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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