After the million pound triumph last week, The Apprentice returned to type with his traditional task, where the teams sourced and purchased a list of nine items, which was a disappointment this year.
& # 39; A dozen freshly laid free-range eggs & # 39; and & # 39; a scoop of apples & # 39; for example, were so simple that any idiot could find them – as they proved.
Regarding the more obscure objects, no, the quant, a snaffle, or even the rigger jigger, the candidates did not go to Ann Summers, although, yes, that should be part of the task from now on.
Underwhelming: After the million pound triumph last week, The Apprentice returned with its traditional task, where the teams sourced and purchased a list of nine items …
… which was very disappointing to see this year due to the stupidity of the candidates
The store challenge is one of the most entertaining and (in practical terms) enlightening episodes of The Apprentice, relying on the negotiating skills of the entrepreneurs, the organizational skills and (non-chuckle) common sense.
Tonight, however, the candidates were so incapable, irrational and ignorant, that it seemed almost like last week's episode and Team Empower's £ 1,240,000 orders for their electric bikes were a fluke – or, in other words, COMPLETE WASTE.
Tonight personal highlights / lows included:
* a candidate (Thomas Skinner) who asked: & # 39; why are these apples white, but in the supermarket they are brown? & # 39; (especially stupid because a) they were not and b) they are not).
Fun: the store challenge is usually one of the most entertaining and (in practical terms) enlightening episodes of The Apprentice
* a team that thought the & # 39; mortar board & # 39; on the list had to do with builders, not with university students. (Although the task was set in Oxford and Cambridge.)
* and the uncertainty of the same team as to when World War II was.
"Oh, that's a good start!" Said Riyonn, about the shocking lack of training from his colleagues, gloriously ignoring the fact that he had no idea either.
& # 39; Was it 1945? & # 39; Lewis hopefully wondered before he previously undermined this impressive knowledge by asking: & # 39; is that when it started or ended? & # 39;
Painfully bad: tonight, however, the candidates were so incapable, irrational and ignorant that it almost seemed as if last week's episode and the £ 1,240,000 orders from Team Empower were a fluke
Absolutely one of them …
Pamela & # 39; s suggestion to work it out was not exactly encouraging.
& # 39; Just think of our parents … were they still alive? & # 39; She mused. "Or our grandparents?"
& # 39; Let's move on to the next item, & # 39; said someone who solved the case brilliantly.
The two project managers were meanwhile not only hopeless (standard), but in a way that made you wonder if they had seen The Apprentice before.
Jemelin's comments in the boardroom certainly indicated that she had not seen this round.
"This task was a very difficult task!" She complained – after losing it.
Awkward: a candidate (Thomas Skinner) who asked: & why are these apples white, but in the supermarket they are brown? & # 39; (Especially stupid because a) they were not and b) they are not)
"It's not a hard task!" Lord Sugar said unbelievingly. "I have done this for 15 years!"
In order not to be deterred by this small detail, Jemelin protested: "we didn't know what the items were!"
& # 39; I know that! That is the point! & # 39; Called Sugar, not unreasonable.
Her rival captain, Marianne & # 39; s approach to the practical aspects of the challenge, also indicated that she had not done much research.
Surprised: "It's not a hard task!" Lord Sugar said unbelievingly. "I have done this for 15 years!"
"I see this task as a matter of lateral thinking and that is an area where I excel," she told her colleagues.
This was hard to argue. Her conviction that lateral thinking had something to do with filling in the list was in itself proof that Marianne was a master of it. (It was of course the exact opposite of lateral thinking).
She later supported this by stating that Lord Sugar's requirement for "a book from the Alice In Wonderland collection" with the specification "pre-World War II" didn't actually have to be that old, or not at all.
After all, a brand new edition cost them £ 4.99 p and not £ 200.
Another item was & # 39; a board with 31 university weapons & # 39 ;.
Confused: Marianne & # 39; s approach to the practical aspects of the challenge also indicated that she had not done much research
"Is there anything wrong with getting a regular board and a college weapon and then putting it up 31 times?" She said, thinking (very) sideways.
"That is the name of the game when it comes to treasure hunts – not obvious. Not getting what it specifically says and finding a smart way to get what you need. & # 39;
This was clearly all nonsense. As Lottie Lion hinted softly, it was not only better to get the things that Lord Sugar needed (and therefore not get a fine), but actually easier – just buy the right album.
The fact that Marianne Unison was still comfortably leading to victory said more about her opponents than her own team. (To be honest, Empower checked 8 out of 9 items – one more than Unison – and bought 5 of them for less).
Disaster: her conviction that lateral thinking had something to do with filling in the list was in itself proof that Marianne was a master of it. (It was of course the exact opposite of lateral thinking)
Pamela & # 39; s negotiating skills were particularly poor, as we saw when she was flushed by the woman from whom she wanted to buy a mortar board.
"I'm the only party shop in Oxford left, so I happen to know that this hat you're desperately looking for is the only one for miles and miles and miles …"
Needless to say, Pamela finally paid the asking price.
"You didn't have any strategy!" Lord raged with the Project Manager (Jemelin) and Team Empower in general (Pamela, Lewis, Dean, Carina, Riyonn and Ryan-Mark).
To be honest, he could have fired them all.
"Ryan-Mark hasn't done much in the past five weeks," grumbled Claude Littner, ignoring the winning logo from last week and his "Team Fabulous" idea.
You're fired: Lord Sugar kept the dream of seeing Ryan-Mark and Lottie Lion work together alive, at the expense of Riyonn
Fortunately (for us) Lord Sugar kept the dream of seeing Ryan-Mark and Lottie Lion work together alive, at the expense of Riyonn.
"I've been an important member in every team!", He insisted on Lord Sugar and then doubled by claiming, "I've done the most in every team!"
To be honest, this seemed doubtful, if not actually a blatant lie.
Whatever the case, five of the five tasks so far lost, it was hardly something that Riyonn boasted about.
In fact, it only confirmed why he had to be fired.
Everywhere: Riyonn has lost five of the five tasks and confirmed why he would be fired
– avoided ruining her record by being even quieter than normal
– never loses team leader if the others never let her be project manager
The woman from Oxford's only party store
– not to mess with
– "a weathercock" said Lord Sugar (I think)
– & # 39; No leadership skills & # 39; did not predict much good
– exercised his critical criticism of the boardroom of his teammates during the entire task. In vain.
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