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Entourage: Return to Queens Blvd. (season finale)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 24th 2008 8:09AM

(L-R): Kevin Connolly, Michael Phelps
(S05E12) "She's treating me like she usually treats Johnny." - Vince

Things certainly weren't looking good for Vince. But in true Entourage style, something always works out. Despite the fact that this was one of the strongest episodes of the season, I really wish it had ended differently.

Season one ended with Vinny heading off to make Queens Boulevard. Season two? Aquaman. Season 3.1 ended with with Vince canning Ari and 3.2 ended with the boys heading down to Colombia to shoot Medellin. Then season four ended with the mess at Cannes. So in my mind, to even things out, we were due for another disaster ending for Vince and instead we arguably got his best outcome yet.

He's in Martin Scorsese's next pic - a re-imagining of The Great Gatsby and Vinny is playing Nick Carraway. Not bad for a guy who's last two efforts ended in a firing and severely bad reviews.

I think I would have preferred the cliffhanger though. Eric stays fired and Vinny stays in Queens - jobless. There was such a big deal made in this episode about Vince going back to basics (auditioning, etc.) and I was really hoping that was what we'd see; Vince having to rebuild himself in season six. Plus, (and I loved when this happened with Anna Faris) I wanted to see Eric in action with other clients. Look how hard he was busting his ass for Charlie in the one week(?) period that he wasn't Vinny's manager. I'd like to see Eric succeed without Vince for once.

Instead, Vinny's career is getting a re-boot and there's honestly no reason to think that Scorsese's next pic is going to tank. Vince's star is going to do nothing but rise in season six. We saw him fail... I guess I just wanted to see him fail a little more.

More thoughts on "Return to Queens Blvd.:"

  • I'm glad that the Jamie-Lynn Sigler story continued. It's about time Turtle had something go his way. I loved when she flat out told Drama they were sleeping together. His face was priceless. However, the highlight was when Turtle's mom listened to her son and Jamie-Lynn having phone sex.
  • I'm not glad that we heard nothing from L.B. and Nick. Eric is still representing them, right? How come they haven't called him wondering why the movie they wrote got shut down?
  • Think we'll see any more of Cara, Vinny's old flame? I would think so since he'll be shooting in NYC.
  • Even though Drama's history with Cousin Ronnie isn't very good, I think buying the bar was a smart choice. Plus it makes sense if you think about it - that was the ultimate clue that Vince would be working again by the end of the episode. Why? Because it's going to be the gang's new hang out and Johnny wouldn't have bought a bar if the writers planned on sending everyone back to LA right away.
  • Despite everything, you do have to hand it to E. His perseverance with Gus Van Sant made the Scorsese pic possible. However, is that really a sign of good management? He had no idea Gus was going to talk with Marty. It was dumb luck!
  • Vince finally showing emotion after Gus said "no thanks" was a great moment. He's been so stoic through all of this and he finally exploded.
  • How pointless was that Michael Phelps cameo?

Now we wait, but I'm honestly not all that excited right. We know what it's like to see Vince on top and if my prediction is right, and his star does continue to rise, then there's only one more logical step - an Oscar. I don't know though... does Vinny strike anyone else as a potential Oscar nominee? We've got until summer '09 to think about it.

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pbak

i see vince flopping and drama getting a chance for a role- replacing vince and dropping behind drama and rama gets noticed and perrhaps wins an oscar- Thats what I wanna see and thats what i know in my heart is going to happen!!!!

January 07 2009 at 9:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve Ivins

Vince is a dick - E told him to fuck off and E should have stuck to his guns. Let's hope Vince keeps failing a lot more!!!!

November 26 2008 at 9:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
frankie2

I thought the Phelps cameo was great BECAUSE it was pointless.

November 25 2008 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jameson Detweiler

Phelps cameo was so short because he cannot act. Watch the Rosetta Stone commercials. I rest my case.

November 25 2008 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
USpace

I think it ended well. Vinnie fell down, and got picked up big time in the last two episodes.
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man out of work
waiting for the phone to ring
- life of an actor
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November 24 2008 at 11:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nino

It's like the writers for Entourage are still on strike.

12 episodes and what happens:

The main part to try and get him on Smoke Jumpers, which then he's fired from on day 2.

We got no Drama/Turtle storylines in this season. Drama only got one storyline IMO when he broke up with his girl, and told The View about it

Turtle's relationship with Jamie-Lynn Sigler is off the charts unreal. Would never happen. Why not try and kickstart his music career again. Might be a complaint from Mr. Ferrara himself, but Turtle is not this cuddly guy... he smokes weed, likes porn and to play videogames, and he would've told the guys he was having sex with a celebrity like her for sure.

Early on in the season (episode 1 or 2?) we got to see Eric was taking on new clients, with Charlie (Bow Wow) but there was never really any time devoted to that story, unless to give Bow Wow a sex scene, and then maybe 30-60secs in this finale.

Drama is on the show, supposedly doing well. Why not let the audience see how well he's doing, let people recognize him, go to some events and things like that.

Nothing really happened in Ari's world either. He rejeced the studio job (how long can he expect Dana to do him favors for getting her that job). I expected to see some action when he got his Gary Cole hired (can't remember character name). Never got to see any real Hollywood clients like in early seasons (unless I'm forgetting)

Of course it's mainly about Vince, but this season I think was too focused on Vince, so much that they forgot the other characters.

The appearance of Dom was also ridiculous.

All in all, a very disappointing season.

November 24 2008 at 9:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sy

I agree with Toby. They should let Michael Phelps bump into Vince and ask Aquaman for an autograph.

November 24 2008 at 7:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Grip

So 12 shows is a season? What garbage!! I was pi**ed. So we wait more than a year and then three months the show is out? Geez I hope no one hurt themselves making 12 whole shows in a row. How about a season actually heing a season - like 23 episodes? is that too much to ask? 13 maybe alright if they're hour-long (like the Sopranos) It's not like they're all so busy in their "off-season" they couldn't do more shows. And what - so things will be filmed in NY awhile while Jeremy Piven is on Broadway? Convenient.
This is the kind fo crap that makes me go from loving a show to hating it. And it's not devoted fans like us who keep a show on - its the rest who are never going to write into this blog - they're jsut going to stop watching teh show. To Doug et al - more shows - a "season" should last longer than 3 months!!

November 24 2008 at 6:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Benjh

Pip has a point, I didn't think about it. It does look like last-minutes adds to make the show end on a nice note. but since it was green-lighted for another 2 seasons, I guess that's not it.

Anyway, I thought the last 3 episodes were horrible. The entire build-up towards the cancelation of smoke jumpers could have been done in one episode (if not one half). For 3 episodes, we had nothing on turtle and drama. very, very boring stuff.

then finally, today was great, but I have to agree with the reviewer, bad, illogical ending.
Should E and Vince make up? Sure. But in no universe would they be back together as manager/client. That's just common sense. Was E lucky? Sure, but this is how hollywood works. You never know what's gonna happen (although it ususally doesn't happen so fast. In one day's time!).

Anyway, I would also have loved for Vince to be down a little longer. This is ridiculous, a Scorsese movie just like that?
Characters are supposed to work on their problems, figuring solutions through adversity and tough time. Not have a random bit of luck!
E and vince are supposed to get their friendship back, by realizing you don't mix business and pleasure, or that their friendship means more to them than any work. Not because lady luck struck them, and, oh well, since everything is good again, let's be friend again!

November 24 2008 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jon

PiP,

Entourage has already been renewed for next season and I believe production has already been started.

No worries.

November 24 2008 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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