Celebrity Apprentice on NBC

2004, TV Show

The Apprentice Episode: "The Celebrity Apprentice"

Season 9, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: The teams create a display to launch a new amusement-park attraction called "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter." But there are roller-coaster dramas when project managers are separated from their teams. Plus, one leader is unfocused and personal attacks create divisions among the ladies.
Original Air Date: Apr 4, 2010

Celebrity Apprentice Episode Recap: Week 4 Season 9, Episode 4

On this week of Celebrity Apprentice, the teams compete to make a 3-D display to promote Universal Studios' "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" theme park.

The episode starts out immediately following Darryl being fired and Donald calls everyone back to the boardroom pronto. For a minute I'm sure Donald is either going to fire a second individual or make sure there are no other contestants who want to go home. Thankfully, he's actually just getting the new task started a little bit early.

Without knowing anything about their next duty, each team must pick a project manager. For Rocksolid, Michael immediately volunteers Rod after Rod has volunteered other managers and, as Michael says, hasn't contributed as much as he could. For Tenacity, Selita steps up to the plate. Both project managers learn they will be taking an early morning flight the next day, where they will learn about their task while separated from their team.

The next morning on their stylish private jet, Rod and Selita learn they are on their way to.... Orlando! They are going to the new attraction The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando to get information about the attraction for their teams. The two teams, back in New York, will then begin work on a 3-D interactive display to promote the attraction and show to Harry Potter fans and Universal executives. The Potter fans will determine the winner.

Just because the ladies' team doesn't have a task to work on doesn't mean they don't have anything to do. Tenacity gets the drama started early for absolutely no apparent reason after Cyndi brings in a whiteboard to help with productivity in future challenges. Holly shoots down Cyndi's effort and gets on Cyndi's case for butting in on other people's jobs last time around. Cyndi fires back at Holly, or should we say "Holly Peete Robinson" as Cyndi calls her, and Sharon also tells Holly to quit it. Sharon thinks the ladies don't respect Cyndi enough and, as Sharon points out so eloquently, without Cyndi their team would be like "watching ice melt."

Later, Holly defends herself saying she's not on the show to be entertaining, but to raise money for her charity to which Cyndi replies that they all are (plus a quip from Sharon that she's on the show to get more attention haha).Holly and Cyndi begin arguing again and its clear there's a division line in the girls' team between Holly and Summer, and Cyndi and Sharon. I'm definitely on Cyndi's side, if only because Holly seems a bit too know-it-all and bossy for her own good. I'm just mad she's dragging Summer down with her, who has been strong in the competition thus far.

Once the plane lands in Orlando, Selita and Rod can finally call their teams and inform them of the task. Selita spent the plane ride drawing sketches for a display, which she quickly sends to her team, while Rod spent the trip eating and (still) trying to figure out how to use the computer. We also learn he doesn't know how to work a camera or a cell phone, and needs to ask Bret what a 3-D interactive display is! So this competition is going to be very interesting for Rocksolid.

Because of his many, many, many technical difficulties, Rod is a bad project manager right from the get-go. Not only does he not understand what the task is, but he basically passes off all the creative decisions to Bret and just serves as the middle man between Rocksolid and the Universal executives. He doesn't contribute any of his own ideas and he even sleeps on the plane ride back to NYC when he could be working away like Selita. Tenacity, despite their personal issues, is a much different story thanks to Selita's clear vision and continued hard work.

With Bret at the helm, the men's team is very slow-moving to getting their project done. As seen already earlier this season, Bret is not the best at communicating his ideas and Rod acts like little more than a glorified gopher and pushes Bret to make all the challenging decisions. Both teams cut it to down to the wire, but the women's team have continually been more organized and Selita proved herself a much better project manager than Rod.

Both teams meet in the boardroom and it seems the Potter fans agreed: Tenacity wins the challenge and now Donald must fire one of the guys.

Rod is an obvious target for elimination because he was the project manager, but once the questioning begins it becomes clear just how much responsibility he put in Bret's hands. At one point Rod even refers to Bret as the project manager while he was gone (big mistake). However, when asked who Rod wants to bring back to the boardroom with him for the second round, Rod chooses Curtis and Michael instead of Bret.

The Donald is none too pleased with this because Bret clearly contributed heavily to this loss. Yet Rod says he doesn't want to be disloyal to Bret after he gave him so much responsibility and says he thinks Bret did a great job. Donald continues to badger Rod and the other members of the team to convince Rod to change his mind, but in the end, its Rod, Curtis and Michael that end up back in the boardroom.

In the boardroom the second time around, Rod is not so gracious and complimentary. He says Michael, and especially Curtis, did not give their all on this challenge and somehow tries to blame Curtis on much of the team's communication problems. Curtis is quick to point out that Rod failed to communicate because he couldn't even send a text or an e-mail to try to further explain the attraction and the project from Orlando. Curtis also says he was busy trying to make sure Bret was communicating his creative ideas properly to the construction team and the rest of Rocksolid and that was an effort within itself. Curtis and Michael both point to Rod for his lack of direction in general, and especially to Rod when Donald brings up that the men's team were saying many of the key Harry Potter terms incorrectly during the presentation.

Even if Rod had taken Bret to the boardroom, it was still Rod's challenge to win, or in this case, lose. In the end, there's no stopping this sinking ship and Rod is fired. At least now the former governor will have time to focus on his impending trial, and maybe even take a computer class!

Do you think the right person was fired? Will Rocksolid be able to recover from their losing streak? Will the drama on the women's team get the best of them? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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On this week of Celebrity Apprentice, the teams compete to make a 3-D display to promote Universal Studios' "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" theme park.

The episode starts out immediately following Darryl being fired and Donald calls everyone back to the boardroom pronto. For a minute I'm sure Donald is either going to fire a second individual or make sure there are no other contestants who want to go home. Thankfully, he's actually just getting the new task started a little bit early.

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