Hey Apprentice fans! Hope you all had a great weekend. This week's episode started off with all of the "safe" team members back in the war rooms. After saying goodbye to Cheryl, Victoria returned from Boardroom fired up and on the defensive. From the way she reacted after the first Boardroom, I knew that this second task would be drama filled on the ladies' side. Joined by the great James Lipton as an advisor, this week the teams were tasked with creating a 12 to 15 minute show at Medieval Times. Little did we know there would be many more battles than those fought at Medieval Times.
Penn and Lisa, given their extensive experience in show business, decided to step up and be the project managers. As the teams set off to begin planning for their tasks, it was clear that Lisa was running a tight ship. She wanted no interruptions, literally, and certainly wasn't vying for most popular PM but rather was focused on being a winning PM. The ladies settled on a Housewives of NJ theme, adding "Snooki" and my father to the mix. Given that Teresa, the star of Real Housewives of New Jersey, was on their team and the event was actually taking place in New Jersey, I thought it was a clever and fun concept. Lisa delegated parts for the show, and all of the ladies received an onstage part except for Victoria. Lisa appointed Victoria to stage director because she thought her no-nonsense attitude would be able to get one of the most important jobs done. Victoria did not take well to being behind the scenes, and that was just the start of the issues between Victoria and Lisa.
The men's team had quite the opposite feeling than the women's. They were busy playing dress up (some more than others), breaking bones, practicing their fight scenes and not worrying about who would be in the spotlight. With The Hulk on the team and Twisted Sister front man Dee Snyder, they were confident that they had a funny and action packed concept that would win over the crowd. Paul brought their props to a new level when a medieval-themed chopper was dropped off.
Back on the women's team, the more times that Lisa told Victoria that she had the most important role, the more times Victoria felt that she was stuffed in the closet. Victoria did not add very much on the first day except uncertainty that she couldn't do the task she was assigned, nor did she want to. Tensions also rose between Lisa and Dayana as Dayana felt she was not given any real assignment besides shopping and being "Lady Godiva." I think that while Lisa felt Dayana should "sit and look pretty," which as a model she obviously does well, I think they may be underestimating Dayana's abilities.
As the teams were rehearsing for their performance, Dee unfortunately broke his finger pretty badly. I admired that he put the pain aside and said he would deal with it later. I think it showed that he is a great team player, and plus who else would have played the woman in their show?!
It was show time at Mid-Evil Times (as Victoria likes to spell it) and the men were up first. The men's team commanded a lot of energy, and with Penn and Arsenio running the show, you know it had to be entertaining. And although in rehearsals the team was concerned about George's ability to very importantly follow the script, he, as a true great actor, did just that. Their entertaining performance was almost sealed with a kiss between Lou and "Lady Dee Dee" but the manly man on the team couldn't bring himself to go there.
The housewives took the stage and their entrance was not quite as smooth as the men's team. Still, they ended up putting together a great show. The women were hilarious and, aside from their battles, pulled out traditional New Jersey Real Housewives moves such as flipping tables. Lisa had a personal goal for this show, which was to deliver a clean and funny show. With the "gymnastics" moves and action scenes the ladies performed, I am not sure she met her "clean" goal 100%, but we will give her an A for effort.
Both teams put on great shows. but it was up to the audience; and ultimately one person's fate would be decided by my father back in the Boardroom. As we began the Boardroom, my father was very quickly able to recognize the tension between Victoria and Lisa. When Victoria was asked about Lisa as a PM, she wasn't quick to give her a great endorsement, first saying that she was very strict. She couldn't articulate her issues very well at first, but I knew it was only a matter of time before their real feelings would come out.
On Team Unanimous, they all felt that Penn was a great leader. My father began by asking Penn a difficult question as to whom he would bring back if he had to choose. The hypothetical questions are always tough, but as someone vying to be the next Celebrity Apprentice, it is always wise to answer the question. Penn responded with great respect and said that if he had to, he would bring Lou and George back. Lou was very visibility hurt by this and took it very personally. I admire the way that Penn approached this difficult question and only hoped that Lou would understand. For Lisa, it seemed to be a much different decision. When my father asked whom she would bring back, she immediately said Victoria. Lisa felt Victoria let her emotions get in the way of getting her job done.
As we delivered the results, it was clear that if the women were left in the Boardroom, it would not be a pretty battle. Both teams did very well, but the men were able to bring in 558 votes while the women received 363 votes. As the men's team went back to their war room, they had to hold off on the celebrating until Lou and Penn cleared the air. Penn apologized, and all was forgiven. I wonder if the women's team was in that same position, would all be forgiven as quickly?
Back in the Boardroom, Lisa immediately reiterated that it was not the concept that made their team loose. I think she wanted to make sure that point was heard, as she knew being the PM her head was very much on the chopping block. After the ladies battled, Lisa chose to bring back Victoria and Dayana to stay in the Boardroom. Lisa was upset that she gave Victoria one of the most important jobs, and she threatened to walk out. Victoria's rebuttal was that she felt she would be better served to play for the men's team. Lisa who is always hilarious and raw let out her emotional side in the Boardroom, exuding great passion and fight to stay in the game. While we have great respect for Victoria, during this task she was late with the lighting and sounds cues for the women's teams' entrance and she also thought about quitting. Even thinking about it made my father question her dedication to being there. There are so many people that are fighting tooth and nail to win, so even thinking about quitting just shows that Victoria may not have been up for this challenge.
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