The Apprentice (UK)

Season 4 Episode 14

Episode 11 - Season 4

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jun 04, 2008 on BBC
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Episode 11 - Season 4
The five remaining candidates face the dreaded interview process with some of Sir Alan Sugar's closest business associates.

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  • Helene, Alex, Lucinda, Lee and Claire are interviewed and try their best to win a spot in the final two.

    Helene, Alex, Lucinda, Lee and Claire are interviewed in order to win a spot in the final two.

    I'm glad that Lucinda has the title of the most successful candidacy with 8 out of 10 won tasks, although I was unhappy with the numbers concerning Claire, her having 6 out of 10 losses. Lee was never brought back into the final boardroom, and Alex and Helene have given fairly good performances so far as well.

    Paul Kemsley, Claude Litner, Karren Brady, and Bordan Tkachuk interviewed them, which gave way to a lot, a lot, a lot of funny dialogue.

    Paul Kemsley completely caught Alex off-guard, telling him off for doing his pterodactyl impression when this clearly was a serious interview. Totally entertaining. Kemsley then revealed Claire's talkativeness for a bit, then called her cheap. Spot-on, man. Alex got a criticism for his boring CV and his lack of energy. Helene certainly stood her ground about being a woman in a male-dominated engineering business. Kemsley questioned why Lucinda was here and made it clear that Lucinda couldn't listen.

    Claude Litner told Lucinda point-blank that she's unemployable due to her contracted occupational nature and her lack of listening ability. Then asked Alex why he put down "English (fluent)" as one of his skills. Totally hilarious. Litner focused on Lee's lack of ability to spell.

    Karren Brady questioned Alex's substance when it came down to what he's done in his 24 years of life compared to her own 23 years. Helene revealed that her parents were alcoholics, and told Brady she's worked her ass off to be successful.

    Bordan Tkachuk beat up the gentlemen by telling Alex he was full of himself and questioning Lee's discrepancy in his university information in terms of how long he's been there. What a shame that Lee's lied on his resume.

    The interviewers shared with Sir Alan that Alex was a bright young man whose definitely shown potential, and substance other than his charm, but bland and shallow, which I would agree with. Lucinda was a handful who was a nutcase, and despite her 8 wins out of 10, she could only be accounted for the two in which she was project manager. Lee was likable, a good salesman and a trier, but cheesy, brash and a total liar when it comes to his educational background. Claire impressed Karren Brady, but not the other three interviewers, while Helene's impression on the interviewers was generally good.

    I don't want to comment on the final boardroom. I didn't want Lucinda to go home, and that's that. I'm happy for the final four though.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Claude Litner: (to Helene) I was particularly unimpressed with your comment, "I should be the next apprentice because I've dipped my toe in the sea of success and now I'm ready to dive into the ocean of opportunity.

    • Paul Kemsley: So, Lucinda. You're a business analyst, you like pressing flowers. You like scuba diving, you've a got a diploma in Chinese medicine and aromatherapy. You're not really a serious businesswoman are you?

    • Paul Kemsley: You're very highly strung, aren't you?
      Lucinda: I wouldn't say necessarily "highly strung", but I'm trying to get my voice over yours, because you're asking questions, but you're not listening to what I'm saying.
      Paul Kemsley: I'm sorry if I'm not a good listener, but I think you've actually just described yourself.

    • Paul Kemsley: Did you have a late night last night?
      Alex: No.
      Paul Kemsley: You're in the energy business, aren't you?
      Alex: Yeah, I was.
      Paul Kemsley: Come on then, let's find some energy with you. At the moment, I don't think you'd light a candle and light a room up.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Sir Alan: I told you it wasn't going to be a walk in the park; it's not Mary Poppins.

      Mary Poppins is a series of children's books written by P.L. Travers which have since been turned into several films. They center on an nanny of the same name, who entertains the children she looks after with songs.