Episode 8: Stuart gives his verdict
I'm no Robert Winston, but the human brain is an incredible creation. It's not its ability to store huge amounts of information that fascinates me but rather its ability to selectively remember events from the past. For instance we always look back fondly at our school years, when in reality they were probably pretty terrible. Luckily for us, the candidates also seem to suffer from this Selective Memory Syndrome. An affliction which makes for fantastic boardroom scenes, with every candidate claiming responsibility for anything good and convincing themselves they had nothing to do with any mistakes.
With baggage and egos checked in, the teams were off to Paris, a city of course famed for loving children, not driving cars and an insatiable hunger for novelty British lampshades. Enter our Brits abroad, with a special mention this week to Jim for saying everything in English with an off-French accent. Offending the French is a national past time and I'm grateful to Jim for keeping this tradition alive.
Susan was in the driving seat this week and despite my past criticisms, she pulled a good, clean win out of the bag. A new boardroom record was set, and her place assured for another week.
Melody was the stand out character for me, and winner of this week's Brand award for excellence. Her linguistic skills are applaudable, although I'm 97% certain her "selective translation" skills may cause a global war at the UN one day. She should seek treatment for what I call Internal Chinese Whispers, whereby a statement in French such as "Yes I think its a good idea" becomes "She said it's OK". She's still finely balanced on the line between confidence and arrogance, but provided she continues to deliver, I have high hopes for this multi-lingual femme fatale.
So we bid a fond fair-well to Leon, a candidate who reached a respectable week 8 in the process but left a less than indelible impression in the annals of Apprentice history.
Thanks for all your comments, a record 27 this week. There seems to be a lot of disagreement with Lord Sugar and the reasoning behind his decision to fire Glenn. I do agree that writing off an entire section of society is at best unfair, however Glen's time was legitimately up for other reasons.
Until next week, take care of yourself and each other.