I’m thinking that we may no longer need to spoiler boxes, since the show has aired. However, if you haven’t seen it, there are SPOILERS below!
While I agree that the initial version of the project was pretty lame, I don’t really think that Rick deserved to get kicked off the team over it. Jessie abandoned the design team right at the beginning, so did he even know what they had been talking about doing? He was very negative about the project from the very start and made it pretty clear that he didn’t want much to do with it. I’m not sure why. . . Personally, anything involving hovercraft sounds cool to me! Regardless, I think this challenge sounds much cooler than the PT Cruiser woodchipper.
Rick really didn’t seem like such a bad guy to me, and I think he was just the scapegoat for Jessie’s disapproval of the direction the project was going. Like mornea, I didn’t think it was Rick’s idea to do it the ‘easy’ way. And during the confrontation, my read on Rick was that he was just trying to keep things a little light. I didn’t get the impression that he was unwilling to take the whole thing seriously, but that he was caught off-guard with Jessie’s wrath and he was hoping to defuse things.
I do wish they had been able to pull it off, but I think they were doomed from the start. I realize that the editing of these things can make a huge difference, but I thought Jessie came off rather poorly in this episode and he normally doesn’t.