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Sex Sells … Or Does It? – The Apprentice 4, Episode 7 Commentary


by Hildee Weiss

I don’t know about all of you but I am still in shock over last week’s massive firing at Excel. I certainly did not expect The Donald to turn butcher and knock off not one but four candidates. It certainly came as a surprise to everyone waiting back at the suite. I could tell they felt bad about starting dinner without their suite mates. Was that regret I heard as they dialed in for Chinese? And I wanted to believe Brian when he confided that Mark, Josh and James were like brothers to him. Heck, even my brothers waited up for me when I had a bad date!

It’s a new day and a new task and this time it’s about creating and teaching a class at the Learning Annex. There should have been a class given on ping pong, what with Randal switching from Excel to Capital Edge and back to Excel in order to even out the numbers. Randal proved himself to be a two-time winner as he took what could have been a very boring subject of standing out and made it work. Even our good buddy, George, was impressed with Randal’s presentation and I know George doesn’t dish out praise easily.

As for Adam, he should have listened to his gut instincts and stayed away from sex. Come to think of it, I think he has stayed away and ergo, that might have been the problem from the very start. I give Adam a lot of credit for taking on a difficult situation and giving it the old college try … to some degree. I don’t know that he really needed to introduce himself at the presentation as “a nice Jewish boy from Atlanta” but I’m sure his parents were kvelling over the topic of sex in the workplace.

Clay provided way too many awkward moments during the presentation while Markus did … absolutely nothing. I don’t know which was worse – watching Markus fidget with some toy that my three year old has mastered or listening to Clay. Clay’s “tight Jewish boy” comment about Adam was offensive, as was all of his talk about getting slapped around by his male colleagues at work.

Note to Carolyn: It was nice to see you glammed up for a change. I can’t wait to see you on Mr. Blackwell’s 10 Best Dressed! (And I wouldn’t be surprised if Randal is up there with you. He looked mighty fine in that white suit!)

So who was responsible for Capital Edge’s loss? Tough question. There really could have been another multiple firing here. I thought Adam was too soft in his handling of both Markus and Clay. He wasn’t a good manager, he didn’t command the respect of his teammates and his presentation was awkward at best. Markus had nothing to contribute to this task and to quote The Donald, “he’s got marbles in his mouth.” And if that wasn’t bad enough, he outed Clay to D.T.! According to Adam, Clay was to blame for making the audience squirm with all of his crazy statements.

In the end, Markus was given the axe and Adam survived a pep talk about sex by self-proclaimed expert, Mr. Trump. I don’t think Markus learned anything from The Donald’s lecture on “do more/talk less.” Can anyone out there tell me what Markus was saying in the cab ride?


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