Into the Boardroom! Trump sits down and regards the Rushees. "Charmaine, Lenny was the Project Manager." I'm guessing Bill (or a producer) filled him in on how Lenny and Charmaine felt about each other this task. Charmaine explains simply that Lenny was an ineffective leader on the task, and made several poor decisions. Lenny responds not to the accusation but to the person, what they call an ad charmainum attack: "Charmaine is hard to manage!" Lee nods, even though this does nothing to further Lenny in the BR. "She surprised me big-time! Questioned everything I did! And would not listen!" Which, first of all, is never going to be why you lost, so keep your eye on the bottom line. And second of all: wrong. That's not what happened. She may have repeated herself to a sickening degree, but that's what you do when someone cannot hear you. Charmaine's like, "I disobeyed nothing," and Lenny changes his bitchy course again: "She was the most negative person on the task!" Which is a valid comment if the person was acting in a way that was detrimental to the task, but doesn't signify if the person told you "no" and that's the problem you were having. And people are scary when they are so wrapped up in their own arrogance that they can't tell the difference. Charmaine brings up how she gave him constant ticking reminders from the fifteen-minute mark about devoting time to the executive meeting, and Lenny yells, "If you're so smart, why didn't you have any questions?" Which is, again, not a response, and not true. She was the only one we saw interfacing with them at all, during your campaign of awkward silence. "When they walked in," Charmaine tells the Viceroys and Trump, there was a long "dead silence," but that eventually she asked a bunch of questions.
Trump tells them something I don't think they knew, which was that while their meeting with the executives was less than nine minutes long, Team Synergy talked to them for forty-five minutes. Looks bad, although with the Michael factor, it's a bit less dramatic in comparison because only probably thirty of those minutes were worthwhile. On the other hand, all the weird questions he asked were what won the task, so you can't completely laugh at him. Lee, not actually randomly, I'm sure, but edited weirdly: "Lenny did a great job!" Trump says that the bottom line is that their room wasn't good. "What was your vision?" Lenny says that the theme was music, and Bill pounces: "Way too narrow in scope!" Which I'm willing to say might have been a criticism he came up with at the beginning of the task, and not something he remembers the client saying one hundred times, but the amazing response of Lenny makes me forget to bitch about it: "No, it's not." Bill's like, whoa, because not only is that true, but it's something the executives said outright. Maybe Lenny just ignored them saying it?