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Week 7

While the men and women await the return of the boardroom survivors, Mahsa reiterates that they shouldn't have picked Wall Street for their pedicab task. Interviewed, Brandy says she's sick of Mahsa and can't wait to see her go. Mahsa says she wants to see Stephanie and Kelly come back from the boardroom, not surprising considering her long-term conflict with Liza. Stephanie walks back alone from the boardroom saying, "I got rid of them both." Everyone's momentarily shocked until Liza walks back in as well. Stephanie's still upset she got called into the boardroom at all, considering that the other women are "schleps."

Pushing her case against Liza, Mahsa explains that Stephanie made half their sales, and offers to tell the men exactly what each of the women sold. Brandy asks Mahsa why she would possibly give that information to the men, and tells her to shut the f*** up. Mahsa responds, "Did you just tell me shut the f*** up? You shut the f*** up!" They start to go at each other, much to the amusement of the men, who mock their fight behind their backs. Mahsa says that Brandy is very smart at the game; she knows Brandy's trying to get rid of her. Mahsa concludes that you can't trust anyone. None of the women are her friends.

Trump brings the teams to the Shubert Theatre on Broadway to introduce the next task: staging backer's auditions for two new Broadway musicals. Ivanka names the judges, Broadway investor John Yonover, Daryl Roth, and Broadway, film and TV star Kristin Chenoweth. Don tells the teams they'll be judged on the quality of their marketing materials as well as their overall presentation. Liza announces that she will be project manager for the women. Steuart will be the men's project manager.

Fortitude meets with Ryan Scott Oliver, the composer and lyricist of Darling, a "dark deconstruction" of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, set in 1929 Boston. Liza immediately admits she's never seen a Broadway musical. She gets off on the wrong foot with the composer when she asks if a Broadway show involves people "getting on stage, and doing a little bit of talking, then they jump into song." Unsure what to say, Oliver asks, "In the actual show or in the backer's audition?" Liza doesn't have an answer. Stephanie mocks Liza's lack of culture and depth. Oliver tells the women that he's given them about 60 pieces of information, and if even five of them get highlighted in the audition it will be good. He thanks them and leaves.

The women start planning. Stephanie immediately talks about her 30 years studying with the Royal Conservatory of Music. She's been a music teacher, and therefore has a lot to offer for the task. Poppy is also experienced with music. Stephanie dismisses Poppy's experience, saying that listening to "Miley Cyrus on her Walkman while she works out" doesn't count. Poppy gets annoyed, saying that in every task Stephanie claims to be the strongest at everything. She wishes Stephanie could allow others their strengths. "Just let me be good at something!"

Octane meets with Kirsten, the composer and lyricist of Little Miss Fix-It, to learn how to sell "her passion, her idea and her script." The script is about a 12-year-old girl who meets a boy on a bench and comes to terms with the strange feelings of falling in love. Clint is assigned to work with the graphic designer. Steuart takes the theater side. David talks about having done a little bit of high school and civic theater. Steuart is conflicted about how much responsibility to give David – whether he'll be the "creative David" or "the virus." David gets upset when Steuart tasks him with ordering lunch, while the "three amigos" stay in the rehearsal hall where the singers are practicing.

With the fault lines clearly starting to form between the women, Liza makes a decision to have Stephanie and Mahsa leave on a marketing errand to disperse the tension. Highly upset that she as the self-proclaimed musical expert is being sent out on a marketing task instead of being tasked with working with the singers, Stephanie forms a coalition with Mahsa to undermine Liza and the others. Donald Trump Jr. stops in and asks Liza for an update. All she can say is, "Um... I think... It's like..." Brandy jumps in to explain that they're working out the order of the next day's program. Don points out that if Liza is the project manager, Brandy should not be the one taking him through their presentation. He warns this will come back to bite Liza later. She can't "hide anymore."

David disagrees with Steuart's plan to break up the songs with narrative threads provided by Team Octane. David thinks the singers should provide the narrative glue to make the presentation more cohesive. Much to Clint's surprise, he finds himself agreeing with David. Steuart lets David run with his ideas for the presentation, thinking that if it goes wrong, "100%, the blame goes on David." The men are happy with David's role directing the talent, so Clint and Anand leave to take care of marketing materials. Ivanka stops by and is impressed by David's involvement. After being "ripped apart" the previous week, David has a lot to prove. But she adds that Steuart had better step it up, because at this point it feels like David's task.

Stephanie and Mahsa email their poster for the show to Liza, Brandy and Poppy, who all think it isn't bright and colorful enough. Still upset that she's been tasked with creating the marketing materials, Stephanie clearly doesn't want to change it, but Liza insists they try something more colorful. Mahsa pushes back, saying they'll try, but if the more colorful version looks ridiculous, they'll have to go with the black-and-white version. Liza's upset, saying she was very clear in what she asked Stephanie and Mahsa to do. She's certain Mahsa and Stephanie are trying to set her up so that if the printing of the poster doesn't go well, she'll take the fall.

On the way to the Shubert Theatre to give their presentation, Liza still doesn't have an intro ready. Mahsa provides her with three sentences, later claiming that this is the problem with Liza - she "can't do much of anything." When they get to the Shubert, Liza's worried about seeing the posters, not knowing what to expect. The poster is revealed, and Mahsa and Stephanie act excited, but in truth it looks exactly like the previous monochrome version that Liza had asked them to change. She's "shocked" when the poster is revealed, saying she gave clear directions. They just didn't do it.

The men present their audition to Daryl Roth, John Yonover and Kristin Chenoweth. The performance of Little Miss Fix It goes very well. Clint has to admit that this is the best he's seen David perform, and gives him credit for being right on the money with the presentation. After the main performance, Steuart walks onstage to make the investment pitch. Even though he's reading from cards, he completely flubs his lines. David cringes at seeing the presentation "ruined." Overall, the judges are pleased with the audition itself, and they really appreciate the marketing materials. Kristen Chenoweth points out that after the performance, Steuart really didn't sell with excitement. John Yonover agrees that Steuart should have known his pitch cold.

Fortitude gives their presentation. Liza is definitely more prepared than Steuart, and the performance itself goes well. Afterwards, Daryl Roth says she found both Liza's presentation and the performance very strong. For his part, Yonover found the presentation a little confusing. Kristen says that Liza's presentation really sold her. They also like the clean simple marketing materials, pointing out just one major oversight: no address provided for the executive producer, meaning "nowhere to send the check!" They agree both teams did a good job; both presentations were different but strong; and that picking a winner is going to be tough.

In the boardroom, Brandy gives Liza high marks as project manager. The only thing she would have done differently would have been to give Stephanie, with her musical background, more of an active role in the creative presentation. Mahsa says Liza did "fine." Trump and Don tell Liza that since Mahsa said this, Liza must be doing pretty good! Trump asks Steuart and Clint how David did. Steuart gives David credit for stepping up, and Clint - who was begging Trump to fire David last week – says David did a great job. Then Trump informs Steuart that the judges had a problem with his stumbling during the delivery of his sales pitch. Steuart admits he was having a problem reading his text, but feels he ended strong.

Trump has the teams swap their promotional materials, including the women's poster and the men's "chalkboard," complete with pasted-on chalk. Trump tells the women he thought the men did a good job. He asks the men what they think about the women's materials. Anand and Clint don't see the materials' relationship to the play, calling it unoriginal and "kind of cheap-looking." Trump asks the women who was responsible for the marketing. Liza hesitates but names Stephanie and Mahsa, who both immediately blame Liza for telling them what to put in the package. Liza points out that they didn't deliver what she and the other women wanted, even after they asked for changes on the first round.

Trump asks Liza who she would bring back if they lose. She immediately says Stephanie and Mahsa. When Stephanie claims that's completely uncalled for, Trump says, "Well, not really." Stephanie points out her musical background, so Trump asks why she wasn't project manager. Stephanie explains she would have loved to be project manager, but Liza wanted to do it. Also, she thought this was just a theater project at first, and didn't realize it was musical theater. Trump calls her on this, saying he made it clear from the beginning that they were promoting musicals. When Stephanie adds that she was project manager on the previous task, Trump thinks that's a much stronger point. Stephanie should have started with that rather than lying to him.

Trump announces a split decision. Daryl Roth loved Octane's presentation. Kristin Chenoweth loved Fortitude's presentation, and loved Liza's delivery. John Yonover broke the tie: he preferred the men's team. Trump congratulates the men, and congratulates David in particular, telling him his comeback is one of the most amazing comebacks in the history of The Apprentice. He tells Steuart that as winning project manager he'll be meeting with Larry Young, the CEO of Snapple. Trump sends the men out of the room, and tells the women to stay. One of them will be fired.

Trump asks Poppy what went wrong. She says the main issue was not including the contact information in the marketing materials. Liza agrees. Trump asks why none of them thought to include it. Mahsa claims that she and Stephanie prepared exactly what Liza had set out for them to prepare. When Trump asks why Kristin Chenoweth liked Liza so much, Mahsa says she doesn't know, but it was probably the three lines she wrote for Liza to read. Irritated, Trump says he's not asking about her, he's asking about Liza. Brandy interjects, saying that Mahsa is the most classless individual. Mahsa treats everyone likes it's The Mahsa Show - it's all about her. Trump agrees, saying he's seeing that right now.

Brandy points out that Mahsa is always pointing her finger at everyone accusingly, and asks Don how long he'd put up with that. He says, "Not for long." Watching on closed circuit, the men start laughing about the Mahsa finger jab. Mahsa explains that her finger pointing comes from being a prosecutor. Don says that might be so, but Mahsa needs to be able to know when to turn it off. He also points out her habit of using positive things about others to make herself look good and everyone else look bad. Trump's surprised to see Brandy so fired up, and asks what's prompting her to speak up. She says the team is being affected by this fragmentation, and Mahsa is awful to work with.

Mahsa complains that Brandy told her to "shut the f*** up." Brandy says there's a context, explaining what she said when Mahsa revealed their sales totals to the men before the previous task's boardroom. Trump asks Mahsa if this is true. She says it is, but Clint told her the men's totals too. Watching on closed circuit, Clint says, "That is a bald-faced lie." Don can't believe Mahsa would do such a thing before the boardroom. Poppy says she was floored when it happened. Mahsa claims it was a lapse of judgment on her part, stressing that Clint told her the men's figures as well. Unable to stand Mahsa's lying, Clint brings the rest of the men back to the boardroom.

In the boardroom, Clint insists that when Mahsa told him the women's totals on the previous task, he did not divulge the men's totals - he didn't even know them! Mahsa says he told her Octane made "well over $1,000." Brandy believes that whether Mahsa's lying or not is secondary to the issue of her loyalty to the women's team. Trump asks Brandy if she thinks Mahsa's lying, and she says yes. Mahsa erupts, shouting, "I never lied Mr. Trump." Clint tells her to shut up; he never told her the sales totals. Trump explains this isn't an issue of who said what, it's really a matter of disloyalty. Mahsa admits it was a mistake, but doesn't think it was disloyal. Trump disagrees. "Mahsa," he says, "You're fired," and then sends everyone out of the room.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 21:00
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The Celebrity Apprentice

Short Synopsis

Kristin Chenoweth guest stars when the teams are tasked with staging a backer's audition for two upcoming musicals.