This week our Apprenti were trying to peddle innovation items. As much as the sight of a woman holding a very hot looking hair dryer next to a very real looking baby doll disturbs me I'm just glad there wasn't any food involved. I had fears this series was rapidly turning into ApprenticeChef.
Jaime took the reigns of team Synergy after Melissa "that will be £1.82 for a bread roll" Cohen and her "skill set" was unanimously voted off the role. Melissa, Melissa, Melissa. What an irritable little ghetto pigeon she is. I don't think there was a scene in this episode where she wasn't rolling her eyes or doing that infuriating "err duh" face.
I always get worried when a constantent says something I know I would have said. Something that leads them to being in the boardroom and nearly fired. I was right there with Stuart when he asked the Babyglow pitcher about how white the romper suit would have to go before a parent would need to raise an alarm. OK so I might not have mentioned dead babies, but knowing how white is too white is surely quite important? But bringing up infant mortality proved to be a clanger and the designer chose Apollo to take her product to trade. Along with the babyglow Apollo picked the t-shirt that promised to suck in a man's gut, a bit like a Bruce Willis girdle while poor old Synergy were left with a high pressure money saving shower head and wait for it....a double headed spade. Sexy.
If you needed a double headed spade and a high pressure shower to wash off all the soil you have been turning over, where would you immediately head to? Id go somewhere famed for it's wedding list service and mid-priced high street fashion. Which is why I don't find it odd that Melissa was completely unwavering in her bulldog pitch to Debenhams. I mean, what losers, why say no to two products that would sell massive amounts of units next to The Principles concession and in the perfume aisle? Idiots. Let down by a dodgy demo shower, even a DIY supplier didn't give no pitch love to Melissa. Geez. Stewart's “calculator” face from ep 1 has been replaced in my hate brain by the vision of him biting into that shower head in a desperate attempt to weld the thing together with his fillings. I'm just glad he wasn’t pitching that weird porn Pilate's machine – an image for Halloween if ever there was one.
Three girls that could have done with a high pressure shower were Apollo's Laura, Paloma and Sandeesh who were one huff away from having a brawl outside a shop in Soho. Personally I hope these three are forever trapped with one another just so I can witness a three-way hand slap fest in the boardroom and hear another rousing speech from Karren about how they are letting down humanity. How can three grown up and successful women behave like this? I'm sure that just over Laura's shoulder I could see the shop keeper creeping over to shut the door behind her, turning the key whilst silently flipping over the "closed" sign.
In-fighting aside Apollo won, or more accurately Liz "the sane female taking part" won. Her careful and understated pitching secured a bazillion orders and quite possibly saved a number of future babies from dangerous temperature increases. Liz and those other people she hung about with for a day were sent off to a spa to sniff piles of fire and get covered in mud. Synergy on the other hand (though clearly not the same day) sat in the boardroom for a bit and waited for the inevitable....
The axe fell on Mellissa for her annoying, repetitive and bizarre pitching "skills". And though I will miss her incredible use of the English language, anyone who defends them self with the line “What has my ability to pitch got to do with how well the pitch went?” deserves to go. Her refusal to shake Jamie's hand and accusations that he and Stewart "ganged up" on her only heaped more embarrassing female behaviour to the already rotting pile that has been exhibited in this series. Threatening another woman to stop shouting "because if we are going to shout, I can shout louder" is tacky and painful. Thank goodness for Liz, Stella and of course the wonderful Karren, who appeared to have taken inspiration for her boardroom outfit from a 1980's Avon catalogue.
P.S. Did anyone else recognise the guy pitching the face lift welding mask? Has he been on Dragons Den?