I have a confession: I like the Donald more and more each week. He made a great decision last night. His disgust was palpable in the boardroom, and for good reason. I can't believe how badly Excel blew it. Josh, Mark, and James acted like kids at the first day of Little League practice. They totally ignored the point of the task, which was to sell merchandise. Obviously.
Okay, when I first saw the baseball diamond, I was impressed. The idea of having merchandise stations set up at each base was a good idea, but the batting practice concept was ridiculous. Why did it take so long for them to realize that people would get hit by the balls if they browsed right in the middle of the action? That was Excel's first huge mistake. When the batting cage arrived, they should have simply used it as decoration and canned the actual batting practice. They probably would have generated a lot more sales on the merits of the neat setting alone. I thought I was seeing things when Josh started shoving merchandise displays behind the baseball diamond! Then, somebody said safety should come first. What about sales? Hello?
As for Jennifer, I don't even know where to begin. I can't blame Felisha for wishing Kristi had returned to the suite at the beginning of the episode. Yes, Kristi is annoying and disruptive, but at least she's honest. Jennifer is phony and sickening, and, from what Josh said in the boardroom, she outright lied about telling him the concept wasn't working. She keeps saying she's such a great salesperson, but she's a total cheese ball! Her attempts at selling those radar guns were cringe-inducing. I think she's confusing flirting with selling. Oh, and she acted like a total psycho in the boardroom to boot. More on that later.
Not surprisingly, Alla was an excellent project manager. This was her first time as PM, but she's always been one of the team's unofficial leaders. Unlike Josh, she totally understood the point of the task. When Clay suggested that they put a fence around the area, she told him that was a bad idea, which it was, as the batting cage proved. I know some people think Alla's abrasive, but I disagree. She's straightforward, fair, and she knows what she wants. She's not soft and cuddly, but she's still a good leader. She gives credit where credit is due. She told Clay to "cut it" when he was whining, but then mentioned that he did a good job selling.
Speaking of Clay, I think he needs to go. He's way too whiny, and I hated the way he grabbed Alla's hands when he was talking to her. That was weird. Also, even though Alla said he was a good salesman, I'm not so sure. I've never had a sales job, but from a consumer's perspective, his style seemed kind of desperate and overbearing. Maybe some shoppers go for that, but I usually run in the other direction when salespeople get pushy.
Good for Markus for coming up with the golf idea. That made the most sense out of all the sports, since putting stations are easy to set up and golf gear is so pricey. It was very classy. Like Carolyn, I did wonder how the team could sell products that they knew nothing about, but I guess that's a moot point. The fact that they won just proves that they're great sellers.
As for the boardroom scene, it was pretty shocking. I never expected the Donald to fire all four players! They all deserved it. Jennifer really embarrassed herself in the boardroom, and the other three guys just kind of sat there. They knew there was no defense for the fact they messed up so badly. Either the Donald's a great actor, or he really takes this show seriously. He seemed genuinely upset. I loved his solemn quote at the end of the show: "Life continues." That was inspired. The cab ride was also brilliant. I can't believe they all had to pile into the same taxi. How great! The silence was deafening.
I'm curious to find out how long the other candidates waited up to see who would return to the suite. Maybe Rhona called to break the bad news? I guess we'll find out next week.