Herschel chimes in. He admits that Tom has lots of talent but that he was a distraction and wouldn't follow direction. He brings up the "shet up" incident and explicitly says that Tom's clowning around pulled the team members' focus off of the work and their crashing deadlines. Trump realizes Herschel has fulfilled his sole purpose for being in the board room and dismisses him. Herschel joins the others upstairs and sadly predicts that Scott will be fired.
Back in the board room, Tom takes a savvy tack and basically bargains with Trump. He claims he knows how to control groups in a creative setting and promises to prove himself as PM the next week if Trump will fire Scott. Erin isolates the reason why Kotu lost: EEE. She wants to settle once and for all whether EEE was Scott's idea. Scott starts in on another 45-minutes oration about his creative inspiration. Tom interrupts and brings up that the brainstorming lasted six hours. Trump wonders why so long. Tom says Clint slowed the creative process. Trump asks why Scott didn't bring Clint to the boardroom, instead of Herschel. Scott says Clint was a team player and a pit bull.
Scott goes back to the old standby: Tom is a derailer who fights with everyone. Tom says he didn't fight with Jesse when he suggested they pick a damn idea already. Trump takes this as a cue to randomly praise Jesse for a couple of minutes. Tom proves that he can stay on task when he describes Jesse as "an out-of-the-box thinker" and adds "and so am I." You see what he did there? He just keep chipping away at boring old Scott. Then he adds that Scott didn't fundamentally get the whole brainstorming thing. Scott deems the brainstorming session "a hurricane of [Tom]." Tom turns the tables, saying, "You just keep talking, Scott. Just keep talking..." So now, after all that insistence that Tom was the one who constantly interrupted others and wouldn't "shet up," Tom is showing that Scott is the motor mouthed nutcase. The most ridiculous part of it is that boring old Scott is absolutely right -- Tom is a game-player. And he's playing Scott like a fiddle. Commercials.
Trump asks Scott to make his final plea. Instead, Scott admits he wasn't ready to take on PM. He talks about how he wanted to unite the team so he could raise money for cancer. Tom starts to talk, and Scott harshly cuts him off. Bad move, buddy. Tom was actually trying to point out that they both survived testicular cancer and are both playing to raise money for the cause. So, yeah, Scott looks like an ass. No less so when he screams out that they both have one ball! [Scott's claim that together they were a set made for a disgustingly weird visual. - AC] Scott wraps up his point -- he's of more long-term value to the team than Tom. Erin begins talking about how they were both kind of pathetic. Tom chimes in. Scott again shushes him and rolls his eyes in frustration, which prompts Trump to give him a cute little wink. Erin continues talking and makes the overarching point that EEE was a dumbass name and was, without a doubt, the reason they lost. Don agrees. Scott gives it one last shot, arguing that people shouldn't be dismissed on the basis of a single mistake. Which would be a sound argument if it weren't the whole point of the show. In the microcosm of this show, that EEE is the equivalent of a multi-million dollar fuck up or an accidental declaration of war. It's a massive mistake and, frankly, the only way they have to distinguish you from anyone else. So, yeah, you should be fired for one mistake. Sorry.