The Apprentice, Episode 9 – DTSFT Roundup

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The remaining contestants were set to the task creating a range of microwave ready meals.  EASY PEASY! Bung a bit of rice with some meat and veg in there, you’ve got yourself a meal. Can’t be hard to get this task wrong…  Much like Team Evolve’s meal, this episode was rather bland for me.  These tasks where they have to come up with a product from concept to pitch can be quite exciting, but this was just boring for the most part.  And as if that wasn’t bad enough, I couldn’t reach into the screen and try the food – you don’t dangle pasta in front of this girl and expect her not to leap up and try to tear it from your grip.  I think that everyone should have survived this week because the task itself was boring and pointless, and everyone who watched it deserves a pat on the back.

Anyway, I guess here’s your roundup.  Oh, and we’re sticking with the large picture format – I mean who doesn’t want a close-up of Neil’s facial hair?  Speaking of which….

Neil’s neck-beard - sort it out, you scruffy shit

Neil’s neck-beard – sort it out, you scruffy shit

Leah being helpful, which is unusual for the majority of the female candidates. My opinion of Leah has changed a great deal since the beginning of the series, I have to admit

Leah being helpful, which is unusual for the majority of the female candidates. My opinion of Leah has changed a great deal since the beginning of the series, I have to admit

Jordan proving that some of the candidates are quite literally head and shoulders above him

Jordan proving that some of the candidates are quite literally head and shoulders above him

Not even trying to disguise that it’s Morrisons…

Not even trying to disguise that it’s Morrisons…

Francesca “I’m happy to project manager this week” Remember, these are some of the BEST BUSINESS BRAINS IN BRITAIN

Which was followed by this:

...which made me laugh a lot, for some reason

…which made me laugh a lot, for some reason

Both Luisa and Francesca trying really hard to assert that they can’t cook – what are you doing?! JUST PRETEND

Alex’s idea for the name Popty Ping – is it just me who thinks that’s an awesome name?

Nick’s spot-on impression of my dad

Nick’s spot-on impression of my dad

Culturally sensitive, as ever.

Culturally sensitive, as ever.

Myles has seemed like a cool customer throughout the series so far, but it’s starting to wear off right about now…

Myles has seemed like a cool customer throughout the series so far, but it’s starting to wear off right about now…

Neil sometimes acts like a jerk, but he can’t handle jerk chicken….

Neil sometimes acts like a jerk, but he can’t handle jerk chicken….

Really important shots like this:

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Everytime Luisa said “HELLO” or “THANK YEEEERRRRWWWWWW”, it made my skin crawl

“Are you powerful enough?” For a ready meal. That’s the slogan. Seriously.

The steely determination with which Myles wore Alex down and won him round to his idea was quite unnerving, actually

When this poor human Cheestring got worried at Luisa and Neil's

When this poor human Cheestring got worried at Luisa and Neil’s “Oh My Pow” concept

Not even trying to hide her feelings about the taste

Not even trying to hide her feelings about the taste

The woman who told the ‘box of prawns’ story – outstanding stuff, I wonder who’ll play her in the movie of her life

Neil, in one of his ‘to camera’ bits, saying that he’d told Francesca to try the food before giving it to the test group – why would you even need to tell her to do that? Is she that stupid?

Jordan asking Alex why he wasn’t pitching, which I felt was totally hypocritical seeing as he spent his task as project manager delegating work to the others in his team

Luisa’s body-language while Karren says this, making for quite a bit of irony

Luisa’s body-language while Karren says this, making for quite a bit of irony

“No grammar intended”

Actually felt a chill when Francesca did this look - I thought Luisa was going to die

Actually felt a chill when Francesca did this look – I thought Luisa was going to die

Spot the attention seeker

Spot the attention seeker

Alex knowing that the best way to leave a crowd of screaming kids is to scream at them one more time, keep them hyped for their next lesson

Alex knowing that the best way to leave a crowd of screaming kids is to scream at them one more time, keep them hyped for their next lesson

The unforgettable and quite unbelievable moment when Alex spent most of Myles’s pitch pricking (pun intended) at the microwave seal, giving the whole scene a sort of bizarre tension

I felt bad for Leah; you could see the frustration on her face when the men on the team kept interrupting her during the pitch, namely Myles… you’re losing your cool veneer, M-Dawg!

The legend whose feedback form gave the serving suggestion of “Don’t serve it”

This will be the final scene of the show will be if Luisa wins

This will be the final scene of the show will be if Luisa wins

Nick saying that Leah is academically gifted, while the camera shows that she can’t even close both eyes simultaneously to blink, like a broken lie-down doll

Nick saying that Leah is academically gifted, while the camera shows that she can’t even close both eyes simultaneously to blink, like a broken lie-down doll

Leah speaking up for herself properly for the first time, referring to herself as a ‘realistic prospect’

Lord Sugar saying he wouldn’t even categorise himself in the same league as Richard Branson – wow, bit of unexpected modesty there!

I think everyone felt a little uncomfortable in the moments before the firing.  Leah bringing Myles’s age into the discussion, and Myles in turn telling her coldly to take Lord Sugar’s advice and ‘be quiet’.

Next week sees the gang growing a business from scratch in 48 hours – sourcing products to invest in and sell.  Should be fairly interesting, seeing as everyone left in the competition comes from very different business backgrounds, so the struggle over what to invest in should be fun to watch!

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