So I guess the 'big twist' promised in the advertisements was Randal's heel turn. Damn, that was a dick move. He wouldn't have lost a single thing in recommending Rebecca for a job, and would've looked like a class act. Instead, he gets this hanging over him for the rest of his career*, and I'm sure Trump appreciates being made a fool of on live TV.
Then again, Trump deserves his own share of blame as well. If he really wanted Rebecca to have a job, he should've just quietly hired her after the show's run like he's done with other contestants (i.e. Amy from the first season, Andy from the second season). From the stunned look on his face at the end of the show, I get the feeling that Trump really didn't expect Randal to not be magnanimous, and thus came the very quick "Well, that's the show, folks" ending.
All in all a weird ending to a blah season. This will probably be my last Apprentice season, since the spark is gone (though that four-at-once firing was pretty awesome).
* = I realize that the position of 'Apprentice' is more a PR gig than anything, but this is actually all the more reason for Randal to be a good guy.
"Oh, gosh, you know, I'm not much on speeches, but it's so gratifying to leave you wallowing in the mess you've made. You're screwed, thank you, bye."
I think if past seasons have shown anything, it's that Rebecca will do better money-wise working at one of the many offers she's sure to get (although I suspect Trump will end up hiring her anyways). My favorite was the first season, when Trump had other people tell him a few days before who they liked out of Bill and Kwame. Mark Cuban's there going on and on about how Bill was soooo much better than Kwame, how impressed he was by Bill, and how Trump should hire Bill without a second thought. The day after the Apprentice ends, who hires Kwame? Mark Cuban.
If Trump really wanted to hire her on the spot, he would have. He's Donald Fucking Trump. He's not about to take a back seat to Randal just because Randal said to. I don't think anyone expected Randal to be that way (although everything he said was right) so I don't blame him for being shocked. From what I've read no one's all that happy with Randal or thinks too much of him right now, so I agree with what Big Bad said about how he's going to end up looking. Sure, he would have been known as "one of the two winners", but now he's going to be known as "the dick".
Trump's horrible on live TV, so I didn't think anything of the abrupt ending to a show that was already running long.
As for the spark being gone, I agree. I am sick and tired of every Goddamned task being another "advertising campaign". As if these companies don't get enough marketing having their name splashed on my screen for 47 minutes of the hour. I want to see these people running around selling ice cream! I want to see them begging idiots to try a new X-TraCheeseMeataBurger! Seeing them sit around talking about how the color blue would look better on the border of the car compared to the color aqua blue is what's made this show boring for me. Best moment of this year for me (other than the end 30 seconds and the 4 at once firing) was Randal and Rebecca "stealing" the megaphones from the other team while having to run around town in cabs to make their goal.