September 13th, 2010
01:48 PM ET
“Entourage” fans, it’s a bittersweet Monday.
The last time I blogged two Sundays ago, there were no NFL football games (that really counted), no Taylor Swift song about Kanye West, no Kanye West song about what he did to Taylor, and there certainly was no Justin Bieber performance on the MTV VMAs that made me openly admit, "Hey, I like this kid!"
(Wait, did I just type that?)
My, how the world has changed. While some of yesterday's gifts were more fun than others, it felt like Christmas all day long. A day full of NFL games was the best present I could wish for after a long summer, but at the end of it all, I got to watch an “Entourage” season finale that made me say "that was absolutely incredible." But, it’s the season finale. The season is now (gulp) over.
I know what you're thinking: After all the things we've discussed on this blog about shark jumps, lost mojo and stale storylines, did I really just refer to last night's episode as "absolutely incredible"? Please, let me repeat myself: last night's season finale was absolutely incredible.
Before we go any further, here's a reminder: This space is not reserved for hugs or high fives for the writers and cast of the show. If I'm watching the show and begin to count the croutons in my salad while imagining the ice cubes in my cocktail as large animals ("look, it’s an elephant!"), that pretty much means I'm not feeling it.
But, last night was most definitely not that type of party. For all the things we know and love about “Entourage,” the aptly titled season finale "Lose Yourself" did all of them right. With seat belts securely fastened, let's jump right in.
The show opened with Vince somewhere off the crew's radar. Drama decides to go "A&E" for the sake of his baby brother, and gathers the troops to take action. As we all may have guessed from the tension building in previous episodes, Vince is only missing long enough to show up at Sasha's "place of business" to cause a scene. For his many bad moments these days, this was one of his worst, but more on that a bit later.
I'm tired of Vince these days, and it seems we've all grown pretty tired of Sasha Grey. I have been tough on her performances, but for all the lines she has NOT delivered this season, her wryly stated "go home Vince" line hit the bull's-eye. Nicely done Ms. Grey, you nailed it. You said exactly what I was screaming at the TV from the time Vince showed up on that set. Thank you.
Elsewhere, there were the usual star sightings (Ryan Howard/Drew Brees) thrown into Turtle's tequila plot, Eric's irritating-yet-entertaining meeting with Sloan's dad (Terrance McQuewick) and the continuing deconstruction of Ari Gold. Mrs. Ari is clearly fed up, and there's absolutely nothing Ari can do about it.
That's right people. Neither Christina Aguilera singing Mrs. Ari's favorite song at a birthday party in her honor, nor a visit from Mrs. Ari's sister (played by Illeana Douglas) can fix this. For the record, each performance was outstanding in its own right, and the drama unfolded in a well-paced span. Oh, and while I'm on the subject of outstanding performances, Jerry Ferrara is not just the coat-tail riding crew-member with the hat turned backwards anymore. I like his progression as a character this season, and his script delivery is climbing the "interesting" ladder with great speed.
As for how the show went about its business, every character's story seemed fortified to continue into the next (and final) season. The conflicts are running rampant in everyone's lives, and it’s all very compelling. After all, we've grown used to seeing our heroes (Vince and Ari) find a way to make things right each and every time. There's always the proverbial triumph by the end of the season, with bottles "popped" in the nightclub accordingly, but not this time. This time, the problems loom entirely too large.
Drama led the charge masterfully, and the crew confronted Vince. From there, the episode hit its apex with sparkling dialogue during that intervention scene. I sat there stunned and began to think about all of the moments of past episodes where Vince was indeed the "golden goose" for everyone in the room. This frozen moment spoke well for Vince's state of mind. It also seemed a long time coming.
Then, in a superbly edited matter of minutes, our two heroes reach their lowest depths, and the wheels officially fall off. Mrs. Ari delivers the heart-breaking news that she needs a break, and the gladiator known as Ari Gold is reduced to rubble in an emotionally gut-wrenching scene. The chinks in his armor have been visible for weeks, but now Ari's fractured spirit is truly exposed.
Meanwhile, Vince (exponentially broken) pops off at anybody who says a word to him at Eminem's party, receives a well-deserved beatdown, and the clever episode title "Lose Yourself" comes full circle. The scene felt like a downhill slalom and, in the end, there's the inevitable crash when the curves and the speed going down his personal mountain became too much to handle.
"Now look, you got what you wanted....I'm officially out of control!" Yes sir. Indeed you are out of control, Vince Chase.
From there, Eminem's "Going Through Changes" rolls with the credits, and the seventh season of “Entourage” ended in fantastic fashion.
There are many questions still to be answered, many problems to be solved and all is certainly not well in the world of Vincent Chase and his entourage. I loved the show from beginning to end, and with a season-ender like that, I have a new appreciation for the season's valleys as well as the peaks I always knew I loved.
We'll see how it all ends for our boys when they are back next summer.
Loved, kinda liked, or hated the season finale? Let us know.
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