The music ended for two contestants on last night's super-sized "Celebrity Apprentice" episode, both victims (in my humble opinion) of poor team leadership. But we'll get to that later (don't worry -- Clay Aiken is still safe). The most interesting part of last night's show was watching Arsenio Hall's slow burn build to a full inferno of hate, which engulfed his toxic -- but entertaining -- teammate Aubrey O'Day.
Just, wow. It's saying something when the person on your team most famous for crazy, violent freakouts (table-flipping reality star Teresa Guidice) is frightened by your outburst and thinks you might be unstable.
There were two challenges last night: the first was a standard fundraising challenge disguised as an NYC tour book challenge. The women had the better tour book (wasn't even close) but fell just $14 short of beating the men for most money raised. Note: The tour book judge was Regis Philbin, who was given a criminal two minutes, if that, on screen.
The most memorable thing about this challenge was that Penn Jillette called his friends at Blue Man Group and asked them to donate, and Clay didn't appreciate the manner in which they presented their donation.
Blue Man Group showed up at the outdoor event in full performance mode and exploded their $10,000 donation (in $10 bills) into the air, which started a mini riot of spectators scrambling to grab money for themselves. The screams of "That's for charity!" didn't slow anyone down. Clay said he was knocked down and kicked during the chaos, and he blamed Penn.
I think Clay's anger was misplaced here. Yes, they were Penn's friends but unless this part was edited out, I don't think Penn told them to come and blow $10,000 into the air. So you can't really hold Penn responsible for how Blue Man Group delivered the money. Except, Clay definitely did. Maybe Clay didn't like that Penn defended them afterwards, but I would expect him to.
Clay also didn't like that leader Dee Snider went with an idea presented to him by Penn. Clay: "I don't know about his whole head, but I'm pretty sure Dee's forehead is up Penn's ass."
There's clearly still a bit of hard feelings left over from Clay's confrontation with Penn a few weeks ago.
All of the men brought in donations except for Arsenio, whose FedExed check from pal Jay Leno arrived just minutes after the deadline.
Other highlights of this challenge: during a rooftop photo shoot, Lou Ferrigno fantasized about murdering Penn, and acid-tongued Aubrey O'Day said her teammates Dayana Mendoza and Teresa Guidice were like "two blondes trying to be nuclear physicists." Also, we get to see Clay and Arsenio wrestle (playfully). Arsenio: "If we sing, you win. But if we fight, you lose." And that's what happened.
And of course, Lisa Lampanelli did her usual ranting and crying about how she does all the work because almost everyone on the team (especially Dayana) is stupid and incompetent.
Since the women lost, Teresa brought Debbie Gibson and Dayana into the board room with her, even though everyone thought Aubrey should be there. I can't even remember why now, but even Trump said that. Clay and Dee thought Teresa would be fired for not bringing Aubrey in, but Trump surprised me by firing his beloved "Deborah," because she raised the least amount of money.
Looks like the great Debbie Gibson Comeback Tour, as Aubrey famously called Debbie's time on the show, is over.
Debbie was upset, but pronounced, "Mr. Trump can't fire me from being Debbie Gibson." No. No he cannot.
Dee Snider earned a humongous donation for March of Dimes.
Then Dee and Aubrey got into a fight because Dee said he thought Aubrey should have been fired. No one likes Aubrey.
All the clips of the guys saying how glad they were that they weren't on the team with various bickering members of the women's team was a big clue that Trump was getting ready to mix the teams. Arsenio in particular said several times that he would not/could not work with Aubrey. Guess who was on Arsenio's team? Aubrey! Arsenio literally collapsed onto the floor.
The New teams looked like this:
Team Unanimous had Clay, Arsenio, Paul Teutul Sr., Aubrey, and Teresa.
Team Forte had Lou, Lisa, Dee, Dayana and Penn.
Lou said he was okay with his new teammates because he's been married for more than 30 years so he can "tolerate women." Nice.
The second challenge involved launching a new "walk for health" initiative at Walgreens.
Lou led his team and Arsenio led his. Lou's team didn't do a great job and it didn't help that Penn called Walgreens "WalMart" once during the presentation.
Arsenio's group did better, though Aubrey was in full steamroller, button-pushing mode the whole time, and it wore on Arsenio's nerves from the beginning. She really tried to take over, being pushy and passive-aggressive and manipulative. Aubrey controlled nearly everything about the task while constantly steering the other teammates into "agreeing" with everything so that she couldn't take the fall.
Clay: "I don't think she does anything better than she covers her ass."
Arsenio and Aubrey fought in the board room, which took most people by surprise. Up until this point, Arsenio has been funny and happy go lucky.
Arsenio's team won and he cried like a baby because he was so happy for his charity -- The Magic Johnson Foundation. When his team was dismissed, Aubrey didn't go back to the lounge with them, she took the elevator to ... who knows where she went!
In the Aubrey-less waiting room, Arsenio loses it. LOSES. IT. He was screaming and cursing and unloading all the built-up anger toward Aubrey. Except Aubrey wasn't there to hear it. Teresa said the outburst frightened her.
Back in the boardroom, Trump fired rocker Dee Snider (pictured above), because Dee designed the despised Walgreens box. Even though Lou, who is fairly worthless in tasks (but adored by Trump), approved it and essentially did nothing else during the challenge except read a script at the presentation that Lisa Lampanelli wrote for him.
Dee's parting words were words of advice to the remaining contestants: stop propping up Lou.
Next week ... more fighting!