Monday, April 24, 2006

Orthodox Apprentice: Episode 9 - Lee is 2-0

In Episode 9 of The Apprentice, Lee Bienstock volunteered as Gold Rush's project manager, ended the team's 4-task losing streak and upped his record as PM to 2 wins with no losses. As the remaining Orthodox Apprentice candidate, Lee is getting plenty of airtime, fueling speculation that he could make it to the final two.

Our lee-cap of tonight's episode:
  • Upon returning to the suite, Lee made a point of telling the other candidates that he likes Leslie a lot and that it was difficult for him to fire her. (Has he already taken over Trump's job?)
  • Then Lee told Charmaine Hunt that he's not mad at her for advising Trump to fire him.
  • In the first few minutes of this episode, we get a sense of Lee's true character. He doesn't personalize what happens in the boardroom, he loves his teammates and he doesn't hold a grudge. (Leviticus 19:18)
  • We also get a sense of Lee's savvy. He doesn't want to piss off any of his teammates or create any enemies.
  • Lee proceeded to inform his teammates that he needs to be project manager to save his ass from being fired. Tarek looked surprised since he was probably expecting to take on that role.
  • Mr. Trump introduced the Ameriquest executives to the teams with his now-standard line: "Your names?" This episode had the weakest tie-in ever between a sponsor and a task. Ameriquest had almost no presence during the episode and their role was limited to a logo on the back cover of the souvenir brochures. Does anyone even know what Ameriquest does? Does this Super Bowl commerical help?
  • Trump told Lee that he barely escaped last night. Lee didn't think it was so close. This brief exchange was significant because Trump and Mark Burnett blew the cover off their fictional 16-"week" job interview.
  • Two epsiodes ago, Lee predicted, "If we lose, Lenny will be fired." TRUE
  • Last episode, Lee predicted, "If we lose, Leslie will be fired." TRUE
  • This episode, Lee predicted, "If we lose, I'll be fired." TRUE???
  • Viewers were given the opportunity to vote for who they want to fire. During the Eastern time zone airing, Lee took an early lead with 27% of the votes.
  • Gold Rush started selling brochures at Battery Park and Lee declared, "This is all out war!"
  • Gold Rush easily won the task and Lee gave us another great quote: "Winning - best remedy for feeling like crap!" (Now available on men's and women's t-shirts.)
  • As we had been reporting for more than two weeks, the winning team went to Bedminster, NJ to play golf with Vijay Singh. And Tarek drove like a pro.
  • During the Eastern time zone airing of the episode, the final viewer vote was 31% for Andrea Lake. Trump agreed and fired her. Lee came in second with 22% of the vote. Allie was third with 11%. (Can anyone post the CT and PT results when they're available?)
  • Donald's final words: "Good job, kids."
  • Our final words on this episode: "Donald Jr., you're fired!" (Wasn't he awful?)

Other random notes:
  • Reminder: The 2-hour finale will air on Monday, June 5, live from Los Angeles.
  • A belated happy birthday to Allie Jablon's mother. It was three weeks ago. Yes, she's Jewish.


At 4/25/2006 12:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the term "lee-cap" -- clever!

I asked a question earlier tonight as a comment on the previous thread before the current posting was posted tonight, which I'll re-ask here:

Can someone clarify what the schedule was or might have been with respect to Sukkot? Was any filming done during Yom Tov Sukkot?

Did Episode 7 wholly take place before the first two days of Sukkot and Episode 8 after? I can't imagine that there was a two-day break midweek.

Also, has Shabbat not been a problem because tasks aren't held on weekends or something?


And I'll add to my question by inquiring whether anyone can tell where we are now, with respect to Hol Hamoed Sukkot and the final two Yamim Tovim, as well as regarding Shabbat (Shabbat Sukkot in this case).


Lee seems to be a very good-natured fellow, gracious and not phony. I did cringe when he mispoke twice at the beginning, making it sound like he did the firing when what he meant was having had to support or witness the firing of a teammate.

At 4/25/2006 12:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Episode 8 began on the second day of Sukkot and ended on the third day (first day of Hol Hamoed), then this episode began on Friday, the second day of Hol Hamoed, as per the mention of "last night."

But when exactly did the eighth task begin -- I missed the episodes two weeks ago and only see the mention here of Lee's work at night after Yom Tov -- and was it a two-day task?

In any event, the "last night" reference tells us there was no day off in between tasks eight and nine.

It would seem to make sense that the selling of the programs took place on a weekend day, wouldn't it, when there would be more people taking the boat and going to the museum.

At 4/25/2006 7:42 AM, Blogger Wallyhorse said...

To try and answer the dateline:

The 7-Eleven Task did occur during Sukkot, but Lee worked on those. The most recent task took place October 21-22, with the boardroom on Sunday, October 23.

The next task (Hair Cuttery) I think partially takes place during the second days of Sukkot, as I think that would be October 24-25, however, that task could be a day later because the task after that takes place at Rutgers University on October 29 during Rutgers Homecomming game. That however, also could be because of a weather delay as Andrea's cab ride occured in the middle of a severe downpour during the last part of a lengthy stretch of rain in New York last fall.

At 4/25/2006 8:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was the 7-11 task not three days, with the third day being the reward/board room day? The review of that task indicated it began on October 19, with Lee at the store after Yom Tov.

At 4/25/2006 12:48 PM, Blogger Mike Barer said...

I made a veiled note in my recap that both PMs were Jewish. Significant since Ellis Island was the topic.

At 4/25/2006 1:31 PM, Anonymous Orthodox Apprentice said...

Lee performed his surveillance work and planning for the 7-11 task after nightfall on October 19 (Motzai Yom Tov). The task was executed (the selling day) on October 20 (Chol HaMoed). The boardroom & reward took place on Friday, October 21.

It appears that the Ameriquest / Ellis Island task took place (or at least started) over the weekend.

The next task (Hair Cuttery) was filmed sometime between October 24 and 27, but we can't pinpoint the dates yet. The boardroom was on the 26th or 27th.

The planning for the Outback Steakhouse task was done on October 28 with the actual event taking place on October 29. Weather was not a factor in the scheduling of this task. Football games and Apprentice tasks are not postponed for rain.

[Also, the taxi ride interviews could be filmed at any time, but are generally not done the same evening as the firing. It could be several days later.]

At 4/25/2006 6:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lee cursed a few times on camera.

At 4/25/2006 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Orthodox Apprentice:

Thank you for the informative scheduling information. What were the involved dates for Episode 7, the Ace Hardware task?


Do you consider use of the word "crap" swearing, or did Lee use other words?

At 4/25/2006 6:47 PM, Anonymous leah said...

lee didnt say anything else just that 2 times

At 4/25/2006 9:44 PM, Blogger Wallyhorse said...

Thought this would be as good a place as any to note this:


I think Lee is in the final two because of the fact the finale is on Monday, June 5, which I think is earlier than what was originally planned.

As far as that goes (concerning Lee), its been noted in some circles that the 7-Eleven Task was originally scheduled to air on April 24 and then was moved up to April 17 before being moved up again to the second episode on April 10. That suggests that NBC may have originally planned to have the finale on Friday, June 16 (with a clip show originally on most likely April 3 and then likely originally changed to May 29 before that was moved entirely to CNBC and NBC moving the show itself to Fridays in June) since in the middle of June, Friday is the only night of the week NBC could have the finale.

That is the case because from Wednesday, June 7 to Monday, June 19, NBC has to to keep Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays open as possible Stanley Cup (NHL) Finals dates (NBC has Games 3-7 while OLN has Games 1-2) while at the same time, NBC really can't air the finale opposite an NBA Finals game on ABC (with the earliest possible starting date being June 8 and those on most likely a Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday schedule) as it would get killed by that. Since Dan and Lee are observant Jews, that would make a Friday finale difficult anyway because even though it's in LA, it would be very close to sunset at the time the finale would end in LA around 8:00 PM local time (11:00 PM ET), and even more so if Lee became The Apprentice because he would be expected to attend a number of photo ops following the finale. Since that would be impossible for Lee to do on a Friday night because of the Sabbath, that likely forced NBC to move the finale back to a Monday night and then to June 5 when it was realized NBC was almost certain to have a Stanley Cup Finals game the following Monday.

That to me is why Lee is in the final two.


At 4/25/2006 9:51 PM, Blogger Wallyhorse said...

One other note:

Weather would have been a factor for the Hair Cuttery task, NOT the Rutgers football game. I happen to know that because the game that task took place on (October 29) was the same day as the Breeders' Cup (championship day in Horse Racing) at Belmont Park in New York. While it was a cold day that October 29 (the high in New York was only 45 degrees that day), the rain that had plagued the northeast for the better part of two and a half weeks had finally cleared out by the time the Rutgers task took place (though it left its mark on the Breeders' Cup as with so much rain before that event, the turf courses at Belmont Park were still soft even though there had been no rain for three days before that event, and a turf stake that had been scheduled for the day before the BC at Belmont had to be moved to the day after because of all the rain the preceeding two weeks).

Weather would have affected the Hair Cuttery task, likely postponing that task by a day, especially if parts of Long Island were flooded by all the rain that hit at that time.

At 4/26/2006 12:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's the connection between rain and promoting the opening of a new hair salon??? i don't get it!!!

At 4/26/2006 1:10 AM, Anonymous Yael said...

Speaking of final two, this may be a spoiler or it may not be: Lee and Roxanne are the ONLY apprentice contestants to have links to the official site so you can vote for them. Why? According to my theory, it's because they're the only ones that need viewer votes; they're the final two! We need to vote for our Yiddishe Bocher because he's behind Roxanne...

At 4/26/2006 1:10 AM, Anonymous yael said...

I mean on their own sites

At 4/26/2006 7:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Lee, but I won't vote for him just because he's jewish. Sen. Lieberman is also jewish and I didn't vote for him either.

At 4/26/2006 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am sorry, one cannot compare voting for lieberman and voting for lee. one is to run your country and the other is the winner of a tv show!

At 4/26/2006 9:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found these comments [ ] on and they seem to very hateful towards lee, especially about the whole 'taking off for the holidays' bit. They completely don't understand the situation orthodox jews are in and how it can not be compared to Christmas. If these people represent the majority of thinking in this country (in which it totally can be, by seeing some early poll results), then Lee can lose on account of this (if he is in the top 2). Think what type of anger ppl will have if he wins the apprentice! Don't get me wrong, I want him to win - but this can end up turning into something no one want this to turn into...

At 4/26/2006 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead of bitching about it, why not educate the people on the other blog? They're not anti-semites. They just don't understand Orthodox Judaism. Intelligent, educational, non-confrontational posts could help them understand better. That wouldn't do anything for the billions of people who don't read that blog though.

At 4/26/2006 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He said his "rear end" was imprinted on the chairs in the boardroom.

At 4/26/2006 11:24 AM, Anonymous fed up with your crap said...

Would you prefer that he said "toochus"? would that make you happy? They both mean the same thing.

Besides, what's wrong with using words like ass and crap? Are you trying to imply that it's against halacha. What's your source?

At 4/26/2006 3:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, lee doesn't claim to be a rabbi. hes is a modern orthodox jew. he is allowed to use a minor curse word every so often. everyone needs to calm down. and if lee does win (which i hope he does) i really dont think the world will experience a huge outlash of anti semitism. cmon people this is only a tv show. Btw, does anyone know if he lives on the Upper West Side or still home with mommy and daddy?

At 4/26/2006 4:40 PM, Anonymous @#*^!@% said...

"Ass" and "crap" are curse words?

At 4/26/2006 6:46 PM, Anonymous leah said...

lee currently lives in lawrence

At 4/26/2006 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

check out!

At 4/27/2006 1:59 PM, Blogger Chaim said...

Excellent review. I just got around to watching it on my Tivo last night. My favorite episode of the season. I have disliked Andrea from the beginning. I don't like Sean either, I hope he's next.

Lee is pretty impressive, his idea to print out over 85 hotels info paid off. It shows he isn't lazy to get the extra dollar. By 7-11 it didn't pay off, here it did.

I also think Trump REALLY likes Lee. Even when he answers him back like by saying, "I didn't think it was close" Trump said something nice. It's obvious Trump really likes him.

I also really disliked Donald Trump's son. That kid was way too young to be "judging" or "overseeing" these candidate. On the other hand, I really like Ivanka.

At 4/27/2006 6:15 PM, Anonymous leah said...

trump jr. face kinda scares me (no offense)

At 5/01/2006 11:24 PM, Blogger Rokker25 said...

Ewwwww.....I can't believe you guys are rooting for Lee! He is so terrible. What a sleazy no good politician.


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