It's time for Sam to bring two guys to the final table with him. Certain, I suspect, that he's not leaving, and not wanting to piss off the trio of more well-established leaders within the group -- Nick, Troy, and Boyfriend Bill -- Sam takes Kwame and Bowie. Trump says he thinks that Sam picked Bowie and Kwame because they were critical, but that Boyfriend Bill was critical, too. Like I said, I think Sam was confident he was staying, and he wanted to protect the relationships he most believed he still needed. But then, he's delusional and disconnected from reality, so I can't really claim to understand all of his thought processes. Nick, Bill, and Troy get to go upstairs to S4, while Bowie, Kwame, and Sam have to hang around.
Trump tells the Viceroys that he thinks "Sam is a total disaster." He also thinks, though, that the whole team made some mistakes this week. George is having none of it. He's pissed that Sam isn't already gone, you can tell. He's like a girl's dad who can't believe she hasn't broken up with her dipshit boyfriend yet. He calls Sam "the bad factor," and Carolyn adds that she thinks it would be interesting to see the team function without Sam.
Out in Loser Lobby, Sam tells Bowie and Kwame that he really believed they all respected him. Kwame says flat-out that he doesn't respect Sam, but he notes, by way of blow-softening, that Bowie does. Heh. In fact, it turns out that Bowie is a little pissed at being accused of not showing respect to Sam. As fascinating as that conversation is (yawn), it's time to go back inside, where Trump is waiting to deliver the bad news. He tells Robin to send the men in. As they go back, an overconfident Sam tells them gregariously that "it's a loss, whatever happens." In other words, "Whichever of you is getting fired, I want you to know, I'll miss you." Mm-hmm. Keep it up, genius.
Back in the Boardroom, Donald reminds them of the drama that is the Up Elevator and the Down Elevator. Life and death respectively, you know. He asks Kwame to tell him why he shouldn't be the one fired. Kwame takes an interesting approach, not really arguing in favor of himself as much as arguing that Sam is clearly the one who needs to go: "If I need to go home because I don't respect Sam, then I need to go home." I sort of admired that remark, because I sense that a lot of these people feel obligated either to be diplomats -- like Nick -- or kind of angry and dismissive, the way Jason was last week. Kwame's approach of just saying "This is how I feel, I don't want to work with the guy, if he's what you want, then you can send me home" is an interesting one. Bowie takes the anti-Sam approach to self-defense as well, saying a little too defensively that Sam should go because he's now shown that he can't lead and also can't follow. Which is an interesting point, actually.