BREAKING NEWS - Religion on The Apprentice
SPOILER ALERT: This post includes information about an upcoming episode.
According to NBC, on Episode 3 (airing on Purim night), "One team loses two candidates who choose to observe their religious holiday and omit themselves from the task at hand.... Lenny gets vocal about his missing teammates while he chooses to help his team over observing the holiday.... Bill Rancic fills in for George Ross, who is away observing the religious holiday"
One candidate will be fired on this episode.
According to this Business Journal article, the task was filmed on Wednesday, October 5, 2005. That was the second day of Rosh HaShana. Since most tasks occur over two days, Dan and Lee would likely have missed the planning / preparation stage, as well as the event itself.
A preview of the coming episode is now available on Yahoo. Lee and Dan call a meeting to explain to the team that they'll be unavailable for two days, as they observe the New Year. Lenny tells Lee and Dan that they'll be blamed if the team loses the task. He points out that the Israeli army works on holidays. In a brief snippet, Tarek appears to be understanding. He suggests that Orthodox Apprentice candidates carry cellphones, but then he realizes that they couldn't use phones on the holiday.
Even if they both survive this task, it will be interesting to see what happens over Yom Kippur and Sukkot. It would be difficult for Trump to fire them for religious observance. But if they miss a task, they won't have any positive contributions to the team.
Our money is on Gold Rush winning this week's task, avoiding a potential boardroom blowup. The episode summary and the preview focus on the two candidates missing out on the task. But they don't mention any issues in the boardroom. Usually the previews hint at conflicts in the boardroom.
Here's something to think about: If Gold Rush is victorious, will the Orthodox Apprentice candidates participate in the reward, or will they choose to pass on the reward since they didn't perform the work?
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