In last week's show, our band of billionaire wanabees explored the business world in a foreign environment, all ending in a hunt for Sir Richard in the streets of Marrakech, Morocco. You can read about it here. Only seven contestants remain as this episode begins in flight to Japan. This week's challenges seem to repeat the themes of "publicity stunts" and "working in foreign environments." The task is to publicize Virgin Airlines' new "Upper Class Suites." A five-minute presentation is to be made to 400 guests at a promotional party. They have 24 hours to prepare, and only one team will be allowed to make a presentation. The other team is at risk in an elimination challenge. Click Here! Players are split into the same two teams as last week. On the one team, Sara and Nicole get a pass and Shawn and Erica play rock-paper-scissors. Shawn wins and lets Erica be the leader. For the others, since Candida led last week, Gabe steps up. Heather stays in her traditional position, UTR (Under The Radar). I don't see how she can keep avoiding the responsibility of leadership, nor can I believe Branson hasn't noticed. Isn't Branson looking for a LEADER? The teams start out brainstorming. Candida has a long list of ideas to propose. Some are a little iffy, like saying the creation of this suite is on a par with the discoveries of fire and the wheel. But the idea about tying it into a revolutionary point in Japanese history, that one has some merit. So did "Retreat to the Suite." Heather looks vexed, and in an aside says, "I am relegated to helping wade through the crappy ideas on the table and trying to pull the least crappy idea out." Well, I guess if you're going to play extreme UTR, keeping your own ideas off the table is the way to go. Gabe tells us that Sir Richard told both teams they could use him in the presentation, if they so choose. Finally, Gabe comes up with an idea involving Sir Richard and Sumo wrestlers. Erica's team settles on an idea from Shawn, involving live music and the other three ladies as sexy/cheesy dancers. Erica loves this as she can pass all the hard parts off on Shawn and Nicole. Gabe starts trying to line up a Sumo wrestler. This turns out to be a lot harder than you might expect. He also explains their plan to Sir Richard, including that he will need to wear the traditional mawashi. This seems to meet with a little reluctance on Sir Richard's part. Meanwhile, Shawn has had an amazing stroke of luck. In the bar they are at, one of the cooks is a bass player, and also knows a drummer! Shawn hires them on the spot. Meanwhile, Nicole has taken on the choreographer role and is instructing Sara and Erica in dance. Sara's input is a waste of breath, and she's clearly displeased. Instructions include "how to bend." Shawn can sense the tension, the brunettes cannot. Hey, I just recapped The Swan Pageant from yesterday, and they had 20 sessions to perfect routines that were not nearly as intricate as some of this stuff. The routine is way too much for next-day presentation. Trying to do too much has been a recurring theme this year. Gabe is having trouble lining up the Sumo wrestlers, and he turns the task over to Candida. Sir Richard has shown reluctance to wear the mawashi, so they're looking into alternatives. One is a sumo body-costume, but they look too hokey. Candida does note that Gabe and Heather are bonding as they horse around with those ridiculous costumes. Being the outsider in a group of three is not a good thing, but you know it will always happen. There's ten hours to go. The teams meet Tak and Mr. Shu, two friends of Sir Richard. They are to be included in the presentation, no doubt as customers. The one working with Gabe cannot believe the Sumo idea. Finally, Candida locates an agent with two Sumo wrestlers who promises they'll show up as planned. She may have faults, but Candida works miracles with a phone, and I mean that in only the best and cleanest of ways. Dance practice is getting serious, as Sara feels every mistake is met with eye rolling and nudging. Nicole figures Sara is just playing some sort of "game" with her, but it does look to me like she's trying very hard. When Shawn tries to get into the act, they call him "a gay dancer." Well, that used to be a good thing, but I'm older, what do I know? In the next scene "The Brunette Bully Brigade" equates "Mormon" and "gay" most unsubtly. Sara and Shawn talk alone and neither is impressed with the boorish brunettes. One thing they comment on that seems pretty evident is that Erica is not providing leadership in this task. Back in the other suite, Candida and Gabe separately comment that many details are not nailed down and they haven't even practiced their presentation. Gabe appears willing to wing it, but partner, most people just don't work well that way!moreless
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