Ivanka's in white and looking fly. Trump asks Pepi what the hell happened, losing at a 50% margin. Pepi: "We were heavily distracted by Brent through the whole process." True. Andrea nods, Brent interrupts. As they are both wont to do. "That is unbelievable that they lost a lot of time due to my distraction! Because! First of all, I was a star on this task!" Trump's like, "Say what?" Allie's shaking her head. Brent's still going. Pepi: "Brent was a big part of the reason we lost. A lot of people made mistakes. If they could concentrate..." Which, back to the Summer thing from last week: if all it takes to bring down eight multimillionaires with track records like theirs is a neurotic toolbox who is clearly not in possession of his faculties...shut up, Pepi. "By the time you started, they had a hundred already! They were better!" That was a very Carolyn thing to say, Trump. I liked it. Michael pipes up, again with the strategery, but still correct: "He wasn't able to manage Brent." Trump asks if Michael could have done better, managing Brent, although I would ask: then why didn't he? Why sit back and watch Pepi fuck up? Because you came up with that Smooth As Silk bathrobe crap? Your job was done? Michael non-answers, because he's smart enough to know that's the followup question: "I've thought about that question a lot, Mr. Trump." Trump asks whether Michael doesn't, at least, find Brent to be "a smart guy," and his strangled and disbelieving "BRENT?" makes Pepi laugh. It also sets up a good precedent for down the road. Trump looks at Brent, who starts talking.
"They don't know what they're talking about, Mr. Trump! I am a very smart guy!" Trump asks him whether he was responsible for the loss ("Absolutely not!"), and so then who was: "Pepi! I wouldn't hire Pepi to organize my nephew's first birthday party!" You know how Brent's questionnaire answers were weirdly focused on Chevy Chase? How Chevy Chase is this master of comedy and if he could compare himself to anybody in the movies, it would be Chevy Chase, and how his "friends" constantly compare him to Chevy Chase? You need to know that, and to really have digested that, to understand the repulsive self-satisfaction that crosses his face at the witty and mordant "nephew's first birthday" bon mot bomb he just dropped. He nearly cracks himself up. "...And if Pepi were working for one of your companies, you wouldn't get one night's sleep! Because he doesn't know what he's doing!" Bill's like, WTF? Hold up! And Trump cracks one of his three jokes, about "Other than that, though, you love him?" Brent, who shares Trump's lack of any sense of humor, laughs creakily.
Trump moves on. "Who picked the location?" Pepi is right there with the answer, Stacy, and Bill says that "location" was their "downfall." Stacy points out that both teams were in the same location, so that's a weird call to make. Trump confirms that both teams were in Times Square, and Ivanka explains the difference, which to my mind indicts Pepi vastly more than Stacy: "They were there earlier, they'd staked it out. You had the herding mentality. I don't know who came up with bathrobes, but it didn't speak to the quality of this brand." Trump goes down the line, asking who should be fired. Sean says Brent, Allie says Brent, and Roxanne answers truthfully: "The reason we lost this task was because we didn't get all the manpower out on the floor until noon. That's Pepi's fault." Too true. Andrea says that Brent "usurped" too much of their time, and Bill calls bullshit: "If he took up that much of the time..." Andrea's just like, "He's fucking embarrassing. We wanted to fire him."