We started with a re-hash of the previous art gallery challenge and LaToya Jackson upset that no-one acknowledged her contribution and Gary Busey now saying he feels motivated to step up, after every one of his team members said that he’s holding the team back.
This week’s challenge was to market Australian Gold sun care products in a glass display case. They were judged on creativity, originality, brand messaging and their marketing efforts. The prize was $40,000 for the winning team’s charity.
Project Managers last episode were LaToya Jackson and Mark McGrath. Immediately, the boys’ team decided to “fight cleavage with cleavage,” painting up some beautiful women in gold and putting them inside the large display case. In the meantime, the boys dressed up as pirates. Despite Gary Busey expressing his doubts about the link between pirates and sunscreen and the not so subtle sexism of this campaign, Mark McGrath decided to stick with it and offering to take the fall if they lost – from then on his fate seemed to be sealed.
La Toya Jackson didn’t manage to be as decisive as McGrath, inviting theme idea from team mates but not contributing any herself. The Australian Gold executives helped them out, giving them the product’s slogan of “Live the Gold Life.” I can’t have been the only one who cringed when Gary Busey told the mixed sex team that the product makes him feel sexual. Mark McGrath was just happy to hear the word “treasure” used and felt vindicated in his pirate theme, even when the execs looked distinctly unimpressed.
Team A.S.A.P. made progress by looking at the Australian Gold website and after seeing a bikini clad couple, LaToya Jackson immediately said that she wanted to do something along those lines, painting the models gold. Hope Dworzcyak, Playboy’s Playmate of the Year, offered to be the model in the box, but LaToya told her that she’d rather hire someone else, and have Hope focus on the money. She also didn’t listen to Star Jones, telling her that the banners she had found were too expensive.
Next, the girls snapped up a koala costume which the boys had passed on because it wasn’t the same color as the Australian Gold Koala. NeNe Leakes got to wear it and interact with people on the street. LaToya seemed to be doing her own thing and left her team mates in the dark for a good part of the show.
Ivanka Trump was more impressed with Team Backbone’s teamwork, which is a big improvement on last week. She particularly liked their chant and felt the girls had played the theme a little too literally, which sent LaToya into a spin, looking for their USP as well as their SPF. Tempers frayed as the teas realized they had to build their own boxes and the girls had no clear direction.
Inexplicably, the next day, LaToya sent her team mates off in search of snow, right at the eleventh hour but NeNe Leake’s got her revenge in her feedback to Donal Trump, telling him that LaToya has been a horrible leader, and she would be surprised if they won.
In the feedback, it seemed the boys slipped up by not including the koala and the “Live the Gold Life” theme – so basically everything on the brief. They were, however, impressed with the ladies’ display, though they felt they missed a huge opportunity with Hope being fully clothed instead of in a bikini.
Mark McGrath again stood behind his decision and offered to fall on his sword if Team Backbone lost their challenge. They did, and so it’s bye-bye Mark McGrath, even though his teammates disagreed. They would rather have seen Gary Busey go.
But because the execs disliked the pirate theme, which was Mark’s decision, it is Mark McGrath who is eliminated, and Gary Busey got a warning about his behaviour.
Right decision? For Gary Busey, it is.