ring. To get people down to the basement she will be running gaming sessions in "rounds," etc. Amy from Sony is very, very impressed. George weighs in and sounds pretty impressed as well. You know what? I'm also impressed. I don't think that I've given Kendra enough credit all year long. Hey, who knew?
Tana is meeting with Governor Pataki's rep. The Governor will be arriving at 10:30 and will be introduced by Bruce Jenner. Awesome. In the meantime, Kristin, on Tana's team, took secret "behind the scenes" information such as which athletes are difficult, etc, and printed it in the program! hehe. Only on The Apprentice. Tana meets with her star athletes. In addition to Bruce Jenner, she has Micheal Phelps, Bart Connor, Justin ... Gatlin? Wow. Easily worth All the Gold in California. Gov Pataki arrives and points out that there is no American flag on the stage. Trump says "that is a yooooge mistake." Shot of Tana acting like a huge bitch. Carolyn weighs on on camera and slams Tana for her attitude. I don't think I've ever seen Carolyn do that before. Not lookin' good for ol' Tana.
Haha: shot of Tana on camera, saying to some stranger: "You're looking at the next Apprentice! I've got this job!" I'm doing so GREAT! Famous last words, I'm sure.
Back to Kendra, who I can't for the life of me imagine losing this thing to Tana. Trump arrives - Kendra has him followed by a spotlight, and he enters the boxing ring and announces the emcee, some rap guy that I've never heard of. Oh, he's probably very popular, it's just that my knowledge of rappers ended with MC Ricky D. Trump congratulates Kendra on a job well done. Here, here. And all this time I've been slamming her. Hey, who knew?
Shot of Tana talking down about her employees to the camera. "It's best when the boss just lets her employees go on ahead of 'em, so they can feel like an employee, and I'll hang back here like an executive." Wow, what. a. bitch. Could she BE any more condecending?
I was wondering whether I should use the word "bitch" in my recap at all, but that decision was made for me when Tana herself used it, in reference to snack food no less: "Oh, I got me a bucket a pretzels. I paid for these bitches, they're coming home." That is a verbatim quote.
More shots of Tana telling the camera how she won, how there's no way she can possibly lose. Oh man.
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Now shots of Kendra crying about how great her team is. Ick. She had to go an ruin my newly formed high opinion of her, didn't she?
Tana and Kendra meet in the suite, and Tana makes the censors earn their salaries by using the F-word. Who'd have thought that she was so arrogant, vengeful, and, well..... trashy? I'm really thinking that the T-man should have kept Craig and sent Tana back to her cornfield trailer. Hey, who knew?
Boardroom time. Trump starts in on Tana. Tana sounds arrogant as hell. They keep showing Kendra who must know by now that she's won this thing. Trump tells Kendra that her team "really loved her." He tells her multiple times. Tana looks less than thrilled.
Trump asks Tana about her education. Tana says "My education came from the street." Yeeeeeeah, you sing it sista! Keep it real, homey! Must have been tough for Tana growing up on the streets around all those cornstalks. Do they even have streets in Iowa?
Trump tells the candidates that they both did "amazingly well." The candidates are kicked out and George and Carolyn both say "they're both well qualified."
Show ends with Trump calling their employees into the boardroom.
I have to say, I really underestimated Kendra. And I really overestimated Tana.
Hey, who knew?
Posted by jkhat at May 12, 2005 10:38 PM
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|# May 12th, 2005 11:01 PM kris|
|The only thing that makes me think that Kendra doesn't win is that she so obviously SHOULD win. So, maybe tonight's episode was a setup so we'll be shocked when Trump picks Tana next week. |
|# May 15th, 2005 10:29 PM koshka|
|I don't see why Kendra's performance is such a surprise to you. She was consistent throughout the show - 3 victories as a PM, a number of great marketing ideas, no time in the final boardroom. I think you just for some reason failed to give her credit because for some reason you didn't like her. For example, when you describe task 14, for some reason you fail to mention that the idea to send e-mail to the artist's fans was Kendra's. I didn't see you other re-caps but here are highlights of Kendra's prior performance that you obviously missed:
a. task 1 -- the only one in the boardroom to say that Danny was not at fault, that he was scapegoated, but the task was lost because PM couldn't manage Danny. This really impressed Carolyn. The PM was fired.
b. mini-golf task -- while not a PM, Kendra came up with the idea to get exclusive cross-promotional rights with other businesses in the area which was fundamental to her team's victory.
c. auction task - Kendra was a PM. Sure Tana and Craig were good at promotion, but Kendra showed good leadership: knowing when to oversee and when to delegate. She went with Tana and Craig first, saw that they were doing fine, so she left them and went back to oversee the production. The manager of the opposing team complained that he couldn't pay attention to boss aspects of the task. Kendra clearly could.
d. pizza task. Both Kendra and Tana were responsible for marketing. It is not clear which one of them came up with the idea to market pizza to offices in the area, but given Kendra's background in marketing (see mini-golf task) it appeared to be Kendra's.
e. Home Depot. Initially she didn't like Craig's idea (but nobody did - given Craig's non-existent communication skills nobody could understand how a box could be made interesting). But later Kendra supported him "if we are to make a box, let's make it the best box there is" and admitted that she was wrong not to support him. Name another Apprentice candidate in all 3 seasons who openly admitted that he/she was wrong.
f. Pontiac Solstice task. No need to comment here. Who else in the apprentice history came up singlehandedly with a professional brochure that was adopted by the customer?
g. T-shirt task. Kendra's marketing idea won the task.
So, how come it is a surprise to you Kendra did well on the final task? As far as her conflict with Craig goes, he had problems with every woman on the show but Tana. Angie, Audrey, Tara - all complained in the interviews about how condescending he was and how difficult to work with. I also don't understand how you could think Craig would pass the interviews -- English is not my native language and I speak it better than he does. Half of the time, you cannot even understand what he is saying: "I'll allow them to,uhm, burn their own bridges". Would you mind translating this to a poor foreigner...