The men failed again. We’ll recap the second episode of 2009 Celebrity Apprentice and you’ll find out along the way why the men’s team failed.
Episode 1 Celebrity Apprentice
The men’s egotistical Celebrity Apprentice team, KOTU (Kings of the Universe) team went up against team Athena, the women’s Celebrity Apprentice team last week in the battle of the cupcake sales. Joan Rivers won $126,000 for “God’s Love: We Deliver.”
Meanwhile, Andrew Dice Clay and Dennis Rodman brought nothing to the men’s team but when called to the boardroom tried to get Herschel Walker fired. Andrew Dice Clay ended up hearing the now infamous words, “You’re fired.”
Celebrity Apprentice Second Task
This week the teams were challenged by Zappos.com to create a four page comic book for their website which is known for selling shoes, handbags, and clothes. Zappos.com anticipates over a billion dollars in sales this year. They teamed with Image Comics to create a costume and four page comic to promote the customer service focus of Zappos.com.
Scott Hamilton took the helm of Celebrity Apprentice team KOTU, while Khloe Kardashian was selected to lead team Athena.
Celebrity Apprentice women have mastered one task: talking in circles
Once again, Annie Duke ran roughshod over the chatty women’s team. She wrenched control of the script. Annie Duke, professional poker player, took over the script writing from Joan Rivers, who has written four plays for Broadway. Neither Joan nor Annie could keep their mouths shut.
Celebrity Apprentice men running plays in all different directions
Dennis Rodman ran the Zappos.com project way off track, more along a path he alone has trodden – a kind of, well, different path. His idea didn’t seem to fit the Zappos.com corporate image. Comedian Tom Green went into the second episode and the second task on the defensive, afraid that since his buddy Andrew Dice Clay had been fired the previous week he would be thrown under the bus. He made a fool of himself at the meeting with the Zappos.com executives. Hamilton should have shut Tom Green up while he had the chance, because he continued to talk and talk and talk……….and talk throughout the task.
Building the Character and Story Board
The men were all over the place with their ideas and wasted a lot of time. They weren’t ready when the editor and artist arrived from Image Comics. Clint Black was very controlling. He shut down Jesse James, who despite his man-on-the-street appearance, seems to have had a good grasp of this task. After all, his work is conceptual. If they had thought back to what Jesse did with the cupcake van last week, how he envisioned and created a stunning, attention getting wrap, the Celebrity Apprentice men’s team would have listened to his ideas about creating a comic book character. Their egos and stubborn “I’m always right, and you are always wrong attitudes” hurt all the men on this project.
Scott Hamilton had no control with the men’s team.
The women began to pull it together, with lots of contributions. They developed Mz. Z. The focus group not only liked the women’s comic character, they liked the women. They contributed positive advice to the women.
The men’s group was clearly not prepared for the focus group, and the focus group knew it. Tom Green performed for the focus group. The focus group of comic book readers didn’t get a chance to contribute their ideas. The Image Comics group even grew weary with the men. They were up against the clock to make a costume and storyboard.
Once the character concept was developed the men couldn’t come up with a name. Hamilton randomly landed on EEE for a name. The only thing Tom Green contributed was to question the decision to name their character EEE.
It was pretty easy to predict the men’s Celebrity Apprentice team was headed for disaster.
Celebrity Apprentice Presents to Zappos.com
Claudia Jordan was to present for the women, but was sick. She didn’t do well in the presentation.
At the last minute Scott Hamilton chose Tom Green to present for the men. I think it was his chance to get him fired if he screwed up the presentation. Tom did a great job on the presentation. The problem was the concept and character name, EEE.
Celebrity Apprentice Winners and Losers
Hamilton knew going into the boardroom that if they lost the task it was him or Tom Green who was going to be fired. Hamilton began, before the boardroom, to accuse Green of sabotaging the task at every turn.
The two turned on each other in the boardroom.
When the women were pronounced the winner, Khloe Kardashian was awarded $20,000 for her charity of choice, The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug and Alcohol Awareness.
2009 Celebrity Apprentice: “You’re fired!”
Ultimately Scott Hamilton was fired because “EEE” had nothing to do with the letter “Z,” which seemed synonymous with Zappos.com.
Was there any other choice? How dumb was it to use “EEE” for a character name for Zappos.com? Too dumb for Donald Trump to deal with.
Predictions for episode 3
The tension between Annie Duke and the rest of the women’s team has to come to a head soon. It wouldn’t surprise me to see her as project manager next week, since she has taken over the role in the first two episodes.
Tom Green made it through the boardroom. In the boardroom he made the comment that he would like to be project manager next week because he is tired of losing. I expect to see Tom Green managing the men next week.
I anticipate the women will win again. Regardless of their conflicts with Annie Duke, the women have demonstrated the ability to pull together and pool their ideas on every task. The men have got to get past their egos before they will ever pull off a win.
“2009 Celebrity Apprentice: Episode 2,” NBC.com
“2009 Celebrity Apprentice: Episode 2 Video,” NBC.com