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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 9 - The Young and the Stoned

29 March 2012

Synopsis: The entourage has moved to a new house up in the hills. While trying to find it Eric’s car gets hit by Anna Faris. He ends up giving her career advice and she asks him to become her manager. Turtle heads out shopping and meets some girls to bring home. But on the way he is stopped by the police and told to drop his last bit of weed down the drain. Ari’s wife is asked to reprise her role on The Young and the Restless. Ari doesn’t want her to do it and becomes very jealous when he discovers she has to kiss a Latin heartthrob.

The Good: Unlike some celebrities in Entourage, Anna Faris does an excellent job of portraying herself as an indecisive and ditsy actress. She is very natural and likeable in the role. Eric is also very good. He seems to know his character really well and plays slightly awkward and slightly hopeful flirting really well. Becoming her manager could be a very intriguing development, as it would divide his time up and break him from his dependence on Vince.

Turtle plays his comedy role really well as does Johnny. Turtles verbal sparring with the less attractive friend is fun for what it is. The scene where Vince and Johnny can’t think of anything to talk about is very interesting. Despite how brief it is, it subtly demonstrates the co-dependence of the entourage on being in a group. It also reminds us that Vince and Johnny are not very close brothers (there is an age gap and it has been mentioned that they didn’t grow up together for their whole childhood), a story which doesn’t often get explored.

Ari’s story is another chapter in his bad behaviour. His line about his wife not filming well in high definition is extremely harsh. His possessive behaviour and meddling is difficult to sympathise with. Ultimately he and his wife make up but there is a strong selfish streak in Ari which is unlikeable. As he is not the hero of the story and the writers are consistent with him, his bad behaviour is more solid characterisation.

The Bad: Turtle is too rude to the less attractive girl at times. Particularly when he walks into the house and tries to assign women to the entourage. He talks like a pimp right in front of the girls which is pretty offensive behaviour. Even if it accurately reflects movie stars’ behaviour, it is not ideal for a loveable character to act that way.

Comic Highlight: One of the girls compliments Johnny on the steak he cooked. She asks him how he seasoned it but he refuses. Later he suggests a skinny dip and she asks if he will tell her now what was on the steak. “We’ll see” he says. She whips her top off and he says “I’ll print out the recipe.”

Victory?: The Anna Faris story could be a really interesting one for Eric. He is essentially the main character of the show and him breaking away from Vince is a potential major development. The rest is pleasant comedy and character stuff.

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