Tim: "Nicole and I are a 'problem' because it makes me an easy target."
Ivanka: "No, come on."
Jacob: "Actually, Ivanka, that part's true. Obviously. James is being inordinately transparent about that."
Trump: "One time in this room I brought up this fake romance, you said 'Mr. Trump, it's inappropriate to bring that up.' You tried to get schooly on me. And now we're all talking about it, and you still can't wipe that motherfucking grin off your face about it. It's like Christmas morning for you, getting all this attention for dating some awful girl. It's creepy as shit, and also: if you get fired for this, are you going to think it's romantic? Like the final test of your loyalty? Is that why you keep giving those bad answers to the questions? Because you think...oh my God, you do!"
Tim: "But I also want a job! I'm not letting it interfere, they are!"
Trump: "And yet somehow we're STILL TALKING ABOUT IT. Plus, you told my kid to shut up, and you had a bad idea and you lost because of it."
Tim: "One bad idea after winning fifty weeks in a row? You let Nicole off last week for just this thing, and it was the first time she did anything."
Trump: "Shut UP. I was obviously building up to firing you, and your whining has ruined it. Fuck you, dude. So fired. Everybody else get the hell out of here, you did a lousy job too."
Trump, alone with Viceroys: "They lost because of him, so I'm good, right? Okay?"
So that sucks on like every level, because while Tim was right about being a better candidate than Frank, and basically for the reasons he said, you just don't do that. Dick move. Especially after the recent trend of the boardrooms being fun and light jokes at Trump's experience, it was way harsh to see him go down like that. He got carried away and didn't see the whole picture. To him, because he really is just another Nicole, the whole picture was about wriggling out of the box he thought he was in, and that meant attacking the logic of the situation, rather than the situation itself, which caused him to do some really unappealing, kind of unforgivable things. He was presented with the Angela choice: give me a reason to fire somebody else. But instead of relating it to business, or the task, or anything justifiable, he went straight to saying that Frank was stupid. James has been finessing the "Frank is stupid" angle every week for as far back as I can remember, but he lets it stay implicit. The different between implying a coworker is unqualified and actually saying out loud that he's an errand boy? That's huge. In one case, you're really only reflecting that back on yourself to make yourself look good: it stays in your yard. But to actually go over the fence into Frank's yard and start calling him stupid trash to his face? That reflects on you, too.