The Apprentice (U.S. season 1)

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The Apprentice
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes15
Original channelNBC
Original run

January 8, 2004 (2004-01-08) – April 15, 2004 (2004-04-15)

Additional information
Filming datesSeptember 2003 (2003-09) – October 2003 (2003-10)
No. of contestants16
Teams"Protégé" and "Versacorp"
WinnerBill Rancic
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth (10th)
Season chronology
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This article is about the U.S. season. For the UK season, see The Apprentice (UK series one).
The Apprentice
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes15
Original channelNBC
Original run

January 8, 2004 (2004-01-08) – April 15, 2004 (2004-04-15)

Additional information
Filming datesSeptember 2003 (2003-09) – October 2003 (2003-10)
No. of contestants16
Teams"Protégé" and "Versacorp"
WinnerBill Rancic
Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth (10th)
Season chronology

The first season of The Apprentice (later called The Apprentice 1) aired on NBC in the winter and spring of 2004. It is now available on DVD. It features 16 candidates.

This season was a ratings smash, ranking at No. 7 in the average weekly Nielsen Rankings, with an average viewership of 20.7 million viewers each week. The final episode of the season was seen by an estimated 28.05 million viewers and ranked as the No. 1 show of the week, beating out a new episode of CSI. It was the most popular new show of 2004.


Season one had real estate magnate Donald Trump as the show's executive producer and host.

The season started with 16 contestants, eight men and eight women from around the United States. Each had been successful in various enterprises, including real estate, restaurant management, political consulting, and sales. During the show, the contestants lived communally in a suite at Trump Tower in Manhattan, located on the fourth floor. Elimination took the form of one contestant being "fired" by Trump at the conclusion of each week's episode. Filming the entire season took three months.

The contestants were originally divided into two "corporations" by gender. The men chose to name their company "Versacorp", and the women chose to name their company "Protégé Corporation".

Each week, Trump assigned the teams a task. Each team selected a "project manager" to lead them in the week's assigned task. The winning team received a reward, while the losing team faced a boardroom showdown with Trump and two of his associates in order to determine which team member would be fired.

Elimination proceeded in two stages. In the first stage, Trump confronted the losing team and required the week's project manager to select two additional team members which the project manager believed were most responsible for the loss.

The rest of the team was dismissed (allowed to go back up to the suite, because they were safe to stay for the next round), and the project manager and the two other selected members faced a final confrontation several minutes later in which Trump fired one of the three. Trump is now well known for his catchphrase "You're fired!", and he sought to trademark the phrase in 2004.[1]

The candidates[edit]

Both teams, or "corporations", were divided by their gender.

CandidateBackgroundOriginal teamAgeHometownResult
Bill RancicCigar business ownerVersacorp32Chicago, IllinoisoHired by Trump
Kwame JacksonInvestment managerVersacorp29New York, New YorknFired in the season finale
Amelia "Amy" HenryAccount managerProtégé30Austin, TexasmFired in week 13
Nick WarnockCopier salesmanVersacorp27Los Angeles, CaliforniamFired in week 13
Troy McClainMortgage brokerVersacorp32Boise, IdaholFired in week 12
Katrina CampinsReal estate agentProtégé24Coral Gables, FloridakFired in week 11
Heidi BresslerSenior account executiveProtégé30Philadelphia, PennsylvaniajFired in week 10
Omarosa Manigault-StallworthPolitical consultantProtégé29Washington, D.C.iFired in week 9
Ereka VetriniMarketing managerProtégé27New York, New YorkhFired in week 8
Tammy LeeStockbrokerProtégé36Seattle, WashingtongFired in week 7
Jessie ConnersMarketing firm ownerProtégé21New Richmond, WisconsinfFired in week 6
Kristi FrankRestaurant ownerProtégé30Bel Air, CaliforniaeFired in week 5
Bowie HoggAccount executiveVersacorp25Arlington, TexasdFired in week 4
Sam SoloveyBusiness directorVersacorp27Chevy Chase, MarylandcFired in week 3
Jason CurisReal estate managerVersacorp24Detroit, MichiganbFired in week 2
David GouldVenture capitalistVersacorp31New York, New YorkaFired in week 1

Weekly Results[edit]

CandidateOriginal teamWeek 5 teamWeek 7 teamWeek 9 teamWeek 11 teamFinal week teamApplication resultRecord as project manager
Bill RancicVersacorpVersacorpVersacorpVersacorpProtégéVersacorpHired by Trump2–0 (win in weeks 6 & 10)
Kwame JacksonVersacorpProtégéProtégéProtégéProtégéProtégéFired in the season finale1–2 (win in week 11, loss in weeks 4 & 9)
Amelia "Amy" HenryProtégéVersacorpProtégéVersacorpVersacorpFired in week 131–1 (win in week 2, loss in week 11)
Nick WarnockVersacorpVersacorpVersacorpVersacorpVersacorpFired in week 133–0 (win in weeks 5, 9 & 12)
Troy McClainVersacorpProtégéProtégéProtégéProtégéFired in week 121–3 (win in week 7, loss in weeks 1, 10 & 12)
Katrina CampinsProtégéVersacorpVersacorpVersacorpVersacorpFired in week 111–1 (win in week 4, loss in week 7)
Heidi BresslerProtégéProtégéProtégéProtégéFired in week 101–0 (win in week 8)
Omarosa Manigault-StallworthProtégéProtégéProtégéProtégéFired in week 90–1 (loss in week 6)
Ereka VetriniProtégéVersacorpVersacorpFired in week 81–1 (win in week 1, loss in week 8)
Tammy LeeProtégéVersacorpVersacorpFired in week 7
Jessie ConnersProtégéProtégéFired in week 61–0 (win in week 3)
Kristi FrankProtégéProtégéFired in week 50–1 (loss in week 5)
Bowie HoggVersacorpFired in week 4
Sam SoloveyVersacorpFired in week 30–1 (loss in week 3)
Jason CurisVersacorpFired in week 20–1 (loss in week 2)
David GouldVersacorpFired in week 1
Elimination chart
     The candidate was on the losing team.
     The candidate was hired and won the competition.
     The candidate won as project manager on his/her team.
     The candidate lost as project manager on his/her team.
     The candidate was brought to the final boardroom.
     The candidate was fired.
     The candidate lost as project manager and was fired.

Weekly summary[edit]

Week 1: "Meet the Billionaire"[edit]

Week 2: "Lies and Altitude"[edit]

Week 3: "Respect"[edit]

Week 4: "Ethics Schmethics"[edit]

Week 5: "Trading Places"[edit]

Week 6: "Tit for Tat"[edit]

Week 7: "Dupe-lex"[edit]

Week 8: "Ice Escapades"[edit]

Week 9: "DNA, Heads and the Undead Kitty"[edit]

Week 10: "Wheeling and Dealing"[edit]

"A Look Back"[edit]

Week 11: "Circus, Circus"[edit]

Week 12: "The Price is Height"[edit]

Week 13: "Down to The Wire"[edit]



Week 14: "Season Finale"[edit]


No. in
No. in
TitleOriginal air dateContestant(s)
11"Meet the Billionaire"January 8, 2004 (2004-01-08)David
22"Sex, Lies and Altitude"January 15, 2004 (2004-01-15)Jason
33"Respect"January 22, 2004 (2004-01-22)Sam
44"Ethics Schmethics"January 29, 2004 (2004-01-29)Bowie
55"Trading Places"February 5, 2004 (2004-02-05)Kristi
66"Tit for Tat"February 12, 2004 (2004-02-12)Jessie
77"Dupe-lex"February 19, 2004 (2004-02-19)Tammy
88"Ice Escapades"February 26, 2004 (2004-02-26)Ereka
99"DNA, Heads and the Undead Kitty"March 4, 2004 (2004-03-04)Omarosa
1010"Wheeling and Dealing"March 11, 2004 (2004-03-11)Heidi
1111"A Look Back"March 18, 2004 (2004-03-18)
1212"Circus, Circus"March 25, 2004 (2004-03-25)Katrina
1313"The Price is Height"April 1, 2004 (2004-04-01)Troy
1414"Down to the Wire"April 8, 2004 (2004-04-08)Nick & Amy
1515"Season Finale"April 15, 2004 (2004-04-15)Kwame


External links[edit]

Candidate websites[edit]