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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 4 - Running on E

22 March 2012

Synopsis: Andrew Kline ends his relationship with Lizzy Grant, but when David Schwimmer puts the moves on her, he steps in. Ari tries to talk him out of doing anything stupid but Andrew ends his marriage. Meanwhile filming is delayed on the Ferrari movie and Vince is bored. Eric is also feeling directionless and decides to end the Murphy Group. Turtle is out with Jamie shopping when Johnny calls with a request. Johnny has finally been given some romantic scenes but can’t find an actress he feels he has chemistry with.

The Good: Entourage continues with its own strange pace and attitude to storytelling. Eric spent five seasons slowly trying to get out of Vince’s shadow and be his own man. Now after a few setbacks and a bit of boredom he decides to quit. It’s an unusual step for a show to take and it need not be a bad one. Most people will try a career and not enjoy it. It’s entirely possible that Eric’s interest in the movie business was fuelled only because he enjoyed working with a true friend like Vince. The writers will need to actually do some work on Eric’s character and explore how he really feels about life to take him somewhere interesting from here. They are certainly consistent with his love of relationships as he has started to fall for Ashley very quickly.

Equally strange is Andrew Kline. As the newest regular character, it seemed he was introduced to give Ari an equal to play off of. It would seem now his love life is destined to cause Ari innumerable headaches at work. Unless the story takes a different turn it looks like we could be in for some heart ache as Ari fires his best friend because of his unprofessional behaviour.

David Schwimmer really is a pro and happy to laugh at himself. His cameos on other comedies (Curb Your Enthusiasm 405, 407, 410, 30 Rock 205) have seen him do some silly things. But do any of them quite match the strange feeling when you see the man who played the ever-lovable Ross say “I couldn’t even eat dessert knowing I wasn’t going to fuck that girl today.”

Johnny Drama had some fun (see Comic Highlight) with his storyline. He was born to play the sleaze as he tells a room full of models to “get your chap stick ready.” Turtle comes off as reasonable and pretty kind by agreeing to let Jamie play the role of Johnny’s love interest.

The Bad: Random question, why did Ashley call Eric’s office? Surely she has his cell phone number. Yes you can logically work out why she might but it just seemed an unnecessary moment.

A plot which called for Johnny to make out with models should have been funnier than this. Obviously you don’t want to turn Entourage into a cheesy sit com but it seemed like a wasted opportunity for easy comedy.

The morality surrounding Ari and Andrew and their job is interesting. I have commented before that Ari seems to encourage all sorts of immoral behaviour or at least a lot of rude and unprofessional behaviour. But when it comes to his children suddenly his attitude changes entirely. It may not be that inaccurate portrayal of a man in his position.

But there was something uneasy about the way David Schwimmer asked out one of his junior agents and he encouraged it. Without wanting to sound naïve, there was a level to which he was encouraging her to be promiscuous in order to make him more money. This has been an issue in the show before (314, 503) and it’s sometimes difficult to accept the presentation of Ari as a morally positive character when he has such a loose attitude to workplace morality.

Comic Highlight: Johnny is delighted to be finally getting a romantic interest on Five Towns.
Timmy: “We talked about it but the network was resistant to the idea.”
Johnny: “Really why?”
Timmy: “They didn’t think the audience would believe you could get laid. (Classic Johnny facial expression) I’m kidding, Drama, I’m kidding!”

Victory?: A strangely unfocused episode, reflecting Vince and Eric’s state of mind. But Entourage is setup as if it’s a reality TV show and this just happens to be the point we have reached in the life of these characters. I think we can trust that there will be drama on the way soon.

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