The Celebrity Apprentice: Penultimate Episode Preview
The two-hour second-to-last episode of The Celebrity Apprentice airs this Thursday and I could not care less about it's outcome.  That's not saying I'm not looking forward to the episode.  I am, but not because I'm invested in who eventually wins.  Now that Omarosa is gone, and four worthy Apprentice contestants remain, my rooting interests have become muted.  Since The Apprentice is now being played for charity, viewers aren't really rooting for specific people.  To root for a contestant is to root for a charity and, by extension, to root for one charity is to root against three charities.  That's not something I'm interested in.  What I am looking forward to is all of the fired Celebrity Apprentice contestants returning to help the two finalists in one last task. 

CNBC's Jim Cramer (Mad Money) will join Donald Trump at the beginning of Thursday's episode to help decide which of the two final four contestants will be immediately fired.  Yes, it's true.  After ten-plus tasks, two of the final four Apprentices will be fired arbitrarily in a surprise boardroom in the opening minutes of the episode.  Seems like a rough deal for the two who'll be fired. 

The final task is an epic one.  With help from their previously fired brethren, the two finalists will work to organize a big celebrity auction.  The Backstreet Boys will be performing at said auction (they were available) and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, will be around for some reason or another. 

My bold prediction: the final two will be Piers Morgan and Trace Adkins, with Trace coming out on top in the end on March 27's live finale.  It only seems reasonable – Trace has been the smartest, least ego-maniacal contestant this season, as well as the most likable.  Also, I don't think Trump will let Piers win simply because he's employed by NBC.  Or, maybe that's why he will win. 

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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