'The Celebrity Apprentice' Recap: Pop Goes Debbie Gibson And Dee Snider While Aubrey O'Day Walks

April 2nd, 2012 9:21pm EDT

The Celebrity Apprentice During an extended three hour episode, I watched the Celebrity Apprentice last night. And I only fell asleep twice! Here’s what happened:

Last week: The teams put together parties to launch a new line of mock tail drinks. The men of Unanimous won the challenge with their beach party, and the women of Forte suffered the loss of Patricia Velasquez, who was fired. Aubrey cried crocodile tears, as she had hoped Dayana Mendoza would be the one to leave. Clay Aiken brought checks worth $50,000.00 to the National Inclusion project.

This week, the teams meet up at Trump Towers with Donald Trump and Trumpettes Don Jr. and Ivanka. Their task is to create a celebrity guidebook with photographs, notes and a pleasing design, using a Toshiba tablet. The goal is to raise money for charity by selling the books. Chosen as Project Manager for Forte is Teresa Giudice, while Dee Snider was made PM for Unanimous.

The team with the best book, to be judged by everybody’s favorite morning man, Regis Philbin, will also receive an added bonus from Toshiba of $35,000.00. Both teams determine to do their best for their charities.

From the start, Debbie Gibson is not impressed with Teresa’s management style. Dayana offers her idea, which is to get the celebs to put forward their fave Broadway show, comedy show, etc. from their own perspective, so that the ‘tourist’ buying the guide feels like a New York insider. The ladies break into teams that will take photos of each other in front of the selected hot spots.

Debbie and Lisa Lampanelli maximize their time with the graphic designer by keeping the photo taking to an absolute minimum. Teresa, Dayana and Aubrey, however, spent a great deal longer, and take a great many more photos, which leaves little time for the team to get their book finished and published before the next day’s sale. Lisa, who is once again doing all of the work by default, is a nervous wreck, and Debbie finds herself being asked to do all of their signage within a half hour window. Teresa, rather than understanding that Debbie and Lisa are overburdened, thinks that they are being difficult in order to make her look incompetent.

When Dayana wonders if they should include subway maps and addresses for the chosen hot spots, Lisa blows her top, unable to cope with one more interruption. Shouting “Shut Up! Shut Up!” non-stop at Dayana, Lisa can’t handle the pressure. About Dayana, she interviews, “develop a talent and a brain, and then maybe the world will take you seriously,” before dissolving into angry tears.

Dee ‘s group has a similar idea, although Dee insists that everyone remember they need donations from their largest donors as well. Penn’s more engaged this week. Clay thinks all of their photos should have a theme, so they pose on top of the Trump Tower, with their chosen section of town visible in the view. The men write short thoughts on the city, with Penn writing a hilarious view of the city for inclusion by Paul Teutel Sr.

The men call their best donors, with Arsenio Hall seeming to have the best chance of bringing in the big money when Jay Leno promises to send him a blank check.

Both teams are pumped the next morning, as they flog their guidebooks in downtown New York City. Donors are arriving regularly with checks, and the celebs are having fun hustling the people on the street for donations. Arsenio has a problem with Jay Leno’s donation though; it arrived by courier early in the morning, before his office was open, and the check is now being driven around the city. Arsenio’s assistant vows to track down the check, and does, but arrives too late for the check to count in their total.

Michael Andretti, who was voted off the game weeks ago, pops by with a check for $20,000. Penn’s partner, Teller, drops by with $20,000. Penn’s ace in the hole, however, is the fabulous Blue Man Group. The Group arrives in style, with an enormous blue puppet, and big blue balloons filled with money. However, when the balloons popped, scattering ten dollar bills everywhere, the passerby’s took the opportunity to rush in and grab as much cash as they could. From the total $8,000. promised, only $2000.00 makes it into the teams coffers.

The ladies of Forte are not having much luck getting the ‘man in the street’ to buy their guide, but they have donors to spare. Lisa gets a $5,000. check from Jeff Foxworthy, while Dayana brings in a good amount from her friends in Venezuela. Teresa’s husband brings $20,000. from their friends and family.

Regis joins the Trumpster for a look at the guide books. He likes them both, praising each in different ways. But which does he think should win the prize?

In the Board Room, Dayana wonders if one of the chairs now has her name on it, since it seems she’s always on the ‘firing’ line. She thinks that even when she behaves in an aggressive fashion, the other women don’t listen to her. Lisa explains about the blow up over Dayana’s request to add subway directions, blaming Dayana’s group for taking too long in photo taking, and saying that she (Lisa) wound up doing 90% of the work on the guide. Lisa praises Aubrey and Debbie for being proactive and helpful.

The ladies are blaming Teresa, as Project Manager. Teresa finally shows some fire when she fights back at the allegation that she mishandled the project. Aubrey and Teresa say they’d rather be on the men’s team, but the men uniformly say “No!”

Teresa calls Debbie’s outfit ‘unprofessional,’ and they have a minor catfight.

Trump tells the teams that Regis chose the women’s team as the better book, although he liked both guides. So the women have won the $35K promised from Toshiba. BUT – the team who brought in the most for charity will be the winning team, and receive not only the funds raised by both teams, but the bonus money as well.

Dee says that their team did well, but Clay is still angry with the waste of the Blue Man Group’s donation. Arsenio explains about the delay with the check from Jay Leno.

Trump lets both teams know that they both raised a lot of money, but one team won over the other, based on just a $14.00 difference. The men win the challenge, and a grand total of $326,000.00 for Dee’s charity, “The March of Dimes.” They leave, and Trump turns his attention to the ladies.

Debbie says that when it came to fundraising, they were all equally responsible. Teresa says Lisa was like her right hand, effectively writing the book, and handling the details. Everyone brought in about the same amount of money. Except for Aubrey, who did not have any major donors.

In the end, Teresa brings back Dayana and Debbie Gibson. Dayana points out how much she’s brought in for charity over the course of the show. Teresa won’t say a good word about Debbie, and even manages to gloss over Debbie’s 80’s pop stardom. Trump wonders why Teresa didn’t bring Aubrey in, but Teresa says they need Aubrey’s help going forward. Debbie says she brings in ideas, creativity, proactivity, hustling, and being a team member when needed. Trump wonders what Teresa brings, and Teresa neatly sidesteps the question, saying that Debbie is only a team member when she feels like it.

Trump praises Dayana for remaining silent as Teresa and Debbie fight over the issues, and says that Teresa should have brought Aubrey back in, for not bringing in enough money. On that basis, he then fires Debbie. Outside, Debbie hugs Dayana goodbye, but only waves to Teresa, before boarding the elevator.

Debbie’s exit interview: “The worst thing about this experience for me has been seeing how shrewd and dishonest people can be, for very self-serving purposes. And to sit inches away from people, and to know that they’re blatantly lying, leaves me feeling a little unsettled. Does my ego like that I was fired? No. But Mr. Trump can’t fire me from being Debbie Gibson. So nothing is lost.”

In the War Room, Dee says that he thinks Teresa will be fired for not bringing Aubrey, and she is incensed. They have a tiff, while Clay watches in amazement, and Lisa begs them to stop fighting. Arsenio interviews that Aubrey is the ultimate troublemaker, and he’s thankful he’s not on a team with her. Dee says he sees right through Aubrey’s exterior, but “Age and ruthlessness will always beat youth and enthusiasm.”

When Dayana and Teresa walk in, Dayana sets everyone straight, saying that Debbie was fired, due to not bringing in the money. Everyone, including Aubrey, realize that it would have been Aubrey, had she been brought back. Teresa and Dayana almost get into a cat fight in the War Room.

For their second challenge, on the next day, Trump, with sons Don Jr. and Eric, meets the teams at the East 54th Street Rec Centre. The women have now lost 5 out of the 7 tasks. With only four women remaining, the men have the advantage, still having six players. So The Donald decides it’s time to mix up the teams, pairing Teresa and Aubrey with Arsenio, Paul and Clay. Lou, Penn and Dee wind up with Lisa and Dayana as the new Forte. The men do not seem happy with the switch up. In fact, Arsenio falls to the floor.

Trump’s brought along two executives from Walgreens, who need the celebrities’ help in launching a new program, “Walk with Walgreens,” which encourages people to walk 30 minutes a day. The program is very simple; walk, log, and get rewards. It encourages people to connect with Walgreens online presence, track their time, and to compete with other people in the program.

Their task is to create a live, interactive help segment that promotes the benefits of walking and the ease of the “Walk with Walgreens” program. They will also have to create the graphics for a membership kit. They’ll be judged on brand messaging, kit design, and overall presentation. Allison Sweeney (Days of Our Lives, The Biggest Loser) will judge.

From the new Unanimous, Arsenio offers himself as Project Manager, while Lou wants to head up Forte’s team. Trump asks Lou to do a few pushups, and Aubrey offers to do a few herself. Lou wins.

Winner of the challenge will get a total of $50,000.00 for their charity, with $30K coming from Walgreens. Arsenio’s particularly excited, as his charity, the Michael Jordan foundation, works with AIDS patients, and Arsenio’s cousin died recently from the disease.

Lisa hits it off with Penn immediately, but is devastated when she hears he’s leaving for the day, to do a show in Toronto. (Yeah! Toronto!) He’ll be back the next morning, though, and gives more creative and positive input in two hours than she can get from any other of her team members.

The two Walgreens execs pop by Forte’s office to fill them in on the basics of their project. Lisa feels like she’s the person they are trying to reach, as she’s a couch potato who hates to exercise. Lou tells the execs that, after having both hips and both knees replaced, he understands the importance of walking.

Penn’s got an interesting idea; why not ask what people can do while walking? The team runs with that, with Dee throwing in, “itching, and scratching.” Dayana thinks those may be negative words to use. Meanwhile, Lou, as PM, will be hosting their presentation, and Penn is not sure that’s a great idea. But Penn does think that they should have Dayana in a swimsuit, at some point. Unfortunately, all she owns are thongs.

At Unanimous’ office, Aubrey is barreling through her ideas, to the dismay of Project Manager Arsenio. He’s very diplomatic, which leads Aubrey to feel that he’s ineffectual. Aubrey brings up a ‘wheel’ idea that the others like. They’ll co-opt the audience into teams, led by Aubrey, Paul and Teresa. Aubrey’s on a roll until she starts handing out ‘quotes’ to each celebrity, culminating with saying that Arsenio can be the guy that ‘walked away from his career.’ Arsenio goes into a slow burn.

Aubrey has everyone go down to the nearest Walgreens to take pictures for their cube design. Again, Arsenio is left out of the decisions, even to the point of not being allowed to choose his own profile picture. When he sees the graphics she’s chosen, he’s not at all happy, although her decision does make sense graphically.

Dee, on the other hand, wants to use the Walgreens logo on the cube. They will add lists of the things you can do while walking, like dating, eating, or flirting. Lisa is hurt when Dee tells Don Jr. that Dayana is a real asset to the team.

Aubrey butts in when Eric Trump pops by to see how the team is doing. She completely takes over the meeting, until Arsenio notes that she is taking over.

Lisa wrangles Lou and Dayana, since they will be the two most important front people of their presentation. Lisa tells Dee and Lou that Dayana should be wearing a really classy one piece suit, Dayana and Lou head off for a shopping trip. Dee is not impressed when Lisa carps about Dayana’s lack of intelligence.

On one hour’s sleep, Penn has returned; ready to give his all for the team. The audience files in, and Lou begins his presentation. He does a great job, as do the rest of the group. That is, until Penn accidentally calls a segment the “Walk with Wal-Mart.” Ooh … that hurts. Dayana dashes on stage with a funny remark, he carries on, and the show is very good.

The Walgreens execs and Alison Sweeney just love the show, but they’re not happy with the graphic design of the presentation box.

Team Forte is raring to go. Aubrey leads them in a little prayer. The celebs toss out jumpsuits in red, yellow and blue, asking audience members to participate. Aubrey brings Alison Sweeney their mocked up box. Clay acts as emcee, while Arsenio is the game show host, bringing Paul, Teresa, and Aubrey up to spin the wheel and answer questions. Paul really enjoys telling the audience about his own commitment to walking. They do well, but it’s a little ‘fact-y,’ as the celebs add even more information than the Walgreens executives expected.

Alison and the Walgreens execs like the “Face Reality” slogan that Aubrey created, but think that the program was never really spelled out.

And it’s back to the Board Room for the teams. The butts are barely in the seats before Lisa’s telling Trump that Lou was ‘alright’ as a Project Manager, but that, once again, she did the brunt of the work. Lou defends himself, with his customary claim to be giving ‘110%,’ but Lisa’s having none of that – she wants everyone to know that Lou didn’t have much more to do than to present.

Over to Arsenio, and at first, he seems ready to take the high road. He’s low key, and determined to keep cool. But Eric stirs the pot when he mentions the mood in the room when Aubrey seemed to take over from Arsenio. Arsenio, ever the gentleman, says that it’s a different thing to have to manage someone like Aubrey, whose ideas come a mile a minute. Clay jumps in as well, noting that Aubrey tends to forge ahead without waiting for approval.

Oh … it’s the team thing, isn’t it? Aubrey is not a team player, by anyone’s standards, and now both Clay and Arsenio are able to talk about team play.

Trump shows the teams each other’s design boxes. After looking at the opposition’s effort, Aubrey whispers, ‘that’s horrible,’ and pushes the box into the middle of the table, rather than let her team mates see what was presented. Lou’s team praises the work of the opposition, however.

Aubrey, hearing that Lisa loved the quotes on the box, leans forward to say, “written by me! Aren’t you proud of me!?”

And that’s when Arsenio blows his stack.

“Typing is not writing. What she just said is not true,” says Arsenio. Despite Aubrey’s explanations, he will not let her pass his work off as hers, and they fight over the semantics, with Arsenio again mentioning that Aubrey is simply not a team member.

“Why are you screaming?” asks Aubrey. “Teresa, did I write everybody’s?” And Teresa has no option but to say, “well, sort of.”

Arsenio notes that, even when looking at the opposition’s graphics, she never thought of showing the box to others. It’s all about Aubrey, says Arsenio. Trump says, “That’s not good.”

Well, Eric gets a chance to tell the teams how it all went and Arsenio continues to badger Aubrey, regardless of the current subject, saying that Aubrey is selfish and needs her personality continually massaged. Clay has to agree. Aubrey begins to cry, and then turns to Teresa, asking her if it’s not true that she taught her everything she knows.

Even Trump is shocked at Aubrey’s words. But Teresa does try and stand up for Aubrey, saying that it’s all about how fast Aubrey speaks. It’s a foregone conclusion that Arsenio will fire Aubrey if his team loses. And Paul concurs. Trump praises Aubrey as a great player, but not a team player.

Well, guess what? Arsenio’s team won! So they could have gone without all of the drama. But that might have prevented Aubrey from taking a long walk to the elevator by herself, without a word to her treacherous team mates. Now you see her, now you don’t.

Will she come back next week? Does she have anywhere else to go?

So, Lou, Lisa, Dayana, Dee and Penn are on the firing line. The others are sent back to the War Room. But Aubrey has a different idea – she wants nothing to do with her team, and heads straight for the elevator to leave.

“I don’t want to be around the negativity anymore, the environment is so unhealthy.” Hello? Pot, meet kettle. Aubrey’s had some very harsh words for her team members, so it’s ironic that she’s so upset that they dislike her as well. Oh well. Goodbye Aubrey. Don’t trip on your way out. I know Arsenio sure doesn’t want her back.

At the end of the day, Arsenio is just plain glad to have won the money for his charity.

Back in the Board Room, there’s still another firing to go. Once again, Lou has no intention of being fired, and he’ll tell you all about it, over and over. Penn seems pretty safe, since he wasn’t around for most of the challenge. Dayana will be brought back, because her name is now on a chair. Lisa won’t be brought back, because she’s the one with ‘ideas.’ Well, that only leaves Dee.

Dee tries to defend himself, but Trump hammers Dee with the knowledge that the Walgreens execs hated Dee’s box and graphics.

As expected, Lou brings back Dayana and Dee. (in the War Room, Arsenio is going on and on about Aubrey’s ‘skank ass’ so it’s hard to concentrate on Trump’s conversation.)

Hey! Who’s that talking with the stars? Why it’s receptionist Amanda, actually interacting with Dee, Lou and Dayana. Amanda’s smiling and everything! Wow! Before you get too excited, the gang is called back into Trump’s board room.

Well, we knew Dayana wasn’t going to be fired, but I did have my fingers crossed that Lou would take the bullet. Unfortunately, Trump decided to make Dee the goat of the task, citing his graphics and creative as the losing factor. So – yep, another week of watching Dayana and Lou holding back the creative efforts of the others.

Dee’s exit interview: My advice to the remaining contestants is to not prop up Lou Ferrigno anymore. The Trumps do not have a clear picture of who he is, and what he is, and his abilities. If he didn’t have my support, he’d have been gone a long time ago, and wouldn’t have been able to throw me under the bus.”

Next week: In the aftermath of Arsenio’s meltdown, Lisa’s fighting mad. Now it’s Lisa vs Dayana. And Lisa vs Lou. And she’s taking over the Board Room.

So, was that three hour episode worth your while? Did you fall asleep as I did? Will you be tuning in next week to see what lies in store for the last remaining celebs? Let us know below, in the comment section.

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