Celebrity Apprentice: Trump Wants Bret's Bandana
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The sixth episode starts with the end of the last challenge. Bret Michaels is in a positive mood, deciding to go out drinking. “We’re going to ROCK!”
The next morning Sharon Osbourne is still not with the group, Donald Trump begins hinting he may have to make a move here, possibly removing her from the show. Sharon’s strategy to win may be taking a hit, let’s see how this plays out.
For the next challenge the teams must promote an up and coming country star. There are two. Given their non-descript looks and aura of boredom we will refer to them as Country Riser #1 and Country Riser #2. The details are given out at the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame Annex in New York. Trump says he expects both Cyndi Lauper and Michaels to be there one day. Interesting side note: The Annex actually closed just two months after this taping. I don’t have proof it had to do with The Donald’s lobbying for Bret Michaels induction, but it is safe to say this contributed. For the women, Cyndi Lauper quickly takes on the role of Project Manager, for the men, ex-wrestler, Bill Goldberg, assumes the position.
The challenge is essentially to create a personality, press package, etc… for the two Country Risers. The women pick the girl, CR#2, and the men are stuck with the guy, CR#1. Without any experience, Goldberg gives Bret full authority on all decisions. Michaels, admitting he his very hung over (mentions he had an “Awesome time!” the night before), mentors CR#1 by telling him “Never say you’re tired in an interview” and then giving him his necklace chain to wear. For those unaware, this may be the very same chain worn in the “Something To Believe In Video” (with a cross hanging) to show how serious that song was. The only more serious moment in the Poison catalog came during the video for “Life Goes On”, where Bret was wearing two chains (with two crosses). There is also an old country star helping with the challenge, he is also wearing a neck chain that Bret says looks, predictably: “Awesome!”
On the women’s side, Sharon is back and everyone acts like she was never gone. Well played Ms. Osbourne, well played. She immediately involves herself in the challenge, ensuring her value to the team. I stand by my prediction: Only Sharon can beat herself; she is the favorite to win the whole thing.
Back on the Men’s side CR#1 is having his interview. The first thing he tells the reporter is that he is tired. Once again, no one is listening to Bret. This is followed by a live performance by CR#1 where the lyrics are: “Rain makes corn/Corn makes whiskey”. Michaels points out that CR#1 looks better than before, thanks to his chain.
Inside the boardroom the girls are turning on each other, BUT they win the challenge. This leaves Rock Solid, with only three members on the chopping block. It’s at this point you will begin to cringe. Trump begins asking Bret about his bandana. A discussion (all Trump with Bret grinning through his teeth) continues for minutes with The Donald telling all his love for Bret’s bandanas. “I think I would wear one of those every day if I could”. Non-Important Note: Bret is wearing his Tiger Woods Red bandana in the boardroom. Eventually Trump gets past the bandana and everyone agrees all of the challenge decisions were Michaels, but that it was ultimately Goldberg’s decision to be PM. Goldberg is fired, leaving Bret and Celebrity Chef Curtis Stone as the only two men left.
On the way out Bret turns to Donald and says, “If you ever talk about my bandana again I will take this off and strangle you with it!” Okay, that last part never happened…Bret would never take off his bandana.
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