Stephanie Myers becomes the tenth 'Apprentice 3' contestant to be fired
By Tim Andrews, 04/01/2005
Despite fresh faces and new team members, The Apprentice's Networth team lost its fifth consecutive task on Thursday evening's NBC broadcast of the show's tenth episode. As a result, yet another its losing project managers was fired, in this case Stephanie Myers, the 29-year-old supply chain consultant from San Diego, California.
Team Networth, the team that originally featured all high-school educated players, was down to three members after their last visit to the boardroom, so this week's episode began with Donald Trump giving them an opportunity to steal a member of the more successful Magna team. In a unanimous choice they picked Alex Thomason, one of the original members of the college educated Magna group.
With the roster reassignment out of the way, Trump revealed the week's task -- to create a new pizza flavor for Domino's Pizza and then spend an afternoon selling it on the streets of New York, with the team that generated the most sales winning the task. Looking to ensure that hothead Chris Shelton didn't get another chance to lead, Stephanie volunteered to become Networth's project manager. Meanwhile, Magna selected Bren Olswanger, the 32-year-old Memphis prosecutor best remembered for his horrible fourth episode "vegetable porno" idea as its project manager.
After a "suggestion" from The Donald that he really liked meatballs, both teams settled on the "creative" ideas of meatball themed pizzas during their planning sessions at a Brooklyn pizza training facility. Adopting a strategy that would later backfire on them, Chris and Alex also decided to pre-sell several of the next day's pizzas to a construction crew working near the Brooklyn training facility. The decision proved to be a mistake when the team discovered that their mobile storefront was actually going to be in Manhattan, requiring that Stephanie take an hour-long subway ride in order to honor the team's previous commitment. Stephanie's extended absence also left Networth without its project manager, resulting in Alex and Chris getting into a heated exchange when the quick tempered Chris cursed at Alex during a disagreement over their task responsibilities.
Meanwhile over at Team Magna, rising stars Kendra Todd and Tana Goertz once again rose to the occasion. The duo visited local businesses and made several large-order sales to customers that were actually near their actual location, allowing Magna to once again win their task fairly easily.
As the reward for their win, Magna was treated to a breakfast with The Donald. Hosted in his personal penthouse apartment, the contestants felt it was a reward that could be instrumental in determining who ultimately becomes this season's apprentice, with the informal setting providing them with the valuable opportunity to interact with the one person they most need to win over.
In the boardroom, the details of the "fight" between Chris and Alex dominated the discussion. Seeing Chris' temper her best way to avoid her own firing, Stephanie campaigned strongly for his dismissal, arguing that his quick temper and frequent use of foul language made him a poor fit for a position with The Trump Organization. Meanwhile Chris, who swore off chewing tobacco in the last boardroom, stayed unusually calm and well spoken throughout the session -- a smart decision that paid off when Trump decided that Stephanie lacked the leadership skills required to work in "volatile" environments, making her The Apprentice 3's tenth contestant fired (and eleventh to leave.)