'Entourage' gets 'Ari-fied'
August 2nd, 2010
11:58 AM ET

'Entourage' gets 'Ari-fied'

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.

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

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  1. Chucklehead Clauss (In Diapers at 90)

    I agree with Rabbi Huckleman!

    September 28, 2010 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Betsy Connie Cross of Manhasset Hills

    Mr. East is correct Ari, needs to be more engaged with his wife.

    September 19, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Arnold East Jr.

    Ari needs to aplogize to his wife.

    September 19, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Besty Cross

    Rabbi Huckleman of Great Neck, makes some interesting comments.

    Would be delighted to attend one of Rabbi Hucklemans services at Temple Judea, in Great Neck.

    September 19, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. Meyer Kaiserman

    Ari is Wonderful!

    September 18, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Meyer Kaiserman

    Ari has a great sense of being Yewish.

    September 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rance Clauss

    I love Ari too.

    September 18, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 7888 Sunset Drive

    We love and repect Aro Gold.

    September 18, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rabbi Morey Huckleman

    I love the show and feel that Ari being a wonderful husband speaks well for our people.

    September 18, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jb

    get johhny drama a job already

    August 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Wifey

    Ari-fied is a great new word to sum up the show! Loved it.

    August 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BC

    After having badmouthed the last two+ seasons, I will admit that I actually Sunday night's episode. For the first time in a while, it made laugh – which has been a rarity for Entourage. Here's hoping it maintains this week's momentum. And here's hoping Vince gets hooked on pills, something I've been hoping for for some time.

    August 3, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom Jansen

    Screw Ari....I want Tony Soprano resurrected!!!!

    Just saw clip of him getting slapped in an indie film....nostalgic

    August 2, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pro Deucer

    This show is played out. Every week, it's the same thing... Vince is chosen for a great role, Vince messes up the role, Vince recovers and gets hired for the role. Ari is supposedly the King of Agents, yet he only keeps in constant communication with Vince who isn't even A list. Eric is always given props for being some great agent, even though he hasn't done anything and only has one client, who is shared with Ari. JD always finds something only to get dumped on and Turtle is broke,unemployed and unattractive, yet always seems to get these hot women. And the worst part is that all they do now is flash their bling, throw in cameos and bring in hot looking chicks(Not Sasha Gray) to mask the lack of a storyline.

    August 2, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • mtech101

      No one is asking you to watch the show. Last nights Anal episode was a instant classic!

      August 2, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • B-Dog

      You don't know what you are talking about.
      He got fired from A2, he got fired from the fireman movie, he had to do a commercial to make his mortgage payment, he couldn't get a job after Medellín.

      August 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snoo

      Firstly Eric has three clients, The story revolves around Vince and the crew, so why would they constantly show Ari maintaining relations with his other clients and Turtle usually has to work for the beautiful women he hooks up with in the show, they dont just fall into his lap like they do for Vince, judging by your comment it seems to me you havent watched the show in sometime.

      August 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mtech101

    Amazing episode, i laughed so hard!

    August 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |

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