September 14th, 2009
08:24 AM ET
"Entourage" took a week off last week but the ninth episode returned in pretty good form. I was glad to see a familiar face comeback to the show - "anti-Ari/nemesis/rival" Adam Davies made an appearance.
Ari and Davies' past battles have been epic, and this latest bout pitted the two against each other for the right to represent "Mr. High School Musical" himself: Zac Efron.
Efron sided with Ari, and Davies gets knocked down. However, he's still got a big punch to throw, and comes back swinging. Davies makes a play for Lloyd, offering him the opportunity to become the agent he's been dying to be. At this point, here's where I thought the show did something pretty savvy.
The emotional attachment to Lloyd's plight has become an increasingly loud rallying cry among fans. I enjoy Ari's character, but he degrades Lloyd in a way that makes me cringe quite often. As the situation ramped up in this episode, the insults piled on, and Lloyd's patience and dignity was challenged. At the apex, he decided to abandon Ari Gold, and I actually agreed with him. I said to myself, "Well, yeah Lloyd... it just makes sense."
That's just it. A good story will pull you close, and make you identify with the characters in a certain endearing way. That is what "Entourage" did right this time. My personal litmus test came as the show drew to a close, with Ari's realization that Lloyd was actually gone. At that moment, I could feel Ari's disbelief, while I nodded in agreement with Lloyd's moment of liberation. That was a well-done, nicely executed moment of symmetrical drama for the show.
One last note: Be sure to check the Marquee Blog later this week for our exclusive interview with Jordan Balfi who plays "Adam Davies" on the show. I'll get his insight on the show and some inside scoops. Be sure to submit your questions for Balfi while you tell us if you loved, liked, or hated this week's episode.
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