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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Joe on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dyton99.