Joe Dyton

“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.

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