Trump turns to Team Kwame for their full report. Assorama says that Kwame was "quite the opposite" of the way they're describing Bill. She says in her smooth, maddening way that if anything, Kwame was too laid-back, and too hands-off. She says they didn't see "intensity" when things went wrong, and she thinks they may have needed to see some. Trump asks Heidi if she thinks Kwame has "the intensity." She says yes, but she adds that she does "like to be micromanaged." In other words, yet again, "I fear being asked to actually be responsible for anything" is basically the point she's making. She's consistent, at least. Assorama tells the story of losing Jessica Simpson. "She just cut off all communication with us." Trump makes a face. Assorama complains that Kwame didn't do anything to deal with that situation. Trump asks the team if indeed Kwame is too laid-back. Troy insists that Kwame is laid-back, but he's prepared -- he has the whole formula for being a great manager. Carolyn says to the team that it sounds like they're saying that if they worked for Kwame, they'd actually rather see him a little more wound up at times, and they don't disagree.
George asks all of them if they've stopped to consider what they would do if they were in Trump's shoes, trying to hire someone for the job that Trump is looking to have done. "We're talking about somebody who has the ability to build into a long-term career." "Then that's Kwame, hands-down," Assorama says, as if she didn't spent the entire task cutting Kwame off at the knees. Trump cuts this inquiry short and just puts it this way -- who would they choose if they were Trump? All of Team Kwame says they'd choose Kwame. All of Team Bill says they'd choose Bill. "All right, get out of here. You haven't helped me at all," Trump snaps. Hee. Scram, losers! They get up and leave. Carolyn chuckles. The teams pass their fearless leaders in the lobby on the way into the elevator. The guys sit, drowning in their own tension like Cheerios in milk.
Trump says to George and Carolyn, "This is a tough decision," and then he asks Robin to send the fellas in. She does. They sit at the Boardroom table. Trump tells them again that they're both great and should be proud. "But only one of you is going to run one of my companies," he says. He cites the fact that their teams described them as having very different ways of operating. He asks Bill which he thinks is easier -- the concert, or the tournament. Bill says as frankly as he can that he thinks the concert is easier. Kwame is asked the same question, and he and Bill both laugh as he says that the golf tournament would be easier. Trump asks about intensity and drive. He tells Kwame that the team sometimes wondered if he had the intensity and drive that he needed to have. Kwame insists that he does. Not only does he say that he remains "calm, cool, and collected," but he says he doesn't "get ruffled easily." That's two precise vocabulary swipes from the discussion about Bill. Very interesting. It's like Kwame has a cheat sheet. "You know what they say," Kwame offers. "Still waters run deep." Kwame is asked whether anyone gave him any trouble on his team. He says yes. He says that Assorama was "difficult to manage." Trump says to Kwame by way of a diagnosis of the problem, "Didn't she want to be you?" Kwame agrees. They both believe that Assorama was all about getting the spotlight for herself. Trump says that he was pretty surprised that Kwame picked Assorama when he did. "You did pick her," Carolyn repeats. Kwame says that when he picked her, he felt that she was "the next most qualified person." Meaning he saw Assorama as more qualified than Nick or Heidi. Meaning, by the way, that the order in which they chose made no difference, because if he thinks there are two people less qualified than Assorama, then he would have picked her anyway. Trump asks whether picking Assorama was a mistake, and as Bill nods vigorously (heh), Kwame hedges with, "In some ways yes, and in some ways no." I'd be fascinated to hear about the ways in which picking Assorama really worked out great for Kwame. ["He…didn't die?" -- Sars] At any rate, Carolyn says that picking Assorama was a very risky move at this late juncture in the game.
George tells Kwame that the team felt that the task required more hands-on management than Kwame offered. Shifting gears, Carolyn says that she thinks the golf tournament under Boyfriend Bill went very well, but she raises the issue of his team's observation that he seemed stressed out. Bill counters that he doesn't think he was ruffled. He's just "very intense." He goes back to his claim that he "blueprinted a plan" that covered everything, and it covered most of the things that could go wrong. Apparently, running down to the dumpster to look for a straying piece of foam core was in the "blueprinted" plan somewhere. You know...honestly, I wouldn't be surprised. It might be in a footnote, but it's probably there.