James bends right over for Trump the first second he can about how "grateful" and whatever they are to have the opportunity to kiss his ass some more, in the crazy funhouse hell ride of TRUMP where these things have relative value. Trump asks James about his "partner," Stefani. Maybe he asks Stefani what she thinks about James, maybe he doesn't -- I know there was a whole part somewhere in here where Stefani was very vocal and insightful, that we didn't see for whatever scary reason yet to come -- but either way, watch for Trump's use of James throughout. If you were wondering, James LOVED working with Stefani. They had a good time, and she's a hard worker. Trump moves on to Nicole, same question, and Nicole answers honestly and smartly and well: she and Kristine have differing focus, but it ended up being beneficial to the task. Kristine's not so easy-breezy: Nicole has "amazing" energy, but often needs to be reined in and focused. And Heidi's partner? Frank's a "ball of energy," Heidi says ruefully/smugly/nastily, depending on if you understand why she's irritated with Frank above and beyond the usual amount of irritation it's natural to have with Frank. Which is to say, this isn't the James/Tim kind of "well, we all know Frank's a moron" smile, but a "man, did he ride my ass" smile. Frank needs focus at times, Heidi continues, and his cute little face is sad. And Frank? (So we've asked everybody but Stefani how their partners worked; either A: James is above reproach, B: Stefani's beneath asking, or we didn't get to see it, because A+B) Frank found Heidi "great to work with as a team member." Frank thinks they did an "excellent job" and that Trump will be very impressed.
Two things here: the first is the kind of heartbreaking, lovable way Frank "talks good" when he remembers to. It's like watching somebody fake an accent, and his brow is quite furrowed. That's not a slam on him: racist or not, I do think he's a total trouper. Not to say I respect him, but I do feel for him. And the second thing is actually quite awesome, if only in that it provides an amazing comparison for Nicole's behavior in a few minutes: he's scared to death of Crazy Heidi, he knows she doesn't have much respect for him or his skills, he knows she's irritated at the time he took for the video, he knows she thinks he's dumb and a child, but: class act. He's working for the good of the team, because he remembers that this is (supposedly) a team do-or-die, and he's not going to blame Heidi for a loss that hasn't happened yet just because he can't trust her. Not to say that Kristine's in the wrong -- I can't be half that civil about Nicole talking to you now, and she's only tangential to my job performance -- but that Nicole and Frank are kind of in the same boat. Both of them are the Arrows in an Arrow/Kinetic split, both of them have been called idiots more than once in this room, and both of them are scared shitless. And Frank can only say, at this point, good things about Heidi. Which I would really like even if Nicole didn't act like a two-year-old coming up. Although I admit I would have clapped louder if he weren't, you know, a gross-ass racist.