Meanwhile, Team Frank and Nicole are in an editing bay, or rather, Nicole is in the editing bay and Frank is crouched on the coffee table, hooting and laughing like a baboon at the hilarious homeless guy, with his stinky self. Nicole interviews excitedly about how much fun it is to take a bunch of material and then edit it down to make a story. Which last week showed in excruciating detail is not something that Frank understands. Last week was like a whole novel about how Frank's not feeling that concept, because he has low standards for excellence, plus his face looks like that. So you can kind of see where this is going. Frank gets itchy because Nicole's appearing to be in charge for a second, for the very strange reason that she is in charge for a second, because she actually knows what she is doing, to a certain extent. (And I mean, the resulting commercial is terrible, but it's not Nicole's job to make commercials, so whatever. Frankly, that's one more reason this task sucks; at least last year there was a tenuous connection to the kind of work an Apprentice can expect, but you want the final task to have something to do with something.) At the least we can say conservatively Nicole knows 859% more about this, and most things, than Frankie Suits. Which he cannot be having, so he keeps trying to take over and shout instructions at the editing fellow, and whatever stupid suggestion he makes, Nicole's like, "No, because this and that and this." Valid things, smart things -- where has Nicole been hiding? Why hide that pretty face behind all that hair, you know? Why'd the show give her personality those unflattering bangs?
But so Frank like cannot control himself, and he keeps making dumb suggestions, and I'm sorry but again: Frank is middle management. Fiddling with things in order to have fiddled with them. That's the reason I hate the corporate world so much: that's not about excellence, it's about fiddling. And in this case, being kind of an ass while doing it. Nicole continues to explain patiently why Frank's stupid ideas are not going to fly, one by one, and she and the editing guy team up on Frank to tell him that his suggestions are very interesting and valid, but that there's a process and a protocol here that he's not picking up on. But you cannot indicate that to a person who, like Frank did last week, cannot admit the existence of protocols in which he is too dumb or inexperienced to understand. You have to be a certain distance up the ladder before you realize there's more ladder, and even more before you realize there's always more ladder, and Frank is like ... trying to locate the ladder. Tim interviews about how Nicole's doing a thing at which she is demonstrably good. It's a proven fact, due to the unfortunate truth that this final task is identical to one from weeks ago and not just Tim propaganda about Nicole's awesomeness. Tim then explains how Frank is also doing something at which he shines: sucking. Insisting on having input about something he knows less than nothing about, which is also a demonstrated fact. And this, okay, this after he practically laughed in Nicole's face for interrupting his fucking masterpiece of filming as many feet of tape as possible while Surya looked on, amazed at the absurd amount of tape, without anybody caring what was on it.