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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 5 - The Dream Team

29 March 2012

Synopsis: Someone has leaked the Medellin trailer onto Youtube. While the buzz builds and the offers come in for Vince, Billy is angry and thinks Eric leaked it. They get into a fight and then have to put their differences aside for an interview promoting the movie. Meanwhile in order to get Vince the project he wants Ari has to screw over both Dana Gordon and Josh Weinstein. But in doing so he manages to sell the dream team of Vince, Eric and Billy just as Eric vows not to see Billy again after Medellin. Johnny is going back to work and wants to look young. He sees a trucker hat which he thinks will help his look but he can only purchase it from a medical marijuana facility.

The Good: Three really enjoyable stories make this easily the best episode of season four so far.

Finally all the aggression between Eric and Billy leads to violence. It’s good to see in a way because the relentless verbal aggression can become played out if we don’t believe there is real animosity behind it. Billy has an acceptable reason to be so crazy and he provides several laughs by turning up to dinner with a T-shirt which says “Suits Suck” and then tearing it off to reveal a huge Medellin tattoo on his back. Vince provides a really sensible lecture to Eric when he points out that Billy is a highly strung creative type and Eric is not. In other words Eric should stop letting his pride lead him to fight with crazy Billy, he should be the bigger man and ignore him. It’s such a sensible point and it is a clever story because Eric seemed justified in being angry with Billy and yet you can see how if he were truly mature he could have let it go.

Ari and Lloyd’s dynamic plays out beautifully as they trick Josh Weinstein. Their angry alpha straight man – sweet subordinate gay man routine is ideal light television viewing. Lloyd saying “fuck you” back to Ari as a reflex is pretty funny too.

Finally Johnny Drama is the comedy star once more (see Comic Highlight). He is an ideal comedy character because he makes his desires and intentions so obvious that when they begin to go awry his distress is accessible and understandable. His swagger through the TV set is fun as is his line that “I dare not stick a botox needle in my face for fear of losing my comic expressiveness.”

One of the reasons to watch Entourage is to see Hollywood life in all its good and bad ways. Johnny’s plot not only shows us a set full of marijuana smokers and women looking to get ahead but also a doctor quite willing to use his position to make money illegally.

The Bad: Who did leak the Medellin trailer? As only Eric and Billy’s production staff should be able to leak it, it is surely an important question to answer.

Ari selling the dream team is not quite a logical cliff hanger. After all he can’t guarantee that Billy will even want to make “Lost in the Clouds.”

Comic Highlight: Turtle and Johnny are in the doctor’s waiting room. Johnny is too healthy to have an obvious excuse to be prescribed medical marijuana. They haven’t thought of anything when he gets called in and Turtle asks “what are you gonna go with.” Johnny coolly replies “My improve skills.” We cut straight to the doctor saying incredulously “You have legionnaire’s disease?” As the doctor explains, that is a chronic lung disorder. “I don’t think smoking marijuana is the right treatment for a chronic lung disease. Do you?”

Victory?: A funny episode with three enjoyable plots and a sense of real consequence for Vince’s career. Throw in some character development for Eric and a sight of some seedy Hollywood ways and you have yourself a really good episode.

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