Primetime Update

Week of April 9, 2004

Missed your favourite shows? No problem. Primetime update gives you the rundown.

Friends

No new episode this week.

Friends airs on Thursdays at 9:00pm Alberta Time, on Global (channel 7 in Calgary)
The last episode of Friends, ever, will air on May 6th.

Survivor – ALL STARS

Last week, Rob showed the extent of his power when he kept Amber from being voted out, even though she was the only one to switch team-mates and end up on the other tribe.

This week, thinking Amber did leave, Rob runs right to Alicia and makes another alliance.

Reward Challenge: nine tribe members retrieve seven pots from the bottom of the ocean. Shii Ann and Jenna are knocked out, then seven tribe members dive for five pots and then five for three. We end up with Boston Rob, Rupert and Lex who race to carry a weighted crate to the shore. Boston Rob gives it hell; he doesn’t even come up for air. In the end, Rupert is the first man to shore with his crate. When asked which two castaways will join him for the reward, he takes Amber and Jenna. The trio is immediately whisked away in a helicopter and taken to a secluded spa where they eat plenty, spend the night in real beds, and wear clean clothes. This is the first reward, and it comes complete with a shower, cleaning products, make-up (even nail polish), toothbrushes, and massages (including a facial).

Back at camp, tree mail arrives for A SECOND REWARD CHALLENGE? The tribes are asked to drop their buffs, and pull new ones — blue ones. Everyone gets one, and they’ll live on Saboga’s old beach which now has no shelter, but, they get two Hawaiian slings, a tarp, and paints (for a new flag).

Lex runs right to Boston Rob for assurance that he’s safe, and Rob gives him that assurance. When Lex turns around, Rob admits that he’s “playing the game.” When he tells Amber that Lex has to go first, she turns around and makes the open thought that they might try to peg her and Rob off, as well.

Immunity challenge comes with a new sparkly necklace (it looks like it was built with glue and sequins). Round One: a hold your breath underwater competition. The two men who survive the longest, and the two women who survive the longest move on to round two. Round Two: Kathy and Amber race to dive underwater and release a line of 10 buoys fastest, as do Boston Rob and Lex. Two immunities are given, for the women, Kathy and for the men, Boston Rob.

Lex realizes that Rob is going to cut him loose and there’s a spat. Lex says it’s not a game, anymore; that Rob is now risking a friendship for not returning the favor. Had Lex got rid of Amber instead of Jerri, his alliance would be one up and Rob might be going home instead. Kathy cries. “There’s something bad in that kid that came out in Marquesas, and it’s still here.” She makes the decision to give her immunity necklace to Lex.
At tribal council, however, she keeps her immunity. The vote: Lex is gone.

Next week: The all stars get a glimpse of home, and Kathy tries to get rid of Jenna.

Statistics:

MOGO-MOGO
Alicia Calaway – 35 years old, 9th place in Australian Outback (1st Juror)
Rob Mariano – 28 years old, 10th place in Marquesas (Boston Rob)
Tom Buchanan – 48 years old, 4th place in Africa (Pig farmer)
Rupert Boneham – 40 years old, 8th place in Pearl Islands (2nd Juror)
Jenna Lewis – 26 years old, 8th place in Pulau Tiga (2nd Juror)

CHAPERA
Kathy Vavrick-O’Brien – 50 years old, 3rd place in Marquesas
Shii Ann Huang – 30 years old, 10th place in Thailand
Amber Brkich – 25 years old, 6th place in Australian Outback (4th Juror)

CASTAWAYS GONE
1ST JUROR – Lex VanDenBerghe – 40, 3rd place, Africa – GONE 10TH
Chapera – Jerri Manthey – 33, 8th place, Australian Outback (2nd Juror) – GONE 9TH
Mogo-Mogo – Ethan Zohn – 30, SOLE SURVIVOR Africa (soccer player) – GONE 8TH
Mogo-Mogo – Colby Donaldson – 29, 2nd place, Australian Outback – GONE 7TH
Chapera Susan Hawk – 42, 4th place, Pulau Tiga (Big Mouth) – GONE 6TH, (took herself out)
Mogo-Mogo Richard Hatch – 42, SOLE SURVIVOR, Pulau Tiga (big naked gay guy) – GONE 5TH
Chapera Rob Cesternino – 25, 3rd place, Amazon – GONE 4TH
Mogo-Mogo Jenna Morasca – 22, SOLE SURVIVOR, Amazon – GONE 3RD (took herself out)
Saboga Rudy Boesch – 76, 3rd place, Pulau Tiga (retired navy man) – GONE 2ND
Saboga Tina Wesson – 42, SOLE SURVIVOR, Australian Outback – GONE 1ST

The Bachelor

The new season of the Bachelor premiered Wednesday, April 7th, at 10pm. It was a two-hour special. Basically, we were introduced to the Bachelor (Jesse Palmer, quarterback for the NY Giants) and the 25 women. One twist this season is that one of the women is Jesse’s spy. This woman is Jesse’s best friend’s wife, and she’s been planted.

Overall, the whole night was kind of boring, until the last ten minutes. After Jesse had given out 14 roses, he called on Katie for the fifteenth rose, however, he meant Karin and there was whole fiasco. In the end, he explained the situation to all the girls and offered Katie the chance to stay, despite his initial decision to send her home. She accepted and Jesse extended a sixteenth rose to Karin (who looks like my good friend Crystal with darker hair). Other highlights included the incredibly ugly chick from Quebec (Jesse’s a native of Ottawa), the NFL Cheerleader, a whole whack of models, and the most hated woman in Bachelor history. My absolute favorite clip was three of Jesse’s football buddies looking at a photo album of the 25 women and making fun of a vast majority. Maybe next week we’ll see some real good stuff.

The Apprentice

Last week, the teams rented out a high price piece of realty (the Penthouse of Trump World Tower). When Troy’s plan to pit one client against another didn’t get the highest amount, he and Kwame went to the boardroom. Unbelievably, Troy had sent Bill back up to the suite with a free ride to the next episode. In the end, Trump deemed Troy a loose canon and he was fired. In the meantime, after winning the task, Nick and Amy spent the day with some family members at one of Trump’s luxury spas.

This week, Kwame makes a great speech about what a good guy Troy was, and how they went man-to-man, and some other crap. For the next task, the final four go to the Esquire suite of Trump World Tower where they’re surrounded by six of Trump’s most trusted advisors, four of which will be interviewing each candidate. At the end of the day, two will be fired.

Amy seems to freak out under a little pressure; her answers never really answer the question. The advisors are irritated by Amy’s personality, and openly reject her. Afterwards Amy reflects that she doesn’t know if she’ll make it through. Bill lists his strengths when asked for his weaknesses. The interviewers have great confidence that Bill would be good if thrown in right away. He doesn’t need any more training. Kwame explains that his energy isn’t always outward, but the guy he’s talking to would like to see more energy on Kwame’s outward side. Nick tends to rely only on his personality, rather than intellectual ability. The big wigs think Nick might be too slick for his own good.

In the boardroom: right away, Nick is deemed a salesman by everyone including Amy, and is fired. Boom, just like that. Fifteen minutes into the episode.

When three are left, Amy thinks Kwame is smarter that Bill, which is argued and overruled. When Amy comes under scrutiny, Trump admits she has lots of energy, but there is little substance behind her words. Following the advise of six of his trusted advisors, Amy, too, is fired by “The Donald.”

Kwame and Bill. Who would have thought it would come down to these two. They go up to the roof, share the view, and a glass of champagne.

Each will oversee all of the details in a single event. Bill will run the Chrysler Trump Golf Tournament and Kwame will run the Jessica Simpson concert at Taj Mahal. In a big twist, the people Bill and Kwame get to choose from to lead, end up to be the formerly fired Amy, Troy, Katrina, Omarosa, Nick, and Heidi. Bill chooses Amy, Katrina, and Nick as his employees and Kwame chooses Troy, Omarosa, and Heidi (Conveniently this is the exact team scheme before the six employees were fired).

Bill immediately goes into meetings and begins creating a blueprint, or massive blueprints. He is immediately insulted by the lack of respect of the golf staff towards his ability as a businessman. However, he lets is slide and moves forward with his plans for the tournament.

Kwame immediately goes into meetings with important people as well, and takes his team out for an important business dinner. During dinner Omarosa gets a call instructing her to take care of the band’s transportation. She asks the caller if they could make the arrangements themselves, as she’s currently in the middle of dinner. When she ends the phone call, her ego is completely shattered. She won’t even talk about it with her team. Later, Omarosa’s caller calls again, and explains that there’s a problem with the transportation that Omarosa has yet to solve. When the caller speaks to Kwame, Omarosa begins to lie about the whole situation. The caller goes forward and cancels the van that is scheduled to pick up the band.

Even later, Jessica Simpson is missing. When Omarosa phones Kwame, he reacts by being completely calm and confident. Omarosa refuses to admit that it’s her mistake and Kwame moves on to more important things, leaving Omarosa and Troy in charge of tracking down the superstar. And we’re left hanging until next week.

Next week: In a two-hour finale, we see if Bill can handle the pressure, and whether or not Kwame can handle Omarosa. Next Wednesday there’s a dateline special, which will show some behind the scenes footage, then on Thursday, April 15, 2004, the Apprentice Season Finale.

The Apprentice airs on Wednesday evenings at 10:00 pm Alberta Time

If there are any other shows you want updates on, or any comments you wish to make, please email me at abaldwin@shaw.ca!

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