Task scope: The teams must each produce a hair show promoting hair styling products produced by Farouk Systems, including CHI hair straighteners and BioSilk hair products, emphasizing the safety of the products and the fact that they are made in America.
Task sponsor: Farouk Systems
Backbone project manager: Lil Jon
A.S.A.P. project manager: NeNe Leakes
Judges: Donald Trump; Eric Trump; Ivanka Trump
Winning team: Backbone
Reasons for win: Farouk loved the men's focus on the brand and their cosmopolitan theme. Although he felt that they didn't address the safety of the products well enough, Farouk enjoyed having Lil Jon as the MC.
Losing team: A.S.A.P.
Reasons for loss: While the women did focus on the safety of the products, and Farouk loved the representation of the products and having Marlee Matlin as their model, he felt that the women's team did not have much of a theme. Farouk also felt that NeNe was a weak MC who did not address the brand fairly well, and was not impressed with Hope Dworaczyk's modeling. Despite praise for their stylists, Farouk also believed that they were the ones running the show, and not A.S.A.P.
Sent to boardroom: NeNe Leakes, Star Jones, and Hope Dworaczyk
Fired: Hope Dworaczyk - for being seen as a weaker competitor than NeNe Leakes and Star Jones and for "flying under the radar" for too long. Despite NeNe's unprofessional outburst at the very beginning of the task and her two failures as a project manager, Trump felt that NeNe and Star (and Marlee Matlin) could be a dominant force to beat the opposing team.
Lil Jon won $40,000 for his charity. The prize for the winning project manager in this task was originally supposed to be just $20,000, but Farouk decided to add another $20,000 out of his own pocket.
This was the first time in the history of The Apprentice that a previously fired candidate had been reinstated into the competition; La Toya Jackson, who had been fired in the previous episode, was brought back to the show as a replacement for Jose Canseco.