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Posted: 28 January 2005 at 1:25pm | IP Logged

This week's Task:

Each team had to Renovate a 14 room motel within a $20,000 budget in 2 days. The motel guests would stay there for one night and then give the motel a rating based on Service, Amenities, Food, etc. using Yahoo! Local

The team with the highest overall rating would win.

Magna's Project Manager:  Micheal

Net Worth's Project Manager: Brian

What happened:

Each team arriveed at their respective motels which were in absolute shambles. The carpets and bathrooms gave off very bad odours and they had 48 hours to clean up everything before the furniture arrived.

From the beginning, it was obvious that there was going to be a blazing row b/w Kristen and Brian from NW. Kristen, who was in charge of the Budget, told Brian that they had to figure out the budget first and get it out of the way, but Brian ignored her completely and felt that it wasn't a big deal (WRONG!)...and said that "I'm project mgr and she should respect my decision!" (Yes, SIR! As you wish, SIR!)

Then they sent the girls off to buy linen and pillows. Brian was negotiating with the contractors and plumbers when he had a brainwave (Ta ta da!) and ordered 14 commodes for the toilets - each worth $500 each!! It wasn't really necessary and only the toilet seats needed to be replaced, but he didn't listen to anyone. (This guy had a serious Dictator Complex!)

Magna was running into their share of troubles too. Verna wanted to concentrate on customer service (Something about giving little welcome packages to customers) but Micheal wanted to concentrate on the renovations 1st. Verna kept harping about Customer service till Micheal told her to cool it and handed her a paint roller to paint the walls!

Back to NWs motel : John (last weeks project mgr) was advising Brian to cool it as he kept rubbing everyone the wrong way and that no one liked or respected him. Brian kept saying that he was very blunt like Trump (more like Simon Cowell, but 10 times stupider!). John called him a "silly little man" and said that he needed to grow up.

The next morning, Brian realizes that there was not enough $$ for the Beds! (Surprise! Surprise!) Kristen starts shouting at him and tells him "You suck as a leader!"

After 48 Hrs:

Furniture began to arrive. Magna wasn't finished with renovations and the rooms still smelled of paint. They also didn't bother removing the plastic covers off the mattresses and only covered them with bed sheets. Carolyn (Trump's assistant) sat on one of the beds and said "Its a bit crunchy". LOL

George (Trump's other assistant) inspected NW's motel which was also only partially renovated...The carpets were still there and were extremely dirty.

Guests arrive:

Verna and Danny did a good job at the reception for Magna. Most of the guests were having a lot of fun by the pool.

At NW, things were heating up again. The members did not have any money for food and Kristen kept harping about Brian's poor leadership skills. The others were just tired so they told her to shut up. She did shut up, but she didn't give them any money for food either.


When Magna's guests awoke, the staff was still sleeping. The guests wanted coffee, but they didn't have any. Verna who was exceedingly stressed out due to insomnia and lack of food for 2 days, packed her stuff and left the motel! She kept wandering around the streets till Carolyn tracked her down and brought her back.

She was in tears and said that it was OK if they fired her because she felt really bad about the way she walked out. Most team members supported her, but Erin was not sympathetic.

At NW, the receptionist Tana was told by one of the customers that the beds were similar to concrete. She hoped that the breakfast would improve their opinion of the hotel. (Keep hoping, dear!)


Rating for NW = 2.92

Rating for Magna = 3.96

Magna was treated to a yacht ride with Steve Forbes of Forbes Magazine and they had a good time. John again had a talk with Brian and said that he had messed up. Period. Brian appreared to have no idea why they lost. (Hint: Look at the Budget SIR!)


Trump got down to the point and literally asked Brian if he felt that he should be fired. Brian said "Yes I should be fired!" Everyone was really surprised by his answer, but then Trump began to ask others about why they lost.

John said that Brian's "abrasive" behaviour put everyone off. Brian began swearing in the boardroom. Kristen was rebuked by Trump for giving Brian a hard time, but eventually it came down to Brian's poor leadership skills. Trump didnt even ask Brian to bring 3 ppl in the room with him. He said, "Brian, YOU'RE FIRED!"

(This is my first time writing an update...And I must appreciate our coolbies who do such a fantastic job every week...It is really very difficult and time consuming!)



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