Engaging in their favorite post-boardroom pastime, the candidates in the suite debated who would return and who would be fired. The door opened and all speculation was put to rest - Erin and Chris walked in and everyone realized that John had been fired. In an interview, Angie said she wasn't surprised that Erin had survived another boardroom. She said that Erin was smart, knew how to talk and, Angie added, "It doesn't hurt, that you know, every time you turn around you see her ass."
At a Magna team meeting, Craig reminded the others that he was the only one who hadn't been Project Manager. Craig said that his time to lead had come. Then Craig took the unique approach of reading something to the team that he had written called "The Company You Keep." Craig said it would help everyone understand him better. But in an interview, Tana admitted she had no idea what the essay meant. After his dramatic reading, Craig led the group in prayer as everyone held hands. In his own interview, Alex said that the team liked Craig, but just didn't understand him. He said that Craig didn't speak clearly or communicate ideas effectively and Alex warned that those issues could spell big trouble for the team.
Magna and Net Worth met Donald along with two executives from Home Depot, Jose Lopez and Christine McVeigh, and learned that for their next task they would put on their own do-it-yourself clinic at a Home Depot store. Their clinics would be judged by Jose and Christine based on product involvement, customer involvement and originality. The winners would be rewarded while the losers would take another trip to the boardroom where someone would be fired. As always, George and Carolyn would be along to observe.
Angie volunteered to be Project Manager for Net Worth, saying that she felt like the Home Depot was the happiest place on earth. But during their brainstorming session, all Erin did was apologize, saying that she didn't know anything about Home Depot. In an interview, Angie was not thrilled and said that you don't have to shop at Home Depot to contribute on the task. In her own interview, Erin had no problem admitting she was out of her depth: "As a former beauty queen, I know what a crown is - but I don't know what crown molding is."
Magna had its own brainstorming session and Craig suggested a clinic about building and decorating a storage trunk. He said you could involve both customers and their children. Tana voiced concern that many stores sell pre-made storage boxes. She worried that the idea just wasn't creative enough. In an interview, Alex echoed the same concerns and called the idea "boring". Tana told Craig that she couldn't get passionate about a box. Frustrated with his team, Craig made the executive decision that their clinic would be about the storage trunk. When Craig was gone, Tana, Alex, Bren and Kendra commiserated. Tana was sure that Net Worth had a more creative clinic idea and soon, she feared, someone on her team would be hearing the words, "You're fired."
At their Home Depot store, Net Worth continued to brainstorm. Stephanie suggested creating a mobile kitchen island for their clinic - basically several shelves on wheels. Angie liked the idea. But when Stephanie and Chris tried to actually build one, they ran into all kinds of problems. For her part, Erin played with a level. In an interview, Angie called her teammates "pathetic" and "morons". Finally, after giving it another shot, Chris and Stephanie managed to put a working model together. Angie said it was "cute" but thought that there was one problem: it took the team seven hours to build.
Craig had his own set of problems on Magna as his team wasn't behind the product he had chosen. The others mocked the project by calling it "the box." Bren said that if Craig didn't like "box" they could call it a "pet coffin." In an interview, Craig said he knew that his team wasn't happy with the project, but that it was time to move forward. When they were alone, Alex and Bren pulled no punches. Alex called the project "the dumbest idea" that he'd ever heard and slammed it as "uncreative." Kendra and Tana said they didn't understand what Craig was talking about most of the time. So, Craig began to prepare for the clinic by himself. Later, Craig pulled his team together and accused members of having bad attitudes. Eventually, he got everyone to recommitt to the task. Although they may not have liked the trunk idea, everyone agreed to make their clinic the best it could be.