The Apprentice, Episode 7 – DTSFT Roundup

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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…

Jason packing his essentials

The poor bloke in the background who had to listen to the whole spiel

The poor bloke in the background who had to listen to the whole spiel

My boys, looking good even early in morning

My boys, looking good even early in morning

We'll never know if this man managed to catch his bus or not :(

We’ll never know if this man managed to catch his bus or not 😦

Jordan entering a child's tent (the short jokes will never stop, so get used to them)

Jordan entering a child’s tent (the short jokes will never stop, so get used to them)

This was basically all Francesca did in this task...

This was basically all Francesca did in this task…

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

That said… his pained example of his winning smile didn’t exactly win me over…

That said… his pained example of his winning smile didn’t exactly win me over…

Nick wasn’t impressed either, describing Myles as 'nauseating'

Nick wasn’t impressed either, describing Myles as ‘nauseating’

The Jordan-sized caravans

The Jordan-sized caravans

And the Jordan-sized house

And the Jordan-sized house

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…

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“Oh, this is LOVELY”

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”

This facial expression on Kurt which should be a meme -

This facial expression on Kurt which should be a meme – “I’ve made a huge mistake”

I liked the partnership of Alex and Kurt at times in this episode, they seemed to work well together for me without being too chummy and silly - they just got the job done... kind of

I liked the partnership of Alex and Kurt at times in this episode, they seemed to work well together for me without being too chummy and silly – they just got the job done… kind of

Natalie asking whether the balloons had helium in them, while filling them up… with helium

Natalie asking whether the balloons had helium in them, while filling them up… with helium

 

This fucking loser - typical person who sees a camera and people working hard, and decides that he needs to tell them what he thinks and try to be HILARIOUS with his opinion - I'm calling you out, old man!

This fucking loser – typical person who sees a camera and people working hard, and decides that he needs to tell them what he thinks and try to be HILARIOUS with his opinion – I’m calling you out, old man!

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

Jason wearing what I’m sure are his pyjamas under his jacket

Jason wearing what I’m sure are his pyjamas under his jacket

Jason winning over the Blue Rinse Army with his “theatrical and overly-sincere” style

Jason winning over the Blue Rinse Army with his “theatrical and overly-sincere” style

And his earnest yet geeky personal celebration - “Score!”

And his earnest yet geeky personal celebration – “Score!”

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Natalie’s face when she wasn’t picked as eye-candy… ouch

Leah grabbing a solid arm-and-pec combo on Kurt, nice work girl, get some!

Leah grabbing a solid arm-and-pec combo on Kurt, nice work girl, get some!

The clear evidence that Kurt hates 'Leg Day' - stacked up top, skinny legs, sort it out K-Dawg

The clear evidence that Kurt hates ‘Leg Day’ – stacked up top, skinny legs, sort it out K-Dawg

Nick describing Kurt’s selling style as “lackadaisical”

The stark difference between the sharp-suited candidates and the casually dressed punters

Sleepy Kurt - reminding me of Al Pacino in the latter half of Insomnia, he just needs some sleep, poor baby

Sleepy Kurt – reminding me of Al Pacino in the latter half of Insomnia, he just needs some sleep, poor baby

Alex talking about tombstones while Neil’s teeth make an appearance, not a coincidence

Alex talking about tombstones while Neil’s teeth make an appearance, not a coincidence

 

Luisa’s face at the prospect of meeting Chris Hoy and getting some of that Olympic D

Luisa’s face at the prospect of meeting Chris Hoy and getting some of that Olympic D

Jason getting a special congratulation from Lord Sugar, and the soppy bastard bowing as he left the room.

Jason getting a special congratulation from Lord Sugar, and the soppy bastard bowing as he left the room.

Kurt’s face when Natalie said she wasn’t crying, she was angry (through tears) - I felt bad for him because he had a point, when she started crying he felt he needed to back off and she knew that.

Kurt’s face when Natalie said she wasn’t crying, she was angry (through tears) – I felt bad for him because he had a point, when she started crying he felt he needed to back off and she knew that.

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!

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