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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 11 - Scared Straight

22 March 2012

Synopsis: Terrence comes to Ari and offers to sell his share in his agency. Ari digs around and gets a good deal once he finds out Terrence is heading for a bad divorce. Jamie is stressed and unsure about leaving for New Zealand and breaks up with Turtle. Johnny gets so stressed out about his audition for the new Melrose Place that he develops the symptoms of a heart attack. He decides to step away from acting for a while. Eric unwisely has unprotected sex and stresses out about getting tested. Once he is declared clean he is determined to get back together with Sloan.

The Good: This confusing season of Entourage heads toward its finale and it’s still not clear what this has all been about.

The idea of Ari torturing Adam Davies and Lloyd could be fun if the deal to take over Terrence’s agency goes through. But so much in Entourage is never fully exploited and so it’s difficult to get too excited, particularly after the way Andrew Kline’s story jumped about this season. Once more though the show brings back interesting cameo characters (Melinda and Terrence) which does make the Entourage universe seem that little bit more real. Dean Cain pops in for a very brief cameo too, adding a little more stress to Johnny’s life. It was interesting to see Lloyd behaving like Ari. He clearly reacted to Johnny’s crisis of career in a selfish manner thinking of how it would affect him.

I suppose it was consistent to see Scott get his shots in on Eric for dating a party girl. And that type of infection is doubtless a hazard for sexually active Holywood residents. Eric played his various states of discomfort just fine.

The Bad: Jamie and Turtle’s relationship seemingly comes to a sad end. As with many things in Entourage we had seen enough to be interested but not enough to become invested in their affections. Turtle claims he doesn’t know who he is without her but it sounds a bit hollow. He has always seemed to know who he is and although she helped him find his new direction, this hardly feels like a momentous moment for his character. If this is the end for them then it just feels like a waste of Jamie who was convincing and warm in all her appearances.

Meanwhile Eric heads back to Sloan at last after an STI scare. Again it’s difficult to care because we have little reason to care about Sloan. Has she ever been in a scene that lasted longer than a couple of minutes? Once more Vince was practically anonymous, he has had almost nothing to do all season.

Finally Johnny has an almost-heart attack as he makes a meal out of his first audition in years. We have seen him struggle with auditions before and so it’s difficult to get too interested in his latest crisis of confidence. The idea of Johnny leaving acting behind might be interesting but it seems like a move destined to see him role in and out of unsuccessful jobs for a cheap laugh. And if so I just don’t think it would be that fun to watch.

Comic Highlight: Difficult, there wasn’t much to laugh at here. Take your pick from Vince’s lazy sex position, Ari walking past caged dogs or Johnny getting increasingly stressed.

Victory?: I just don’t know what to make of this. This season of Entourage has felt like a setup for another season. As Vince has waited around to start his movie it has felt like we have been waiting around for something to happen. As we head into the finale it feels very much like Johnny, Turtle and Eric are back to square one. Not literally but they all seem to have had their season long arcs washed away conveniently. Ari and Lloyd are the only story which has reached a climax and that has been underdeveloped. Entourage feels like a show which has been renewed for ten seasons and doesn’t feel like moving forward with any haste. Even the humour seems to have dried up. It’s not exactly bad television, but it isn’t very interesting.



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