Last night’s episode had a really good task: to buy at best price, ten obscure items.
Problem was, no-one knew how to find out. Remember the Yellow Pages before the days of the internet?
Well, it’s fair to say both teams struggled: a) to figure out what items were, for example “The Blue Book” (Cabbie’s knowledge) and a “Tikka” (which turned out to be a sort of pendant thing) and b) to locate suppliers.
Somehow the boys won.
And how delinquent were they? Chris just made up stories to support his negotiation for a lower price. Karren Brady looked and sounded uncomfortable.
The trouble with someone lying for you, and miraculously winning the task by the way, is that they could also lie to you. How would you know?
For the first time in the Boardroom, it felt more like real life. The girls, on the face of it were behaving in a more mature way rather than the cat-fighting of the early episodes.
Hands were held up in honest admission of mistakes. The biggest mistake was Liz’s. She had no plan for negotiating low prices. So although her girls found all ten items, they paid way over the odds.
It was a one-dimensional performance.
Liz and Stella fought it out in the Boardroom. Lord Sugar and the editor teased us for a moment with the theatrical almost-firing of Stella, but we all knew Laura had to go. She’d had a miserable series.
But we were left with bitter words between Liz and Stella. Sometimes the more “mature” squabbles can be the most deadly. Perhaps the next few episodes will see a more overt campaign waged between two, rather than between the mere ruffians, Chris and Stuart in the boys team?