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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 7 - No More Drama

22 March 2012

Synopsis: Someone breaks into Vince’s house and steals all his underwear. Ari suggests hiring a security firm but Vince and Turtle head off to buy a guy. Johnny is told not to come to the studio but goes anyway to apologise to Dan Coakley. Coakley says he isn’t going to fire him but is going to make his life miserable. Eric comes up against an ambitious agent named Scott on his first day at work. They meet with Bob Saget together and Scott is annoyed that Bob would rather deal with Eric.

The Good: I have no idea where Vince’s stalker story is going. But it is certainly a different aspect of celebrity life which the show has yet to explore. The final message of the episode is to warn against untrained people using guns, which is good to see. It was also interesting to see Ari make a rare visit to Vince’s house in this time of danger. It was as if now that Eric has other clients to worry about, Ari is more needed by Vince. That could be interesting to see if it were to be developed.

Johnny’s story works out in a more interesting way than just seeing him fired. Eddie Burns’ affection for him is a good excuse to mitigate his unprofessional behaviour. I suppose Johnny being tortured by his boss has comic potential. Especially if he can turn the tables on Coakley in the end.

Eric’s story highlights why his honest straightforward approach might be a winning formula in the sleazy world of Hollywood. Which is an easy feel good story to tell. Fortunately the story is enlivened by another cameo (last seen in 205) from the ever game Bob Saget. Saget clearly delights in playing a role so different to the ones he is best known for (he even played a womanising version of himself on Joey in 111). He plays his part with gusto and clearly has no qualms about throwing dirty words around for fun.

The Bad: It’s another episode which just doesn’t feel very compelling. Seeing Johnny humiliate himself for the umpteenth time isn’t that fun. And that security guard should be fired for such gross misconduct.

Although Scott plays his role just fine, his character is such a generic oily salesman that it is difficult to care too much about Eric’s new nemesis. Ari’s thoughtful prank on Eric was glossed over far too quickly for my liking. The cut was so quick that we didn’t get to see any of Eric’s co-workers really react to what was going on. It seems doubtful that any of them would know that Eric used to run a pizza restaurant.

Comic Highlight: Johnny’s quick temper is pretty funny. All it takes is Coakley making juvenile remarks about Jamie and Johnny is threatening to kill him in full view of loads of witnesses.

Victory?: There’s just something about this season. Johnny being tortured at work, Eric’s relationships, Turtle going back to school. It all just feel like a soap opera. That would be fine in a show with twenty four episodes in a season to really develop these stories. But Entourage has only limited runs and with only a few episodes left to tell these stories, they all feel very light weight and uninteresting.

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