Fortitude. The ladies meet with on-air host Albany and decide that Brandy should be in front of the camera because the demographic is 85% Caucasian. Brandy thinks it's ridiculous and that Liza is shying away from responsibility, but I think it's an absolutely fair point. With about five minutes to go, Liza heads into the control room to learn the ropes as Brandy and Albany rehearse. With so little time, Liza gets obsessed with the location of some signage, which Brandy deems silly and a waste of time.
As the ladies go to air, Trump joins Isaac Mizrahi in a viewing room. Regardless of a rather fake start, Brandy is pretty amazing at taking an endless stream of rapid fire verbal cues from Liza. That is, until she decides to completely ignore Liza and fouls up the cue to end the segment. It ends abruptly, and Liza worries that they didn't do as well at selling the watch as they could have.
Next up is Octane, selling the handbag. Clint has complete confidence in Steuart and gives him a few bullet points as he goes, which is a stark contrast to the frenzy of direction happening with Fortitude. Isaac Mizrahi is impressed with their delivery but a little concerned with the price point. As the segment goes on, Steuart also decides to ignore some of Clint's verbal cues, including "cavernous" and "snuggly." Snarks Steuart, "I mean, we might as well have said 'moist.'" Amazingly, he does call it a "sassy satchel for a woman on the go." The guys end the segment cleanly and are completely secure in their performance.
After the presentations, Isaac Mizrahi tells him that Brandy is a natural but worries that she underpriced the watch. On the other hand, he worries the price point on the handbag may have been too high.
Boardroom. Trump turns to the girls first. They both agree they did a brilliant job. Trump asks why Liza decided to produce rather than going on air. Liza, the only non-white competitor still standing, explains that, considering the demographics (85% Caucasian women viewers), Brandy was a better fit for the shoppers. Trump makes it about discrimination and questions whether Liza would have done as well. Liza insists she would have but says she made an "informed decision" based on research. Trump asks Brandy if she thinks Liza would have done an equally good job. She says they both would have done well. Trump keeps going on and on about it, as if he's completely unaware of this thing called race. It's kind of ridiculous and kind of sad and maybe a little telling that they have nothing else to complain about at this juncture in the game. Regardless, Brandy says she's just being honest that this is how marketing works. And yet, because of Trump's refusal to drop it, she also kind of looks like she's about to cry. Which just makes it even worse because as Trump is all, "Wow, this racism really sucks!" he's trying to turn it on her, like, "Why are you bringing this up?" As if it's only an issue because she factored it in. He's simultaneously telling her to ignore it while talking her ear off about it. It's a shitty position to be in, is all I'm saying.