Orthodox Apprentice: Dan, you're fired!
Today we saw the two Orthodox Apprentice candidates turn against each other. Lee Bienstock's earlier proclamation that he's never talked about someone behind their back is out the window. Lee took every opportunity to talk smack about Dan Brody - behind his back.
The task was to produce a commercial for Norwegian Cruise Line's freestyle cruising. Dan was calling all the shots early, while Lee and Lenny were fooling around. Lenny came up with the idea that a castaway would come aboard the ship and get pampered by the crew. Lee loved the idea and Dan agreed to go along with it.
When you're shopping for a cruise, would you choose the cruise line that allows castaways to hop aboard the ship???
The Norwegian Cruise Line executives didn't like the castaway, so Gold Rush was sunk.
Tarek and Dan strategized before the boardroom. Tarek Saab expressed his desire to keep Dan in the game, but then told Daniel that he'd have no friends going into the boardroom. In the boardroom, Lee came out swinging at Dan. Brody chose Lee and Tarek to return to the boardroom. [Time for a sip from the "Lashon Hara, Lamed Hay. Go to the boardoom, the easy way!" mug.] Dan thought about taking back Lenny too, but quickly decided against it.
Back in the boardroom, Trump wanted to know why Lenny wasn't taken back in. Carolyn accused Dan of leaving Lenny out to avoid Lee and Lenny ganging up on him. Dan denied it and tried to explain to Trump that Lee contributed nothing to the task, but that whenever Carolyn or Bill was around, Lee would run over to chat with them. "He's a politician," Donald proclaimed, with a rather accurate assessment of Lee's performance. After pounding on Tarek for making mistakes, underperforming and not living up to the Mensa label, Trump turned to Dan and said, "Dan, you're fired!"
Dan Brody's fatal mistake: not bringing Lenny into the boardroom. That's what Trump said. We believe, however, that Dan couldn't have fared better with Lenny in the room. Lenny Veltman had escaped two earlier boardrooms and there's no reason to believe he wouldn't have made it out of this one.
Although he was fired, it's rather difficult to pinpoint what Dan did wrong on this task. He didn't appear to be the cause of any of the problems. He wasn't a disaster, a term Trump has used often regarding other candidates. He didn't do a terrible job. He wasn't a weak leader. And he didn't have any history of problems. As far as firings go, this wasn't an obvious choice.
Unfortunately for Dan, the producers of the show kept him in the background up until this episode so we never got to see much of him until now. He'll now join the group of forgotten reality contestants. He didn't do anything crazy or terrible that we'll remember him for. And he didn't make it far enough to be remembered for his achievements.
As for Lee, his long term prospects don't look good. He's not on the verge of being fired, but he doesn't look like a final-two candidate.
For those of you watching the Jewish calendar, here's the timeline for this episode:
Monday, October 10: Task starts on the Norwegian Jewel. Filming must end by 3 pm. Editing continues through the evening.
Tuesday, October 11: Commercial production is completed. Teams prepare their presentations.
Wednesday, October 12 (Erev Yom Kippur): Gold Rush and Synergy present their commercials to the NCL executives. Gold Rush spends the afternoon in the boardroom. They get out in time for Kol Nidrei.
If there's anything positive that came out of this for Dan, it's that he didn't need to explain Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret to Lenny and the rest of the team. Not to mention the lulav and etrog.