A Dose of Reality: The Apprentice 4 - Episode 5: Short People Got Good Reason to Smile.
by Gordon Miller
Published: October 22, 2005
In the fifth week of the Apprentice, the candidates had to build a prototype float for the new movie Zathura from Sony Pictures. Zathura is about two brothers who find a board game, open it, and their house becomes a spaceship taking them on a wild adventure throughout the galaxy. The teams would be judged on their ability to advertise, promote, and visually encompass the spirit and name of the movie. The winning team would have their float in the Hollywood Holiday Parade as well as the get the opportunity to work with one of the most talented musical artists of music today, Wyclef Jean. The losers would ultimately have to fight for their life in the boardroom.
“Reason why we’re winning is that we have good team dynamics” - Mark
Excel has been dominating Capital Edge in winning their third won their third consecutive task in this job interview. Sad part is that the editing is definitely producing a lopsided view of the teams. Editing is showing us clearly who the winner is even before the judges ultimately decide the fate. Capital Edge even had the opportunity to seize one of the most instrumental candidates on Excel. But this acquisition didn’t prove to be effective as the women continue to lack the cohesion that the men have displayed to date in the interview.
Team Excel Assessment
The mission started out with DT allowing Capital Edge to choose one of the members of Excel. The girls made a smart strategic move in choosing Randal as a chance to weaken team Excel. Brian steps up as project manager.
“A big part of why were doing is to teach people what the name of the movie is.” – Jon Favreau
Excel’s concepts were pretty sound. Their float captured the idea of the movie by having robots, meteors, and spaceships as the house travels through the universe. Excel had an intelligent idea by adding Zathura audio as well as clearly branding the name and website of the movie on the float. The presentation was decent as well even though Brian caught an oral enema. Excel even got props from Carolyn as well. For their success, we were subject to the production of the next Billboard hit, “The Rubbleman.”
Markus’ short move from the spotlight has been eliminated as we all saw his apathy in their mission. Can’t really say he was marginalized as we all saw that he made no attempt to the success of the mission. Back to the cubicle in the basement, Milton.
Capital Edge Assessment
These girls have started out the last two missions by having Pow Wow’s to sort out their issues. However, these Pow Wow’s have proved to be ineffective as the women continue to let their cattiness and bickering decimate their team. The women made a good strategic move in acquiring Randal but they failed to use their strategy to their advantage.
Kristi came up with the concept of showing the house in the original standing and as the float passes by you see the house being pulled into the galaxy. Conceptually, the idea sounded good but the their float and presentation was absolutely horrendous. Their float was reminiscent of a bad elementary school science project. Most of all, Capital Edge barely branded the float.
Say it with me Jen, “ZA-THU-RA”
As a result of lack of preparation, the presentation was quite weak. Jennifer M just didn’t seem confident and couldn’t get her thoughts together. Jennifer M mispronounced the name of the movie while keeping her valley girl enthusiasm. The only action we saw from the Stepford sorority was complaints about one another and the project.
“I’m here to kick some major butt.” – Jennifer M
Not sure if you succeeded, Jen. I commend Jennifer M for sitting Kristi down and trying to put in her place by critiquing her attitude and her inability to be a team player. However, the weakness of Jennifer M was shown by her crying before the boardroom and complaining about how Kristi was so rotten to her and broke her stride by stating don’t screw it up, don’t miss it, don’t miss the point.
Kristi, killer of team dynamics
The girls definitely ganged up on Kristi in this one. She was cited as being extremely bossy, confrontational, negative, and disobedient. However, we must acknowledge that was not the ultimate reason why they lost. I think Jennifer luckily made it by her comment to DT of having to respect the other team members as well as her beauty. Honestly, I would have fired Jennifer M and Kristi.
Next week appears to be a corporate reshuffle as DT indicated. I wonder how the Capital Edge will fare with members of Excel. Will the cattiness and bickering be eliminated? Will the Stepford sorority be disassembled? Will other alliances develop? Who knows but I do think three people are getting fired next week.