Which it is, but not because of Nicole: it's because this particular episode is nuts. It's the only episode this season that felt much like The Apprentice, which made me kinda misty, but: the task is violently lame, and the conclusion is nonexistent. Even The Hair is outshone by Don Jr.'s horrific coif. Going into the LIVE FINALE should be totally fucking exciting, but the end of the episode is like... not even a whimper. It ends with a whuuuuh. I wanted the last recapped Apprentice ever to rock out so hardcore that your eyes would bleed, but... it's Arrow. That was never going to happen, I guess. Anyway, previously, Trump finally came to his senses and dropped that whole Tent City moronathon conceit, and the Final Six became three teams, from which Kinetic was finally purged for good. As he tells us, Heidi and Kristine's "terrible performances" meant they had to go; as we saw with our own fucking eyes, despite Satan's entire crew of story editors, this wasn't remotely the case. Some other things that didn't so much happen at all were: Trump's even, considered, mature tone telling Kristine one thousand times that she was fired; the pants-pissing fit she threw in response; the suicidal ideation in which she engaged once he'd finally defeated her with his superior intellect and authoritative air. God, I hate this fuckin' show.
Back home, James interviews how he's so proud of himself (of course) and Stefani (of course), and also Frankie and Nicole. In the way that you're proud of a dog for figuring out there's no mouse. Stefani's in the kitchen celebrating that the Final Four are all Arrow, and I think Nicole took her "I'm With Kinetic Now" thing even further than we saw, because Stefani looks at her and sweetly/firmly tells Nicole to shut it: "We're all Arrow, I don't care what you say." That's so mommish and awesome: "I love you, dickwad." Nicole smiles kind of tenderly and ducks her head. "We're all Arrow." All of this makes me very happy. I mean, I still hate Arrow, but you know what I mean. That's cool. Nicole tells James and Stefani how she's "surprised" they did so well, then yanks her foot back out of her mouth while the three of them chat.