The Apprentice moves to Los Angeles, and eighteen new candidates vie for a coveted position with Donald Trump in this sixth season.
In the season premiere, all of the candidates worked together to put up a large tent in an opening task that determined the two first team leaders and Project Managers -- Heidi and Frank. The two teams then competed to see who would make more money running a car wash. Heidi's team ended up bringing in more money for the win. They were treated to dinner at Spago with Trump and Melania for their reward. Frank's team went to the boardroom, where he was nearly fired for his bad leadership, but Martin was fired instead for not really doing all that much for the team and really not fitting the mold of what Trump thinks an Apprentice should be.
The seventeen remaining candidates are challenged to design and manufacture a new collection of men's and women's swimwear for designer Trina Turk, then put their creations on display in a fashion show on a California beach. Kinetic made the better collection and brought in more money for the win. For their reward, they won a trip with Trump to the Playboy Mansion. Arrow went to the boardroom, where Carey was fired.
The sixteen remaining candidates continue their bout to become Trump's sixth Apprentice. While Kinetic is exempt from the task, the remaining members of Arrow must create innovative Hollywood sightseeing tours. Arrow is split into two teams, with Aaron leading James and Stefani and Michelle leading Tim, Nicole, and Frank. Aaron's team makes the more innovative tour for the win. Sadly, they win no reward. Before Michelle's team can go to the boardroom, she saves Trump the trouble and quits.
The fifteen remaining candidates must launch a new product for a national chicken restaurant -- a challenge that was sure to ruffle some feathers. Arrow created the better product and brought in more money selling it for the win. They were finally allowed to move into the mansion. For their reward, they received a personal serenade by Tuscan tenor Andrea Bocelli, complete with a fireworks show. Kinetic, after moving out into the backyard, went to the boardroom for the first time, where Marisa was fired for being disruptive and for failing at her responsibility taking charge of the team's marketing.
The fourteen remaining candidates' task is to harvest honey -- while evading swarms of bees in the process -- to make a new product for Sue Bee Honey and sell it to the consumers. Despite a bad start courtesy of Project Manager Aimee, Kinetic sold more of their product for the win. For their reward, they played basketball with the L.A. Lakers, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy, plus Coach Phil Jackson. Arrow went to the boardroom, where the team tried to scapegoat Surya for failing at marketing and for being a general annoyance. It didn't work, so Aaron was fired for his lack of leadership on the task.
The thirteen remaining candidates must launch a promotional sweepstakes for a travel Web site. Arrow got more people signed up for their sweepstakes for the win, in spite of Surya's bad leadership. For their reward, they were given private surfing lessons and were treated to a free brunch. Also, business became pleasure when Tim and Nicole sparked up a romance. Kinetic went to the boardroom, where Aimee was fired for her poor leadership.
The twelve remaining candidates gear up to organize an automobile-themed VIP event. Arrow organized the better event for the win. For their reward, they got to rap with Snoop Dogg. Kinetic went to the boardroom, where Derek was fired for smarting off to Trump, and Jenn was fired for her poor leadership.
The ten remaining candidates try to prove they've got game by producing a halftime show at a soccer match. Kinetic produces the better show for the win. For their reward, they enjoyed golf time with the Donald. Arrow went to the boardroom, where Surya was fired.
The nine remaining candidates must write and direct an Internet soap opera that pitches a cleaning product. Arrow creates the better, easier-to-follow soap opera for the win. For their reward, they won a private meeting with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Kinetic went to the boardroom, where, despite Kristine coming under fire for her leadership and Heidi coming under fire for her inconsistent loyalty, Muna was fired for being too difficult to work with.
After a team switch-up that saw Nicole being sent over to Kinetic, the eight remaining candidates battle it out to sell the most tickets to the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. Arrow sold more tickets and made more money for the win. For their reward, they took a high-flying journey above Los Angeles. Kinetic went to the boardroom, where, despite Nicole's bad rollerblading idea came into question, Angela was fired for her decent, but not stellar, leadership.
Loyalties are tested when the seven remaining would-be business barons must sell a new brand of SmartMouth mouthwash. Kinetic creates the better promotional campaign for the win. For their reward, Heidi, Kristine, and Nicole got dinner cooked and served by "some of the finest chefs anywhere in the world" -- Heidi's mother, Nicole's mother, and Kristine's husband. Arrow went to the boardroom, where Tim was fired for his boring idea and letting his personal relationship with Nicole affect his professional behavior.
After being divided into three teams of two, the final six candidates travel to Las Vegas to launch a promotional campaign for a Trump project. The team of James and Stefani comes out the clear winners with their excellent brochure and poignant presentation. The teams of Frank and Heidi and Kristine and Nicole fall completely flat, with a poor brochure and presentation from one and a bad presentation and an incorrect phone number from the other. In the end, Heidi is fired for the poor project done by her team, and Kristine for putting the wrong phone number on her own team's product.
After a short cocktail party with four of the five hired Apprentices (minus Bill Rancic), the final four candidates enter the reel world for their final task when they are challenged to write and direct a short film. They divided up into two teams -- James and Stefani, and Frank and Nicole. James and Stefani chose Aaron and Angela to come back and assist them, while Frank and Nicole chose Tim and Surya. The two teams ran into different problems in making their films, but James and Stefani seemed to pull out the better one. The candidates met Trump back in the boardroom, but no firings occurred. Instead, the final four were all sent home to meet Trump in the live boardroom in the next episode. Who will be the sixth Apprentice?
The Hollywood Bowl is the setting for the sixth-season finale, as the final four candidates enter the boardroom. After reviewing their videos once more, polling the fired candidates, and letting the four remaining candidates make their separate cases, Trump wasted no time in firing Frank and Nicole -- not only for their weaker video, but also for Frank's potential to be a liability to one of his companies, and Nicole for her unprofessional romance with Tim. After a final showdown between the final two candidates, James and Stefani, Trump decided there was still a bit to be desired from James and that Stefani made a much better case. So James was the final candidate fired, and Stefani was hired as the sixth Apprentice.