The Apprentice – Week Three

21 Oct

Lord Sugar was on form this week wasn’t he?

“This is turning flour into serious dough” managed a weak smile and ‘hmph’ of mirth from the candidates, the other pithy puns didn’t do much better. But that’s what we love about the curmudegonly old sod: he doesn’t care if other people like it, he does it anyway.

This week’s episode is a classic for two reasons. One, the awful arithmetic that meant 16 bread rolls were made out of an order for 1,000. Two, the funny hairnet and hat combos sported by the teams in their bakeries. I’m still laughing at Stuart Baggs, The Brand spouting off while looking remarkably like a Lego version of a baker.

On team Synergy, we had Melissa and Jamie fighting for their chance to shine as project manager. Jamie seemed a bit bullish about it, which is probably why he lost out, but it appears he would have made a better job of it than mouthy Melissa. It is fairly obvious that you sort out your figures and costings before entering a pitch. It should never take more than a minute to recalculate and offer a sum. 15 minutes is taking the piss. Thank goodness for Alex and his A* in GCSE maths (I only managed an A so probably wouldn’t have been up to the task of USING A CALCULATOR).

Another boon to Synergy was Christopher and his military precision. I think he could be a big player as the majority of tasks call for someone who can keep a level head and keep a team organised. It’s always the quiet ones who sneak up at the end too.

Shibby took the reins at Apollo for no reason that I can see other than nobody else wanted to do it.  I agreed wholeheartedly with Paloma that his pitching style (if it can even be called that) was shameful. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever tutted so much in my life as I did in that 4 minute segment.

He was the right person to leave, without a doubt. As soon as he handed over that compensation to the hotel chef I knew he was a goner. Sandeesh really needs to pull her socks up though – those beautiful eyes of hers will only get her so far. Her selling tactics were non-existent and she clearly hasn’t impressed the boss whatsoever.

Next week looks set to be another goodie, setting up this series as one of the best to go along with last year (Pantsman anyone?) and, still my favourite, Series 4:

Check out the Week 2 Boleg Bros video here.

5 Responses to “The Apprentice – Week Three”

  1. Tim October 21, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    Shibby was weak, but I’d rather have seen Sandeesh go. Sugar is nothing if not inconsistent – he fired Joy over Laura last week for not pulling her weight, but lets Sandeesh slide this week. And don’t get me started on Paloma, who was all too happy to promise the world and then all too happy to point the finger when they (inevitably) failed.

    In fact, given the chance, I’d have fired Melissa too. Not knowing your products, numbers and negotiating stance when going into a pitch is unforgivable. SO basic!

    http://slouchingtowardsthatcham.com/2010/10/21/the-apprentice-episode-3-synergy-make-dough-while-shibby-goes-doh/

    • Telly Helly October 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

      If Melissa had lost (which wasn’t out of the realms of possibility, given that sales were nearly even) she would have been booted without a shadow of a doubt. I agree about Sandeesh, Joy must have been pulling her hair out as she watched! I think Paloma has fire though, which makes up for some of her failings. Her arrogance about her experience in business was grating though and had me wishing I could root for Shibby, but he rather shot himself in the foot there…

      • Tim October 21, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

        He did indeed – he just didn’t defend his corner hard enough (or maybe it was edited in such a way as to make him look a bit soft).

        Paloma is certainly a fearsome opponent in the boardroom, but when is she going to take some responsibility herself, and what is she going to do when she can’t point the finger at everyone else. Taking aim at weaker rivals can only take you so far in the process – at some point you have to demonstrate you can actually do something other than criticise.

        Still, it makes for fun watching as long as you don’t take it too seriously. See you here next week! :-)

  2. Mrs A October 21, 2010 at 7:07 pm #

    Surely the beautiful, wide-eyed (slightly dodgy-nosed?) Sandeesh is no longer kneaded? ;o)

    • Telly Helly October 21, 2010 at 7:13 pm #

      You win comment of the week for that dough-lightful pun.

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