August 2nd, 2010
11:58 AM ET
Welcome back “Entourage” fans - it's a glorious day in the land of blog-dom. Today is officially the day after I watched an episode of "Entourage" that had the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and ask to be counted!
Those aforementioned hairs are a fickle, particular bunch and don't respond to just anything. They demand the utmost in stimulation if they are actually going to be moved, and last night, "Entourage" delivered.
I have an idea as to why the show was downright fun to watch, and I call it "The Ari Factor.” Any show that features Mr. Gold (played by Jeremy Piven) and revolves around his storyline is going to be a good time. Simply put, the writers brought forth a truly entertaining "Ari-fied" (copyright, Dereyck Moore) episode last night.
We should have known something exceptional was in store within the first few moments. The show’s pace jumped right into high gear with the opening bar scene, where Vince wooed adult film star Sasha Grey. Next, Ari was in bed attempting to take out his "Lizzie Grant frustration" upon Mrs. Ari, and that's when I knew it was going to be an interesting 30 minutes.
By the way, Mrs. Ari has been an annoyance as of late, but for some odd reason, she was, ahem, "delightful" in last night's episode. I'll keep an eye on this sensation and report back on it in future blogs.
I thought the guys had good dialogue throughout much of the episode, but the stand-out moment was the "Eric on the phone with Sloan" scene as Bob Saget listened in. It was perfectly timed, well-played and flat-out funny.
Keep in mind that a good episode will also have some solid cameos on top of being "Ari-fied.” Between Mike Tyson, Aaron Sorkin and a highly admirable appearance by Jessica Simpson (I actually cracked two or three assorted smiles when she was on screen), the celeb-o-meter was high in this episode, and it paid dividends. If you throw in Marvel comics mastermind Stan Lee ("you look familiar"), plus Bobby Sags and his competition with Johnny Drama, it was a show chock full of star power without the meaningless "oh look, there's (insert famous person's name here)."
There were also lots of "wow" moments. They may not have been the "Johnny Drama hacking up a motorist's car with a golf club" kind of “wow,” but who among us didn't exhibit varying degrees of surprise - complete with wrinkled forehead - during Sloan and Eric's "experimentation" scene?
Between that, Ari's desperate attempts to retain his clients and basically any of the scenes depicting Vince's horseplay with Sasha, my forehead was a wrinkled mess, and "wow" was an understatement.
As the credits rolled, I was pretty spent. My head had been on a swivel for the entire episode, since I had no idea what would happen next. Lizzie aligned herself with Amanda (Ari's sworn enemy, and by my count his 73rd), so things are heating up as the season progresses.
There was also a Billy Walsh sighting in a preview for next week, and his foolishness NEVER disappoints, so stay tuned.
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