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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 6 - The WeHo Ho

29 March 2012

Synopsis: Billy apologises to Eric about the leaked trailer. Having done so Eric agrees to work with him on “Lost in the Clouds.” They meet with Dana Gordon and Billy’s behaviour drives Eric to not want to be involved with the movie and advise Vince not to do it either. Meanwhile Lloyd is heartbroken when his boyfriend Tom leaves him. Ari can’t function without Lloyd and so tracks down Tom and lies to him about Lloyd’s cheating. Turtle’s cousin Ronnie is in town with a way to make money off baseball legend Sandy Koufax.

The Good: Eric’s dilemma over working with Billy is pretty well explored here. Billy’s treatment of him is so relentlessly dismissive that you completely understand why he wants to sit out “Lost in the Clouds.” Together with Ari’s put downs you feel pretty bad for Eric through all of this. He provides a vital support system for Vince and it goes completely unappreciated by all those around him. The really interesting plot development will be if Eric is proven right and Medellin is a failure.

Ari and Lloyd’s chemistry is as strong as ever and brings out the nice side of Ari’s character. We get more character development for Lloyd here than ever before and it’s good to see.

The Bad: The Turtle and Johnny plot is poor. Cousin Ronnie’s plan is a classic television story, the sure thing that will inevitably go wrong. So we sit around waiting for it to go awry and when Ronnie’s sudden conscientious objection feels out of character and far too convenient. With Vince’s millions at their disposal, it hardly feels like Turtle and Drama have lost much money.

We are six episodes into season four and we have had practically no development of the entourage’s personal lives. Last season we had Johnny’s very personal work struggles, Vince’s affair with his agent and both Eric and Turtle getting girlfriends. Yet so far we have focussed almost exclusively on Vince’s work. I believe we have lost an important dimension to the show and a source of important development for the characters. The fact that we have not seen Sloan or heard about her at all is a bit of a slap in the face to fans who became interested in her relationship with Eric.

Ari’s morality is an interesting one, “I love a liar but I hate a cheater.” That could use some more explaining.

Comic Highlight: Billy is on a role in Dana Gordon’s office demanding a bigger budget, suggesting he write the movie, assuming he will win an Oscar and offending Eric for good measure. He gets up and says “Listen, you mind if I use your private shitter, I just gotta piss but the one in the hallway stank like a refugee boat?” He walks in as he asks and you get the impression that he wasn’t really asking for permission.

Victory?: The main plot is intriguing and Lloyd’s story is fun as well. Generally speaking it is another slick, entertaining episode of Entourage but I question the direction of the show. So far this season it has been very formulaic with Billy dominating the main plot while Johnny and Turtle have their own forgettable side story. I think change is needed to get the show to a higher level.

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