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Entourage is a half hour long comedy-drama about young movie star Vincent Chase and his best friend and manager Eric Murphy. Filling out the entourage are high school friend Turtle and Vince's brother Johnny "Drama" Chase. High powered, ambitious and foul mouthed agent Ari Gold also helps to manage Vince's career. HBO 2004-11


Episode 8 - Gary's Desk

29 March 2012

Synopsis: Eric rents his own office but finds it difficult to be taken seriously because no one knows who he is. Ari has to give Mary J Blige new project ideas and two brothers who work for him threaten to ruin the meeting. Vince tries to buy Eric a new desk but Gary Busey has already bought the one he wants.

The Good: Eric’s struggle to establish himself in Hollywood is a good story. The article in Variety about nepotism is very fitting and gets to the heart of the show. Eric’s various conversations with publicists, advertisers, Ari and Peter Jackson all build a convincing tale of his career developing. Vince’s gift of a new office and desk subtly demonstrates Eric’s inability to become truly his own man when he is so dependent on Vince for his livelihood.

Ari’s story allows him to make some interesting jokes (See Comic Highlight) and his fist pumping after insulting Eric is a really nice touch. It is difficult to know what the point of the story is though. Ari fires a man who has been wronged because he is running a business which is based on money and not morality. Mary J Blige and Peter Jackson both make rude remarks about him. Is this leading to a downward spiral for Ari or are the producers just trying to remind us that no matter how much we may like him, he is still a snake?

The Bad: I don’t know quite what the producers of Entourage think Gary Busey adds to the show, but I don’t think it’s very much. His performances in the show (106, 201) have always been bizarre and this is no exception.

Comic Highlight: Ari drags Jeff and Jim into his office to resolve their dispute. Jim tells him that Jeff slept with his wife.
Ari: “He did not!...You did? You fucked his wife?...As you?
Jeff: “What?”
Ari: “Did you pretend to be him? Or did she actually fuck you, thinking you were you?”
Jim: “You think this is funny?”
Ari: “No. I think this is disgusting. I’m just, I’m trying to figure out, why she did that. I mean, if I were to cheat on my wife it would be with like a busty blonde or an Asian with pointy nipples but an exact fucking replica?!”

Victory?: I can imagine many viewers being disappointed at the lack of sex, drugs and rock and roll in this episode but I think it shows us an important side of the Hollywood experience and decent story development for Eric. Having said that the Ari story is slightly confusing in its intentions and I have little time for Mr Busey.



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