Tarek corners Lee in the bedroom. "I'm committed to not bringing you into the Boardroom...but I need you to stand by me with Trump." Lee protests, "It's just...you didn't have it, creatively." Tarek: "I just warn you, if you bring up to Donald Trump anything you would've changed or done differently, you are immediately going to set yourself up as a target." Lee's worried, which is much classier than my response would have been.
Quick Quiz! It's the first task of a fifteen-week job interview. The one person who dares to question you -- and is just as lacking in task history and track record as you, and has just as much right to be there as you do, and is obviously correct -- has enough backbone and balls to tell you where the problem was. Do you:
A. Thank him for the input, elicit more, and use this information to better your campaign?
B. Ignore anything that doesn't fit your rigorous and yet vague plan of "how things will go," given the fact that everybody else is silent and still trying to get over your enchanting face, and not sure where they stand at all because this shit just started, and are ready to give in to the asshole just delusional enough to assume he knows best?
C. Ignore the input both on-site and post-loss, because clearly it's Summer's fault, because neither your helpful team member nor anyone else on the team is so richly laurelled as to have paid fifty-two dollars cash money, yearly, for the privilege of referring to him- or herself as a member of Mensa?
D. Jump the entire fucking idiotic gun the first time somebody questions you, because you've thought through your entire "strategy" for the months leading up to this, because it's like all you have in life, like those hosers on Survivor that get all "Wanna be in my alliance?" in the first week when there are like fifty people on the island and nobody even knows anybody's name, resting comfortably in the delusion that in a team of nine independently successful adults, this one aberrative person is the only one with an opinion contrary to yours, by making pussy intimidation moves and "threatening" overtures? And, thus, ignoring the fact that you've just created a counter-alliance, simply by being a dick?
Back to the Boardroom! Trump is gonna start the ruckus right: "So, Tarek. You're a Mensa genius -- how does it feel to lose?" It "hurts" Tarek: "Not because I'm in Mensa [fucking okay?] but because I'm a wild competitor!" As the PM, Tarek takes "responsibility for this loss," but immediately busts a back flip with the next independent clause: "But it's important to note that we lost not because of a lack of leadership, we lost because two people on this team did not step up and execute the tasks to which they were assigned." He's talking about Summer and Lenny, all of a sudden, and I don't know if it's editing, or if he's just horrified that Lenny is in the kitchen talking to Summer at all. Since he's already threatened to eat Lee's face off if he questions him, it's not out of the realm of possibility, and in any case, how fucking disingenuous is this to even think, let alone say aloud? "The two people I marginalized simply didn't do anything at all!" Choad. At least use those sexy brain cells to get around the fact that the point of the task as designed by the producers is to cause exactly this kind of friction. ["The 'I was a good leader; they're just bad followers' thing is, bar none, my most loathed Boardroom 'defense.' The tasks 'were assigned' BY YOU, underpants! It is therefore on you to make sure they get 'stepped up to' and 'executed'! MANAGE, Project Manager, God!" -- Sars] I would have made a proviso in this task that if either PM neglected to bring back either of the blimpies to the Boardroom -- having figured out the manipulation going on here -- and maybe called Trump and the Viceroys on it, he or she would somehow receive exemption next week. It doesn't fit the "real world interview analogue" paradigm particularly well, but then, neither does the show. Trump brings up the fact that Summer apparently announced that they were going to lose the task, based I assume on the lack of a credible idea backing it up, but Tarek doesn't think that matters at all, because he's still thinking that his nonexistent idea was brill, and would have worked like gangbusters if only Summer had done the stupid thing he'd assigned her. If only Lenny had stepped up and been in two places at once like he was supposed to.