The 'Entourage' has relationship problems
August 1st, 2011
12:15 PM ET

The 'Entourage' has relationship problems

Now that the house is burned down thanks to Turtle’s failed attempt to put out a joint, the guys are living in a hotel.

The worst part - or the best, depending on how you slice it - about the guys losing their home is that they have to revert to their 2004 fashions. Turtle is back in a New York Knicks jersey and ball cap, while Drama went back in time and raided Target’s Japanimation Couture department.

Meanwhile, Vince has been busy writing a script with big half-brother Drama in the lead. At a whopping 20 pages and littered with mistakes, Vince thinks he has something. I’ll go ahead and say it: I’m a fan of Vince the movie star, but Vince the budding filmmaker? Not so much.

Sloan and Eric are still on the outs, with Sloan calling him up to tell him, “f-- you.” Yikes! Not sure what hurt more, hearing Sloan yell at Eric or the thought that we’ll be seeing Emmanuelle Chriqui a lot less as the season goes on. On top of that, Turtle’s boo Alex (Dania Ramirez) isn’t returning his calls. We’ll get to that in a minute.

Over at Ari Gold’s office, Lloyd has some news. While at a breakfast meeting at Flay’s, Lloyd spotted Mrs. Ari leaving the restaurant in a hurry. Immediately, Ari goes into, well, Ari mode, saying he’s headed back to the scene to question the staff. He says, “All I care about is who convinced my wife to go to a restaurant she hates?!”

As much as I hate to see Ari like this, his separation from Mrs. Ari is somehow turning out to be one of the most interesting and entertaining plot lines of the season.

In the sound room for “Johnny Bananas,” Vince hands his script over to Billy Walsh. Billy promises to give the script a thorough read through. At that same moment, Drama’s producer Phil comes in to let the guys and Andrew Dice Clay know that the show will have a test screening, something that initially makes Drama and Dice Clay, two guys on a never-ending comeback trail, a bit nervous.

“We’ve all been humbled in this group, but we will all prevail,” Billy emphatically tells his two stars. “We’re going to murder the ‘Simpsons!’”

Leaving the set, after a pleasant greeting from “Broken Arrow’s” own Christian Slater, Drama and Dice Clay chop it up, with the latter asking if Eric would represent him. Of course when asked, Eric passes Dice Clay off to his partner, Scott.

At the Avion offices, poor Turtle isn’t feeling the love. Alex still hasn’t returned his calls, but we learn that she’s busy sitting in floor seats at Miami Heat games. Not to mention she’s calling other girls who work with Avion and even has our boy saying, “Totes.”

That’s never a good thing.

At Flay’s, Ari is investigating the scene like any good, neurotic, egotistical husband would. Apparently Mrs. Ari has been coming in to dine alone for several weeks, according to the waiter David, who we find out is a womanizing server with an eye for lonely housewives.

In one of the best lines of the night, let’s just say Ari expresses his displeasure for his wife’s alleged social downgrade.

On the hotel rooftop, Billy is analyzing Vince’s script while Eric is at Sloan’s grabbing his stuff and going through her undergarments. Then, in walks Sloan, who tells Eric she’s quit her job and only told him “f-- you” because he did the same when he angrily screamed at her voicemail in last week’s episode. Whaddya know? A little makeup sex ensues, but not a word is said between the two lovers afterward.

While Eric is in the sheets, Scott’s signing Dice Clay, who swears he’s been screwed over more times than Drama. With the brotastic pizzazz that only Scott possesses, he reels in Dice Clay.

In Vince-land, Billy finishes reading his script and admits he likes it, but “some of it sucks.” Vince gives Billy his blessing to tweak the story and make it work.

Ari is trying to make work of his sister-in-law, demanding she expose his wife’s new squeeze. Mrs. Ari’s sister says she told her that she’s seeing someone but was too embarrassed to tell her more. Assuming that’s code for “she’s sleeping with David the waiter,” Ari has Lloyd talk the “Mad Men” production team into sabotaging his acting gig.

At the screener for “Johnny Bananas,” we take a walk with our new entourage of Eric, Drama, Scott, Vince, Dice Clay, Billy and eventually Turtle. Eric breaks down the Sloan situation for the fellas, to which Dice Clay replies, “Marriage is for suckers!”

When the rest of the guys head off, Dice Clay has a one-on-one with Drama, insisting the two cartoon leads hold out after news that the test run was a huge success. Ruh roh - looks like Drama's career self-sabotage will continue for another season.

In the climax and best scene of the episode, Mrs. Ari pays an angry visit to her husband’s office. The whole staff is either scared, in awe, or both when she comes into Ari’s empire demanding to know why he ruined the young waiter’s “Mad Men” spot.

Mrs. Ari admits that it’s not David she’s seeing but rather his boss, Robert Flay. I feel myself slowly starting to dislike Mrs. Ari, which I think is more about Perrey Reeves doing a solid job as an actress rather than me actually hating her character.

We close things out with our guys sitting around depressed with women problems. This is “Entourage,” right? What’s with all of this relationship chatter? Anyhow, Turtle calls Alex one last time and Eric gets a call from Sloan, who tells him she’s glad she got her closure and is moving to New York. Cue Rose Royce’s “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore.”

Diss.

All in all, this week’s episode was a decent one. Aside from the break-ups, make-ups and F-bombs in between, there were plenty of laughs and developments to go around. Will Eric and Turtle embrace the single life? Will Vince’s script actually come to fruition, and is Drama on a path to killing his own hit? Is Ari Gold going to go toe-to-toe with celebrity chef Bobby Flay?

What do you guys think of the story lines so far, and which one could you care less about? Till next week!


soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Ari.Sooks.Wan

    The Ari and Mrs Ari characters suck bad.

    August 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeffrey

    I have been more disappointed than other people here. The larger the entourage, the harder it is for the writers to keep all of the balls in the air and there is less air-time for each story arc. I do love Jeremy Piven's character but we have seen this energy/neuroticism a lot before. We need to see something dramatic (pun intended) in my opinion. I am just getting bored, although still watching nonetheless.

    August 3, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nj

    these 2 episodes have been great bc Piven is acting out of hismind. In the 1st ep when they were meeting in the small room right b4 the blonde came in with the fake-heart attack flip out, Piven was a master. Kevin Connolly is still the worst actor on TV but I enjoy his character nonetheless. This show fell off hard the last 2 years but I think it is back. I just hope their is REAL closure ala The Shield and NOT like the Sopranos. Oh, and Lloyd will be the first Asian/Gay President.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jasmine

    I agree, Rebecca, Bobby Flay has a wife and going by his own Food Network (real)shows he's head over heals for her so it does seem silly to use him at the one Mrs. Ari is seeing. Guess we'll see what they end up doing with that...

    August 1, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    Agree on the out of sync decision to have Bobby Flay be Mrs.Ari's new love interest. First, he's been married to Stephanie March for the last seven years. She's best known for playing prosecutor, Alex Cabot on Law & Order: SVU.

    Second, the guy has a notorious reputation for being a womanizer and an arrogant SOB. He's on his third marriage and reportedly was punched in the face by a guy in a bar because he (Flay) was flirting with his wife – and March was with him at the time! There have also been a lot of strong rumors circulating recently about him having an affair with January Jones and that he may be the father of her unborn child.

    So having Mrs. Ari take up with a real life character who has such a questionable reputation like Bobby Flay (and married, at least technically) is really a strange twist in this show's final season. You have to wonder what March thinks about all this. Oh well, that's show biz I guess.

    August 1, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. B-S

    Predictions: 1. E moves to NY. 2. Vince becomes a Producer (a la...Walberg) 3. Drama is a huge star 4. Turtle's luck continues w/o the girlfriend 5. Ari loses a huge chunck of his agency, but has a smaller one with work/life balance

    August 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rebecca

    Only part of the show that is totally off is the whole Bobby Flay thing. He is playing himself and he is married so is he cheating on his wife with Ari's wife? Makes no sense when the play themselves but don't stick to thier real life situations?? Nice to see the boys single and hopefully having fun again!

    August 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill

    Do you seriously get paid to write recaps of TV shows? Wow.

    August 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • b-s

      Bill, do you seriously read recaps of TV shows on a Monday afternoon, and then have the audicity to criticize someone's else's career?

      August 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom

    Has there been a Turtle-centric storyline that didn't end abruptly and to no purpose by the next season? To wit: 1) Saigon 2) Dating girl whose father owned the auto shop – went nowhere 3) College 4) Limo business. 5) Alyssa Milano. Now we can add Alex/Tequila storyline. The writers really just used him as filler, maybe as an excuse to get Milano and Mark Cuban on their show.

    August 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah

      What are you talking about with Alyssa Milano? It was Jamie Singer or Meadow Soprano.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. El Farto

    whoooo, someone cut the cheese

    August 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. elm

    When are they gonna do the "circle Jerk" or "daisy chain?"

    August 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |

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