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'Celebrity Apprentice' recap: 'Jingle All The Way Home'

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After saying goodbye to Penn Jilette in last week's episode of The Celebrity Apprentice, which celebrity would be packing their bags and heading out of the competition this time around?

Unsurprisingly, several of the contestants are hoping it will be poor Dayana Mendoza, though they suggest it will be Penn. "I can't imagine a world where Penn is sent home over Dayana," Aubrey O'Day sighs. Of course, that's just what happens.

But the other returning celebrity, Clay Aiken, isn't too happy either, saying he wishes Penn hadn't been fired. Still, he thinks this puts him at an advantage since Dayana's a weaker player than him... Dayana also knows what's going on: "Obviously they are not happy with me still being here, so I'm going to have to watch my back double."

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It's time to find out what the next task will be! Donald Trump reveals that they'll be making a 90-second jingle for Good Sam's roadside assistance and then perform it in front of a live audience. They'll be judged on the jingle, brand messaging and performance! But who'll be project manager? Arsenio Hall takes it on for Unanimous, while Dayana puts herself forward for Forte - she wants to show she's working hard. They'll be playing for $20,000... plus $25,000 from Good Sam and 100% of the profits from the sales of the Good Sam mascot. Not a bad deal...

Forte

Straight away, Lisa Lampanelli suggests a '50s-ish theme to their jingle, but both she and Clay are amused when Dayana confuses the word "jingle" with Christmas, because of 'Jingle All The Way'. "I laughed inside, where it counts," Lisa says. Anyway, Dayana tries to get involved with lyrics but Clay tells her they need a melody first. He admits he's feeling frustrated, as he would be so suited to being project manager on this task.

As Dayana continues to suggest ideas for the jingle, she's rebuffed by Lisa and Clay. So when the musicians arrive, they play different styles for Dayana to hear, and eventually she settles on a Frankie Valli-style tune... which Lisa and Clay had originally suggested. In confessional, Dayana admits that she's not going to fight with her team as it just takes up time. But when she tries to give instructions to the musicians - "put a little bit of pink into it, yellow" - Clay makes a screaming face in the background. "I sort of see it as Dayana not knowing her ass from a hole in the ground," he says.

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Later, Dayana tries to get involved with writing the lyrics, but she doesn't seem to know which words rhyme. And when she tries to sit with Lisa to work on the track, Lisa tells her that she can't write with Dayana looking over her shoulder. When Clay records the track, Dayana tries to offer a suggestion, but Clay is not impressed and says in confessional: "I've heard you singing - you suck. Don't come tell me how to sing." Dayana also offers advice to Lisa as she records some speech, but Clay grumbles: "I might kill Dayana."

Time to move onto the visual presentation, and once more Dayana is ignored as she suggests having a hippy on stage. "It's two against one," Dayana sighs. "They team up just like evil, evil people." When Donald Trump Jr arrives to check on them, Dayana praises Clay because he knows what he's doing... and Lisa jumps in to say that she's also an important part of the team. After Donald asks, Dayana admits it's tough working with two strong teammates... and makes the mistake of calling Lisa "loud".

This naturally sparks a huge row, as Lisa accuses Dayana of being "passive aggressive". Dayana tries to backtrack but it's too late - "I'm sick of this s**t," Lisa says, calling Dayana a "bitch". She says that she hates being "lied about" and eventually announces that she can't "take" this and walks out. The work continues as Dayana gets to work with the signs ("It's the safest place for her to be," Clay says.)

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When Lisa returns, Dayana tries to speak with her but Lisa refuses to talk unless Dayana apologises. Dayana does the classic: "I'm sorry if you heard it that way", but Lisa does not accept that. "Either say, 'I'm sorry' or you can not talk to me," she says. Dayana tries to explain that she used the wrong word earlier but Lisa calls her a "little bitch" and refuses to speak until she apologises. Ouch.

The tension continues when Forte meets their dancers and choreographer - when Dayana offers Clay a suggestion, she's unimpressed with his response and yet another row begins. Soon, Clay calls over: "Lisa, I swear to God, we're about to go at her together." Again, he's annoyed that she's telling him how to do something he does as a career. Dayana's fed up that her team has no respect for her and just hopes the executives like their presentation.

Clay's certainly feeling confident - he sees Aubrey rehearsing and thinks Forte's presentation is much better. As it turns out, the presentation goes pretty well (though Dayana is not involved and pointedly says that she doesn't have to be on stage every time, probably in response to criticism from previous weeks.) But when it's over, Dayana goes on stage to say thanks to the audience... with no microphone. Uh oh! Will that be a problem?

Unanimous

Aubrey's straight in with the ideas - she wants a cheerleading theme, but Arsenio's not too sure about that. And her second idea of tapdancing strikes him as offensive: "As a black man, I'm not tapdancing." Already there's tension between the two then, leaving poor Teresa Giudice to keep the peace. "The car ride got a little awkward," she admits, understating the matter. And Arsenio's worried he won't be able to manage Aubrey.

At the recording studio, Aubrey's annoyed they don't have a concept yet and there's more tension as she and Arsenio argue on the best way to come up with a song. Still, when the executive arrives to give them advice, Aubrey asks him if the mascot is "basically the cheerleader" for the project. Unsurprisingly, Arsenio and Teresa soon decide to go with the cheerleading theme...

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The team also get straight into working on their jingle, as Arsenio says he would be a "fool" not to use Aubrey's voice. Arsenio also agrees to rap (and in private says he's keeping Aubrey "happy"). But he's also being careful not to let her run away with it all. In fact, he sets Aubrey to work with Teresa on the graphic design and signage while he works on his drumming... only to discover when his back is turned that Aubrey's run into the recording studio with the backing singers!

There's more to come, too, as when Donald Trump Jr comes to visit Aubrey takes the opportunity to take him aside and complain about her team for not being "creative". She also slams Arsenio, saying it's "impossible" for him to make decisions and stick to them. Donald's pretty thrown by Aubrey's comments! "I've never seen anything like that happen in the war room," he admits.

Arsenio still has a rap to lay down, so he sends Aubrey and Teresa to get to work on the presentation. And when they call him from the van, he offers him an outline of what he wants. He might as well not have bothered, as Aubrey (who says he has "no idea" what he's doing) begins to change things when they start working! "She pretty much took over and did really what she wanted," Teresa says.

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When Arsenio arrives, he's not impressed with Aubrey's changes, particularly that she's moved his opening drumming to the end. In turn, Aubrey accuses him of throwing a tantrum! In the middle of it all, Teresa's desperately trying to keep the peace but she admits that she doesn't know if they'll be able to perform together...

As it turns out, they can (though Aubrey complains that Teresa and Arsenio's opening skit was "horrible" - "It's difficult when people aren't as good as things like this than you are".) Still, Arsenio's pleased with the presentation - will it persuade the executives?

The Boardroom

In the boardroom, Arsenio's confident that his team won the task and suggests that Aubrey did a "great job". He admits that she can be pretty strong, though! Teresa also says that Arsenio was "good" as a project manager.

With the other team, Dayana and Lisa say that they don't expect to lose. But Lisa doesn't waste any time before saying that Dayana was not a good project manager, "contributed next to nothing" and wasted time. In fact, Dayana was a "horrible" project manager! She criticises Dayana for advising Clay even though this is what he does for a living.

For her part, Dayana points out that she was "shooed away" when she tried to help with the lyrics and admits that it was difficult to manage the team. But Lisa points out that she didn't know what rhymed and accuses Dayana of "pure idiocy". Dayana just points out that this attitude is what she faced throughout the task! Donald Trump Jr, though, asks Dayana why she cut Lisa off in front of him, and Dayana explains that it's been hard working with Lisa and her disrespectful attitude.



Dayana also admits that she doesn't know how Lisa can succeed in business if this is the way she behaves, but Lisa points out that she is very successful. This row goes round in circles for a while, before Lisa says that if someone lies or misrepresents her she considers them a "vicious animal" and attacks. "If you want to go, we can go now!" she announces.

As the discussion continues, Lisa suggests that Dayana has "nothing happening above the neck" (ouch), and Dayana says this is why she found the task so difficult - the insults. Lisa says Dayana has no creativity and everyone has to carry her - she's the "female Lou Ferrigno". But surprisingly, Dayana hasn't decided who she'd fire yet - even after all the insults - because Lisa "is a hard worker when she wants to be". Still, she's also "the most disrespectful" person she's worked with.

Ivanka suggests that this could be a failure of leadership on Dayana's part, but Dayana points out that it is very difficult when they team up together. At this point, Aubrey gets involved to say that she's on Lisa's side and knows she works hard. Oh, and she says she would never have a problem managing people (though Donald suggests she struggled with Arsenio).

The row between Dayana and Lisa continues, as Donald notices that Dayana is being very "strong", "solid" and "cool". He points out that she couldn't speak English four years ago, but Lisa fights back: "I don't care." Dayana then announces that she's never seen a grown woman cry as much as Lisa, prompting an angry response.

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And Lisa accuses Dayana of not having any skill or talent. Dayana tells her she should have respect for her project manager but Donald gasps as Lisa replies: "I don't have any if it's you." Donald gives Clay a chance to speak, and he admits that he doesn't really disagree with Lisa (though he's not necessarily cool with the way she said it).

Still, let's find out who won! Forte are praised for Clay's singing, Lisa's writing, their energy, and the overall presentation. But the executives weren't really impressed with the branding and thought it was all a little safe - and hey, where was Dayana? As for Unanimous, they liked the jingle, the use of the mascot and Arsenio and Aubrey's contribution. They weren't so happy with Teresa... and thought the cheerleaders were a little too sexy. Still - Unanimous has won!

Who's Going Home?

We're down to business now - who's going home? Dayana admits that she's "sad" and the task has been "tough". They begin speaking about how the executives wondered where Dayana was, and again she speaks about how tough it was to manage the task when she got no respect from her team.

Donald points out that Dayana must have showmanship since she won Miss Universe, but Clay and Lisa don't think that's relevant. In fact, Clay agrees it's hard to respect Dayana after this task and her "micromanagement". In the end, Donald calls Dayana a "fantastic person", who's "beautiful" and has an "amazing career"... but she's fired.



After hugging her rivals goodbye, Dayana announces that she wouldn't have done anything differently, but she admits that working with Lisa was "a journey to deal with". She advises the remaining contestants to "stop the drama" and realise they're working for their charity. "There's no reason to be so evil," she says. "It's all for good - I just want them to realise that."

The Celebrity Apprentice airs Sundays on NBC.

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