Last week, we finished off the episode with Dionne Warwick’s departure after Donald Trump fired her in the boardroom where she even agreed, she’s fire herself. Things seemed fair when everyone began to walk out the doors, but suddenly, Dionne flipped the switch and called Nene Leakes a coward. The two began to exchange words that were heard back in the boardroom and the holding room where the men were awaiting the women’s return. Once the tussle ended with the elevator doors closing on Dionne, Donald called the teams back into the boardroom to give them their new task.
This week, the teams must create their own personal pieces of art as well as decorate, paint and design a hat. These pieces of art and hats will then be displayed at the team’s very own art gallery show. The stars are allowed to call on their friends, family and call in all their favors to get as many donations as they can through the selling of their artwork. John Rich steps up as Project Manager for Backbone while Marlee Matlin takes on the PM role for A.S.A.P.
John Rich makes it very clear to his team of men that all parties must contribute to the task in a financial way by pulling in funds from their friends and the like. If they don’t step up, he will call them out in the boardroom. No one seems to have a problem with the statement except for Jose Canseco and Richard Hatch. Jose doesn’t think he’ll be able to pull in the money because he doesn’t know anyone in New York and Richard doesn’t have friends that come from money like some of these other stars.
In a sudden turn of events, Jose asks to speak to Donald in the boardroom alone. In an emotional moment, Jose explains that his father who has been diagnosed with cancer has taken a turn for the worst and must depart from the show to be by his side. With that, Jose walks out of the boardroom and the men continue on without him.
Both teams go shopping for art supplies and head to their respective work rooms to get creative. While the women have having a hard time getting into the spirit of the competition after losing multiple tasks in a row, the men are having a little drama of their own. When Meatloaf misplaces his bag of supplies and sees similar supplies on Gary Busey’s workstation, he loses his cool. I mean really loses his cool. Once separated, Meatloaf realizes he just couldn’t find his bag and realizes that he has screwed up. The men carry on with their art projects and begin to have some really good ideas.
The women get their groove together as we see La Toya Jackson make her hat in honor of her brother, Michael Jackson. She glues a glove on to the front of the hat to simulate how Michael would always tip his fedora and covers it in silver glitter. Star seems to be a little bit of a bother during the task when she decides to not focus on the art and more on the design and graphics for the poster, really getting on Nene’s nerves. La Toya also donates one of Michael’s t-shirts that he has signed to the cause hoping to raise some big money off of it’s value.
The men start setting up their gallery and the paintings are pretty impressive and quite unique to all of their personalities. John Rich really turned it out having everyone sign one of his guitars and decorating it with blue and red rhinestones as well as painting some of his own cowboy boots. The men also all signed a hat in honor of their fallen comrade, Jose. Mark McGrath and Little John decide to go across the street to check on the women’s progress and find an empty gallery with only two hours remaining until the showing is to start. They are in trouble.
With only minutes to spare, the women finally get their show up and going with only minimal people arriving to see the artwork. Marlee is sure she is in trouble. On the men’s side of the street, there are a ton of people attending the show and the money is rolling in for all of the paintings. John Rich even has some country stars come by and donate some serious money towards the guitar. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers until the end but lets just say this donation was in the six figures. The women aren’t doing too shabby either when three donations in a row come in for close to six figures each. Its looking like this may be a close race.
In the boardroom after a bunch of talk about how the task went, Donald states that the best hat from the shows will receive $25,000 for their own charity. Even though the men think that Lil John had the best hat, the winner is La Toya receiving the money for her charity which is Aids Project Los Angeles.
Next, Donald informs both teams that they have never, in the history of The Apprentice have had money raised like this. They have never raised this much money even in one season. That right there tells you that these stars are very influential. Donald strikes a deal with the two teams if they agree which is whatever team loses will be able to keep their own money for their charities simply because they raised so much money. Marlee and John both agree and the results are revealed.
The Men raised $626,908. The Women raised a whopping $986,000 with a grand total of $1,612,908. Because Marlee was only $14,000 away from 1 million, Donald Trump decides to donate that amount to her so she can give her charity, The Starkey Hearing Foundation a full million. How awesome.
Based on Jose’s departure, Donald asks the women if he should let them walk out of the boardroom untouched or if he should fire when of the men. After consulting with her team, Marlee says that “with all due respect, my heart goes to Jose and his family.” She goes on to say the ladies have gone through hell with three firings in a row and it was just business so someone must go.
When talking about who was the weakest in raising money during the task, Richard admits he raised the least. Donald decides to ask the women who they would fire in his situation. Hope says Richard and Star agrees. Donald then asks outside of money who was the weakest and the team resoundingly agrees that Gary lacks focus and will eventually need to go. Marlee immediately comes to his defense and tells Donald that firing him would be a mistake and that Richard should go. And with that, Richard is fired and leaves the boardroom.
An emotional episode but a great amount of money raised for their respective charities. With the bubbling of the feud between Nene and Star starting to surface, I cannot wait to see how it explodes soon.