Apprentice shines again with Dionne vs. Marlee, Trump’s anti-tattoo, anti-collagen rant

Last night’s Celebrity Apprentice was, as last week, a completely awesome two hours. It’s non-stop entertainment, from Richard Hatch and Jose Canseco in drag to Dionne Warwick saying a deaf character in a children’s book would be “sad” and thus nearly got smacked down by Marlee Matlin.

The cast had to assemble a children’s book, which is one of those tasks you just know will be a disaster from the very start. The women basically ripped off part of The Wizard of Oz, while the men wrote a country song and put pictures next to it.

As usual, the drama ramped up in the boardroom, where Lisa Rinna was ultimately fired for both being a bad project manager and for being unable to do what Trump demands, which is fight hard in the boardroom. (Donald Jr. was basically handing her note cards to read from and she couldn’t even defend herself.)

There were so many highlights you just need to watch the episode, but perhaps the most randomly entertaining moment was when Donald Trump complimented Lisa Rinna on her reduced lips, and then went on a rant about body modification. First he mentioned men with tattoos and said, “What the fuck do they do it for?” And then he said that he often interacts with “the most important women you can imagine, and they have lips pumped up like balloons. And I say, ‘What the fuck are they doing?’ So don’t do that tattoos, don’t do the lips.”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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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.