Carolyn speaks to Trump and George, saying almost exactly my inner thoughts: "I was behind Chris, I thought he was a great leader the critical error was in not picking anybody who's responsible. Dumb move." George points out that we have a problem with Markus because he's horrible but...he simply wasn't the reason they lost: Mark was. Like all three of them told Chris's dumb ass over and over and over, mere moments ago.
The guys come back in and Carolyn just looks bored at the very idea of going through with this charade. Trump calls it "amazing" that it's Chris and Markus in the boardroom, considering it was all Mark's fault. Markus nods, like he's in good with Trump and it's going to be so sad to have to bitch Chris out together. Chris starts in about how he at many points had to stop all forward momentum to reel Markus back in and get going again, and that hurt the team. Markus interrupts, again, with a "From the very beginning, I was marginalized," like that's a plus for him, and Carolyn is awesome: "Why. Why can't you get along with this team?" Trump is like, "Seriously." He asks who did this marginalizing and Markus, exasperated, is like, "Chris did, Daddy!" Chris tries to explain how a team is only as good as its weakest player, but George makes the best point of the night: basically, that by shunting him to the side at the beginning of the task, Chris has lost the option of blaming Markus for anything that followed. I think that's where he's headed with it, and it's a really good point, so we're going to say that's what he is implying.
Chris protests that in fact Markus was given certain responsibilities, which he fucked up in a really irritating manner, and Markus denies. Chris goes back to the "team synergy" well for the fifty-first time, and Trump -- bored with this, because no matter how many times you say it, it's not the point -- again points out that Mark ruined everything, and Chris should have brought him in. Chris says the uncategorizable "I believed in him, so his mistake is mine," which is a little too little a little too late, and Trump is like, "Fine, so they were your mistakes." Trump bitches a little about how he can't believe that Chris has put him into this position, since "nobody likes" Markus and he's "a disaster," but that ultimately Trump asked for a "smart business decision" and Chris came across with "an emotional one." The emotion of despising the despicable, but Trump's right. For the second week in a row. "I told you to bring Mark, and you didn't. You didn't." Trump slams the table with his palm and it's very impressive. "You're fired, Chris." At least Markus doesn't smile. As they stand, Trump shouts a good-natured and very welcome, "You got great potential, man. Get out of here." To Markus, he shakes his head. "I don't see you lasting long." Because Markus can't let all that Dale Carnegie he read obsessively and refused to internalize go to waste, he tools it up with an "I'll prove you wrong." Trump dismisses him with this face like, "God, just leave."