Ultimately, Verna announces that she feels bad for the team, but she's actually going to just quit now, because she feels bad, and she doesn't think she's going to feel better anytime soon. Only Danny looks crestfallen over this. Verna gets up and gives everyone hugs, as if they cared about her, which they don't. Really, the cold, meaningless, entirely emotionally vacant embraces are the ones you always remember. Erin tells Verna she's "brave." For quitting, I guess. Good one. Very sincere. Bren interviews that while Danny was "bummed out," he thinks Verna lacked the "burning desire." And a reality show contestant is nothing without her burning desire. Verna and Danny share one last Flake Hug, and she takes her leave. Sad music plays as Michael interviews that "it's bullshit that Verna quit." He goes on to mealy-mouth yet again about how Verna doesn't understand the "fast-paced business environment." It's fairly clear that Magna is out of its depth here, not only because Verna doesn't appear entirely well, but also because the task at hand involves genuine empathy, and genuine empathy is in short supply in a house where everyone knows there will one day be a big multi-publicist cage match over who gets to show off his or her apartment kitchen in some trendy-ass decorating magazine. As the team goes ahead with making food and things, Verna rolls her little rolly-case out of the suite. Michael calls her "a nuisance" and "useless." He doesn't understand how anyone can quit, because he's never had to work with himself. "At least get fired with some dignity," he says. I never know whether to grudgingly admire, wistfully pity, or fundamentally hate people who look to this kind of show for dignity. It's usually the last one. The door closes after Verna as she becomes one of a very tiny number of reality show participants to voluntarily shrink his or her minutes of fame from fifteen to something short of that. Weird.
The Trump motto this week is "Lead With Authority." Trump tells us that leaders don't "lead by consensus," because a leader is a person who may go against everyone to make the decision he perceives to be the right one. In a meeting including Boyfriend Bill (oh, hi, Boyfriend Bill!), Trump gets mad at some guy named Pete for something or other. Leading with authority, that's Trump. I suspect Pete is buried in the concrete in the foundation of the Trump National Cement Block Showcase right about now.