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Celebrity Apprentice: “Child’s Play”

March 13, 2011 08:59 PM by Shayla Perry

This week on an all new episode of Celebrity Apprentice on NBC, the contestants are tasked with writing and acting out a children’s story about one of their team members.Who gets sent home tonight? Keep reading for everything you missed!

Tonight on Celebrity Apprentice, after last week’s big win, Star Jones meets with her heart surgeon to hand over a check in the amount of $169,000 for the American Heart Association, eager to get back into the game to hopefully win more money for her charity.

Donald Trump meets with the contestants in front of Madison Square Garden to give them the details of tonight’s task: To write a children’s story based on at least one of their team members, then to perform that story for a group of children and their parents.

The teams will be judged on originality, their theatrical presentation, and the age appropriateness of their story, with the winner receiving $20,000 for his or her charity.

Guest judge for the challenge will be children’s book author and Celebrity Apprentice alum, Holly Robinson Peete.

When it comes time to select Project Managers, Meat Loaf takes the lead for the men, since his charity relates to children.

The women, on the other hand, can’t seem to agree, but eventually decide on Lisa Rinna. Though Mr. Trump thinks it’s a good choice, according to NeNe Leakes, the ladies only chose Lisa, knowing that she’d fail, with the hope of getting rid of her sooner.

Taking charge, Meat Loaf insists that the men’s story not only include animals for characters, but that it also have a moral, and immediately taps into the talents of Mark McGrath and John Rich (the singer/song writers), to help develop the story.

Mark suggests that Lil Jon’s character should be a super hero and that they use his well-known catch phrases (O-Kay!). As Gary Busey says, Mark McGrath is “the hood ornament on your car of creation,” and is full of many more great ideas.

Team A.S.A.P.’s brainstorming session isn’t going as smoothly. Everyone has their own ideas, but Lisa is having a hard time managing the group and leading them into any specific direction.

Meanwhile, team Backbone has already started working on developing their story and meet with an author (another guest judge) for a few pointers.

The men ask if it’s better to use rhyming words in their story or not, and the author advises against it — unless they have someone that is very good at composing rhymes — which John Rich takes as a directive and a personal challenge.

Seeming to have moved somewhat forward in the planning phase, the ladies meet with the same author, and ask what they need to know in order to connect with the target audience of 4 and 5-year-olds.

Luckily, the author says that animals are big, so the ladies are happy that they’re at least on the right track and decide that their main character will be LaToya the Lion.

Back at team Backbone, John Rich has written the opening to the men’s story, using the makings of a country song as his guide, but Jose Canseco begins to question small details on the story, wanting to give more insight as a best-selling author himself.

The ladies quickly settle on the topic of their story, which Hope Dworaczyk has suggested, and when Star Jones comes up with a title, Lisa Rinna loves her idea. But the women soon begin to dissolve when Marlee Matlin and Dionne Warwick begin to spar over who should teach the main character in the story (LaToya the Lion) how to roar.

Dionne doesn’t think that having a deaf character is age appropriate and that the subject matter is depressing, which enrages Marlee. As NeNe points out, you just can’t have an argument with a 70-year-old woman, but Marlee does her best.

Star Jones begins to take over and demands that Lisa do her job and lead. Making an executive decision, Lisa decides to go along with Dionne’s idea.

Way ahead in the game, Jose Canseco and Gary Busey head off to get supplies for Backbone’s presentation, but Meat Loaf accidentally has them deliver the props to the wrong location.

He tries to call Jose to tell him, but Jose’s not picking up!

Finally, they’re able to get a hold of Jose, and Meat Loaf gives him the name of their contact and the correct address — so he thinks. When Gary and Jose get to the next location, they call their contact, and she tells them that they need to be at the building that they just left!

Canseco tries to call Meat Loaf back, but no one’s answering because the rest of the team is busy finalizing their story.

Eric Trump drops in on Backbone, exactly when Gary and Jose get back. When Eric asks Gary a question, Meat Loaf immediately cuts him off and tries to get Gary and Jose out to the costume shop, which angers Gary.

At A.S.A.P. headquarters, the ladies are working on finalizing their story, but Niki Taylor has problems with some of the words in the book, like “shy,” thinking that they’re too advanced for 4 and 5-year-olds. She’s quickly outnumbered and the rest of the group decides to keep the words as they are.

Lisa then leaves Star Jones and NeNe Leakes to work with the layout artist to finalize the story, choose the fonts, and decide how it will all be laid out in the book — something that Star says she’d never put in someone else’s hands if she were in charge.

Meanwhile, Jose, Gary, John, Lil Jon, and Mark are at the costume shop looking for the perfect outfits for their characters.

Gary’s having a hard time staying focused, but they manage to get everything they need without any major problems.

At the rehearsal space, Dionne is paired with the keyboard player to work on the music, while La Toya and the others act out the story.

Donald, Jr. pops in to check on A.S.A.P.’s progress and asks who came up with the idea of the story, and Dionne has no hesitation in taking full credit, but he worries that they’re concept is not very original, and is quite similar to The Wizard of Oz.

Running low on time, Hope, Lisa, and LaToya call Star and ask her to have the book printed, but Star tells Lisa that she needs to come approve the cover first.

Lisa asks Star if she feels confident making the decision about the cover herself, and Star, feeling that she’s already done enough (and not wanting to have to take the fall) tells Lisa that as the Project Manager, she should come back and choose the cover.

When Lisa and the rest of the team arrives to check out the final proof of the book, they’re all thrilled. Of course, things can’t go off that easily…

Star pulls Lisa aside and says that instead of crediting the team for writing the book, she wants the cover of the book to read: Written by Star Jones and Team A.S.A.P. Not to be outdone, Dionne tells Star that if she’s getting credit for writing the book, she wants to be recognized for coming up with the concept.


Dionne makes a fuss about not being recognized on the cover, which brings LaToya to tears. Lisa makes the decision to put the team name on the cover and asks that the ladies all behave and get it in gear for the kids, to which Dionne Warwick takes offense, and tells her not to treat her like a 2-year-old.

Getting along quite famously, team Backbone is rehearsing, and it seems that Jose Canseco (who plays the teacher), has the bulk of the lines, so everything’s riding on him– uh-oh!

On the day of the performance, Lisa makes an inspirational speech to the team in the make-up room, reminding them that they’re doing it “for the kids,” but Star makes a mockery of her theatrics.

Team A.S.A.P. presents first, and Lisa feels that her team was able to pull it off and give a great performance.

When Backbone takes the stage, Meat Loaf breaks the ice with the kids by telling them his name, and then the men put on a show that brings the rocker to tears.

After the shows, Holly Robinson Peete meets with Donald Trump to discuss the teams’ performances. Holly says that while the men did well, Meat Loaf didn’t show the pages of the book while he read to the children like Lisa did, which made a big difference, though she found the font size in A.S.A.P.’s book to be way too small. The animal characters in the women’s play was also a big plus.

In the boardroom, both teams sit before the judges, and Donald Trump asks Meat Loaf to name the star of his team. Meat Loaf says that they were all stars and Gary Busey gives him a glowing review, as does Richard Hatch.

The judges feel that Meat Loaf was very passionate about the project and ask who the most difficult team member was. Meat Loaf mentions Gary Busey’s inability to focus, but also notes that his performance was brilliant.

Lisa Rinna is asked who should have been the PM for her team, and she says that anyone else could have done the job. After taking a moment to compliment Lisa’s new (old?) lips and advise against tattoos, Donald Trump asks Dionne Warwick her opinion of Lisa as a manager. Dionne slams Lisa’s performance, as does NeNe Leakes, who says that she was surprised that Lisa didn’t do as well as she thought she would.

The judges then show each team the opposing team’s book, and the women are all impressed with Backbone’s finished product, but still think their book is superior.

The men (of course) like their own book better, and Trump points out the small font size in A.S.A.P.’s publication.

After hearing the pros and cons of both books, the winning team is announced… Team Backbone, which again brings Meat Loaf to tears — especially after hearing that their book will be published, and the proceeds will also go to his charity, The Painted Turtle. The men, riding high off of their success, all leave the boardroom chanting the rap from their book.

In the boardroom, Lisa Rinna is fighting for her place in the competition. She calls out Star and Dionne for wanting their names on the cover of the book, and Star quickly says that she stepped up when Lisa could not. When asked to take sides, NeNe Leakes says that both Star and Lisa are wrong, but that Lisa could have done more in her role as PM.

Despite the fact that the judges felt the concept of the book was lacking, Star says that Dionne should not be sent home, because Lisa hadn’t helped make a decision. Trump asks LaToya who she’d fire and she says Lisa. Marlee, however, says that it’s Dionne that should be sent home.

Lisa, not surprisingly, chooses Star and Dionne to stay behind in the boardroom.

Lisa admits that dealing with the two women has been tough — to say the least — but insists that she’s not “crumbling” as Dionne Warwick suggests.

After Star says that this isn’t the show for Lisa to be “learning on the job,” Lisa fires back, saying that the team threw her under the bus by having her serve as Project Manager.

Donald Trump asks Lisa who she would fire, and Lisa chooses Dionne for not being a team player. Trump, however, finds fault in the fact that Lisa didn’t choose Dionne for the right reason, which would have been because she came up with the idea for the book, so in the end, Lisa Rinna is the one that hears those dreaded words, “You’re fired!”

What do you think? Should Lisa have been fired, or should it have been someone else? Sound off in the comments!

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14 Responses to “Celebrity Apprentice: “Child’s Play””

  1. peggy Says:
    March 13th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Star Jones and Dionne Warwick were super rude and
    mean, to the point that it didn’t matter if they
    happened to have something worthwhile to
    contribute or not. I hope they are both booted
    off in very near future.

    It would be nice if the ladies could all be
    gracious and kind, and still have good ideas
    and be able to work harmoniously with the others.
    It’s looking like a contest of who has the biggest ego and can be the most undermining of
    their teammates.

  2. Cathy Says:
    March 14th, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Star Jones thinks she’s a Diva & she’s NOT. That’s why she’s not on The View!

  3. Lynnie Says:
    March 14th, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Lisa is the winner in the eyes of the public. She is a beautiful woman and many women find that difficult to be around. Dionne, Starr and NeNe obviously just wanted her out of there. What I find fascinating is that Starr and Dionne showed their narcissistic side right on camera for the world to watch and learn. Too bad, because I was such a fan of Dionne Warwick for years. That’s over now!

  4. saraj Says:
    March 14th, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Star’s entire life has and will always be a game.
    Why do you think she is no longer in the court’s, she is a mere joke.
    Between her and Dionne, its hard to tell who is the biggest idiot.
    The nerve of them thinking they should have their names on this book..lol lol… what where they smoking when they made that suggestion.
    Dionne can’t even ring up a sale on a credit card machine.
    NeNe is another one, big mouth, but not so much on this show,,,,yet…
    I’m glad Lisa spoke her mind to those two last night, but the sad part, they could have cared less.
    I don’t even think Trump has the balls to stand up to Star.
    Its Star’s Way or no way,,,hope her sorry butt goes out next week, and take the sista with ya!

  5. Becky Says:
    March 14th, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Lisa? you’ve gotta be kidding. Star AND Dionne should have been fired for having HUGE egos and being tremendously RUDE

  6. jane Says:
    March 14th, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Who would have thought that dionne was such a bully of course we all know Star is crazy.
    Can’t wait for the star and nene fight to begin.

  7. sissy Says:
    March 14th, 2011 at 7:42 am

    yeah. DeeOFF & flame dying out star will GET THEIRS. I can’t Wait !!

  8. layla Says:
    March 14th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Last week donald fired the second hand man David – even though loser Hatch was the team leader and was pushy and physical with David.

    This week, the women’s team failed. I do not believe for a moment they lost. The judges should have been the kids and you could tell they loved Lisa’s play better, but oh well, we must be pc correct even in Donald’s world.

    So guess what – they lost because of the story, which Star wrote, AND WHO DOES HE FIRE, this time he does fire the team leader, when it was not her fault AT ALL. Way to go Trumpy, you let Star and Dionne play YOU. And it was crude of you to mention Rinna’s lips too. It looked like you and your sons were gunning for her from the start of the task! FAIL.

  9. Don Hatfield Says:
    March 14th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I’m really getting tired and annoyed seeing these country singers wear their obnoxious cowboy hats on the show. What’s up with that? Can’t you require they dress like normal people when they come on the show? Last night was the end of it for me.

  10. Judy Says:
    March 14th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    How incredibly ironic to see the picture of Meatload holding the sign that reads “Bullies Never Win”. And that’s EXACTLY what happened last night when co-bullies (spelled B I _ C H E S)
    Star Jones and Dionne Warwick absolutely took over. Disgusting! And if a person really tries to maintain some class & dignity, be ready to walk because you will be sent home. The Donald wants his people to be as classless as he is. Too bad – As much fun as Gary Busey is to watch, I may not tune back in. 2 weeks in a row I’ve watched Jones & Warwick be mean and treat people badly. And what nerve he has to talk about Lisa Rinna’s lips! OMG – does he not look in the mirror? Egotistical jerk!

  11. Jane Doe Says:
    March 14th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I like Lisa and because she was fired, I will not be watching the show again this season.

    I really do not care for most of the people that remain that I do know and the others are mostly unknown to me.

    bye bye

  12. alley oop Says:
    March 15th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Really? That was awful. Star and Dione are classless. This again is another season I will be tuning out early on. Come on Trump, this is nothing short of bullying, which is a big deal right now. You don’t have to be an a$$ and streamrole people to be successful. Good for TV you say? I hope your ratings tank.

  13. kel Says:
    March 17th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Dionne does not deserve respect. I don’t care how old she is. Rude is rude. Her behavior is disgusting. She needs to take a long look at herself. Her comments were and are still out of line!

  14. robin Says:
    March 19th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    DONALD,,YOU AND YOUR HAIRDO ARS ‘FIRED’. YOU FIRE D LISA FOR BEING A GOOD PERSON, AND KEPT THE TWO WANNA BE’S, WHICH SHOWS THAT YOU ARE A RICH MAN, BUT HAVE NO INTEGRITY WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING A DECISION ABOUT A ‘PERSON’ WHO WILL WORK FOR YOU! you will hire only self absorbed people,like yourself who have no character or morals. how your wife will sleep with you is amazing,she must think of her bank account ,and her childs’,because there is nothing to love about you except the ‘money’,because you have no dignity… so your opinion about not being good enough to be hired by you is a blessing.you couldn’t live a normal preson’s life,without your money you would crumble and so would your hair!!!1


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