They ask if Tammy can say anything to defend Andrea, and Andrea totally scoffs at the whole idea that anyone but Sean would defend her. Tammy obliges, that Andrea "questioned every decision Allie made." The point is that she wasted time, but since Allie lost the task, Trump goes to the Lee place, which is that this is only a valid complaint if she was wrong. Or -- and we're done here, basically -- she was just generally "difficult to deal with" ("Exceptionally!") disruptive to the team ("Totally!"). In which case he needs to know if she is usually a good leader. They say she does nothing to inspire her team when she's PM, and she objects, and Allie calls her "lucky" to have won as PM. Referring specifically to the GM task, which they only won because Sean and the rest of the team are fun. True. "We won in spite of Andrea." Which is not entirely true, to my mind, but I've already talked about that task. She mentions the 7-11 task as another example of how they ended up having to work harder as an end-run around her, in order to win. Trump asks the team if Allie's the powerhouse salesperson she's suggesting, and Roxanne and Tammy admit that she is. Roxanne tells Trump straight up that she loves Allie, at length, and Trump...marvels at how well-spoken Roxanne is. Oh, man. If I freak out every time he tap-dances at the edge of racism and sexism, I'll never get anything done, though -- and on the other hand, she's very well-spoken, regardless of her characteristics. Especially compared to teammates like Stumbling Sean, Bumblefuck Brent, Suddenly Tammy, Attack Andrea, or Ouija Board Allie.
He asks Roxanne (the new "star," I bet you, as of next week) if he were to fire Allie and keep Andrea, she would be "semi-devastated," which I love, and she responds that she would be, if for no other reason than Andrea's "constant sabotage." Andrea jumps in to complain about how they didn't "do bulk sales" to stores and stuff, and Junior gets right up in her metaphorical face: "Well, aren't you the expert?" Allie laughs; Junior is awesome. Andrea says the team knows she is, kind of missing the point, so Ivanka explains it to her. "That's when a leader steps up." Junior chimes in -- they're a great double act -- that an expert and/or leader would certainly not wait until the final hour of the task to step up to that. "Mr. Trump," says Allie, "it would have been fantastic for her to mention that was her specialty," and adds that she never said this to Allie face-to-face before that last hour. Trump: "You never told anybody that you could do bulk sales?" Andrea gets kind of...I'll just say it. Heartbreaking. "Allie is a fantastic salesperson. Am I a good salesperson? Sure I am. The best salesperson on the team? No. I'm not. My expertise is in hiring good salespeople. Hiring great designers." On the one hand, I get it -- it's code for "Just like you, Trumpy." But on the other hand, it sounds desperate and last-ditch, because that wasn't the task. And because it is, of course. "Your expertise is...hiring?" asks Trump, wonderingly. "Operations and implementation," she says. I knew it! Didn't I tell you? She needs to sell her business and start a consulting firm, dude. She'd rock so hard and she'd love it so much more than yoga. "So...you should have been helping the leader lead," he tries to explain, and all Andrea can say is that she tried, but Allie wouldn't let her or listen, because Allie doesn't like her. Which is 45\% of the truth -- that she's unlikable -- but the other 55\% being that she had no idea what she was talking about. ["But if that's the case, then why would Allie play it on the angle of 'she didn't tell us how to utilize her skills'? Uch. Andrea had so many opportunities to turn it back on Allie here and didn't take any of them. Disappointing." -- Sars]