This week saw the teams selling caravans and accessories at The Birmingham Motorhome Show, which meant another chance for the gormless bunch to brag about their selling skills, with the obvious foreseeable downfall. There was not as much back-stabbing or bitchiness in this episode, which was quite nice, although it was clear from the start that Neil chose Jason to be on his sub team so that he could push him around – that backfired later in the task, though. I felt like this episode centred very much around Kurt, Myles and Alex, with the others not getting much of a look-in, to the point that at one stage I was surprised to see Francesca’s face as I thought she wasn’t in the competition anymore. The difference with this task was that the candidates needed to gauge their audience rather than just apply their old selling techniques to every customers; it was clear that Alex and Kurt underestimated the potential in the older market, as was seen in their constant wise-cracks about ‘coffin-dodgers’ and mobility scooters. Back in the boardroom, there was a twist that I didn’t see coming but apparently had been mentioned before, perhaps in last week’s episode or maybe on a showbiz website – either way, it wasn’t quite as dramatic as other double-firings have been in the past, but I think that in this case it was totally necessary.
Also, just a note for this post – I’m experimenting with the picture sizes, we’re doing things a bit bigger this week. So let’s do it, guys – let’s do the DTSFT roundup…
Kurt and Alex trying to gauge the age of the average caravan owner, punctuated with Kurt’s heavily Scouse’d up “caravancaravancaravan”
Myles “We loved your box”
Myles’s super positive enthusiasm “We love it” x 100
Alex and Kurt “Old, old, old, old, old – even the security guard is a coffin-dodger”
Jason’s eccentric personality slamming into over-drive in this episode…
Myles: “I’m not sure Leah does ‘massively enthusiastic’”
Alex’s sales banter – he irritates me at times but his enthusiasm and way with words on the spot always make me smile – “I’m the camper who’s thinking ahead!”
When Jordan targeted old people as he tried to sell the children’s camping boxes, by saying “It’d be a great present for a young boy”
I didn’t hate Luisa quite so much in the episode, largely because she wasn’t in it a lot, but when she was on screen she did irritate me… “Ohhhh I dunnooooo, I’m just selling’ ‘emmm”
Jason’s excitement at potentially securing a big sale
And Neil having to grit his teeth and admit that Jason is doing well
Nick describing Kurt’s selling style as “lackadaisical”
The stark difference between the sharp-suited candidates and the casually dressed punters
Normally a double-firing shakes things up quite a bit, so hopefully next week’s episode – which sees the teams competing to make a dating website – will throw up some interesting moments. Let us know your thoughts, and stay tuned next week for more Apprentice goodness!