From the NBC profile: Michelle, 34...has dedicated much of her adult life building a flourishing career in real estate, and now averages $50 million in annual sales. Through the years she has become an expert in real estate remodel and design, as she is also an active investor. Thriving on creative outlets, Michelle started a publishing company and wrote and produced her own book titled, The Voice of Gratitude: Celebrating the Gift of Friendship, which she successfully sold to Hallmark Gold Crown across North America. She has also hosted several television programs, including real estate shows, and recently began work as a host for Al Gore's network, Current. Inspired to give back, Michelle also founded Urban Circle, an L.A.-based non-profit organization designed to empower children through participation in physically challenging activities.
"I've never done that," she says, and he reminds her she just did, but he's not getting it: "I won't do it again." And you know what? She won't. Not in the real world. That's how she ended up on this joke of a show in the first place. He accepts her resignation and turns to the others: "I will see you three later," he says, and wishes her luck. Donald and Ivanka stare as the two teamlets leave, Don Jr. remarking that she just sold out her team. "She shouldn't have left them, she should have come to the boardroom and taken her medicine like a man -- or a woman, in this case -- instead of leaving them to come into the boardroom and let one of them get fired when maybe they wouldn't have been." Ivanka agrees, and I adore Ivanka, but there are five things wrong with that sentence and you have only ten minutes to figure out what they are. Not the least of which is that this little cabal sequence with the three Trumps could have been filmed at any time whatsoever and maybe has nothing to do with what just happened. This show is so fake, who knows. Trump calls it a "tough situation" and says it "just doesn't feel right." I imagine that whenever anybody calls bullshit on your entire life and way of doing things, it feels less than right. (When Trump takes on Rosie, how much of that is just him yelling back at the TV for calling him names? Honestly?)
Out in the yard, Stefani -- appalled and worried, but not angry -- speaks to Michelle from inside the game, while helping her pack. It's neat: her concern and kindness are both really sweet and really justified. From the game side. I don't mean to abstract this out too far, or make some massive point about Tennyson or whatever, but it's something worth thinking about in business and in life: Imagine this conversation under any other circumstance where the social dynamics of Team Arrow can be substituted for an overall societal norm. Contrast with any real-world issue where she's going outcast on purpose: Michelle's quitting the football team. Michelle's finally leaving her abusive husband. Michelle's leaving her demeaning job. Michelle's going gay. Michelle's suing the Harper Valley PTA. Michelle's joining the Army. Michelle's taking up painting. Michelle's picking up stakes and moving to Japan for a year. Same vibe, same logical construction, same fears, same violent pack reaction. And even her sweetest, most well-meaning friends don't understand why she'd step outside the context: