Episode two of the new season of Celebrity Apprentice aired on NBC Sunday night. While millions of viewers were watching the Academy Awards, others watched people from the worlds of entertainment and sports compete for money for their favorite charities. What was this week’s task, and how did the teams do? Who got fired?
First, the program showed Paul Tautul Sr. of American Chopper giving a check for $495,000 to a little boy visiting New York City through the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The foundation received the money as a result of the biker’s win as project manager last week.
This week’s task for teams Unanimous (men) and Forte (women) was to create a 12-15 minute show for Medieval Times, a dinner and entertainment production that has been going for 40 years. The winning show was to be judged by the audience, and the project manager of the winning team would receive $40,000 for his or her charity, half of which was donated by Medieval Times.
Penn Jillette took on the role of project manager for Unanimous while Lisa Lampanelli agreed to be project manager for team Forte. James Lipton of Inside the Actors Studio was enlisted by Donald Trump as an advisor to the teams and to him.
The men’s team prepared a swordfight between Lou “The Hulk” Ferrigno and Paul Tautul, Sr., the latter arriving on the scene in a Medieval-themed chopper. The “handmaiden” they were fighting for was played by Dee “Twisted Sister” Snider in drag. Forte went with an “Unreal Housewives of Camelot” theme, blending reality TV with the Medieval Times format. Their show would feature New Jersey housewife Teresa Giudice, perhaps best known for flipping over a table in one of her show’s episodes, recreating that scene.
In the end, the audience chose team Unaminous’s show over Forte’s with 558 votes to 363. Penn Jillette’s charity is Opportunity Village, a Las Vegas organization that helps mentally challenged people become a larger part of society.
One criticism of Forte’s show was that it was one-dimensional in aiming toward the men in the audience (by featuring scantily clad female team members sword fighting) and did not have much in it to appeal to the children who were there.
Lisa Lampanelli brought back Victoria Gotti and Dayana Mendoza to the boardroom. After a feisty discussion primarily between Gotti and Lampanelli, Donald Trump fired Victoria Gotti. He said he let her go partly because she missed cues she was supposed to signal during show and also because, at one point, she had talked about quitting her team.
About her firing, Victoria Gotti said, “What I just witnessed in the boardroom terribly shocked me.” She claimed that Lisa Lampanelli lied, and “it will come back to haunt her.”
Next week, Celebrity Apprentice airs on NBC on Sunday, March 4 at 9 p.m. ET, and will give team members the task of preparing live window displays for the Ivanka Trump Collection.
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