Despite guiding his college-educated Magna Corporation team to its sole Episode 2 victory, the 25-year-old real estate developer emerged as the focal point of his teamís failures in subsequent weeks -- and after a heated boardroom exchange with The Donald, Michael became the fifth candidate to be fired from the third edition of NBC's The Apprentice.
Episode 5's task was to create a mobile business inside customized Airstream trailers. Led by project manager Tana Goertz, the high-school educated Networth team chose a risky but creative concept involving teaming with an established casting director to create a mobile casting office. Meanwhile, Magna Corp project manager Bren Olswanger took a more measured approach for his team, opting to go with a "mobile spa" business.
Continuing their downward spiral, Magna bickered over Michaelís lack of work ethic and Stephanie Myers' negativity, but still managed to be successful enough to create a steady stream of customers. NetWorth also experienced some difficulty of their own, with the group's casting office idea hitting initial snags as they struggled to secure a talent agent, and later also struggling to find would-be actors interested in purchasing their casting services. In the end however, Networth's business picked up to the point that their lower costs won them the day by a slim margin.
As a reward for their victory NetWorth was given a tour of Mikimoto, a Fifth Avenue jeweler who specializes in pearl jewelry. Their hosts at the store were the current Miss Universe and Miss USA titleholders -- two young women that some of the contestants clearly viewed as bigger attractions than the actual jewelry. Also included in the reward was $20,000 worth of merchandise, and for Craig Williams, a 37-year-old shoeshine business owner, a once in a lifetime opportunity to wear the Miss USA tiara.
In the boardroom, both Stephanie and Michael received no confidence votes from their Magna teammates, with they in turn pointing out Brenís lack of leadership as the project manager. Several more cutting comments were made by all, after which -- to the surprise of no one -- Bren choose to take Michael and Stephanie into the final boardroom with him. Once there, Bren focused his attack on Stephanie as the candidate he though should be fired, only to be repeatedly interrupted by Michael... to the point it distracted The Donald enough that he fired Michael for his ďstupidityĒ.