Clay goes swimming again in the deep, deep pool of his own emotions about how he needs to "learn to trust [them-slash-Alla] again," which is the kind of flesh-crawlingly needy emotional warfare that is appropriate in zero out of infinity situations. It's giving them the responsibility for stepping out of reality and into the Wounded World of Clay Done Wrong, and if they fail to do so -- which they will, because it's impossible, because he's bughouse crazy -- he gets to be justified in not "trusting" them in the first place. They "trusted" your ass not to be creepy in front of a hundred unemployed New Yorkers, dude. Get that trust back. Only two kinds of people can actually say that crap: the similarly odious abuse-hound Jessica from Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, and any cast member of Swan's Crossing, which was cancelled when Clay and I were both children.
Felisha's like -- you wonder why I like Felisha so much, but this episode really does it for me -- "Do we want to be led by someone who doesn't trust anybody on the team?" And Clay says, unhinged, "I think you do. I think you do." Adam wonders aloud what the hell kind of logic that is, and then Clay...actually says something smart. "Because I'm going to work harder than anybody else to win this." And that's something I truly do believe: it's the whole Tallyrand/Fouché thing where your enemies have to work harder to impress you because there's not a lot of goopy emotional shit involved, just wounded trust on both sides. Adam agrees it's valid, because if you subtract anything goopy or emotional or less-than-100% analytical from the situation, he becomes really smart.
Clay interviews that he really wants to be PM on this task because "if [he's] in charge and they don't listen" -- and they then end up in the Boardroom -- "it's very easy for [him] to say, 'Hey, I made a good decision, and this person totally disobeyed everything I said.'" Which is fine, if asshatted, but mostly: the "M" in "PM" stands for "manager," jackass. You don't "manage" by hoping people will rebel against you, bringing about your failure, so that you can whine to a higher authority. In a real environment, the higher authority is the bottom line, and it means you don't get to go on vacation that year, or your happy just-slapped ass is fired for reals. Success, for Clay, is the second priority, right after punishing the entire world for his unhappiness. That's not leadership. That's, like, the opposite of leadership.
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