Orthodox Apprentice: Episode 6
This episode served as another Kiddush HaShem. Daniel Brody was fired last week, but Lee Bienstock continued to make us proud as the remaining Orthodox Apprentice candidate.
- The episode opened with Lee and Tarek Saab returning from the boardroom on Erev Yom Kippur. Bryce Gahagan called a team meeting. First Tarek changed into casual clothing. Lee wore his business suit. It's not clear if the meeting was prior to, or after, Kol Nidre services.
- The next morning Lee leaves the team and walks to Park East Synagogue. We don't see any of the animosity from Lenny that we saw for Rosh HaShanah. Lenny wishes Lee well as he leaves the suite. Leslie supports Lee's decision. In an interview, Lee talks about the importance of his religion in general, and of Yom Kippur in particular.
- When Donald Trump introduces the task - writing an ad jingle for Arby's chicken naturals - there's no mention of Lee's absence. Earlier, when Lee and Dan missed a task for Rosh HaShana, Trump pointed it out to Synergy.
- Synergy won. Gold Rush neglected to include that chicken naturals are only available at Arby's and their music wasn't catchy.
- Back in the suite, Bryce had trouble placing the blame on anyone. He was proud of everyone's hard work and tried to keep the team united.
- Lenny Veltman said that Lee should not be blamed for the loss. During the team discussion, no one pointed a finger at Lee.
- In the boardroom, Charmaine was blamed for the lyrics and Tarek took a little heat for the music, but Bryce defended them both as hard workers. He told Trump the blame fell on Lenny for not contributing to the task. (Lenny felt that he couldn't contribute since he wasn't familiar with an ad jingle and he couldn't rhyme in English.)
- Mr. Trump asked Lee who should be fired. Lee delivered a very appropriate response, saying that he could not pass judgment since he wasn't present during the task. Trump then questioned Lee if it was fair that he gets two free passes for the holidays. Lee told Trump that his religion (and family) come first and he wasn't trying to get a free pass. Trump moved on to another topic, saying that Lee could not be fired for observing a Jewish holiday.
- In a shocking decision, Bryce (of Kansas City, Missouri) took Lenny and Lee back into the boardroom. He let Charmaine and Tarek walk free since they actively participated in the task. Lenny and Lee did not contribute to the team. Donald, Carolyn and Bill were all clearly shocked that Bryce would take Lee into the boardroom. Just minutes earlier, Trump had said that Lee couldn't be fired.
- This was the easiest firing of the season. The focus was completely on who was (and who wasn't) brought into the boardroom. Bryce tried to insinuate that Lee should be fired for skipping the task. He blamed the loss on a lack of creativity, which he said was the fault of Lee and Lenny for not contributing. Trump did not want to hear anything about Lenny or Lee. Donald strongly defended Lee and refused to fire him for observing a Jewish holiday. Clearly the only option was to fire Bryce.
- This was the second episode of the season with a heavy religious influence. Not during the task, but in the boardroom afterwards. Again, Lee Bienstock took a stand and made us proud as observant Jews.
- Donald Trump has proven to be a tremendous defender of religious observance. Lee is very fortunate to have Mr. Trump on his side. If we didn't know better, we'd think that Trump is Jewish too.
- The question is how does the general public react to this. Do people agree with Bryce that Lee should not get a "free pass" and he should be fired for his lack of contribution? Or do viewers agree with Donald that life is important, religion is important, life sucks, tough luck, etc?
Other random thoughts:
- When will Leslie contribute something?
- When will Michael contribute?
- Why is it acceptable for Sean to kiss all the women on his team? (except mAndrea)
- Wasn't this task more suitable for American Idol than The Apprentice?
- We've seen six rewards: one to clothe unemployed men; one to swim with the sharks; three meals; and one to take home diamonds. Does that seem balanced?
- How healthy is Arby's Chicken Fingers Combo with Curly Fries?