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Entourage: Sorry, Ari (season finale)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 27th 2006 11:56PM

Entourage S03E12 Sorry, Ari

(S03E12) Despite what (I think) most considered a lackluster season, this was a pretty decent finale. It was tense, loaded with one-liners, and it's the first time Entourage ended with a genuine cliff-hanger. The first two seasons, we left Vince as he went off to make his next film. Now... we don't know what he's going to do next.

After Ari's blunder with the Joey Ramone project, Vince wakes E up the next morning with an announcement. He thinks they should give Ari his walking papers. Eric isn't against the idea, and after Ari dodges his phone calls, a day of meetings with other agencies unfolds.

Meanwhile, Ari does everything he can to get the Ramones script back in his hands and he doesn't plan on speaking to Vince until he's got it. Dana Gordon lets it slip that Bob Ryan still hasn't signed all the forms giving Warners the script though. Moreover, Alan Gray (the WB exec behind the Aquaman franchise) only bought the film as a "screw you" to Vince. Gray has no intention of making the film and Ari lets Bob know this.

Despite Ari's advice, Bob, finally disillusioned with the glitz and backstabbing, signs the papers anyway. The Ramones project is dead. So is Dana's job after Alan found out she squealed. I'm sure that'll come back to bite Ari in the ass.

So while Ari was running around like a madman, Vince attended meeting after meeting of the exact same meeting. All the rival agencies were the same. They all wanted to make Vince a household name along with Canon, Microsoft, and Coca-Cola. Drama finally makes the point that walking away from Ari is a mistake. He's family at this point and he screwed up. Plus, they know he's not like all the other agents. So they go to see him, expecting an apology. Instead they got another presentation: it was just like all the others. Let's make Vincent Chase a household name.

So after all that, Vince fired Ari anyway. And this wasn't half-heartedly like Vince did last season when he told Ari to cram it. He meant it this time. Looks like Drama's new pilot had better get picked up or the boys are going to be moving into that apartment Vince bought for Dom.

Best Quotes:

Drama (telling Vince to look before buying when it comes to a new agent): "No one appreciates their girlfriend until you get herpes from the next broad."

Ari (doubting that Lloyd is on top during sex): "C'mon... really?"

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Mr Jim

In a magazine article Kevin Dillon [Johhny D] said his character would be finding success and coming out from behind his brothers shadow once again. My guess is that Drama stays with Ari... Which would keep him around in the show as a central player, help the story line as he tries to regain Vince and provide plenty of jokes between Ari and Drama, which have always been classics.

September 08 2006 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Johnny Drama is a dimmer on the show. He is a weirdo for sure. Always has been. He says the dumbest shit and has no confidence. Granted, he knocked the shit out of seth green and started the fight at the stripper competition. Though I thought he was about to come out of the closet in that episode. He's a washed up actor in the show as well in real life. He hasnt been with a woman in the show all season. And whats up with E and Salome? They sure spend a lot of time apart with out talking to be going out.

September 07 2006 at 6:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I still love this series regardless of the direction its takes. Its always very witty with the one-liners galore, and the diferent guest stars that add so much. I just can't help but feel for Ari in his rollercoaster situations. They really push the emotional envelope for Jeremy Piven to pull off as he does so well and consistently! Bravo for the Emmy! This last episode did piss me off a little with that crusty old prick Bob Ryan being an ungrateful, greedy, and venegeful bastard despite Ari's pleading (great scene at Bob's house) and heartfelt sincerity, Eric practically handing him this project after all Bob's moaning, and Vince actually wanting to do it. I do believe that Martin Landau played this character perfectly and that is why I got so upset at him. This unfornuate turn of events also reflects the uncertainties and let-downs in life even if this is only a TV show. Can't wait for the next season, this one flew by.
Best Line-Ari "...I got a few minutes Dana, if you want to jerk me in the car".

September 03 2006 at 3:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike C

As far as the season goes, I wouldn't say it was lackluster. I enjoyed it but also agree it could have been better. But the thing you gotta realize is that the writers try to make this show lifelike. Not everything that happens in the show will make the viewers happy and see the hero, Vince, seem like a superhero where everything goes right. Personally I was rooting for Ari to win Vince's trust back but yet he went to the level of all the other agents and was too corporate about it. And of course Ari is a huge character in the show. In my opinion has the strongest personality and brings a lot to the show, he won't be written out. Yeah he may be his agent again, yeah he may be a side story aside from the main plot, but he will still be a part of the show, no doubt. But lets all agree that this young show that we all obviously watch and enjoy continues and hopefully, gets promoted to an hour spot instead of the measley 20-25 minute spot that it so unjustly gets now.

September 03 2006 at 3:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i thought i had original heard that the show would be coming back early to go back to back with the finale 8 episodes of the Sopranos but i havnt heard of that again...... anyone? also it will be interesting to see what babs does with ari lossing the agency biggest client...

September 02 2006 at 8:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think WhiskeySour's got it and it was foreshadowed by Johnny's memorable quote in the episode's first scene. Vince will go with another agent (girlfriend) for a couple of episodes until it goes sour (herpes). Then Vince will appreciate this last agent (girlfriend), just like Johnny said.

September 02 2006 at 2:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Season 3 was the worst season of Entourage yet. I'm seriously considering canceling HBO. The season was horribly inane. I'm embarrassed to even call it my guilty little pleasure anymore. Piven was the saving grace of the show this season. He was still brilliantly caustic.

This show is taking on some moral aspects that just don't exist in Hollywood. Ari has seriously never cheated on his wife? Like anyone would really believe that. Then there's the threesome episode. The very idea that a threesome warrants an entire episode is absurd, even with E. If E and Sloan were a true Hollywood couple, then a threesome would barely warrant discussion...it would be par for the course. The whole Vegas episode was like a premature ejaculation. They could have done SO, SO much with that episode. The strip bar showcased girls in bikinis. Please! When was the last time anyone was at a strip bar where the girls had their breasts covered? Oh, and Johnny would have ended up in bed with that guy. (The other guys would not have known about it.) Why? Because the majority of Hollywood at least experiments sexually, if they're not gay or bi. However, mainstream America isn't ready for that reality.

This show was supposed to be cutting edge; it has become very dull and ordinary.

September 01 2006 at 9:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If Ari keeps Drama on after losing Vince that is something that would definitely set him apart from other agents and could be the thing that brings Ari and Vince back together.

I don't think it was a bad season at all. They just ran out of room. The story was bigger than 12 episodes could tell.

September 01 2006 at 1:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great season, great finale, but what happened to the episode Artie Lange shot back in July? He said he was playing a college buddy of Ari's. Thanks in advance.

August 31 2006 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought this season was okay, but not lackluster. There were a couple episodes that were filler (i.e. the Las Vegas episode), but the writing and plots were solid and strong points to this season. Comparing this season to season 2 is blasphemy.

And getting rid of Jeremy Piven's character is unlikely, he is just important show as Vince or Turtle.

August 29 2006 at 11:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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