Surreal Celebrity Apprentice moment of the week: Marlee Matlin helps Gary Busey hear

Minute for minute, The Celebrity Apprentice is the greatest reality show on broadcast TV right now. Survivor has its strong moments and episodes, sure, but Donald Trump’s collection of celebrities consistently delivers non-stop surreal entertainment, as did his orange skin tone last night.

I refuse to recap it because that would require typing the whole episode, and it’s more fun to just watch it. And there’s so much worthy of highlighting, like Niki Taylor, first-season host of Bravo’s Make Me a Supermodel, who admitted last night, “I’m not the best at presenting.” Perhaps that’s why Bravo got rid of her for season two, and shouldn’t have hired her in the first place. (She was fired by Trump last night after taking the blame for her team’s failure, so she basically quit; Trump and others praised her, which is weird because Trump usually wants people to fight, especially for their charities. I think she knew she couldn’t cut it verbally or intellectually, and decided to not spar with opponents she’d lose to.)

Anyway, assuming the series keeps up this level of sheer awesomeness, I’m going to select a moment from each week’s episode that had my jaw on the floor. There was so much to choose from last night, a lot of it involving Gary Busey, who explained that he defines words by creating acronyms, prompting me to come up with one for his name. But the moment I’ve chosen was both unexpected and surprisingly heartbreaking, and it involves hearing aids and Marlee Matlin helping Gary Busey be able to hear after being legally deaf for 22 years:


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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.