The show opens with a recap of week one; reminding viewers of the firing of previous winner, Bret Michaels. Many in the board room questioned why he returned since he was a previous winner.
The remaining 13 contestants gather to learn the fate of the last week. It is revealed that the group will travel on Mr. Trump’s private 757 jet to Orlando, Florida. Their task is located with the Universal Studios Orlando, where they will create a 3-D photo display that incorporates the park’s marketing.
Team “Power” consists of Brande Roderick, Claudia Jordan, Omarosa, Dennis Rodman, Lil Jon and La Toya Jackson. Omarosa was elected Project Manager for this challenge.
Team “Plan B” is made up of Dee Snider, Trace Adkins, Lisa Rinna, Stephen Baldwin, Marilu Henner, Gary Busey and Penn Jillette. Adkins, who was week one’s winner, was absent from this challenge, due to a prior engagement.
Snider wanted to be project manager to continue to raise funds for his charity. “Aids has not been cured. There’s still a lot of work to be done,” the rocker shared during his individual camera time.
Omarosa played for her late-fiancé’s favorite charity, “Susan Duncan’s Children Center.”
Brande Roderick was the first to speak out in regards to Omarosa being in charge. “With Omarosa as the Project Manager, I don’t think it’s going to be smooth sailing. Let’s just put it that way. She’s already back-stabbed everybody and we’re only into the second task. Man, it’s going to be rough,” the former playmate explained.
Omarosa gave this message during her candid camera time, “You don’t even have to worry about me back-stabbing you. I’ll come from the front.”
During their flight to Orlando, Mr. Trump explained what is expected of each team, and reminds them of the $20,000 donation to the winning project manager’s charity.
Upon arrival, Team Power heads over to check out their work space and Omarosa wastes no time choosing her layout. She sends out Lil Jon, Claudia, Brande and La Toya out for photos and souvenirs pertaining to two of the three sections of the display. She assigned Despicable Me and Harry Potter, and sent them out to search the full area of the park.
Over at Plan B, Dee decides to go the “celeb route” by setting up six cardboard cutouts of the celebrities displaying various characters on their shirts. Penn brought another idea to the table. He wanted to portray magic in their display, as it tied in completely with the Harry Potter theme within the park.
Voicing his opinion about the cut-outs, Penn shared, “Cutouts, every single video store has those. A picture that you would really keep would a picture that would pick something impossible, that doesn’t look ‘photoshoppy.'”
Fellow team mate, Gary Busey, loved Penn’s idea, while Stephen Baldwin thought Penn was taking up a lot of time. “Dee Snyder’s the Project Manager. Dee’s a super smart guy but he kinda started getting sucked in to Penn’s illusion,” Baldwin shared.
While four members of Team Power were out completing their portion of the task by shopping and exploring the park, without fully knowing Omarosa’s total vision, Omarosa was sharing all her thoughts with the fabrication crew. Dennis Rodman is in the room, but keeps a very low profile.
Meanwhile, when Plan B’s fabricators show up, it is Penn, not Project Manager Snyder, that meets and greets them and lays out their plan.
Since Dee still isn’t taking much initiative, Lisa Rinna directs the team to begin gathering photos from around the park. Busey volunteers, but gets a quick tutorial from Stephen on how to use the camera after becoming confused after one shot photo. During the group’s photo gathering, Dee admits there still wasn’t a definite plan. “We are all bright people, so I thought we’d come up with something,” he shared.
In regards to the simplicity of their team’s display, Gary announced that it is “just as simple as making soup.”
The next day, the finishing touches are placed Team Power’s display. Planning for yet another possible team member she can “throw under the bus”, Omarosa tries to set up La Toya by shooting down all her ideas for the Spider-Man room she placed La Toya in charge of. Other than an incorrectly placed sign, their display was perfect. Crowds were standing in line for their opportunity to go through the three separate spaces and themes.
Team Plan B’s team is on hand at their display, to take photos of park visitors with their cardboard counterparts. Turns out most of the visitors take advantage of photo ops with the real-life versions instead.
Both teams gather to enter the board room. Omarosa is all smiles with her team, and after both teams are seated, Mr. Trump joins them. “Dennis, how did you like my plane?” he teasing asked the former NBA star. The atmosphere and questions seem to be light, at least for a while.
When asked, Dee took credit for his display’s idea, which Mr. Trump repeatedly refers to as “simple.”
Marilu praises Gary, but lists him as their “weakest player,” which quickly offends the somewhat off-balance actor. She offered, “I adore him, but he’s definitely a distraction.”
Dennis is put on notice when Omarosa appoints him as the member of the team that is no good. She sarcastically added, “He worked hard. He picked up a hammer and a nail.” She then listed Lil Jon as their best player.
When asked by Mr. Trump her opinion of Omarosa, Brande described her as causing an “intense atmosphere.”
He then turned to Claudia for her opinion, offering her four options. “As a project manager, was Omarosa nasty, tough or smart? Or all?” Claudia responded with, “All.” When asked the million dollar question, Claudia announced after a long pause, that yes, she did like Omarosa.
Both Project Managers feel that they have won the challenge, and they have a chance to view each other’s project. Omarosa said that she was “a little underwhelmed” by the simplicity of the other team’s project: “I expected more from Dee, because he is so brilliant.”
When shown Omarosa’s project, Dee said she wasn’t quite sure what it is. In comparison to his team, he admits her display was more creative, but pointed out that he” didn’t see the use of celebrity.”
The topic switches to Mr. Trump’s hair, and after several minutes of discussion on how he should style his famous look, he announces the winning team.
With a successful psych-out, Omarosa goes into breakdown mode upon learning of her team’s win. While some thought it was a natural reaction to her recently deceased fiancé, La Toya goes on the defensive, stating that Omarosa is incorporating his death into her game playing.
Dee chose to bring back Stephen and Gary, which confuses the Trumps. In the lobby, there was no smiling when Dee apologizes for “dragging them in to the board room.” After his lengthy explanation, Stephen responds with, “Do what you gotta do, but, we gotta do what we gotta do.”
After a very short discussion, Mr. Trump fires Dee. He takes his firing like a man, never once throwing either of his team mates under the bus.
While last week’s episode was mild compared to past challenges, this week’s previews display a much more heated episode. Gary Busey appears to fight back, and La Toya appears to have a screaming match with Omarosa. Tune in tonight, March 18, 2013, to see what goes down in the All-Stars third challenge.