Thursday, April 27, 2006

Episodes 10, 11, 12 Previews

[April 30 UPDATE: Added to the end of this post... Episode 12 preview and a new spoiler.]

Orthodox Apprentice candidate Dan Brody was fired weeks ago, but Lee Bienstock is still very much in the running for the job. Here's a preview of the next two episodes.

Episode 10: Monday, May 1, 9:00 ET/PT

The eight remaining candidates travel to Long Island to put together grand openings for two new Hair Cuttery Salons. One locations is in Oceanside, about 6 miles from the Bienstock home in Lawrence, NY, and just one mile from kosher food. The other salon is in Carle Place. Hair Cuttery is using this episode to promote their plans to expand nationally with new franchise locations. New York entreprenuer Stuart Katzoff heads a group of investors that has agreed to open 40 salons on Long Island. Hair Cuttery CEO Dennis Ratner is expected to answer Trump's weekly introduction, "Your name please..."

The team with the most revenue from the one-day grand opening event wins and collaborates with legendary composer and songwriter Burt Bacharach at New York's Steinway Hall to create an original song. The losers sing a different tune in a particularly heated boardroom.

Sean admits to a crush on a Synergy teammate (previews point to Tammy), while one of the project managers decides to sit back and get her hair blown out. From earlier information, we know that the PM getting the hair done is on Gold Rush, so it must be Charmaine Hunt. Tarek Saab has not been project manager since Trump selected him for the first task.

The Apprentice cameras were rolling as Scotland Minister Jack McConnell met with Donald Trump in Manhattan on October 25. This coincides with the filming of this episode so Mr. McConnell could make a cameo appearance. That would be poor timing for the Minister since he's been taking some heat the past few days for his meetings with Trump.

Posted yesterday on Trump University's Lessons Learned blog:

What will happen next week? As we enter the final weeks, Lee has entered the top rank of contenders. Sean looks weaker after his halfhearted defense of Andrea, who fell fast and is now gone. New shakeups are sure to occur in the weeks to come, and we can hardly wait.

Episode 11: Monday, May 8, 9:00 ET/PT

The candidates relive their younger days by putting on a tailgate party during a college football game. One team creates a spectacle with an eating contest while members of the other team dress up as cheerleaders. The winners wine and dine in the country, while the losers face a fierce boardroom.

At least one team performed their task prior to the Rutgers University homecoming game against Naval Academy on October 29, 2005. They were promoting blooming onions from Outback Steakhouse.

Randal Pinkett (winner of Season 4) was in attendance at the game. He graduated from Rutgers and his wife is the Senior Alumni Relations Officer for the university's Alumni Association. The big question is if Randal's appearance at the game makes it into the episode. Season 4 was airing while Season 5 was filming. In October, Randal knew he was in the final two, but he hadn't been hired by Trump yet. The Season 5 candidates wouldn't know anything about Randal since there's no television in the suite.

Donald Trump also made an appearance at the Rutgers-Navy game.


Tammy, Allie and Roxanne will not be fired on Episode 10. We know from the Survivor Sucks board, that they were still in the competition for Episode 11.

Episode 12: Monday, May 15, 10:00 ET/PT
(special time)

The final five Apprentice candidates are challenged to create an in-store display for the Microsoft Xbox 360 videogame console at Wal-Mart. One candidate feels they are being undermined by their team, while the other group worries that their display will not be completed in time. The winners take a private jet to Hollywood and get a chance to appear in a movie, while the losers face off in the boardroom.

Tammy Trenta will watch this episode at her high school, Bishop George Ahr HS. Advance tickets are $10 each ($5 for current students). All proceeds go directly to the high school's alumni association and to Tammy's Theresa Kathryn foundation.

Does this mean that Tammy's on the show beyond Episode 12?


Three candidates will be gone in the next two weeks (Episodes 10 & 11). It's the only way to get from the eight candidates at the start of Episode 10 to the five candidates at the beginning of Episode 12.


At 4/27/2006 3:54 PM, Anonymous Go Lee! said...

Sounds like Lee is being set up for reaching the finals.... that excerpt from Trump's blog seals the deal for me.

At 4/27/2006 11:51 PM, Blogger Wallyhorse said...

And this is why I said what I did in the thread on Lee being 2-0 that I think he is in the final two and because of that, the finale had to be moved up from Friday, June 16 to Monday, June 5.

At 4/28/2006 12:12 AM, Anonymous JustSomeGuy said...

wallyhorse - that makes absolutly no sense.

They've known the final 2 for months - why would they schedule the finalie for a Friday, then change to a monday because suddenly Lee is in the final 2?

BTW - Dan and Lee attend the finalie, along with all the contestants, no matter who makes it to the final 2.

Much more likely, they thought of friday because of open scheduling, then Dan and/or Lee said that they would have issues with events after the show, which are most likely required contractually (since its on the west coast, they could at least be a part of the show itself)

At 4/28/2006 9:10 AM, Anonymous you have proof? said...

The finale was NEVER scheduled for June 16! The show sponsors have sweepstakes where the winners get a trip to the finale. They've always said that it's June 5.

At 4/28/2006 9:12 AM, Anonymous you have proof? said...

The last episode is always the same day of the week that the show is on all season. Otherwise they'd lose all their regular viewers. It would be a total disaster. friday is the worst day of the week for tv ratings. Special events are never on fridays.

At 4/28/2006 12:19 PM, Blogger Wallyhorse said...


Many of the contest sites had June 12 and NOT June 5 as the finale date (and that assumed there was NOT going to be a clip show on NBC). In fact, until the finale date was announced as June 5, the deadline to choose a finalist in Yahoo's fantasy game was in fact June 5.

There was NO WAY the finale was EVER going to be on June 12, the date most contests were giving as the finale date until it was officially announced by NBC as June 5. NBC is almost certainly going to have a Stanley Cup Finals game on Monday 6/12 (most likely Game 4 or 5), and starting with Wednesday, June 7, NBC has to keep Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays open for Finals games through June 19 (latest possible date of a possible Game 7, NBC has Games 3-7 while OLN has games 1-2 ahead of that). At the same time, starting with Thursday, June 8 and continuing to I believe Sunday, June 25, ABC has to keep Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays open for NBA Finals game, and there was NO WAY NBC was going to have "The Apprentice" finale directly opposite an NBA Finals game.

Also, from what I understand, the 7-Eleven Task was actually not supposed to originally air until April 24 (before being moved up to first April 17 and then at the last minute April 10), which likely means NBC originally had a clip show planned for April 3 (that eventually was moved to CNBC), which would have made sense because I know if I were at NBC I would not have wanted a new episode opposite the NCAA Championship Game on CBS that the Arby's task was airing against that night. That suggests that the original planned air schedule, before it was known whom the candidates would be, was likely this:

Premiere on February 27, since NBC didn't want the show pre-empted for two weeks because of The Olympics, which it would have if it premiered in January.

Clip Show on April 3, the night of the NCAA Championship Game on CBS.

Last Monday Episode on May 29, with the show moving after that to Fridays in June starting with June 2.

Finale on Friday, June 16.

During more than half of June, Friday is the only night of the week NBC could have the finale because of their having to keep dates open for Stanley Cup Finals games and also a desire not to have the finale air opposite an NBA Finals game on ABC.

There is a lot of planning that takes places for each season MONTHS before the candiates are even known in all likelyhood, and that schedule above is what they likely were working under at the time the planned filming was to take place. Since they never previously had any Orthodox Jews on the show, they probably didn't realize the problems a Friday night finale were going to make if the schedule I mentioned was the one they based this season on when it was being planned out. It's very possible because of it appearing that Lee (and Dan) did tasks during the Sabbath (and Lee also worked on Sukkoth), the idea of Lee and Dan having problems with a Friday night finale may never have crossed the minds of people at NBC or Mark Burnett Productions. Even then, it would not be as big an issue with an LA finale because the live airing would end before sunset on the west coast at 8:00 PM Pacific Time if neither Lee or Dan were in the final two, because they likely would be excused from many of the post-show parties because of that.

This is why I think Lee is in the final two, because if Lee did win it all, he would be expected to be at all the post-show parties and the like, and if so, that would force the finale to be either moved up to June 5 as it apparently was OR pushed back to as late as Thursday, June 29, which would have made sense as that is the first night of the "July Sweeps", a "sweeps" period that until now has been widely overlooked, but has become increasingly important to the networks.

At 4/28/2006 1:25 PM, Anonymous cut to the chase said...

Walt- Please tell us in 10 words or less what PROOF you have that anything was ever scheduled for a friday.

Otherwise, be frank and say it's pure speculation on your part. Because I don't see anything anywhere that points to any friday scheduling.

It could have moved from the 12th to the 6th because of hockey. But that's got nothing to do with fridays or with lee in the finals.

At 4/28/2006 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IIRC in past seasons there were also 'doubleheaders', where they aired two shows on one night. That was obviously not the result of Shabbos.

At 4/28/2006 1:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the doubleheader was to make room the next week for the special celebrity cooking show that was on every night.

At 4/28/2006 4:54 PM, Anonymous Orthodox Apprentice said...

We have information regarding the (re-)scheduling of the finale show. We also know how YOU can get tickets to the live show and the after-party. (It's not cheap.)

We'll post this information over the weekend. Stay tuned.

At 4/28/2006 5:42 PM, Blogger Wallyhorse said...

To those who question:

I NEVER ONCE said it was a FACT, I always said that it was most likely, which I based on what I had seen and what I know about television and the networks, especially past history of how sporting events can alter schedules of other programming.

As noted in my earlier post, these shows are planned out well in advance, and the candidates are usually only known within at the most a week or two of the actual start of taping. Until they actually chose Dan and Lee, they could not have known they were going to for sure choose a candidate who is Orthodox Jew, let alone two on the same season after never previously having any such candidates.

There is much more to this process than some people realize, and these shows like others have to work out all logistics ahead of time, based on what they think the TV schedule is going to be. That schedule I noted earlier is what may have been what they based what appeared to be the likely schedule at the time of filming last fall.

I do know that Yahoo! originally had their deadline to pick a winner on June 5 before the finale was moved up to that date, and the Excedrin contest for instance originally had June 12 as the finale date in their contest section, which I knew could not be the correct date because of NBC almost certainly having a Stanley Cup Finals game that night and almost certainly had to change the finale date from there because of that.

Anyway, thanks to Orthodox Apprentice for noting they will have information soon about the finale, as that will settle this once and for all.

At 4/29/2006 11:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lee Bientock

At 4/30/2006 10:45 AM, Anonymous leah said...

what happened to 10 words or less?

At 4/30/2006 10:42 PM, Blogger Wallyhorse said...

This is a surprise:

I was not expecting a double "firing" until the last team task at the final four, unless there are no interviews and it occured then. That seemed to make sense on a "15 week job interview."

At 5/01/2006 1:50 AM, Blogger Wallyhorse said...

Since writing my last post here, I went on the Television Without Pity site and found a post from March 21 that you can see at:
(link will take you to the post at TWoP).

That post, coupled with everything else I wrote suggests that the finale was originally scheduled for later than June 5, and given the other situations after that date (Stanley Cup and NBA Finals), that suggests the original finale date was June 16 and had to be moved up.

At 5/04/2006 3:02 PM, Anonymous Orthodox Apprentice said...

Tonight we will post detailed information on the finale show.

(It's been reduced from two hours to 90 minutes.)

At 5/30/2006 7:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you buy tickets for the finale?
How much do they cost?


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