I was fine with the idea of Randal winning. He's an exceptionally smart, well-spoken, and even-keeled person with a proven track record of success.
I would have been fine with Rebecca winning. She's an exceptionally smart, well-spoken, and *incredibly* dedicated person with a proven track record of success.
Either one of them could have won and left me happy. What makes me unhappy is that after he had already been declared the winner
, Randal was offered a chance to be a little bit magnanimous about it and to show his (alleged) respect for his teammate by lobbying on her behalf. Instead, he slammed that door shut, arguing that it would hurt the "integrity of the competition" to hire Rebecca that same night.
Apparently, being declared the winner was actually less important to Randal than making sure that Rebecca lost. I think that's unfortunate. The fact that Felicia and Alla were waving their arms in the background calling out, "No! No!" when Trump suggested that he might hire Rebecca too...I kind of expect that from a pair of nasty back-bitters. But from Randal, it's much more disappointing.
I have a friend who swore that if Rebecca and Randal were both hired in the finale, he would *never* watch The Apprentice
again. I tried to point out to him that it's the journey -- the competitions, the strategies, the interesting people, the Board Room brawls -- and not the destination that makes The Apprentice
an entertaining show. Like Randal last night, my friend insisted that unless the last five minutes of the season reveals one winner and fifteen losers, all of the fun he had watching every episode every week would be instantly invalidated and the entire series would be destoyed.The Apprentice
is not the Super Bowl -- the final two competitors do not enter a head-to-head battle, and there is not always a clear-cut winner. In the final analysis, the victory really only matters to the victor, and it seems petulant for that victor, once crowned, to do everything in his power to kick down the competition. Randal's a great businessman, but last night I lost some respect for him as a man.
In other words, I don't see any poll choices that match my thoughts, so I haven't voted.