In an interview, Jason pulls no punches, explaining that the team wouldn't really feel the loss very much if Sam got fired. He also says that other than Sam, he can't think of who he would bring to the Boardroom. In other words, he badly, painfully, totally is dying to get rid of Sam. Oh, and just for me, they throw in a shot of Troy in the shower as the guys are getting ready to go. That's what I get for leaving a briefcase full of twenties at the production offices. Also, Bill shaving. Hey, more shirtless Troy! And when Troy gets back to the room after his shower, Sam is still sitting on the bed with his eyes closed, dutifully being the hat. Kwame, meanwhile, interviews that he thinks Jason's decision not to meet with the client was very costly for the team. Bill says that it was a very bad idea -- "shameful, actually" -- not to meet with the client, and says that he expects that Donald will Trump-thump them for it. Okay, Troy is the conventionally best-looking, I think, but Bill, for some reason, is my boyfriend. I couldn't tell you why, exactly. Maybe it's all that work with cigars. Perhaps Tammy has a point about the...you know, symbolism.
The guys head out of S4 to hit the Boardroom, and the women wish them luck, all the time cackling internally.
Night! Manhattan! Lights! Tall buildings! The guys arrive at the Boardroom floor of the Tower, and they head into the Boardroom itself. In comes Trump, at last. "Jason," he asks, "what happened?" Jason insists that they "put together a phen-aaah-menal paaa-ckage" (man, his accent bugs me), but "it wasn't the one that they wanted." Trump asks for opinions about Jason from around the table. Troy says that "Jason's a great second-half quarterback." He says, in fact, that their whole team is "a great second-half team." Nick backs Jason. "I think Jason performed well," he said. He praises Jason's ability to make quick decisions. "Are you saying that because you don't want Jason to pick you?" Donald asks bluntly. Nick does not hesitate. "Not one bit. I thought his decisions were real sharp." You'll recall that Nick sort of agreed with Jason on not meeting with the client, which was Jason's most controversial decision. Trump asks Sam for his thoughts on Jason. Good or terrible? Sam hems and haws. Oh, he'd say...not good. But...not terrible. And Kwame? Who does Kwame think was the fuck-up of the week? Well, Kwame does think they should have talked to the president of the company. Troy puts in that Jason made the decision not to call. "I think that was a terrible decision," Trump says. "If you had met with the president face-to-face, you would have known that he wanted a flashier campaign." Well...maybe, but...remember what he said about what the women did? I guess you could have gone flashier without going quite so tacky. "It's time now, Jason," Donald says. He asks Jason to bring people along with him. Jason, unsurprisingly, starts with Sam, citing the fact that Sam fell asleep on the job. Jason actually feels that as the leader, this was an insult to him. Mm-hmm. Then he has to pick person number two. This is difficult for Jason, because he really just wants to fire Sam. Who does Jason choose? Nick, who just backed him up.