Here is the recap of episode 9 titled: “And Then, There Were Two” from AXN:
Task: Face an interview with three of Fernandes’ trusted associates: CEOs of General Electric ASEAN (Stuart L. Dean), AirAsia (Aireen Omar), and Westports Malaysia (Ruben Emir Gnanalingam). Four contestants will become two at the end of the show.
Boardroom tension: When Samuel mentioned that he previously worked with AirAsia people, Fernandes challenged him to mention some names. Samuel was stumped, while Alexis and Jonathan mentioned Aireen. However, Fernandes said that didn’t count, because they had just met her the same day. Andrea managed to name the five models that they worked with in Episode 7, impressing Fernandes. The other three were admonished by Fernandes for claiming that they were about “people and culture”, but, in Fernandes words, was all “bullshit”.
Samuel Rufus Nallaraj “Sam” – for not showing enough leadership, for being too analytical, and for his relaxed persona, which irked Fernandes as he felt that true passion translated into nervousness with every decision.
Alexis Lothar Bauduin “Alex” – although Fernandes was impressed with Alexis’ performance over the previous challenges, he was unsure of Alexis’ motivations, and had doubts if this was just a stepping stone towards other things in the future.
In a two-part finale which will be aired on the cable channel AXN at 9:00pm on July 24 and 31, AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes will decide who between Jonathan of the Philippines and Andrea of Singapore will become his first “apprentice.”