The Apprentice (U.S. season 2)

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The Apprentice (season 2)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 15
Release
Original network NBC
Original release

September 8 (2004-09-08) – December 16, 2004 (2004-12-16)

Additional information
Filming dates May 2004 (2004-05) – June 2004 (2004-06)
No. of contestants 18
Teams "Apex" and "Mosaic"
Winner Kelly Perdew

The Apprentice 2 is the second season of The Apprentice, which began on September 9, 2004 on NBC. Although this season did not match the ratings of the first and dropped out of the Top 10 Nielsen, it still performed strongly overall, ranking #11 with an average of 16.14 million viewers.

Season changes[edit]

This season featured 18 candidates, whereas the first season only had 16.

Three new twists were introduced to The Apprentice this season. First, each team was unexpectedly forced at the season's outset to make a 1-for-1 player swap, resulting in a male on the female team (Bradford), and a female on the male team (Pamela). The traded members then became the project managers for the first task. Second, it was revealed that a project manager for the winning team would be immune from being fired the following week.

Finally, the losing project manager could choose either two or three people to bring to the boardroom to be considered for firing. Surprisingly, the option to take three people to the boardroom was only used twice, with the first person (Ivana Ma) who did so making the decision after pressure to do so from Donald Trump.

The candidates[edit]

Teams[edit]

Team 1 Team 2
Apex Mosaic
Candidate Background Original team Age Hometown Result
Kelly Perdew Software executive Mosaic 37 Carlsbad, California Hired by Trump
(12-16-2004)
Jennifer Massey Attorney Apex 30 San Francisco, California Fired in the season finale
(12-16-2004)
Sandy Ferreira Bridal salon owner Apex 28 Rockville, Maryland 10Fired in week 142
(12-9-2004)
Kevin Allen Law student Mosaic 29 Chicago, Illinois 10Fired in week 14
(12-9-2004)
Ivana Ma Venture capitalist Apex 28 Boston, Massachusetts 10Fired in week 13
(12-2-2004)
Andy Litinsky Recent Harvard graduate Mosaic 22 Boca Raton, Florida 10Fired in week 12
(11-25-2004)
Wes Moss Private wealth manager Mosaic 28 Atlanta, Georgia 10Fired in week 111
(11-18-2004)
Maria Boren Marketing executive Apex 31 Virginia Beach, Virginia 10Fired in week 11
(11-18-2004)
Chris Russo Stockbroker Mosaic 30 Long Island, New York 10Fired in week 10
(11-11-2004)
Raj Bhakta Real estate developer Mosaic 28 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 10Fired in week 9
(11-4-2004)
Elizabeth Jarosz Consulting firm owner Apex 31 Marina del Ray, California 10Fired in week 8
(10-28-2004)
Stacy Rotner Attorney Apex 26 New York, New York 10Fired in week 7
(10-21-2004)
John Willenborg Marketing director Mosaic 24 San Francisco, California 10Fired in week 6
(10-14-2004)
Pamela Day Investment firm partner Mosaic 32 San Francisco, California 10Fired in week 5
(10-7-2004)
Jennifer Crisafulli Real estate agent Apex 31 New York, New York 10Fired in week 4
(9-29-2004)
Stacie Jones Upchurch Restaurateur Apex 35 New York, New York 10Fired in week 3
(9-23-2004)
Bradford Cohen Attorney Apex 33 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 10Fired in week 2
(9-16-2004)
Rob Flanagan Corporate branding salesman Mosaic 32 Frisco, Texas 10Fired in week 1
(9-9-2004)

1 – In an unannounced move, Trump fired two candidates week 11. Boren was fired first.
2 – As planned, Trump fired two candidates week 14. Allen was fired first.

Weekly results[edit]

Candidate Week 1 team Week 5 team Week 7 team Week 11 team Week 12 team Application result Record as project manager
Kelly Perdew Mosaic Mosaic Mosaic Apex Apex Hired by Trump 3–0 (win in weeks 2, 10, & 12)
Jennifer Massey Apex Apex Apex Apex Mosaic Fired in the Season Finale 1–0 (win in week 7)
Sandy Ferreira Apex Apex Mosaic Mosaic Mosaic Fired in week 14 2–0 (win in weeks 9 & 13)
Kevin Allen Mosaic Mosaic Apex Apex Apex Fired in week 14 2–0 (win in weeks 3 & 11)
Ivana Ma Apex Apex Apex Apex Apex Fired in week 13 0–2 (loss in weeks 2 & 13)
Andy Litinsky Mosaic Mosaic Mosaic Mosaic Mosaic Fired in week 12 1–1 (win in week 8, loss in week 12)
Wesley Moss Mosaic Mosaic Mosaic Mosaic Fired in week 11 0–2 (loss in weeks 7 & 11)
Maria Boren Apex Apex Mosaic Mosaic Fired in week 11 1–0 (win in week 6)
Chris Russo Mosaic Mosaic Apex Fired in week 10 1–1 (win in week 5, loss in week 10)
Raj Bhakta Mosaic Mosaic Apex Fired in week 9 1–1 (win in week 4, loss in week 9)
Elizabeth Jarosz Apex Apex Apex Fired in week 8 0–2 (loss in weeks 3 & 8)
Stacy Rotner Apex Apex Mosaic Fired in week 7
John Willenborg Mosaic Mosaic Fired in week 6 0–1 (loss in week 6)
Pamela Day Mosaic Apex Fired in week 5 0–2 (loss in weeks 1 & 5)
Jennifer Crisafulli Apex Fired in week 4 0–1 (loss in week 4)
Stacie Jones Upchurch Apex Fired in week 3
Bradford Cohen Apex Fired in week 2 1–0 (win in week 1)
Rob Flanagan Mosaic Fired in week 1
Elimination chart
Candidate 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Kelly IN WIN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN IN WIN BR IN HIRED
Jennifer M. IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN IN IN IN IN BR IN IN FIRED
Sandy IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN IN BR BR WIN FIRED
Kevin IN IN WIN IN IN BR IN IN BR BR WIN IN BR FIRED
Ivana IN LOSE IN IN IN IN IN IN BR BR IN IN FIRED
Andy BR IN IN IN IN BR BR WIN IN IN BR FIRED
Wes IN IN IN IN IN IN LOSE IN IN IN FIRED
Maria IN IN BR IN BR WIN IN IN IN IN FIRED
Chris IN IN IN IN WIN IN IN IN IN FIRED
Raj IN IN IN WIN IN IN IN IN FIRED
Elizabeth IN IN LOSE BR IN IN IN FIRED
Stacy R. IN IN IN BR BR IN FIRED
John IN IN IN IN IN FIRED
Pamela LOSE IN IN IN FIRED
Jennifer C. IN BR IN FIRED
Stacie J. IN BR FIRED
Bradford WIN FIRED
Rob FIRED
     The candidate was on the losing team.
     The candidate was hired and won the competition.
     The candidate won as project manager on his/her team.
     The candidate lost as project manager on his/her team.
     The candidate was brought to the final boardroom.
     The candidate was fired.
     The candidate lost as project manager and was fired.

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 16 "Toying with Disaster" September 9, 2004 (2004-09-09) N/A
2 17 "Scoop Dreams" September 16, 2004 (2004-09-16) N/A
3 18 "Send in the Crowns" September 23, 2004 (2004-09-23) N/A
4 19 "The Last Supper" September 29, 2004 (2004-09-29) N/A
5 20 "Lights! Camera! Transaction!" October 7, 2004 (2004-10-07) N/A
6 21 "Crimes of Fashion" October 14, 2004 (2004-10-14) N/A
7 22 "Barking Up the Wrong Tree" October 22, 2004 (2004-10-22) N/A
8 23 "A Tale of Two Leaders" October 28, 2004 (2004-10-28) N/A
9 24 "Bringing Down the House" November 4, 2004 (2004-11-04) N/A
10 25 "Runaway Pride" November 11, 2004 (2004-11-11) N/A
11 26 "Runaway Pride" November 18, 2004 (2004-11-18) N/A
12 27 "The Pepsi Challenged" November 25, 2004 (2004-11-25) N/A
13 28 "Sweet & Lowdown" December 2, 2004 (2004-12-02) N/A
14 29 "The Task of All Tasks (Part 1)" December 9, 2004 (2004-12-09) N/A
15 30 "The Task of All Tasks (Part 2)" December 16, 2004 (2004-12-16) N/A
16 31 "Decision Time" December 16, 2004 (2004-12-16) N/A

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Candidate websites[edit]