Back in the loft, Bethenny and Dawna are having a remarkably frank pre-boot conversation, the gist of which is this: Dawna knows she can't work for someone with Bethenny's personality, whose energy "isn't focused." This isn't an argument they're having. This is calm and quiet. Bethenny interviews how she works her ass off and is so disappointed that they didn't win. She's crying a bit in this interview, and again, my dear, women in business don't whatever Martha said back in episode two. Dawna says if Martha is looking for someone like Bethenny, then she isn't looking for someone like Dawna, and vice versa. None of this came across as nasty, to me, just remarkably clear-headed. Which must be why it caught me off guard. Needless to say, Dawna interviews that Bethenny should be let go. Oh, this is rich. So Jim and Bethenny are talking in the bedroom, and Jim is saying how, since it's looking like it's going to come down to her or Howie, he'd rather Howie go. And then Howie walks right in and Jim's all, "Whoopsie, hey Howie, what's up?" And, yes, he actually said "whoopsie." So then Jim immediately goes into how he can't believe Dawna had the nerve to come up to Bethenny and say what we just saw her say, like that's what Jim was talking about all along. Which would be terrifically sly, if not for the whole "whoopsie" business. So, once again, Jim is being Machiavellian, but being so obvious about it, to the point where it's clear that his number one goal is to be the star of Apprentice: Martha and not Martha's employee. So now the three of them start talking about how Dawna was wrong to have come to their "company" and expect to be able to work in an environment of peace and competence. I can see where they're coming from, in the sense that no work environment is perfect and you have to be able to adapt to jackholes in the workplace, but: a) they seem a little too enamored with their roles as obnoxious loudmouths; b) from what we saw, Dawna did manage to work pretty well with her new team, once the task got going; and c) Dawna was 2-0 as project manager, while Bethenny and Jim have been to the conference room on every task but one, so maybe it's not Dawna who needs to adjust, you know? Jim interviews that if Bethenny or Howie are going home anyway, why not have one of them plant the seed in Martha's head that Dawna isn't very adaptable? It wouldn't get Dawna fired for this task, but it could, in theory, help Jim out down the road. Okay, that one's not bad, Jim. You get one a week.
Episode Report CardJoe R: C+ | 520 USERS: C+
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