Celebrity Apprentice – A Lacklustre Episode With A Foregone Conclusion
Clearly Ben Dark is on the Paleolithic cave man diet as he appears to have taken up that periods philosophies as well.
“Women and Men how long have we got….” Ben said. He continued “Men are hunters, women are home what ever it is. I know all the femonazis at home are screaming but from the caves that how it is.” No Ben that is not how it is. However, I don’t see him being a stay at home dad in his future.
Also Ben when he was shopping with Charlotte Dawson for the challenge after he told her he liked a dress he quipped “God I am sounding gay”. I had not realised that using the “gay” word was now a part of our mainstream vernacular. But Ben said it, Charlotte Dawson laughed and it was edited in as a joke, so maybe it was acceptable usage of the word. I am genuinely perplexed on the social acceptability of this.
Not a fan of his but it has to be said that Ben Dark was the outstanding contestant of the episode. He negotiated with Myers and also was sterling as the back of the show support. Also he did come up with one of the best lines of the night when he said “At the end of the day Tania has not been on TV here for ten years and lives in India, and I am not surprised”. Maybe if he had seen the nude pictures of her in New Idea this week he might have not been so caustic.
Also did anyone else notice Ben’s strange ear lobe.
However the whole episode felt like a bit of a farce and lacked tension. First it was pretty obvious the female team would have to do something diabolical to lose, the Hoff “quit” and then after Mark Bouris said “someone will be fired” no one was fired. Why did The Hoff leave? I had thought it was because of other work commitments and his contract had only been to sign up for a limited period. However, entertainment journalist, Peter Ford said on Twitter he would be talking about it on radio tomorrow, so maybe it was for personal reasons.
The challenge was for each team to devise and produce a hair show, using Wella products. They would be judged on brand messaging and showcasing of the products. The winner would get $20,000 for their charity.
The Hoff was placed back in the mens team and Ben Dark got shot up the proverbial with a rainbow when he was told to go with the girls. Charlotte Dawson was project manager for Team Fortune and Nathan was project manager for Team Platinum.
The guys team had their first bit of tension when The Hoff, Vince Sorrenti and Aker wanted to be MC.
Dicko was bemused about this and said “Aker is inarticulate he struggles to get a sentence out, why would you hand him a microphone”. Nathan ended up giving the mike to Vince.
Charlotte as project manager was trying a different tactic with contestant on the outer Tania Zaetta. She was going to take her on rounds of the shopping centre with her to select a volunteer, however Ben quite rightly pointed out that Tania needed to stay and practice the hair styles they were doing. Also it seemed to be implied that Tania was the reason the women lost the last two challenges. My understanding is Tania has been one of the people that have been bringing in the money.
The girls show went smoothly until Patti tried to crack a joke by pulling out Berts wig, the audience found it amusing.
The guys team did a surprisingly good job with the hair, but badly with the jokes. Also Vince lost his ear piece so could not get prompted by Nathan back stage.
In the boardroom The Hoff quit, Patti got castigated for bring along Bert’s wig, all the other girls backed away from it.
Patty said she went and asked Charlotte about using the wig and she said she said yes. Whereas Charlotte said she was not sure if it was going to occur and Patti started crying saying it had been a bad day. If my memory is correct, her son Matt Newton may have been in court that day.
Nathan put the boot into Jason Akermanis, however when he was asked who the weakest player was he nominated The Hoff, which shows Nathan is not just a pretty face but quite clever as The Hoff had gone.
The girls won, and Nathan took Jason Akermanis and Dicko into the boardroom. His rationale was Dicko was the strongest competitor and he would have to take him on sometime.
Meanwhile back in the winners room Tania Zaetta and Lauryn Eagle were having a spat Lauryn ended up exclaiming “Can someone back me up here?” Patty Newton sat there in silence and Charlotte said “I am just letting you do this.” Maybe this was Lauryn’s initiation into the big girl cat fights.
In a lacklustre board room Mark Bouris told the three none of them were fired. In the US version of the show there is much more banter between the contestants, the host and the advisors. I thought maybe this was because Donald was advised by his children Ivanka and Don Jr, however Dane is the son of Mark. Dane needs to spark up soon or the viewer is going to start to get frustrated by the nepotism that occurred to get him the advisor role.