Apprentice
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Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, K-E-L-L-Y...

Finally, Kelly gets to talk, and he says he should be chosen based on "experience and consistency." Wow. Inspiring. I can almost hear the sound of trumpets when I think of a man who has shown...consistency, zzzzzzzz. Kelly says that West Point trains leaders, and says that he then got experience in the Army. Trump asks him to focus on business, and Kelly points out that Ace told Trump that military experience does translate into business in that you know both how to follow and lead. Kelly also points out that he's taken his two graduate degrees and started several businesses. No, no, Kelly! Don't point out your education! Trump hates that! He's already fired the most educated person he's ever seen! Kelly rattles off his areas of actual functional business experience -- "marketing, sales, finance" -- but Trump cuts him off. He just wants to know whether Kelly thinks West Point is an advantage over Harvard and Princeton, because that's apparently the theme. Kelly says that he greatly respects Princeton and Harvard, and has nothing negative to say about them. Thus, by refusing to get into the pissing match in the first place, he wins the point without even answering the question, so...the guy is smooth, if nothing else. Kelly returns to his winning record on tasks, comparing his 10-4 to Jen's record of 6-8, meaning that, more often than not, Jen came out of tasks on the losing side.

Trump asks Jen to explain her record, which she does by saying that her team sucked. Which...it did, but on the other hand, she lost the Pepsi task, when there were only three people on he team. That's...getting pretty lonely. She lost the bridal task, when there were only four people on the team. She lost the house task, when there were only five people on the team. In other words, Jen continued to have plenty of losses after she was no longer part of the bitchy-ass women's team and its streak of infighting-related losses. Moreover, because Jen makes the mistake of introducing this problem as part of being on "an all-female team" that had all these problems, Trump quite correctly asks her whether she means to suggest that being on a team of women was a disadvantage, and even though she sort of does, she recovers well by saying that it was this particular team that was the problem, and not because they were women. Jen returns to her argument that the PMs didn't pull her into the Boardroom, and the problem she has there is that Carolyn and, I think, Trump believe that to be partly politics, and it comes off sounding like Jen's trying to cut herself loose from her teams. Which you kind of can't do, because you're kind of on the hook for them whether you want to be or not. It's not just whether you caused the loss. It's what you did to get the win, and to my eye, Jen usually did nothing. And much of the time, she benefited from the fact that there was so much infighting on her teams that people were being dragged to the final table for reasons having nothing to do with performance. She makes this sound good, talking on and on about how a PM has the incentive to pull in the weakest person -- even though we know they usually don't -- they never chose her, blah blah. This is by far her best argument, much better than "Princeton, Harvard, president of my sorority."

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