Celebrity Apprentice Episode 5
|February 4, 2008||Posted by Roshawn Watson under Uncategorized|
By: Roshawn Watson
At the conclusion of episode 4, the promotion for episode 5 promised the biggest showdown in Apprentice history, and they were right. Although I was initially skeptical, what unfolded over the 2 hour time span proved to be one of the most riveting and entertaining Apprentice episodes ever!
Complete with corporate espionage and other betrayals, a stunning resignation, and extremely high tempers, the cast of Celebrity Apprentice stopped just short of striking blows.
The Task: The task was to design a campaign and corresponding receptacle for recycling old Crocs shoes. The goal of the receptacle was to collect shoes for underprivileged countries. Former supermodel, Carol Alt led Empressario while Piers Morgan led the men (Team Hydra).
The Drama: what would have been a routine task, turned very ugly because of a scandal instigated by Piers Morgan. He instructed Vinnie (from the Sopranos) to infiltrate the women’s team as a spy. He and Piers faked an argument, and Vinnie was gladly accepted by Empressario. Unbeknownst to them, Vinnie was secretly passing team Hydra information regarding Empressario’s strategy. Midstream, Vinnie had a change of heart and told Marilu Henner what he was doing. He even began working as a double-agent for Team Empressario, suggesting that Carol alt serve as the spokesperson for Crocs campaign. However, before he and Marilu contacted the rest of Empressario, Piers decided to sabotage Vinnie by telling team Empressario himself thereby hanging Vinnie out to dry. Of course now, neither team trusted Vinnie, so he was “a man without a country,” and angry as can be. After an explosive showdown between Vinnie and Piers, Piers asked Vinnie to leave the men’s war room.
Result of Task: With Carol Alt as their spokesperson and a rockin’ receptacle design (the receptacle was shaped as a giant Crocs shoe based on Omarosa’s suggestion), team Empressario easily won their first task (after four consecutive losses). Unfortunately, their win was overshadowed by the Vinnie-Piers fiasco.
The Boardroom: It becomes transparently clear that the decision is whether to fire Vinnie or Piers. After Stephen Baldwin and Trace Adkins indicate that they would rather have Vinnie than Piers, Piers becomes visibly shaken and angry. Interestingly, only Lennox says Piers should stay. Still, Vinnie decides to resign because he cannot stand Piers. Notably, Vinnie’s charity was just rewarded with $50,000 from Vennie’s win on the last task.
Make Decisions Wisely – The problem with Vinnie’s double-agent strategy was that he waited until Piers exposed his cover to reveal his plan to team Empressario. This was a critical error in judgment. If he would have thought the whole plan through before acting, he could have seamlessly joined Empressario and revealed his true intentions, stayed in the game, and Piers would have likely been fired. In business, personal finance, and beyond, wisely consider your options.
Be Confident – Towards the end, Vinnie became sort of a defeatist. His own lack of confidence in his abilities and the loyalty of team Hydra to him led to his demise. He would have likely won the face-off between Piers if he would have just fought. He had the team majority on his side and still decided to leave. Had he fought, Vinnie would have had the best of both worlds: no Piers plus he would have been on the winning team.
Have Fun – Another reason Vinnie left because Celebrity Apprentice just was not fun for him anymore. He said something along the lines of “I am not going to let this game give me a heart attack.” The tempers and dramas this season is perhaps the most perplexing. They are all playing for charities not a coveted Apprenticeship and new career. Why shouldn’t this be a win-win experience for everyone? There is simply no need for Piers’, or any other players’, personal attacks.
The bloodshed continues this Thursday. According to last weeks promotion, it appears that Stephen Baldwin (who was against the corporate espionage idea) may also be resigning over the Vinnie-Piers fiasco too. The next task is to work on a Vera Wang campaign.
Copyright 2012, Roshawn Watson, Pharm.D., Ph.D. All Rights Reserved.