The Apprentice, Episode 11 – DTSFT Roundup

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Alright, so it’s here – the interview round.  Personally, I had been hoping that we’d see some more comedy candidates at this stage – mainly Jason and Alex, of course – but that was sadly not to be.  I think from about halfway through it was clear who was going through to the final, with a few faded question marks over some of them, and ultimately I’d say that the right two people have made it through.  We’re going to take a little bit of a different tack with week’s roundup – I’m going to take each candidate and go through their best moments from this episode, compiling quotes and moments from all their interviews.  This is mostly because there’s not a huge deal of interaction between the candidates, and the screenshots are going to be very similar throughout. But it’s safe to say that we had our ‘Stuart Baggs’ moment, which I’ve saved for later in the post.

And just something before we start, a bit of appreciation for the return of Margaret ‘Eyebrows’ Mountford.  Legend.

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Ready? Okay.  Here comes the roundup…

FRANCESCA

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Francesca’s frustration kept creeping on to her face whenever Luisa tried to be chatty and friendly between interviews – I’d find that annoying too, to be honest, especially since it’s at odds with how Luisa has been for most of the series!

Poor Francesca, having to sit there and smile as she’s told that her CV makes her sound boring , and having to defend herself:

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This amazing moment of stupidity:

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And how she went from being so smiley at the start to this:

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There was an awkward moment when Luisa went back to the candidates and mentioned that she knew “they” had called her manipulative, and casually said to Francesca “I know you’ve said those things about me” – the way Francesca squirmed, yikes!

NEIL

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There wasn’t much of a focus on Neil in this episode – I think that says a great deal about him, that they couldn’t find any dirt on him or anything that he’d lied about on his CV or business plan.  That said – what the hell was his business? “Sell your house by yourself! But also, pay me to let you do that!” If that’s how business works, sign me the hell up right now.

Neil’s self-confidence when faced with Claude was pretty cool, for a solid 30 seconds there was a back and forth of “You can’t do it” “Yes I can” “No, you can’t” “Yes I can, yes I can, yes I CAAAAAAAAAAN!”.  Kudos for standing your ground, dude – even though, you know, you had no chance overall…

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I have to say I was disappointed by Neil bringing up his past again in the interviews. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate his motivation is a personal thing, but I think it’s an unprofessional thing to bring up in an interview, and though Neil seems like a genuine bloke I think he knew that was going to be a good tactic.

LUISA

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When Luisa said her leadership style was similar to Lord Sugar, one strike and you’re out…

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Luisa asking Francesca if her interview was bad, or even worse than she thought it would be, and the smile on her face (see top Luisa pic)… wow!

Girl, even *I* did better than that in my AS Levels, come on!

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Margaret calling Luisa out for making tongue-in-cheek comments on her CV, then raising her Everybrow Of Death…

I get the feeling that part of the reason Luisa has got so far is because they wanted someone to be able to say “Your idea is half-baked”, but she did a lot better in the interviews than some, but that’s still to come…

LEAH

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Leah, the answer to this question should have been “Oh, nothing, you look GREAT”. Instead, this happened (pay attention to Soutar’s facial expressions as the conversation progresses):

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Hahaha, the “You’d need over one syringe” comment is the best part.

She’s also finally getting the hang of ‘less is more’ make-up, but this is a weird thing to put on your CV…

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I think Leah was incredibly impressive in this episode, to me anyway.  She’s been a bit of a dark horse, in the background sort of seeming like a tag-along most of the time, and if you’d asked me which one was the doctor in this series I’d never have picked her out.  But in her interviews, she was given the chance to be herself and present her ideas in her own way. Loved it. Leah to win!

 JORDAN

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Jordan looked worried from the start – possibly because he knew that his CV and business plan would be scrutinised, or possibly because – to be on the safe side – he avoided eating before the interviews. We no want no sicky sicky, eh J-dawg?

Margaret’s deadpan recitation of Jordan’s CV, “walking in the footsteps of kings” followed by asking him to confirm that his role model is David Beckham

The initial impressiveness of Jordan’s Oxford degree turning out to mean sod all, basically

Jordan’s rambling at the start of his interview, prattling on about his intelligence and how he’s better than everyone else around him, which he followed with (after some prodding):

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The awkward moment when Jordan mentions a business partner on his CV, and he has to explain that he doesn’t mean Lord Sugar…

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I don’t need to explain the Rubik’s cube thing. Although I must say it was quite sweet when Soutar reassured Jordan he still had time left to finish it even though he’d made a mistake.  In fact he’s probably been one of the softer interviewers in this process, who wasn’t intent on completely tearing the candidates apart like, say, Claude.

Speaking of which…

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I think that’s why we’ve had such beautiful weather this past fortnight – Claude laid down such a sick burn on Jordan that the temperature of the Earth actually increased.

And yet, according to Jordan, this was only “one of” the worst interviews he’d ever had.

Let’s wrap things up with some of Lord Sugar’s pathetic jokes from last night:

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Fuck’s sake, honestly.  Sack your writers, Lord Sugar.  And sorry, why didn’t you make any jokes about your surname being Sugar with reference to Luisa’s business? That was a total oversight on your part, very irresponsible.

So next week is the final, which I’m particularly excited about because it means I won’t have to watch another episode of The Apprentice twice in 24 hours for a long long time.  But who will win?  My money’s on Leah…

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