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Entourage: Fantasy Island (season premiere)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 8th 2008 8:22AM

Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, and Adrian Grenier
(S05E01) "Our next film is Medellin - the ultra-violent story of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar starring Vincent Chase in a fat-suit in bad make-up that makes him look like the love child of Jiminy Glick and a case of Twinkies." - Richard Roeper

Ouch. It's been six months since Cannes, Medellin is getting a straight-to-DVD release, and people are still talking about it. One of the worst films of the year. I can't say that I'm surprised. Considering how last season ended and what we've come to expect from Entourage, this felt less like a season premiere and more like just another episode. Vincent Chase can only stay down and out hidden in Mexico for so long before the allure of his almost dead career came calling.

That being said, I would have had a hard time making the same decision. $79 a day got Vince all that? I'm living in the wrong hemisphere. But it had to be done. Six months of living in exile with nothing but Turtle and a beard can't be a forever thing.

There was lot of good stuff going on though. Just because Vince was gone didn't mean the world stopped moving. Eric's agency (The Murphy Group) has really started to take off and now that he and Anna Faris are done, I'm anxious to see what he can do for his newest client Charlie (Bow Wow). It'd be really great to see him take someone from nothing to the top, especially since that's essentially what Vince did for him. As it is, Charlie has already bombed in five screen tests now, including one for Cold Case. Eric is going to need to do something fast to boost his new guy's confidence.

The biggest issue (and it's the same one when Eric dealt with Anna) is how E plans to balance his time between Vince and his other clients. Even though Charlie seems to be the forgiving type, getting blown off for a phone call or meeting with Vince is going to get annoying fast. However, Vince does have some issues. No offers in six months is not a good thing and now that Davies spilled the beans to Ari that Carl was just using Vince to get Emile Hirsch cheaper... well, still no offers in six months then. But this repositions the series right back to where it started with Vince trying to make a name for himself. It's what this show does best, so no sense in messing with it.

Drama's story was by far the weakest sub-plot of the ep. I know his whole aversion to being shot from the right side (his "bad" side) has come up before, but still - not really that funny. However, I did love the cameo from Ben Silverman and I will be anxious to see what the new poster for Five Towns looks like because the last one was great.

More thoughts...

  • I already mentioned him, but I hope we see more of Adam Davies. I love listening to him and Ari argue. And speaking of Ari, it was great to hear him yell again. ("F*ck you Yoko!")
  • Rex Lee got added to the opening credits as part of the cast. Good for him. This show wouldn't be the same without Lloyd.
  • Now that Carl has duped Vince and Ari (and not counting Turtle and Drama's fish/golf club retaliation), what are they going to do to get back at him? Carl, by the way, is played by Kim Coates, who you may have recognized from last week's Sons of Anarchy premiere.
  • Not that I expected to hear anything about it, but I'm guessing that Walsh isn't going to be making Silo.
  • Add this one to Drama's resume: high school swimmer with alopecia on 7th Heaven. You've got to be kidding me.
  • Drama is still dating Jacqueline! Honestly, that's great. The guy deserves a break. That "Tweet! Chirp!" thing needs to stop ASAP though.
  • Do we know that Emile Hirsch is definitely going to make Danger Beach now? What if Davies doesn't give up his client at the cut rate? This could end up being Vince's comeback I suppose.
  • Who's Eric's receptionist? What do I recognize her from? The little old lady?

Overall, a really solid premiere, but like I said earlier - it didn't feel like a premiere. Just another episode of Entourage and they're all solid. The boys are back.

What should Vince do for his next film?
Demand that Carl cast him in Danger Beach.123 (33.0%)
Find Billy and resurrect Silo.103 (27.6%)
Go to Allen Grey and beg to be in Aquaman 3.147 (39.4%)

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jonny drama


reggae song is eve here i am, been looking forever finally got it.

November 25 2008 at 11:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to jonny drama's comment
George Balan

Hey man, can you please send me the song or a new link to taurenchieftain2@hotmail.com , because that one is broken. Thanks so much!!!

July 07 2011 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to George Balan's comment

Same here, i've been lookin for it for years!
Big thanks in advance!

September 08 2011 at 7:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

Does anyone know what song was playing when Vince rode away from the beach after talking to E for the first time? It's a reggae song that's been stuck in my head all week and I can't find a title anywhere

September 11 2008 at 8:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Watch Entourage

Episode 2, Of Season 5 got leaked, i just watched it over at http://watch-entourage-online.com/

September 11 2008 at 6:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love that Rex Lee's inclusion in the opening credits is a superimposition on the "Roxi" club. Cute, to say the least, and much better than Perry Reeves replacing "Cinerama."

September 10 2008 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Allison Solow

Women are so dissed in this episode that I was offended. Every one of them was a thing to be screwed or, in the case of the receptionist, insulted as a Golden Girl. Entourage used to balance the 'he-man women haters' schtick with smart women like Carla Guguino and Debi Mazar. This episode lacked balance...

And was anyone else pissed at Vince's hedonism? If he's such a great actor, he could have gone back to NYC and done play on Broadway and proved his worth. Laying on a beach and waiting for a great role is egoism to the nth degree!

One last thought, the DVD porno in the car was disgusting. Are all men so base or just the Entourage men? (I know, it's just a comedy, but really...)

September 09 2008 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Allison Solow's comment

Turtle watching a porno in a car? And you act surprised?????

I think you need to take a chill pill. It was one episode without a strong female (unless you count the one that told Drama to chill out)

September 10 2008 at 9:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe my tastes have changed but I really didn't find it that funny. Ari had a few good moments but that was about it.

September 09 2008 at 12:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not sure I'm up for any of those 3 poll answers. But I agree with one of the other commenters that the whole "High Tide" thing will probably become an issue.

September 08 2008 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe stalin

So this is what that lazy a$$ Silverman is doing with his time. Better enjoy it while you can pal. NBC has been very generous in not kicking your useless carcus to the curb. So far ...

September 08 2008 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hey guys,

check out this great charity auction that the cast of Entourage is supporting!


September 08 2008 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Vince won't be cast in Danger beach but they will steal his new title of High Tide thus creating a big problem for our guys.

September 08 2008 at 12:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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