Trump talks to Charmaine about the lyrics, and unbeknownst to her, he's looking for the thing they are looking for from Charmaine: a hands-down declaration of responsibility for part of the failure. They've been building this case for awhile, Trump and Bill, and she has no way of knowing that, so she just double-talks about nothing instead of giving it up. It sucks, because she can't know that this is what they want, because Trump -- this season even more than usual -- has just the one idea about each candidate ("Lenny, he's a comedian," "Lee, he's the politician," "Charmaine, she doesn't take responsibility") that he can't fucking let go, and by which slender thread each of them hangs regardless of the true applicability. It's part of what made Rebecca good in the Boardroom last year: the ankle and the "integrity" and that was all of Rebecca that Trump could see, so she pushed it constantly, and Randal too, with his degrees. Or Tarek now, he was "Mensa Guy," and when that didn't work out, Trump re-named him "Overrated Guy," and at least Tarek seems to have figured that out. At least in the BR. So maybe in some ways it's best that Charmaine not attack her symbolic value directly, because he'd have to dub her something else, and if that happened this week, she'd become "Creative Failure Guy," and since that's kind of true -- she's great at a lot of things, but not the things that sexism says she's good at, like writing poems and fantasizing about horses -- it's kind of up to Bryce to keep her out of the BR this week. Which he does, explaining patiently and nonsensically that she -- and invisible No-Girl Leslie -- were absolutely not responsible for the only thing for which they were responsible.
But speaking of Charmaine, Bill wonders how come they were 25 minutes late to the meeting with Doug and Debbie, and...it's nasty, because Trump didn't know about that, so it becomes the most important thing in the universe. "IS THAT LEADERSHIP?" screams Trump from his diaphragm, and Bryce, even stupider, "explains" that he "wasn't aware" they were late until they arrived. Carolyn's eyes go wide. This is where DVR comes in handy, because I remembered that there was weirdness surrounding the circumstances, but it was only upon review that I was able to reconstruct what happened, which is that Bryce ignored Charmaine outright when she explained the appointment time, because he was too busy telling Tarek how pretty they both were. Bill asks who's responsible for that one, and Bryce says that Charmaine was the one that made the appointment, but Carolyn redirects this whole line of questioning: "He doesn't even know!" Trump tells them what every successful executive should already know, which is that you are never, ever late to a client meeting. "They were angry before they heard your song!"
Trump asks Lenny who he'd fire, and Lenny responds: Bryce was on top of nothing, micromanaged everything, and didn't delegate anything to Lenny. Which sounds like a tune Lenny's performed before, but this time it's definitely, ridiculously true, which reframes past tasks, in retrospect, if you're the kind of person willing to admit you might have been wrong. Which is the kind of person I aspire to be. "I wish I had more input -- I can't write rhymes in English." He tells a sad story about how he was trying to write rhymes in Russian and then translate them, but no matter what he did, it was complete crap. Carolyn seems to be not buying this, but like: write a song? Fuck that! I think of myself as fairly fluent in English, and I would have taken a giant-ass pass on this part of the task, and if Bryce had tried to delegate it to me anyway, I would have...wait, that's exactly what Tarek did, and I said it was some kind of male posturing, so never mind. Forget I said anything! Lenny is a Commie!