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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

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Episode 3 - Malibooty

29 March 2012

Synopsis: Eric wants Billy to make some cuts to Medellin but he refuses. Eric seeks Ari’s advice and then tries to sell the movie to Harvey Weingard. Vince goes to Dennis Hopper’s house and bets money he doesn’t have on a soccer match. Johnny takes Turtle out to meet a woman he badly wants to sleep with. But when her friend turns out to be old and overweight Turtle wants to leave.

The Good: The conflict between Eric and Vince over Medellin feels very authentic. It seems natural that two people would have different opinions about a movie. Vince’s suggestion that Eric watch it again is also sensible. Billy is absolutely consistent with his behaviour as is Ari and his loyalty to Vince makes complete professional sense. The Medellin story will doubtless last the season and these are sensible developments.

Turtle and Johnny carry the humour as usual. Turtle looks legitimately uncomfortable and shows admirable loyalty to Johnny for staying the course. The punch line that Donna sleeps with Turtle is a nice twist to a simple tale. The way Johnny delivers the line “sitting on her face like a bidet” is really funny.

We get a beautiful little cameo from Marvin, Vince’s money man who is having his blood pressure checked while yelling into his phone that Vince has no money.

The Bad: Far be it from me to criticise Dennis Hopper’s acting, but this is not his finest hour. He seems unnatural playing himself but perhaps it is just the way he is written and his unconvincing entourage of drunken gamblers. It doesn’t help that he is meant to know all about soccer and yet uses the terms “penalty kickers” and “overtime.”

Vince isn’t a very sympathetic figure in this episode. As the beautiful, effortlessly successful movie star he is bound to seem a bit arrogant and spoiled. But here I’m not sure the writers were exploring the pitfalls of celebrity life and more trying to make him the happy-go-lucky hero. But jumping in a stranger’s car is a pretty dangerous and risky thing to do. Betting money he doesn’t have is pretty irresponsible too. But the kicker is when Eric calls and he whines “E, I’m having a hard enough day as it is.” Yeah, a real hard day. The fact that Dennis Hopper’s friend didn’t place the bet is a typically flippant end to the story, underlining its lack of reality.

Comic Highlight: Vince gets picked up by a girl on the road. He leaves Turtle and Johnny in the car and jumps into hers.
Turtle: “I’d give my nuts to be that guy for one day.”
Johnny: “Well if you had no nuts, what would be the use? Or would you then be hoping you had Vince’s nuts? What, no comeback?”
Turtle: “You’re too dumb to even respond to.”

Victory?: This episode feels pretty skippable. Even though Vince and Eric’s conflict is sensible, the entire episode seems to set up E needing to watch Medellin again. Anyone could have told him to do that and Vince looks like quite the spoilt brat throughout.

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