Trump admits that Charmaine does seem to "get along very well with people," as though even he can't figure out when that became a sign of weakness, and Charmaine stupidly says that, for another example, the "whole team of Synergy" is "dying" to see her come back from the Boardroom, but Trump misunderstands and thinks she means the team sitting in front of him. "When you say the team wants you back...I don't know that Lee wants you back." Lee says he doesn't want Charmaine to go, because she's easy to work with, but then, he doesn't want Tarek to necessarily go, because he's a hard worker. Carolyn asks him to say something definitive for once, and is rebuffed: asked whether he's saying that because he thinks Charmaine is an easier competitor moving forward, and he says, rightfully affronted, that he never said anything remotely like that. Charmaine stares at the table, thinking she's fucked. Again. And not in the hilarious way where grown men wearing business suits, for whom we're supposed to be rooting, line up and fuck her, no, she means it in the metaphorical way where not even Carolyn or her own performance can save her. She lost the second Trump admitted what he just admitted about himself, on TV.
Bill asks Lee if she should be fired, take two, and Lee says that on this particular task, the PM wasn't proactive enough and didn't sell enough product while he and Tarek were off driving around and making out in the back of a van, still refusing to answer. Carolyn: "You are a politician!" No, Carolyn. He's a pisher. We've discussed this. Bill calls it a "safe answer," and Lee is like, "I know Trump always says 'politician' but I don't honestly know what that means: I'm just kind of wormy and worthless, is all." Sooooo, asks Carolyn, should she be fired or not? Take three. "Not that she should be fired, but in terms of the task..." Tarek speaks up, noting that Lee has said this numerous times and it still means nothing. "In terms of this task..." Bill: "You're dancing a little bit, Lee." Lee kind of gives up, swimming in flopsweat, so Tarek jumps back in: "There's no question: Charmaine doesn't have the capability to lead a company." She says not only can she do that, but she can also be a team player. "You are totally incapable of running anything," he says, and she gives up the ghost entirely, exhausted and pissed and mortified: "I'm incapable of running you," by which she means that he's an asshole, but basically comes off saying that she's not competent to deal with problem employees. Which is only a problem in the real world if those employees are also good at something, or else you fire them. This is dumb. Michael stares ahead weirdly, worried about things in general.