Celebrity Apprentice on NBC

2004, TV Show

The Apprentice Episode: "The Celebrity Apprentice"

Season 9, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: The celebrity business teams sweat it out when they create a deodorant commercial starring former NBA players Clyde Drexler and Scottie Pippen. The challenge isn't a slam dunk, especially after one player tries to change a creative direction.
Original Air Date: Apr 11, 2010
Guest Cast Scottie Pippen Clyde Drexler

Celebrity Apprentice Episode Recap: Week 5 Season 9, Episode 5

On this week's Celebrity Apprentice, the two teams compete to make the best ad commercial for Right Guard deodorant. First off, the ladies find out they're down not one, but two players for this challenge because Sharon is out sick and Cyndi has to travel to Washington D.C. for the day. This gives Holly the perfect opportunity to step up as project manager, and Curtis volunteers to be the project manager for the guys' team.

To help with the commercial, each team will also work with a retired NBA pro to star in the commercial. Tenacity gets paired with Scottie Pippen and Rocksolid teams up with Clyde Drexler.

With Cyndi (the big distraction) out of the picture, it's smooth sailing for the women's team. Holly gets inspired and quickly comes up with a pitch and even a jingle for the commercial. The only problem is the theme, which had to do with funk because apparently that's what the Robinson-Peete household calls bad body odor? We'll see how this one plays out.

Unfortunately for the guys' team, their big distraction is still a huge presence: Bret. Every week, Bret tries his darnedest to contribute and give something to the team, but he always makes things that much harder and this week is no different. His creativity comes in waves and is not well articulated at all. At one point, he tries to confuse and convince Curtis to change their entire idea right before the commercial shoot, but luckily, Curtis regains his common sense and sticks to the original plan.

Bret is also distracted from the task after learning that his daughter Rain may have diabetes. He cries multiple times throughout the day and becomes sidetracked to the point that, if the guys lose, Bret could very well be on the chopping block, if he doesn't choose to leave the competition first.

Meanwhile, Tenacity is hard at work getting everything done before Scottie's flight, except for Selita. When Maria comes back from the props shop, Summer and Holly are there to help her get everything inside, but Selita is nowhere to be found. Oh, wait. There she is — heating up Scottie's food and getting him Snapple? Longtime Apprentice right-hand man George is checking up on the ladies' team, and is noticeably confused and displeased with Selita's lack of contribution.

She may have a get out of jail free card (meeting the President is a big deal after all), but Cyndi still wants to contribute to the team and attempts to reach out to Summer to pitch her ideas from D.C. Summer, multi-tasking as usual, puts Cyndi to the speaker and on the sidelines and is very clearly not paying attention at all when Cyndi tells some long-winded speech about the idea of "The Big P" (puberty).

The problems, and the drama, only continue for Tenacity when Cyndi returns to help put the finishing touches on Holly's "funky" jingle. Obviously, Cyndi knows a lot more about recording and sound editing than Holly, but Holly is pretty stubborn. She eventually gives in to Cindy's idea about layering the vocals (if you have Cyndi Lauper on your team, why would you NOT use her for a song?), but the sound doesn't make the cut on the final edits under the (less than) watchful eye of Maria in the sound booth.

Cut to Tenacity's and Rocksolid's pitches and it seems like another victory for the women's team may be in order. The executives laugh a lot more for the women's commercial than the guys', but in this game that's a never sure sign. However, even before both teams can make it to the boardroom, the Donald gets some bad news from Michael. Michael has to leave due to personal family obligations and has no idea when he will be able to come back. Trump tells him he shouldn't come back, because if he were gone for a few challenges, it wouldn't be fair to the other contestants. So another one bites the dust and Michael is out of the competition for good.

In the boardroom, Donald seems to have mixed emotions now that two people have quit the game and both Sharon and Bret could walk away at any minute. At least for now, Sharon is still hopeful for a recovery and Bret is more determined than ever to raise money for the American Diabetes Association.

As for the challenge itself, Rocksolid is named the winner. The executives say they better understood the challenge and that they did a much better job at conveying the sales pitch of "endurance" in comparison to the women's team. This is a big win for the guys, who are now down to just three members.

Things get heated very quickly on the ladies' side (minus the always-neutral Summer) when Holly has to decide who to bring back to the boardroom with her. Trump says because of Cyndi's and Sharon's time away, neither of them are up for elimination, and Holly does not look happy about that. Holly also brings up Maria's error with the sound editing, to which Maria brings Selita's lack of participation in the challenge. However, Holly has been annoyed with Cyndi for almost the entire season, so she tries one more time to convince Donald that Cyndi did participate enough to warrant a possible return to the boardroom. Donald quickly shuts her down and Cyndi gets in the mix too, offended that Holly is gunning for her. Cyndi comes close to ripping Holly a new one, but she holds herself back, even with pressure from Ivanka to spill the beans.

Holly picks Maria and Selita to return to the boardroom with her. As ruthless and bossy as she may seem, Holly is someone who's contributed immensely to each and every challenge, and Donald is hesitant to fire her for simply being the project manager. Instead, he turns his attention to Maria's error in the sound booth and Selita's questionable contribution to the team. Maria and Selita duke it out heavily (both won as project managers), but in the end, Donald says he doesn't see the same fire in Selita that he sees in Maria and Holly and fires Selita.

Do you think Donald made the right choice? Do you think the right team won the challenge? How about Michael's surprise exit from the game? Sound off in the comments below.

 

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On this week's Celebrity Apprentice, the two teams compete to make the best ad commercial for Right Guard deodorant. First off, the ladies find out they're down not one, but two players for this challenge because Sharon is out sick and Cyndi has to travel to Washington D.C. for the day. This gives Holly the perfect opportunity to step up as project manager, and Curtis volunteers to be the project manager for the guys' team.

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Premise: A kind of 'Survivor' in pinstripes in which would-be business tycoons work for Donald Trump, who dismisses one at the end of each episode, and made the words 'you're fired' a national catchphrase as the Manhattan-based series became a breakout hit. Trump is also a coexecutive producer, along with 'Survivor' impresario Mark Burnett.

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