Week ten of The Apprentice saw two members of team phoenix forcibly ejected last night when they failed to come up with good bargains for a luxury deals website â basically where Alan Sugar goes to shop for deals. Poor people use Groupon. The two who were sent packing were the nice, but inarticulate Gabrielle, and Stephen, the determined Mick Jones lookalike.
Team-mate Ricky Martin gave Stephen a particularly hard time in the boardroom, so youâd imagine heâd have a few choice words to say about the man who describes himself as âa reflection of perfectionâ? â which come to think about it, isnât perfection, is it? Itâs just a reflective surface, and thatâs not good for business. Speaking to Stephen, however, his reaction to what happened in the boardroom is surprising.
âI deserved to go,â? he says, contrary what he said in the boardroom (mostly âyeah, but youâre not listeningâ¦ no, no, listenâ¦ but youâre not listeningâ?). âAnd I donât hold it against Ricky. Iâm disappointed, obviously, but I did deserve to go.â?
I speak to Gabrielle separately and her opinions on Ricky are even kinder, describing him as âthe man who makes things happenâ?. Heâs like the Apprenticeâs answer to Jean-Luc Picard, she feels, but with hair and all the charisma of a reflective surface thatâs capable of reflecting perfection. She attributes her teamâs loss instead solely to Stephen, who she believes put too much pressure on himself by asking to be made team captain.
âI already had my problems with Stephen and I knew that working with him wouldnât be beneficial to either of us,â? Gabrielle explains. âI should have just put my foot down from the start and asked to work alone.â?
These words sound quite harsh coming from Gabrielle, considering sheâs the one that Lord Sugar called a ânice girlâ?.
âI donât want a friend, Iâve got plenty of them!â? he insisted last night (again). Well, friends, hired goonsâsame thing, right?
It surely must be nice to be called a ânice girlâ? by Lord Sugar â if you are indeed a girl that is. Gabrielle agrees, though perhaps being called âniceâ? on The Apprentice is a bit like being the worldâs tallest dwarf. In any case, she certainly doesnât believe that her niceness is to blame her being fired. She pins that down to not being as articulate as her fellow teammates.
Perhaps what Gabrielle says is true; sheâs not quite as fluent in business jargon and bullshit as her teammates. Sheâs an ideas person, she says, and Stephen thinks this is true as well.
âWe probably had our problems there at the end, but I have a lot of respect for her,â? he admits, though he seems to struggle to say it.
Despite their problems, Stephen and Gabrielle do at least agree on one thing it seems. By week ten, they say, the fatigue was well and truly setting in. Stephen believes that he invested too much energy into the competition too early on and Gabrielle says that she just wasnât up to the fight this week.
So are they both going to keep watching the show?
âYeah, I think Iâd like to see Adam win.â? Stephen sighs. âBut probably Ricky will win,â? he says.
âI actually now hate the show,â? Gabrielle says, with refreshing honesty. But she pauses for a moment and laughs. âUh, no, Iâm joking. Iâll continue watching and I actually think everyone should apply for it. Itâs a great experience. In fact, Iâd recommend it to everyone.â?
Well, perhaps Iâll keep that in mindâ¦