(For what went on in the first half of the task, check out last week’s recap here.)
Jonathan was really relaxed and confident, and he pulled the reception off without a glitch.
Mark was impressed, declaring the cocktail an “absolutely first class job.”
When it came time for the welcome speech, she just couldn’t get the audience’s attention. (To be fair though, Andrea only had a low platform to stand on, while Jonathan’s room had a full stage – an advantage he gained from a coin toss.)
Kathleen wasn’t impressed. “Andrea’s cocktail event was a little bit disorganized,” she noted, “I think she was nervous. She was reading from the script; She was not getting the attention of the guests at all.”
Again, it was a whole new Jonathan on show! He nailed the auction, conducting it with verve and professionalism.
“I feel like I was the star of the night – Just talking, shouting, babbling – it’s really ridiculous!” Jonathan enthused. Once again, he was GLOWING!
Jon said afterward, “I know I won this, because I love doing the job. And when you love your job, you’re at your best. I want to become like Mr. Tony Fernandez and I want a life following the same kinds of vision and philosophy he had. I think those are the reasons why I deserve this position.”
When it came to the auction, Andrea’s stress melted away, because she felt she could just be herself.
She also increased bid amounts far too slowly for the enthusiastic crowd, and guests eventually gave up and started shouting out their own bids.
Guests were certainly enthusiastic about the Sir Richard Branson Charity Flight, and that was eventually sold for 400,000RM.
Andrea thought they did a great job, and said afterward, “I have much more heart than Jonathan has. When it comes to putting my all into everything I do, I don’t just do it because I want to win. I do things because I believe in them, and that means very much to me.”
The Most Laid-Back Boardroom Meeting Ever!
Both teams took part in the boardroom meeting.
It started off really jovial! There were jokes and laughter, and people were actually relaxed! (Perhaps it’s because most of them were already fired and had nothing to fight for now.)
Even typically intense Jonathan was laughing!
Andrea lied and made it sound like she had WANTED Dian on her team though. (In the previous episode, she’d confessed to the cameras that she was dismayed that Dian was present.) “We had left off previously not on the best of terms, but that was not even an issue,” she now said, “just because I knew we had a personal relationship.”
And then it got serious.
Andrea accused Jon of being afraid to step up and lead, and of lacking “honesty of emotion”.
“A great leader is someone who doesn’t force himself to say that I should be the one to sit on the throne,” Jon retorted. “A great leader is someone who stands back and says that there might be someone out there who’s passionate about this job, and you bring out the best in these people.”
He also questioned her intentions. “Does Andrea really know what she wants right now? Is she there because she’s looking for something else outside law school? Or is she there because she wants to prove that she’s simply good?”
Andrea fought back, saying that she had the right balance of intellect and emotion – and then she broke down in tears.
Mark’s choice however, was Andrea. “The person who has got all the capabilities of being a rough diamond – highly highly smart; has an enormous amount of, from what I’ve seen, humility – my vote is with Andrea.”
And then it was time for Tony to make his choice – and he was nervous. “My heart is racing like my Formula One team right now. I’m not trying to make you more nervous, but I am nervous myself. This will change one of your lives forever.”
“I came into this room pretty clear who I was going to pick,” Tony continued, “I’m changing my mind as each of you speak. It’s a tough decision. But on the balance of everything that has been put in front of me, seeing you perform, hearing your passion…”
“Jonathan Yabut – You’re hired.”