Trump points out to Lenny that, as usual, everybody thinks Charmaine did a good job except for Lenny. "Why do you think Charmaine did a bad job?" And Lenny goes buckwild about how he thinks that because she did, because it's a conspiracy against him. Trump, to his credit, ignores this, and asks Tarek who should be fired (Lenny) and why: misallocation of resources, no-good theme, major disorganization. Lenny gets all tiresome again, not answering the accusation: "People like Tarek always stab from behind," he says, and Tarek looks hurt and exasperated, but, like: this is why, if there were a television show called Discussing Stuff With Guilty Pre-Teens, I wouldn't watch it, because fucking deal with it, Lenny. You shirked, and nobody else is to blame for that. Lee throws out some "as an inner-city kid" bullshit about Lenny's wonderment, and Carolyn shakes her head as Trump tells him to drop the bullshit, which was awesome. Lee says that Charmaine should be fired, and Carolyn goes ballistic: "You really believe that Charmaine did a worse job than Lenny? I'd like to know why you're defending Lenny! [And if] you wanted him to succeed, why did you let him do the presentation?" I cross my fingers they'll both fucking leave, and he starts in on the whole "showing weakness" part. Carolyn's like, "Um, or it would show strength? To choose the best most articulate person?" Lee makes a sad face, as I've said thirty times in every recap but only learned to really mean with this episode. Shut up, Lee. Go do some Benadryl commercials or something about how sad your allergies make you.
Trump asks who he's bringing back, and Lenny scoffs: "So easy! Charmaine. And Lee." Trump is grossed out by this, and Lee explains that...basically, that he has no sense of self and has installed Lenny as an authority/father figure during this fucked-up whirlwind of a game show, and doesn't feel like he could look Lenny in the face after refusing to be his sacrificial lamb and/or pawn, because that's how pathetic and sad Lee is, and how doesn't that show loyalty and integrity and a bunch of other bullshit Trump occasionally, when he's in the mood, pretends to admire. Bad plan, Lee baby. Trump ignores Lee's continual interruptions as he delivers his final speech, to the effect that Lenny "made a lot of mistakes," was "not a good leader for this task," "tried to put the blame on certain people" that he should not have, "like Charmaine," that the room "wasn't good," "the leadership wasn't good," and then fires Lenny. Finally.
Silence. They stand and thank Trump, who praises Lee's loyalty on the way out (so at least Lee got that out of it, smart kid that he is), and then in the foyer, Charmaine tries for ten thousand years to get Lenny to understand that she wasn't saying anything beyond that he was less than perfect on this task, over and over and over and over until somehow she flips it inside out and starts looking like a whining idiot, as he pointedly ignores her and hugs the other contestants and kisses them on the cheek one by one and says goodbye, all the time with Charmaine at his shoulder yakking about "Please like me? Please, please, please don't hate me?" Which makes me like her less, but doesn't make me like him more at all, and he finally shares that he doesn't "like people with ten thousand faces," and takes his leave, and the whole time Charmaine is screaming about how she's just got the one face, and it's sad and stupid and annoying, because: you're still not understanding the actual problem, and it's even more boring and irritating than Ross and Rachel or whatever. Except this isn't drama for narrative, just drama because they're both mostly great but also kind of dicks.