As Matchstick gets dressed up for their dressing down, Jim asks Ryan if they're going to "crucify" Marcela. Never one for hyperbole, our Jim. Ryan thinks she'll just give up, which is what we've all been led to believe as well. Ryan's trying not to sound too smug, I think, resisting Jim's attempts to paint this as "letting [Marcela] down easy," but he says he wants to "lead her down the road" to where she'll throw in the towel. So then, Jim interviews about how he'd been "scapegoated" by his teams previously, so he felt that what Matchstick was doing to Marcela was "just plain wrong." To which I call a hearty "bullshit!" Because, for one, Jim was never "scapegoated" so much as "called on his creepy, disruptive, unproductive, and generally unprofessional crap." More importantly, he has no idea what went on at Matchstick on this task, so he has no idea whether Marcela's being targeted fairly or unfairly. What Jim really wants is to keep a player around who he knows cannot win the whole competition, and maybe get a strong player like Ryan or even a medium-strength player (I'll be generous) like Amanda fired. Which is totally valid, except that he tries to couch it as this noble thing to the viewing audience, who are completely onto him anyway.
Episode Report CardJoe R: C | 521 USERS: C+
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