Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Orthodox Apprentice: Episode 8 - Lee vs Leslie

Tonight's second episode of The Apprentice opened with Gold Rush returning to the suite. Charmaine Hunt told Lee that, for the first time, he showed his age in the boardroom. She was upset over Lee's strong loyalty to his friend, Lenny, and most importantly that Lee singled her out as the candidate whom Trump should fire. "I like to stick up for principle," Lee answered. Lee Bienstock is the remaining Orthodox Apprentice candidate, since Dan Brody was fired in Episode 5.

Prior to the start of the 7-Eleven P'EatZZa Sandwich task, Trump asked for a volunteer from Synergy to switch teams. Michael Laungani volunteered since he wasn't getting along with his teammates. Lee immediately embraceed Michael and welcomed him to the team. It was a wise strategic move since Lee just lost his only close ally with the previous task.

Although Leslie Bourgeois was the project manager, it appeared that Lee took the lead. In the evening (October 19, Motzei Yom Tov Sukkot), Lee visited the 7-11 at 23rd Street and Park Avenue and asked the store manager to remove sandwiches from the center display case, making room for pizza sandwiches. Lee asked the night manager about sandwich pricing and brought the information back to the team, late at night. (It's possible that Lee was putting in extra long hours that night to make up for what he couldn't do earlier in the day, on Yom Tov.) The team disagreed with Lee's price recommendation and Leslie made the decision to price the product higher, against Lee's advice.

The next day - Thursday, October 20 (Chol HaMoed Sukkot) - the teams went to their stores to sell P'Eatzza Sandwiches. Lee heard a couple employees (something seemed different about that group... not your typical slurpee crew) say the price was too high. Lee told Leslie, but she declined to adjust the price. She got upset with Lee and told him to go outside. Lee found a customer who was interested in purchasing 1,000 sandwiches. Lee consulted with Leslie and then offered a price of $3 a sandwich. The customer held his ground at $2. Lee checked with Leslie again and then offered $2.50, but the buyer wouldn't budge. It was a noble effort but unfortunately nothing was gained.

Lee's strong initiative and creative thinking were very evident in this episode. Unfortunately, as expected, Gold Rush lost.

With Lee as the lone exception, the team was united with Leslie during this task so she had no choice but to bring Lee back into the boardroom with her. Lee started talking and talking and talking and wouldn't pause for even a moment. "You're out of control!" Leslie told him. We were worried that he'd talk himself into a firing. Fortunately, he was making some valid points and Trump heard him. It all came down to the pricing. Lee wanted a lower price but Leslie chose the higher price. Trump, George and Carolyn all agreed that Lee was right. And that's why, "Leslie, you're fired!"

Lee scored major points on this task. He showed initiative, intelligence and persistence. And he went for the BIG sale. Trump likes that. In the previous episode, Lee also scored points for his strong loyalty.

Gold Rush has lost four in a row, but Lee is looking better than ever.

Ironically, The Apprentice is off next week during the Passover holiday. The next episode airs on April 24.


At 4/11/2006 1:23 AM, Blogger Michael Spilzinger said...

Lee did a great job in this episode, but I cannot say I wall that proud of the way he worked.

The more he talked and talked in the boardroom, the more I cringed. He came across as a bit juvenile and a Trump kiss-up.

Outside of the boardroom, I think he did a great job.I think that had he been project manager for this task, they would have won; he just had a real understanding of the product and the target demographic (although I hope he didn't have a taste...especially outside the sukkah!).

I am curious to hear from him (once he is able to comment) how he worked around the sukkah issue. Also if the Orthodox Apprentice blogger knows how the Ace hardare scheduling worked out vis a vis the Chag.

At 4/11/2006 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think Ace Hardware donated wood and tools for Lee to build a succah?

At 4/11/2006 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wonder how this lee/lenny bonding thign happened. only a few weeks ago lenny was going off on him for missing the tasks for yuntif.

At 4/11/2006 11:09 AM, Blogger lau-ra said...

Someone PLEASE help me with this: in the boardroom, lee said "do you know who is the most sensitive to price points? students and senior citizens". trump says, smirking, "oh, i thought you were going to say somethings else". my jaw dropped. what do you think he was referring to?

At 4/11/2006 11:27 AM, Anonymous JustSomeGuy said...

I'm 100% sure Trump was inferring jews are cheap...


At 4/11/2006 11:40 AM, Blogger lau-ra said...

i don't think that he was inferring that jews are cheap, i think that he was inferring that jews are experts about pricing. this is subtly different, but that's the best i can do with the little quip of evidence from the show. the difference may be less offensive, but it is still a stereotype.

At 4/11/2006 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he was totally talking about jews. it might be a stereotype. but stereotypes are usually based on facts.

At 4/11/2006 2:58 PM, Blogger TaxLawyer said...

The only thing I got out of the 2 hours were: (1) Trump made a silent wisecrack about Jews being hondlers; and (2) I am not so sure that Senator Shumer, the prize in the first hour, would have approved since he is an observant Jew.

At 4/11/2006 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

shumer isnt observant, as far as i know.

At 4/11/2006 7:00 PM, Blogger lau-ra said...

saying that stereotypes are based on facts is kinda idiotic. i mean, sure, stereotypes may be based on the actions of individuals but you can't make a generalized statement based on that. get me?

At 4/12/2006 12:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lee: "Who's the most price sensitive people on the market?"
Trump: "You tell me"
Lee: "College students and senior citizens"
Trump: "I thought you were going to say something else"
Lee (looking a bit annoyed): "umm No"

Anyone care to venture what Trump could've been thinking (other than the obvious...)

At 4/14/2006 1:25 AM, Blogger Mike Barer said...

Trump's comment was referring to the Jews but I think it was a joke gone sour. I don't think he is anti semetic.

At 4/17/2006 7:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lee's a scumbag. He needs to lose.

At 4/17/2006 6:51 PM, Anonymous lillie milton said...

i have a couple of things to say
1- lee is not a scumbag you idiot!
he is on th apprentice!!!- and belive me no one stupid goes on( how did brent get on????)
2-trump isnt anti semetic, why would he have 5 Jews on his show??
3- he likes lee. after lenny got fired trump commented on his loyalty

At 4/18/2006 5:56 PM, Anonymous lillie milton said...

sorry i forgot number four.(now i remember)
4- lee may be a little wierd for hanging with lenny.But......he just wanted him to have a friend.
9 if u haven't relized no one liked or likes lenny!!!

At 4/21/2006 12:14 PM, Anonymous leah said...

lee isnt just hanging with lenny because he wants a friend. lee and lenny are really close friends. lee is not weird for hanging with lenny

i agree with lillie milton 100% when she said that lee is not a scumbag. lee rox!

At 4/21/2006 1:35 PM, Anonymous lillie said...

tanx leah ,but no one really likes lee(i dont know why bec. i would)
it was a smart move to welcome michal to the team.


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