"Yeah, it is actually finished, right now. I was going to show it to you," Amanda says as Sarah's eyes bug out at her. Amanda leads the Creative Director somewhere, and Dawna confessionals that she was disappointed in Amanda's performance thus far. Two models galumph with Amanda out of the dressing room and Amanda presents them as "These are two that haven't been fully accessorized yet." One stomping -- seriously, where did they learn to catwalk? -- model is wearing tight rolled-up denim pedal pushers under a belted green sweater, and the other is wearing a frumptastic outfit of a long, red, off-the-shoulder sweater (also belted) and tall brown boots that basically begin where the knee-length purple plaid-like A-line skirt ends. The Creative Director stares and wonders, "Which of these two looks are you recommending to me?" Uh, I'd assume...both? Since it's a fashion show? And there's more than one outfit in a fashion show? Because otherwise it would be called a fashion skit? Seriously, why does this woman act like it's so obvious they are doing things wrong when she also doesn't appear to be helping them AT ALL? "Um..." is all Amanda can say. Creative Director asks, "What did you have in mind? Is it glamorous without being too edgy? Or too strange?" "Right..." is all Amanda can say. Dawna puts in strongly that she likes the way it looks and that she thinks it will all come to life under the "hot lights." "I have some more questions," Creative Director tells Amanda. Dawna confessionals that Creative Director had to be happy with their selections if she had any hope of winning the task. Amanda asks Creative Director if she likes the overall look. Creative Director looks at the models. The models preen and pose. The tension doesn't really build. "You may have to make some key changes," Creative Director shrugs, just as if she weren't made to say that for the cameras. Circus task: Crobar. While Bethenny wraps herself up in the fundraising details for the silent auction, she APPEARS to ignore everything else. Ryan confessionals that Bethenny was losing sight of the big picture. Hateful Jim mutters to someone, "I'm going to work on cleaning up the stuff, getting the juice boxes ready for the kids, I mean the juice boxes are mostly for the kids, I don't know where we're going to keep the juice boxes." I guess he's talking to Bethenny, who is actually on a phone call and doesn't respond. "Right -- I'll figure it out," Hateful Jim says, and walks away. Hateful Jim confessionals that so much needed to be done but none of it was being taken care of. The performers arrive, and someone needs to tell them where to chalk their hands and hang their trapezes. The guy in charge of the Big Apple Circus gets Bethenny's attention and says, "This is your event. Your people are in charge of it. And I got all my people standing around here doing absolutely nothing." Carrie confessionals that if Bethenny doesn't get her shit together it will mean no circus and no job for Bethenny. Don't be so smug, Carrie; no matter what happens, it still means no job for you. I don't know why I got so irritated with her this episode, because she didn't bug me that much in past episodes. I guess it's that she's really coming off as a grudge-holding bitch, and that's not smart. If anything, it's better for her to look as though she's "rising above it all" as the "better person" who is "taking the high road" in order to win the task for Bethenny, no matter what Bethenny did to her in the conference room. It shows potential future employers that she's a team player. If she continues on this way, she's simply showing that when things don't totally go her way, she turns into a resentful shrike. (I'm using quotes because those are all lecture points from my mother.) The Big Apple Circus guy -- the ringmaster, so to speak -- tells Bethenny all that she should be doing, "You need to take charge of it and get it going." Hateful Jim confessionals that they had less than twenty-four hours to put the event together (don't they always seem to have "less than twenty-four hours" to put things together?) and that Bethenny wasn't managing well at all. Hateful Jim goes on that he's put together a "little task of [his] own." He holds up some string tied in a noose, "to illustrate what Bethenny's been doing for herself over this task." He puts the noose around his throat and pulls: "And I'd like to show it, right now." He gags. Pull harder, Hateful Jim. PULL HARDER! However, I am glad to see that you are able to recycle your own noose. I'm just saying, people who live by metaphors shouldn't pull nooses. Ringmaster goes on to tell Bethenny more that she hasn't done: "It needs to be organized and you need to be out here in charge of this thing." Bethenny does a good imitation of a lactose-intolerant deer caught in headlights.
Episode Report CardKeckler: B+ | 554 USERS: B-
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