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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 - First Class Jerk

29 March 2012

Synopsis: Turtle gets a hand job from Jamie-Lynn Sigler but no one believes him. Ari doesn’t want the studio job until he learns that Amanda is the second choice. Vince and Eric take a meeting with Josh Weinstein and Frank Darabont.

The Good: Why won’t Vince do a television show with Frank Darabont? “I don’t wanna get stuck playing the same character for the next five years.” This being the fifth season of Entourage, I’m sure you can appreciate the irony. Of course for Vincent Chase that logic makes sense. If he takes the step down into television, then the perception of him will dip too. And although this episode reminds you of the reasons this show has been a success for five years, it also reminds you of how nothing much has changed. This time it’s Johnny who sums things up “Well at least order’s been restored. Everything is back to normal. Baby bro’s a movie star, Ari’s his agent and Turtle is once again pussyless.”

On the way to this conclusion we get Turtle being relentlessly teased for his claim that Jamie-Lynn Sigler jerked him off which has its funny moments.

We get some decent characterisation of Ari and Lloyd and why the former chooses to stay an agent. I still feel the show can go deeper into why Ari loves interacting with clients so much but the argument about him being his own boss is a good one. It’s clear he would suffer being constricted in how he could operate, especially his choice language and offensive behaviour. As convenient as it is, I think it is a strength of the show that we already know Amanda and Dana Gordon and so can see the chess pieces being moved in place for Vince’s benefit. By building Dana’s relationship with Vince and Ari over several years (she first appeared in 203) it’s that much easier to buy when she gets the job and saves the day.

Similarly Josh Weinstein (first appeared in 105) makes a sleazy cameo and again reinforces how far Vince has fallen. And his bad behaviour helps us to appreciate Ari that bit more.

The Bad: Back to the first paragraph. By putting everything back the way it was the show tells fans that nothing is likely to ever change in Entourage. For example, Turtle has never had a serious story about his private life. The show hinted at a relationship (319) and then it was forgotten. Apart from that we have never learnt anymore about him, what he wants in life or where he sees himself going. His story is faintly amusing but ultimately it seems a waste of time to bring in Jamie-Lynn Sigler just to make dick jokes.

And the same for the rest of them. Ari is back to wheeling and dealing and Vince has a movie. It’s fine, it’s what Entourage is. But wouldn’t Ari as studio head have made for more interesting viewing?

Comic Highlight: Babs: “I’ve got something that might warm him up.”
Ari: “You cougarlicious little freak.”
Babs: “Just so you know, I’m paying 10 cents on the dollar for your shre of this company.”

Ari: “Any chance you can pay me in Euros?”
Babs: “You are a fucking ass hole.”
Ari: “How can I leave such a charming man?”

Victory?: I don’t know. Can you criticise Entourage for being Entourage. Sit back and enjoy some unchanging entertainment.



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