Monday, February 27, 2006

Apprentice Episode 1 observations

First, congrats to Apprentice candidates Dan and Lee for making it through their first boardroom! Lee was taken back into the boardroom, but he heard Trump say "you're fired" to teammate Summer.

Observations from tonight's Apprentice, with a focus on the Orthodox Jewish candidates - Lee and Dan.
  • Each Apprentice candidate gave a brief intro and we're shown a very brief excerpt of each intro. Lee mentions his Cornell degree. We hear about Dan's two sons. Obviously plenty more was cut out.
  • In a schoolyard pick-em, Tarek chooses Dan first "because he's a dad." It seems like Burnett is developing Dan's character as a father figure. We don't hear anything about his education or business accomplishments. And we don't hear about anyone else's family.
  • Towards the end, Lee is also selected by Tarek. Lee doesn't smile. Ever.
  • Tarek seems to take a liking to Dan during the first task. They sit together in the van and Dan gets the high-profile task of holding the project folder.
  • Dan didn't get much airtime. Since he was on the losing team, this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
  • Lee gets plenty of airtime in this episode with mixed results. He comes across as an intelligent and independent thinker, not afraid to voice his opinion even if it's an unpopular one. He mentions that he's never said anything bad about anyone. Lee decides to take on Tarek - the project manager. (Did I mention that Tarek is a member of Mensa?) Tarek privately demands that Lee back him up in the boardroom. Otherwise, Tarek says, Lee could become vulnerable. Lee sticks to his guns and tells Trump that Tarek should take some blame for the loss because there was no big idea. Lots of credit goes to Lee for not giving in to Tarek's demands and for speaking honestly.
  • I said Lee had mixed results because he didn't appear to be a true team player. Most of the team decided to blame Summer for the loss. Lee didn't go along with this, but chose an independent route. I give him a thumbs up for not being bullied into the popular vote, but a thumbs down for not trying to solicit more team support for his position. He should've recruited some people for his side before taking it to the boardroom.
  • Lee did have a slight verbal slip-up. He blamed Tarek for a "lack of mismanagement."
  • Religion didn't come into play at all during this episode.
  • Neither Orthodox Apprentice candidate is wearing a kippah.
  • We didn't see either Dan or Lee in any meal setting.
Next week, the Apprentice teams try to market Gillette Fusion razors at Times Square. Brent wears a bathrobe. Should be fun.

Feel free to add your comments.

12 Comments:

At 2/28/2006 12:06 AM, Blogger happywithhislot said...

I was impressed with Lee, he obviously saw that tarek is an idiot, pompass, and that trump would fire him once tarek opened his mouth.
The russian knew this also, and begged the idiot summer to keep her trap shut.
She of course did not.
I think tarek will not survive because he doesnt have common sense. He believes he is smart, or in other words, he believes his own press.

 
At 2/28/2006 7:39 AM, Blogger Chaim said...

Great episode and Lee was very good, he reminds me of a more polished version of lasts years young Jewish guy (forgot his name) Dan seems nice, but they didn't show much of him. Disappointed no yarmulkas.

 
At 2/28/2006 9:43 AM, Anonymous jack said...

go lee! nice job standing up to tarek! but giggling in the board room (lee and lenny) is a big no-no. lee seemed nervous but he should be more comfortable as the show goes on.

 
At 2/28/2006 10:50 AM, Blogger Stacey said...

I didn't like the way Trump referred to Lenny as "The Russian." It was rude. I know Trump went to Wharton. Apparently they don't teach class there.

 
At 2/28/2006 10:54 AM, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

Lee reminded me a bit of Andy from a couple of seasons ago.

 
At 2/28/2006 11:01 AM, Blogger Chaim said...

Stacey, my wife and I also mentioned that, and the siberia joke wasnt funny either. Trump has no filter in his head. We call that one thing, he calls the "blunt"

 
At 2/28/2006 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was kind of shocked when Trump called Lenny "The Russian". Would he call Lee "The Jew"? Would he call Tarek "The Jerk"?

 
At 2/28/2006 12:13 PM, Blogger Ger Tzadik said...

When did Russian become an insult? Many people have decided to call me by my original location in the past. Should I be insulted? He's from Russia, there is one of them, therefore, he is The Russian.

Now, it's not even slightly professioanl of course, but who has ever accused Trump of being professional?

 
At 2/28/2006 6:58 PM, Blogger Chaim said...

Ger - That is not a good argument. I don't want to say it, but would you call an african american "That African" .... It's demeaning when you call someone by thier location. It shows you don't care enough about them to ask their name.

 
At 2/28/2006 11:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Chaim. It's not necessarily an "insult" but it's disrespectful.

Did you know Lenny has a 16 year old son?

Here's a Jan. 2000 article about Lenny and his restaurant - http://www.injersey.com/day/story/0,2379,242249,00.html

 
At 3/01/2006 4:42 PM, Anonymous hatan said...

I admire Lee's honesty, guts and insight but I was troubled by his failure to truly stand up for his beliefs. When the group started speaking Lashon HaRah about Summer, I found it interesting that while he recognized that they were doing something wrong and said that he had never done it before, he didn't walk away or take his team to task for their behavior.

 
At 3/02/2006 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lee looks like adrian brody!

 

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