The men of “Celebrity Apprentice” failed once more to out maneuver their female counterparts. It may be a case of too many chiefs and not enough followers, but week after week, the women far outdistance those so-called “kings of the universe,” otherwise known as KOTU.
After last week’s tough hits in the boardroom, Tom Green felt the need to step up and take the position of project manager. That proved to be KOTU’s first big mistake.
After receiving their assignment from Donald Trump, the two teams set off to prepare for a wedding gown sale. Each was given shop space to decorate for the event, which would take place the following day.
Melissa Rivers called in a favor from one of California’s top wedding planners. He helped to transform the cold, barren space into a luxury boutique where women could come and relax with champagne and snacks while trying on their gowns.
The men, on the other hand, opted to do nothing to transform their space, leaving it basically as bare as it was when they first walked in the door. This was their second mistake.
Both sides continued to call in favors from friends and business associates of the celebrities. Clint Black when to bat hard and managed to raise $35,000 on his own. Hershel Walker also pulled in roughly $15,000 before the dress sale began.
Dennis Rodman was tasked with going out on the street to wrangle up business for the next day’s competition. Green advised Walker to go along with him. While both men did speak to women, encouraging them to shop their store, Rodman spent far more time drinking and flirting with women in restaurants and pubs along the way.
One such female he brought back to the shop to act as the team’s model. The trouble was the young lady wasn’t there the day of the actual sale when her services might have been needed.
The day of the competition, neither Green nor Rodman showed up on time for the limo pickup. The remaining team members hurried to the shop to begin preparations for the sale. Green managed to show up about 45 minutes later but was none too quick to jump in and help his team members.
Rodman never showed up at all, saying that he had an allergic reaction to a cat and had problems with his eyes. A worried Green sent a doctor up to the hotel to see the celebrity but he refused to let the physician in the door.
Rodman wore dark glasses the day of the boardroom so that no one was privy to his so-called allergic reaction. Consequently, he turned out to be mistake number three.
The men did somehow manage to get women into their shop the day of the sale and Hershel Walker did his best to charm the ladies. It worked well for KOTU and was probably the single most effective technique they used.
While the men struggled, the women started off strongly. They also called in favors from friends and acquaintances to ensure those all-important celebrity dollars.
Melissa’s idea for decorating the store set the women into the right frame of mind to shop and spend a few more bucks than normal for their dresses. Joan Rivers also stood in front of the store, along with Chloe Kardasian dressed in full bridal attired, to catch potential buyer’s attention. Joan’s fans came out in droves to meet their favorite celebrity and spend a few dollars.
The writing seemed to already be on the wall when the two teams hit the boardroom. The men were over confidant in their celebrity contributions, which were strong thanks to Black and Walker. Together the two men brought in about $50,000.
The men sold more than 60 dresses, which they were certain, would put them over the top. Their downfall, however, was in the amount at which they sold their dresses. Their total income was just over $63,000; leaving a mere $13,000 spent on actual bridal attire.
The women sold just under 25 dresses but brought in well over $100,000 in sales and contributions. That gave Athena their third solid victory in as many weeks and earned project manager, Brande Broderick, over $160,000 for her favorite charity which provides scholarships to at risk youth.
Trump let all of the men speak to whom they thought should be fired. Most mentioned Rodman since he hadn’t even bothered to show up the day of the competition. A few also mentioned Green for his inability to lead the team.
In the end, although the Donald was tempted to fire both team members, he decided to let Green go for failing to produce two weeks in a row. The celebrity was clearly shocked at being fired, assuming that the casualty would be Rodman.
If the previews for next week’s show are any indication Rodman may not live to see a fifth competition. It appears that he and Black go toe to toe next week, with neither man willing to back down. It should be an interesting show.
As I predicted last week, the women remain strong because they are all willing to lead as well as to follow. While their egos may take a few beatings along the way, in the end they manage to pull together as a team. There are unfortunately, no signs that the men are capable of doing so.
If he doesn’t do it next week, Trump will soon have to merge the men and women together in order to balance the competition. It will be interesting to see how the dynamics emerge once that takes place.