In the premiere episode, Donald Trump challenges the 16 new Celebrities to run authentic New York City pizzerias to raise money for charity. One team uses their celebrity power on the streets of Manhattan, while the other races against the clock to complete a special delivery that could be the difference between winning and losing. Friends with deep pockets show up and pack both pizzerias, and the Celebrities set a fundraising record. But the excitement is short lived, as one Celebrity becomes the first to hear Donald's dreaded words: "You're Fired!" Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr.
In the second episode of the season, the Celebrities must write an original children's book based on one of their own teammates and perform it for 4- and 5-year-olds. One Celebrity is forced into the role of project manager and struggles to unite their team. The other team leader battles to control a loose cannon in the group. In the end, Celebrity Apprentice finalist Holly Robinson Peete helps choose the best children's book, and Donald Trump fires another celebrity.
In the third episode of the season, each team is given two Camping World RVs to stage an 'experience' in mid-town Manhattan. One Celebrity wrestles control away from their project manager. The other team questions the sanity of their leader, who stops working on the task to play a game of catch. It's a race to the finish, but one team ultimately stands victorious. The losing team faces Donald Trump in the boardroom where another Celebrity is fired.
In the fourth episode of the season, the Celebrities are challenged to write and produce a 30-second video for ACN Video Phones - spots that will be judged by 450 ACN sales reps. One team listens closely to the executives' conservative brief, creating a video that tugs on the heartstrings. The other team decides to give the company a controversial ad to remember, and risks offending the sales reps. When the votes are cast, a winner is decided by the slimmest of margins. But no matter how close the vote, Donald Trump sends another Celebrity packing.
In the fifth episode of the season, Donald Trump tasks the Celebrities with creating their own works of art, then selling them that same night for the most money possible. On one team, a misunderstanding leads to a violent confrontation. The other team's artwork gets held up in traffic, leaving them with nothing to sell minutes before their gallery opening. With record-setting money raised for charity, one team is victorious, and Mr. Trump must decide which celebrity is the next to get the boot.
In the sixth episode of the season, the Celebrities are tasked with creating a public marketing event for Australian Gold, using a 10-foot by 10-foot glass box. One Project Manager dreams up an imaginative theme, but its implementation is hijacked by an unruly team member. The other project manager makes a risky last-minute creative change. The executives have a difficult decision on their hands, but one team emerges victorious and Donald Trump fires another Celebrity.
TASK: Create and present a live cooking demonstration for Omaha Steaks THE CELEBRITIES MUST PRESENT A 20-MINUTE COOKING DEMO In the seventh episode of the season, the Celebrities must present a 20-minute live cooking demonstration for Omaha Steaks. One project manager unloads the lion's share of the task on a single team member, and the team is left with no time to rehearse. The other team must work with a Project Manager who doesn't cook or eat meat. Accusations fly in a brutal boardroom, and another Celebrity hears Donald Trump's dreaded words, "You're fired!"
In the eighth episode of the season, the teams are tasked with creating a 4-page ad campaign for the Trump Hotel Collection, and both sides feel the pressure to produce for their boss. One project manager finds the creative juices of their team running dry, while on the other side, tensions between bitter rivals reaches new heights. A surprise decision from the judges leads to a heated boardroom, and another Celebrity is sent packing by Donald Trump.
In the ninth episode of the season, the Celebrities are tasked to produce a live hair show featuring Farouk Hair System products and Farouk hair stylists. While picking project Managers, one Celebrity unleashes a torrent of rage on a team mate, while the other team calls on a fired Celebrity to help in their show. High-energy hair shows are followed by an explosive boardroom where one Celebrity is fired by Donald Trump.
In a special three-hour episode, the Celebrities tackle two tasks, and two Celebrities are fired. The evening begins with Donald Trump challenging the teams to produce and sell tickets to a live comedy show. Before the task even starts, one Celebrity goes AWOL. Their team calls on Jimmy Fallon to assist in the effort, and the other team enlists Tracy Morgan. One project manager buckles under the pressure, threatening to throw in the towel. A tear-filled boardroom leads to another Celebrity being fired. The evening continues, as the teams are tasked with writing and producing a 60-second promotional video for OnStar. One project manager falls ill, leaving their team in jeopardy, while the other hands over creative control to a teammate. Bickering on one team threatens to derail the task, and the other team races against the clock to finish editing their video. Mr. Trump witnesses one of the season's biggest boardroom battles, before sending another Celebrity packing.
Mr. Trump calls on Celebrity Apprentice winners Piers Morgan, Joan Rivers, and Bret Michaels to interview the remaining Celebrities and help him choose the finalists. With the final two in place, Mr. Trump reveals the last, and most challenging task. Each finalist must produce a launch campaign for 7UP Retro, design a new can, produce a 30-second commercial, and present the entire campaign at a gala event. One finalist chooses the 1970s as the backdrop for their campaign, and the Harlem Globetrotters as the entertainment for their event. The other finalist chooses the 1980s and a concert by Def Leppard. Six fired Celebrities return to join the finalists and help them on their tasks. The 1980s finalist books Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister for their commercial, but runs into a roadblock with Def Leppard. The 1970s finalist hangs the creative for their commercial on iconic 7UP actor Geoffrey Holder, but with the clock ticking down on their shoot they learn he might not appear.
As the task continues, the finalists rush to prepare for their 7UP Retro events. One finalist's team is frustrated by their leader's lack of direction. The other finalist introduces Def Leppard before the band is ready to appear, creating an awkward break in their event. The next day, the two finalists, backed by their Celebrity helpers, face off in the boardroom. The celebrities take the stage and Donald Trump crowns his new Celebrity Apprentice.
"The Apprentice" live season finale, Thursday, December 15 from 9-11pm ET. The two-hour finale will be broadcast live at Lincoln Center and will feature the conclusion of the final two tasks, a cast reunion and ultimately the live boardroom hiring of Trump's newest employee who will receive a $250,000 'apprenticeship.'.