Funny music plays over the Weekly Wisdom: "People Are Strange." Trump tells us that "Life is full of different people." Some of them are well dressed and attractive, but are losers. Some other people are ugly, don't have "the right clothing" or "face." In fact, there's nothing right about them, but maybe they turn out to be winners. This is a heinous back flip to help justify the whole issue with keeping Brent around at the end of the episode, because the show knows as well as we do that Brent's demeanor and persona and general lack of attractive physical qualities are burdens, but that they're not insurmountable. What is insurmountable is the fact that he is a douchebag. But the show's going to keep him, and here's how: "You never can judge a book by its cover." Which is true, but if you then open the book, and the first page is nonsense and curse words and a picture of a woman doing physiologically inadvisable and unhygienic things in a bathtub, you are allowed to assume the book is not for you. You don't have to read the whole book to figure that out. And plus, the other level on which this is a lie anyhow, because anybody worthwhile knows that the book of them does get judged by its cover, all the time, and they do what they have to do to make their covers better. And that's the level on which not doing so proves that you're what everybody thought in the first place. It's the whole Simon Cowell thing: if I tell you you're not commercial, I'm not being mean. I don't even know what this word "mean" actually connotes, because this is not a fucking playground and I couldn't care less about your feelings and how you cry at night, because we're talking about a business. I'm stating facts. And the facts are something that most successful people at least acknowledge, because that's the key to success in the real world: reality.
Over at Gold Rush, Lee's the PM and he's handing out the razors. They brainstorm -- without really any fucking trouble at all, because they're adults -- about how the five-blade razor "system" allows a closer shave, and the campaign could be about "getting five times closer" and maybe, like, "Get Closer" would be good. That's Tarek, and he's right, but since it's Tarek it's kind of Game Over at that point. Tarek interviews that "Everybody selected Lee as the PM." He kind of scoffs, because Lee's a "twenty-two-year-old kid," and Tarek's concern is that Lee's "going to be overwhelmed." I'm willing to give Tarek the benefit of the doubt, because ever since Trump called him an asshole he's been acting more human, so instead of assuming that he's bitching about Lee's inexperience based on the bitterness of not getting to be PM on every single task -- which is how I would have read it last week, admittedly -- he might be right. Not to mention he seems to bear zero ill will for the whole contretemps with Lee last week, which I think reflects well on them both. The episode bears it out, regardless of his motivation here. Lee takes a poll on the keyword, "Closer," and makes sure everybody's on board, everybody's confident, nobody has anything else to add, et cetera. Which is moderately annoying, because the word itself is nothing compared to how good they are going to be at getting in faces, but at least it shows a management strategy, which Pepi has yet to demonstrate in any way. Everybody else kind of finds it irritating, but Lee is pretty cool so they don't do anything about it, just nod and nod until he's comfortable. Lenny interviews: "Lee spent so much time on the keyword...I don't care what word they're typing! Who cares, really?" Charmaine and Lee continue to process the parliamentary acceptance of the key word. "This could not be a simpler part," continues Lenny. "Get a guy to dial it for you. What could be simpler?" I know, right? He gets more and more excited and starts getting jumpy about how they need to leave and get started doing it. Lenny, Charmaine, and Leslie are going to Times Square. Lee looks pretty freaked as Lenny voices over that the task is to get as many text messages as possible. In case we, like most of both teams, forgot that altogether.