Hydra returns to the suite, gloating about their 3-0 record and Empresario's total airball message-wise. They tune into the boardroom to watch Trump beat up on Empresario.
Gene maintains that they couldn't have done any better, and says that Kodak is wrong. Trump turns to Omarosa, who blames Gene for not meeting with the execs and not getting a clear vision. Ivanka tells them that the execs felt nobody on Empresario was listening to them. Gene again insists that the client is wrong. And Ivanka figures Gene out on the spot: "I think part of the reason you're so successful is that you have a stick-to-itiveness. You came up with an idea, it really worked, you promoted yourself in an incredible way. But in this case you're standing behind a concept that didn't work." Gene certainly is. Watch him do it some more right now, as a matter of fact.
In the suite, Hydra thinks that Gene is about to be fired. Back in the Boardroom, Trump calls Nely out for all the talking she did in the meeting with Kodak, and how much it annoyed the execs. Nely turns to Carol for backup, but Carol isn't providing any. She doesn't specifically try to throw the blame on Nely, even though she knows Nely is the one who blew the meeting. Gene again insists that they won, all evidence to the contrary, and Omarosa steps in to point out that Gene doesn't even know the name of the product. Gene points to the ink on his hand and still gets it wrong. Trump asks Carol who she would fire. After pausing, Carol says it would be between herself and Nely. Gene says that Carol's wrong on both counts, but Trump is impressed with Carol's bravery. When Trump asks Jennie the same question, she names Gene. So does Omarosa. So does Marilu Henner. But Nely blames Jennie, which blows everyone else away. Nely spouts some nonsense about Jennie not having leadership chops, not that Jennie has been asked or expected to show any at any time (which Jennie correctly points out). Trump says that with her skills and experience, Nely really should have won the last two events. Finally, he asks Gene which two people he's bringing back. Gene only wants to bring back one: Omarosa. I'm sure he's got some Art of War bullshit reason for that which he isn't sharing with us. Trump hates that idea, because Gene is not only screwing himself, he's going to force Trump to fire two of the most interesting characters on the show. In the suite, Hydra notices that Trump keeps bashing Nely, and Stephen goes so far as to speculate that Gene might actually end up being safe if he brings Nely back. Trump finally insists that Gene give him a second name, and we go to black on Gene's reluctant expression.