The Apprentice (U.S. season 4)

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The Apprentice (U.S. season 4)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 13
Release
Original network NBC
Original release

September 22 (2005-09-22) – December 15, 2005 (2005-12-15)

Additional information
Filming dates April 2005 (2005-04) – May 2005 (2005-05)
No. of contestants 18
Teams "Excel" and "Capital Edge"
Winner Randal Pinkett
Season chronology
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The Apprentice 4 is the fourth season of The Apprentice, with Donald Trump as the executive producer and host. The show was aired on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on NBC and started September 22, 2005.

This was the first season of the show not to place in the Top 20 Nielsen Ratings; it averaged #38 with 11.01 million viewers.

Starting with this season, frequent boardroom adviser George H. Ross began to lessen his involvement with the show, with The Apprentice first season winner Bill Rancic effectively sharing the role with him throughout this and the following season.

Candidates[edit]

Unhappy with both the choice of candidates and the "street smarts" vs. "book smarts" premise from the preceding season, Trump went to the auditions and hand-picked 17 of the 18 candidates in season 4. In addition to candidate handpicking, Trump decided to go back to the premise of men versus women (there was eventually corporate restructuring). The all-women team named their corporation Capital Edge while the all-men team named their corporation Excel.

The winning project manager, throughout the season, may be exempt from firing for the following week only if the majority of the other members in their team believed he/she did a satisfactory job. In the previous two seasons, the winning project manager would automatically be exempt from firing.

Team 1 Team 2
Capital Edge Excel
Candidate Background Original team Age Hometown Result
Randal Pinkett Consulting firm owner Excel 34 Somerset, New Jersey Hired by Trump
(12-15-2005)
Rebecca Jarvis Financial journalist Capital Edge 23 Chicago, Illinois Fired in the season finale
(12-15-2005)
Alla Wartenberg Salon & spa chain owner Capital Edge 31 Las Vegas, Nevada 10Fired in week 11
(12-1-2005)
Felisha Mason Real estate developer Capital Edge 29 Kansas City, Missouri 10Fired in week 11
(12-1-2005)
Adam Israelov Risk manager Excel 22 Atlanta, Georgia 10Fired in week 10
(11-24-2005)
Clay Lee Realtor Excel 28 College Station, Texas 10Fired in week 9
(11-17-2005)
Marshawn Evans Recent law school graduate Capital Edge 26 Atlanta, Georgia 10Fired in week 8
(11-10-2005)
Brian Mandelbaum Print company executive Excel 23 New York, New York 10Fired in week 8
(11-10-2005)
Markus Garrison Inventor Excel 41 Sarasota, Florida 10Fired in week 7
(11-3-2005)
James Dillon Sales executive Excel 27 Alexandria, Virginia 10Fired in week 6
(10-27-2005)
Mark Lamkin Wealth manager Excel 35 Louisville, Kentucky 10Fired in week 6
(10-27-2005)
Jennifer Murphy Ad sales manager Capital Edge 26 Los Angeles, California 10Fired in week 6
(10-27-2005)
Josh Shaw Beauty company owner Excel 30 New York, New York 10Fired in week 6
(10-27-2005)
Kristi Caudell Sales executive Capital Edge 24 Gainesville, Georgia 10Fired in week 5
(10-20-2005)
Toral Mehta Investment banker Capital Edge 29 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 10Fired in week 4
(10-13-2005)
Jennifer Wallen Realty company owner Capital Edge 31 Anthem, Arizona 10Fired in week 3
(10-6-2005)
Chris Valletta Marketing executive Excel 27 Dallas, Texas 10Fired in week 2
(9-29-2005)
Melissa Holovach Real estate investor Capital Edge 30 Tampa, Florida 10Fired in week 1
(9-22-2005)

Weekly results[edit]

Candidate Original team Week 5 team Week 6 team Week 7 team Week 9 team Final week team Application result Record as project manager
Randal Pinkett Excel Capital Edge Capital Edge Excel Excel Excel Hired by Trump 3–0 (win in weeks 3, 7, & 10)
Rebecca Jarvis Capital Edge Capital Edge Excel Excel Excel Capital Edge Fired in the Season Finale 1–2 (win in week 11, loss in weeks 3 & 9)
Alla Wartenberg Capital Edge Capital Edge Capital Edge Capital Edge Capital Edge Fired in week 11 1–1 (win in week 6, loss in week 10)
Felisha Mason Capital Edge Capital Edge Capital Edge Capital Edge Capital Edge Fired in week 11 1–2 (win in week 9, loss in weeks 4 & 11)
Adam Israelov Excel Excel Capital Edge Capital Edge Capital Edge Fired in week 10 0–1 (loss in week 7)
Clay Lee Excel Excel Capital Edge Capital Edge Excel Fired in week 9 2–0 (win in weeks 4 & 8)
Marshawn Evans Capital Edge Capital Edge Excel Excel Fired in week 8 1–0 (win in week 2)
Brian Mandelbaum Excel Excel Excel Excel Fired in week 8 1–1 (win in week 5, loss in week 8)
Markus Garrison Excel Excel Capital Edge Capital Edge Fired in week 7 1–0 (win in week 1)
James Dillon Excel Excel Excel Fired in week 6
Mark Lamkin Excel Excel Excel Fired in week 6
Jennifer Murphy Capital Edge Capital Edge Excel Fired in week 6 0–1 (loss in week 5)
Josh Shaw Excel Excel Excel Fired in week 6 0–1 (loss in week 6)
Kristi Caudell Capital Edge Capital Edge Fired in week 5 0–1 (loss in week 1)
Toral Mehta Capital Edge Fired in week 4
Jennifer Wallen Capital Edge Fired in week 3
Chris Valletta Excel Fired in week 2 0–1 (loss in week 2)
Melissa Holovach Capital Edge Fired in week 1
Elimination Chart
Candidate 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Randal IN IN WIN IN IN IN WIN IN IN WIN IN HIRED
Rebecca IN IN LOSE IN IN IN IN IN LOSE IN WIN FIRED
Alla IN IN IN IN IN WIN IN IN IN LOSE FIRED
Felisha IN IN IN LOSE IN IN IN IN WIN BR FIRED
Adam IN IN IN IN IN IN LOSE IN IN FIRED
Clay IN IN IN WIN IN IN BR WIN FIRED
Marshawn IN WIN IN IN IN IN IN FIRED
Brian IN IN IN IN WIN IN IN FIRED
Markus WIN BR IN IN IN IN FIRED
James IN IN IN IN IN FIRED
Mark IN IN IN IN IN FIRED
Jennifer M. IN IN BR IN LOSE FIRED
Josh IN IN IN IN IN FIRED
Kristi LOSE IN IN IN FIRED
Toral IN IN IN FIRED
Jennifer W. IN IN FIRED
Chris IN FIRED
Melissa 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 50 "Let's Get Physical" September 22, 2005 (2005-09-22) N/A
2 51 "There's No Little "i" in Team" September 29, 2005 (2005-09-29) N/A
3 52 "Something Old, Something New" October 6, 2005 (2005-10-06) N/A
4 53 "Ice Cream of Genie" October 13, 2005 (2005-10-13) N/A
5 54 "Lost In Space" October 20, 2005 (2005-10-20) N/A
6 55 "Take Me Out to the Boardroom" October 27, 2005 (2005-10-27) N/A
7 56 "Back to School" November 3, 2005 (2005-11-03) N/A
8 57 "Store Wars" November 10, 2005 (2005-11-10) N/A
9 58 "One Hit Blunder" November 17, 2005 (2005-11-17) N/A
10 59 "Shaniagans" November 24, 2005 (2005-11-24) N/A
11 60 "To Lead or Not to Lead" December 1, 2005 (2005-12-01) N/A
12 61 "The Final Showdown" December 8, 2005 (2005-12-08) N/A
13 62 "Decision Time" December 15, 2005 (2005-12-15) N/A

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Candidate websites[edit]