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'The Celebrity Apprentice' Season 4, Episode 6 Recap

by Katy Kroll, posted Apr 11th 2011 2:00AM
['The Celebrity Apprentice' - 'Australian Gold']

Things are heating up on Donald Trump's 'The Celebrity Apprentice,' especially since the women's team has mostly dropped its dead weight. This week, the men's and women's teams each had five players, making it the most level playing field in weeks.

In the last task, the men were completely blindsided when the women bulldozed right over them by raising $1 million selling artwork, crushing their seemingly impressive half-million-dollar payday -- and they lost not one but two players when baseballer José Canseco dropped out and reality star Richard Hatch was fired.

This week, the men took another blow to their egos -- and charities -- when they lost the assigned task, leading to the surprising firing of one of their strongest players, singer Mark McGrath. So, what went wrong?

Both teams have suffered from internal strife. Actor Gary Busey has been driving the men so bonkers that the usually mild-mannered singer Meat Loaf had an epic meltdown last week. Meanwhile, the women have been gunning to get rid of entertainer La Toya Jackson.

Wild card Gary is clearly the weakest link for the men. He goes from unhinged crazy man to philosophical Zen master in the blink of an eye. He gets easily distracted, has wacky ideas and pushes everyone's buttons without even trying. Yet, sometimes he drops truth nuggets that make me think he's not as totally out-there as he seems. Still, it's obvious he's bringing down the team rather than lifting it up.

In week six, the celebrity contestants were tasked with creating a visual promo for Australian Gold tanning products using a giant outdoor glass box. They were judged on creativity/originality, brand messaging and how well they pulled their overall message outside the box and onto the streets of NYC. The project manager of the winning team would earn $40,000 for his or her charity.

The leaders were Mark and La Toya for their respective teams, which made me agitated. I hate when two stars I like go head-to-head! Considering the project manager is the most likely to get fired when a team fails, this didn't bode well for either of them. But let's get back to the task at hand ...

When the teams met with the company execs, Mark latched onto the fact that they used the word "treasure" when discussing their brand. That one word led the men to go with a very specific pirate-themed presentation, complete with treasure chests, half-naked "wenches" and a little person (whom country singer John Rich uncomfortably carried around).

On the other hand, the women picked up on the execs' use of "living the gold life" and emphasis on the brand mascot, a koala bear. Because of this, they came up with a beach-themed scene featuring palm trees, a gold-painted couple and reality star NeNe Leakes greeting fans dressed in a koala costume. At the last minute, because the team was concerned their idea was too boring and predictable, La Toya shook things up just enough for the win by adding a winter wonderland as a reminder that sunscreen is needed while skiing, too.

Although Mark and his team came across as very focused while the women were portrayed as being highly unorganized, the men ultimately lost the challenge. Yes, their concept was "cooler" and "more creative," but they missed the main goal: promoting the Australian Gold brand. When was the last time you saw a pirate put on sunscreen anyway?

They also went over the top, filling their giant glass box with pirate's booty, busty blondes and people in elaborate costumes as the stars spilled out onto the sidewalk singing songs and starting sword fights with passersby. When the execs showed up, Gary turned out to be a major liability, pulling them over to spew non-sequiturs and ask them about future employment.

On the flip side, the women's "safe" selection of bronzed bodies, sandy beaches and cottony snow won the judges over with its simplicity and directness. Their win was mainly because they better incorporated the brand and beloved mascot into their theme.

Once in the boardroom, before the results were announced, Mark set himself on the path to elimination by saying that if his team lost there was no one to blame but himself. Apparently he didn't think they had fumbled, because when the Donald announced the women had won, a stunned Mark started changing his tune.

Even though Mark still didn't want to "throw anyone under the bus," he had no qualms letting his teammates gang up on Gary in the boardroom. John, Meat Loaf and rapper Lil' Jon all came to Mark's defense and aired their grievances about Gary. They blamed him for turning the execs against them with his weird and wordy antics.

In the end, though, Mark had dug himself a hole too deep to escape. The Donald hates when contestants seemingly "give up" and admit they should be fired. So, while he didn't think Gary was necessarily a stronger player, he wound up firing Mark. But Gary didn't get off easy, as Donald told him to "shape up" and get his act together ASAP.

Personally, I'm sad Mark was the one who walked the plank, and even sadder that his charity, Save the Music, walked away empty-handed ... especially since my suspicion is that Donald chose to keep Gary over Mark because he's more of a ratings draw.

What do you think? Did Donald make the right call?

'The Celebrity Apprentice' airs Sundays at 9PM ET on NBC.

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Congrats, John!!!!! I am sooooo happy that you were crowned the winner. That Marlee is whey to sneaky for me. I was soo hoping anyone would win except she and meatloaf!!!!! "Oh, and that snake Star Jones!!" She is the epiteme of a definition of a snake and an assssssssssssssssss kisser!!!" Don't want no women of that caliber representing me as a women icon!"

PS:" I really wanted lil John to win!" :-)

May 23 2011 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well, General Nuisance, anyone looking for Obama's birth certificate can go to factcheck.com and see it. And no one would vote for you for any kind of office because you make no sense.

What you are saying that somewhere many years ago there was a conspiracy that began in Kenya, then continued through Hawaii, then grade schools conspired by creating false student records, then a high school and university conspired by faking student records, census records had to be faked. Where does it end? In Crazytown. Take a pill & calm down, ok?

And I do believe that anyone questioning Obama's birth should have to submit a complete family tree that goes back to the 1500's. Again, put up or shut up.

April 18 2011 at 9:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What was the men's team thinking with that pirate theme? Weilding swords (shades of Charlie Sheen and his machete, threatening to cut his wife's head off and send it to her mom in a box) and all the negative publicity recently about real-life pirates killing people on the open seas. I'd've been really upset if the execs chose the men's theme over the women's. Jeez. Good show, great recap.

April 12 2011 at 5:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Lotoya has been kind, sweet and really tries to do whatever task, NeNe is a loud mouthed bully, Star is a
self centered bully, she does contribute to every task, I just don't like Marley, she will probably win.
Gary makes me laugh and love to see what he is going to say next, John Rich should be the overall
winner, MeatLoaf has flipped out, needs counseling, therapist something....all very entertaining.

April 12 2011 at 12:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

NeNe, NeNe, she is really starting to piss me off. She really is ignorant, and has no class whatsoever I can't wait till someone taps that ass of hers. She reminds me of a grade school bully. Lotoya did me a solid when she stood up to that she-man NeNe and Star belong together.

April 11 2011 at 10:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

that koala bear is as gay as the company'sowner. Mark gave them a good chance to change their weak marketing. live the golden life. soooo lame. like that companys owner.

April 11 2011 at 10:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Isn't this a tv show??? What does the show have to do with birthers? This show is a way for Donald Trump to make some easy money. "Reality shows" were invented during the writers strike as a way for the tv industry to keep tv going. And are they really Reality, or just good tv??

Gary Busey is a draw because of his antics. That's what raises ratings. And who the heck is Nene???? Oh wait, she was on another of those "reality shows". She showed her true colors when she said she had Star Jones "in my sites" and then began screaming like a fishwife at LaToya.

Let me see, who is a REAL celebrity? Some wackadoo from Atlanta (is that show even on anymore???) or La Toya JACKSON, part of a family that has been entertainers for decades. Anyone who behaves as Nene did last episode should be removed from the show. She's a joke and perhaps even a danger to Star and La Toya.

And finally, Nene???? Who names their kid Nene??? Her name is like a horse vocalizing twice...neigh, neigh. Her parents must have known she'd grow up as big as a horse and I would venture to guess she counts by pawing the ground. I want to see HER birth certificate.

April 11 2011 at 6:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lor G.

I have been rooting for Gary & Marlee from the beginning. McGrath was a spazzy worry wart, Hatch practically accused Conseco of stirrin' up some sh*t while his( Jose's) father could be taking a turn for the worse, Warwick was a lazy mouthy little cu*t- calling Taylor a hussy & Ne Ne a coward, simply for not lying for her, It seems like everyone except Marlee & Gary play that childish blame game. When things go wrong the rest of them blame the project manager ( star ) when things go right, they ( star) take ALL the credit. How old ARE some of these " Celebs" - like 3? C'mon & just grow a set.
Furthermore, Gary Busey is not a f*^%ing dummy, part of his brain was dammaged! Hello! He said that how many times?! Everyone who takes the easy/lazy route by not understanding that, is simply just pathetic.
--------- Prayers go out to the Conseco family-PEACE!

April 11 2011 at 6:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He soooo obviously kept Gary for a ratings draw. That's the first thing I thought, when he fired Mark!!! And Ivanka is two faced, cause she was all for getting rid of Gary, and then after her father fired Mark, she's saying "you did the right thing???" WTF?????? I have been impressed by her up until that point. She just traipses along in her fathers shadow like the other kid does. I can't believe you didn't mention about Nene calling LaToya "Casper". I thought I'd fall off my chair!!!

April 11 2011 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gary Busey more of a ratingsdraw? Duh! Donald clearly wasn't going to fire Busey, despite both his kids essentially recommending that he do so. It was difficult to watch Donald find a way out of firing Busey, who is clearly the weakest link on that team. Donald clearly panders to Busey, John Rich, Star Jones and Latoya, one of whom will most likely be there at the end.

April 11 2011 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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