This is Celebrity Apprentice, so we've all been on private planes before, but the Trump jet is really something. It's not a Gulfstream; it's a Boeing 757! It's like a flying 5-star hotel with a conference room, bedrooms, dining area and several private rooms. Team Power got on first and spread out, and Team Plan B got on and immediately gathered around the dining table to brainstorm, even though we weren't allowed to discuss anything yet. Both teams spent the entire flight in eager anticipation of getting to Universal and getting started.
MEETING WITH THE EXECS
For every task, each team has a meeting with the executives of the client company where they answer any questions the team may have. The execs are not allowed to tell us what to do or how to do it; they can only respond to questions the team members ask them. It used to be that the first team to call the execs got the first appointment, but with all the drama between the all-star teams, we began to flip a coin to see who got to meet with the executives first, and this time Team Power won. Most people think that having the first meeting is an advantage, but I think there is a greater advantage to going second. By going second it gives the executives a chance to get comfortable on camera, so they are more relaxed. These meetings are very important because the team's impression of what the executives say usually sets the team off on some course of action. If the teams don't ask the right questions they can miss the point of the task. At our team's meeting with the Universal executives, they stressed that the whole experience should be about "family fun" and "creating memories" of "unforgettable, heart stopping, goose-bumping, adrenalin-pumping" experiences in the park. Over on Team Power, Dennis Rodman asked the execs about using celebrity and was told that the characters in the attractions are the celebrities. Team Power focused on the characters, while we focused on using our celebrity to create a good time.
We had such a short period of time to create a 3-D experience that had to fit on a small platform. We were throwing ideas around when Penn suggested a floating head created by angling mirrors a certain way. It was a crazy great idea, and he even got Teller on the phone with the fabrication team to see if it could be done in a few hours. Dee was having a hard time wrapping his mind around a slogan, until he came up with, "You'll lose your head at Universal!" It was something unusual, but we thought that maybe we could get permission for people to put on the hats of the different characters. The clock was ticking and the whole thing seemed a bit risky, but Stephen, Lisa and I had only a little time to start taking pictures for a handout - part of the task you didn't really see in the episode - and to buy hats and costumes. Off we went to have a blast in one part of the park, while Dee, Penn and Gary stayed to talk to the construction team before going off the other section of the park for their pictures.
TIME IN THE PARK
We took over the park and it was crazy. Lisa Rinna and I really bonded during this task and went on as many rides as we could while Stephen took pictures. What's wild about this game is that you have no idea what the other team is doing until you run into them. And that we did! During the episode you got to see how riotously Lisa reacted when La Toya, Brande, Claudia and Lil Jon were horning in on our Despicable Me minion experience, but you didn't get to see how competitive it got in the gift shop. You can't believe adults are acting this way, never mind that we're celebrities that should know better. That's what playing this game does to you. All sense of decorum and good behavior goes out the window! But as stressed as we all were, it was really good-natured fun, and I know the other team was enjoying it as much as Lisa, Stephen and I were. Universal Orlando rocks!
DAY OF THE TASK
Our challenge that day was all about making memories for people because that's what Universal wanted. When we saw our location we knew it wasn't an easy one to find, so we started pulling people from the main bridge, until we saw the other team doing the same thing! It got so competitive the producers told us to stay in our area. (It's so schoolyard sometimes!)
We were all doing our best. Gary was definitely on fire, and I started asking people their birthdays to tell them the day of the week they were born. This young group of girls loved that so much they brought people from all over the park to have me do that for them. (Take that, Stephen Baldwin! I've known you for almost 28 years, and you're such a bratty little brother sometimes.) We were all doing what we could to make it memorable for people, but you could tell everyone on the team was worried that it might not be special enough.
I was sick to see Dee go. He is truly a wonderful human being, and I fell in love with him and his whole family when I saw them on, believe it or not, Celebrity Wife Swap. I was sad that we couldn't continue working together. I know it made Donald sick to fire him, too, because whenever Donald abruptly says, "Go. Get out of here!" it either means he really can't stand the person, or he's really sad to see them go. I know it was the latter, because Dee is one of the greatest people ever! Go Dee!