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Celebrity Apprentice episode 1

Celebrity Apprentice: "Selling Hot Dogs"

In last night's episode of The Celebrity Apprentice, Donald Trump showed us he's still the same tough businessman he's always been — except am I the only one who thought he looked abnormally broad, like he was wearing extra shoulder pads? I think the old Apprentice got a surge of new life with its celebrity twist. Maybe it's because my expectations weren't too high for the first episode, but I was thoroughly entertained the entire hour. It probably doesn't hurt that I love fierce competition!

The episode opens with Donald informing the celebrities that they're all "commodities" and should use their "personal brand" to help them. While you and me aren't celebs with recognizable faces and reputations, we should always be working on our own brand. These are the qualities that you essentially sell to an interviewer to set you apart from the rest. Those are my two cents — now back to the drama!

The fourteen celebrity candidates are split into teams based on gender, which I think really heightens the competitive spirit. Omarosa volunteers to be the project manager for the women (team Empresario) and Stephen Baldwin steps up for the men (team Hydra). Immediately we're faced with striking differences in the teams' approaches — Nely Galan announces that she's brought matching hats for the team to symbolize unity, while the men are busy researching if the mythological Hydra had seven or three heads. I have to say, the hats have a huge lame factor.

To find out what celebrity is fired first and to see a video of the hot-dog vending madness

Stephen Baldwin's team whips Omarosa's team; the men raise $52,286 to the women's $17,038.79 and all of the money goes to a charity of Stephen's choice. The boardroom is full of animosity and there's an especially insulting exchange between Piers Morgan and Omarosa; he basically tells her that she's not a real celebrity and she calls him a "British asshole." I look forward to seeing how this relationship develops!

Omarosa drags Carol Alt and Tiffany Fallon to face the Trumps, but in the end Donald fires the former Playmate of the Year (Tiffany) for failing to call Hugh Hefner to buy an expensive hot dog. While Omarosa's viciousness makes my skin crawl and I'd like to see her get the boot, I think Donald made the right choice in the candidate he fired. Tiffany failed to use her celebrity and that was the whole point of the challenge. Following directions is a basic skill but if you don't have it, your employer will definitely notice.

Gene Simmons is still my favorite to take the cake, he certainly proved his celebrity in the first challenge and has some terrific one liners like “Omarosa is a survivor — like a cockroach — you cannot kill her!” I'm going to watch out for Nadia Comaneci though; did anyone else notice she hardly spoke one word the entire episode? She may have some tricks up her gymnast sleeve.

Photo courtesty of NBC

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chancleta chancleta 9 years
lol he said that? that's tooooooooo funny!
lcarcaise lcarcaise 9 years
This show is addicting.
pargie pargie 9 years
I never watched the show, but I did tune into the first episode of Celebrity Apprentice. My favorite is Omarosa! I've met her in real life, and she's nothing like the persona she presents on TV.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I just cant stomach Trump, but wanted to watch this show. i will gladly just read Savvys synopsis! thanks savvy!
cassedy04 cassedy04 9 years
we all know that the only reason omarosa chose to play down the celebrity factor is because she's not a celebrity! am i the only one who thinks it a little unfair/ridiculous that the only reason she is famous is because she was on the apprentice in the first place? also i think it gives her a slightly unfair competitive edge, but i guess thats a little bit of a stretch...
mcreverie mcreverie 9 years
i have never seen previous seasons, but i'm going to be an avid fan now that i've seen this episode. it's sooo good!!
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
I haven't watched Apprentice for a while but this is on a good season. So impressed with Gene Simmons! I can't wait to hear what he says to Trump's daughter next week. Hopefully he doesn't get the boot because he just cracks me up.
bellanatella bellanatella 9 years
Looking forward to this next week.
a-geek a-geek 9 years
Even though Steven Baldwin won, I would have loved to see him booted. That said, I think they didn't kill off Omarosa purely due to ratings. She was as horrible as before but will make people watch.
just_kelly just_kelly 9 years
Omarosa should have received the boot for her "lets not us celebrity" strategy. What else do you have working for you ladies? Come on now! I also feel like she objectified the playmate by trying to shove her into the street and sell, targeting her because of her playmate status. EVERYONE there should know how to sell: themselves and hotdogs!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I thought this was gonna be a really lame season but I was definitely suprised by how much I enjoyed it! Omarosa was completely wrong in her strategy....thinking her way was the only way (and look how good her strategy worked out!) I can't BELIEVE the women didn't use their celebrity to get donations..that's what the whole challenge was about!
FB1977 FB1977 9 years
I always liked this show, and almost didn't watch this latest edition but it was good! I think it will be interesting to see who wins in the end.
msdyanelk msdyanelk 9 years
Competition at it's finest. I have NOT watched this show in awhile.
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