Reward: The float will be in "the Hollywood Holiday Parade," and Excel gets to write a song with Wyclef Jean. I love Wyclef Jean. He sings "Guantanamera," a song that I adore even though it makes me sad because of the movie Last Night, and he practices vodoun, which is another awesome thing about him, and the only other thing I know about him besides that he was in the Fugeez and I have an album of his around here somewhere. Kristi looks pissed, but I think that's just her lot these days -- it's not necessarily that she has a yearning to sing with Wyclef. Trump intimates that Wyclef is "good friends" with the Fav and Sony Guy Geoff, which is fascinating. Trump then says this: "Brian good job I'm a little impressed Brian." Punctuate it yourself, because he didn't bother to do so.
Kristi complains (I know, right?) to Randal, all, "I'm so sick of losing," and takes a moment to consider and immediately discard the idea that she brings negative energy to the team. She asks his opinion, and he's all class, so his response goes like this: "It was definitely...eye-opening. Often, somebody's talking and...nobody's listening." Kristi's willing to admit that she's guilty of that. Randal's like, "Yeah, sometimes." I don't know that his inability to actually call her out is a good thing in a manager, but what do I know? I like Kristi, I like that she's direct, and when she's on task, she's usually right, but maybe a little more Randal in my m.o. wouldn't go amiss. I would definitely have taken a firmer line with her in particular, here, because she's at least open to his suggestions, and I feel like he's soft-pedaling it a little bit. In interview, he tells us that there is "something wrong, something broken on this team," and it would seem that he knows it's mostly Kristi. This week. "Seek first to understand, and then to be understood," he counsels her. She looks at him like she's ready to understand what he's saying, but in like ten minutes. Like when a dog tilts its head at you: Okay?