The next day, Mosaic bounced back with a new plan: they would give away three $5,000 prizes in a circus-like atmosphere, populated by, well, circus performers. The team had hired a fire-eater, a stilt-walker and jugglers, who all performed while the team gave away Crest Vanilla Mint toothpaste. The event ended without a hitch as the team gave away the prize money. Kevin, Mosaic's Project Manager, felt that his team recovered well after losing the million dollar giveaway campaign. Across town, Apex had a crowd gathered around Mike Piazza, who brushed his teeth in front of chanting fans. Then, Piazza signed boxes of Crest Vanilla Mint toothpaste and the Crest fliers that Apex had commissioned. Elizabeth, Apex's Project Manager, also felt that her team had done a great job.
Maria, Ivana and Stacy R. met with Alliance to go over Apex's budget. The candidates were surprised to learn that the fliers cost much more than they had thought - putting the team $5,000 over budget. Maria told the printer that she had given him a price that they could not go over, but the printer said that there were overtime costs. In an interview, Ivana said that the team went over budget because there wasn't clarity in the negotiations with the printer.
Later, the two teams met up with the P&G executives as they presented their verdict to Donald. The executives thought that Mosaic did a great job, creating a fun and interactive experience while promoting the product. But they thought that Apex's event, with Mike Piazza brushing his teeth, was even better. However, the executives said that they had just learned that Apex had gone over budget by $5,000 - to which Trump said, "That's big." The executives said that unfortunately, budgets count too and so they would have to go with Mosaic as performing the best. For their reward, the members of Mosaic would dine aboard the Queen Mary 2 - the largest ocean liner in the world - as it sailed through New York Harbor. In addition, as Project Manager of the winning team, Kevin would be exempt from the firing the next week. As the losing team, Apex would meet with Donald in the boardroom where someone would be fired.
Aboard the Queen Mary 2, the Mosaic team dined on lobster and filet mignon - and then sang a rousing rendition of "America the Beautiful" as they looked out at the illuminated Statue of Liberty. Back at the suite, Elizabeth and Maria argued. Elizabeth said that the team went over budget because Maria was not clear in her negotiations with the printer. Maria countered that the budget issue was ultimately a leadership issue - and so was Elizabeth's responsibility. Stacie J. stayed out of the fray, but thought that Elizabeth would bring her in to face the firing because the rest of the women were part of a clique.
In the boardroom, Trump told Apex that while P&G liked their product launch best, Apex went over budget by 10%, no small amount. Elizabeth pointed the finger at Maria, saying that the item Maria was responsible for was the single thing that put them $5,000 over budget. Maria said that she had agreed with the printer on the lower price, which would have kept them within their budget. Trump asked Elizabeth who she wanted to take with her to face the firing. Elizabeth chose Maria and Stacie J. With the candidates out of the room, Carolyn said she thought that Elizabeth was a "terrible leader." Carolyn also said that Maria was responsible for going over budget but wasn't taking responsibility for it. George said he wasn't sure he could trust Maria to handle a company's finances.
After Elizabeth, Maria and Stacie J. returned to the boardroom, Trump asked Elizabeth if Ivana shouldn't be seated at the table instead of Stacie J. Elizabeth said no, Stacie J. performed poorly on the task. But Maria said that she knew the real reason why Stacie J. was in the boardroom. Maria said that in the first task with Mattel, "Stacie acted in a manner that... led us to believe that there could possibly be a second personality to Stacie - literally." Elizabeth agreed that Stacie J. had exhibited odd behavior. Stacie insisted that her teammates were "blowing this all out of proportion." Trump said that this was too important an issue to ignore and he told Maria to go up to the suite and bring back the rest of Apex. Maria ran into the suite and called back all the women, some of whom had to quickly get dressed again. With the full team reassembled back in the boardroom, Donald repeated the concerns that Elizabeth and Maria had voiced about Stacie J. Everyone else on the team echoed the concerns about Stacie J's behavior. Jennifer M. said the behavior had made her nervous, while Stacy R. said the incident was "one of the most scary moments of my life." Trump told Stacie that he had to listen when everyone on the team felt she was a liability. Trump said that he couldn't take the chance that something like what Stacie J. did would happen again, so Donald fired her.