Aaanyway, Bren chooses to bring Stephanie and Michael to the final table, to no one's surprise. Alex, Erin, and Kendra head upstairs while Stephanie, Michael, and Bren head into the lobby. And as they do, Michael gets all showy about patting Bren on the shoulder and good-jobbing him. Bren tolerates it, but Trump calls Michael out before he can get out of the room, telling him not to bother being so nicey-nice to Bren, who just brought him within inches of being fired. Trump comes right out and accuses Michael -- more than once -- of kissing Bren's ass, actually saying it that way, FCC be damned. Michael tries to smirkingly play it off, but Trump is having none of it. I don't want to say you can already tell what's going to happen, but you sort of can. Finally, Michael leaves, and Trump talks about how much he hates it when the candidates all play like they love each other. Oh, Trump. The things by which you choose to be offended.
While Michael, Stephanie, and Bren chill in the lobby, Trump asks George for thoughts. George says that he does believe that Stephanie is very negative, and brings the team down. Jill, on the other hand, singles out Michael for not "getting the word out" as he should have. She also believes that Stephanie was probably "too critical." Really, Stephanie and Michael both suck, and it's win-win, and everyone knows it. Trump asks Robin to send the candidates back in.
Three people, all pretending to be confident, re-enter the Boardroom. Trump points out that this isn't a threesome where the people like each other much, and Stephanie weakly claims that she has nothing against the boys. Liar. She then complains about how her honesty on the team has been taken personally. Oh, that's my favorite. The "I'm just telling the truth out of love" argument. Michael puts in that he thinks Bren let the team down in this task, but Trump can't help pointing out that Michael has kind of bitten it in the last several tasks, so it's hard not to look at him as well. Jill quizzes Michael on why he didn't sell the other services if he was so wigged out by trying to sell massages. She makes my point that a charming guy pushing a sensual pampering situation isn't exactly going to run up on the rocks of hopelessness. Jill, basically, isn't buying. Michael grudgingly agrees that she might know what she's talking about. Might.
When Bren is asked whom he would choose for firing if it were up to him, he says he would pick Stephanie. Interesting. This surprises Trump. Bren admits that Stephanie works a lot more than Michael, but her attitude is so negative that he thinks it cancels out whatever good points she has. He then jumps in with Stephanie, asking her why she saved up grievances all day about things he was doing wrong, rather than telling him as they went what she thought he should be doing differently. Michael tries to claim that he went after Bren about certain things -- the name, for instance. But when Bren reminds Michael that his alternative suggestion was "Massage-A-Go-Go," Michael seems unsure of what to say.