Thursday, December 15, 2005

ANOTHER BIZARRE MOMENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE APPRENTICE

WEST COAST SPOILER ALERT!!

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Actually, why bother even watching, I'll just tell you. Randal won The Apprentice 4 tonight. Basically his whole event was washed out and he had to move it indoors and he did a sensational job. He raised $11,000 for his charity while Rebecca raised not a darn cent! That ought to have been it! Other teams were mass-fired for not making money on sales, but these bozos in the Trump boardroom were allowing Rebecca to go scott-free.

I also thought Randal absolutely killed Rebecca in the boardroom tonight. He turned to the Apprentice candidates and asked them who they preferred and most of them stood up in support of him, even though the folks at home couldn't see it because they were in the dark. Alla went on a rant against Rebecca, basically trashed her on TV. Not pretty. Anyway this was a Super Bowl blowout of epic proportions.

So Trump tells Randal "you're hired"! Randal is jumping up and down and screaming and all the black people in the audience are celebrating and so on. And then Trump calls him back to the chair, and he sits down. And this is where it gets really strange.

Trump gets ready to ask Apprentice Randal how he would feel if Rebecca was offered a job too. And Randal says to Trump "This is the Apprentice, not the Apprentii, Mr. Trump!" and screws Rebecca right out of an Apprentice job with Trump on national television!!!

Wow. And Trump says okay, so he just hired Randal, that's it. And Rebecca is just shaking her head in disgust and the crowd is booing, and it's the most contrived, lamest, embarrassing ending to The Apprentice 4 that you could imagine. It was even worse than the 3-hour Season 2 debacle where they piled on Jennifer during the boardroom. It was that bad. It was so bad that I don't even know if West Coast viewers will even see that ending, it might even be cut or re-edited! But the audience on the East Coast sure saw it and you'll definitely read about it in the papers tomorrow. Yikes.

I mean really, we didn't need to see that ending. Frankly, Rebecca was not in Randal's league, we all knew that. Randal was the better man tonight. But for Trump to basically put Randal on the spot like that was just awful, just terrible. It made Randal look like a jerk. And it made Rebecca look really bad on TV. It was a lousy, contrived ending to what should have been the greatest season in the history of this show. I feel bad for Rebecca for having to go through it. I were Rebecca I'd slug Randal for screwing me out of a job with Trump. She should put Randal in a cast, for a change. But that's business for you, it's tough, and you encounter lots of self-important jerks.

I think hiring two people to be The Apprentice at once would be great TV at some point, but it would not have worked here. I think the only time it should happen is if you have two excellent candidates with very little to choose between them in terms of overall records and experience. To have chosen more than one Apprentice would cheapen this particular show. It would have been seen as a gimmick, a ratings stunt. So I actually agree with Randal. This show has to keep it real; otherwise it's just another crass TV show. Randal may have singlehandedly saved the franchise by doing that, because it was a dumb move for Trump to make, thinking about hiring two at once.

The other thing was that Rebecca's event turned out to be nothing but a big Yahoo! promotion, but the whole point was to raise money for the charity. So Yahoo! announces they're giving $50,000 each to both these charities. Or was it $500,000? Anyway Rebecca's botched-up event ended up being great for both Autism Speaks! and the Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. They both made out like bandits.

What a bizarre end to what should have been a triumphant night for this show. At least the show crowned the right winner and restored my faith to some degree. This Apprentice show got me back watching and caring, which was very important. But man, what a bizarre ending.

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