The fourth Apprentice is Randal Pinkett. While the entire episode made it seem as if Donald Trump would hire both of them, he hired Randal. Then, a few moments later, Trump bizarrely asked Randal if he should also hire Rebecca Jarvis. Randal declined, saying, “Mr. Trump, I firmly believe that this is ‘The Apprentice,’ that there is one and only one apprentice, and if you’re going to hire someone tonight, it should be one,” Randal said. “It’s not ‘The Apprenti,’ it’s ‘The Apprentice.’”
After the episode, I wrote an essay arguing that Randal’s choice was selfish. Since apparently the entire Apprentice-watching world thinks I’m a racist for saying that, here’s my defense. Had Rebecca been hired first and declined to let Randal share the title with her, I would have written the exact same essay, just reversing their names. And, despite what many people are arguing, I don’t think that sharing the title would have in any way diminished Randal’s win. It would have simply acknowledged that his competition was exceptionally competent; there was no real reason to fire her. (I argued the same thing last season.)
As I wrote, I remain impressed by Randal, who is clearly the most educated, experienced, and qualified candidate yet. I think it’s a valid critique to ask why the only black candidate ever hired was asked to make such a decision, although I suspect it’s just coincidence since, by his own admission, Trump was basically as equally impressed with Rebecca as he was with Randal. And I completely agree that Trump should not have made this Randal’s decision; it was unfair and if Trump wanted to hire both, as he seemed ready to do the entire episode, he should have done so himself.