And just like that, The Apprentice went from 4 contestants down to 2 and there's only one week left in the 4th season of the series. Wow. Admittedly I haven't been all that invested in the program to notice whether or not it was on the schedule beyond next week, but that shocked the hell out of me. After watching Felisha break down and start crying in the boardroom and Trump firing her for not being strong enough to work in New York City, Alla - who had a horrible boardroom and a poorly done task for the second week in a row - got up to leave, when Trump bellowed "Alla, sit down." And then he canned her ass too. Holy shit. And just last week, I had determined that she was the favorite to win the whole show. Perhaps her shady past finally came to Trump's attention and he used this opportunity to let her go. And in all fairness, she really fucked up this task (and didn't do well on last week's either). But this time her strength was used against her, as Trump - with Bill Rancic piling on - claimed that she was just too damn difficult to be managed and fired her. I still think it was the stripping, though.
The good news? We're down to two contestants, and one of them is my boy Randal, who was again impressive this episode, although it could come back to haunt him how he bent over backwards to make sure Rebecca looked good and "got her victory" (she hadn't won a task as project leader yet). Randal has got to be considered the favorite certainly - with an unblemished record as project leader and a re-established dominance in the two weeks since Clay's firing smeared him so badly. But Rebecca remains the golden girl in the eyes of Trump (and by extension, Carolyn and Bill) and I shouldn't be too shocked that she made the final two. They gave her every benefit of the doubt while shit-canning others for more minor mistakes as she continued to survive. And now she's on equal footing with Randal for the final victory. Well, she's still on one foot, but she's got a good chance to win.
She still scares the fuck out of me, though. Could she be more intense? I mean, when she and Randal were surprised by the appearance of their significant others, it's almost like her robot brain short-circuited as she seemed about to say "Yeah, what are you doing here? I'm in the middle of a contest, you idiot." She either really needs to take a break, or she's certifiably insane. It could go either way. I'm not sure she even cracked a smile the whole time her boyfriend was there. Hell, I'm not really sure she can actually smile.
But good luck, Randal. Upstream, red team, red team, upstream, rah rah Rutgers rah. (Five years of college and that's the only part of our fight song that I remember).