Angriest… departure… ever!
More than 100 people have been eliminated from this show over the years. Melissa Rivers took it by far the worst ever. She declined any post-show interview with the producers, cursed up a storm and called Brande Roderick and Annie Duke “whore pit vipers.” (Those Rivers know the descriptive nasties, eh?) What’s cooler, Joan Rivers joined her daughter in solidarity and left in disgust.
‘You are a piece of xxxx and you’re a stupid blonde!” Joan said to the two of them as they returned. She then accused Roderick of being manipulated, which the former Playboy Playmate noted, “I’m still here!”
Roderick also said (rightly) that this is about raising the most money, which gave Rivers an excuse to go after Duke one more time: “You give money with blood on it. You’re a poker player. You’re beyond white trash.”
Will Melissa convince her mom to come back? I bet she will do so by telling Joan to take out Annie.
[By the way, I had planned to do recaps only while Georgia connected Herschel Walker (out last week) and T-Boz (out two weeks ago) were on the show. But since there are just three episodes left anyway and Herschel will be back next week, I figured I'll finish this out.]
Let’s go back to what happened.
There were two conflict points. The first one didn’t matter this week in the end because their team won: Jesse James vs. Clint Black. (I know, I know. What the heck is Clint Black still doing here? He makes good TV with his quiet arrogance and that black hat.)
The challenge was to create a four-page print ad for a new Right Guard product. This NBA player David Lee would be featured.
James had a clear idea of how to do the ad, but Clint Black was the project manager. Black incorporated some of James’ ideas but wanted a lot more of the brand message and colors than James. James was very passive aggressive, quietly angry at first, then eventually letting Black had it near the end of the challenge.
“Clint sucks,” James said forlornly to the camera.
But he was lucky because the Right Guard folks didn’t like the other team’s concept as much. So Clint, go figure, won as project manager.
Ultimately, the more interesting problem was between Melissa and the dynamic duo of Annie and Brande, who remained buddy buddy again. Melissa felt “frozen out.”
James Cramer, one of the observers for Donald Trump, at first felt Brande should be eliminated because she delegated to Annie, who created the concept and did the presentation. But Brande put a strong defense which impressed Cramer while Melissa sounded, well, whiny. And Melissa didn’t raise as much money over the entire game as the other two. (For once, fundraising became criteria. As we know, Trump seems to enjoy coming up with oddball reasons to nix someone each week nowadays.)
So the final five (or four?) are now Brande, Annie, Joan, Jesse and Clint. Who deserves to win at this point? Annie, from a pure game-playing standpoint and fundraising, should. But you can argue that Jesse has been real sharp, too. I can’t see Clint, Joan or Brande winning this, to be honest. Clint has been generally too much Mr. Conflict. Joan has worked hard but bitched and moaned a lot and hasn’t raised much money despite her Hollywood connections. Brande? She’s not as dumb as Joan thinks she is, but she is still not nearly as sharp as Jesse or Annie.