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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 - The All Out Fall Out

29 March 2012

Synopsis: Vince gets paid to attend a girl’s sweet sixteen party. Unfortunately bitter drunk Johnny vomits on the cake. Amanda passes 9 Brave Souls to Edward Norton who likes it. Ari gets a Ferrari for his anniversary and ends up losing a street race to Adam Davies. When their war escalates Adam crosses a line.

The Good: I’m of the opinion that we don’t see enough of Vince’s financial manager Marvin who always reminds us that it does cost a lot to live as carefree as the entourage does. The sweet sixteen story therefore does flow logically out of Vince’s need for money and is a reminder of his slipping Hollywood status. Johnny’s ongoing sadness from his break-up plays out sensibly as well and leads to the nice punchline of him vomiting on the birthday cake.

Meanwhile Ari gets into a juvenile battle with Adam Davies. The soundtrack certainly works well here both with the exciting street racing and Ari’s furious entry into Davies’ agency. There is a fun cameo role for T.I. as well making some nice jokes about potential movie projects.

The Bad: It’s season five and yet we are still seeing the same strange morality play with Ari. It seems that he can talk trash and be as offensive as possible with everyone but it is suddenly taboo when it comes to his children. There may be something to that but it is not as clear cut a line as the writers would like us to think. Ari and Adam both tear into each other’s personal lives and talk about women in the most disrespectful and degrading manner. To suddenly say that children make that type of language off limits is odd. If Adam had insulted Ari’s wife before she gave birth would that somehow be more acceptable?

The other problem is that the story is over far too quickly. It looks like it is building up to be a real feud and then after one slap it is all over. It’s pretty flippant storytelling and it ends with Ari proving his virility yet again. I can’t remember how many stories have ended with him having sex with his wife. It just feels like the writers trying too hard to make us like him.

Vince’s story doesn’t go anywhere particularly interesting and perhaps it could have been cut down even more to allow Ari to take centre stage for one episode.

Comic Highlight: Two police officers barge into Ari’s meeting with T.I. and imply they will arrest him for sending poop to Adam Davies. The two officers then strip off and begin dancing. Ari screams for Lloyd’s help as T.I. leaves.

Victory?: This is probably a fun episode for the casual viewer. Good music, strippers of both sexes, a sweet sixteen party, fights and vomit. But beneath the surface is some confusion in the writing which I think makes this a lot less than it could have been.

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