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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 - Murphy's Lie

22 March 2012

Synopsis: Jamie and Johnny film their love scenes on Five Towns. Johnny’s boss Dan Coakley invites Jamie out to lunch to discuss career opportunities. Johnny fears he is trying to seduce her and ends up confronting him about it. When Coakley goads him Johnny grabs him by the throat. Marla bursts into the Miller-Gold agency and makes a scene. Ari calms her down and tells Andrew to go back to her. Eric lies to Ashley about the extent of his interactions with Sloan. He accepts Murray Berenson’s offer but loses Ashley when she finds out how he got the job.

The Good: We finally have a story for Johnny Drama and for once his instability is directed in a vaguely positive direction. His love for Turtle is a positive motivation for him to put his career in jeopardy. But his typically thin skinned response to sleazy Coakley is hardly a great step for him. Hopefully this storyline will go somewhere interesting.

Involving Turtle certainly gives it an extra dimension and his disgust at seeing Jamie and Johnny make out was fun and completely understandable. I also liked the touch of having Johnny reference Jamie giving Turtle a handjob (508) when she first met him. It gave his paranoia just that edge of plausibility to make the story more believable.

It would seem that two love stories end in this episode. Ari tells Andrew to suck it up and go home while Ashley uncovers Eric’s lies and dumps him. Follow up is key for both to have felt like a good investment of time. So far Andrew has looked weak. If he had refused to go back to his wife, it would at least have marked him out as having been genuinely in love and following his convictions. Now it just looks like the story was designed to show off how well, in comparison, Ari copes with the tempting life that he operates in.

Meanwhile Eric once more finds himself lying to his girlfriend to spare her feelings and then regretting. It would seem six seasons of angst have taught him nothing. Had he come clean about his ex much earlier, Ashley would probably have understood. But by lying he made it clear how serious his feelings for Sloan are. If there were nothing to hide then why would he hide it? In that sense the story has served a purpose but we still need to know more about Sloan or else the story remains one sided and less interesting than it should.

There were some nice realistic points made in Eric’s interview with Murray. Eric was rightly suspicious that Murray’s interest was only in Vince. And even more bluntly, pointed out that he already makes more on his 10% from Vince than he will working for Murray’s agency. Murray makes an eloquent case for why his agency works and points out that he too has more money than most of his clients. It’s classic TV writing. A conversation like that would probably never happen so swiftly and to the point. But for the purposes of communicating character intentions it was ideal.

Vince finds another way to make us jealous of movie stars this week by hanging out on Turtle’s college campus for just an hour.

The Bad: I hope Johnny doesn’t get fired and blacklisted as a result of this story. We have already seen him hit rock bottom and have a spectacular recovery (318). And Entourage has made it clear that it will never focus on unsuccessful people, so let’s hope this story has more to it than the obvious.

We are still waiting for a real story surrounding Vince and his life. The lack of overall direction does make the season feel oddly listless. As much as Eric’s character is being developed, we are used to each season having an overall direction. With two stories being effectively wrapped up here, I suspect most viewers will wonder where this is all headed.

Comic Highlight: The guys begin to dissect Eric’s folly in calling Ashley, “Sloan.” Everyone pipes in and Turtle comments “Yeah that’s the worst. That’s why I stick with ‘Yeah Baby!’” (complete with thrusting motion).

Victory?: Another solid episode. Entourage does a good job of blending reality into its fantasy world. But the ship needs a direction or else it feels like it is just floating aimlessly around the same water.

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