#CelebrityApprentice Recap: “And Then There Were Two” [Episode 8]

Posted on Feb 10 2015 - 2:06am by Dani-K

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We are down to the second to last episode of “Celebrity Apprentice,” season 7. The first hour was just a regurgitation of years past, and I’ll give you the stats later, but first, we begin with Donald Trump calling Leeza Gibbons, Vivica A. Fox, and Geraldo Rivera back into the boardroom to inform them that 1) the entire Team Infinity was fired, 2) they are the final three, and 3) someone will be fired momentarily. After the trio pick their jaws off the ground, Trump individually asks questions on why they shouldn’t be fired.

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Vivica says she has every desire to be the next “Celebrity Apprentice.” Geraldo says it makes better sense for he and Leeza to be in the final two because they are equally matched. Shade goes to Vivica. Point goes to Geraldo. Leeza diplomatically agrees with Geraldo’s assessment while at the same time avoiding the further destruction of Vivica’s self-esteem. Vivica tells Trump that Leeza is wonderful and that he should pick Leeza over her. Wait, what? After I rewind my DVR three times, Vivica does in fact quit. Just like that, without any fight. And for those of you who feel it was rigged from the beginning that Geraldo, Trump’s very good friend, would make it to the finals, I hear you.

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The final task will be for Leeza and Geraldo to fly in Trump’s private jet to Orlando Universal Studios Resort, produce a 90-second commercial and sell ten vacation packages. They will then fly back and show their commercial at a red-carpet event. Universal executives will be the judges and Trump promised that money is not the overall winning factor so Geraldo’s rich friends can’t buy him the win. Excuse me if I don’t have 100% confidence in this statement. Trump tells Geraldo and Leeza that prior cast members will be in Orlando to help with this large task.

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The duo board the plane and I must say, it’s not as big and fancy as I thought it was going to be. This must be Eric Trump’s private plane. When Leeza arrives in her war-room, Brandi Glanville, Johnny Damon, and Kevin Jonas are there to help. Darn! I wanted Kevin to help Geraldo. Leeza’s theme is, “The Magic of Memories,” to tie in with her charity that helps care givers like her mother and grandmother, who both had Alzheimer’s disease, needed. I don’t mean to be a buzz kill, but does the word “magic” remind you of another theme park in Orlando?

Over at Team Geraldo, Vivica A. Fox, Lorenzo Lamas, and Ian Ziering are there to help. And if the Geraldo-haters can’t have Kevin as his helper, Ian is the next best choice. Geraldo asks for ideas, but cuts off Lorenzo after only a few sentences to insert his own idea. I can’t wait for Geraldo to tell us that he’s found the forgotten vault of Harry Potter and plans to open it live! But sadly he doesn’t. Geraldo wants to star in the commercial as an investigative reporter. Cue the boring music.

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The executives visit each team to answer questions. From what we see, Team Geraldo does a better job of asking questions and are practically handed their theme: “Discover Your Own Inner Hero.” Teem Leeza is still trying to work out the kinks for their family oriented concept. Kevin has an idea about a micro-managing dad and his family that dump him to explore the park on their own. I hope these “kids” are teenagers with cell phones, otherwise people could get the wrong impression on what to do with their kids when they arrive.

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While scouting at the park, Leeza receives a call that she has a donation for $120K, Kevin is snapping area photos, and Brandi and Johnny disappear to get a hot dog and a beer. Leeza and Kevin can’t find them. Kevin suggests leashes because this is what his parents used when he and his brothers were little. (This explains a few things.) In a private interview, Brandi tells us that she thinks Leeza is both inspirational and aspirational. Glad to see Brandi brought her big-girl dictionary to Orlando, but obviously actions speak louder than words.

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As for the entertainment, Leeza has secured Olivia Newton-John to sing her song, “Magic.” Geraldo is trying to get Josh Groban, but it’s not looking good. He tells Ian that they may have to write a jingle and sing it. Awesome! La Cucaracha has a shot of redemption. Vivica and Lorenzo go shopping and return with Harry Potter’s wardrobe. Johnny and Brandi are told to go shopping, but aren’t in the mood and decide to ride a roller coaster instead. They purchase a photo and bring it back as proof that they did nothing that was asked of them.

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It’s the day of the commercial shoot and nothing is running smoothly for Team Geraldo. Mostly because Geraldo changed the shot list that Lorenzo and Vivica set up the day before. Vivica does that side-ways neck thing as she reads Geraldo. Things seem to be fine over at Team Leeza as long as she ignores Brandi and Johnny and only works with Kevin. Drama ensues over at Team Geraldo when somebody forgot to get the kid actors from the war-room and bring them over for the shot. Geraldo is pissed and says from now on he is in charge of every scene. In other words, Lorenzo, you’re fired.

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Tune in next week to see Donald Trump choose the winner in a live show between the Lovely Leeza and Hurricane Geraldo. Here are the winners (so to speak) during the first hour.

  • #1 Feud: Piers Morgan and Omarosa (she tells him that his kids hate him)
  • #1 Fail: Gary Busey got “barking mad” when he created a commercial for LG
  • #1 Fundraiser: Marlee Matlin raised $1 million for hearing aids
  • #1 Boardroom Backstab: Piers Morgan and Omarosa (different season)
  • #1 Firing: Melissa Rivers (and Joan Rivers have extreme meltdown)

 

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  • I think the mass elimination was a mistake. Could Trump not secure enough venues to run charity events? There are usually way more episodes in a season. Now that Brandi and Kenya aren’t on, it’s kinda like … yawn. Great recap however. And Piers Morgan disgusts me. He rubs me all kinds of wrong.

    • TartLemon

      I agree. There could have been at least 2 more tasks before the final one.

      • MidwestMiddie

        True – especially when you consider how Trump and NBC wasted an hour of prime time by having that disgusting rehashing of Trump’s previous shows.
        If NBC gives Trump a 2 hour slot for next week’s finale, I’ll
        skip it and catch the recap here.

    • Dani-K

      Thanks! I wonder if we’ll see ole Piers at the last event? Wonder if we’ll see Omarosa? Hope not!

  • RonnieIsBack

    Great recap Dani. Vivica choked….must have been the menapause…
    Brandi and Johnny are getting it on….sad…

    • MidwestMiddie

      Vivica didn’t choke. She was realistic when comparing herself to Leeza regarding
      getting donations – HUGE ones!!!! Leeza definitely has more contacts. IMO, Geraldo, also, knows many wealthy individuals but the only reason those people give him large donations is to get him off of the phone. lol Who could ever like him? gag

      Brandi and Johnny – there’s no affair there….. LOL!!!!

      • RonnieIsBack

        I respectfully disagree and here is why:
        EVERYONE knows when you come on the Apprentice you are going to have to raise money at some time. Period. Vivica copped out. There is no excuse…even if she would have lost, she could have at least tried. I would not have thrown in the towel or why would you even go on the show.
        I was 50% joking about Brandi and Johnny’s love fest but it is still sickening the way they fawn over each other.

        • MidwestMiddie

          Agree to Disagree
          : )

          • RonnieIsBack

            Gladly 😉

      • Dani-K

        In weeks past I had a segment “Drink with” or “Throw drink at”, but I stopped it because only two are left. However, if I had continued it, I would have thrown it at Brandi and Johnny. In fact, that beer they snuck off to get while “helping” Leeza and Kevin, should have been on their heads!

        • MidwestMiddie

          No argument here …….TOSS THE BEER!!!

    • chacha1

      Johnny’s wife will kick her flat ass and I believe she has been doing Geraldo since day 1 and that is why they are both in our faces ….

      • RonnieIsBack

        heheh ewwww you are probably right.

      • MidwestMiddie

        IMO, the only love affair going on for Geraldo on this show
        is the one between him and Trump. lol

    • Dani-K

      Ronnie you crack me up!

  • colleen

    Dani-K. Thank you for the good read and making sense out of that circus. Brandi could have redeemed her lower than low image she gained on #RHOA but chose to be an irritant all season.
    Let’s all imagine how it would be hanging around good buddies Trump and Geraldo. I can’t even—2 ego maniacal loud mouths singing their own accomplishments. Oh Lord!

    • TartLemon

      Trump and Geraldo are FOXNews buddies.

      • MidwestMiddie

        True – Two Rotten Peas In A Pod!!!
        : )

    • Dani-K

      Don’t even get me started on Brandi. Why did they invite her back? Did Leeza request her? If so, epic fail. Trump said that Leeza was a better leader than Geraldo. He will probably mention how Leeza wasn’t able to control Brandi and Johnny. I know Leeza was trying to stay Zen, but Trump will not see it that way.

  • MidwestMiddie

    Dani-K – GREAT Recap!
    I taped the first hour and then fast forwarded to the end of it in under 30 seconds.
    What a waste of an hour by NBC!!!

  • chacha1

    Geraldo is still there and that just pisses me off …. he should have been gone the first week, that arrogant asshat is a friend of Trumps and enough is enough, he can take his show and shove it ….

  • TartLemon

    I picked Geraldo and Leeza from the beginning. Seemed obvious from the editing even in episode 1. Oh well, I hope Leeza wins.

    • RonnieIsBack

      We all did. I hope she wins also.

      • Dani-K

        But I wanted to be wrong. At least on Geraldo.

  • GinaXOXO

    I think Geraldo’s theme is much better than Leeza’s (even if handed to them). And, we’ve seen the micro-managing Dad commercials and also “magic” commercials. If Geraldo does it right it is a much better and more creative commercial. Many will say Geraldo won because he is Trump’s friend but so far he has a leg up on Leeza on this project.

    Plus, it is a huge miss for Leeza not to use Jonas Bros instead of ONJ. Jonas are much more current and more appropriate for the target audience. The Fonald will notice that for sure. I am rooting for Leeza but I think this is hers to lose.

    I bet Geraldo comes through with a big talent like Josh.

    • Dani-K

      Your point about using the Jonas Bros is spot on! The way I understand it though is the event is for the executives and friends of the final two, but the commercial should be kid friendly. We’ll have to see how it turns out. Nothing against ONJ, but why not have Jonas perform? Too much emphasis is being placed on “Magic” which as we know – is synonymous with Magic Kingdom.

    • misstc

      I thought Geraldo had the upper leg, LOL so to say, until he decided to micro manage the whole thing. Just can’t wait for next week & hope Leeza wins or I’ll be thinking the whole thing was rigged.

  • GinaXOXO

    Who do you think should have been in the final 2?

    I think Ian should have been there. But, I also think Geraldo and Leeza make sense.

  • ER

    Nice job, Dani K. Recap so much better than the show. I agree that it was obvious very early who the finalists would be. As much as I wanted Geraldo to go..this makes sense. Not crazy about Leeza’s theme. Will have to see how it comes together. Although Geraldo was handed a great theme, one can only hope he screws up. Game on!

    • Dani-K

      I’m worried about Leeza’s theme too! Hopefully the producers are editing it to look like she doesn’t have the upper hand.

  • TopGear

    Love your recap, Dani-K. The firing of Vivica was completely expected, and I thought she handled it well with the way she answered the question. I’m glad she is able to help with the final task so we can see more of her. And I’m so happy Lorenzo is back! Too bad they are both on Geraldo’s team. I don’t think any of them (including Ian) were happy about that!

    • Dani-K

      Thanks TopGear! I wish Vivica hadn’t rolled over so easily. Maybe there should have been a mini-task involved.

    • misstc

      I couldn’t picture Vivica going head to head with Leeza – Leeza being a very strong & smart player.

  • Lucy94

    Okay, I’m going to try and be nice. First, I admit I came to this party way late. But, from the episodes I’ve seen does anyone else think Johnny is a little “slow”. They all fawn over him but to me he seems “off”. I know he was a baseball player; maybe he got hit in the head too many times?

    • Dani-K

      LMAO!

    • misstc

      He was never a strong player and very introverted. I am surprised he made it this far; but it doesn’t take away that he seems like a really nice guy!

      • fred

        he was a SMART baseball player

  • Jersey

    Thanks for the recap Dani. :0)
    I’ve missed the last two episodes because I’ve been away at my sisters house and her cable company only allows two shows to recorder at a time so her shows came first. lol
    After reading the recap I can’t wait to see it.

    • Dani-K

      Thank you! I can’t believe it’s over after next week. Showing 2 episodes per night makes a season fly by.

  • Vivica Fox is no better than NeNe Leakes when she quit. Who quits when they’re able to fight? I’m rooting for Leeza at this point.

  • CoolBreeze15

    Thanks for the recap as always! I didn’t even waste my time watching that boring show last night b/c without Kenya there was nothing to see! LOL. Well well well, as you can see, Vivica is JUST LIKE Nene, ALL TALK. They are quick to pop off on the chicks they perceive as “easy” but with “others” they are all calm and weak. I guess she sees how Geraldo and Leeza played her. They probably had her thinking Kenya was the problem but they pretty much threw her under the bus in the boardroom it sounds like. Vivica had the nerve to do an interview recently saying Kenya was childish but Vivica you’ve been tweeting NONSTOP about Kenya since last Spring! Looking forward to seeing how this finale turns out!

    • Dani-K

      Did you see Vivica on Wendy? Wow. The dress she wore is way to short for sitting in the tall chair. And I didn’t used the word age-appropriate, but that dress would be better after 10pm at a night club.

      • CoolBreeze15

        LOL! I saw it. I also noticed her interview was shorter than Kenya’s and it seems Wendy only interviewed her to talk about phonegate and NOTHING else. She talked about like 3-4 different subjects with Kenya and a fan that was there at WW last week said the audience loved Kenya and Kenya took pics and signed autographs for everyone.

  • CoolBreeze15

    Off topic: When you guys get a chance PLEASE check out Claudia Jordan’s blog! OMG she spilled all kinds of tea and facts in her blog about Nene and Porsha! Very long but very entertaining! ☺

  • fred

    Geraldo is very creepy man it figures Trump likes him

  • Happywife

    I was happy to see Vivica go home. Quitters never win. Leeza for the win.