And now, Trump turns to Andy, calling him "a genius from Harvard," and talking about how Andy is supposed to be this great debater, and he has yet to say anything. Andy singles out Pamela as the weak link. He says, "A leader has the right to be defeated but never surprised." What a crock. And honestly, what an unfortunately stereotypical 22-year-old, I-live-in-academia crock. Any leader worth anything will admit that at times, unexpected things happen. People who tell you they anticipate everything before it happens are lying, trying to sell books, or trying to impress someone they're trying to lure into bed. Andy claims that Pamela was "always surprised," and complains that she ran the team "in an ad hoc fashion." What does that even mean? They only met, like, the day before. She really didn't have time to formulate a complex plan. "Ad hoc" is the way much of life is lived, Junior, not that you would know that when you haven't yet outgrown your overblown sense of what it means to have a fancy name on your diploma. And then he throws in, "There's no substitute for hard work," which has nothing to do with the topic at hand but is just something he thought would sound good. If he were as great at debate as he thinks he is, he would know that's a horrific, obvious clunker of a line.
Called upon to give his opinion, Kelly also picks on Rob. He feels that Rob contributed the least. Trump now turns to Rob. "Rob, you are getting killed, you know that." Rob knows. I think he actually smells himself toasting like a marshmallow. John is next to be asked for his opinion. After an initial hedge that Trump grows tired of very quickly, John rears back and uncorks the absolutely correct opinion that he doesn't understand sitting there and griping that you were "underutilized" by the PM. "You're here!" he says. "You're supposed to be a leader, a Type A personality. You're going to sit in the corner of the room and say, 'I was underutilized'? Get yourself in the mix. Give me a break." Word. Rob, of course, bursts in to ask whether John is suggesting that he didn't do that. Yeah, I think he just did, dear. Rob goes on to rattle off a couple of things he did, but John's sticking with his opinion that Rob is a good guy, but not much of a leader for this environment. At this point, Rob gripes that he tried to get involved and wasn't allowed, and Pamela sort of tells him that she chose not to accept some of his offers to do certain things, but that doesn't mean she didn't consider it. It's interesting, because in a way, she's admitting he's right -- she made a conscious decision not to use him just as much as he made any conscious decision to go off in the corner and not contribute.
And now, Trump offers Pamela a choice. She can either bring two people to the final table with her or three. She asks what the benefit would be of bringing three, and Trump acts like it's a really stupid question, which it isn't. Obviously, in theory, it drops your odds of being fired to one in four, but that's only if you think Trump chooses at random, which he doesn't. If you don't believe he just points around the room at random, then the leader thing to do is to make a smart, decisive move to bring who you really think deserves to go, and you count on Trump to make the right move. Bringing three could potentially look defensive and scared, plus it pisses off an additional person who might turn around and bring you next time. Stupid Trump. She's actually right that the advantages are very limited. Accordingly, she chooses to bring only Rob and Andy to the final table. Trump sends the rest of the guys back up to S5, and sends Pamela, Rob, and Andy to the Yellow Couch of Fate to wait for him to bring them back in.