When the candidates are gone, Carolyn argues that Tana has done well in previous tasks. "She's better than Michael," Carolyn says dismissively. And, really, who isn't? "Bren came up with the ridiculous cucumber idea," Carolyn nearly spits. Asked for his opinion on Kristen as PM, George says she flat-out failed. Having heard all that, Trump is ready to let the candidates back in.
When they're all seated, Kristen begins to dance, saying that she directed, and when she put Audrey and Tana in charge of the models, she expected them to follow through and do a good job, which she argues they didn't. Audrey counters with the whole "boyfriend is a director" thing, saying that if Kristen knew so much about directing, she should have been able to respect the people who were working on the set. Trump asks Audrey whom she would fire if she were in his position, and even given the opportunity to pick somebody from the other team instead, Audrey suggests firing Kristen, because she sucks that much. Erin looks around, a little surprised.
Trump turns to Erin and asks why he shouldn't just fire Bren for being the brains behind Cucumber Dick, the Homosexual Commercial. Erin says that he shouldn't fire Bren, because the people on her team are family, and she'd never advocate that anyone fire her mom. Or something. He asks her whether he should fire her, and she says of course he shouldn't -- she didn't really know what she was doing, but she stepped up and she did her best. She had honor and integrity. And courage. And that wasn't a terrible answer, really, except that honor and integrity don't matter. But we tend to pretend they do on this show, so it's all right.
Trump asks Kristen whether she was a bad leader in the sense that her entire team imploded. She says that it wasn't her fault, and that it happened because Audrey is such a "loose cannon." Oooh, Magic 8-Ball! Hee hee. Anyway, Audrey jumps into this and says that it's crap, that Kristen just doesn't like her. Trump asks whether the models were a problem, and Audrey says the models didn't get direction from Kristen. Carolyn returns to the lack of water use with the body wash, which was "disgusting." She says that she doesn't get why they couldn't get the models to throw water on themselves as the idea originally called for. Tana says that Kristen never wanted to shoot it that way and never asked the models to do it like that. There is some more back and forth about how Kristen never saw it as a "joke," and Audrey's like, "Yeah, that's the PROBLEM," and then finally Trump puts a stop to it. He traps Kristen in the fact that when the result is this crappy and you tried to be a strong leader, you're stuck with bad performance on your own part, or failure to control other people who sucked. She doesn't want to admit to either.
Trump turns to Erin and tells her that her commercial really sucked, but she seemed to keep her team together. So nobody from her group is going to be fired. But then he returns to Kristen and says that her leadership sucked. She argues that the team is very hard to lead, and Trump basically says that if teams were easy, they wouldn't need managers. Which, good point. ["I don't know why PMs keep going back to that well. If your team wasn't listening, you screwed up, so that buck-pass won't play and they should know not to try it by now unless it's an extreme case like Omarosa." -- Sars] Kristen continues to try to argue her case, but you can see that she's circling the drain at this point. And eventually, Trump lets her go into the pipes. She's fired.