Sorry, you guys. No Keckler this week means no Kocktail, although I can tell you that Apprentice Martha goes surprisingly well with a cold Labatt Blue. Previously: Sarah had no ideas, Carrie had spreadsheets, Ryan was adorable, and Jim and Bethenny were annoying as hell, on purpose. Martha fired one ineffective blonde at regular price and then got to fire the next ineffective blonde for free.
Credits. I absolutely love the graphic they have of Martha at the very end, when it goes all black-and-white and Warholian. First off, she's smiling, because she's the kinder, gentler Donald. But she's got her arms crossed, so you know she means business. But she's sort of leaning toward the audience, ever so slightly, like she's one of the background orphans in Annie, or possibly waiting for the punch line to a randy one-liner on Laugh-In. The punch line, as always, is Jim.
Up in the loft, the (im)Clones (yeah, not even going to try and come up with my own term for these folks -- Keckler nailed it) await Primarius's return from the conference room. Jim is regaling Matchstick with tales of how much Martha hated them. Oh, and he uses the word "botchery," which I was totally going to call him on, because that's not a word. Except it is. Jim: 1, Joe: 0. Oh, but look: bitchery is a real word, too! Jim: 1, Joe: 1. Marcela asks why Jim was sent back, and he explains that Martha asked Sarah who the strongest player on the team was. Then Leslie earns the first of many brownie points with me this week when she says, "And YOU walk out." There are equal parts disbelief and scorn in that statement, although I'm guessing there was enough of a jokey undertone involved, too, because Jim manages a good-natured (for him), "Well, I'm not as weak as you think." Still: go Leslie!
Howie and Bethenny walk through the door, and the reactions range from shock (Marcela) that both Sarah and Carrie are gone, to happiness (Ryan) that Bethenny and, particularly, Howie are back. It should be noted that throughout this scene, Ryan is sporting a backwards baseball cap and a wifebeater, and has wrapped himself in a blanket. It's all very "fireman's calendar shut-in," and yet: foxy. Bethenny immediately starts explaining that the Buzzkill Spinsters were fired because "they both lied through their teeth," which, not so much.