Lee thinks that Dan made a lot of bad decisions, and this is more than Dan can handle, so he explains about the ass-kissing, which is actually totally valid and a great reason to hate and possibly fire Lee, but think about it: if Trump understood the concept of slimy ass-kissing or personal agenda in his underlings, he'd fucking fire every single person in the world, twice. So this is not how Lee's going down. They talk about it for a billion years, but that's the whole point: if Trump admits the existence of brown-nosing, the whole house of cards comes crashing down, because it calls into question every single interaction he's ever had, including his marriage. Other people don't rate high enough to have agendas of their own, or else he will literally drop dead with fear.
Charmaine says that "Tarek's inability to listen impedes our creative process," and talks about how weirdly and pointlessly mean he was about the text -- but doesn't mention the text itself, in this edit, so Tarek's not going home. Because if it was going to happen, it would be there, because even Trump would turn around on Lenny at that point. He begs and begs Dan to bring in Lenny, but Dan admits he's too scared, because Lenny and Lee will be "even stronger," strategically, and he's gotta bring in Lee, because he's useless. And he's bringing Tarek. Dumb. They all leave, and Bill looks terrified, of course.
Carolyn says, "The whole concept was bad, and that Dan made a mistake in choosing it, but it was Lenny's concept...and he's not here." Trump agrees it was a mistake not bringing in Lenny, and Bill agrees with them both, but thinks that the actual issue was the lack of a voice-over. He's right, but apparently he can't openly disagree with either of them. They bring the boys back in, Dan and Tarek and Lee, and Trump reams Dan for bringing in Tarek because of their brotherhood, and Dan says about how in the bedroom, Tarek forgot to say that he was going to help him in the Boardroom, and just said the part about how he had "no friends" in there. Trump asks Tarek why he didn't say the other part, and Tarek says he did, just not right then. I don't know what the fuck any of them are doing talking about this, because it's a bunch of stupid junior-high shit right here, and Dan's dumb for admitting it. Dan's whole Code of Ethics is really poorly thought out. He's like, "Tarek is in here because he didn't kiss my boo-boo, even though he did, but just not right then when I wanted -- but Lenny is not here, because I am honorable and we're a team and I am a strong and shockingly beautiful man and I take it on the chin."
Trump lectures Dan on the fact that Lee, by doing nothing whatsoever but kissing ass, fairly exemplifies the duties of the One True Apprentice, because apparently Dan didn't get that memo, and needed to be apprised of that fact, and then...fires Dan for not bringing in Lenny. There's a break where fucking Lee volunteers in the most sickening, poorly-delivered, oily giggle that this is Tarek's "third time [in the Boardroom], heh, [he'll] answer that, he heh, three's a charm, hoh hee heh, I mean..." Like Trump's going to grab for him and with Lee on his lap call Dan and Tarek and Bryce in and make them do pushups and really he was just waiting for a toady to say something, and Carolyn and Bill were too slow this time, so Lee gets the fucking prize, but really, it's just honestly that quick. Carolyn gives Dan shit because she believes in the ethics of no man, and Trump yammers about unrelated and stupid as shit things, and Bill is too busy making quick love to Trump's tie-tack to really pay attention, but the basics are: we wanted to fire Lenny, so you are fired. Even though it's Tarek's fault -- who tries, in vain although correctly, to say that the team has members who "step up" and members who do not, and that the steppers-up are the tall poppies, and fucked both ways, because they shoulder the work and then get attacked. Which, correcting for the megalomania, is pretty accurate. But again, Trump is not hearing that, for obvious reasons. Ah well, I knew I was losing one of them, and I didn't really care, because once I saw Dan on all cylinders he lost a lot of that allure, that mystery that's so important, because the last time I fell for a crackhead, I ended up sold to a Saudi goat farmer, and like: never again. My Dockers still smell like hay and patchouli.