According to Carolyn, Tana's group was hampered by miscommunication. Carolyn also observed that Tana would blame her employees when things went wrong. The NYC2012 representatives said it felt like many of the athletes were wandering around at certain points, not knowing what to do next. They also felt that people in the crowd might have left because they didn't know what was happening next. Tana, however, thought the event went spectacularly. She even told Bruce Jenner: "I think you're looking at the next Apprentice."
Under Kendra's leadership, Webster Hall had been transformed into a hip, vibrant, video game haven. Amy told Carolyn that things were going great. Trump arrived in style and introduced the emcee for the night, rapper Fabolous. Fabolous explained that there were sixteen gamers in the Best Buy Video Game Championship, all playing the Fight Night Round 2 boxing game. The crowd watched the competition, had drinks and played games of their own. In the last leg of the competition, the two finalist vying for the championship title sat in the boxing ring and duked it out… onscreen. The winner defeated his opponent and took home $5,000 from Best Buy! Trump congratulated Kendra on a job well done. But perhaps an even higher compliment was paid by one of the executives, who told Kendra that if she ever wanted to work in the video game industry, his company would love to have her.
Late that night, when the Athlete Challenge was over and the arena was empty, Tana and her employees said their good-byes. Tana thanked them for all of their hard work. But once they had gone, Tana called her employees "knuckleheads" and said that she had done the event on her own. When Tana left, she snuck into her limo to avoid seeing Brian, Chris and Kristen again. By sharp contrast, Kendra's good-bye with her employees was a tearful love fest. Everyone hugged and Kendra said that she was proud of them all. Kendra called her final task the most amazing experience of her life. She admitted that while she had her differences in the past with Michael, Erin and Danny, she couldn't remember what any of those differences were.
Back at the suite, Kendra returned with tears still in her eyes. Tana noticed and asked if Kendra had been crying because the task was so hard. Kendra told Tana that she had been crying because of how great her team was - how passionate they were and how hard they had worked. Tana later admitted that she was disappointed that things had gone so well for Kendra. She was hoping that Kendra had been crying because her event had gone badly.
The next day, the final two candidates met Trump, Carolyn and George in the boardroom one more time. Trump noted that what had begun as a team of Book Smarts - those with college degrees - and a team of Street Smarts - those with only a high school diploma - was ending with one college educated person versus one high school educated person. It was the final showdown between Book Smarts and Street Smarts. Tana said that she had done well with a team that was difficult to manage. But Carolyn noted that Tana had really slammed her employees when talking about them, calling them "The Three Stooges" and "Dumb and Dumber." Carolyn thought that was unprofessional. Trump said that Brian had very negative things to say about Tana as a boss. Tana shot back that she would have fired Chris and Brian if she could have. Trump brought up the programs that were distributed with the personal information about the athletes. Tana said she had entrusted Kristen with the program. But Trump got Tana to admit that she hadn't bothered to proof the document. Trump then questioned Tana on the missing American flag. Tana said she assumed that the American flag was with the other world flags. Trump then turned to Kendra and said that her employees loved her. Kendra said she felt that Erin, Michael and Danny had worked harder for her than they had before. But George took Kendra to task for leaving Danny in a room with her three big sponsors. Trump said that wasn't a good move, calling Danny a "loose cannon."
Trump then brought up education, one of the sharp differences between the two candidates. Tana said she got her education in the real world while creating successful businesses. But Kendra said she believes that you should finish what you start. Under questioning from Trump, Tana admitted that she didn't finish college, choosing to start a family instead. But Trump said that having a family supersedes education. Trump then asked Tana if she really believed that she could handle the hardened business people of New York. Tana said yes: "I'm a shark but I'm in a goldfish costume." Kendra said that she works with people from the Northeast all the time. Then Kendra brought out the statistics. She said that she had been Project Manager three times and had won in all three tasks. In addition, Tana's loss as Project Manager had come against her, Kendra said. But Tana pointed out that Kendra was one of the last candidates to become a Project Manager. Tana said that she had stepped up early to be a leader. Trump told the two final candidates to wait outside. The Donald turned to George and Carolyn, who agreed that both women were very strong candidates.
In the waiting area, the elevator doors opened and in walked all of the recent employees - Brian, Kristen, Chris, Danny, Erin and Michael. They moved past Tana and Kendra and entered the boardroom, ready to discuss their bosses behind closed doors…
Watch the 1-hour seaon finale next week to see who becomes The Apprentice!