Back in the room, Annie says she thought for sure they'd lose until she saw Joan perform. She was so great, Annie thought they had a chance to win. Joan looks upset or shocked by this, which is weird. Or, I don't know really. It's hard to tell anything with Joan's face. They all agree the vignettes were bad, and Joan was great. Don asks whose idea the vignettes were, and Claudia says they all agreed. Trump asks Tionne if she takes any responsibility, being the great singer on this team. She says that it wasn't about putting on a concert, or she could have done that. Trump says he loves Tionne's music, and asks why Claudia didn't have her sing. Claudia babbles about how she wanted it to be about the emotions. Trump asks Melissa, and she said she wasn't in on the creative process; she was only in on the technical process. Khloe says that Melissa really tried to step back after the fight, which was hard for her as a producer. The guys think this is funny.
Trump asks the women who is the toughest at the table. Annie says it's between Joan, Melissa and her. But she also says Natalie is a quietly strong player. She says some people think they can do it without bringing it, which is how Claudia is. She says she sat by Melissa during stage managing, and she did a great job. Trump asks if Melissa was obnoxious, and Annie says she can't say about earlier; it looks like equal obnoxiousness on both sides, but she did put her head down. She gives Melissa so much credit for trying to pull something together that was a disaster. Annie says if they'd won, she would have given equal credit to Joan and Melissa for winning. At this point, Joan touches Melissa's leg under the table. I think she's patting it reassuringly or something, which is pretty cute.
Ivanka asks Claudia what she would have done differently in retrospect, and what was the trigger for the conflict. Claudia says she probably should have stood up to Melissa more, but she's very loud and very obnoxious. She feels like she can't finish a thought. Claudia says she's not dismissing her talents, although she's never seen anything Melissa's produced. Melissa tries to jump in, but Claudia asks her to please let her finish. Claudia says there's only so much she can do, because Melissa doesn't like her. Melissa says that number one, she really does like Claudia. Which, I have to say, I believe. I think Claudia is like a Mean Girl, and Melissa's the type who wants everyone to like her. Claudia says, "No you don't," and calls Melissa sarcastic. I think maybe Claudia should look in a mirror. Melissa says it became a personal attack, which is why she got upset in the first place. She says her humor is sarcastic, and she is really sorry if Claudia took that the wrong way, because she does really like her. Then she addresses Claudia dismissing her as a producer, asking if she's ever watched any of those big, red-carpet extravaganzas in the past 12 years. Claudia: "Not too many." She's taking the really bitter approach here, which never flies well with Trump. He likes people who give credit where it's due, not who just slam a person completely. Anyway, Melissa produced those. Claudia: "Congratulations." Wow. She is terrible.