July 19th, 2010
10:11 AM ET

'Entourage' and the ghosts of great episodes past

“Entourage” fans, I have to tell you: I had a great weekend, and not because I was out basking in the glow of 90 degree-plus temperatures here in sunny Hotlanta. I'm a tropical kind of guy, but it just wasn't that kind of party. My weekend was great thanks to the “Entourage” season two DVD set!

That's right people. I wasn't confined to the couch because of bad weather or some quirky summer head cold, it was by choice. I purposely made the move towards a nice-sized order of honey BBQ chicken wings (with fries on the side, sprinkled with A1 steak sauce – delicious!), the remote control and being holed up in seclusion with 14 great episodes from arguably the show's finest season.

Such activity for hours on end is just good for the soul sometimes, but while it’s a gift, it can also be a curse.

After all, season two brought us many of the gems that have cemented “Entourage” fandom. From Drama's lifetime ban at the Playboy mansion (courtesy of Pauly Shore) to the Mandy Moore saga, I could blog for days about just how fantastic the show was back in 2005.

But after a weekend of extended "Entouraging" (copyright, Dereyck Moore), there's an 800-pound gorilla - also known as the ghost of great episodes past - perched squarely on the back of the current season.

So as last night's show began, I found myself thinking, "Can ‘Entourage’ still give us that kind of flavor?"

We all know TV shows evolve as time marches on, and this one is no exception. It’s inevitable that Vince and the boys would grow up, and as a result, many of the situations and stories would have to mature as well. Don't get me wrong: As much as I love cheering for Vince's assorted shenanigans and Johnny Drama's snappy "Dramaisms," those two aspects of the show seem to be in a different context now, and I'm adjusting to it.

With that said, I think the current season is off to a decent start, with last week's episode having many of the familiar elements of fun from the series' past.

I even promised to whip out the "Mojometer" (copyright, Dereyck Moore) to accurately measure the show's vibes this week, but after only a few minutes into the show, I had to holster it. Not because it was a bad episode, but because things are just different. We'll see if I'm compelled to use it later this season.

I thought the show went about its business with a very straight-forward approach, and as a result, mojo just doesn't apply. This was an episode not meant to dazzle us with plot-twists, or split our sides with laughter. It was more like the story's balance was due, and the bill was being dutifully paid as agreed.

As E jumps in with both feet to help Drama's career, it was nice to see "Curb Your Enthusiasm's" Jeff Garlin make an appearance. There was also a "Babs" sighting courtesy of the always-enjoyable Beverly D'Angelo. Her confrontations with pretty much anyone never fail to entertain, and as the agency is set to lose Liz, Ari Gold just may have made a big mistake on this one.

(By the way, my annoyance with Mrs. Ari expands and contracts like the Dow Jones industrial average, but I fear this bubble will eventually burst. We all know she fueled the fire that burned Liz, and we'll have to stay tuned to see how it shakes out.)

If there's one tree that's bearing fruit for the show these days, it’s the one that Scott Lavin hangs from. Not only is he flat-out fantastic on the show, but I think the writers have done an excellent job weaving him into the role of "Anti-Eric.” He's actually a highly unsavory personality in the mix, but the guy from "Boiler Room" is so good he makes you forget to hate him.

Meanwhile, Turtle's business venture seems to be dying, but he just won't quit. His ex-employee Alex is the only one left, and I think there's a good reason why she hasn't completely faded from the story just yet. Knowing Turtle, it can't just be simple.

It was a decent show overall. I can neither sing praises nor speak lowly of what I watched, but that's OK at this point. As stated, the bill was due, and it got paid. As the previews rolled for next week, things seem to be moving in an interesting way, and I'm excited to see what happens next.

Loved, kinda liked or hated this week's show? Let us know!

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  1. suckhole

    "The guy from Boiler Room?" Is this an entertainment blog or a fake-TV gossip blog? Scott Caan pulled his weight in the Ocean movies, show a little respect. Unless you really just don't know who he is, which would not surprise me after reading this.

    July 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |

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