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Entourage: Amongst Friends

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jul 19th 2009 11:00PM

(L-R): Jeremy Piven, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, and Jerry Ferrara.
(S06E02) "Who would've thought I'd be the only one guaranteed to have sex tonight?!?" - Turtle

I know I've said it before, but one of the things that I've always loved about Entourage is how the writers behind the show seem to have this uncanny knack for re-creating exact conversations that I've had with my friends before. I know I'm not the only one out there who's had a laugh with their buddies trying to figure out how exactly did Seth Rogan get laid in Knocked Up? When Turtle made his final point ("His ugliness is oddly fascinating."), it was like deja-vu for me.

Then they went and killed the moment when Vince got that nudie pic of Sloan's friend. That never happens to me or my friends.

In some ways, that's sort of the message of the show right there:

Movie stars! They're just like you... until a fan sends them a naked picture.

Vince really is living it up with the world premiere of Gatsby right around the corner, and the free porn-o-gram was only the start of it. His career is back on track, he's got women vying to be his red carpet arm accessory (and speaking of his date, was she one of the girls from Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" video?), and the new offers are pouring in. It's good for him, though, because as was made clear in last week's premiere, it looks like Vinny is about to have a lot of alone time in his future.

Beyond that great scene that showcased the Gatsby premiere (again, we still haven't seen the obligatory Entourage "clip" from the movie), not a ton happened here, but there are two major plot developments I wanted to discuss:

  • Eric isn't a wuss anymore -- OK, well he sort of still is, but at least he's doing what he wants... or least what he thinks will irritate Sloan enough that she'll become jealous. That's honestly the only reason I can come up with. Why else would he have gone over to Ashley's? We've established that she's rude, socially awkward, and not nearly as attractive as some of the other woman Eric has been hooking up with. In front of the guys, this makes him look like a go-getter ready for the next piece of ass, but inside? What's his plan here?
  • Andrew is officially the anti-Ari -- Think about it. Andrew is doing everything that Ari could have been doing for years now - if he wanted to. But that's not Ari. For all the sex talk and innuendo that spews from Ari's mouth, we know he's never been unfaithful to Mrs. Ari. Not even with Dana Gordon - again, remember that was all talk. However, Andrew acts on all those impulses and Ari is right - I'm waiting for the moment when Lizzie (Autumn Reeser) turns the tables on him. She ain't in this for just the sex.

Overall, this ep felt a lot more put together than the premiere. I loved the addition of Jami Gertz (Mrs. Ari and Marlo together was funny stuff) and Turtle (er... Sal) and Jamie-Lynn's coming out. Plus, Drama's date to the premiere (quiet-salesgirl-turned-Hollywood-village-bicycle) was great. "Hi, I'm Kelly." The look on Johnny's face was priceless! But he didn't flinch when she said she had slept with Seth Rogan. My friends and I? We disapprove. Drama, even you can do better than Seth Rogan's sloppy seconds.

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Jimmy

It's been 2 days since the last episode aired. How come there still isn't a review???

July 28 2009 at 10:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jonathan Toomey

Hey Jimmy, yeah, no review this week. I was on vacation (just got back last night) and no one else was available to take it. At this point, it's already Wednesday, so a late review really wouldn't grab enough traffic to justify it. But I'll resume next week.

I just got around to watching this Sunday's ep early this morning though - what'd you think? I thought the whole plot with Turtle trying to advance his career was pretty good...

July 29 2009 at 10:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stringer

this blogger does a nice job offering overarching analysis on where the show is headed: http://www.soapoperasformen.com/2009/07/insight-lost-boys-grow-up.html
just isn't as good as it used to be

July 21 2009 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alicia R.

I love the fact that when it really comes down to it, Ari is all Mrs. Ari. And I love the interaction when he realized that Andrew is a cheater. I mean, Ari loves Andrew... and this is priceless.

July 21 2009 at 11:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shiva

Common..don't you see a double standard ..how can a guy like turtle get Jamie lynn ??

July 20 2009 at 10:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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AkitaMR

I think that's why the conversation was funny coming from him. Because a guy like turtle, who i think is uglier than Seth Rogen, could get Jamie lynn

July 21 2009 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
robert

something about that Ashley girl screams stalker to me. i think E may be in for some trouble as far as she's concerned.

July 20 2009 at 1:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

my biggest beef with the show is that we're supposed to believe that vince is a movie star and drama's a tv star when he we've barely seen any clips from his movies and his show i was hoping that in an episode about the films premiere there would have been a little clip or at least a scene that proved to us vince can actually be in a scorsese flick

July 20 2009 at 4:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alex Farquharson

I loved this episode, much better than the premire... why?... I actually almost sheadith a tear. It's so great to see the boys on top and moving forward with their life. There was only so much 'Mediian' and 'Smokejumpers' that I could handle. If this season is anything like these two episodes. It deserves 'Best Comedy' at emmys next year. . . then again im one of the people that believe 'Battlestar Galactica' is un-arguably the best 'Drama' in the past decade.

July 20 2009 at 1:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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