Trump asks Rebecca the complementary question, prefaced by the following statements: Randal is "a star," has that MIT degree, is a Rhodes Scholar, and is a "star" again, and a "wonderful leader." The subtext: tread lightly. While Rebecca has tons of respect for Randal, Rebecca feels that his "Achilles heel" is "overthinking, at times." He doesn't focus on "the bigger picture," the "most important elements," and by focusing on detail, "misses the point on the larger picture." Which kind of fits with my main problem with Randal, which is that I've never seen him do anything, and just like I think with Markus, this is usually in real life due to a hyper-focus on details to the exclusion of point-by-point task annihilation. She calls attention to what she calls his weakness with "determining what is central" to accomplishing his objective -- and Randal more and more loudly protests through this -- as opposed to "what is additional" that may or may not add value. "How can you win three tasks and be undefeated as PM if you don't know the objective? The fact is, Rebecca, that you were one and two." Rebecca reiterates that she respects Randal, a great deal.
George, per Trump's request, sums up what the two did right: They both had a very difficult task and rose to the occasion, with only minor drawbacks. George pleads "no question" about whether or not they are "both stars," and says they are both excellent choices. If you're keeping score? That's I think four times we've mentioned that "both" of them are stars, or good choices for the Apprentice. Just noting that for later. Carolyn says that they both "did a lot right," and that they share a gift for motivating their teams: "Every team member respected them, as a matter of fact." She says that Yahoo!/Glaser went really well, and that Randal, running behind, got things done in a small amount of time, with everybody having fun, and everybody was motivated to actually make money. Which, if you don't speak Connecticut, I'll translate: what Carolyn just said was, "Randal Pinkett is the next Apprentice." Trump tells them they are brilliant and have tremendous futures ahead of them, and throws them out of the Boardroom. (THE END! THE END!) Some NBC voice tells us that we're now really live and not going anywhere at Lincoln Center, "where anything can happen." Finally. I mean, "No!"