If you watched The Apprentice this week, you’ll know that there was another twist – potentially one to top last week’s double firing. Last night’s episode saw the show’s first ever ABDICATION OF POWER! Jason, who has gone up and down in my opinion, staked his claim as project manager in a task centred around setting up a dating website, only to step down halfway through the project to let Luisa take over. Throughout the episode, Luisa focused her bitchiness on Jason like a high-powered laser and pressured him into thinking he wasn’t up to the task – being the mild-mannered gent that he is, Jason accepted that Luisa was really in charge and handed over the PM position to her. This led to some boardroom drama, but we’ll see about that later…
I actually really liked what Jason said about leadership, which not many would agree with but I think makes some sense:
Sometimes the best leadership is about stepping down. Sometimes the best leadership involves very, very hard decisions, decisions where you do lose face, for the benefit of the team.
I think that this gives us an insight into why Jason was always happy to take on the tasks given to him, even if the rest of the team didn’t have faith in him. Too many times, in this series of The Apprentice alone, we’ve seen team leaders happy to take all the glory but reluctant to share it with the others even if the success of a task is down to them. God, honestly sometimes I just hate people.
Anyway, here’s the roundup, get it down yer, go on:
Nick’s face throughout the entire process…
Jason’s revelation that he ran a dating website at university – you dark horse!
The over 50’s research with the lovely people giving their best opinions – I think it showed a real difference from the kind of gimmicky dating websites that are coming out now.
Jordan’s “I’M A WOMAN” rant:
I’m a woman who works really long hours in the city and I don’t want to have to go out to a bar and sit there and wait for men to come and talk to me. I want to be able to go onto a website and CHOOSE the people I want to interact with because I am a strong, sexually liberated and high-powered woman.
Luisa being edgy throughout the whole process, probably because she knows there are slutty pictures of her all over the web
Alex’s idea for the name, ‘Cufflinks’ which I actually think worked
Jason’s pronunciation of ‘curveball’
Luisa’s continued pecking at Jason, and “I’ve got a headache because of you” – no, that’s probably from the headboard, bitch
Her berating of Jason carrying on through the open plan office for all the staff to her, just plain rude
When the web designer could barely hide the disdain in her voice at Luisa and Jason turning up late
Myles delegating the types of bad date that each of the blokes would be (but not Leah, because gentlemanLAD)
Myles “I’m the old bloke who pretends he’s way younger” Looks at Jordan “You’re the 6 foot 6, strapping guy,” looks at Alex “and you’re just the classic James Bond good looks”
Francesca looking like she was going to explode with rage throughout the entire episode
Jason’s brilliant quote “I’m in a nest of vipers…” followed by the more odd “everyone here has blood on their lips”
There’s always at least one candidate who waits for the opportunity for their to be some filming involved in a task, and spends the whole time talking about how brilliant they are at creative things – this week it was Alex’s turn to be the ‘visionary’, and he would-not-shut-up-about-it!
Let’s just take a moment to appreciate some of Alex’s acting as the bizarre and quite frankly vomit-inducing Herbert:
Nick: “Yesterday I watched the disintegration of Evolve”
Nick: “This is for my age group…. I’d run a mile!”
Myles just plainly saying “He looks an idiot” had me cracking up
Luisa realising that as PM everything falls on her now, even if – or especially if – the task fails.
The team logos:
Luisa and Francesca both spent the entire pitch looking completely pissed off, which was hilarious
Alex’s utterly cringe-worthy wink after the advert
“Do you not think it’s very masculine though?” Camera cuts to Jordan. Fantastic editing, well done.
I normally skip most of the boardroom bits in these roundups, but there were some great moments…
Karren standing up for Alex, which was sweet – he can be super annoying but he’s really consistent, always working hard and coming up with some pretty great ideas, giving it all his enthusiasm.
Jordan “If and when you do choose me to be the winner of this process…”
We had another outstanding moment from Lord Sugar’s aides aimed at Luisa, this time from Nick:
The fact that there have been two occasions where the aides have called out Luisa’s rudeness says a lot about her attitude, and it surprises me that Lord Sugar didn’t come down harder on her.
Jason’s unintentionally hilarious response to Lord Sugar’s comment about a sinking ship, turning it round to say that his first instinct would be “women and children to safety first”. I am still laughing at it.
Karren’s last little comment, which will hopefully lead to some great stuff next week:
So, one of the show’s more eccentric characters has gone, and now we’re left with a bunch of egos… let’s see what happens next week when the teams are given the rather strange task of coming up with a ready meal. Yeah, that’s going to be, er, interesting…