Alla complains that Felisha wouldn't let her lead, but wouldn't let her be subordinate either, and Carolyn -- who seems to have made up her mind -- asks whether Alla takes any responsibility for the failure whatsoever. Alla does, kind of, but frames it in a very tricky "it was a collaborative effort" kind of way where she actually does not. Carolyn pushes her to explain what makes either of them better than the other: "What's the point?" I like Carolyn generally, but I liked her a lot in this Boardroom. "She was the PM," says Alla, "and she lost focus." Felisha finally gets her breath back: "I lost control of you!" but Alla's not deterred, yelling, "You told me that I gave you 100 percent, so why are you saying that?" Felisha reiterates that she was doing her best to take some kind of leadership role, but that Alla fought her all along the way, and then makes her most cogent point in the entire episode: "I wasn't getting Alla. Alla is very creative, she can lay it all on the table, but she has to be in a leading role to do that." Brilliant interpretation, Felisha, and key to the whole dynamic, but I've gotta point out that you're still only addressing half the issue, because the fact is that you should have noticed that was the case about eight weeks ago.
Trump asks whether Felisha feels Alla is actually unmanageable, and Alla jumps in again: "Felisha, have I ever given you a problem on any other task?" Trump shakes his head. "But you are difficult." He starts babbling about how his parents sent him to military school because they said he was difficult, and probably they were right, but suddenly realizing he's making no sense and isn't talking about anything all that related to the task at hand, he switches back again. "You were the director?" Alla flat-out lies again, that Felisha never actually gave her ownership over the direction of the video, but Trump's not fooled, asking her again and again if she wasn't, in fact, the director of the video. Alla, Carolyn, and Felisha somehow get to the point that Alla was in fact the director for the shoot itself and that Felisha was the actor. Even still, Alla's in there hissing and pinching: "I said I'd do either one." Stupidly, Felisha decides this is the right moment to bring up how awkward the whole actor/director thing got, how it was weird to take the subordinate acting role, and Trump asks whether this was "weakness" or "just a poor decision." The terms of the question dictate your implicit failure. Reject them. But Felisha, of course, says the worst thing possible, that it was a poor decision, and says for neither the first or last time that most of her missteps were predicated on the belief that if they won the task, she wouldn't be going home. Basically handing her career over to Alla right there, every time she says it. So regrettable.
Trump decides he wants to see their commercial, and it's tiny seizures all around. Bill clenches his fist. Carolyn clenches her face. Trump explains that he's not a "big computer person," than in fact he "love[s] buildings," but that in essence he doesn't know what the hell that was about. Carolyn points out the big problem, that it was too much info in too little time, which is the point. The guy told them it was 2.5 minutes of material, and instead of cutting it down, they just shot it at you like that guy with the mustache who sold Matchbox cars back in the day. As a person who might be described as "somewhat wordy," I can kind of identify, but, like, just give me a limit and I'll find a way. There was no reason to chop out the storyline in favor of the word explosion, except that they were both exhausted and Alla is pretty much nuts. The responsibility for explaining this falls upon Bill, and he asks if this was, in fact, Felisha's idea. She truthfully says it wasn't, and Alla gets nuts. She goes like this: "You're kidding me. Felisha, shame on you. I'm sorry, shame on you. Shame on you!" It's amazing. Just amazing.