The women head to their suite, where Debbie apologizes to Teresa for seeming snippy. Teresa plays nice but calls Debbie "fake" and "calculated [sic]." She says, "She'll be nice to face then talk behind your back as soon as you turn around." Takes one to know one!
Boardroom. Penn says he's shocked they lost because Unanimous's presentation was expert enough to appeal to serious car buyers. Trump says that doesn't matter because they still lost. Lou says everyone should have been put front and center. Adam starts to defend himself, but Trump commandeers the conversation to make another comment about how big and strong Lou is and that he could take any one of his teammates (in this case Adam) in a fight. He actually has the two men compare hand size. Ridiculous.
Adam claims he didn't know this was going to be judged on how much he utilized his teammates instead of sheer car know-how. Don Jr. wonders where the presentation as a whole fell apart. Adam snaps that it didn't fall apart. Trump asks Paul who was the weakest player. Paul cites Lou's insub-boardroom-ination, telling Trump Lou had plenty of opportunities during the task to express his objections to how Adam used him. Lou defends himself, then names Michael as the team's weak link. He echoes the exec's statement that Michael wasn't forceful enough given his car smarts. Trump continues to beat a dead horse(power) that Michael didn't volunteer for PM. Adam says Michael on stage more than the presentation, what more could they want? Ivanka says, "But they criticized his presence." Exactly! He's not a performer, as Dee points out, so why make it just uncomfortable for everyone just to capitalize on a brand/name? In the end, it doesn't matter whether the criticism makes sense. It cost them the win, and Trump won't let it go. Even as Michael tries to defend himself, he can't a word in edgewise.
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).