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“Entourage” recaps: “Fore!”/”Murphy’s Lie”

In Entourage on August 19, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Hello Entourage fans! I apologize for the delay in posting my recaps. On the bright side, you get two for one this week. Let’s dive right into last week’s episode, “Fore!” I watched this one twice. During the initial viewing, I didn’t care much for this episode. It felt like a throwaway episode to me. The only thing that kept it entertaining was Jeffrey Tambor’s cameo. He was hilarious on the golf course. And the only interesting plot development was E getting a job offer at a talent management company.

After I watched it a second time, I enjoyed it more. It still felt like a throwaway episode, but I did enjoy it more. Tambor still stole the show, but I also realized that Mark Wahlberg was pretty funny and was Johnny’s mighty struggles on the golf course. I thought it was especially funny when he broke Tom Brady’s customized golf club and when he showed up wearing the same shirt as Lloyd. As for the rest of the show, I was intrigued by E getting a job offer. It could add a new wrinkle to the show if he accepted it. This was far and away the best part of the show, but unfortunately it was brought down by Sloan’s involvement. Watching these two bicker again was not fun. I was truly hoping when they agreed they wouldn’t be friends any more that we’d be spared from their will they or won’t they game. It looks like we’re back to square one again.

As a football fan, I was confused by Turtle’s rude treatment of Brady. Maybe I missed something, but I never thought Giants fans had ill will towards the Patriots. I could understand if the Pats beat the Giants in the Super Bowl two seasons ago, but they didn’t. I could even understand if Turtle was a Jets fan, since they’re division rivals, but he’s not. So any Giants fans out there, if there really is some sort of hatred towards the Pats in your fan base that I don’t know about, please let me know. It was funny to see Turtle change his tune when Brady said he and Jamie-Lynn should come over to the house to have dinner with him and Gisele.

My only other question about this episode was why Ari was sleeping on the couch. The Gold house is huge. There has to be more than three bedrooms in it, right?

Alright, let’s move on to a better, more interesting episode, this past Sunday’s, “Murphy’s Lie.” Vince and Turtle took the back seat this week, but Eric and Drama had plenty going on to make up for it.

 I was happy to see, but at the same time surprised that E took the job offer from Murray. He kind of had a good thing going as Vince’s manager. He was able to come and go as he wanted and now he’ll have to report to an office eight hours a day. On the other hand, Murray made a good point, if Vince were to fire him again, he’d be making nothing. At least he has a little security now.

If only E’s love life was as steady as his career is right now. Ashley finally found out that he saw Sloan at the golf tournament and that she’s the one that helped him get his new job. I loved when she referred to him as smooth and E’s reply was nobody calls him smooth. That was the only thing I liked about this side story. I hope that was the last we saw of Ashley. I never warmed up to her character. I enjoyed watching E play the field anyway.

Before we get to my man Drama, I have to applaud Jami Gertz’ fantastic performance when she burst into the Miller Gold office looking for Andrew’s “whore.” It was amazing. As for Andrew and Lizzie, Ari probably should have stuck to his guns and firing them both. It was bizarre to see Lizzie being the adult in their relationship, while Andrew melted down. Usually it’s the married guy breaking things off while the younger gal gets upset. Kudos to the writers for turning the tables there. I’m curious to see if Ari will eventually have to truly let his friend go and then have to deal with Babs telling him she told him so.

The most entertaining moments of the evening came from Johnny. I thought it was great that he was looking after Turtle when he did everything he could from letting that slimy network executive get his hooks into Jamie-Lynn. As much as these guys bust each other’s chops, they do care about one another. I loved Drama’s hoodie and sunglasses get-up when he was watching Jamie-Lynn and Dan having lunch. I definitely didn’t expect Drama to put his hand around Dan’s neck when he started taunting him about Jamie. I hope it doesn’t cost him his job on the “Five Towns.”

And this recap wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention how funny it was watching Turtle drive to school in a $250,000 car and Vince kill time by making time with a couple of co-eds. Vince didn’t have a lot going on this week, but it was funny watching him try to talk to Drama while in bed with a girl and trying to take the video camera out of her hands. Oh the trouble these guys get into.

So, what did you think of the episodes? Will E survive the 9 to 5 lifestyle? Are Johnny’s days on his show numbered? 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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“Entourage” recap: “Running on E”

In Entourage on August 5, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Wow.

They sure packed a lot into that half hour didn’t they? On this week’s episode of “Entourage,” We saw Vince’s movie get delayed three months, Drama test drive love interests for his show, E shut down the Murphy Group, Turtle go back-to-school shopping, Andrew leave his wife and a hilarious David Schwimmer cameo. I needed to catch my breath after the show was over. That is a rarity for a 30-mintue show; especially this 30-minute show.

There was some good stuff in this episode, but like most “Entourage” episodes, there were some less than stellar material too. Let’s get the less-than-stellar things out of the way.

I know every character can’t have a compelling storyline every week, but it didn’t get much lower or less interesting than watching Jamie-Lynn and Turtle go shopping for school clothes for him. Couldn’t we have just had Drama mock Turtle about Jamie-Lynn taking him shopping like he did in the beginning of the episode and then seen Turtle walking out of the mall with shopping bags when Drama asked him for his favor (more on that later)? The audience would get the point that he went shopping without having to actually sit through it. Although, I did like the Chuck Bass reference Turtle made about one of his outfits. I just wonder how many “Entourage” fans watch “Gossip Girl” and got that joke.

The only other thing I didn’t like about the episode was Ashley. I’m not sure what E really sees in her. Sure she’s cute, but she isn’t very nice (Did she honestly refer to E’s receptionist Jane as a “fossil”?) and I thought E enjoyed playing the field. Ashley just seems like a bizarre choice to close the field with.

Speaking of closing, I was surprised and disappointed that E gave up the Murphy Group. One of the things I was most looking forward to was watching E continue to build that business and work with other clients beside Vince. It looked like he was on the right path with Charlie and the “Nine Brave Souls”/”Smoke Jumpers” screenwriters Nick and LB. If feels like he’s back at square one again.

As for the things I did like, I grow more and more interested in the Andrew/Ari saga as the weeks go by. I think partly because when Ari wanted to buy Andrew’s company, Babs warned him that Andrew was a loser. When Ari gave Andrew the advice to think about his kids and how they wouldn’t want a liar for a dad, I didn’t think he’d take that it to mean leave his wife. That seemed like a rash decision. And what’s worse, Andrew’s decision looks like it’s left Ari in Mrs. Ari’s doghouse. I can’t imagine that’s a fun place to be.

Of course what led to Andrew’s decision was my second favorite part of the episode. The hilarious David Schwimmer cameo. It looks like the alleged chemistry Andrew saw between the former “Friends” star and the object of his affection, Lizzie was too much for him to handle. Anyway, I thought Schwimmer was great. His reactions to the horrific sit-com ideas he was being pitched were fantastic. I’m not sure which one I liked better, his reaction to the family boating show (…or I could shoot myself in the f**king face) or the “Neurosis” pitch (“Do you guys validate?”). I didn’t have high expectations when I heard he was going to be on the show, but I thought he nailed it.

And finally, I loved seeing Johnny Drama back at the forefront on Sunday. I got a kick out of watching him try to find a love interest for his show and how upset he got when he found out they were all models and not actresses (“They could be outperformed by lint.”). But what made Drama’s storyline my favorite was his scene with Ed Burns. I couldn’t believe he thought they could get Natalie Portman or Rachel McAdams to do one scene on an NBC drama. It was great to see Burns put Johnny in his place and tell him he was living in a dream world.

Luckily Drama was able to find a name actress to do the scene with him—Jamie-Lynn. I hope we get to see these two on set together. I think it would be a great dynamic for the show to see Turtle reacting to Johnny kissing his girlfriend, acting or no acting. Putting two of the guys at odds would be a fresh path for the show to take, but my guess is the writers won’t go there. I hope I’m wrong.

What did you think of the episode? Did you enjoy Vince discovering Facebook? Where do you think E will land up? Will Turtle really be OK with Drama locking lips with Jaime-Lynn? How long will Ari pay for Andrew’s sins? 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.