Lately, Orthodox Apprentice candidate Lee Bienstock
has been looking better and better with each episode. Today was no exception as Lee continued his ascent.Here's the lee-cap:
The task was to promote the grand opening of a Hair Cuttery on Long Island. Synergy was assigned to the Oceanside, NY location. Lee would have been very familiar with the area - he lives just six miles from the store. On the other hand, since the grand opening was scheduled for Simchat Torah
(Wednesday, October 26, 2005
) and there's a large contingent of Orthodox Jews in the area, many potential customers were dancing with the Torah
at their synagogue; not getting haircuts.
Lee's team was located in Carle Place, about 12 miles from the Bienstock residence, north of the Orthodox Jewish communities of Five Towns. As project manager, Charmaine Hunt's only concern was the display of hair products on the shelves. Lee wanted to go out and sell while people were still at the mall. He reasoned that they could return to stock the shelves after potential customers went to sleep. That strategy has proven to be successful with other tasks, but Charmaine didn't agree to it. She couldn't accept that the task results would be based on sales; not aesthetics.
Tarek Saab and Lee spent the day flyering car windshields. Charmaine got her hair done. Michael did nothing.
Synergy crushed Gold Rush in store revenue. As a reward, they were given another task. They had to help Burt Bacharach write some lyrics for his music. That's like showing Barry Bonds how to hit a baseb-, uh.... how to stick a needle in his arm.
Back in the suite, Gold Rush was preparing for the boardroom. Lee gave Charmaine advice - go up against Tarek because Trump doesn't like him. Lee gave Tarek advice - take down Charmaine. Lee gave Michael advice - just be yourself and no one will notice you.
We expected to see another Boardroom Cheat Sheet, but only Lenny got that special treatment.
Charmaine made it clear that she didn't want to go against Lee in the boardroom. No one has ever returned to the suite to talk about that experience.
Tarek admires Lee: "He's a really religious guy. Morals are really important to him... I respect that."
The boardroom went exactly as Lee planned it. Charmaine went after Tarek. Tarek went after Charmaine. Charmaine went after Tarek. Tarek went after Charmaine. (Was Michael in the boardroom?)
When Trump asked Lee about Tarek and Charmaine, Mr. Bienstock couldn't give a straight answer because he didn't want either of them to turn against him. Donald Trump, Bill Rancic and Carolyn Kepcher each called Lee out on this. As we've been hearing since Week 5 (when Orthodox Apprentice candidate Dan Brody was fired), Lee is a "politician". [Actually, Lee is currently working on
a strategy project for city government.] Trump says "we'll see him in the Senate one day
." Carolyn says he plays both sides of the fence. Bill is frustrated by Lee's non-answers.
But the attention shifts back to Tarek. And to Charmaine. And to Tarek. And to Charmaine.
"Charmaine, you're fired.... Tarek, you're fired." (Hair Cuttery thinks Donald made a mistake
The Politician orchestrated the double-firing of his Gold Rush teammates. Everything went exactly as he planned. Remember last week when he talked about "all the people [he] fired."? This week Lee fired two more.Viewer Votes (East Coast results. Votes are counted separately in each time zone.)
For the second consecutive week, Lee had the most votes to be fired (18%) at the first tally. Fortunately for him, it's not American Idol and public opinion doesn't matter. (Just wondering... do a lot of people hate Lee or does he have one enemy that's voting over and over again?)
With all the votes counted, 31% wanted to fire Charmaine and 16% chose Tarek. Lee was next with 15%.Later on The Apprentice
* 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. One candidate will be fired.
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.
Since Gold Rush now has two candidates to Synergy's four, and the girls were all shown together at the Rutgers game, expect Sean to join Lee and Michael for this task.
* Episode 12: Monday, May 15, 10:00 ET/PT (special time)
The final five Apprentice candidates are challenged to assemble the perfect home theater display at a Wal-Mart store
for the Microsoft Xbox 360
videogame console. The display will highlight the game system's features for potential customers. 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.
that the "undermined" candidate is on the three-person team and the "worried" team has two candidates. (Could an individual be undermined by a team with just one teammate?)
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 stays on the show beyond Episode 12?
Stay tuned to find out.* Future Episode
The remaining Apprentice candidates design a new uniform for Embassy Suites.Later this week
Orthodox Apprentice will tell you...
- which candidate (other than the obvious) went to shul and fasted on Yom Kippur.
- which candidate just returned from Passover in Florida.
- why Sean is not living the American dream.
- how you can get tickets to attend the live finale in Los Angeles