'Celebrity Apprentice' Week 1 Recap: The Top Five Highlights
It’s not entirely that bad this year. The 2012 iteration of Donald Trump’s adventures in entrepreneurship and televised street begging has actually drawn in a pretty good haul of recognizable people this year. Yes, there is your standard gaggle of lost, middle-aged supermodels. But Penn Jillette is kicking around, juggling fire right away. Adam Carolla is pretty funny, and they’re surprisingly keeping his raunchier jokes in the show. And Clay Aiken and George Takei are on there, too, generally being more charming than you remember them being.
So the retooling of the show to include actual celebrities was a welcome surprise. But there were five more moments that were a lot more shocking.
(1) The old guy from "American Chopper" has access to a friend who will give him $305,000 overnight to help him win a game show.
You’ll probably recognize Paul Teutul Sr. as the wizened old guy with the fu manchu and cutoff T-shirt from that Discovery Channel show about making motorcycles. Let’s rephrase that: You probably won’t recognize him at all. But if you did, that is how you’d know him.
It’s an important distinction -- that last part -- because he quarter-heartedly volunteered to lead the hombres in this week’s men vs. women challenge, and he somehow came up with a third of a million dollars on one phone call.
The challenge was supposed to be about who could run a better sandwich shop, but it was rendered a useless charade almost immediately when Teutul came up with the money. So the guys won the challenge by about $200,000, even though the women on the show broke a show record for the amount of money raised on the show in Week 1 by themselves.
The beauty part? The donor was anonymous.
(2) That woman from the band Danity Kane is under the impression everyone knows who Danity Kane is. No one is under that impression. She proceeds to namedrop her number of Twitter followers.
After it escaped the clutches of the MTV reality show “