Athena presentation. Gladiator music. Trump walks in. Then he interviews about how to speak to people: He doesn't think about it, because all it will do is make you a nervous wreck. He says Claudia and Brian will be great, because they're performers and won't even be thinking about it. We see the women rustling around backstage, disproving him. Trump gets on stage and explains the rules that we got at the beginning of the episode, except he adds that he'll fire the ass off someone on the losing team.
Melissa directs. Tionne MC's, introducing Joan Rivers. She walks out amid a lot of crazy fanfare. She is pretty good at this, I have to admit. She has a lot of enthusiasm. Though she does say the word "terrific" a lot, and she keeps saying these are "real people," and she calls them vignettes. They have an actor on stage watching their non-crying baby taking steps as fake dad watches on video. Joan makes a joke about him finding out it's not really his kid. Totally the emotional appeal, right? Joan says that this video phone has saved her from having to go to the gynecologist, and the crowd loves it. She then says she's happy to let people see her face when she talks, because she's spent $150,000 on it. Then she says that even if you haven't spent money on your face, people want to see it, so watch this. Jesse's in the audience, and he interviews that he loves Joan, "she's rad," but that presentation didn't get people's attention. They did do a cute scene where an actor proposes to Brande. The audience gave them a standing ovation, and Claudia says that reaction was all she needed to know they nailed this thing. Joan gives her closing bit and even Trump stands up and claps. The ladies are so happy; they know they won, since the guys can't pull anything out of their ass to beat Joan. Claudia's already annoyed, saying Melissa will take credit, but doesn't deserve it.
KOTU's turn to present. Brian has the lights down, and dancers come in and dance around the phone. Claudia talks about the advantage of going second. Clint comes out and introduces their event. Their West Point video is pretty impressive, with the guy talking about the military and what the phone means to him. Then it has him talking to his wife. Clint welcomes Brian McKnight to the stage. Brian asks if they're ready for the future. He interviews that being Brian McKnight is what he does, so he's going to do that again here. He sings his song, as Claudia talks about how this isn't about the phone. Herschel says he was in the crowd and he could tell how much the audience liked it. Ladies dance around Brian with the phones as he sings. Jesse tells Herschel that Brian has some pipes. Then he interviews that he's never bought a Brian McKnight album, but that was pretty awesome today. He asks how you can not like that. [Well, if you don't like Brian's music, or slutty girls dancing with phones... it might not be your cup of tea. - AC] Dennis interviews that he thinks Brian sees this as an opportunity to sell records, and that Dennis had nothing to do with this. He says Brian thinks he's Quincy Jones, "so knock yourself out," as he laughs. I really do have to say that Clint Black's musical style would go better with the West Point video. But Brian keeps singing, and the crowd does seem into it.