Memories, a blight on the corners of my mind
In the Boardroom, Pamela ticked off Trump by wanting to categorize the narrow loss as a "tie," and then when the team all attacked her simultaneously, she wound up fired. In her update bit, Pamela reflects that she still finds it rather ridiculous that she pulled together her group of buffoons on demand, and they only lost by ten bucks, and she was still fired. Trump says insightfully that "she wanted to be a dictator," but "the team didn't respect her." He adds, "She wasn't a dictator that people listened to." Again, he is missing the fine points. It doesn't matter whether the team says they respect you. She did, in fact, markedly improve the performance of that team, and I think they did listen to her. The fact that they can't own up to the fact that she was right about most, but not all, of her management decisions, and that they professed not to respect her because they'd rather die than suck it up and give credit to anyone else for making them shut their yaps, doesn't mean they didn't listen to her.
The next task sent the candidates to the upper reaches of high fashion, where they were supposed to produce a clothing line, and whoever earned the most would win. The women threw themselves into the task, and they picked a decent designer. The men, on the other hand, screwed up their pricing and picked a weirdo designer who liked plaid and burlap and stuff. We see NBSF in which Isaac Mizrahi comes to visit the men before the fashion show and says, "Raj, you're wearing your pajamas, did you realize that?" HA! "This is not pajamas," Raj protests, and Mizrahi's like, "Yeah, yeah, smoking jacket, whatever." Mizrahi is introduced to Mosaic's designer, and then says dryly to Raj, "For some reason, I took you for the designer." I think it's the stink of slight insanity. But I do love the way Isaac Mizrahi just walks in and puts a pin into a guy's pretentious BS and you can see the guy just shrink down to nothing. Raj is very lucky he didn't have the cane. Anyway, this was the task where Apex beat Mosaic, at last, and much jumping up and down ensued. In the Boardroom, John seemed like as weak of a candidate as any, and he was the PM, and nobody really covered himself in glory, so John was fired. ["Seriously, I had completely forgotten John's existence." -- Sars] He reflects that he had a nifty time and made great friends. Trump says insightfully that that particular firing was not easy, but he ultimately blamed John for the pricing screw-ups. I can't tell you how much I've learned from having Trump return to repeat solemnly into the camera exactly the reasons he gave for firing people at the time he fired them.