Nick makes one last stand in his own defense. "I ask you to look at this specifically," he says. "Why is Trump Trump?" He argues that people come to work every day for Trump because of his personal ability to inspire people, and Nick -- contrary to all indications -- thinks that he has that same ability. I think in the future, Nick's presentation of himself needs a little more "show" and a little less "tell." ["And a little less Nick. Heh." -- Sars] Trump returns to the fact that opinion seems to be unanimous that Nick is a good salesman, but not really a leader. He says that it's important to command people's respect in order to run a business like this, and it just doesn't seem like Nick commands that kind of respect. "Unfortunately, I have to say...you're fired." Nick pretty graciously thanks everyone in the room for the opportunity, and he gets up to go. "You really are outstanding," Trump says to him. "That you are," Carolyn agrees. As Nick heads downstairs to the taxi, he says that at his particular age, he doesn't have the same kind of experience that the other three have, and he seems to think that was the deciding factor, as opposed to his grating personality and lack of substance, which seemed to be what set the Horseteeth on edge. He says he's excited to have done it, and he did his best. He has no regrets, and so forth. "Sooner or later, it's all going to happen," he says. Because destiny has preordained it, after all. In a cave somewhere in Egypt, there is a hieroglyphic of a guy with red hair selling a copier while being slowly lifted to heaven.
Back in the Boardroom, Trump asks Amy if she thinks Bill is as smart as Kwame. She gives one of the most weaselly answers I've ever heard, which is, "I think academically, Kwame would...uh...um, succeed...more." Good grief. Boyfriend Bill takes exception to this, saying that although he chose not to attend business school, that was a conscious choice on his part because he wanted to start his own business, not a reflection of the inability to get into graduate school. Which I suspect is quite true. "Just because I chose a different path doesn't necessarily mean I'm any less intelligent than anyone at this table." "I totally agree with that," Kwame says, without qualification, cutting Amy's shapely and oft-exposed legs directly out from under her by making it sound like even he thinks she's being a snob. Trump moves to the "energy" issue. "It seems to me that Amy has more energy than both of you," he says to the guys. "I respectfully disagree," Bill says. He tells Trump that he thinks Amy "channels her energy in a different way." He says that she "verbalizes her energy to everyone in the room." Zing! Trump asks Amy about the fact that she's been "a superstar" previously, but there have been some real negative reactions to her coming out of the interviews. He asks her what he should do, and she goes for the big wiggle again, saying that it's all just up to him depending on what skills he's looking for. He compliments her on what a great job she's been doing up until today, but today, there were major problems. He brings up the fact that all of the executives seemed to be in agreement that when push came to shove, Amy simply had nothing to say. "It's a tough decision, but Amy, I have to fire you," he says. "Okay," she says meekly. She hugs Bill and Kwame on the way out.