Trump talks to Carolyn and Bernie. Carolyn says that she agrees with something Bill said, which is that Kwame lacks experience. Bernie points out that while he loves Troy's instincts, he finds Troy to be a little bit of a "loose cannon," and he thinks Troy still needs a little bit of time to develop before he's ready for a big management job. "He's not right yet," Bernie says. Trump waggles his head back and forth, like he's thinking about what to do. Or like the Hair is getting heavy.
Out in the lobby, Troy wonders aloud whether they should wrestle, and he and Kwame laugh. Trump calls to Robin to send them in, so in they go. "Big man?" says Kwame. "Boss?" says Troy, and they shake, and they hug, and they go in together. ["Sniffle." -- Sars] They sit at the table. "So Kwame," Trump says, "your friend screwed you." "Not at all," Kwame says confidently. "Well, I don't know," Trump says dubiously, recalling the look of the handshake. He asked Troy what his reason was for picking Kwame. Troy, reading off a steno pad, says that he picked Kwame because over all the tasks, Kwame has done a great job as a team player, but -- "Don't read notes," Trump interjects. "You don't need notes. I don't like notes." Troy agrees, and pushes the paper aside. He goes on to say that Bill has had some great ideas, but he thinks that Kwame has been a "steady Eddie" but not a leader. In his own defense, Kwame says that he agrees that he's been a steady performer, and reiterates that he's got a "great background." Trump points out, however, that as Troy says, Kwame hasn't been leading much. "I've led three times," Kwame says. "You've been a project manager three times," Carolyn says, "but I think what he's talking about is leading." Amen. That's one of the things I said early on -- some people lead naturally. Bill is like that, for good or for ill. He tends to be the second-in-command, even when he's not the leader. Planet Hollywood was like that, the ad campaign was like that...it's the same quality Amy has. She tends to step up even when she's not the PM, and Kwame tends to step back even when he is. It isn't necessarily good or bad, it's just different styles.
Troy says that he thinks it comes down to "instincts and guts," and he thinks that in the end, his instincts are better than Kwame's. Troy goes on to bring up the education thing, saying that education comes from places other than school, to which Trump points out that school isn't bad, either. We then go to what is always the weakest part of the show, which is that they always seem to have to edit in a voice-over from Trump that's pretty clearly inserted after the fact that sets up the firing. This one, unfortunately, is much longer than usual, so for looooong seconds, we are looking at Troy and Kwame's faces reacting to something other than the words we're hearing, which are Trump talking about how he's got a guy with a Harvard MBA but not a lot of leadership gusto, versus a guy with little education who'd been a good leader but can be a loose cannon. The Trump Voice says that "this is the toughest choice" yet. Trump tells Troy that in the end, the stakes are very high, and going with a high-risk/high-reward guy like Troy could be "costly and devastating." Thus...Troy is fired. Sniff.