Aubrey O'Day's excited... until she discovers that she's going to be split up from Lisa Lampanelli! The new teams are Arsenio Hall, Aubrey, Paul Teutel Sr, Clay Aiken and Teresa Giudice (Unanimous) and Lou Ferrigno, Penn Jillette, Dayana Mendoza, Lisa and Dee Snider (Forte). Aubrey's not the only one unhappy - the thought of working with Aubrey sees Arsenio fall onto the floor! But what's the task?
Well, the teams will have to come up with a presentation to promote the Walk With Walgreens scheme, and come up with a new box design for the members' kit. They'll be judged on brand messaging, kit design and the overall presentation - and not only will Walgreens execs Mark and Joe judge, but so will The Biggest Loser's Alison Sweeney! Lou names himself project manager for Forte (and engages in a push-up contest with Aubrey), while Arsenio steps up for Unanimous (and he really wants to win money for The Magic Johnson Foundation, especially as his cousin recently died of AIDS). There is $50,000 up for grabs...
Lisa's not happy about the new teams - "I'm literally in my version of hell" - but she's willing to work. They have to get on with it, too - Penn has a show that night and has to fly out at 2pm. They begin brainstorming, though, and the execs are impressed when Lou tells them about how he got a new appreciation of walking after having his knees and hips replaced. Lou's feeling optimistic!
They decide to focus their presentation on what you can do while you're walking - flirting, listening to music, making phone calls and so on, and agree they could incorporate things personal to them. There's a bit of an awkward moment when Penn complains that he doesn't want Lou to host the presentation, but Lou isn't backing down. Meanwhile, Dayana's not convinced with Dee's box design ("I'd love to do something more").
Lisa despairs when Penn leaves for his flight - she thinks he's one of the hardest workers. Things don't improve when she overhears Dee waxing lyrical about how hard Dayana has been working and how smart she is. "Pass me the puke bucket now," she says, angrily.
But there's still more box design to do - Lisa suggests putting words on the box as well to show what you can do while walking. Dee begins to offer suggestions such as "itching" and "scratching", and Dayana's not keen on all the negativity. But Dee waves her off, explaining that it is funny. Then it's just time to rehearse, and Lou practises - though Lisa worries that he isn't focused enough. "I can't take these people," she complains.
Lisa's also still annoyed by Dayana, so when she goes out to buy a bathing suit for the presentation, she complains about her to Dee. But Dee's surprised: "I didn't think she was vacuous or dumb - she's very bright and mature." He adds that the perspective Lisa has on Dayana is "terribly unfair". Lisa's annoyed that he doesn't dislike Dayana: "Dee's so far up Dayana's ass it's like he's sitting there watching a 2-year-old getting potty trained and pretending every dump is beautiful. Guess what, we just end up flushing it like all of her ideas!"
But it's time for the presentation, and Penn's back and working hard even though he flew overnight and has only had one hour of sleep. Lou kicks off by talking about his operation and love for walking, and impresses everyone. In fact, everything's going well... until Penn accidentally namechecks Walmart instead of Walgreens. Oh dear! "It's the equivalent of calling a woman by another name when you're in bed with them," Dee says. But Dayana saves the day with a cute little ad lib!
Afterwards, Alison admits that she doesn't like the box - especially the words like "itching" and "scratching". And the Walmart/Walgreens mix-up was a big mistake. But on the positive side, they did enjoy Lou's speech. Will the other team beat them?
Aubrey's getting on Arsenio's nerves right from the beginning, as she offers suggestions about the box before they've even spoken to the execs. For her part, Aubrey admits that she's "not impressed" with Arsenio. And when she interrupts him when they're talking to the execs, Arsenio's even more annoyed. "She's a narcissistic piece of work," he complains.
Soon, Clay comes up with the idea of a game show for their presentation and the team gets to work. But when Aubrey suggests including quotes on the box about how everyone walks, she annoys Arsenio again by saying that his quote could be about walking away from his career. Phew! "I don't know how much more I can take," Arsenio admits. And we're only just getting started...
Aubrey takes photographs of everyone for the box (though Arsenio doesn't like his shot, and can't convince her to take another one). Back in the war room, she flat out refuses to use another photograph on the box, and Arsenio has to fight to write his own quote for the packaging. Clay notes that Aubrey's moving things forward without any permission, and when Eric shows up he notices that she interrupts to explain what's going on so Arsenio can't get a word in.
The team have their dress rehearsal, while Aubrey makes sure that she gets everything approved (though Clay says: "I don't thinks he does anything better than she covers her ass."). Of course, it's too late for Arsenio to change the picture that he hates... Time for the presentation!
Everything goes well, and the execs and Alison are impressed, though they agree it was a bit too "intensely fact based" and didn't really explain the Walgreens programme. Arsenio's just glad he got through the task with Aubrey... but warns that if the Boardroom doesn't go down in the right way he will "be like a caged animal in a corner, fighting". Gulp!
Lou's optimistic about the task, but Lisa says he was only an "alright" project manager because he fell on the others to do a lot and finds it hard to be tough (though Donald disagrees about that). Lou explains that he was just utilising everybody's strengths. Donald's also unsure about Penn not being around for the task, but when he hears about his commitment with flying back and not sleeping, he's more impressed.
Over with the other team, everything starts off pleasantly enough. But when Donald asks Clay who was the more valued new team member, he says Aubrey brought a lot of ideas but Teresa "was by far the better team player". Arsenio is very diplomatic, saying that you have to "customise your style" to deal with Aubrey and understand that she needs to be handled in a different way from other people.
Mind you, when Clay says that Aubrey is "full of ideas", Arsenio jokes that she's full of something else. And Clay concludes that Aubrey often forges ahead with ideas without checking... and even with ideas that she's asked not to go ahead with.
The teams both get a chance to look at the other team's boxes, and Aubrey declares that Forte's is "horrible" and "boring" (Clay also calls it boring). When Lisa says she likes the quotes on Unanimous's packaging, Aubrey says that she wrote them. That's the final straw for Arsenio, who says she is lying - "typing is not writing"! He complains that Aubrey "puts 'I' in 'team'" and she's not telling the truth because he wrote his own quote. He points out that when they got the Forte package to look at, she had a look and threw it away from the rest of the team...
When Donald asks Aubrey who came up with the idea for a game show, she can't remember - prompting Arsenio to again say that she only cares about what she does. "I'm not saying anything that's not true," he adds. "I hate selfishness." He explains that he had to "massage" her personality and ego. Oh, and Clay agrees with him and adds that he was impressed with how Arsenio handled the situation.
Aubrey begins to cry and turns to Teresa to ask if she's taught her everything, but that backfires as Arsenio complains that she's being a teacher now. Even Donald's not impressed, suggesting that it is patronising of Aubrey to suggest that she taught Teresa everything. Teresa does try to stand up for Aubrey, but she doesn't have much success. Donald advises Aubrey to stop crying but that must be hard when Arsenio, Clay and Paul all say they would fire her.
Um, shall we talk to the other team? The execs liked Lou's testimony... but they didn't like the signage and the Walmart namecheck, unsurprisingly. But it's time to find out who's won... it's not a surprise when Arsenio's group wins! Arsenio begins crying because of the huge donation his charity is now going to get. But there's more drama to come... when they leave, Aubrey walks off from the group. "I don't want to be around all the negativity anymore," she says. "That's not the reason why I came here. The environment's so unhealthy and ugly, I just don't know if this is the right place for me."
Back at the war room, Arsenio's still buzzing that he won and dedicates the triumph to his late cousin. It's a while before they realise that Aubrey's still not there - where is she? With her AWOL, Arsenio goes on a rant about her behaviour both on the task and in the boardroom. But his little speech actually scares Teresa! "I just wanna get out of this room," she admits.
Who's going home?
Aubrey's situation may still be unclear - will she stay or will she go? - but we still have a firing to deal with! Lou admits that he doesn't know what the team could have done differently, but suggests that Dee didn't contribute enough. Dee disagrees, though he shoots himself in the foot by pointing out that he worked on the box (which the execs hated).
It seems to be coming down to Lou being the project manager, as several people suggest that he should be the one fired. But Donald points out that Lou did impress with his speech. Unsurprisingly, Dayana also finds herself in the firing line, especially from Lisa. Eventually, Lou chooses to bring back Dayana and Dee (though Donald suggests he should have chosen Penn for his slip-up, Lou explains that he worked hard otherwise and people just make mistakes).
Dee's annoyed that Lou said he didn't give 110% - he would rather he was being brought back because of the box. Dayana doesn't know why she keeps getting brought back and suggests that it was because she didn't have a specific task this week and had to do a bit of everything (Dee backs her up on that point). Both Dayana and Dee say they would fire Lou as he's the project manager.
Attention turns to the box, but Dee points out that Lou approved everything - and he wouldn't have created anything by himself either. Donald decides that Dayana shouldn't be in the boardroom at all so it's really down to Dee and Lou. He asks if Lou has a chip on his shoulder, and Dee thinks that he does.
Donald admits that the decision is "tough" - "I hate to fire people, especially really good people," he says. He admits that there are some contestants he likes more than others, but he is fond of all three sitting in front of him. But because of the box design, he has to fire Dee.
"My advice to the remaining contestants is to not prop up Lou Ferrigno anymore," Dee says. "The Trumps do not have a clear picture of who he is and what he is and his ability. If he didn't have my support offered a long time ago he wouldn't be able to throw me under the bus."
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