The Apprentice – Episode 1 – The Gardening Challenge
Now before I start the recap I just have to say this was the one reality TV show I considered applying for. So of course like every other deluded individual on the show, I think I would have won…… well until that first challenge. Also for the record I would come across as a bigger scrag than Carmen. I kid you not.
The opening scene was Mark Bouris and his two assistants,Diane Stone, his personal assistant and Brad Seymour who is his business partner. He announced the prize is a job as National Head of Business Development Unit with a $200,000 salary. The person who can actually write their job description should win the show.
Also having met Mark in a professional capacity I can confirm he is as hot in real life as he comes across on TV. I think once he gets over the nerves of the first few episodes he will stand in the shoes of Donald Trump quite well.
Tonight the “star” of the show was Carmen who should have described herself as a failed entrepeneur considering she lost the family home last year, but she is not the only unemployed people on the show. Actually Carmen is perfect reality TV fodder – egocentric, lacking in personal charm, and an overestimation of her own ability. She came out with some great lines like “Yes I am a team player, but you just need to be on Team Carmen.”.
Miss World 2006, Sabrina Houssami, had a first win with getting the girls team to pick her suggestion of her team name – Eventus. The boy’s team name was Pinnacle.
This week’s challenge was to run a premier gardening business, and the team that makes the most money wins and is safe. The challenge runs over two days, and they must compete for commercial contracts, but can get some residential business as well.
Carmen was project manager for the girls team, and Morello for the boys.
Mary-Anne the 30 year old manager of a reception centre offered to pitch for commercial work but was knocked back by Carmen.
The first pitch was at the Sydney Foreshore Authority who wanted garden work done at the front for the Museum of Contemporary Art- Morello took the lead for the male team. I actually thought he was quite impressive.
The girl’s way underquoted so got the job. At this time Sabrina, Mary Ann, and Heather had got a $200 residential job and completed it within an hour. Sabrina used her Miss World 2006 name dropping to get the door opened but also put in a good (overinflated) quote.
The other job was Strickland house, where Carmen under quoted and asked for $600, and the boys quoted over double that. The boys got the job as it was thought the girls did not realise the scope of the job. I also got the feeling this was all a bit rigged.
However because of the physicality of the challenge, the guys definitely had the advantage. Both teams had “heard” of other commercial jobs to be quoted and went off to claim them.
The highlights of the challenge:
- Sabrina introduce herself to people all the time as Miss World 2006. Why not just introduce herself as Sabrina? And really it was three years ago.
- Morello getting Blake the job of phoning the residential jobs they had booked in to tell them they could not do them. Because as a Centrelink Customer Service Manager he is probably an expert in dishing out bad news.
- Carmen being a typical tradesperson by trying to renegotiate the what they were meant to do in the contract without dropping the price.
- Diane Stone’s Jocelyn Wildenstien eyes. Did she blink? Can she blink?
- Not a highlight but the supposed catfight between Carmen and Jane was very much exaggerated see previous post on that here – naughty TV Week.
- Carmen putting the boot into Jane, basically saying she is old, “her energy levels were low”;
- The team putting the boot into Carmen, who crumpled into tears, so not as tough as keeps on saying.
- The boys easily won the challenge earning more than $600 then the girls. They won spa treatment at The Observatory Hotel. Very nice.
The elimination :
Carmen had to pick two people to bring back into the room with her and she picked Jane and Sabrina, she really had no choice as she did not see what the other team had done or interacted.
Seriously how did Carmen survive, she underquoted, which in the real world would have meant some very poorly paid and disgruntled workers. Maybe Mark Bouris saw that as a positive thing. However Jane did not help herself with her lame reason she gave to stay. She basically said she can work with arseholes. Which to be fair is a skill, but not something you really mention as a positive. Therefore Jane ended up getting told “your fired” because she did not speak up when felt something was not right.
I also think the producers feel they will get better TV out of Carmen, and I am sure they will.
Next week at the suggestion of regular reader CG (who by the way will be guest posting Wednesday night on Celebrity MasterChef – no Injera has not died she is on holidays in China), there will be an open post whilst the show is on for people to make comments.