RECAP: It’s the Muppet Show on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’April 16th, 2012 | Posted by in Featured TV | Reality TV | Television
It’s time to make the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to watch another mindless episode of CELEBRITY APPRENTICE tonight!
SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know what happened on Sunday’s episode, now’s a great time to turn away. Why don’t you read this article about TITANIC instead? Spoiler warning for that, too… the ship sinks at the end.
Lisa and Dayana return from the boardroom without Lou, and Lisa says, “we did it. Good riddance.” Clay calls her out on it saying Lou’s still a person. Lisa says Clay has been pulling “tactics” the whole time, and he shouldn’t start with her. He says she’s right, and he won’t start with her. Aubrey says she doesn’t like Clay, which begs the question: aside from herself, who DOES she like?
Arsenio asks Lisa if Lou really asked to be part of the video from last week, and Lisa says no. She said he goes into the boardroom and essentially lies to Trump. Clay says Lisa’s attitude is a result of going through so many losses or the losses are a result of Lisa’s attitude not being so great.
Lisa says the teams are unbalanced again (3-5), so she wonders if Trump will switch it up again. Aubrey says she hopes Clay and Arsenio get split up.
Teresa shows up to a park and delivers a check for $60,000 for the NephCure Foundation. She meets with Matt, who benefits greatly from the charity. Hugs and kisses!
Receiving the Task
The teams meet at FAO Schwarz in New York City. They are celebrating their 150th anniversary. Trump introduces Brian Henson (!!!!!) as he talks about puppets. Brian, whose name I will remember this week out of respect for his dad Jim Henson, says his folks put on an improv puppet show for adults called “Stuffed and Unstrung.” The teams will put on a show. They’ll also create their own “Miskreant” puppets for the show at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Note he doesn’t say “Muppets.” Still, I’ve never wanted to be a part of a task so much in my life.
Trump says the task requires four people on each team, so someone from Unanimous has to go to Forte. Trump asks Dayana who she would want. She says Clay. He asks Lisa. She says Aubrey. He asks Penn, and he says “Clay or Paul or Arsenio or Aubrey or … uh.” Trump says he had already decided, but he was just curious. He tells Clay to move on over. He’s Forte now. Lisa is non-plussed.
The performance will be judged on puppet design, quality of puppeteering and improv, and the total live performance.
The teams pick project managers. Lisa volunteers for Forte. She says she’s one of the few people who hasn’t won anything for their charity. Her charity is Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Paul Sr. volunteers for Unanimous, but admits to his team that he’s not so great on creative. He says afterwards that improv isn’t really his thing. His charity is the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
On the Road Again
The newly Clay-ified Forte heads off in the van, and Lisa asks him if he’s ever done improv before and if he’s quick on his feet. He says he’s definitely quick on his feet. He also volunteers that he has years of experience puppeteering in church. Dayana says she’s done improv for a year and a half. Lisa says she’s done it for 22 years, but in a way that’s dismissive to Dayana. Lisa says she’s concerned that Dayana thinks she can do what they can do. She thinks Dayana will “bitch and moan” and they’ll end up fighting. Lisa and Clay say they should try to get through a task and a boardroom without fighting.
Unanimous is in the van tossing out ideas. Arsenio says the worst thing they could do is create a green frog when it comes to originality. Teresa suggest making their puppets in their own images. She further goes on to describe that Arsenio’s would be black, and Aubrey’s would be white. Arsenio laughs and says, “we get it, Teresa.” Like I’m black, she’s white. Funny moment. Aubrey sits in the back watching this. She says that aside from “maybe” Arsenio, nobody else in the vehicle has any comedic performing experience. She says she’s really not allowed to step up and takeover because she’ll just look like an a-hole again. Yeah, probably. She says she’s really working on being a team player, and that’s the only complaint people have had about her at this point.
At Jim Henson’s Creature Shop
Unanimous arrives and is instantly drawn to a few of the puppets on the rack. Arsenio picks up a buff caveman puppet and says in his “Lou Ferrigno” voice, “I don’t understand why Lisa doesn’t like me.” Very funny. Paul says his back is killing him. It went out that morning, so it’s looking like he’s not going to be a puppet. They begin watching a past show from Stuffed and Unstrung, and Aubrey suggests to Paul what he might consider doing with the four team members. Arsenio is impressed with Aubrey’s restraint. Paul says he knows he can’t be a puppet. Aubrey suggests Arsenio should be a good puppet because of his comedic mind. Arsenio says Aubrey would be a good host. Teresa would be a puppet by default. Brian Henson and his partner come in and give advice to Unanimous regarding improv techniques.
Over at Forte, Lisa asks Brian about creating broader characters. They recommend it because they can play lots more roles. Also, Brian suggests that it can be a racy show as well, but it’s classier to brush up against the naughtiness instead of being so direct. Penn asks about adjusting for wildly different heights of the puppeteers. Penn is 6’7″, and Brian says the average height of a puppeteer is about 5’11″. Lisa is disappointed, but she knows Penn would be a good, high-energy host. Lisa is going to be a puppeteer and Clay as well. Penn hosts, but Dayana is looking for a role in the group as well. Penn asks what voices Lisa can do. Clay asks to hear her Spanish voice, and Lisa goes into a quick stereotype voice, which offends Dayana greatly. Dayana says she doesn’t have a specific task, and she just wants to contribute. Clay says puppet design is a big deal, but Lisa doesn’t delegate anything to Dayana.
Designing the Puppets
Unanimous meets with the designers at the workshop, and they get two blank puppets to create. Arsenio works on one and instantly decides he should have an orange mohawk. Teresa works on the other one.
Forte works on the puppets, but Dayana and Penn are primarily doing the work. Lisa and Clay go off to meet with the improv instructors.
Back to Unanimous, Arsenio and Teresa continue working but start discussing names. Arsenio says his is named “Perry Winkle” because that’s his color. Teresa couldn’t decide on a name. Although, Arsenio suggests “Fabulina,” and Teresa gravitates to that. It’s now “Fabalina” with an A. Aubrey says Paul is having a lazy attitude. Aubrey says the puppets aren’t very versatile, but she is nervous to say anything given how her team attacked her before in the boardroom.
Clay and Lisa are working with the improv folks and the puppeteers, and they seem to be taking to it pretty quickly.
Back to Unanimous, Aubrey politely suggests to Teresa that they should get going on the improv and puppeteer class. Arsenio reminds Paul about the meeting, and he seems to be having trouble getting Paul’s attention. Aubrey says she’s just letting Arsenio deal with Paul. They finally get to class, and the people have been waiting for them. The puppeteer teaches Teresa that she should open the puppet’s mouth on every syllable, but she’s having trouble getting it. The guy suggests using a nursery rhyme to practice, and she doesn’t really know any other than Jack and Jill… which she butchers.
Aubrey is learning hosting responsibilities, and the improv lady clues her in on how to start and stop the scenes.
Dayana and Penn are working on puppets. The Creature Shop people say Dayana’s fabrication is so good, they would hire her. Eric Trump shows up (fresh off another hunting trip, no doubt) and gets the layout from Lisa. He asks how Dayana’s doing, and Lisa sorta says Dayana “did this” referring to the puppet. Eric asks Dayana if it’s her first time making a puppet. She says it’s her first time making a puppet, but her answer doesn’t really mask that she’s unhappy. Eric says Dayana was really quiet, but he feels like there’s tension between Dayana and Lisa getting in the way.
Forte gets together and discusses the way the show will work as Ivanka walks in the door. Arsenio tells Ivanka about Paul’s back. Ivanka says she feels bad for Paul, but she has seen his energy level higher. Ivanka notes that Aubrey hasn’t said a word.
Penn and Dayana deliver Unanimous’ puppets to Lisa and Clay. Clay says that as project manager, he would likely try to find something for Dayana to do, but it’s tough to understand the dynamic. Clay looks to be a natural. Dayana just sits off to the side sulking.
Forte gets together with the improv coach, and she explains the “rules of improv.” At the same time, though, it’s clear the team doesn’t like that Paul is just sitting around doing nothing. Aubrey says Arsenio isn’t her favorite, but he’s got some skills. Teresa is working with the improv team, and she’s struggling bad. She obviously doesn’t get it.
It’s the Puppet Show!
In the van, Forte works on some improv exercises, and Teresa just isn’t getting it. This is a disaster waiting to happen.
Unanimous arrives at the stage’s dressing rooms, and Lisa proudly announces that Debbie Gibson “took a four-alarm dump” in the locker room at the Medieval Times task. Clay suggests to Lisa that Dayana could help during the show by helping people get their puppets on. Lisa declines, and then Lisa eggs Dayana on. Words can’t describe what happened. This is worth watching…
Lisa’s losing her shiznit (again). This should be part of the drinking game. Penn says he’ll go talk to Dayana. He goes outside where Dayana’s crying, and Dayana unloads on him. Penn wisely just stands there and listens. He says listening can defuse the situation better than talking. “Sometimes not trying to solve things is the best way to solve things,” Penn says. They go back into the dressing room.
Unanimous heads to the stage for their performance, and it goes swimmingly. Here’s a clip…
When Forte comes to the stage, things don’t go nearly as well. Sadly, I don’t have a clip, but trust me when I say it’s a complete disaster. If you watch the full episode, it all begins at about 50:00. The big problem. Yep, you guessed it… Teresa. She breaks the improv rules constantly.
Brian Henson and his Henson Alternative partner (I forgot his name) meet with Eric to discuss the performances. They had more negative comments for Forte, although they did have an issue with a joke that was too risqué on Unanimous’ team. They also felt Penn didn’t cut off a scene at the right time during the Unanimous show.
Entering the Boardroom
Everyone files into the boardroom and takes their seats. Trump walks in and immediately asks Dayana how she got along with Lisa. She says okay until she explodes. She also says Lisa was an okay project manager. Lisa says she finds it offensive when people don’t value their behind-the-scenes job. Dayana says she didn’t really want to be in the show. She was just looking for a job. Lisa says she and Clay were the puppeteers because of their improv experience. Clay says they had a nice rapport onstage. Honestly, Clay looked like he was made for performing with the group. Lisa was less comfortable, and perhaps not nearly as good. Trump asks why Dayana looks so upset. Dayana says it’s Lisa’s level of aggression and disrespect towards others on her team. Lisa is asked who she would bring back. She says she hasn’t decided who she would bring back. She begins crying again (drink!).
Trump asks Paul why he wanted to be project manager. Paul says he didn’t know a thing about puppets, but he did it because nobody else really wanted it. He thinks his team won. Trump asks who his weak player is. He says Teresa because she is indecisive referring to the puppet naming. Ivanka points out that Teresa named her daughter after Trump’s wife Melania. Ivanka brings up that Paul hurt his back. Aubrey said Paul would have been fine as a puppet but was limited. Arsenio said Paul was a trooper.
And the Winner Is…
Eric says that the Henson folks thought Penn did a great job as host. Lisa and Clay were excellent. They thought Dayana’s puppet designs were great and that they might actually end up using them in a couple shows. They noted Penn’s missed cues and the risqué joke in the informercial segment.
Ivanka says Arsenio’s puppetry was excellent. They said Aubrey’s timing was excellent. They felt the show was a little on the safe side, and they called out Teresa on breaking the improv rules. I think we see where this is going…
Lisa’s team wins. Dayana gets to live another day, and Forte is excused. Gay Men’s Health Crisis wins $20,000. Back in the war room, Forte celebrates their win with champagne and snacks.
Regarding the complexity of the puppets, Paul didn’t seem to get they were too complex. Arsenio seems to agree and feels like he might have boxed himself in. He doesn’t think he should be fired for it, though. Arsenio says Teresa made the other puppet. Teresa says everyone made the puppets, and the final call was Paul’s. He thinks that the primary designers are responsible, but Teresa disagrees and said Paul should be fired for it. Teresa says Paul just sat around yesterday and said he would rather be riding his motorcycle than doing this task. Aubrey says Teresa is more valuable moving ahead. Aubrey says Teresa gives 100 percent (drink!) and has more stamina than anyone in the room. Aubrey is asked if Teresa is good member of her team, and Aubrey stops short by saying “everyone has value on the team.” Arsenio says Paul is the most valuable person going forward. Trump asks Paul who is going to saved tonight. He says Arsenio because he brings more versatility to the table moving forward. Despite messing up a puppet, Paul still says Arsenio. Lisa says that if Paul had brought in Arsenio, Paul would have had an ally in the boardroom, and Teresa would be kicked out. But now, both Aubrey and Teresa are against him, and it doesn’t look good for Paul.
The Final Showdown
Trump asks why Aubrey why she was brought back. She says she has no idea. The execs had nothing bad to say about her. Paul says he analyzed the situation and decided Arsenio should be safe. Regardless, Trump says, it might be more appropriate to bring Arsenio back because his puppet wasn’t right. Aubrey says Teresa is giving her full effort every time. Not everything is gold, but to compare Teresa and Paul, Teresa was putting forth the effort. Aubrey says she would fire Paul because of this. She said that utilizing people in their proper strengths is a project manager’s job, and Paul’s heart wasn’t really in this task. Paul says he thinks Aubrey is incredible and artistic. She was a better team player as well, she says. Trump gets Paul to admit that Aubrey should be safe. Trump begins leading Paul into admitting everything was his fault and that he made a poor decision in not bringing Arsenio back. Paul Sr. is fired and headed back to Orange County Choppers to fight with his kids. Here’s the clip…
The teams work on a task for Mr. Trump himself…