The Apprentice: LA Recap

After the recap of Angela's obvious firing, we see the post-boardroom aftermath of Nicole and Tim's increasingly strained (or perhaps non-existent) relationship as Heidi and Kristine return to tell Tim that Nicole didn't make it back. Of course he figures out they were joking but not after they tell him everything that Trump said about him being disloyal. Tim's not impressed and back in the mansion James confronts Tim with the information he learned from sitting in on the boardroom. Tim admits he has conflicting loyalties but that ultimately he's out to win. James is skeptical and Frank goes into yelling mode. Not surprisingly, Stefani remains mostly silent. Meanwhile, Heidi tells the camera that she's feeling a bit like she's back in high school with the romantic drama. High school with backyard tents and mansions.

The next day, the Apprentice wannabes meet up with Trump at the LA Times printing facility. This week's task is to design and produce a supplement for the paper to promote a new mouthwash called "Smart Mouth". The team who comes up with the best supplement, according to the executive panel, wins.

Arrow is testing each other's breath as they get down to business. Apparently Frank's breath smells like chicken. I'm so glad I know this. Tim sort of takes over the brainstorming and comes up with a few ideas that Frank doesn't seem too on board with. They decide to go with the concept of "everyone has morning breath" and grab some folks off the street to appear in a group shot to portray a more global appeal. Over at Kinetic the girls put themselves up as the models for the layout and boy are they impressed with how awesome they are. Heidi is the project manager this time around and has some reservations about limiting the demographic with only presenting women in their ad. Still, she's confident with her graphic concept and feels in control of the situation.

After a long night of graphic design and production, Arrow (except James, who seems to live in his suit) is still hanging out in their pajamas and Frank and Stefani head back to get ready for the presentation. For some reason Tim stays behind with no time to get back to the mansion -- and no line of communication. There was a great possibility that Tim was going to have to go to the presentation in his pajamas. Unfortunately, Frank and Stefani came through and brought Tim some clothes. Minus socks, but what can you do? Both teams give their presentations -- I'm once again impressed with Stefani's presentation skills and I'm not sure what the guys would do without her. I can't imagine Frank giving a presentation without totally offending someone or just going off on one of his rants. Arrow's insert was well produced, but seemed to miss the mark in getting the message across and didn't flow well. Kinetic's presentation was a little stiff, but their supplement was much more engaging and in keeping with the target market for Smart Mouth. The kicker was the contoured shape of their insert -- which mimicked the Smart Mouth bottles. Kinetic was deemed far superior, sending Arrow back into the boardroom.

Kinetic's reward is to be pampered at the mansion by "the world's best chefs". I'm sure that sounds nice to the girls, but it's not like going to Tiffany's or jetting up to see the Governator. The reward is redeemed when the girls find out that the chefs are actually family from home, Nicole's mom, Heidi's mom and Kristine's husband, who actually happens to be a world-class chef. Niceness all around and Nicole tells the story of Tim to her mom, who then gives her the best advice of the season, which is: "focus on the task". Exactly. In the back yard, Arrow prepares to face Trump in the boardroom and Frank spends some quality time with a huge bag of chips.

In the boardroom, Tim is predictably in the hot seat with questions of loyalty and the bad creative concept. It's dogpile on Tim time, and Donald and Ivanka are right in the thick of it. Ivanka seems to blab on a lot about marketing and this task, but it seems a lot like Monday morning quarterbacking. Frank and Tim go at each other and Frank's vocabulary seems a little stunted as he comes up with a case for himself. He bashes Tim for even getting involved with Nicole and Trump echoes these sentiments. I personally find this a bit hypocritical of the Donald, since he has been the one to bring it up poking around for gossip week after week. After what may have been the longest boardroom scene ever, Tim is on the receiving end of the "You're fired." this week. I think we could have saved so much time by just getting that over with in the beginning since we all saw it coming. Tim reluctantly leaves the mansion and I feel sort of bad for him. He probably wouldn't have been the Apprentice, but I think he sort of got a bad rap for being involved in one of the only halfway interesting subplots of the season. What did you think of this week's task and who will be the next to go? Check in here with your analysis and predictions.

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