Well, that sure was uncomfortable. Stress-puking in the boardroom now? Heck.
I was actually going to write an admiring post about how I think it is pretty neat that Sugar actually picks The Apprentice not entirely on the performance throughout the season but based on the actual business plan. It was pretty obvious to me last series that the best overall performer was beaten strictly because Sugar did not entirely buy his business plan.
But the massive problem with that is ... what is the point of making some of those people go through this whole process if their business plan is *never* going to be to Sugar's liking ? If it is in a business he doesn't want to be in, then everyone is having their time wasted. It is admirable for the credibility of the show but it feels a bit cruel that someone can perform magnificently through the show only to realize Sugar would never invest because he just does not want to be in that line of business. Shouldn't they be given some level of framing before they sign on? Jenna last season should have guessed the cold calling thing wasn't going to be in line with his "image". But how are the others supposed to know Sugar does not want a tech start-up or a hedge fund (last series)? And didn't he say at the beginning of the season that he read the business plans so he didn't pick them randomly? Then what was that thing about not liking Miles' line of business or not understanding Jordan's?
On the other hand, what is up with those people not putting any thought in their business plan idea? Set aside professionalism and common sense, didn't they watch the past few series? How did Jordan not thought of the simple questions Sugar was asking him about the "third person"? I know smart businessmen acting like morons is the bread and butter of this show but just like Jenna and her "zero cost on the first month" business plan, I wonder what the hell is up with these people sometimes.
On the other hand, it looks like they changed the format this year and the business plans are going to be analyzed next week and there will be a final two task (which looks more like how Trump did it). I wonder why that is.
Surprised Miles went over Jordan in the scheme of things and Francesca should go but otherwise I am OK with the final candidates ... I don't know if the shade thrown at Neil and the obvious sudden fluffing of Luisa is to hurt his front-runner image and make it look less predictable but at least the editing (and it has been known to be misleading) makes it sound as these two will be the final two.
I personally like Leah for some reason but Luisa/Neil does seem like the fitting finals - barring any surprise in the quality of the business plans.
PS: Oh and after watching Series 8 and 9 in a row over the course of a week, let me rant a little bit: dear candidates, you have watched the show, been in the boardroom before. You know the f***ing format. After the final back-and-forth is over, Sugar gives his thoughts leading to who is going to be fired. YOU NEVER GET ONE LAST CHANCE TO ADD SOMETHING once he has started giving his closing SO STOP ASKING. Every damn week. Every. Damn. Week. STOP INTERRUPTING TO BEG. You always get turned down, you look pathetic and desperate and piss Sugar off. And yet. Every. Damn. Week.