Trump moves on to the rest of the team: Tarek admits that Bryce performed some "regrettable decision-making," and Lee points out that he has no business offering an opinion of any kind because he was at Temple the whole time. Then there's another regrettable instance of the Trump-To-Human translation error. What happens is that Trump asks over and over, both of Lee and other team members, whether it's fair that Lee has gotten a bye the last two tasks. What he means is, "I am going to make a self-important point here about how shit happens and every employee has a religious or familial or other obligation sometimes, and you should work around it instead of blaming it for your failures." But because he delivers this in the form of a question repeated eighteen times, followed by a seemingly unrelated pronouncement ("Is it fair?" "Is it fair?" "Is it fair?" "LIFE'S NOT FAIR!"), nobody ever figures this out. Even Carolyn and Bill seem kind of confused by the turn he takes. The drama of this fool! But that's not the unfortunate part; the unfortunate part is that, since nobody in the room realizes that we're on a Trump Wisdom Object Lesson kick, they all just assume they're still in a heated Boardroom battle, and a lot of factors get confused as a result. For example, I think that this is the point where Bryce really just jumps the rails completely, at least in part, as far as his overall "plan." So Lee's like, "I don't care if you send me home for being Orthodox, because it's how I roll," and Trump's response is, "Fine, but life is not fair. It never is. Life sucks, you know that?" Carolyn smiles at this, because Trump is embarrassing, but never more so than when he's explaining basic shit to smart young people.
Leslie says that Lenny should be fired, because he didn't "input" as much as the rest of them, and Bryce reiterates that Lenny is good at a lot of things, but couldn't contribute. On a completely fucking unrelated note, Trump makes a connection between this and his 2D version of Lenny, and shares it like it's fucking Solomon's word: "I think Lenny masks his own talent by being a comedian." See what he did there? The one thing you knew he was going to say, linked up with the one thing that he should get a pass on, just because Trump wanted to seem insightful -- which causes Bryce to think that there's going to be a benefit in trying to screw Lenny. I'm not saying Bryce isn't about to descend into pants-wetting mania, but I do think he is getting some help from the outsize crazy of Trump. Bryce is asked to choose his two team members for cobra, and he...chooses Lenny and Lee. Things get weird.
Essay Questions: Choose two or more of the following candidates from Team Gold Rush and write a 500-word essay on why they should be brought back to the Boardroom for possible cobra, paying attention to the notes and special assignments below: