First of all, I'm really sorry about missing last week's episode. I assumed there wasn't going to be one on Thanksgiving, so I didn't tune in on Thursday or Saturday. I read NBC's recap, though, and saw the picture of Mosaic's crazy twisty bottle. Pretty lame! I also heard from a fellow Incer that Andy blew it by trying to form an alliance with Jen. Bad move, Andy! If anyone has anything to say about last week's episode, please do. I'd like to hear your thoughts.
As for last night's episode, I thought it was one of the most exciting ones in a long time. I loved how Jen and Sandy set their differences aside and transformed into the wonder twins. That was pure brilliance. Ever since the Donald flipped for the guys' matching bow ties during the ice cream challenge, it's been obvious that clever costumes are a big plus. And I really don't think Sandy and Jen went overboard. Last season, some ladies actually offered to kiss their customers. The wonder twins never crossed that line. Sure, they looked kind of cheesy, but they managed to sell the candy bars for $5 a pop while maintaining their dignity.
Granted, Ivana and her team didn't have much of a chance to beat those two at the sales game. But they could have, and should have, gained an advantage by producing more bars than the dynamic duo. They should have made at least 33 percent more, not just a few more. That was their first mistake. The second mistake was not coming up with a better sales gimmick. At the very least, they could have worn more colorful shirts and taken advantage of the Mars promotional van. They really didn't put much effort into it. The death knell rang when Kevin started to give up and decided to sell the bars for $1. I was really disappointed in him for doing that. Why would anyone buy a bar from Ivana for $2 when Kevin's selling them for half the price a few feet away?
One of the funniest parts of last night's episode is when that random passerby told Ivana that Sandy and Jen were selling their candy bars for $5 each. That was pretty hysterical when he said they weren't that great looking, but they seemed to be doing well with the candy. Haha. But the most bizarre moment of the entire season (and maybe last season, too) came when Ivana took her skirt off. That was really sad. Especially because she had to beg the guy to make her do it. He seemed kind of disturbed by the whole thing. And they said Stacie J was crazy?
The boardroom was rather interesting. I have to give credit to Ivana for staying loyal to Kevin, even if it was a bad business move. But I can't figure out why she would sacrifice herself for him. Maybe she just genuinely believed Kevin deserved the apprenticeship more than she did. Or perhaps there's a little romance between the two? That could explain it. Kevin, on the other hand, didn't waste much time before stabbing Ivana in the back. I know I said a couple of weeks ago that Kevin was one of my favorites because he seemed like a decent guy, but now I'm not so sure. And why did Ivana keep saying "look" even after Carolyn reprimanded her? She seemed really flustered.
Despite all the embarrassment and a bad performance in the boardroom, Ivana had a really graceful exit. I thought she seemed really upbeat in the taxi and had very gracious things to say about being on the show. Maria could learn a lesson or two from her. Now that it's getting down to the wire, the next couple of weeks are sure to be exciting. To be honest, I have no idea who's going to win. My guess is that it'll come down to Sandy and Kelly. I guess we'll find out on Dec. 16. Hopefully I can get an invite to the finale party again!
Last updated: Dec 3, 2004
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