Danny does choose to bring Michael, along with Stephanie, the only person he can place any responsibility on, other than himself. I think he's well aware that if he loses the gamble on Michael, it's going to be him, so I'd think he might have been better off to bring Erin, so they could at least have a united front.
Trump chats with George and Carolyn. Carolyn says that she thinks Danny has bad decision-making skills, including the decision to bring someone who's exempt to the final table. "Rules are rules; he's exempt," she says. George says he agrees, in that not only is Michael exempt, but he's not the reason they lost the task. "It's just a question of him and Stephanie," George opines. Trump says he agrees, and he's ready to bring the folks back in.
Robin sends the three final-table candidates back in. Trump starts with Michael, saying that the team was obviously totally dissatisfied with what he brought to the table. "Did you do badly because of the fact that you were exempt, and you figured, 'Why should I...' which is pretty terrible, or did you do badly because you're incompetent." Michael makes up an entirely new idiom when he says, "Neither or." He insists -- against all evidence -- that he did his best on the task. In fact, he gave the team a great idea, and now he thinks he shouldn't have shared his awesome ideas, because "they were not reciprocated." "Reciprocated"? Does he mean "used"? Shut up, ass. Michael argues that he was against the contract being signed, and the team argued it out for a long time. Trump brings up to Danny the fact that he apparently put the decision to a vote, or tried to. Danny says he knows that wasn't necessarily the greatest option, but that he wanted to get consensus on the team.
Michael decides to throw in a little personal shit when he says that Danny's wearing polyester suits and playing guitar doesn't make him a crazy genius. Which I agree with, and which I really wish had been said by someone I don't dislike so intensely. Trump calls this "pretty insulting," but it's hard to tell whether he's saying that unhappily or admiringly. Trump asks Stephanie about Danny as a leader, and she says that indeed, as far as making decisions, she thought Danny was pretty poor. But she also didn't like Michael. "You think they're two male losers!" he offers up, really missing all the boy-girl bullshit of past seasons. "Co-rrect," she says. Stephanie says that she just really was aghast at someone putting a $50,000 contract to a vote. Of course, she only says that because Trump said it first. "It was ridiculous! Take ownership!" she says. Danny argues that she was the one who was supposed to be in charge of the planner in the first place, and he kind of lost me there. Michael starts bitching again about the promotion, and the cost of the contract and so forth, and Trump's like, "Do you think you should be fired?" Michael, seeming somewhat caught off guard, says that he thinks he did a great job. Carolyn smiles at the absurdity. "A great job in what?" she asks. He says he gave them great ideas. Again.