Sir Alan reveals no signs of cutting his Apprentices any slack as he submerges them into another realm outside of their comfort and experience range. After calling them to the National History museum, he sets them the task of selling products to the over 50s, working on the basis that over 50s have a lot of disposable income and as Gbemi sensitively puts it, they don't want to “save to their grave”.
The teams are once again mixed with James volunteering himself as team leader for Kinetic and Haya being chosen for Atomic on the basis that her grandma is old... who would have thought! They set about meeting the entrepreneurs with Gbemi and James learning about the delights of a pie-making machine. Cue much lavish praise of the pie-lady's genius and the holding up of the pie machine to high heavens as the biggest thing since the George Foreman Grill. The shameless flattery scheme that James' team abide by couldn't have been followed less by their rivals as Lewis interrogates the entrepreneur with a manner of irrelevant questions about his designer shopping trolley including whether it is good in wind and whether the colours are 'multisex' (?).
While both teams end up choosing the shopping trolley, it is Kinetic that seal the deal mainly due to Lewis' mindless blubbering and Atomic are left with their second choice: a bird nest with attached camera. While Harry H pushes a travel cushion for the second product, Haya is adamant that the pie machine will be the key to their success. Atomic choose the vacuum for their second product despite forgetting to ask the critical question of whether the price is negotiable and Harry M breaks his golden boy image by blaming this forgetfulness on James, who adamantly stressed the importance of the question at the beginning of the task.
When the teams come to selling, the bird box only manages to reel in one customer with its £125 price tag. However, it is Harry's quick thinking and impulsiveness that saves the day once again as he manages to flog five bird boxes to other traders. Harry H and Lizzie rake in many sales with the hand-held vacuum but the pie machine doesn't fare a huge amount better with pensioners queuing up for free tastes but running away afterwards as speedily as OAPs can manage. While the team should be asking themselves why they chose such a cheap, novelty product, they instead shift the blame with Haya whining “What is wrong with these stingy, old people?”.
In the boardroom it is revealed that the vacuums were the cash cows of the day generating over £800 for team Kinetic and contributing to their £300 lead over the other team. Haya is blamed for her stubborn insistence on her chosen product, while Lewis is also blamed for his stumbling approach to the entrepreneurs losing them the deal. However, surprisingly, Haya doesn't follow the trend in bringing Harry back into the boardroom but elects Lewis and Hayley for the honour instead.
All signs were pointing to Haya being booted out but in the end the finger of doom was firmly directed at Lewis instead, making him the fourth victim. Lewis' general goofiness and youthful naivety mean he will be a significant casualty to the entertainment value of the show. However it was this task that really sorted out the wheat from the chaff and with the number of candidates dwindling, there is nowhere to hide from the critical eye of Sir Alan.
Episode 5 of Young Apprentice airs next Monday at 9pm.