Carolyn jumps at the actual issue qua the presentation itself: "You had to explain about everything about your ad." All the graphics, the copy, all the details. Chris gives a somewhat obnoxious tiny speech about how he wanted to make sure the judges -- who, just to remind you, are a top American ad exec and the client -- understood the finer points and "subtleties" of their not-so-subtle campaign. Markus, of course, looks like a goddamned martyr this whole time. See, if it was that much of a problem, you could have figured out a way to address it, jackass, and saved your team, but that would entail being able to read people or speaking properly instead of like you're the guy from A Confederacy Of Dunces. Carolyn interrupts Chris: "I think it's quite boring." Chris mumbles "Okay" and shuts up, and looks very ill.
Trump asks Josh who should be fired, and of course Josh is like, "Duh, Markus!" Markus shakes his head like he's saying, "That's an incorrect answer." Trump calls on Josh even though he doesn't need to -- and I had a professor do this to me in college, force me to say terrible, terrible things out loud about a classmate who happened to be a douchebag, and it took ten minutes, and like Trump here, he was really just using me to get to the actual Markus in this situation, but I can't tell you I felt all that bad about it. I mean, I didn't relish it, and I don't think Josh does either, now that Trump's forcing him to call Markus a total jerk-off in front of everybody. Trump: "You think he's a total disaster." Josh is all, " A complete disaster, yes." He calls Markus a distraction and says he put them off their collective game. Real bullies are social outcasts. This is just social Darwinism, and it's an imperfect system, but it generally works. Trump: "Hey, Markus? Why do all these people dislike you?" Markus, oblivious, starts in: "I don't think it's dislike I think there's a clique here " But it's a clique consisting of every single person, Markus! Trump suggests there's a lack of respect at issue, hoping to shame him further, but Markus blows everybody's mind just a little bit more: "Respect? Why? I've been a great performer." Markus offers that it was Chris who did the bad job with this task, and Josh face-palms. Chris tries to give a good example of Markus's utter uselessness, but Trump just cuts him off. "You know what? It doesn't matter, because you're obviously bringing Markus back with you." He directly tells Chris that this would not be "a wise thing to do," because after all, Markus didn't like the campaign. Trump hates Markus from a loyalty standpoint, but ultimately, the team did lose the task, and Markus obviously did not share this losing vision. James finally drops the weird grin and looks confused and sick at this abrupt turnaround from what his Senior Brothers of the Excel Frat brainwashed him into thinking was going to happen. Markus throws out these huge drama hands like, "I know, right?"