The Apprentice 8 – Episode 10 Summary

One day, Stephen will look back on this episode and laugh. Not as manically as Gabrielle will, or indeed did on “You’re Fired”, but laugh all the same.

Because yes, this week is Stephen’s last throw of the dice. His only chance to avert the obvious end to his story-arc that’s been brewing since Edinburgh at least. No Adam to bend to his will, no chance to dodge the Boardroom, no reputation and bluster left to coast on with his peers, no random act of Virgin Active madness, no “if you let me be PM next week Lordalan…”. Stephen is PM, he has to win, otherwise he is fired. Such an opportunity should show us Stephen in the raw shouldn’t it? And so it does. Flailing, incompetent, desperate, wheedling. It’s quite a showcase.

The task that’s serving as the frame for Stephen’s Last Gleaming is an odd one. The teams are to act as agents for a “Luxury Discount Deals” website, and spend one day scouting around posh places for people willing to offer up a 50% discount on their wares in exchange for appearing on the Internet, thus drumming up trade. The nobs in charge will survey the deals proferred by the teams, choose the best ones, then submit them for public approval. Whoever’s deals ring the public’s bells most are the winners. Fortunately for Jade, this is somehow her day job (has literally EVERY task this year been one candidate or another’s day job?), so she siezes the reins for Phoenix, and attacks the task with ruthless efficiency, winning the whole thing in the space of about two hours by pinning a luxury spa to the wall and forcing them to submit, which surely has to be an Apprentice record, right? I mean, her team do nothing much for the rest of the day (literally so in the case of Tom & Adam, who strike out – having all their deals rejected by the website) but this alone is enough to seal the victory, and send Phoenix off to some hotel to have tea.

(This episode is such a Jade Showcase incidentally. BELLOWING about whorehouses and stuffing her face; wearing an amazing smug grin the whole time, personifying “heck yeah, I’m winning this!”; giving the firing a rapturous round of applause; winning the entire episode single-handedly. Get it girl!)

Meanwhile Sterling crumble into a mess, with Stephen shoving Gabrielle in a box and telling Ricky Martin to go out and try and win the task for him single-handedly. Sadly, this is beyond even Ricky Martin, although he makes a decent job of trying, mostly via the medium recreating THAT Christmas episode of The Vicar Of Dibley but with scallop dishes. The boardroom that ensues is of course an utter mess, as Stephen reaches MAXIMUM desperation and starts flailing around, talking over everyone and bugging his eyes out to Jesus. Sadly, my declaring Gabrielle Queen Of The Boardroom last week proves a jinx, as she can’t summon up the energy for another screaming fit until proded, and even that is half-hearted. Happily Ricky Martin is happy to step up in her stead, and he cleans Stephen’s clock from one end of the boardroom to the other.

In recognition of this, he is the sole survivor of this series’ official DOUBLE FIRING. Lordalan makes sure to fire Gabrielle first (horribly – telling her how nice she is, and pretty she is, and what an awesome friend she’d be, and giving probably the most nauseating “with regret” ever) just to try and eke every last drop of desperation out of Stephen. Apparently Series 8 Project Manager Immunity only stretches so far. And that far is “not quite as far as Stephen”.

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31 thoughts on “The Apprentice 8 – Episode 10 Summary

  1. min

    The whole episode was worth it just to see Fred Sirieix and Marcus Wareing.
    And Jade, obviously 🙂

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  2. durnovarian

    Has any series ever had so many non-fired PM’s?! 😉
    I was willing Lordalun not to fire Stephen actually, as I had a bet on that he was being saved for interview fodder. Still think that might have been his lot in the original format, but presumably even the producers could see that saving him for the final would be just pushing it too far. Boo to the new format, which robbed us of Margaret vs Stephen! 😛

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    1. monkseal Post author

      I’m still sad that Margaret never got to meet Scribbles. I don’t think I will ever EVER get over it.

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      1. Ferny

        lol you’re right, it’s very unfair. I thought the ‘key cog’ discussion with Jamie was hilarious, but the rubbish that was spoken by Scribbles would have been pulled apart so amazingly by Marge.

  3. Joel

    Even losing Gabriella, even missing Stephen get mauled at interviews, totally worth it just to see him GONE. Ricky Martin continues to leap up the ranks of best Apprentices ever. Jade is awesome. The end.

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  4. Shrinking Man

    Whenever Lordallun says “I’m not looking for a friend. If I wanted a friend I’d buy a dog. What I’m looking for is a partner” during the opening montages, am I the only person who, for a dreadful second, thinks that the show’s morphed into “The Bachelor”?

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    1. monkseal Post author

      I’m so glad, after a series of kind of botched story-arcs (Duane vs Jane neva 4get) that they actually landed one with Stephen. This was a proper comeuppance, not Stubaggs getting fired over some licence rubbish (THAT EVE YOU COULD BUY, KAEN).

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  5. Ross

    I can’t believe Jade is the last woman standing. I mean she did a very good job this week but considering her awful job first time around as PM (for which she should have been fired frankly) it is mindboggling.

    In fact I’m starting to think she’ll win. Ricky is a dead man walking with his string of defeats and I get the strong impression Sugar dislikes him, Adam will be torn apart in the interviews and Tom looks like he has already given up. Which leaves Nick and Jade and I get the impression Jade wants it more and will fight harder.

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    1. Jenny

      Interesting, I’m not sure she will win, but she looks capable of dealing with Claude.

      I didn’t like her before, but she won me over this week with “I think it was a….WHOREHOUSE”

      Sad to see Gabrielle go, but would have thrown the cat at the telly if Stephen was still in….

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    2. monkseal Post author

      Helen wanted it more than Tom last year, and it didn’t help her. Actually I think Helen wanted it more than…possibly anybody in Apprentice history and it didn’t help her.

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    1. monkseal Post author

      Fun Fact : I just spent 5 minutes scanning the lyrics of American Pie trying to find something suitably bathetic to put as a pithy rejoinder, but I can’t. That song is so odd. *fires up Madonna version*

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  6. TheBockingfordKid

    Also, Sugar told off Ricky for wasting time at that waste of time restaurant, suggesting he should have said something like ‘I’ve got ten minutes, don’t waste my time, do you want the deal or not?’ This isn’t how business works, you have to schmooze the client a bit, and Ricky tried several times to get down to business. And saying he should have gone to Tring was also based on the idea that they would have definitely taken the deal, which was in no way certain. He just made it look like Ricky made mistakes to create the idea he might be in trouble, when Ricky’s decisions and behaviour was pretty faultless.

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    1. Shrinking Man

      The restaurant clearly weren’t interested in the deal but instead just wanted a bit of free advertising from the Beeb.

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    2. monkseal Post author

      I love this happened in an episode where Jade won because she was prepared to commit to an hour long negotiation process. Clearly she should have marched in, and when they said they’d never given a discount before, gone “FAHK OFF THEN” and stormed out again.

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  7. Ruth Newman (@RooNew)

    Ricky’s face when he heard he was getting a third set of scallops was SO SWEET. His little look to the producers, with just a hint of “you’re setting this up, aren’t you” Aw. And then telling Stephen off for being condescending. I’m starting to heart Ricky quite a lot. And his eyebrow.

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  8. TheBockingfordKid

    Gabrielle was scolded for not knowing that those weird foot eating fish were common as muck these days. The expert on You’re Fired said they peaked last summer. But isn’t The Apprentice filmed about 8 months ago?

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    1. pamminxy

      yes indeed – but having been informed that upmarket exclusive deals were the crux of the task Gabby saying “oh these are on ALL the deal sites let’s go for them” shows she really had no clue – even the shop owner was telling them they were way off base – he had more sense than gabby and steven combined

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      1. tabithakitten

        To be honest, in this situation, the fish had more sense than Gabrielle and Stephen combined. (No offense Gabrielle – you are fabulous in some situations but this wasn’t one of them).

    2. monkseal Post author

      This episode would have been Early November. I think. The Street Food was late October, based on the match they were at.

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  9. FuTeffla

    I don’t think I have actually stopped doing celebratory dancing that Stephen has gone. I really liked you, Gabrielle, but I would happily have seen my dearest relatives fired if it meant Stephen went as well.
    This is also known as The Week FuTeffla And Her Sister Sort Of Fell In Love With Ricky Martin Quite A Lot. The bringing in of money! The eating of scallops! The silencing of Stephen!

    Oh, and ”I’m always very fair’? If by that you mean ‘I unfairly favour anyone who reminds me of me or pretends to remind me of me and I ‘ate all these creative types and I never went to blahddy university and once I randomly fired someone because I decided I hated engineers that day’, then yes, Lord Sugar, you are scrupulously fair.

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    1. durnovarian

      ‘Im always very fair’??? I missed that gem! In terms of self-awareness and consistency it’s nearly as good as ‘Who wants to work with someone that nobody ever listens to?’ (part of the justification for firing Azhar) less than a series after hiring Tom Pellereau who… Yeah, quite! 😀 Still chuckling over that one.
      Can’t wait for the screencaps. Stephen’s faces in the Boardroom …… 😀 😀

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    2. monkseal Post author

      I’m sure Lordalan believes he is very fair, because in Series 3 he hired a posh person, and that’s enough. He also hires women, even though they get up the duff.

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  10. pamminxy

    loved loved loved steven’s denial (on you’re fired) of having thought he had got away with it when gabby was fired
    did he not bother watching the show aired?

    Wonder what he will do now? was his old job kept open for him? Will he find a new employer who either hasn’t watched the show or doesn’t take the opportunity to research on seeing it on his cv? because i surely wouldn’t employ him in any capacity

    lokking forward to seeing which avatar you give him – had been hoping for the hannibal lector mask cos that’s all i saw when looking at his mouth- but those hopes were dashed when you’re fired brought forth the inspector gadget theme

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    1. durnovarian

      I’m hoping for a suitable cartoon monster from Scooby Doo or something. Or failing that, the winner of this year’s gurning championships in Cumbria…

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    2. monkseal Post author

      I’m sure, like all Apprentice candidates, no matter how useless, secondary schools around the country will employ him to come in and talk about business.

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  11. Ferny

    I loved Ricky’s face when he got the 3rd scallop dish, and Stephen’s face when Ricky told him off for being condescending haha! I think it’s only fitting that Stephen was the first PM to get fired.

    My brother just pointed out that Stephen looks like Hopper from a Bug’s Life. He does look very Pixar I think.

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    1. monkseal Post author

      There’s something very cartoony about Stephen in general. I guess that’s why he worked in the context of the show.

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