The Apprentice is back with another 16 over enthusiastic wannabee’s Lord Sugar’s vying for the £250,000 that Lord Sugar will throw at them if he thinks he can do business with them. Due to what happened in this first episode he would be better of firing them all and giving some other people a chance as the majority of these people were not actually all that much cop and plenty of them deserved to go at the end of the episode, and it was only a shame that just one of them was sent home.

They are shaking it up this series and for the first task he sent them away with a checklist of items to purchase and a time limit with fines for items that were not purchased, and a fine for getting back to the start point late.

The most random shopping list ever included specialist salt, honeycomb, a filigree, a traditional cape, a souvenir house and an octopus with a 40-inch hose and the venue for this escapade was Malta, a place that most of the candidates had never even heard of which was a good start.

Of course the fun began when they got the list of items which as usual were hardly self explanatory and without the use of mobile phones which as the series progresses is getting more and more frustrating for the candidates who have probably had mobile phones since they were about 6 weeks old, but it makes for interesting viewing as they all try and work out what on earth they are supposed to be buying which they can get spectacularly wrong, usually with hilarious consequences, and this episode is no different in that sense.

So it was the boys versus the girls and both teams sat down together for the first time and debated about who should be project manager for the first task which is a onerous task so hardly anybody wanted to put themselves in apart from Kayode for the boys teams who was the first to offer himself up at the sacrificial project manager which none of the boys had a problem with, funny that.

For the girls it was Jackie who said that she thought that Jasmine would be the best project manager due to her skillset and immediately all of the other girls thought that was a wonderful idea and all put their backing behind Jasmine, and of course all ready to blame her if it all went wrong, not that any of the rest of them were quick to offer their services as pm.

They all tried to guess what the items were with the boys being convinced that Lord Sugar wanted an actual octopus. Some of them had the bright idea of ringing up the local tourist information to find out what some of the items were, some of them just decided to wing it and hope for the best. The teams eventually split into two groups who then went to get as many of the items as they could and were told to keep in touch with each other so that they didn’t both buy the same item.

Some of the items were easier to find than others and some of them were running around like headless chickens for much of the task wishing that the other team would fail. The boys never found out that the octopus was a piece of scuba diving equipment and went and bought a real one albeit a dead one.

The girls forgot basic mathematics when purchasing the sugar and nearly didn’t get enough bags to fit the specifications they were given at the start of the task. The girls also ended up getting two of the same item with their total lack of communication with each other. The boys managed to avoid getting the same item but did totally get the wrong end of the stick with the octopus, which was highly amusing.

The girls also managed to get back to the meeting point late which also went against them. What with getting back late, and getting the same item twice, it was the girls who narrowly lost the task meaning that one of them would get fired so it was talons out for all of the girls, who all gave their twopenneth in the boardroom about how it all went wrong and, of course, and that it was nobody’s fault except for Jasmine the project manager who was the one who was obviously the person to be fired, just because.

Jasmine didn’t take it lying down and said that Jackie was not much help and also that people did not listen to her. In the end Lord Sugar asked her to pick two people to bring back in with her and naturally she picked Jackie and also picked Sarah. Now whilst Jackie had not bought anything and hadn’t really contributed meaningfully to the task, Sarah has actually bought something. Yes, she had trumped another girls negotiation and was also generally rather loud, but she had made a purchase, which was kind of the whole point of the task.

In the end it was her mouth that got the better of her and Sarah was fired when you had to say that both Jackie and Jasmine were both far more culpable for the failure of the task but it seems that both Jackie and Jasmine have something more than Sarah did in the eyes of Lord Sugar. Only time will tell what that actually is.

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