The Celebrity Apprentice

Season 7 Episode 5

The Croc and the Rat

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 31, 2008 on NBC
8.9
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The Croc and the Rat
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The two teams come up with campaigns for a shoe donation program. After overcoming a devious sabotage attempt from Hydra, Empresario came up with the better campaign for the win. For their reward, winning Project Manager Carol received $20,000 for her charity. Hydra went to the boardroom, where, despite Piers coming under fire for his sneaky plan, Trump accepted Vinny's request to quit the show since he just didn't want to try and fit into the show's environment anymore.moreless

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  • This show is symbolic of how people can be in real life, but it's also a sad testimony to how our society is insensitive to such words as sabotage, rat, and dishonesty.moreless

    4.2
    Wow, I am just now seeing the show on CNBC. Is this news? I feel like the whole show is a Celebrity Therapy session, with Donald Trump playing the part of Sigmund Freud. But seriously, Donald is too clean cut to be a psychiatrist. Vinnie and Peers are turning this into a conflict of epic proportions. An Italian American against England! Wow, this has Slur written all over it. In a way, this is what people need to hear, but is it necessary. The Rat vs. Croc, what's with that? Is the show reaching for a new audience. 10,000 Shoes to Impoverished children in Africa can't be too bad. But don't you get that Extreme Home Make Over kind of sappiness out of the whole thing? Men attacking each other on Prime TV and Vinnie wants to Resign! This is what War's are started over. The vitriol between Vinnie and Peers is hostile and unwelcome to TV. I did not like the episode for that reason. I agree with Vinnie, the environment is not conducive to fair play. And Donald's whole life is a fight? Then, he ought to see my life. What is with Ivanca's liking sabotage as a method of playing this game? Vinnie makes the show. If he is that upset, then the show has a problem. Christian ethics are even discussed in it. If this is the meat of modern reality shows, then I would describe it as hamburger. A winner fights to the end? At what cost? Vinnie is making a statement. He is my Winner! Although I would never give up on my political party at CoolRock, but sometimes you have to walk away from a battle to win the War. Vinnie's War was his health. And stress is the battle he had to walk away from. A good lesson in life.moreless
  • my favorite episode so far...

    10
    Wow, this episode was great. Piers and Carol were the project managers and they were supposed to make a bin that promoted the crocs soul campaigne. Piers saw a woman spying on him so he sent Vinnie to go spy. The girls took Vinnie in and it started a hhuge crazy run of events. Vinnie sent info over to his team, but then decided he wanted to stay with the girls. The girls were so desperate for help they accepted Vinnie. He gave them most of their ideas. Trace made up a great slogan :) I love Trace. Tito wasn't there this episode. In the end, Vinnie quit because he didn't want to work with Piers. I still like Piers. He went a little too far with the "rubbing in" to the women, but he's a good businessesman. The girls finally won, though I still liked the guys work better. I think the girls won because of the bribes. Overall, great episode with a ton of interesting drama. I loved it!moreless
  • It was painful to see a basically decent man make a bad choice and face the consequences, while the manipulator who uses him is seen as a winner and morality is just an awwkward party pooper.moreless

    3.0
    I enjoy "The Apprentice", but this episode (The Croc and the Rat) left me with a bad taste in my mouth. What started out as "can you believe this?" summer camp antics snowballed into something pretty ugly as Vinnie tried to regain some integrity in an increasingly untenable situation. I felt sorry for him, because he seems like a decent guy who didn't foresee the consequences of something that probably just looked like a laugh at first. And so he was left holding the bag for Piers, who deliberately set him up, then stabbed him in the back. It's interesting that while Vinnie was ostricized, everyone tip-toed around the morality of what Piers had done. After all, this is how the game is played, and no one wants to look weak, or worse, offend Trump by bringing up gauche value judgments on what he may or may not have done to become the example he is today. But most people can't squash their conscience completely, so you end up with awkward boardroom moments like Ivanka gamely hedging her bets in a statement that corporate sabotage is okay, sort of, sometimes, if it's done right, if it's successfull, that is--and then asks Trace Adkins as "the moral compass of the group" to give his opinion. Morality obviously matters; just let it come from someone else. In the same way, Trump would not answer when Steve naively assumed that Trump had never hurt anyone on his way to the top. He can't admit it, yet what Piers did was alright? They collectively danced around the subject. Even Vinnie could not put his finger on the real problem. He finally said he was upset at Piers for kicking the girls when they were down, but I dont't think that was the issue. He was miserable because he found himself in a position which his conscience--and everyone else--told him was despicable, but once he was in that hole it was hard to climb out--especially with his leader standing at the edge stomping on his fingertips. Finally, this episode is a small-scale illustration of the saying that all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Trace admitted he thought the scheme was wrong from the start and regretted not speaking up. Blustering Steve did try when things went too far for him, but he was shouted down by Piers with the dreaded "hypocrite" charge. I dont' know if he's a hypocrite, but what I do know is that in messy situations it sometimes takes a while to get your bearings, and I would rather have a guy on my team who falls short of his standards and tries to set it right, than a "winner" who mocks attempts at having any standards at all. But hey, it's for charity. 'Cause you have to feel good about yourself.moreless
  • I have a lot of comments on this bad boy!

    9.5
    The Croc and the Rat, eh! (No I'm not Canadian) Okay the task is to make a presentation for Croc's. Trace Adams came up wuth a great slogan and was smart to stay out of the fighting along with Lenox Lewis. So here come my dislikes about the members today. I agree with Ivanka that if you try to play with the opponent it can be good but it must be done right or professionally. Piers has looked idiotic in the last couple episodes. He trys to be a big dirty business man while he looks like a 5-year old fighting with someone else. I don't know what to say about Stephen he just bugs me like Piers does. Now for Empresario. Omarosa is annoying. If I was the Trumpster she'd be gone in a minute. Nely is number 2 on my list of people who should have not been on the show. Her whiny little attitude reminds me of my Kindergarten days when kids would steal glue from each other. Lastly I would just like to say I wish the girls would give some credit to Vinny. They were pretty ignorant in my opinion. Very good episode though.moreless
  • This was one of the best Apprentices ever!!! It was full of so many twists and turns!

    10
    This was one of the best Apprentices ever!!! It was full of so many twists and turns! Vincent Pastore was on one side and then the other. It was beautifully edited (as always) and was 2 hours long to include all of the back and forth between the teams. I think the girls should have given him more credit for the design.



    The Celebrities make the show better since they do not have to win at any cost. They are all successful business people and can go back to their lives if they lose. Thus they make the show more lively because they take more risks.moreless
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Trace Adkins

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Carol Alt

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