And so The Apprentice moves to Los Angeles! As if to reinforce to us that this is a great idea, the show opens with Trump in his limo in rainy New York speaking to Barbi--uhm, I mean Melania on the phone. Trump then arrives in sunny happy LA, and starts the new look off by loudly proclaiming "I love LA!"
The season opener is a bit slow, and opinions range from good (mostly from Apprentice fans unfazed by The Donald's recent Rosie roasting) to just plain horrible (mostly from Rosie fans turned off by the whole advertisement-of-the-Trump-family business). This episode DOES see quite a bit of Trump family preening, as this picture from the TVgasm.com recap shows:
The candidates show up and introduce themselves. A walking picnic table called Martin pipes up and asks Mr Trump if he can go to the bathroom (which we all know means "Fire me now, Mr Trump!" in Apprenticespeak. --Editor) and so the episode premise is outlined: Trump introduces a few twists to boost his flagging ratings; the winning team gets to live in the mansion next to his (in a single bedroom, no doubt to creater happy-camper team camaraderie as well as to encourage coitus so the show can live up to its promise of, uh, goings-on in the trailer --Ed) and the losing team gets to sleep outside in tents (and no sex, of course. --Ed). The winning project manager STAYS project manager and gets to sit in on boardroom meetings (cos George is too old to walk without looking like an 80-year old House, and Donald Trump Jr's a bit busy making money to be in this episode. --Ed).
Irritating Idiot of the Week Award: James (the Webhead) was a close contender for this one, due to his overconfident smack-me-in-the-face-go-ahead-you-know-you-wanna expression and demeanour, but he featured too little in this episode to win. The winner is undoubtedly Frank, who as the reviewer for the Trump blog (who mysteriously isn't Donald Trump himself but some unknown bum who suddenly became a Vice-President --Ed) says, "staged a sickening grab for power" and made such a nuisance of himself that the other candidates decided to give the baby his bottle and made him project manager.
All in all, an interesting episode, but Trump's going to need to hook viewers fast if he wants to keep his show afloat. The new episode's out, and another review should be up shortly. In the meantime, I leave you with the exit interview, simplified to a single picture: