NBC heavily hyped the March 31 episode of THE APPRENTICE, and no foolin’ — it was a tense, saucy eye-opener.
Chris started out as the last guy on his Net Worth team, and then he, Angie and Stephanie gladly chose successful Magna man Alex to join them when Mr. Trump declared it was time to even things out. Everything was fine and all were relatively happy…until…
The teams had to create their own style of Domino’s pizza, with a brand-new set of toppings, and sell as much pizza as they could in spiffy-looking mobile kitchens throughout Manhattan (including, it turns out, a block away from WEEKLY’s offices). Both went with a meatball theme; Alex was praised for his Meatball Masterpiece name and Magna’s Tana cooked up the name Mangia Meatball Pie…but they spelled it Manga (just pour cheese and sauce on your favorite Japanese comic books and serve).
Suddenly, Chris chewed out Alex worse than the tobacco he had quit cold turkey (The heated question: Was “Get the **** out of my face!” truly a physical threat?), as Net Worth’s women rode a subway train allllll the way to Brooklyn to deliver some promised pizza. Project Manager Stephanie learned of the confrontation later. The Bren-led Magna team scored business clients for their culinary creations (selling several full pies at once instead of just slices), and raised more dough.
After the Donald appeared in some hilariously self-deprecating Domino’s commercials, Magna got to mangia with the magnate over breakfast at his “bling bling”-filled apartment, while Net Worth trudged back to the boardroom. After she let Angie return to the suite’s safety, Stephanie took on the two men. Just like Apprentice 2’s arguing Jennifer and Sandy triumphed over middleman Andy, assertive Alex and corrosive Chris survived the boardroom, as Mr. Trump thought Steph wasn’t a strong enough leader (and George decried her taking the Brooklyn trip). She won’t be getting a piece of the Donald’s business pie, and when he told tough guy Chris, “You’d better get going,” he meant shape up or ship (and spit?) out.
Four people remain in Magna, and three in Net Worth. Check this space next Friday, April 8, for the latest scoop on NBC’s hit reality show.
APPRENTICE 3 Candidate Update
•Alex, 29, Seattle, prosecutor
•Angie, 41, Lake Balboa, Calif., gym franchise owner
•Audrey, 22, Salt Lake City, real estate agent FIRED IN EPISODE 7
•Brian, 29, Wildwood, N.J., real estate broker FIRED IN EPISODE 2
•Chris, 22, Las Vegas, real estate investor
•Erin, 26, Philadelphia, attorney FIRED IN EPISODE 9
•John, 32, Tampa, Fla., technology firm owner FIRED IN EPISODE 8
•Kristen, 31, Los Angeles, real estate financier FIRED IN EPISODE 4
•Stephanie, 29, San Diego, supply chain consultant FIRED IN EPISODE 10
•Tara, 28, New York City, senior government manager FIRED IN EPISODE 6
•Bren, 32, Memphis, Tenn., prosecutor
•Craig, 37, Conley, Ga., shoeshine business owner
•Danny, 39, Boston, marketing technology firm owner FIRED IN EPISODE 3
•Kendra, 26, Boynton Beach, Fla., real estate broker
•Michael, 25, Boston, real estate developer FIRED IN EPISODE 5
•Tana, 37, Des Moines, Iowa, sales executive
•Todd, 34, Carlsbad, Calif., sales manager FIRED IN EPISODE 1
•Verna, 31, Seattle, business manager QUIT IN EPISODE 3
SOAP OPERA WEEKLY’s Predictions for the Final Four (two are still in):
Alex: His theology and Latin degrees alone reveal his impressive mind, and his solid speaking — and lobbying — skills will please Mr. Trump.
Brian: He’s got the creativity and business acumen, having made a million from selling glow-in-the-dark necklaces.
Kendra: This entrepreneur and talk radio show host may prove to be one of the most resourceful and dedicated players.
Tara: Watch this one — her NYC know-how and heavy management experience should keep her on the successful side.
The dark horses: lively Angie and tough Bren!