ASSIGNMENT: Art Auction Fundraiser - Each team had to create up to 15 pieces of 3-dimensional art and run an art gallery to sell the art for charity.
I don't know if anyone noticed that the first four winning project managers of this season have been the players chosen from Celebrity Apprentice Season 1 (Trace, Omarosa, Stephen and yours truly), but I was excited to continue the pattern and was flying high after the Biosilk challenge, especially after Trump said that Farouk called it "a rout!" I was hoping Donald would say something about our task four win after we got together outside of Trump International, but instead he decided to do the unthinkable and move Trace to the other team. Oh no! I knew exactly how Trace felt when he said he wasn't happy with the move because we were his team; we were the All Stars he had chosen to play with. But this is Trump's show, after all, and the mad chemist in him loves to stir things up. The only task Plan B lost was when Trace was gone, so Donald was really stacking the deck in Team Power's favor. (Besides, I also think Trump knows that Trace can control Omarosa better than anyone else!)
We knew that the project manager for our team Plan B was going to be Lisa, Gary or Penn; and there was, in fact, a flipping of a coin involved. But when Lisa lost the toss, she still felt the support from the rest of us and took up the challenge with gusto! (I love my buddy Lisa!) The first order of business was to check out our art gallery and make a plan for the art and donors. As you saw in the episode, Stevie B was still indulging his "I'm the director!" hangover from Task 3, and I'm really sorry you didn't also get to see him in the car talking on the phone in code to his contact who was "maybe bringing in an Arab sheik who would possibly spend $100K!" Seriously.
Considering this was our fifth task together, we were already familiar enough with what we could expect from one another, and you can tell from Penn's, Lisa's and my reactions that we all thought Stevie was going to be ridiculous, and Gary was going to be the star.
There were five of us on Plan B, so it made sense that each of us was to be responsible for three pieces of art. Penn, however, had four major donors, and his art was specific to the donors - like a small blue box for The Blue Man Group - so I agreed to make only two pieces and still bring in at least three donors. Gary decided that one of his pieces was going to be a head with a face and a chunk of brain coming out of the back, reminiscent of his motorcycle accident when he wasn't wearing a helmet. He called it Mr. HangBrain, and it was actually really good. So good, in fact, that I called my friend Brian Devine, the president of Petco, because I knew he would love Gary's piece. (Little did I know they'd name the whole episode after it!)
We were in the studio, everyone was working, and except for the occasional outburst of excitement from Gary, it was the quietest it's ever been on any of the tasks; everyone was focused on the art. Lisa is very visual, and one of her pieces was a really interesting collage of fabric and body parts mounted on a board and left a natural color. She also had a 3-D plasticine-type high heel filled with blue glitter. The ideas for my two pieces came when I spotted wooden hands at the art store, inspiring a jazz hands/Fosse type piece, complete with white gloves, bowler hat and bedazzled bra. I was wearing a nude one, which I just took off, sprayed with glue and covered with red glitter. (I was just pissed that I wasn't wearing a really sexy bra that day like I usually do.) I also wanted to do something about memory, so I created a brain using a carved out piece of Styrofoam, pipe cleaners and whatever grey clay Gary wasn't using for Mr. HangBrain! Our Plan B team war cry was always, "Peace Love and Nothing But!" so that's what we named our exhibit. And our master writer Penn created this beautiful handout explaining the art and the artists. The team was on fire, but like all Celebrity Apprentice tasks, there were so many hurdles to overcome, including creating art with the clock ticking, being worried about our donors showing up, the impending Hurricane Sandy, and our potential patrons preparing more for the storm than for choosing our art! (It was definitely a double soy chai task!)
It's never boring when Omarosa and Piers are in the same room, and this Boardroom was no exception. Their chemistry is fascinating to watch because, for whatever reason, their hatred for each other is so deep-rooted that if I didn't know better from each of them personally, I would think they were strangely attracted to one another. I know they both can't stand the other one, but I think they actually look forward to the sparring, especially Piers. He looked like the Cheshire Cat when the teams walked into the Boardroom, but since I was cashier at the art gallery and knew how much money Plan B had made, I wasn't worried. Not worried, that is until I saw the brochure of Team Power's memorabilia art, which - except for Mr. HangBrain - was superior to ours. (I don't care what Stephen Baldwin's guy said.)
When the totals were announced, I knew there was no way Lil Jon was afraid to bring Omarosa into the Final Boardroom. I also knew that Donald wouldn't send Lil Jon home because he brought in over $80K. While Lil Jon, Omarosa and Dennis were in the Final Boardroom fighting for their lives, the rest of us had turned off the TV when, all of sudden, we heard this incredibly loud yelling - crazy loud, as if it were coming from your fighting neighbors' house. And instantaneously, we all ran over to the wall to listen. It was hilarious. It was literally like a cartoon! Like we had all gotten stage directions to run to the wall! It was really funny and once again proved that you never know what to expect from Celebrity Apprentice, especially when it's All Stars!
So what did you think of this episode? Please feel free to make comments or ask me any questions below. And please check out my giving The Alzheimer's Association their money from last week's win, which is posted on this site. Because this week's episode was only an hour, there wasn't enough time to show their very gracious acceptance of the win.
Until next week...