Celebrity Apprentice Recap: “I Wish I Had a Project Manager” [Episodes 4]

Posted on Jan 20 2015 - 10:00am by Dani-K

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This week’s show we get to see the late, great Joan Rivers as an advisor to Trump. It’s wonderful and sad to see her. The teams gather in the showroom of the Ivanka Trump collection. The task will be to create a mobile marketing event to promote Ivanka Trump shoes, partnered with Nordstrom, for the millennial woman. Sig wants to know why all the tasks have been so feminine – he can’t find his penis. Perhaps a swordfish cut it off, Sig. Did you check there?

On Team Vortex nobody jumps up for the project manager’s position. The only woman who hasn’t been project manager is Shawn Johnson, and she doesn’t want to do it, so reluctantly Vivica A. Fox steps up for a second time. Team Infinity has an easier time selecting Kenya for the PM job.

Inside Team Infinity headquarters, Kenya suggests replicating Nordstrom’s store with a grand piano player. Leeza asks if this targets the millennial woman, suggesting it may be old school, but Kenya tunes her out. Over at Team Vortex, Geraldo is already taking over giving his ideas and stating that he’s amazed by his own creativity. Shawn – who wouldn’t volunteer for PM – suggests creating a comfy dressing room. Lorenzo suggests a barista. Each team strategizes and assigns jobs.

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When part of Team Infinity arrive and see the size of the mobile truck is not large enough for what they had in mind, Kenya and Geraldo revamp. They call Kate, Sig, and Shawn who are out purchasing fabric and tell them not to purchase it. Too late. The fabric has already been measured and cut and is $500. Shawn finds this change in plans upsetting and is shutting down. Is it her moon cycle again?

Kenya comes up with a slogan: “Power Up Your Sole.” Get it. S-o-l-e not S-o-u-l. It’s a double entendre. She’s so clever! 

Over at Vivica’s mobile truck, Kate tells her that she doesn’t get the concept of drinking coffee and looking at shoes. Me either. Too bad they can’t serve wine because that makes a lot more sense. Shawn and Kate feel that Vivica is out to get them – and they would be correct. Vivica possesses a lot of frenetic energy.

Joan shows up to inspect the interactive mobile site of Team Vortex who seem to be focusing on their café. After viewing, Joan tells them they did a great job. She then visits Team Infinity. Leeza and Kenya are working well together. They offer green shots of something and foot massages to the customers. Joan says she likes what she sees, but I think the foot massages are kind of weird. Just my opinion.

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Ivanka visits the sites next with the rep from Nordstrom starting with Team Infinity. Ivanka likes the slogan “Power Up Your Sole.” Kenya thought it up. Did you notice that it’s S-o-l-e and not S-o-u-l? Get it? They tell Kenya great job. Ivanka then visits Team Vortex and finds a quiet Shawn who doesn’t look pumped up about the shoes. At least Kate is able to give specific feedback on what customers are saying about the shoes. The customers are happy that animal prints are coming back. (Did they go out?)

Anyway, it’s time for the boardroom. Joan is there. Hi, Joan. Miss you! Trump tells the teams that both did well, but Ivanka liked one over the other. Kenya and Brandi compliment each other. Trump is so shocked his hair moves. Geraldo suggests sending the two to the middle east. How about a one-way ticket? There is back and forth on both sides about who did and didn’t do what. Ivanka gives her thoughts on both versions. Team Vortex’s approach felt like the shoes were an afterthought to the café and Team Infinity didn’t resonate with the target customer of the millennial. I get the feeling Ivanka really didn’t like either of them, but since she had to pick one, she chose the team that didn’t suck the most. And that was Team Infinity! Kenya takes a twirl.

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When asked by Trump who should go, Sig suggests that Vivica go and Kate agrees. Ivanka says she was impressed with everyone on the team except Shawn. Shawn had no energy. Joan confirms that Vivica and Geraldo are high energy people. Vivica chooses Kate and Shawn to go back into the boardroom. When asked by Trump if she should be fired, Vivica says hell to the no, and that she only stepped up to the PM spot because no one else would. Trump says: Correct! The shoe has dropped. We know who’s not getting fired. Trump reprimands Shawn for not stepping up and says the two magic words, “You’re fired!”

The teams are now even, each has five contestants, and for the next task, they will be making a fun, viral video promoting Chock full o’ Nuts single-serve coffee. The teams will be judged on three criteria: creativity, brand messaging and entertainment value. The project manager on Team Infinity is: (finally) Leeza Gibbons! And Team Vortex: Lorenzo Lamas! This is a pretty good matchup.

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Team Vortex quickly decides to use Geraldo since the brand is old (notice the double entendre) and they want to make the brand new again, so the video will first be shot in black-and-white and then turn to color. Over at Team Infinity, Leeza names Ian as the director, but Ian mistakes this for being named: dictator. His idea involves King Kong climbing on the Empire State Building. Umm, hello Ian. You only have the Go-Pro’s and four hours. Thankfully, Leeza has a better idea and wants to play up the Brandi/Kenya hate club.

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At Team Vortex, Kate is getting her hair done June Clever style and it’s taking way…too…long. Vivica keeps checking in to ask how much longer, but that’s annoying. And Geraldo can’t tap into his Latin roots for the big dance finale. Over at Team Infinity, Ian is a problem because he keeps reshooting the one shot he’s in. He isn’t quite ready for his close-up. Kenya and Brandi get into a play fight (?) on the street over a taxi, and this turns into a male fantasy pillow fight.

In the editing room, Ian is stressed and his true inner asshole spirit comes out. He’s upset that it’s not professional. Hello again! It’s a viral video man, not Sharknado. #sarcasm. When Brandi suggests a certain clip because it emphasizes the product, Ian tells her to go work outside because she is disrupting his creative process. There is no I in team, Ian. But there is one in prick.

During the presentation, hands down Team Infinity’s video with Kenya and Brandi fighting is funnier than Team Vortex’s color fade video. But will the execs like a video that shows Kenya and Brandi rolling around in bed together? Side note: While making the viral video, Brandi mentions that’s she’s been in bed with other women before, just not one that she hated. For those of you who aren’t Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fans,  Brandi has admitted that this was a preference of ex-husband Eddie Cibrian who’s now Leann Rimes’ problem.

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Time for the boardroom. Trump asks Kenya about filming the fight with Brandi. Kenya proclaims that she is a professional and this is what professionals do. Adding that she doesn’t take cheap shots like Brandi does. For example, Kenya has never said out loud, until now, that Brandi’s husband left her for a younger, prettier woman. Kenya tries to continue, but Trump cuts her off and tells Brandi she’s very pretty.

The feedback from the execs is that Team Vortex did a great job of highlighting their product, but the video was safe and felt like a commercial. As for Team Infinity, the execs said they took a big risk, and it paid off. Team Infinity is named the winner! Trump told Lorenzo that it wasn’t even a close call for the execs. Lorezo is shocked. Vivica thinks Kate should be fired. Personally, I think Vivica is jealous of the attention Brandi and Kenya are getting and wants Kate to be her biotch. Trump tells Lorenzo to pick the two he’ll be bringing back into the boardroom, but Lorenzo says he’s not comfortable doing that. So guess what Lorenzo, “You’re fired!”

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And now for the:

Person we most want to have a drink with: Definitely Lorenzo. This was a dumb move, but his chivalrous choice was acknowledgment that the failure of the video fell squarely in his lap as project manager. Thanks Lorenzo for classing the place up and not throwing anyone under the bus.

Person we most want to throw a drink at:  I’m going to have to order a second drink to throw since I can’t decide between Ian and Kenya. Ian is lucky they won this task because otherwise he would have been my choice to go home for his rude and obnoxious tactics. And for Kenya, because of the low down, dirty shade she threw on Brandi was totally not appropriate for the boardroom, she gets the second drink. Save it for the limo ride home, girl!

 

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  • Wendy Owen

    Great recap! Two things: 1) I couldn’t believe that tacky ratchet display of Kenya’s won. I’ll never understand that. 2) Did I miss Brandi saying anything to Kenya to provoke the boardroom attack? (Kenya’s blocked me so I can’t tweet her to ask.) 😉

    • Addie2U

      Kenya said that Brandi had vicious things to say about her (much worse than what Kenya said in the boardroom) — but they weren’t heard on the show. Maybe we’ll hear them at a later date on a “behind the scenes reel!☺

      ETA: And I believe Brandi said these things. Since she’s clearly got Vivica & Leeza on her side, Brandi feels quite comfortable attacking Kenya.

      • TheBeverlyHillsHaveEyes

        I think Brandi was pretty nasty to Kenya on WWHL when she said was “ashy” and some other comment about her looks.

    • RonnieIsBack

      yup you missed it…trashbag Brandi said she was going to beat her ass like Porsha did..when they were play fighing..
      That bish is foul. She is hardly innocent.

      • commonsense12

        They were told they had to fight for the cameras. How do you ‘just do it’, unless you get ‘into’ it to get the fires lit–like method acting. Pugalists don’t go into the ring without doing something to fire them up against the opponent. lKenya ripped open Brandi’s coat. I’m sure Kenya said plenty to get her juices going for that ‘play fight.’ It had evil intent and it was right for Donald Trump to shut her down before she spewed more venom The boardroom was an inappropriate place to vent your venom when everyone was sitting at the table with the Trumps to answer questions about the win they just had as a group. The egomaniac has been attacked viciously by the RHOA without apology; beyond the pale far worse than anything she claimed Brandi said at some time or other. Let her vent her venom against them and on that show. Her boardroom attack was classless.

        • RonnieIsBack

          Yes just as classless as Brandi saying Kenya had a fake butt in the boardroom (she repeated it) and Vivica talking about home gurl being on her period…the board room is NOT the heavenly gates, but fair game and if you have watched CA for 15 seasons we all know it…Brandi throws a rock and then hides her hand and wimper everytime she is called out on her behavior..
          #NoSympathy4FoulBishes
          #SheShouldBeGladSomebodyWanted2TouchHerSTDAzz

          • classycns

            Yes the hate and hypocrisy is real. Porsha called Kenya, A slut from the 90’s with a rotten vagina and breath that smells like a septic tank
            but that was okay. When Kenya called Porsha a dumb hoe via a bullhorn she deserves to be attacked. LOL. Same lame story, different TV show. I can’t wait until CA is over. I’m only watching for Kenya. Once she’s out, so am I.
            I just hope that Brandi one day gets crunk in an urban club and calls some hoodrat the “B” word. She really needs to get a long overdue ass
            kicking Cookie Lyons (Empire) style.

          • RonnieIsBack

            Yes it is Classy!!! that shade hate and hypocrisy is extremely real.
            Cookie Lyons I LOVE HER and Empire (which comes on tonight Holla!)

    • Brandi said “Beat your as like someone else did” referring to her being attacked by Porsha which had just happened during The Apprentice taping. She said it when Donald was asking about the playfighting under her breath but Kenya heard her:)

  • ER

    Fun recap…you captured all the highlights. I so agree with your choices for “drink wth” and
    “drink(s) at”. Kenya’s comments were out of line, and good for Brandi for not responding. Trump will keep them together as long as possible……nothing like a good cat fight.

  • Addie2U

    On the 1st challenge wasn’t it Vivica that called Kate & Shawn (after the fabric had been cut) & told them not to purchase it? Also wasn’t it Vivica that told them to purchase “fake” flowers for Ivanka? → but Kate over-rode her decision & purchased 1/2 fake – 1/2 real?? Also maybe I’ll need to rewatch it but in the board room when Trump asked Vivica who he should send home — didn’t Vivica say Kate?

    • twifan2

      Yes, it was Vivica that called them.

      • Addie2U

        Thanks Twi. I edited my question & added a couple more☺ Curious if you also recall what happened there? Thanks ☺

        • twifan2

          Ok… 😮
          Yes, Kate got 1/2 fake & 1/2 real flowers. Kate’s decision.
          Vivica said Shawn or Kate should be fired.

          • misstc

            Way I heard it, Vivica complained like crazy about Shawn, but when Trump asked point blank who to fire, Vivica said Kate (sees her as a bigger future threat); that’s when Kate’s jaw dropped.

          • twifan2

            I think everybody’s jaws dropped when she said Kate-again. :/

    • twifan2

      Geraldo’s coffee outfit was :/
      He wasn’t suited for that commercial-imo.

      • RonnieIsBack

        Mr. Planters Peanut man in the flesh

    • RonnieIsBack

      Yup Vivica is useless and a suck up..she needs to go.

  • RonnieIsBack

    Great recap Dani.
    I cannot stand Jigsaw faced Vivica..Kate is right…she is faking the funk and not really doing anything but yes Mr. Trump, right away Mr. Trump and CRYING IN THE BOARD ROOM. She needs to go. Plastic flowers..tacky bish..
    Kenya did an AWESOME job. You must not have heard when that trashbag Brandi said while they were fighting “I’m gonna kick your ass like Porsha did.” that was low and rememember this was filmed right after the reunion fight (hairpull). Brandi got what she deserved..I would have said much worse on camera in front of AMERICA about the heaux. You know who is lauging: JoAnna Krupa, Eddie and Leanna…and possibly Lisa V.
    She and Leeze plastic Givens were plotting to try to set Kenya up with their side comments (I wish we had a PM; this isn’t millinium bs) but they won anyway..#Fail
    Ian was funny but he is obnoxious. I like Steve Saunders heheh. Last week he said brandi was a gentle flower…she played him so he banished her flat azz.
    Lorenzo was looking like he could not WAIT to get some gin and juice and get the hell outta there.
    Geraldo makes me ill.

    • Addie2U

      Thanks for filling in what Brandi said about Kenya (I missed that part) & I agree that was pretty low-down, especially since it had just happened. Vivica’s hatred for other women is REAL! I obviously had heard her name & knew she was a TV (&/or movie) star but had no clue who she was until this show. She’s vile.

      ETA: Years ago I would occasionally watch the Gosselin’s show & I could never stand Kate. I’m shocked at how different she is on Celebrity Apprentice. She’s actually likeable!!!

      • RonnieIsBack

        IKR about Kate..she trying to land a rich boo.

    • Norrth

      Wow, I didn’t know Brandi said that. I feel even less sorry for her, now, and I wasn’t sympathetic to begin.

    • 2015IsMyYear

      You are so right! LOL! Omg I love your comments! A lot of butthurt women on social media think what Kenya said was so low but they forget what she has said about her and Brandi went to the Bravo Upfronts to pick a fight with Kenya, Nene, and Cynthia I believe back in 2013! This has been confirmed. Vivica is old trash. I used to really like her but all that negative tweeting she’s been doing against Kenya and then her trying so hard to make Shawn and Kate look bad just rubs me the wrong way. They were definitely not coming for her FIRST. Vivica went downhill with the “she got her da*m period” remark. Just classless.

      • RonnieIsBack

        Your comments are always spot on as well. Truth is truth and folks need to stop feeling sorry for the trash and hood rats…Brandi is 41+ years of age…the damn drunk.

        there simply is NO excuse for Vivica’s menapausal antics…

  • twifan2

    At the almost end of the episode, who did Trump refer to as the ‘a younger beautiful woman’-then he made a face?

    • Babson_Chick

      he was repeating what Kenya had said earlier about Brandi’s ex leaving her for a younger more beautiful woman. Such class around there.

      • twifan2

        Thanks Babs! 🙂
        The face Trump made I didn’t know if he was referring to Brando or Cray Cray. 😀

        • RonnieIsBack

          He was looking like dayum that was cold…but it will make GREAT television.
          His azz doesn’t have a heart….all about that money.

          • Babson_Chick

            Exactly!! Gotta love show biz!

        • Babson_Chick

          He’s slick and after watching and listening to him for years you can tell who he really likes or doesn’t.

  • Babson_Chick

    Am thinking Lorenzo had enough of being in “crazy town” and was ready to leave – don’t blame him.

    • Dani-K

      ROFL!

  • TheBeverlyHillsHaveEyes

    Thanks for the recap Dani-K. Surprised at how calm and reasoned Kate is. I cannot stand watching Brandi and Vivica sucking up to Trump and Ivanka.

  • Norrth

    I’m all good with Brandi getting back what she’s dished out to others, even if she has behaved on this show (assuming she has). Did Brandi ever apologize for trying to pick a fight with the ATL housewives at the upfronts?

    • 2015IsMyYear

      Exactly! Hopefully after Trump and the judges so the confessional scenes they see why Kenya said what she said.

  • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

    Great re-cap Dani. Thanks for saving me the time to watch or should I say FF. LOL!
    Oh Kenya & Brandi, you never fail to disappoint & as usual have set the bar even lower than anticipated. Gawd! GTFU already would ya? Such ratchetness.
    Not really liking this season, not liking the contestants. Not into it, or them. Haven’t really watched but a few minutes here & there. Was happy & sad to see Joan. Maybe as it gets closer to the end my interest will pique. Who knows? Even though I’m not a fan of Vivica’s. I do wanna see Kenya get what’s coming to her for being a lousy sneak though.

    • Dani-K

      Thanks Tigerlily! I think we get one more episode with Joan, but not to worry, I’ll watch the show for you. lol!

    • Babson_Chick

      That’s why I love this show cause we see how they really act and how smart, dumb, full of themselves etc.

  • RubyT

    i don’t really care how the ‘housewives’ have treated one another in their respected shows, kenya showed how classless she really is. geraldo and ian have ego’s that know no bounds. i have no doubt this will come down to geraldo and vivica in the end. i really don’t want to see geraldo win, but vivica’s ego is blowing up, too. it’s interesting to see what ‘celebrities’ think of themselves.

  • 2015IsMyYear

    Vivica, Brandi, and Leeza are the three I DO NOT care for at all. Vivica will throw anybody under the bus to save herself and then cry, “God I really wish you didn’t ask me that question.” Vivica has been out to get Kate and Shawn since the beginning. What’s the issue? For her to be 50 years old she should have a little compassion. Also, I don’t like how Trump was acting like what Kenya said was such a low blow to Brandi. Brandi has been making cruel comments about Kenya NONSTOP this whole season so far and it was ghetto tiresome. I see why folks would say Trump is a racist honestly. He loves making women of color look a certain way. If a chick can dish it out she better be able to take it back and Trump was NOT there when Brandi was making those comments about Kenya. Also Leeza acts like she’s sleeping with Brandi or something. She keeps caping for her like that her’s favorite ace boon coon. Even Ian was getting irritated by Brandi and he seemed to like Kenya’s read. LOL!

    • Guest

      Well, kind of funny you say that, as it’s on the internet that the final four will be: Ian, Vivica, Brandi & Leeza; with the final two being Vivica & Leeza. Guess you’re favs are out of the final, if it does end up being those four/then two. Ian needs to go, as far as I’m concerned. Talk about “control freak with issues” — Holy H*ll, he acts like Psycho, and is very dismissive to the ladies.

      • Dani-K

        Wow! I’m shocked that Geraldo isn’t in the final four. Really. He’s such buddies with Trump, he must really screw up.

  • 2015IsMyYear

    Brandi has attacked Kenya’s hair, body, skin, etc. That read was PERFECT! Now if Kenya can serve those RHOA hoes the same shade, she’ll be good to go. Never mind what the stupid viewers think because they will watch regardless.

    • misstc

      I don’t understand why Kenya isn’t this fierce with Moose on RHOA?? Yeah, the read was good, but in the boardroom? Naw, it only made her look nasty & petty, and made Brandi look like an injured Bambi, IMO.

      • 2015IsMyYear

        Brandi got what she deserved. Kenya doesn’t have to read Nene, Nene makes her own self look stupid with her bad parenting skills, nasty personality, terrible grammar, her gigs constantly drying up, etc. Some people don’t want Kenya to say anything back to Brandi because Kenya is black. May sound crazy but I know how this game works. She’s supposed to “bow down and know her place and not come for the sweet little innocent blonde.” Fleak that!

  • TopGear

    Trump’s friendship with Geraldo in real life is pretty much going to trump (lol) anything else that happens this season. If I were a D-List Celeb and invited to be on this show, I’d want to check the list of my competitors before I agreed and would absolutely decline if any of Trump’s pals had been included or Omarosa or Gary Busey; they’re always going to go far, regardless.

    • Dani-K

      I agree that Geraldo will most likely be in the finale and he can thank Trump for that.

    • Babson_Chick

      I agree and think that was why Joan won and I was pulling for Annie.

  • I don’t watch CA, I can’t stand Trump, but I LOVE Ivanka Trump. Always have and I rave about her constantly. She’s a woman who doesn’t have to be loud, rude, and obnoxious like her overbearing father, she’s poised, has style and grace, and very elegant. Love that girl. RIP Joan. And great recap Dani-K. 🙂

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  • Maura

    Note to Dani, Vivica, “double entrende” does not fit the soul/sole explanation. Double meaning, yes, but not double entrende.