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.
As Amy hits the taxi, she says that she views the show as "a thirteen-week accelerated MBA." Oh, you do, do you? I'm not sure wiggling your ass in front of Planet Hollywood and hustling guys on the sidewalk for lemonade is in any MBA program I've ever heard of, but...everyone has her own definition of smarts, I suppose. Amy talks about how much she's learned, saying how she's discovered that she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to. I know it makes me kind of a horrible person, but I'm always struck by people who say that losing taught them that they can do anything. Because that seems incongruous to me. It's a good lesson, but it seems to me that you should claim to learn it at a moment of triumph, not a moment of slinking off to The Island of Misfit Apprentices.