Down to Three on The Apprentice

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I have skipped a few episodes of The Apprentice, and it isn’t because I stopped watching.  As the season moves on, I like the show better. In the beginning it bothered me that the contestants seemed to have a goal of protecting themselves rather than do their best and win.

This last episode was down to the final four. It was Clint and Steuart on a team and Brandy and Liza on the other.  The task was to pick a product, price it and sell it on QVC. The team with the highest profits would win.

Clint was Project Manager for his team and Liza was Project Manager for her team.  Clint and Steuart had a strategy of leading the women to believe they wanted the watch, when in reality they wanted the purse.  They also wanted the second time slot so they would have time to prepare.

I don’t know what the time slots were, but there are peak times and slow times on QVC. Last time they did a QVC task, one of the times was peak and the other was not. It would have been interesting to find out about the times.

Clint ended up getting the product and the time he wanted. It lit a fire under Brandy which was nice to see.  Brandy started out looking like a star and I was sure she was going to go to the finals.

The last three weeks, however, she looked like she checked out.  Instead of doing her best and proving she should be there, she took on the role of the victim.  She found reasons why she would be thrown under the bus if her team lost.  Her performance really dropped. I was disappointed.

I don’t know how Liza made it so far. She should have been fired in the first few weeks, but somehow was able to stay alive in the board room.  My impression of Liza is she is young and inexperienced. She doesn’t have good ideas until after the fact. There were many episodes that I wanted her to get fired, but she really wasn’t the reason the task was lost.

Steuart impressed me until he was PM. I think he is a great team member, but not a great leader.  I couldn’t see him winning, but he is talented.

Clint at first I didn’t think he would go all the way because he is definitely not a New Yorker, but I think that ended up being his advantage. He seemed to me to be an honest person with integrity. He didn’t play politics like the others.  Even when he wasn’t PM he took up the slack and did what he could.

In this task I would have picked the watches or the scarfs. The reason for those are the demographics. Women around 50+ are general into colorful watches. They also wear scarves to hid their necks.  It would have been easier to sell a lot of both items.

The purse is more expensive and with the economy the way it is, I thought women would watch their spending.

On the women’s team Brandy didn’t offer much assistance when Liza would ask for her thoughts. Her go to answer was, “It’s your decision”. I was really hoping Brandy would wake up and shine again, but she looked physically tired and worn out.

In the end, Liza won by about $800. That meant Clint and Steuart were in the board room and one of them would be fired.

I didn’t think Clint would go, but they way Brandy had been skating by I thought it would be the two men in the finals.

I was happy to see that Clint and Steuart were civil and maintained their integrity. Neither of them attacked the other. Clint just did better at selling himself and Steuart was fired.

In the next episode Trump will fire someone right away.  I have two differing thoughts about who that will be.

If Trump wants to pick the best two out of the three, he will fire Liza.  However, Liza did finally win and Brandy had been slacking off.

Everyone except Liza and her family knows she doesn’t have a chance of winning the whole thing, but Trump might really want Clint and he knows if he puts Liza against Clint, Clint will shine. He didn’t do it in the last task, but the final tasks aren’t based solely on profits.

The next episode will be exciting to see.

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