WARNING – This was a three hour episode!
The teams gather in the lobby of Trump Tower. Trump tells them that they are assigned with creating a celebrity guidebook to New York. The teams will photograph, write and design the guide using a Toshiba tablet. After creating the guidebook, whoever makes the most money from the sale of the guidebook wins. Teresa says she’ll be team leader for the women, talking about how she wants to win for her charity and how the team morale is down and needs strong leadership to turn it around. For the men, Dee says that he’ll be the project manager. Trump says that the team that creates the best book will get a bonus prize from Toshiba, to be added to their fundraising total before deciding the fundraising winner. The judge of the guide will be a surprise celebrity.
The women start planning. Debbie thinks Teresa is stating the obvious when she says that, since this is a fundraising task, they need to start calling friends and supporters. She considers Teresa, as project manager, primarily responsible for bringing in the most money in any case. Dayana, determined to not get accused once again of not being “creative” enough, immediately starts throwing in idea after idea for favorite New York destinations for their guidebook. Then the women head out to take photographs around NYC with an eye to gathering again at 3:00 that afternoon to compile the final book. Meanwhile, they’re making calls for potential buyers of the final guide. Lisa and Debbie work well together, but Aubrey gets frustrated working with Teresa and Dayana.
Dee says he’s more concerned about the fundraising than making the best guidebook, since the fundraising aspect will be what wins the task itself. Penn suggests going to the roof of Trump Tower and shooting each of them looking out over a specific neighborhood of Manhattan, with a list of things that the celebrity sees from there. Clay isn’t sold on the idea and, regardless of Dee’s dismissal of the guidebook itself, thinks that the quality of the book will help determine how well it sells. The team heads to the roof to take the pictures. While taking the pictures, Lou – still nursing his grudge against Penn – chuckles at how easy it would be, with Penn posing on the roof’s edge, to push him right over.
Lisa and Debbie get back and start working with the graphic designer. Debbie calls the other three women and tells them to get back quickly, or there won’t be a book. Lisa is so pissed at the other three women when they get back to the war room an hour and a half late she won’t even say anything. Debbie is upset that no one – especially Teresa – has even thought about the kiosk they’re going to need to set up to sell the guide. When Teresa tries to reassert control, Debbie dismissively tells Teresa that she’ll handle it. Interviewed, she says that she considers Teresa little more than “an obstacle.” When Debbie and Aubrey head out to shop for the stuff for the kiosk, Teresa gets upset, thinking Debbie’s trying to set her up.
Since Paul doesn’t know (or like) New York City, Penn ghostwrites Paul’s neighborhood description, a bleep-filled diatribe laying out in detail how much Paul detests the East Side. Everybody, including Paul (who doesn’t actually have any feelings about the East Side one way or the other), loves it. Penn says that Teller and the Blue Man Group are both interested in “buying a vastly overpriced guidebook to New York.” While calling for support, Arsenio comments on the difference between how many “friends” you have when you have a talk show, versus when you do not (i.e. a lot fewer). But when he gets Jay Leno on the phone, Jay generously says he’ll FedEx Arsenio a blank check and the team can just fill in the amount.
Lisa complains about the others focusing on making the book pretty instead of focusing on just getting it done and having a product to sell for charity. She gets particularly upset with Dayana for suggesting things like adding subway directions in the book, considering these unimportant details, and starts yelling at Dayana to shut up. Dayana, for her part, thinks Lisa gets far too emotional about the wrong things.
The men start selling their books on the street. Clay wants to up the price for the general public, but Dee is more concerned about the big dollar amounts they’ve called in. Michael Andretti stops by with $20 grand. Arsenio’s check from Leno had been delivered to his office too early and is now stuck on a truck somewhere in the city. Teller stops by with $20,000 and the Blue Man Group, who explode enormous blue balloons filled with $8,000 cash. This creates a mob scene, sending dozens of New Yorkers onto the ground scrabbling for cash. Clay, kicked and hit, is genuinely outraged, and considers the idea ridiculous. Later, five minutes after their kiosk has officially closed, Jay Leno’s check finally shows up – too late. Arsenio realizes that if they lose, he’ll be the one to pay the price.
As they start to sell, Teresa is determined to forget the tensions of the day before and focus on making lots of money. And the money does start rolling in. Lisa starts getting donations from fellow comics, and Dayana gets a big one as well, which she’s very happy about as she wants people to appreciate what a hard worker she is. Teresa gets nervous because her big money isn’t showing up, but then her husband shows up with over $20,000 from himself and their friends. In his office, Trump meets with Regis Philbin, who’s judging the guidebook but is having a tough time deciding. He thinks the women have a more colorful cover, and he likes Lisa’s personal treatment with the places she really likes to go. But he also likes the men’s rooftop commentary and the fact that it reaches whole neighborhoods. The winner is…
In the Boardroom, the women waste no time laying into each other. Trump asks Aubrey how Dayana did. She admits that Dayana brought in a lot of money, which was important since it was a money task, but that she was a huge distraction and nearly derailed Lisa. Lisa explains what she considers Dayana’s big distraction about adding subway directions, and says that it almost meant they didn’t have a book to sell. When Dayana starts to respond, Lisa steamrolls her and says that she and Aubrey are responsible for 90% of every task. Then Debbie and Teresa start to have a back and forth about what Debbie perceived as Teresa’s lack of organization and control. While Debbie and Teresa bicker, Aubrey asks if she can go on the other team. Trump says, “I don’t think they want any of you,” and Dee responds with a decisive “No.”
Trump tries to bring it back by explaining that Regis was their celebrity judge, and that the book he liked better was the women’s book. Trump explains that the $35,000 from Toshiba for this part will get added to the women’s total. If the women win the fundraising task with this bonus, they’ll win the whole thing. If they lose, their winnings plus the Toshiba bonus will go to the men. Trump turns to the men. Penn explains what happened with the Blue Man Group, and how, since the BMG won’t deal with money directly, they had exploded balloons filled with $8,000. He admits that because it was blowing around not all of it got back to the men. Clay, still miffed, thinks it was a disaster and says the Blue Man Group should have delivered the money another way. Dee and Penn disagree, but Trump sides with Clay.
The women stay behind to assign blame for their loss. Ivanka says that Lisa both wrote the book and brought in the most money. Teresa claims that she had to babysit Debbie and Dayana on the task, but Debbie has a big problem with this idea. Trump asks why Aubrey – who raised the least amount of money – should not be fired, but Lisa protests. He then asks Debbie whom he should fire, and she, at first, says Teresa as project manager, but then concedes that Dayana is the weakest link. Dayana tries to explain that no one will listen to her ideas, but Lisa – heatedly – and Debbie – calmly – explain that the ideas don’t often make sense for the task at hand. Teresa chooses Dayana and Debbie to come back.
The men, watching on closed circuit, are surprised Teresa didn’t choose Aubrey. While the three women wait outside the Boardroom, Debbie and Dayana press Teresa about this as well. Back in the Boardroom, Trump asks Teresa why he should fire Debbie or Dayana instead of her. Dayana insists that she brings in a lot of money for the team and backs it up with numbers. When Teresa says that Debbie was trying to set her up with the printing, Ivanka asks about this. Debbie says the problem was Teresa did not delegate tasks clearly, but Teresa responds by heatedly asking her if she’s some kind of child needing her hand held. This sets Debbie off. As they go back and forth, Trump observes that Dayana is enjoying just sitting back and watching the show, and Ivanka adds that Dayana is wisely not saying anything.
Trump asks Teresa why he shouldn’t fire her. Teresa says she delivers every week. He asks her if it isn’t impressive that Dayana brought in as much as she did, but Teresa insists, “Anyone could if they put their mind to it.” Trump points out that Debbie didn’t and for that matter neither did Aubrey. So why, he asks, didn’t Teresa bring Aubrey back into the Boardroom? Debbie even insists that Dayana doesn’t belong there for this task, that it should be her and Aubrey with Teresa. Don asks if this is smart to put herself in the line of fire, but she says she’d rather be fair than throw someone under the bus.
Trump tells Teresa that since this was a fundraising task, she should have brought Aubrey back for bringing in the least amount on the task. He also thinks Dayana is being smart sitting back and saying little, though Dayana insists she’s quiet just because she doesn’t know why she’s there. Trump agrees; it should have been Aubrey in her seat. But since, of the three of them, Debbie brought in the least amount, “Debbie, you’re fired.” Debbie groans, but says she understands. As she leaves, she hugs Dayana and wishes her luck, but when Teresa asks for a hug, Debbie just waves her off with a bitter “goodbye” and leaves. Debbie says the worst part is sitting next to someone and knowing that they will blatantly lie to save their own skin.
Back in the suite, Aubrey gets offended when Dee says he thinks Teresa will get fired for not picking her, Aubrey, to go back in the Boardroom. She starts accusing Dee of talking about her behind her back, but he responds that he has no problem talking **** to her face. Arsenio considers Aubrey a great game player and wants her far away from him. Lisa asks Dee what just happened with Aubrey, and Dee says that he considers her evil; now that she’s messed up the women’s team, she’s trying to do it to the men as well, since she’s “running out of victims.” Lisa is upset when she sees Teresa and Dayana return from the Boardroom without Debbie. She can’t see how the women are going to get anything done with who’s left.
Dee visits a set of parents in the hospital who are visiting their premature baby in the NICU. He explains that two out of his four kids were born prematurely, so he has supported the March of Dimes, whose research helps premature babies survive and thrive, for 12 years. He is pleased to present the representative from March of Dimes with the check for $325,000. Sometimes, he says, you get caught up in the craziness of the show, but you have to remember why you’re there.
The teams gather again for the next task. Trump says that, since the women have lost five of the seven tasks, he is switching up the teams. The new teams will be Teresa, Aubrey, Arsenio, Clay and Paul on Unanimous, and Lou, Penn, Dayana, Lisa and Dee on Forte. Arsenio – dismayed at being put on a team with Aubrey – drops to the ground, and everyone laughs. Trump introduces Joe and Mark from Walgreens. They describe the new task, which is to develop a live, interactive health segment to promote “Walk with Walgreens,” a program that allows people to track their walking progress online and get rewards. Eric explains that the teams will be judged on brand messaging, their “Walk with Walgreens” kit design and their overall presentation. Mark, Joe and Alison Sweeney, host of The Biggest Loser, will judge.
Lou decides to be the project manager for Forte. Arsenio chooses to be the project manager for Unanimous. The winning team will get $20,000 from Trump, and in addition, Walgreens will pitch in $30,000. Lisa – now on a team with both Dayana and Lou – considers herself in hell. As Forte sits down to plan, Penn says that he will have to fly out that afternoon for a show but will be back the next morning. Joe and Mark from Walgreens visit and show them the basic kit, a 4′ by 4′ box of materials. Lisa says she’s the kind of person Walgreens is trying to reach, since she would rather be wheeled around in a wheel chair. The execs like Lou’s story about discovering the benefits of walking after his hip replacement.
Unanimous starts settling into planning. Clay is worried, having Aubrey on their team, but says that at least he still has Arsenio. Aubrey starts rattling off her idea for the kit, but after hearing her out, Arsenio suggests that he would prefer to wait to hear what the execs have to say before locking anything in. Mark and Joe stop by and explain that the kit design will represent the brand. Arsenio tries to ask a question, but Aubrey rolls right over him, asking a nonstop stream of questions. Arsenio wants to keep the peace but considers Aubrey a “narcissistic piece of work.”
Forte starts running with the idea that walking is an activity that you can do while doing other things. Lisa agrees she’s more apt to exercise doing something that allows her to multitask. She considers Penn the most brilliant person on her new team and thinks the two of them are kicking ass. On the other hand, she doesn’t think Lou is contributing anything. Lou suggests that he’ll be the main presenter, but Penn pushes back since they have three professional speakers on their team. But Lou insists. He’s PM; he’ll be the host. Penn rattles off a script idea, so that he knows what’s in place before he heads to Toronto. Lisa feels like she’s being left behind to (redneck voice) “watch the young’uns.”
Unanimous settles on a “game show” idea. Arsenio will be the host; Clay will be the announcer, and the other three will be the contestants. In the process of talking about different kinds of walks they each take, Aubrey tells Arsenio, “You can say you took a walk away from the industry.” He can’t believe his ears, but he knows she’s intentionally trying to get under his skin. He’s not sure how much more of her he can take. Aubrey decides all of their faces should be on the kit, one face per side, so they take a walk down to the Walgreens store to take their pictures there. Aubrey calls her packaging idea “Face Reality,” with their five “reality TV” star faces on each side and a quote about why they walk.
Dee starts designing the kit for Unanimous. Knowing Walgreens will want their logo, he makes sure it’s loud and proud with not much else on the box. Dayana thinks this is too safe and wanted to go elsewhere, but holds back. Don visits the team and quickly determines that Lisa is still doing her best to maintain control, this time control over Lou. He says as long as it gets the team a win, it’s not a bad idea. Don asks Dee about Dayana. When Dee starts to talk about how genuinely impressed he is with Dayana, Lisa, interviewed, says the pro-Dayana speech makes her want to puke, and she considers Dee delusional.
Looking at Aubrey’s layout for the box, Arsenio asks that a different picture of him be used, but Aubrey refuses to listen. Clay thinks Aubrey is out of hand. When Eric Trump visits, Arsenio, as team leader, tries to describe what they’re doing, but Aubrey starts talking over him. Since Arsenio allows this, Eric assumes Arsenio is humoring her. But when Aubrey apologizes, asking if she’s out of line, Arsenio pointedly says, “Yes.” Later, Aubrey doesn’t like Arsenio’s quote for the outside of the box, “The couple that walks together stays together” and tries to replace it with her own creation, but Arsenio insists on using his. His anger escalates when he sees that Aubrey’s used the picture he didn’t want her to use. He considers her out of control.
Team Forte goes to practice in their presentation space. Lisa worries about Lou going off track though she thinks he can be “wrangled.” Lisa, as usual, considers herself to be carrying the weaker people on her team, now that Penn is not there. Back in the war room, Lisa tells Lou and Dee that she thinks the plan about having Dayana in a bikini is a big mistake and that they need to stay classy. Dayana admits that she only has thongs so they will have to buy a one piece for her. She’s happy when Dayana and Lou head out to buy it. Lisa uses the opportunity to complain to Dee about Lou and Dayana. Dee thinks Lisa’s take on Dayana is unfair. Also, he explains, he’s spent the last few years trying to be less vicious.
Penn joins them after a red-eye flight back, and they pull the presentation together. Alison Sweeney joins the Walgreen execs to judge the show. Lou gives a testimonial about recouping from his hip replacement with walking, and Lisa is forced to admit that Lou did a great job with it. The different members join Lou on stage in their various guises: Penn the juggler, Dayana as Miss Universe in a one-piece swimsuit. Then Penn screws up, referring to Walgreens as “Walmart.” There’s a collective gasp. He corrects himself; but before things get too grim, Dayana saves the day by joking that Penn deserves her crown, and everyone laughs. Dee is impressed. Then Lisa finishes with some comedy. Lou overall is pleased with the results.
Alison and the execs discuss the presentation. They like the packaging but are turned off – as Dayana warned Dee they would be – by some of the words included in the lists of things people can do while walking like “itching,” “scratching” and “yelling.” They thought Lou did an excellent job with his inspirational speech and rallying the team. Penn’s Walgreens/Walmart faux pas was unfortunate, but they seem willing to overlook that for the great energy of the piece and the contribution that everyone brought. Then they get ready for the second presentation.
Team Forte gets ready to give their presentation. Aubrey approaches the Walgreens execs to explain the Face Reality concept and shows them the box, which they like. Clay announces Arsenio, and the presentation, a “game show,” begins. Paul’s “answer” to one of Arsenio’s questions is a heartfelt testimonial to walking. Aubrey talks about how walking is good for her clarity and her love life, and Teresa talks about walking her kids to school. Ultimately, Arsenio thinks it went well. Afterwards, Alison Sweeney asks the execs about the Face Reality theme, and they like it a lot. They thought the format was confusing at first. Alison thinks they have a tough decision to make, and they leave to confer with Donald Trump.
It’s time for the first Boardroom with the new teams. When Trump asks Lisa how Lou did, she is very dismissive, saying that he relied on her and Penn to run the show. Lou explains that his style is to assign people their tasks and let them work. Penn admits that he can’t comment, since he wasn’t there for the bulk of the task, since he had to leave for a show. When Trump says that perhaps Penn should get fired for missing the task, Lisa insists that Penn did more in two hours than she’s seen others do in eight. Dee defends Penn as well, saying he came in and did the performance on one hour of sleep.
Trump turns to Arsenio and asks how he liked having Aubrey and Teresa on his team. Arsenio says unconvincingly that he “was fine with it,” and Clay said it was a nice new dynamic. He adds that Arsenio was great as team leader. Between the two women, Clay says that Aubrey brought a lot of ideas to the table, but that Teresa was by far the better team player. Eric asks if Aubrey was overbearing, and Arsenio diplomatically explains having to customize his style to manage her, saying you don’t want to shut her down since she’s going a mile a minute, while others like Paul sit and listen and then come out with a nugget of gold.
Trump asks Clay if he’s saying Aubrey’s not a team player. Clay says he isn’t exactly saying that, he just thinks that she’s so full of ideas – with a dig at Aubrey, Arsenio interrupts him and asks to clarify that the word after “full of” was “ideas” – that she forges ahead without necessarily getting approval. Clay thinks that this can be harmful, and Trump agrees. Trump has Don and Eric show each team the other team’s box. Forte thinks Unanimous’ box is boring, and Lisa – on Unanimous – is very complimentary about Forte’s box. But when Aubrey takes credit for writing the quotes, Arsenio gets upset, saying he wrote his quote, and that this is just another example of Aubrey putting herself before the team.
Trump asks Eric what the execs thought about Forte. Eric says they liked the energy, especially when Arsenio got up and chanted “Walgreens, Walgreens, Walgreens.” The loved the “Face Reality” theme. On the down side, they thought the game show idea was too packed with information without necessarily being motivational. Trump asks Aubrey who came up with the game show idea. When she says “one of the guys,” Arsenio, still mad, says that if she doesn’t come up with an idea herself, she won’t remember. Trump asks Clay if he agrees with Aubrey or with Arsenio. Clay says he definitely agrees with Arsenio and that he was impressed with how Arsenio “massaged” Aubrey’s personality into the group.
When Aubrey asks Teresa to back her up by asking if it isn’t true that she taught her everything she knows, Trump himself jumps on this, asking if it isn’t very presumptuous of Aubrey to ask a grown woman such a question. In the end, after Aubrey and Arsenio share another back and forth, Trump asks Arsenio whom he would fire, and he says Aubrey. Paul and Clay both agree with Arsenio. Trump says that it’s clear Aubrey’s a good player, just not a good team player. He warns Aubrey, saying he knows people like that and that some do well, while others “burn and crash and go down like dogs.”
Don says that in terms of what the executives thought about Unanimous, they really liked Lou’s testimonial. But they were not happy with Penn calling Walgreens “Walmart” during the presentation – he explains that he was exhausted and didn’t even remember doing it – and the execs also didn’t like the negative words like “itching” and “yelling” in the list of things one could do while walking. Dee fesses up to being responsible for adding those words to the list. Still, Trump says the execs liked both presentations, but they loved what Forte did. Arsenio chokes up as he describes what his charity, The Magic Johnson Foundation, does. As Team Forte heads back to the suite, Aubrey gets on the elevator and leaves, and they let her go. Interviewed, she says she can’t handle the negativity.
In the suite, Arsenio is in tears as he tells why he was so anxious to win for Magic’s foundation: a cousin of his had just recently died of AIDS and he was doing it for her. Back in the Boardroom, Lou explains to Trump that his team all gave “120%.” Eric and Don wonder if this is a realistic claim, when their team lost. Don asks who didn’t give “120%, if that amount is even mathematically possible.” Lou calls out Dee. Trump asks why. Lou says that when he would try getting Dee’s attention, Dee would be “wooing” Dayana. Dee says this is untrue. Trump points out that Dee was responsible for the box that the execs disliked, but again, Dee says this falls on Lou, since Lou approved everything he did. Don says this may be true, but still the execs loved Lou. Lou finally decides Dayana and Dee will be coming back in with him.
Back in the suite, Team Forte wonders where Aubrey has gone missing. Arsenio admits that he lost control, but he is still unable to dial it back, and starts making the rest of the team really uncomfortable as he continues to rant about Aubrey. Waiting outside the Boardroom, Lou talks to Trump’s assistant Amanda, saying she must have seen a lot of emotion in that room, and she says that, yes, she has seen a lot in the lobby. Dee tells Lou that he’s upset at the suggestion that he didn’t give his all. Then they get called back in. In the Boardroom, Trump asks Dayana why she keeps being brought back into the Boardroom, and she says she doesn’t know. She adds that personally she would fire Lou, who was not a good organizer.
Dee also says Lou should be fired. He explains that he personally gave his all and was responsible for the branding and the box. Don points out that this fact is not in his favor, since the branding and box were to blame for the loss. Dee explains that he always had Lou’s consent. Trump says that he didn’t like the box and neither did the execs, so Trump wonders if Lou himself likes it. Lou admits it left him cold, but Dee presses the point that Lou nevertheless approved it. He adds that Lou is lost without a writer and fully depends on the team for creative. Lou disputes this. In any case, Trump thinks Dayana shouldn’t be there, Penn should be because of his faux pas. Dee agrees, continuing to press on Lou, describing him as a “one-note horn.”
Trump says this may be true, but that the executives on this task really loved Lou’s testimonial and his energy. Trump asks Dee if he really thinks Lou has a chip on his shoulder. Dee says yes, but he understands that Lou has fought against a disability his entire life. Trump agrees and says that this is a huge achievement. Trump adds that he realizes people think he likes firing people, but insists it isn’t true, and that it’s especially hard when it comes to firing good people, and even worse when he really likes them, as he likes the three of them. But the loss came down to presentation and the box design, which the execs really didn’t like. Since Dee was responsible for the design, “Dee, you’re fired.” The three leave the Boardroom and say their farewells, and Dee takes the elevator down.