Celebrity Apprentice on NBC

2004, TV Show

The Apprentice Episode: "The Celebrity Apprentice"

Season 9, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: There will be heavy lifting when the reorganized star teams must develop a celebrity fitness workout.
Original Air Date: Apr 25, 2010

Celebrity Apprentice Episode Recap: Week 7 Season 9, Episode 7

On this week's Celebrity Apprentice, the two teams compete to raise money through group workouts for 24 Hour Fitness.

Right after last week's loss for RockSolid, it looks like the series may be down yet another competitor with Sharon saying she's ready to leave. And who can blame her? Not only was she sick for an entire challenge, but the tension between her and Holly as well as between Cyndi and Maria is becoming pretty unbearable, even for reality TV viewers like myself. Last time I checked, this show is supposed to be more Amazing Race than The Real World.

Luckily for Sharon's sanity (and viewers'), Donald Trump makes a smart move and decides to switch up the teams. Donald (with wife Melania and son Barron by his side) decides to move Sharon and Maria to RockSolid while switching Curtis to Tenacity. Smart move No. 1: splitting up Cyndi and Maria after last week's "Girls just want to be mean" debacle. Smart move No. 2: Pairing rock legends Bret and Sharon together.

The two new teams then receive their challenge: each team must create a fitness program to raise money for charity. Like the diner challenge, the teams will have to call upon their biggest donors for support. However, this time for every single donation a team receives, they must have a person in their class to represent that donation. Basically, they can't just call upon their biggest donors and teach ab crunches to an empty class. Makes sense.

Sharon volunteers to be project manager for the first time and Holly opts to serve as leader for a second time after losing last time and not raising any money for her charity. The two teams could not have better leaders, since these two showed their fundraising powers during the diner challenge.

As soon as the teams split up, it's clear this is officially Celebrity Apprentice 2.0. For Tenacity, Curtis fits right in with the ladies minus Cyndi, who has previous press obligations with Lady Gaga (like Trump hasn't heard that before). Curtis is organized, focused and very aware of the tight timeline and meshes well with Holly's and Summer's work ethic.

Bret, Sharon and Maria also make a good team, but a very different team from Tenacity. RockSolid is having fun and bouncing ideas off for a theme before they focus on the workouts themselves. With Sharon at the helm, the group decides on a rock and roll theme with workout moves called names such as the "tour bus thrust." The entire team seems to be on a strong wavelength and collaborating really well together creatively. Bret and Maria plan the moves and put together shirts and VIP passes for their students while Sharon heads up donations and gets busy on the phone.

Tenacity is focused, but still crunched for time. Holly is a wonder woman when it comes to fundraising, but a lot of preparation work is left to Curtis and Summer, who are even forced to put together their music for their class in the car during traffic. While RockSolid has lots of flash and fun, Tenacity is obviously going for a very professional workout session, called "Tenacious Buns & Guns." The team has two natural teachers in Curtis (The Biggest Loser) and most definitely Summer (Olympic gold medalist). However, when it comes time to actually getting the classes going the following morning, Tenacity struggles to get the crowds.

RockSolid has, well, solid participation with droves of women flocking to the class to do thrust with Bret. For Tenacity, Cyndi and Summer are forced to run around the gym and try to talk random people into taking the class, many of whom are already finishing their workout or in the middle of another exercise.

Part of their success on the challenge depends on the reps from 24 Hour Fitness rate their workouts and Summer comes very close to snapping when the rep walks in during their first class of the day, when there are three students. Not horrible, but far from ideal. Luckily, Summer pulls it together and the rep notes she and Curtis are extremely personable, attentive and professional throughout their workout.

On the other hand, RockSolid is anything but professional, but all three team members look like they are having a ball as do the students. Their class is packed, they have a clear leader in Maria (whose spirits are back after last week's disheartening episode for her) and despite the crazy titles and the slight goofy vibe Bret radiates, the moves they teach in the program seem quite effective. The 24 Hour Fitness rep cringes at a couple moves (such as the audacious woman who literally straddles Bret during the thrust), but is also seen laughing pretty hard and loves the creativity and theme of their workout.

Besides the workout itself, both project managers are struggling to get in as many donations as humanly possible by the deadline. Neither Sharon nor Holly has won money for their team yet and both have think rolodexes as resources. Cyndi, despite her absence, also brings in some big donations for Tenacity, including Lady Gaga and Cyndi's mom, who comes to break a sweat at their class. Holly gets a $50,000 donation in by deadline on the skin of her teeth and by the end of the day; it's extremely hard to tell who won the challenge.

The best part about this challenge is that the focus is finally turned back on the charities these individuals are fighting for and everyone's purpose seems greatly renewed. It's not longer about who can think of the best zinger for the boardroom or who decides to quit the show this week (Darryl, Michael, tsk tsk).

In the boardroom, both teams are enthusiastic about their turnout and their donation totals. First, $24,000 will be added to the team's total who best impressed the reps from 24 Hour Fitness. Donald interrogates the project managers, who each think the other has won. Sharon says Tenacity's program was more professional, but Bret says it looks bland. Holly says RockSolid's rock-themed workout sounds fun and original. Turns out, RockSolid wins over the gym reps with the originality of their program and they win that extra $24,000.

Donald continues to interrogate Sharon and Holly about who they would fire if their team loses and about their strategies for raising donations. At one point, Holly brings down the entire episode by mentioning how Sharon said she wanted to quit (surprise, surprise about Holly — NOT), but both women are excited about how much they were able to raise with concern that their opponent did better.

RockSolid, it turns out, raised above $130,000 with the added $24,000. However, Tenacity blows their total out of the park with over $200,000 in donations and Tenacity wins the challenge. Holly is overcome with emotion and Sharon drops the f-bomb in frustration over losing. Donald now must figure out who to fire. Sharon was project manager, but also raised a lot of money. Bret raised a lot less money, but helped contribute to the creative program that won over the gym reps. Sharon continues to volunteer herself to be fired, since she was the project manager and the one who did not raise enough donations, but Donald has yet another trick up his sleeve.

Donald says their total amount is the most money ever to be raised outside of the series' finale episodes and decides to honor that total by not firing anyone. It only makes sense too, since Selita was sent home after Michael abruptly quit the show, forcing two exits in one episode. Everyone is exhilarated by the news, especially now that everyone actually likes their teammates and Holly even agrees to give some of the money raised back to Sharon's charity. They may not be BFFs, but they are much more interesting to watch than melting ice.

And with that, the entire group lasts another week. Following news of Bret's health issues in the last few days, let's take this moment to send good thoughts and well wishes to him and his family, and wish him a full and speedy recovery. Sharon and Maria helped bring out Bret's best business instincts and really helped him meet the full potential of the creativity he's displayed all season. I, for one, hope these new teams last a few more episodes before its every man, woman and rocker for themselves.

So what did you think of the episode? Do you like the new teams? Do you think the right person won the recommendation from the gym reps? Was Donald right not to fire anyone? Sound off in the comments below!

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On this week's Celebrity Apprentice, the two teams compete to raise money through group workouts for 24 Hour Fitness.

Right after last week's loss for RockSolid, it looks like the series may be down yet another competitor with Sharon saying she's ready to leave. And who can blame her? Not only was she sick for an entire challenge, but the tension between her and Holly as well as between Cyndi and Maria is becoming pretty unbearable, even for reality TV viewers like myself. Last time I checked, this show is supposed to be more Amazing Race than The Real World.

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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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