The Apprentice – Carmen Parnos V Gavin McInnes, And The Winner Is…
Morello yells out “I love the Cross” – why am I not surprised.
After the now obligatory shot of Gavin topless the contestants meet up with Mark Bouris in Kings Cross.
Where he tells them the challenge is for the teams is to make up a TV commercial for the new Microsofts Window 7. They must write, produce and direct the commercial and the best one will win. My slogan would have been “It has to be better than Vista.”
Bouris did his usual team swapping, which I really like as it changes the team dynamics from week to week and no one can get too comfortable. Mary Ann was swapped into Eventus team, and Heather into Pinnacle. Carmen was project manager for Eventus, and Heather for Team Pinnacle.
Then they episode turned into the Gavin and Carmen show, and unfortunately the episode was edited to fit into an hour, but I reckon they would have had a ton of quality footage for at least a 90 minute episode. But the bottom line seemed to be that Gavin was being a passive-aggressive mixed a bit of manipulation, and Carmen was being too aggressive mixed with some illogical behaviour.
It all started when Gavin took the lead in the boardroom, and Carmen was not happy, but thought it would look bad to try and cut across him, but her she was unable to hide her irritation so the Microsoft executives picked up on it.
Heather was not fairing well in her presentation as it appeared she had not realised she had been using the product, on the laptops they had been provided with, so was caught out when they asked her what she thought was their best feature. In fact Heather’s management style is a direct opposite to Carmen’s she does not appear to take responsibility for anything. She just always appears to be writing stuff down in her notebook.
Morello came up with a “Tell a mate” tagline for the ad, and then produced and directed it.
Anyway back to Team Eventus. Carmen when they got home attempted to “clear the air” but she started it aggressively and told him she did not like him dominating in the challenge. Gavin called Carmen paranoid, which I actually thought was a tad immature. But then he was probably trying to wind her up which worked. She then fired him from the challenge. Isn’t that Mark Bouris’s job? Big call and possibly a fatal one.
He then bitched about her to the household and said “She cannot control her emotions,”. Gavin McInnes and Carmen Parnos are polar opposites. Everyone of her emotions shows in her face, which is what make her such great reality TV viewing, whereas it appear Gavin only has one facial expression.
I did have to laugh when she said she wants to be a great role model to her kids – her management skill are appalling. Did she actually manage workers in the “real” world? Maybe she is just a super control freak.
Team Pinnacle filmed at Oceanworld, and Heather handed the reins over to Morello. In fact I thought she did not take much responsibility at all. Whereas Carmen was all over it. Neither of them showed very good project manager skills at all.
Back to team Pinnacle what did Sabrina do? And what did Heather do? She put her hand up for Project Manager and then abdicated responsibility. And why did Heather, Morello and Sabrina put themselves in the ad? It was a tad narcissistic.
They then had to pitch to Microsoft.
Morello turned their pitch into an Anthony Robbins seminar by getting the executives to chant after him. Something they were probably used to from team building sessions away. The executives were surprised there was no product ie a computer in the ad.
Eventus in their pitch was criticised for playing the ad first. Apparently not the correct etiquette. I actually thought their ad was pretty good.
Then it was time to the boardroom.
Now next season I would like to be the receptionist, I would be playing solitaire and saying guys “you are so in trouble get into the boardroom”. By the way speaking of changing personnel. Where was Diane, Mark Bouris’s PA, did the producers flick her half way through the shoot? She has not been around for two episodes?
Anyway it was gloves off once they were in the boardroom Carmen said Gavin was undermining her.
Pinnacle got caned for not having a product in the ad, and Eventus for the conflict between Gavin and Carmen.
Pinnacle won because they liked the tag line “Tell your mates” and Microsoft thought they would be able to work with that team.
I actually thought the result was a bit rigged, and it was decided Eventus was going to lose because of the obvious conflict. Really if companies were not going to hire or operate because of conflict corporate Australia would come to a standstill.
It was then down to Gavin against Carmen. And Mark Bouris got it in one when he said “two egos clashing against each other”.
Gavin said he did Jedi mind tricks as to why he spoke to the executives before Carmen. He said “they looked into my eyes” his behaviour in that first meeting was out of line.
But Gavin is arrogant and is also condescending in the boardroom. If we are seeing the real Gavin it is a bit bland, and I loved it when Mark Bouris basically told him to stop being so obsequious.
Gavin to save himself understandably threw Carmen under the bus, and she really could not give any good reasons to save herself so she was fired.
Bouris told Gavin to stop playing the game.
Back at the house Sam was guessing /hoping for a double elimiination, Mary Ann wanted Gavin to go. I was not sure if this was because she seems him as a threat or if she trully does not like him. Or maybe a bit of both.
Carmen did need to go, but The Apprentice may just be a little bit more boring without her, and her and Gav won’t be Facebook friends anytime soon.
If you are reading this through a feed on tv.com please come and join the discussion and check out the blog at www.realityravings.com