Tarek talks with his hands, overexplaining to Summer about how she needs to call a bunch of nearby restaurants and explain her whole "Sam's Club is for the small business" idea, and then beg them to come down during their narrow window tomorrow for...no reason at all, beyond her asking them politely. She tries to explain that it's the dinner rush, and that as a restaurant owner, that's not only rude but makes your entire enterprise look sketchy, but he's not hearing it, because she's wearing eye shadow and he doesn't have time for "No." He's like, "Just get it done." Which is him being an asshole, but he's got nothing on Summer: She calls one place, gets shut down politely, and then...turns herself off like little Vicky on Small Wonder, staring blankly into space for the remainder of the day. Instead of doing anything whatsoever. And her issues with this -- that it's a really bad time of day, that she doesn't actually have anything to tell these people beyond "Hello!" -- are true, and even task-losing, but she would seem to have forgotten that she has other options. She could send out a mass email, as one forum poster suggested, and have the entire fucking thing done in five minutes. She could call at another time. She could force the entire team to understand that there's no hook here -- Lee would agree, and I'm sure others as well -- and try to work some of the budget into making at least a gesture toward incentivizing this non-event. Instead, she just sighs and stares into space, which makes her a bigger asshole than Tarek. There's no higher authority here, she doesn't have anybody to appeal to later: "What did you do?" "Nothing! Can't you see how helpful that was?!" And in fact, she's doing worse than nothing, because now she doesn't even have a defense against the ultimate question: "Stupid and wrong though it is, why not just make the calls? Couldn't conceivably hurt, dude." The inability to come up with viable alternatives is one thing -- maybe she's just not creative -- but the fact that she's cool with doing literally nothing, beyond hugging herself with the knowledge that she's heard of Sam's, is rather grotesque. Charmaine's like, "Summer seems nice enough, you'd think she'd at least be able to connect with these people on some level, but for some reason she gave up after one phone call. Which was unsuccessful."
Trump's Weekly Wisdom: "Change The Team!" This has nothing to do with the episode, but basically, Trump is of the opinion that you always have to know "when it's time to pull somebody" and time "to change the squad." You don't want them to fail, because your team will go down with them. "Pull that person before they fail." Which is bad advice, most of the time, and not so much "management" as "refusal to manage," but especially dumb here: Yeah, Summer's an asshole, but her mistake was in doing nothing. Which, if you benched her, she'd still be doing. And frankly, if anybody would look away from the hypnotic freaky power of Tarek long enough to listen to her or Lee, this wouldn't have been an issue in the first place. "You didn't do enough to publicize the fact that nothing in particular was happening!" is not a valid critique. So my feeling is that the responsibility for this loss goes to Tarek anyway, for having no game plan whatsoever beyond what Trump gave them: a Sam's Club and a blimp. Now, if we're talking about Brent, I agree more, but it's still wrong, because he's not actively ruining anything, and is providing about four different needed contributions by contributing none at all. So whatever. Not to mention the fact that two team members are going to end up in the blimps anyway, which is an automatic bench, so it's not exactly revelatory to tell us about it, this week. "If only they had known to Change The Team, they might have...oh, that was built in to the task? What am I yelling about, then? You're fired!"