'The Celebrity Apprentice' Recap: Dayana Mendoza Takes Her Final Cat Walk
Good Sam CEO Marcus arrives while Arsenio and Aubrey are butting heads. Aubrey immediately asks if she can work on something creative, rather than the typical ‘boring’ jingle. He’s fine with that, as long as they remember that their mother, grandmother and child should all be comfortable watching the performance. The most important element to incorporate is the mascot. Since the largest portion of the team’s win will come from sales of the mascot’s merchandise, it should be their priority. They will meet the fellow who plays “Good Sam” later. His persona is meant to be silent, but warm, loveable and someone with whom you’d feel very safe.
Ah, says Aubrey, so basically Good Sam is the cheerleader for your entire project. Not only the cheerleader, says Marcus, he represents the integrity, the affordability, and the peace of mind. Aubrey smirks, and interviews that she usually has the stronger idea of what the executives want over her team, but when her team doesn’t believe her, she’ll try to stress it to the executives, to force her team to jump on board with her concept.
Now that Aubrey has bullied her team into working on her idea, she’s on a high, throwing out ideas left and right. Arsenio has no choice but to go along with the concept.
Forte’s Clay wants to get a feel for their song before the musicians arrive. Dayana begins snapping her fingers, trying to find a beat, and suggests something along the lines of Duran Duran. Clay and Lisa just wish she’d get out of the way. Dayana finally agrees with the sixties groove, but wonders if the musicians could make the sound a little less flat. Clay begins to lose it, as Dayana’s lack of musicianship pushes him over the edge. He knows Dayana wants to be involved, but can’t figure out why she won’t defer to someone who actually knows what they’re doing.
Dayana just keeps throwing in suggestions to the musicians. “Add some pink. And yellow. Could there be some red?” The musicians wonder what on earth she’s talking about.
It’s not much better when it’s time to write lyrics. Although Clay emphasizes that they need words that rhyme with “Sam,” Dayana sees no problem with rhyming “Sam” with “track.” She wants Lisa to sit next to her so that they can write together. Lisa’s having trouble being creative with Dayana right on top of her. Dayana feels like Lisa has no respect for her as Project Manager.
Clay begins to lay down the vocals. Lisa’s really happy with the sound. Clay, a professional singer, is angry when Dayana stops him to add her ideas on the song, while he’s in the recording booth. As Lisa records a voice over, Clay tells Lisa that he might kill Dayana. She agrees that it’s a possibility. “It’s like the blind leading the seeing,” says Clay.
It’s not much fun over at Unanimous either. The musicians and production crew arrive. Arsenio begins to explain their theme, but defers to Aubrey, who says they want a “Hollaback Girl,” Gwen Stefani, kind of musical feel. She wants to keep it new, fresh, Black Eyed Peas style. Arsenio is fine with deferring to Aubrey musically, knowing that she has the most experience in the field. He’ll do anything he can to keep her happy, but he knows that if he gives her an inch, she’ll take a mile.
Arsenio assigns Teresa to work on their graphic designs, and then asks Aubrey to keep an eye on Teresa, while he works with the musicians on a drum line for the song intro. But Aubrey can’t sit still when the backup singers gather in the booth, and inserts herself in as musical director and additional vocalist. To keep the peace, Arsenio has to swallow his anger, and let her do what she wants.
Don Jr. visits team Unanimous, just as Aubrey finishes up her vocals. Aubrey insists he listen to their jingle, as she sings along. Junior thinks it sounds good. Aubrey speaks privately to him, saying that, yes, it’s been that bad. “Arsenio’s not creative, I’m the only one that’s creative, and I’m the one that had the creative on every single task since being in Unanimous, that’s a FACT, not an opinion.” She says that Arsenio hasn’t any opinions, and can’t make decisions.
Don Jr. interviews that, in all the seasons he’s done with the show, he’s never seen anything like the way Aubrey spoke about her Project Manager, particularly since she doesn’t know yet if her team won or lost. He doesn’t know if Aubrey and Arsenio will ever be able to have an effective work product.
At Forte, Clay is now ready to discuss how they’ll present their project; should they go with a basic, sixties type outfit, or go over the top with it. Dayana, still unclear, says she has no problem going with someone dressed as a hippie. Clay can’t believe how out of sync Dayana is with their concept. Dayana interviews that Lisa and Clay are evil people ganging up on her. She still thinks having one hippie in the presentation would be good.
Don Junior feels the tension in Forte’s group when he arrives. Dayana praises Clay’s suggestions, and Lisa jumps in to say that she might add that Clay and Lisa’s suggestions are all right. Dayana agrees with Junior that her ideas have not really been heard; Clay knows what he’s doing, and Lisa is as loud as possible.
Lisa looks to Clay for defense, and he says that the bulk of the writing has been done by Lisa. Lisa’s beginning to tear up as Dayana says she’s not trying to take it away from Lisa, but she’s also been adding to the writing. Lisa has had it, unable to put up with Dayana any longer. She says that she’s been as quiet as anyone, as Dayana smirks. Lisa asks Clay to back her up. Clay says that this task isn’t in Dayana’s wheelhouse, and that the major bulk of the work has fallen on himself and Lisa. Lisa storms out of the room, calling Dayana ‘out of line.’ Dayana just smiles.
Dayana gets back to work, now focused on the brand messaging and signing. Clay thinks that’s the safest place for her to be. But he’s concerned about their rehearsal time being taken up by signage.
Dayana tries to speak to Lisa, but Lisa says the only thing she wants to hear from Dayana is “I’m Sorry.” Dayana backpedals, saying that what she meant to say was that Lisa was a strong player. But Dayana interviews that being creative is not enough to win ‘Celebrity Apprentice;’ you have to have class and dignity, neither of which Lisa possesses.
Arsenio’s doing the rap section at Forte’s studio, so Aubrey and Teresa head off to work on their dance. Aubrey wonders why Arsenio didn’t give them any direction. At Teresa’s suggestion, Aubrey speaks to Arsenio, asking him about the presentation’s structure, but interviews “I don’t know if he has become senile and is suffering from the age he has become and he doesn’t realize, but homeboy is shifty.” Apparently, Aubrey is unaware that she too will ‘suffer from age’ one day. She feels that he is not properly outlining what she needs to know.
As Aubrey contrives to make Arsenio look befuddled and out of the loop, Arsenio’s interviewing that he can’t believe how Aubrey has changed for the better, and become a team player.
At the rehearsal studio, Aubrey makes a point of saying again and again that they don’t know what they’ll have in terms of a script or a dialogue, because Arsenio is not there. Teresa interviews that Arsenio told them what he envisioned, but Aubrey took over and did what she wanted. When Arsenio arrives, Aubrey has the entire routine done; it’s totally different from what Arsenio had suggested. And the intro drum line has now been moved to the end of the song, despite their recording.
Aubrey can’t understand why Arsenio is angry that his work has been completely changed and rearranged. After all, it’s her idea, so it must be better than his! Teresa just wonders how the two will be able to work together for the presentation.
Unanimous arrive at their dance studio rehearsal. Clay shows the dancers the bobble head mascot, saying that they need to do something that praises ‘Good Sam.’ Lisa and Clay already have roles in the presentation, but Dayana does not. So Dayana attempts to choreograph Clay and his backup singers. Clay takes offense to Dayana’s meddling. As Dayana twitters that she’s the Project Manager and has to know what’s going on, Clay says, “Dayana, listen to me. I’m a grown-ass man. You want to tell me what to do.” Clay is on fire, agreeing with Lisa that he’s had enough. Dayana backs down, and says, “okay, you do what you do. When you’re done, I’ll clap.” And now Dayana is weeping, feeling disrespected and disliked. Are we having fun yet?
With all of the previous day’s drama, it’s a blessing that it’s finally time for the teams to perform. Forte’s Lisa works with the costumer to get the cast dressed. Clay, who’s done up as a middle aged, fifties style singer, hears Aubrey singing next door, and peeks through the curtain to see what Unanimous has come up with. He calls Dayana over to listen as well. Dayana is listless and sad, and just wants their team to win, so that she can give money to her charity. Clay thinks their jingle is much more fun than Aubrey’s.
Lisa comes on stage as an old timey radio announcer, and presents Clay and his backup singers. The audience, including CEO Marcus and Junior, eat up the shtick. Dayana sulks that she didn’t expect to be included, but it’s disrespectful that they didn’t find a place for her on stage. So she walks out onto the stage at the end of the performance, and thanks the audience. But, since she’s not wearing a microphone, the audience has no idea who she is or what she’s saying.
CEO Marcus thinks Clay and Lisa performed well, but the overall feel was a little too conservative. And Dayana’s unscripted entry, without a mike or a costume, didn’t work for him.
Next up, Unanimous’ offering begins with Teresa and Arsenio playing stranded motorists. Arsenio thinks Teresa is cute; Aubrey thinks Teresa is horrible. “It’s difficult when people aren’t as good at things like this than you are,” she interviews. Aubrey shakes her pom poms and leads her cheerleaders in their dance. She leaps into the mascot’s arms for the big finish.
CEO Marcus loved the jingle, and the enthusiasm. But he didn’t love the low cut cheerleader outfits. Aubrey was told that the audience would include children and grandmothers, and the outfits were more revealing than he wanted.
Let’s head to the Board Room. The Donald notes Arsenio’s big smile, and Arsenio admits that he thinks his team won the task, despite Clay being on the other team. Arsenio says he’ll put Aubrey up against Clay, on this one. Arsenio admits that there were conflicts, but working with Aubrey’s strengths was the key to getting the best from her.
Trump starts his conversation with Dayana by asking her if tonight is the night that she gets fired. She doesn’t think so, and neither does Lisa, because they think their team won. But if they do lose, Lisa feels that Dayana’s the one to fire, as she knew nothing about the task, and contributed next to nothing. She even critiqued Clay on his singing. Dayana disagrees, and defends her approach to the task, saying that Lisa just wouldn’t work with her.
Dayana says that it’s hard to work with Lisa, who’s always had an attitude towards her. Junior reminds her of the scene at the recording studio, where Dayana refused to give Lisa credit for her work. Dayana repeats that Lisa’s attitude is bad, and that she can’t understand how anyone would want to work professionally with her. Lisa says that she’s doing just fine, with over 21 years in the business in a man’s world. Lisa hopes that Dayana enjoys her sixties, when she’s doing nothing.
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