August 8th, 2011
11:22 AM ET
There’s a moment in almost every season of a great television series that changes everything.
Maybe not in a drastic, life-altering type of way, but let’s just say that after last night’s episode of “Entourage” it’s becoming more obvious that the honeymoon days of old are being met with the highs and lows of growing up and facing the tough realities of life.
Vince seems hell-bent on finding a producer for his Romanian miners flick and even solicits recommendations for a producer at his Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back the ever-so-sleazy Carl Hertz (Kim Coates) from season 5’s “Fantasy Island” episode.
Even though he screwed Vince out of the box-office bomb “Danger Beach,” he insists he owes it to Vince to get his movie made for television. Honestly, I haven’t trusted the actor Coates since his just-as-seedy character in “Waterworld,” but that’s just me.
Later Hertz calls Vince to let him know he met with CBS CEO Les Moonves and the network wants in on the Romanian miners. Hertz suggests the two should later meet to discuss the logistics. “What’s the worst that could happen?” Vince asks Turtle. We’ll get to the worst that happened in a second.
But while we’re talking about Turtle, it’s time for an Avion meeting with Carlos (Miguel Sandoval). Carlos wants to reward Turtle for all of his hard work with…a gold watch? This can’t be good.
“Am I retiring?” Turtle asks. No, Tortoise, apparently Carlos has found a big-time distributor with more reach than you and doesn’t want you to actually work. Guess he didn’t hear the new Turtle is about making moves and money, no longer complacent and content to live off Vince. But Carlos isn’t done there.
Apparently, Alex is seeing someone else and told Carlos to mention it only if Turtle asks. OUCH! Honestly though, as beautiful as Dania Ramirez is, I won’t lose sleep over the fact that Alex is out of the picture. I’m kind of tired of seeing Turtle losing and I hope that now with the whopping $300,000 he got from his stake in Avion, we’ll finally see the true ascension of L.A.’s next big restaurateur.
While Turtle is looking for some good news, Ari Gold is just looking for someone to snuggle with. Yet even when he tries to fake the funk with Vince about Drama’s movie, “The Seperation” is clearly taking Ari off his game and keeping him from focusing at work.
(Sidenote: I kind of felt like that Mike Vick quip was neither timely nor necessary, but hey, I just write the recap, not the show.)
Anyway, Vince and Lloyd suggest Ari take the niece of Lloyd’s hairdresser out. After a challenge from Vince, it’s on! “Women will fall and men will start wailing!” Hide ya kids, hide ya wife, Ari Gold is out on the prowl!
Long story short, after realizing he hadn’t used a condom “since the mid-80s” and that his date uses one more frequently, Ari leaves. He gets his groove back like Stella with a little trip over to the much more established, older and experienced bed of Dana Gordon.
We always hear Ari joke about that night back in September of ’92, and we’re happy for the reunion in 2011. Point, Ari!
And of course, just when you thought Johnny Drama’s winning, he doesn’t. Drama’s stressing over Dice Clay’s contract hold out and threat to walk off “Johnny Bananas.”
Scott and Drama convince E to call Phil and ask for “Simpsons” money. Needless to say, Phil is not going to give in to the demands of a “guy nobody’s heard of” and a guy “nobody’s wanted to hear from in two decades” (which would be Drama and Dice Clay, respectively).
E, Scott and Drama take a trip to Dice Clay’s place where he tells them if he doesn’t get his pay upgrade he’s walking off the show. And just like that, Dice Clay is out and in comes Jamie Kennedy to take his place. Even though JK sucks, according to Billy Walsh, the scene was pretty, pretty, pretty damn funny.
Things take a dark turn as the episode comes to a close and Vince and Turtle find themselves in the house of high-as-a-kite Hertz. Turns out Hertz has a plan of his own and wants Vince to star in his “Falling Down” for the next generation, “Tax Man.”
Oh, and while Vince needs time to think about it, Hertz heads to the bathroom where there are lines of cocaine to be done and a gun in the same drawer as the drugs. The stupidity of Vince being at Hertz’s place only gets magnified when Hertz takes said gun and ends his own life, leaving our star and Turtle there with the fresh corpse and drug paraphernalia everywhere.
For those folks out there wanting “Entourage” to return to the glory days of ’04 and ’05, it’s not going to happen. Like you and me, our guys are seven years older and with age comes the beauty of life in its most bittersweet forms.
As the credits rolled and James Blake’s “The Wilheim Scream” came under, I thought this was one of the show’s best episodes. It got the ball rolling on the season, and it reminded us that growing older can be both incredibly fun and tragically saddening, but a group of best friends is usually the trick to get through it all alive.
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