What does Clay think? That Michael did the best he could, serving as the "expert." Don Jr. says that wasn't enough and that Michael should have been more strategic by stepping up in the one instance that a task fit his experience this well. Adam, he says, has more versatility and could plug himself into a variety of tasks. This was the for Michael, and he punked out. At this point, it's quite obvious that they designed this challenge specifically for an Andretti and are insulted that he messed up their planning. They walked into this boardroom today dead set on firing him. Sorry, Michael. Thanks for playing (sort of).
Trump wonders who would Arsenio would fire? He leads with his love for Lou but says the team is having a hard time placing him. Trump thinks hard work should win out and blames everyone else for failing to recognize Lou's ability. He tells Lou to take on PM next week to prove himself, and Lou accepts.
Adam jumps in to say that each player has earned his reputation over the last four tasks, so if Lou isn't considered a strong, versatile team member, that's on him. After that, Dee calls Lou the weakest player but argues that Adam should be fired because he was the show, and it has to be all or nothing in this case. Trump asks who Michael would fire. Michael says Lou because he doesn't bring any business skills to the table. Trump finally cottons on to the fact that Lou is full of complaints but low on solutions. Michael calls out Lou for saving all his firepower for the boardroom and essentially snaking his teammates when it's judgment time.
Trump tells Adam to pick two teammates to return to the boardroom, but Adam refuses. Trump tells all the guys to go outside and warns them he's going to fire two people tonight instead of one: "You didn't give me a choice." In the waiting room, Penn notes that Trump is retaliating for Adam's rebellion by ruling with an iron fist, adding, "A lesson has been taught." The guys also hash out their anger with Lou for turning on them in the boardroom. They call him two-faced and accuse him of being a one-trick pony who can only flex his muscles. Penn urges him to offer something different next time around, and Clay tells him his learning curve is over.