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The Apprentice, episode 6: review

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The story so far

Last week, The Apprentice saw Team Logic fail for the fifth time in a row as they fought to make and market a unique pet food product. A surprise double firing in the boardroom, we said goodbye to both Ellie and Vincent. And then there were were ten.

The task

Donning steel capped boots and high-vis jackets, The Apprentice teams – Logic and Venture – made their way to the Smuggler’s Way Waste Transfer Station and were tasked with setting up their own junk-removal services.

Helen was moved from Venture over to Logic to level up the teams, who were both given a one-tonne tipper and two days to make money collecting rubbish. The Apprentice teams had to work out a strategy to not only collect and dump rubbish but also root out the valuable stuff to make more money selling it on.

Both The Apprentice teams got off to a shaky start with Venture taking an age to choose a project manager. Zoe Beresford eventually stepped up to the mark. Helen Speight took the lead for Logic. 

Who did what?

The Apprentice teams split, one half chasing contracts, one half in the truck looking for potential waste. The teams started by pitching for two clearance contracts, one to clear numerous goods from a refurbished hotel and the other to remove an array of good-condition office furniture. Helen’s team won both contracts by quoting zero to clear the goods, hoping to make the money back by selling them on.

Cringeworthy moments

  • Tears from Zoe as she failed to win either of the contracts and wasn’t sure what to do next.
  • Lord Sugar’s attempt to be funny: “My disposals in this boardroom get taken away in the back of a taxi.”

Who won what?

It was a difficult task for The Apprentice stars this week. Venture did a good job securing some copper cylinders. Logic managed to sell on some wooden flooring (picked up from the refurbed hotel) which, along with the office furniture, went for a tidy profit of £420.

In the end, it all came down to the numbers. Team Venture pulled in sales of £1,045 and spent £339, giving them a profit of £706.

Team Logic made sales of £1090 and spent £378. That’s a profit of £712… … 

… which meant Team Logic won by a mere £6!

Fired

Poor Zoe was back in The Apprentice boardroom and took in Susie and Edna. Some ultimate bitching from the three of them as they all turned on each other to save themselves. Susie lashed out at Zoe’s management skills and lack of strategy. Lord Sugar told Zoe she was hanging by a thread. 

Edna was pulled up for taking the credit for things that she hadn’t actually done. Not even an MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship could save her, as Lord Sugar decided they would just not get on in business.

Our verdict

Both teams actually did pretty well in making some money out of the grubby task. The episodes are getting more serious each week as the competition hots up. Our favourite part: the grin on Tom’s face at the end. It was great to see him on the winning team for once.

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