"They should have a good time [on my plane]. But they better not use my bed."
- The Donald, on Nick's and Amy's reward of a trip on Trump's luxury jet
The week's challenge involved seeing which team could rent Trump's penthouse ballroom, a 5500 square foot room on the 90th floor of the Trump Tower. Trump told them they should get at least $20,000 for one night.
Strange that neither team ran into the other while showing the ballroom to prospective tenants. Maybe there were actually two such rooms, one on each side of the elevator banks, and each team was assigned to different rooms.
Anyway, Protege (Troy, Kwame, Bill) had two bidders, one couple at about $32,000, and another pair who offered $35,000. But Troy went to work on the second pair and asked for $38,500. That guy got up and said, "I think I'm being hustled." Which he was. So the team went back to the first couple and squeezed $35,001 out of them. I actually thought that Kwame was quite clever in asking for the extra $1, on the theory that if the other team got $35,000 too, Protege would win by $1. (This is a useful tactic in bidding on ebay, too, I might note.)
Versacorp (Nick and Amy) weren't doing as well. With 15 minutes left, they had no bid, and the one guy who was really eager to bid had a problem with the lease: he wanted the room for a New Year's Eve party, but the lease required that the room be emptied by midnight. However, with 2 minutes left, he came back, and Nick closed the door. Amount: undisclosed to us at the time, but later revealed to be $40,800.
The Reward: As noted above, Nick and Amy got to fly on Trump's luxury jet to go to an exotic foreign resort for lunch. However, any notions of a romantic lunch were squashed when Amy's sister and Nick's dad joined them.
The Boardroom: Bill said that Kwame needed more real-world experience and that Troy was good at sales but would not be a good CFO or CEO. Kwame agreed that Troy would not be a good CFO but thought that at an appropriate company, he would be a good CEO. Troy ended up taking Kwame with him to the boardroom, which stunned Kwame. Troy explained that over the past 12 weeks, Bill had had great success in thinking outside the box, while Kwame had done a terrific job -- only in a supporting role. Kwame defended himself on the ground that he had been selected project manager twice (and had been the PM a third time as well on a random draw). Troy said that he didn't have Kwame's education (MBA) but he had better business instincts.
Trump thought about and said, "This is a tough choice. This is the toughest choice I've had to make." Then he told Troy that he was talented but too much of a loose cannon to run a multibillion corporation. And he fired Troy.
Next Week: The next episode is the last "regular" episode before the live finale. And we're told that two people will be fired in the first half hour! Not only that, Omarosa will be back in some kind of role. . . .
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I'm a bit surprised that (a) Troy took Kwame with him instead of Bill; and (b) Trump fired Troy instead of Kwame. However, maybe I shouldn't have been surprised. Bill has been a quietly strong performer, and everyone knew that last week, Amy had identified Bill as her strongest competition. In addition, Troy had to be worried that if he chose Bill to go to the boardroom, Trump would think that he (Troy) was favoring his buddy. So I think choosing Kwame was the better move for Troy.
As for the decision to fire Troy, I probably shouldn't have been surprised either. While I think Troy has been a strong performer, for whatever reason, Trump hasn't been that impressed with him. Maybe it's the lack of a college education, or maybe it's Troy's occasional smarmy aggressiveness.
At this point, I think the final two will be Bill and Amy. Yes, I know that last week I thought that Amy had lost her sense of invulnerability, but it looks like I was wrong.
UPDATE (4/2): Prof. Althouse was bored by last night's episode:
We might as well have an episode that's just a closeup on Trump's face where he looks into the camera and says, for an hour, "I am rich, I am so rich, I am so much richer that you can imagine .... " That's what it felt like last night.