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Contentious Donald Trump Marks Historic Appprentice First

October 26, 2005 11:02 PM by Joe Blackmon

On NBC’s "The Apprentice," a contentious Donald Trump returns to the boardroom from his business trip, marking another historic Apprentice first when he learns one team loses by 111 percent, the widest margin in "Apprentice" history, (Thurs., Oct. 27, 9-10 pm ET/PT). While away on business, Trump deputizes Carolyn Kepcher to deliver the next task — create an in-store sporting expo at Dick’s Sporting Goods to help move merchandise.

After last week’s second consecutive loss for Capital Edge, Kepcher has the teams pre-decide the project managers before the task delivery and then tells them to pick new teams. The newly created ‘Excel’ and ‘Capital Edge’ then take to their tasks of creating and selling. The result – another Apprentice first when one team loses by the largest sales margin ever.

The winning team flies on a private jet to Montauk, NY for a fishing trip, and cap off their day with a beachfront bonfire.

"EXCEL": Clay, Mark, Josh, Adam,Markus, James, and Brian

"CAPITAL EDGE": Randal,Alla, Marshawn, Jennifer M., Jennifer W., Rebecca, Felisha

"The Apprentice" is produced by Mark Burnett Productions. Mark Burnett, Jay Bienstock and Donald J. Trump are executive producers. Conrad Riggs and Kevin Harris are co-executive producers.

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2 Responses to “Contentious Donald Trump Marks Historic Appprentice First”

  1. David Says:
    October 27th, 2005 at 9:17 pm

    Honestly, I lost some respect for Donald tonight

    There are two possible reasons why he did this in my mind:

    1) Since his ratings have been lagging, NBC told him to cut the # of episodes since the Olympics will be this year, so they would have to split of the season if he didn’t (and i lose respect for him in that case because he picked more candidates than he should have, and just fired people for no reason for the benefit of the show

    2) He’s really an idiot/jerk

    I don’t think loss was THAT worse than others. It’s just that in not all events are the losses/wins quantified with numbers. Additionally, I doubt the numbers were that different. I’ve never been to “Dick’s” (from NYC) but I imagine they normally sell a ton more baseball than golf equiptment. That set the bar lower for Capital Edge. Also Golf Equiptment is much more expensive so you can sell fewer items for more cash.

    There have been tasks judged on a subjective basis where I would argue the differences in performance were almost as bad.

    As to whether Josh or Jennifer should have been fired (neither of them did well), I’m not sure. Maybe it should have been James as well.

    But what the heck did Mark do to be fired? Yes he didn’t sell…but he his job, as assigned by the PM, was to operate the batting cages. Somebody had to do it! He wouldn’t of even had a chance to voice his dissatisfaction because he was constantly with customers and couldn’t get away. I really can’t figure out any reason why he should be fired. He messed up with the marketing in the Lambourghini task but other than that he’s been a really hard worker and come across as a good human being as well. I’d feel really bad except for the fact that I doubt he wanted to move his family from Kentucky to NYC anyway. But regardless, Mark really didn’t deserve to be fired.

    Either the episode was edited so much that we couldn’t see what Mark did wrong, or the Donald really f’ed up.

    Mark, if you ever read up these comments about the show, ya didn’t deserve this one. You impressed the heck out of me and my friends and maybe I’ll call you to manage some of my money in the future.

    BTW? Anyone read the article on Trump in the NY Times Magazine this week? If you go to nytimes.com you can make a log in name free and read it. They basically claim that Trump’s not a billionaire and may be worth between 250-350 mil (which is plenty in my opinion).

  2. Rose Stack Says:
    October 27th, 2005 at 10:03 pm

    I was out tonight. Who was fired


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