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Lowly Bantha Cleaner
03-07-2004, 10:52 AM
As someone who didn't watch any reality series regularly (with the exception of "Millionaire") I am hopelessly devoted to this show on NBC.

Basically, a contingent of young men and women from different business backgrounds, divide into two teams and compete against each other in various contests that involve wheeling and dealing, selling, profit, and more. The team that is successful gains immunity while the losing team has to face "The Don" (Donald Trump) in the boardroom where one of them gets fired.

I have a lot to spout off for and against this show, but I'll save much of it for later. Basically, I only see a few rising stars among the original pack of 14 (I believe that was the number) and Amy seems like the one who will win it all because she is the common denominator to whatever team that wins.

Most of the men suck, especially Nick, who has in my opinion, hung on only because of his personality. He is all bark and no bite and couldn't sell his way out of a paper bag.

Omarosa was a good talker and seller, but she brought out the worst in everyone, plus her excuses seemed lame so she got the axe last week.

Any predictions for next week or for the eventual winner?

2-1B
03-07-2004, 12:15 PM
I love this show and hope that the winner is either Troy, Bill, or Kwame. All of the other contestants annoy me and I hope they all get fired.

Amy bothers me; she's way too mouthy. I hate the romantic angle that the producers are trying to edit into the show. Nick is creepy and Amy is overrated.

I can't wait to see Heidi get canned. What a witch she is ! :D

Not that this show is "real" by any means, but even if it was, the contestants matter very little. The star of the show is of course Trump and also George and Carolyn. :)

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
03-16-2004, 10:11 PM
Wow, I can see that we got quite the following of "The Apprentice" here on SSG. :bored:

Caesar, I think that Kwame is a habitual loser with little leadership skills. Troy has the skills but is also a habitual loser as well. That might factor into Mr. Trump's final decision. Bill is okay, but rides on the coattails of others, especially Amy who I think will be the eventual and rightful choice.

George and Carolyn hold an extreme amount of sway. Donald has to rely on their observations since he cannot monitor the activities of the two groups. If they taint their observations with more opinions then facts, then it could wrongly influence Don in his decisions. I'd like to see Donald pop up a lot more during the competitions.

They said the lines for the interviews for "The Apprentice Season 2" stretched three blocks in NYC.

2-1B
03-25-2004, 03:01 AM
Well, I agree that Amy is going to win but only by default, I guess. :D

You're right about Kwame - personallly he seems like a good guy but he's probably more of a technical guy, kind of like George is to Trump . . . who knows.
Troy is wild and he seems cool, too - but seriously, I don't see him winning. Nick is a weasel and he won't make it . . .

Ahhh, who cares, hopefully Katrina will get fired tonight. She's overdue. :D

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
03-25-2004, 09:33 PM
Katrina got the axe tonight. You kinda knew that as soon as Amy's team lost since there was no way that she would have brought her boyfriend Nick into the final cut. She didn't impress me either.

What's with George? Does he really have more important things to do then screening future apprentices for his boss on a national t.v. reality show? On assignment again and they brought in another new schlub to fill his spot.

Nick is overdue for a firing. He seems ripe again for a loss, and tonight his skills attracting customers were once again lackluster. Look for him or Kwame to go next week.

2-1B
03-26-2004, 12:47 AM
I don't mind Kwame getting fired eventually, I just want Nick to go before him.

I read the article in People and that little romance didn't last long, from what I've read . . .

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
04-02-2004, 10:35 PM
And then their were four. . .

In a shocker in yesterdays episode, Troy got the axe from "The Don" supposedly because of his loose cannon reputation. It surprised me very much, because Troy was one of the few that actually is up-and-about most of the time and coming up with ideas. I would have definitely pegged him as a finalist.

Nick and Amy seemed to sit on their arse during the competition, but got a lucky break when a buyer arrived in the last minutes.

Where was George again?

Next week two will get fired and Omarosa will make an appearance in an unknown role. Why is she coming back? The reality show is doing fine without her and we don't need to see a contrived plot twist shake things up.

2-1B
04-02-2004, 11:00 PM
Omarosa is not needed and my prediction is as follows:

Kwame and Nick will be fired in the first half hour (2 people are getting axed early on) setting up Bill vs. Amy for the finale.

Who will win ? Tough call but I'm rooting for Bill !

Did you see George and Carolyn on the Tonight Show Wednesday night ?

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
04-05-2004, 10:18 PM
Did you see George and Carolyn on the Tonight Show Wednesday night ?

No, but I caught the tail end of their interview by the cast of "The View." Anything special they revealed to Leno?

I agree with your predictions Caesar, but I'll root for Amy because she seems more deserving. Only one time was she ever at the board room for failure and that speaks volumes.

Did you see Donald on SNL? I was busy and missed it, and so far haven't heard much of anything about his performance.

I liked Troy's words though when speaking on the Today show the day after his firing aired. I love his "gee golly shucks" image and he was quoted as saying "I am happier now than a dog with two peeters." That about floored everyone on the show including me. :D

2-1B
04-06-2004, 01:12 AM
Yep, I heard that 2 peters comment on The Apprentice and I thought it was hilarious !

Leno - it wasn't a very long appearance and it felt a bit awkward because Jay was asking Carolyn about being the "tough woman" but I thought they came across as being pretty genuine. They were second fiddle to David Arquette so that must be pretty humbling.

SNL was alright. Nothing great but better than usual, I think. Trump did alright and he goofed on himself so it was all good.
George and Carolyn made an appearance in the opening sketch. It was SNL "Apprentice style" with Jimmy Fallon, Amy Poehler, and Finesse Mitchell all in the board room with one of them about to get fired. Their "task" was to write a good SNL show for Trump and they had just finished dres rehearsal.

Trump went to George for his take and George blurted out rather crankily "I thought it sucked ! " and then Carolyn made a quick jab like she did to Heidi about "not impressing me" or whatever.

So Trump fired Fallon and then turned to Carolyn saying, "that was a hard one" (or somthing similar) and then Carolyn channelled the ghost of Wayne's World by saying "that's what she said" . . . Trump asked, "What did you say?" and then she belted out the "Live from NY, it's SNL" comment. She was really cute as she said it and I thought she did well.

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
04-08-2004, 10:08 PM
Well after 215,000 applicants, and 16 members chosen for the series, two remain after tonight's episode.

In another shocker, Amy got the boot, and so did Nick. I strongly disagree with that choice, especially considering that Kwame was in the boardroom a jazillion times (and I would have fired him each time and not thought anything of it) after his teams failed and Amy only once.

Amy didn't interview well according to Donald's confidants, and that spelled her doom. I would have cut her some slack since those 4 interviewers didn't see much, if any of her, while she was in action.

Nick was way overdue and they pegged him right as saying that he was a seller and nothing else.

Amy and Troy would have been my final two choices but instead it is Kwame and Bill. They teased us a little by showing the beginning of the final competition in where Kwame has to manage a concert by Jessica Simpson and where Bill has to stage a golf tournament. The winner will eventually lead Mr. Trump to his "Apprentice."

I would root for Bill at this choice, but honestly, wouldn't care if Kwame wins it, as both are overall nice, good individuals with character. It just seems to me that Kwame lacks leadership skills, but is a good second banana.

Caeser, since you and I are the only afficianados to comment so far on the show, what do you think?

dr_evazan22
04-09-2004, 12:37 AM
I was over at my girls house tonight and she watches it, so I did too. Only going by the intereviews that I saw, I agree with the choices that were made, especially Nick.

Then we get to the Jessica Simpson concert, and I'm just wondering what that girl is doing? (I don't remember her name, it's a little unusual) It's too bad that Kwame can't fire her, she deserves it, especially after lying to her team. The other guy on Kwame's team, Troy?, seems really good.

2-1B
04-12-2004, 12:41 AM
LBC, I think Trump made the right cuts. We agree on Nick and I said awhile ago that I thought Amy was overrated.

Out of those remaining 4 people, I think they would all be great hires for some company. They all wouldn't be able to run it but they are still good people.

I agree that Kwame is probably not the leader that Trump needs but I can't help but think of his education and how much Trump must love the fact that he works for Goldman-Sachs ? That doesn't mean that he'll get the job but at least he's a stable candidate unlike some of the earlier ones who got axed.

Should Kwame win ?
I don't think so - not against Bill. I think Bill is in a prime position to win it all . . . he's got a good education which is grounding and I think Trump has to be impressed with Bill and his entrepeneurship.

Kwame is a smart guy, very grounded and "safe" which is what helped him stay around for so long and Bill is a smart guy who has experience in running his own business which i think has/will impress upon Trump.

Omarosa is a lying ****.

Hellboy
04-12-2004, 07:28 PM
Not quite sure how I missed this thread but I figured I'd chime in since I've been watching this show regularly. First off how friggin annoying is Omarosa? That woman is pure evil as far as I'm concerned and after last weeks episode I'd be surprised if anyone would be willing to hire her for even the simplest of jobs. I'd feel sorry for Kwame if he hadn't picked her second when chosing their team members. I had a feeling Bill was going to be the show's winner after seeing how he handled the restaurant mission so I'm sticking with him for the finale. Kwame seems like a nice guy but if he does indeed have the leadership abilities Trump is looking for he hasn't shown them here.

So now that seasons 2 and 3 have been greenlit do you think the prize will remain the same and is Trump going to let 2 more of his companies be run by contestant winners?

Don't forget the finale is 2 hrs long Thursday. :)

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
04-12-2004, 09:51 PM
I assume the prize will remain the same for season one or two, a paid internship for one year, working for Donald Trump (not sure if it will be running one of his companies or not). After that year is over, that person will be reevaluated and it will be determined whether or not that person stays with "The Don" for good.

Speaking of Omarosa, there was apparently a report on NBC last Friday in where an investigative reporter uncovered a few skeletons in her closet. It has been known that she was an intern in the White House under Clinton (scary enough :sur: ) but apparently she was fired and reassigned to 4 different posts during her tenure for incompetence. No company in their right mind should hire her after watching the show.

I also heard a rumor at least 4 weeks ago, stating that Kwame would win the whole thing. Apparently, a night club owner in Miami made the claim after a few castmembers partied there. It was quickly dismissed, but ever since then, I've been wondering if it is really true. I say no, because apparently, the decision has yet not been made.

Caesar, did you see Donald admonish George for interrupting during last week's show? I thought there was no reason for Trump do that, and thought it was staged.

Looking forward to Thursday night.

2-1B
04-13-2004, 12:10 AM
I don't know if the Trump-George thing was staged but I loved it !

Well, Nick was trying to skirt around the question and since George doesn't seem to like him too much, it felt as if he was trying to butt in to get Nick back on track. That's when Trump took charge. Staged ? Very well could be . . . sometimes when Trump talks during the boradroom, it feels like a voiceover. Speaking of the boardroom, I read that the specific room was a mockup just for this show. Not a previously used boardroom, so to speak.

Hey, don't forget about the Dateline show on Wednesday ! ! !

And how about these reports of some of the ladies doing a photo shoot for FHM ? I know I'll sound picky here but I think Katrina is the hottest of the four I heard mention of. Playboy made an offer but the women turned them down.

Hellboy
04-13-2004, 04:55 PM
Ah c'mon Caesar I know you wanna see Heidi in a bikini. :eek:

2-1B
04-15-2004, 02:14 AM
I'd like to see Katrina in a bikini, good night ! I could do without the others.

I watched the Dateline show and it was alright. I think they perfectly highlighted the real issue here:

Will Trump pick the guy who is most like Trump in terms of entrepeneurship (Bill) ?

or

Will he pick the guy most likely to be a good apprentice as in a loyal underling to Trump (Kwame) ?

Hellboy
04-15-2004, 09:40 PM
Yesterday Erika, Katrina, and Kristy were on the Howard Stern radio show to promote their FHM appearances and the season finale of The Apprentice. It was pretty entertaining and Howard asked all sorts of interesting questions as usual.

Apparently, for whatever reason, Omarosa decided to play the race card recently and has been saying that Erika used the "N word" when referencing her. So Howard offered her a chance to clear her name by taking a lie detector test and as I'm sure you can imagine they asked her all sorts of personal questions as well. My favorite was "Do you enjoy the smell of your own farts?" She anwsered "no" of course but it turns out she lied. lol

The whole thing was really hilarious and because the finale is on tonight yesterday's appearance will air on Howard's E show this evening as well. Check it out if you're interested.

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
04-15-2004, 11:06 PM
Well the finale was tonight and I was very pleased at how it turned out. The final match pitted Bill vs. Kwame and each had to showcase their smarts by performing a difficult task. Bill's was operating a charity golf tournament and Kwame's was running a Jessica Simpson concert at Trump's Casino in Atlantic City.

Bill turned out to be a little frenzied with his handling of things, double and triple checking everything to make sure things were going smooth. This got on the nerve of a lot the partners, namely Katrina and Amy who thought that Bill couldn't trust them to handle the tasks they were given. He was also running things at a frantic pace and appeared to be a little edgy at times.

Kwame was the opposite, very laid back, and letting his subordinates handle important things without constantly checking up on things. This was his ultimate downfall, as certain events that were scheduled, didn't go off on time because of some glitches. He appeared aloof at times, and not in charge which hurt him.

At the end, both events went off without any major hitches and Bill and Kwame both displayed excellent working qualities, but Bill ultimately, did a better job at handling pressure and thinking on his feet, which helped his cause.

I agree with Donald's decision and it was nice to see the cast reunited at the end.

I like how he was given a choice to pick which project he would like to oversee.

The post-interview with the castmembers was a little awkward with Omarosa and Ereka having to answer sensitive questions to an alleged incident, as Hellboy mentioned, that supposedly happened during the show's run. The romance issue between Nick and Amy was also put to rest as they did engage in a breif fling, but nothing serious ever became of it. Trump made a nice little witty crack about that relationship.

BTW, I did see a bit of the Howard Stern interview with Kristie, Ereka and Katrina on E! tonight in where Ereka was put through a lie detector about the incidents (she came out clean). And let me say that anyone of those chicks would have made a great Playboy cover!

It was a great run of 13 weeks, and the show picked up a lot of steam down the stretch (I missed only the first episode). The Apprentice 2 will premier soon and will involve a little more competition (according to the promos) however will see if it can top the original.