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“Entourage” recap: “One Car, Two Car, Red Car, Blue Car”

In Entourage on July 29, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Now that’s more like it.

I thought this week’s episode of “Entourage” was the strongest of the three. Yes the Chase Brothers took a back seat this week, but E and Turtle’s storylines had more than enough substance to carry the episode.

Let’s start with Turtle. I thought it was pretty funny that it took Turtle until his 30th birthday to realize maybe riding Vince’s coattails is no way to go through life. I was thrilled to see his mom, she is hilarious. She needs to pop up at least once as season.

Like Drama and Vince, I couldn’t help but chuckle when Jamie-Lynn pulled up with her birthday gift to Turtle, a Porsche, just after Vince had gotten him a $240,000 Ferrari. It sounds crazy, but I could totally understand why Turtle was a little bummed by receiving two expensive cars for his birthday. They probably felt more like pity gifts. Especially when 50 Cent poked fun at him about driving his “daddy’s” car. I thought that was a hilarious cameo.

 Of course my favorite part of Turtle’s storyline was his scene with Ari. I don’t think these two have ever had a one-on-one scene like that before, so it was a treat. First off, I loved that when Ari saw Turtle, he immediately thought something had happened to Vince. I’m not sure I buy Ari putting his meeting on hold to give Turtle career advice, even if it was his birthday, but that’s OK. The scene was excellent and Ari gave Turtle the kick in the pants he needed. And that kick is taking him to UCLA’s to take business courses. It will be interesting to see if Turtle follows through with this school thing, that’s for sure.

As for my man, E, it was great to see him in the business mode this week. Watching him fret over Sloan the last two episodes was painful. I could have lived without his play date, Ashley (she stayed at his house until 3 p.m.??), but she did serve her purpose in putting doubt in E’s mind about his client, Charlie.

Unfortunately, the focus group felt the same way about Charlie that Ashley did and E’s client was fired from the show he created. That was a bummer, but it did lead to the best scene in the whole episode. I loved the hilarious advice Ari gave about how to handle Charlie’s firing, “I’m gonna call the NAACP, Rev. Al Sharpton and my man the ghost of Malcolm X.” But even better was E actually going through with it. How great was it to watch him burst into Amy’s office in his suit and tie and give it to her and top it off by saying that she was racist? I thought it was especially funny when she asked E if he really thought Charlie was the network’s next superstar and he answered yes with no certainty on his face at all.

And I can’t leave out the great conversation between E and Ari after the dust had settled. Their civil conversations are few and far between, so Ari telling E that he was proud of him for going for it was pretty cool. It was very father-son like. Who would have thought Ari would be the guiding force for Eric and Turtle in the same episode?

Overall, this was a good episode. I liked it more than the first two. I am looking forward to watching the guys get out from under the “Vincent Chase shadow” this season. Even if the cloud continues to get bigger.

So what did you think of the episode? Will E be able to find Charlie a new gig? Is Turtle actually going to go back to school? Comment below!

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC. He is a former assistant editor for The Dealmakers real estate magazine in Hamilton, NJ and a former sports writer and copy editor for The Trentonian in Trenton, NJ. He can be reached at thedytonian@yahoo.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dyton99.

“Entourage” recap: “Drive”/”Amongst Friends”

In Entourage on July 24, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Hello Entourage fans! After a seven-month hiatus, our favorite fictional A-list movie star and his crew are back! I have to apologize in the delay of posting my recaps. There’s no excuse other than I hadn’t gotten around to doing them. Hopefully for the rest of the season, I’ll have my thoughts up on Monday after the episode, or Tuesday at the latest. Since I’m two weeks behind, let’s just jump into the Season Six Premiere, “Drive.”

I thought “Entourage” got off to a good start with the new season. Not great, but pretty good. Oddly enough, the best part of the episode didn’t include Vince and the boys. That honor goes to the “Lloyd demanding a promotion” storyline. It gave us a chance to see Lloyd go toe-to-toe with Ari and to see Ari’s family’s hilarious reaction when they thought Ari might be firing Lloyd. And of course there was the capper of Ari making him sit outside in front of his house for 3.5 hours. I thought that was pretty funny. I am not sure what Ari is going to put Lloyd through for these next 100 days, but I can’t wait to find out.

As for the rest of the episode, eh. I did get a kick out of how dated this episode was. First a big deal was made out of Ari’s pal Andrew signing “My Name is Earl” creator Greg Garcia now that the show has been canceled. And of course, there was the oddity of Vince promoting his new film, “Gatsby” on “The Tonight Show with JAY LENO” even though Conan has had the gig since June. They went even as far to throw in a joke that Vince would save his more risqué behavior for Conan’s show. I know this episode was filmed when Leno was still the host, but it had been long announced that Conan was going to take over. I just felt like they could have made some sort of adjustment.

But what I think made this episode good rather than great was the Sloan-E stuff. I love Sloan, but I thought way too much time was dedicated to their subplot. I’d much rather watch E run the Murphy Group and deal with his clients. He and Sloan house hunting wasn’t a very good use of the half hour.

That storyline aside, the premiere was good, and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the season goes. Before I move on to the next episode, I guess it’s worth it to mention I loved that Vince was able to get his driver’s license by bribing his test administrator with premiere tickets. Only in Hollywood…

OK, on to episode two: “Amongst Friends” was on the same level as the season premiere: it was pretty good, but not great and my favorite storyline again didn’t involve the “Entourage.” I enjoyed watching Ari trying to convince Andrew that messing around with junior agent, Lizzie was a bad idea. Ari picking up what was going on during that meeting with the show runners was fantastic. And the follow up at the “Gatsby” premiere was even better. Like Ari told Lloyd in “The WeHo Ho” episode in Season Four, he loves liars, but he hates cheaters. I am very interested to see how this plays out.

My second favorite part of the episode was the red carpet scene. It was so well done, and I loved the use of Paul McCartney’s “Dance Tonight.” Jamie-Lynn introducing Turtle to the world as her boyfriend was great too. Although, I’m with Drama; I can’t believe he wore sneakers. Speaking of Drama, his date Kelly was a trip. The guys’ reaction to her, “The more the merrier” line was excellent. The look on Drama’s face was especially good. What was so funny about that was how sweet and innocent she seemed when the guys picked up their suits at the store.

Anyway, it is great to see Vince back at the top of his game. My favorite line came from Ari, “Let’s go re-introduce you to the world.” Here’s hoping he can avoid another career disaster; I know Ari’s good, but I don’t know if he could pull Vince out of the abyss twice.

Once again, the only thing that didn’t work for me was the Sloan and E storyline. It killed the momentum of the episode. At least last week, it was just the two of them dragging down the episode, but this time they added another lady (Ashley) to form a triangle, and it really didn’t make things more interesting in my opinion. I’m hoping Sloan and E’s decision to not be friends for a while will give us a break from their non-relationship woes. I say let E worry about his company and play the field.

To end on a positive note, I will say that I enjoyed Turtle’s obsession over how Seth Rogen was able to land Katherine Heigl in “Knocked Up.” I can’t help but wonder if his insecurities about his dating Jamie-Lynn are hidden in those wisecracks. So, what did you think? Is “Entourage” off to a good start? Are you happy that the show is more upbeat than last season? Comment below!

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC. He is a former assistant editor for The Dealmakers real estate magazine in Hamilton, NJ and a former sports writer and copy editor for The Trentonian in Trenton, NJ. He can be reached at thedytonian@yahoo.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dyton99.