But when he complains that Lou's "still a person", Lisa retorts that he's been using tactics the entire time. One person pleased is Aubrey O'Day, who says Lisa is the first person who's "been able to shut Clay Aiken up". But soon the celebrities have something else on their mind - whether the teams will be mixed up to even out the numbers! Aubrey's hoping Clay and Arsenio Hall will be split up - "Let's see how they hang without each other!"
Still, we need to find out the task, so Donald Trump calls everyone to FAO Schwarz for the reveal. He's with Brian Henson, which should be a pretty big clue - they're going to be creating puppets and taking part in adult improv show Stuffed and Unstrung! They'll be judged on puppet design, the overall quality of their improvisation, and the total live performance.
Oh, and the teams were right to suspect the teams would be switched up - Clay moves over from Unanimous to Forte (how will Lisa feel about that?). But it's time to pick the project managers - it's Lisa for Forte, and Paul Teutel Sr for Unanimous (though he warns his other team that they'll need to help. A lot.)
Clay makes a bid for puppetry as soon as he's in the van, explaining that he used to do puppetry in church (unsurprisingly, this becomes a running joke for the team). But it seems that Lisa and Dayana Mendoza's truce from the previous week is over - Dayana offers some ideas and reveals she's been doing improv for a year and a half, but Lisa is not keen to use her ("It's insulting Dayana assumes she can do what we can do," she complains). Still, the team vow not to argue. Yeah, we'll see how that pans out...
Forte get some ideas about the right kind of characters to create and ask for advice about the tone of their improv. It quickly becomes clear that Penn Jilette is too tall for puppetry - instead, Lisa names him the host. But Dayana is frustrated when Lisa decides to do the puppetry with Clay - what's she supposed to do? "It's not always about being in front of the camera," Lisa declares. Lisa doesn't help herself when she does a stereotypical Spanish accent - "It's disrespectful and unprofessional," Dayana says. "But I just sat there waiting for my task - that never came." She just wants to participate!
Lisa does eventually find Dayana a task - making a puppet. And she's pretty good at it too - the experts even say they'd hire her! Penn - who jokes that he's multitasking by sewing and contemplating suicide at the same time - decides not to judge Dayana by other people's comments. Luckily, Lisa's off with Clay learning about improv. What's more, Clay thinks they're actually working well together (though he does say Lisa has a lot of "p*ss and vinegar" in her).
But when Eric comes to visit, he spots the tension from Dayana, who remains very quiet and focused on her puppet. And it's not like things get any easier for Dayana, who is frustrated during rehearsals as she has nothing to do (Clay and Lisa joking about vapid models probably didn't help).
So it's not surprising when all the tension boils over. In the dressing room, Clay suggests that Dayana could bring on a box of props so she feels involved... and then watches in horror as Lisa goes "from zero to sixty". Lisa complains that Dayana always wants to be on stage and begins to shout at her, as Dayana says she just wants to be involved. Lisa even says that Dayana only made the puppet because they had to give her something to do... Ouch!
Dayana ends up walking out in tears, complaining that she always treats Lisa better than she treats people. Meanwhile, Lisa is in tears in the dressing room and complains that Penn and Clay didn't stand up for her. Clay's shocked and suggests in confessional that Lisa is jealous of Dayana. Meanwhile, Penn goes to check on Dayana, admitting that he didn't stand up for Lisa because she was "loud and unpleasant". He listens to Dayana ("I find if someone's very upset, shutting up and looking at them is really the best thing to do") and then it's time for the performance...
Will the team be able to pull things together and entertain a full theater? Well, yes! The team are pleased with their performance, though Lisa suggests that at one point Penn should have wrapped up a sketch more quickly. Oh, and Clay's worried they might have been too "lewd" in one sketch. But overall, Lisa suggests that she doesn't "give a f**k" what anyone thinks as she does this for a living and knows they "killed it". We'll see...
Unanimous quickly get to work, though Aubrey worries that she can't intervene as much as she would like because they'll accuse her of not being a team player. This is a theme throughout the task, and even Ivanka notices that she's staying quiet - is she going too far? Arsenio is certainly impressed: "She's come so far."
Well, Paul's struggling with a bad back so he won't be able to do any puppetry. Instead, Aubrey is named the host while Teresa and Arsenio are asked to take on the puppetry. Then it's time to go and make the puppets, but Aubrey again wants to intervene to warn that the puppets are too complicated and not versatile enough (though she keeps quiet.) And when Teresa takes an age choosing the name of her puppet, even Paul gets frustrated ("I wanted to shake her a little bit").
Still, Aubrey's worried that they're spending too much time with the puppets and not enough learning about puppetry or improv. Finally, the team heads back to their war room but it's clear pretty quickly that Teresa's struggling (she admits she's "overwhelmed"). Luckily, the puppetmaster who's teaching them has apparently endless amounts of patience. Meanwhile, Aubrey learns the tricks of hosting, pointing out that she feels like the task is on her shoulders. And Teresa and Arsenio get some hints about improv, but again Aubrey's not impressed with Teresa's acting...
Finally, though, it's time for the performance, and Arsenio does largely well. But Aubrey's annoyed when Teresa breaks the rules of improvisation she learned the day before. Oops! Still, she points out that Teresa does have the ability to win people over thanks to her voice and the sense that she doesn't know what's going on. Anyway, the performance largely goes well and Aubrey says: "I enjoyed the experience. I feel like we won, even if we didn't."
After Eric discusses the two teams with the Henson executives, it's time for the Boardroom! It's straight into things with Dayana and Lisa, as Dayana admits that Lisa wasn't a great project manager. And when Donald asks Lisa what she thought of Dayana, she replies: "Not much." Eek.
Lisa explains that she thinks people who object to being behind the scenes "devalue the crew of every TV show or film ever made". Dayana tries to explain that she wasn't worried about being on stage, necessarily - she just wanted more to do - but she gets interrupted a bit. Still, she explains that she respected Lisa's opinion as project manager.
Lisa goes on to say that she tried to utilise people's skill sets, but Donald thinks Dayana looks upset - she admits that it's the level of "aggression" and "disrespect" from Lisa that she doesn't like. So Donald asks Lisa who she's going to bring back if she loses and she starts to cry, explaining that she doesn't want to be a villain who makes girls cry. She adds that she doesn't know if she'd bring anyone back, though Aubrey chips in to say she should.
It's time to take a break from the tension and talk with the other team! Paul admits that he knew nothing about puppets - and still doesn't really want to know anything - but he took on the project manager position because no-one else would. He also praises his team, but when Donald asks him to choose the weakest player, he picks Teresa as she takes a long time to make up her mind. Oh, and Ivanka brings up the fact that Paul had a bad back this week and Aubrey admits that it meant he couldn't be a puppeteer. And Arsenio describes Paul as a "trooper".
But it's time to find out the winner! Eric explains that the execs thought Penn was a great host, Lisa and Clay were courageous, and the puppets were simple and clean (with extra praise for Dayana here.) But Penn missed some cues about ending sketches and some of the jokes went too far.
Meanwhile, Ivanka reveals that Arsenio's puppetry was considered excellent and Aubrey was a great host. But she adds that Unanimous were a little on the safe side, the puppets were too complex, and Teresa struggled with the improvisation. It's not a massive surprise, then, when Donald reveals that Lisa's team are the winners!
Who's Going Home?
Arsenio acknowledges that his puppet was too complex, but says that he shouldn't be fired as if he was removed from the team, they wouldn't have done as well. Simple. Meanwhile, Teresa points out that everyone had input on the puppets... including Paul.
Yes, it seems like Paul might regret saying Teresa was the weakest player - she says that if he's growing to throw her under the bus, she'll do it right back. So she points out that Paul didn't do anything during the task and asks Aubrey for back-up - Aubrey reluctantly agrees that Paul was injured and this was not his field so he did not contribute as much as Teresa. Teresa then reveals that Paul said he'd rather be on his motorcycle than on the show - "That's not very motivating for your team," Ivanka points out.
Donald tries to get some opinions from Aubrey - who says that Teresa works really, really hard - and Arsenio, who says that Paul is "very smart" and a "bright guy". Good move, Arsenio - Paul chooses to save him from the Boardroom even though his puppet had been criticised and Aubrey was largely flawless. Donald sends everyone out for a minute, and Ivanka admits that Paul seems a little lacklustre.
First up? Why Paul brought Aubrey back. Aubrey points out that she's one of the strongest people in the competition, and Paul admits she did a "phenomenal job". He insists he's not trying to protect Arsenio, and eventually appears to give into the idea that he should have brought Arsenio back.
Donald asks Aubrey whether Teresa has a lot of good ideas, and Aubrey gives a backhanded compliment as she says Teresa gives an effort and says everything that comes into her head, whether it's good or not. Donald's pretty sure that's not a compliment... Instead, he asks who she would fire and she admits it would be Paul - Teresa may not have been great, but she tried really hard. Whereas Paul didn't utilise his team very well and wasn't really passionate about the task. Still, Paul praises Aubrey, saying she's a much better team player now.
Donald decides he won't fire Aubrey, but who will be going home? In the end, he points out that as project manager - and because he didn't bring Arsenio back - Paul should be fired. "It's been an honour," Paul says.
Later, he adds: "I thought it was a great experience working for Donald, I thought he was a pretty stand-up regular guy. For me it was an honour, something different than I usually do, and you know, all good things come to an end."
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