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"The Celebrity Apprentice" sees men's team clean up

Lou Ferrigno and Arsenio Hall film a video on "The Celebrity Apprentice."
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Lou Ferrigno and Arsenio Hall film a video on "The Celebrity Apprentice."
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(CBS News) "The Incredible Hulk" actor Lou Ferrigno accepted a challenge from host Donald Trump this week and took on the role of project manager. And he cleaned up, both literally and figuratively. (SPOILER ALERT)

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Not only did he lead his team to victory and earn the respect of the rest of his teammates, but he also mopped the floor in a promotional video.

The task this week was to create a "viral" video for a new O'Cedar mop and show it to company executives in a brief presentation.

Ferrigno, who had been cast in every episode this season as the weakest link in the men's team, had no choice but to volunteer as project manager. Last week, Trump told him it was time he took a leading role, something Ferrigno had claimed his teammates were denying him.

Actress and singer Tia Carrere led the women's team, which fractured into two distinct groups this episode.

The men's video showed Ferrigno menacing someone off screen with the words "I'll mop the floor with you," then reaching out for the mop and executing a series of dance moves as he mopped a wooden kitchen floor.

The women also started with a slogan - "What's your number? - which in many circles is a question about how many sexual partners one has had. Their video turned it into a question about how many mops one has owned.

Maybe it was a little too edgy or maybe it's a generational thing, but when you have to explain to Donald Trump the cultural touchstone for your spoof, you know you're in trouble. A more skillful script may have helped, but the women didn't have it.

That's why they were sent back to the boardroom, where someone (team leader Carrere) was fired. It was there that the two factions emerged.

Lisa Lampanelli, Debbie Gibson and Aubrey O'Day claimed to be the creative forces, coming up with the majority of the ideas. They called the others "worker bees" and singled out former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza and reality TV star Teresa Giudice for special contempt.

Carrere, who tried to keep the deep divisions under wraps all during the episode, was fired after she, like George Takei and Adam Carolla before her, took responsibility for the team's loss. Several members of the men's team said she would have been spared has she argued more forcefully .

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