Memories, a blight on the corners of my mind
And now we get to the part where the show tries again, I guess, to justify the firing of Stacie in light of the puzzled head-scratching that followed. See, it turns out that Stacie not only played with the Magic 8-Ball as intended, but she "started acting irrationally," as Trump puts it. And really, who better to judge other people's rationality than Maria? Anyway, they replay Stacie's falling-flat efforts to pump up the team with her "Did we win? I think we won! Let's go get the prize!" playfulness. "Did someone put something in your drink?" Jennifer C. laughs, not exactly looking terrified as she munches on her salad. In an interview, Sandy calls Stacie's behavior "psychotic," but she has her hair done like a Pekingese at the time, so her credibility is strained. Trump tells us that "Ivana exposed an accounting error," which turns out to be 85 missing cents. And what did Stacie do? She was waving at a guy across the street and blowing kisses, and she suggested that he would give them 85 cents! She is keeee-razy! You can see how the women would be terrified. Oh, and according to Trump, "she even tried to take the sign from the conference room." The sign, incidentally, looks like it's made of foamboard and probably worth about 85 cents its own self at Kinko's, but Maria says tightly, "I have an ethical issue taking that sign." Stacie explains that she just wants it as a souvenir of the task, which seems like the most natural and understandable thing in the world, whether it's ultimately something you should do or not. Now, if you can explain why anything Stacie was seen doing either in that extra footage or in the original show could potentially make anyone fear for her safety or be frightened of Stacie, you are more observant than I am.
At any rate, Apex made a remote-control car, and Mosaic made a crime-fighting lobster or something like that, so Apex won the first task. In the Boardroom, everyone said Rob didn't do any work, and Trump had no reason not to believe them and no real basis for firing anyone yet, so he got rid of Rob. In Rob's reflective interview, he says he was hanging back and trying to "take some notes" about everyone before he got aggressive, and he now realizes he should have been more assertive. Trump says insightfully that he fired Rob because no one would listen to him, but he thinks Rob will be "a successful guy" later. I'm sure Rob really appreciates that as he sits at home, waving his middle finger at the screen every week.