Hey Apprentice fans! This is it... the final episode. I hope that you have enjoyed this season as much as I have. Last week ended and both Team Brandy and Team Clint had some messes to clean up. I was looking forward to seeing how they would handle the curveballs that were thrown at them.
Part 2 of the finale task began, and immediately Clint was on the move for a solution. If you all remember, Clint's printed materials arrived with a spelling mistake. All of the posters and place cards had the spelling of the guest of honor Liza Minnelli wrong. I was impressed with how Clint handled the situation; he was very calm and collected and didn't waste time by panicking. Instead Clint called the printer and negotiated so that that he was able to get new materials within his budget. He took control of the situation, fixed it, and moved forward with his event.
It was game time for Team Brandy as guests began arriving at Trump National Westchester to play in a VIP golf tournament hosted by Kathy Griffin. Brandy could breathe easy as the photographer arrived just in time, after a detour to Trump National Golf Club Bedminster. Brandy was waiting at the entrance for my father, as she wanted to be sure to greet him. Unfortunately, Brandy must have gotten distracted because my father was already in his cart, ready for shotgun. The whole plan was to have Kathy Griffin make the introduction, but Brandy was a little too late. By the time she, Stephanie and Kathy arrived, the carts were pulling away. To me, they missed an opportunity to have Kathy engage with the golfers before they were out on the course, focusing on their game. I also think Brandy should have made sure to be where the golfers were to check on the foursomes and make sure they all got out smoothly.
As soon as all of the carts pulled away, Team Brandy realized that my father was missing a fourth person in his group. In an effort to smooth things over, Brandy drove out to check on the group. As I suspected my father would, he asked Brandy why he was missing a player, and also brought up the fact that his team would be at a disadvantage while other teams had four and five players. I think had Brandy been up by the starter when the groups were getting ready to go out, she would have been able to avoid the team mix-ups. As a leader, she should have been up front and center checking all of these details.
Back inside the ballroom, Team Clint was getting ready for their evening event, a dinner and concert with Liza Minnelli. When my sister Ivanka visited the teams, she noticed that Steuart was handling all of the menus and food prep for the evening. It definitely posited the question as to whether Clint could have done it without Steuart. I agreed with Ivanka that our Apprentice winner has to have many more skills then just being a good delegator. This was Clint's last chance to shine, and I would have liked to see him take the reigns a little bit more.
Brandy, who essentially had no experience in the golf arena, did a great job out on the course. She was checking in with the guests frequently, and with Stephanie, brought Kathy out on the course to interact with the groups. They all seemed to be having a good time, which is key at a golf tournament. Brandy was also able to add two more players to my father's group for the back nine holes. It seemed that throughout the day, Brandy was able to overcome any obstacles that presented themselves. Like Clint, I was also impressed that despite any mix-ups, Brandy always stayed in control of the situation. To me, that's a sign of a good leader, one who can find quick solutions, move forward and do a great job. Team Brandy did an excellent job planning and executing the tournament. Now it was time to kick back and enjoy Clint's show.
It was Clint's turn to shine. He had over 500 people to seat and feed and also arrange for Liza Minnelli's concert. For this event, timing was extremely important, making sure that the lines moved quickly, and that everyone was able to sit comfortably and enjoy themselves. Clint announced that it was time for everyone to get seated and come into the ballroom. He addressed the crowd very comfortably, which for a formal event like this, I wasn't sure was the right approach. Clint has faced this before, when he arrived in the boardroom during the first week without a tie. Regardless, Clint had a lot of work ahead of him and time was not on his side.
All of the guests were seated and Clint asked my father come onstage to introduce Kathy Griffin. The room looked great and it was a packed house. Kathy delivered the prizes that Brandy's team was in charge of. The winning prizes were good, but definitely didn't have the "wow" factor the room was expecting. I was interested to hear what my father thought of that element. The great Liza Minnelli arrived on stage and put on an incredible show. She showcased her new album, "Confessions" and brought a lot of energy to the whole room.
I think both Brandy and Clint should have been very proud of themselves. They were able to put on two terrific events that were anything but easy. It was time for the boardroom and it was back to business...
My father had both Team Clint and Team Brandy join our final two in the boardroom. It was nice to see that both Mahsa and Anand were able to redeem themselves and earn back the respect of my father, despite how they initially left. My father first brought up the prizes for the tournament. Thankfully, Liza played so well on the course, my father refrained from firing her twice, as he wasn't impressed by the choices that they made at Golfsmith. To me, it said something about their choice, when all of the winners left their items behind, clearly showing they weren't thrilled about their gifts. I think this was an area that Brandy should have been more vocal about, instead of the "whatever" kind of attitude that she displayed.
My father asked Clint if he intentionally was using the phrase, "y'all" to display his country persona. It did come off a little unpolished, and for a task of this caliber didn't seem appropriate. Clint said that it's just part of how he speaks and he didn't purposefully use the expression more so in this task. As my father went around the boardroom table and asked who should be fired, I was impressed with how the other fired contestants came to bat for Clint and Brandy. Each of them felt differently but had very positive and strong words for their reasoning on picking either person. Ultimately my father had a tough choice ahead, as both contestants were incredibly talented and capable people.
Brandy and Clint went through all of the reasons why they should be the Apprentice, and their lists were very long and impressive. Clint shared that he was capable of almost anything; with his great perseverance and energy, he made a good case. Brandy's response to why she should be the Apprentice was a little bit more specific and very smart. She said that she would like to work alongside the "next generation," meaning myself, Ivanka, and my younger brother Eric. I think Brandy made a clear case and shared a vision as to how she could potentially join the Trump Organization.
Ultimately my father hired Brandy as our next Apprentice. Congratulations to Brandy! I think that with Brandy's educational background, focus and determination, she will be a great asset to the Trump Organization in any capacity. I also want to congratulate our runner-up Clint, as he also did an incredible job this season. As the contestants all came together I think it was evident that they have all grown tremendously, and I am looking forward to seeing big things done by all of them!
I hope that you enjoyed this season of The Apprentice! It's been a pleasure watching the show with you, and I appreciate all of your feedback. Hope you will join me again for The Celebrity Apprentice this spring, and continue to connect with me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/donaldjtrumpjr). Hope you all have a very happy holiday!