Wednesday 28 September 2016

'I’ve never seen a cow look at me like I’m a mug before' - even the livestock is unimpressed with The Apprentice girls

Published 21/10/2015 | 22:00

Elle Stevenson, Charleine Wain, Jenny Garbis, Ruth Whiteley - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
Elle Stevenson, Charleine Wain, Jenny Garbis, Ruth Whiteley - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab

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It's another bad week for the girls and Team Connexus as they lose a second member when Jenny comes a cropper in the boardroom.

Natalie Dean, Vana Koutsomitis - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
Natalie Dean, Vana Koutsomitis - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab

This week's task is quite extravagant as Lord Sugar sends teams Connexus and Versatile to the wartime tunnels underneath Dover Castle.

There they are told they're being tasked with finding nine items, negotiate the best price, and the team that spends the least amount of money will win the task.

Richard Woods - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
Richard Woods - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab

Sounds oh so simple.  But not quite, since Lord Sugar then sends half the team to search the Kent coast while the other half are instructed to set sail for France and bag some bargains there too.

At one point they have to find manure and both teams put their pride and cleanliness aside to shovel manure from separate farms into bags to save them buying it.

Natalie Dean, Vana Koutsomitis - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
Natalie Dean, Vana Koutsomitis - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab

Brett gets a bit carried away.

"All this manure, where are we going to put it?" says Scott and Brett replies, "In my shoes, in my pockets, I don’t care mate".

Joseph Valente, Claude Littner, David Stevenson, Sam Curry - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
Joseph Valente, Claude Littner, David Stevenson, Sam Curry - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab

Elle feels judged by the cows.

"I've never seen a cow look at me like I'm a mug before" she says as she shovels manure.

In the boardroom, Elle Stevenson, Vana Koutsomitis, Jenny Garbis - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
In the boardroom, Elle Stevenson, Vana Koutsomitis, Jenny Garbis - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab

Joseph worries that the girls have an unfair advantage, "The only thing that girls might have an advantage on is that they’re all very pretty ladies and that may sway the old French men".

Claude, however, is on top of things.  "What the boys don't know is that I'm fluent in French so I'll know exactly what's going on," he reveals.

Fired. Jenny Garbis - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab
Fired. Jenny Garbis - (C) Boundless - Photographer: Screen Grab

However, it's not all smooth going.  Members of both teams clash pretty spectacularly as they struggle to buy the nine items they need to complete the task.

The girls end up paying multiple visits to one shop for one product like children on a roundabout.

Meanwhile, back with the boys Richard tries, and fails spectacularly, to negotiate buying cheese in French.

Confusion over boats throws everyone into disarray and both teams find their business attire unsuitable when faced with shovelling cow dung into their cars.

Back in the boardroom it's clear the boys have won under the guidance of PM Joseph.  They spent £336.83.  They were fined for not buying snails, however, so their final total was £409.21.

Connexus PM Vana unfortunately faces several more fines for her team - for not buying mussells, a mirror, and buying the wrong cheese.

They initially spent £398.44 but with fines their total is £725.90.

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Team Versatile skip off to enjoy their treat of tasting French wines at Britain's oldest wine merchant and Lord Sugar addresses the losing team:  "Let me tell you this, normally I set this task at eight o’clock in the morning and I tell people to be back here at six o’clock the next day.

"You had the whole of overnight and all that time to think about where you were going and what you were doing. Not organised."

After their defeat, PM Vana brings back Elle and Jenny into the boardroom.

"Elle, I think that you went against your own instincts," says Lord Sugar.  "That boat was far too expensive, you’d sussed it out but you let somebody else talk you out of it.

"Jenny, you didn’t buy anything and quite frankly, all I’ve heard from you is excuses why this didn’t work and why that hasn’t gone well.

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"Vana, you’ve taken responsibility for everything that’s gone wrong so therefore you should be fired today."

He adds, "I’ve heard enough, so it is really on that basis that I’m struggling here.

"Vana it’s hard for me to justify how you can remain in because of this task but Jenny, I’ve yet to see any kind of actual achievements or anything that one can actually pin down to you and say that was very very good so I’m having less of a problem here…Jenny…You’re Fired."

Episode 4 airs next week, Wednesday 28th October, 9pm on BBC One.

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