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'The Celebrity Apprentice' Season 4, Episode 9 Recap

by Katy Kroll, posted May 2nd 2011 11:00AM
['The Celebrity Apprentice' - 'Shear Madness']

Man, oh, man, it was a wild night on the 'The Celebrity Apprentice.'

Last week's questionable firing of La Toya Jackson left a bad taste in my mouth, as loudmouth NeNe Leakes and shrewd strategist Star Jones teamed together and threw her under the bus to save their own skins. She wound up doing the elevator ride of shame down to the street after being kicked to the curb.

But, apparently, La Toya decided she wasn't going out like that after all, leading to one of the most shocking twists ever in the series' history.

In an unprecedented move, La Toya returned to Trump Tower and asked the Donald to take her back. Unbeknownst to the other contestants, she pled her case, calling him out for the unjust firing and asking to be placed on the men's team.

It's the type of moxie-fueled power play the Donald loves, and he eventually agreed to let her back in the game ... but not before he gave Hope Dworaczyk the boot in the boardroom when she got caught in the crossfire of a NeNe-Star showdown.

Yes, the two women spent a majority of the episode at each other's throats while working on a cause near and dear to Trump's heart: hair.

The task was to produce a "hair show" using BioSilk and Chi products. Each team was provided with two pro stylists and four models to create a demonstration for the company's owner and a live audience. They were judged on brand messaging, the showcasing of the products and overall presentation. The project manager of the winning team would earn $40,000 for his or her charity.

It was clear we were in for a rough ride when just picking the project managers became a task on its own.

The men played rock-paper-scissors to decide, and dreadlocked rapper Lil Jon lost, forcing him to lead the way. Meanwhile, NeNe immediately stepped up for the women -- but not because she wanted to.

She made sure to yap her trap off about how Star had pushed her into accepting the job. The situation quickly escalated when Star denied the allegation, causing NeNe to drop F-bombs left and right and threaten to "take down" the former 'View' co-host with her "street game." Amazonian NeNe then invaded Star's personal space, towering over her with a deadly glare. The battle of Class vs. Trash -- or "educated" vs. "not educated," as Star put it -- was on.

When the teams finally went their separate ways, it was anybody's game. The women were shaken to the core by NeNe's threatening tone, torn between whether to take her down or band together for charity. The men, on the other hand, were disheartened by the fact that they were facing off against four well-coiffed women when they could care less about what was happening on their heads. (Kind of like Trump!)

The men decided their only chance of winning was to rope ousted contestant Niki Taylor into returning to the show to appear in their demonstration. Surprisingly, she was all too happy to cross her former teammates. After talking to the hair-care exec, who continually emphasized that the products were "made in the U.S.A.," the men decided on a "Feeling Good in America" theme.

As for the women, they were still struggling to pull it together as NeNe cornered Star in a hallway and called her a "punk-ass bitch" for contradicting her in front of Trump. But once she realized she might very well lose the task and get tossed, she backpedaled on her words and asked everyone to work together to help her win. Then, almost as if nothing happened (almost), they came up with a "Shake Your Beauty" theme focusing on tousling their long locks. (Huh? Yeah...)

When it came time to shine, the once disorganized women's team seemed to pull it together. NeNe stepped onstage as host; Marlee took a seat as a hair model; and doe-eyed wallflower Hope walked the runway. But, although she's a model, Hope awkwardly warbled her way around the stage with "ridiculous" teased hair, drawing NeNe's wrath.

Then the men took the spotlight with Lil Jon working the crowd as MC. Their demonstration started off a bit rocky with some "dead" spots in the commentary. But they wowed the crowd when Niki walked out dressed as a "Southern belle," and three other well-known models showed off styles from L.A. to NOLA. The guys ended by throwing beads into the crowd, Mardi Gras-style.

In the boardroom, Trump announced that the women had lost the task because the company exec thought there was no real theme and their presentation was weak.

NeNe immediately lashed out at her teammates for their lack of enthusiasm, claiming it was why they lost. She then went on to once again run her mouth off about Star, taking swipe after swipe by repeatedly calling her a "backstabber." She also went after Hope, claiming Hope was a weak "puppet on a string." While Star stood up for herself, Hope basically sat back and watched the accusations fly. And that's something that doesn't fly with Trump. So, in the end, he sent Hope packing.

Hope's strategy had seemed to be staying under the radar, squeaking by week after week by keeping quiet. It was definitely time for her to go. But it's obvious that much of Trump's decision was based on the fact that he wants to keep the feud between Star and NeNe going for at least a little while longer.

Of course, the biggest surprise of the night came when Trump brought La Toya into the boardroom and told the remaining contestants that she would be joining the men's team. When asked who she thought was her biggest nemesis, La Toya chose Star over NeNe (even though NeNe had been way harder on her).

And therein lies the possible brilliance of La Toya, because by choosing stronger player Star over true nemesis NeNe -- who'll most likely get picked off the next time the women lose -- she just may have insured that she'll be making it to the finals.

Tell me what you think: Is La Toya in it to win it?

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

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laToya and Star to the end. I can't envision any of the remaining men as finalists, but who knows? Trump loves his men.
i love the LaToya twist. Nice move. It would then be fitting for her to win. Nene needs to go. Now.

May 05 2011 at 12:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
General Kenobi

Firstly, to put Star into the "class" part of class vs. trash is a little odd to me... This is the woman who fawned over Barabara Walters as one of her 3 mentors in life... and Barbara Walters won't even talk to this classless scoundrel. Why? Because she used her position at the time on the View, during their chat portions of the program, to get free products and services for her wedding by promoting them on air for free....... yeah, lots of class... The reason you don't see why LaToya hates her or what NeNe is talking about was exemplified at the end of the episode... Star prefers to take care of things off camera... that's where she'll admit to her faults and beg forgiveness, be fake and petty, and then act innocent when the lights come up.... but apparently it has you suckered.

May 02 2011 at 10:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My money is on Marlee. During the roast of Donald Trump on Comedy Central, Marlee was the only roaster on the panel from the show. She referred to Trump as the "best boss anyone could have." Assuming the CA results were known at that time - Marlee has to be the winner.

May 02 2011 at 9:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't know if she is in it to win it she probably write a book about that lol. But I think the two women should be NeNe and Marley. NeNe is 100% legit and I wish I was on there cause I would have had her back against phoney ass Star Jones who have made poor choices (in her marriage) among other things while she makes like she is so proper etc she is not or will be the next Oprah and you only relavent because we are talking about you. Congrates NeNe for holding your own. Baam

May 02 2011 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I won’t say in "it to win it," but, I’m glad she’s back. Hope should’ve gone home a long time ago.

May 02 2011 at 12:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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