Trump introduces the task by delivering the non-news that they're at the Toys 'R' Us in Times Square. He claims that this is the nation's largest toy store, not that you can historically believe everything he says about the world's largest anything. He talks about the $20 billion a year toy industry, and says that in the first task, each team will develop a new toy for Mattel. "You'll have access to all the Mattel resources you need." I assume this includes the Barbie Dream Drafting Kit. He says that when they're finished, they'll present their toys to various Mattel mucky-mucks. The team that produces the most marketable toy will win. And George and Carolyn will be watching, so don't try anything. Losers? To the Boardroom! Good luck, aspiring corporate weasels.
The teams cab it to Mattel, and when they get there, Pamela starts by telling her team to take their ties off, because nobody at Mattel is wearing a tie. She's probably too pushy by half in the way she says this, particularly this early in the game, but it's a good observation. Her white pants, however? Are not a good idea. There's almost no situation in which I approve of white pants, unless you're a guy graduating from high school with me in 1989, and you're wearing a blue blazer. She opens it up for brainstorming, and John suggests something that sounds kind of like a cross between a squirt gun and one of those baseball caps that holds beer cans that you can drink from out of straws. You know those? Anyway. It's hard to explain, but it's some kind of a water-gun concept, and I think I've seen it in the Harriet Carter catalogue. No one likes it. Wes has some extremely complicated and weird idea about a magnetic fish tank, and I don't even know what he's talking about, which is probably at least part of the reason it sounds to me like incoherent babbling. But not all of the reason. Andy bursts in with his Big Idea, which is: Crustaceans. He just wants to say it over and over and over again. Crustaceans! Crustaceans! Crustaceans! He calls his concept "Crustacean Nation," and says it would be...a crustacean with interchangeable appendages. Or something. So...like, a crab that can have a hook? I don't get it. And there's something with trading cards...it just doesn't hold up, to me, at all. It sounds like...I don't know, SpongeBob TransformerPants? Kevin jumps on board with some kind of a routine about how some of the crustaceans will be good and some will be evil, and...this is officially the worst idea I have ever heard. Somehow, I do not see my little nephews sitting down to reenact the battle of He-Mollusk versus Scalloptor.
Wes, the "Private Wealth Manager," interviews that Rob didn't feel like he was able to contribute to the team as much as some other people. We cut back to the room where John thinks they have "tremendous ideas." As Wes repeats that Rob was "trying to do his part for the team," Rob announces to the team that he thinks that in addition to crustaceans, they could also do an eel that would crawl up on land and grow arms and legs. Apparently feeling like this is a corruption of their otherwise flawless interchangeable-crustacean-appendage concept, the guys all look around miserably like they can't believe somebody invited this guy. An eel? An EEL? Rob interviews that his strategy was trying to contribute as much as he could without getting in the way. Back in the room, Kevin points out that you can't "accessorize the eel" (which is a statement far more gay than naming your team "Mosaic," if you're keeping score at home), and everyone agrees. "We gotta kill the eel!" Wes interjects. And the eel, she is killed. Rob says that he was doing what he thought was best, which was perhaps "to just chill out." Well, really. Once they dis your eel, what can you do?