So they flip a coin, and Marilu and Carol win the ladder/cart for Hydra instead of Stephen and Tito for Empresario, End of sparks. Empresario quickly decides on the sweeper as their second choice.
Carol and Marilu both have QVC experience (surprise!), but they end up picking Marilu to be the on-air pitchwoman, and she gets right to work rehearsing. Lots of people have different rehearsal styles, and I should probably mention that "rehearse" for Marilu means "audition for Dancing with the Stars using the ladder as a partner while jabbering like a cokehead having an aneurysm."
Empresario, meanwhile, decides to go in the opposite direction by putting mellow, laid-back Trace on the air for their team. They're also going to have him partner with a regular QVC co-host, named Lisa -- who, like Trace, is from Tennessee. They get along so well right off the bat that the fan fiction starts writing itself.
Hydra, meanwhile, is going to put Marilu on the air with a co-host named Rick. Marilu wants to try out a demonstration where she tries to cart Rick around on the handcart, and ends up dropping him on his ass. If they end up in the board room, someone could probably point to their first mistake: "breaking the co-host." Rick pretends to limp away, but I think maybe he's kidding on the square.
At Empresario, Omarosa wants to have some rehearsal, but Stephen's feeling that they need to be spontaneous. Don't make me agree with Omarosa, Stephen. Also, fix your tie so the back isn't longer than the front anymore.
Don, Jr. arrives in the Trumpicopter and meets with Empresario. He thinks Trace is probably the right guy to pitch. He's also impressed with Hydra's organization, but voices concerns about how much Marilu is talking.
Empresario meets with a QVC marketing consultant, who has to visibly swallow his distaste of Stephen as he explains the "Easy Pay" system, which allows people who can't afford a sixty-dollar sweeper today to make five twelve-dollar payments for it over time. Maybe those people need to have QVC deleted from their channel menu, hey?
Lennox assigns himself as Hydra's director, and takes over the control room. Carol is an on-set grip, or something, and Piers monitors the sales in real time. With seconds to go, the voice link between Piers and the onscreen talent breaks down for a few moments of manufactured suspense, but it's back up before they go on. Just in time. I'd hate for there to be less talking on this show.