Jen welcomes everyone to what I guess is the VIP reception, although it doesn't look very VIP to me, since there are a gazillion people there. Maybe it's an "SIP" reception. You know, for "Sorta." Among other things, they're operating a silent auction to raise money for the charity. There are a lot of game tickets up for auction, apparently, along with signed items. Like a Chris Webber jersey. Hey, at least the jersey showed up. It appears that the auction doesn't get off to a particularly impressive start until Bob Lanier jumps in and starts working the crowd good and hard, provoking them to bid on shoes and the like. What I find odd is that Jen starts bidding on things herself, apparently in her personal capacity, and...I don't know if that's a great plan. It doesn't really seem like a management solution to me; it seems like a shortcut. And then the person who eventually bids $1000 is a guy we will learn on the reunion is a Genworth guy. So...I mean, this is sort of a cooked-up thing where the people who have an interest in seeing the event go well are giving money, which is all well and good, but not really a show of skill. And if you think the editors didn't do what they could to help Jen look more competent, take note of the fact that they totally don't mention that the guy making the huge bid here is a Genworth guy and not a member of the public, so you wind up feeling like Jen just got some random guy to give $1000, when it's going to turn out later that he's an inside guy himself, so...just so you know.
Episode Report CardMiss Alli: B | 511 USERS: C+
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