Elizabeth jumps in and says that Maria has tried to blame everyone else for this problem. This is the week of weird eye issues, because something about Elizabeth's eyebrows bothers me, but man, Maria blinks more than any person I have ever seen in my life. Anyway, as Elizabeth makes her case against Maria, Maria coldly says, "She's doing a really good sales job right now, is what she's doing." "But you're not, so go ahead," Trump says. Heh. Yeah, I'm not sure Trump sees "really good sales job" as an insult. Maria tries to say that she hasn't been sticking up for herself because she's not the kind of person to "butt in." Oh, come on, Maria! Now is no time for manners! Don't you want any screen time? Maria insists that the invoice from the printer was "wrong," and I don't see how that's possible, when she herself didn't know what the price was supposed to be. What's interesting to contemplate is whether anybody ever got back to the vendor at 7:00 AM, like they were supposed to, to find out the final price. Maria wrote down "7:00 AM" on her sheet. Why didn't she call them at 7:00 AM? Clearly unhappy with everyone, George rips into Elizabeth about this one item accounting for a $5000 budget overrun, and Elizabeth seems unsure of exactly what to say.
Stacie is asked whom she would fire if it were up to her, and she names Elizabeth. She claims that the task was very disorganized, and that the way the whole thing was handled was "embarrassing." Trump then turns to Stacy, who talks about disorganization and whatnot, but moves in for the kill, saying that "the weakest link is Stacie J." She goes on to claim that part of the chaos is the result of "Elizabeth having to put out fires." Not that she names, describes, or itemizes any of these fires. Asked whom she would fire, Ivana says that she would fire Stacie also. Remarkably, Ivana can't even come up with her own stupid literary device, and borrows the stupid literary device of the person before her, referring to the need to manage Stacie by "putting out her fires." Not that she names, describes, or itemizes any of these fires, either. Ivana claims -- and doesn't she hear that voice, and doesn't she know how snide it sounds? -- that Elizabeth could have been more effective without Stacie to deal with. Even though, as has been established, that has nothing to do with why they lost, and even though Elizabeth herself hasn't attributed any problems she may have had to the time she spent working with Stacie. I also love how Ivana refers to Stacie as "this particular resource." I would have fired her just for that marble-mouthed piece of consultant claptrap.