Entourage: Give a Little Bit (season finale)
(S06E12) "Sorry - he Jason Bourne'd me." - Drama
Huh?!? Was that really an Entourage season finale? It was so... good. It was as if every conversation I've ever had with my buddies after another season of Entourage and all of the "man, I really wish they had done this or included that" requests were jammed into this episode. Maybe Entourage should have double-length installments more often.Anything to ensure that Ari always walks around with a paintball gun.
Seriously, though - if you consider how up and down this sixth season was (and the fourth and the fifth), it's incredible that it somehow culminated like this. Despite the fact that Entourage has been renewed for a seventh season, in many ways, this could have served as a series finale.
So let's break it down:
This entire season Vince hasn't had much to do. After the success of Scorsese's Gatsby, life has been easier and Vince spent most of season six either having sex or trying on Enzo Ferrari costumes for his next picture, directed by Frank Darabont. In typical Entourage fashion, this episode culminated with Vince leaving to shoot his next film but I liked how his departure got a little complicated with Matt Damon's incessant whining.
In an attempt to drum up some cash for his charity OneXOne, Damon, along with the help of Bono and LeBron James, wouldn't lay off Vince until he made a hefty donation to help feed hungry children. A noble cause, but man - Matt Damon can be a real jerk (in the world of Entourage anyway).
If you stuck around after the credits, there was one more scene with Damon calling Vince, demanding money. Very funny to watch, but he made a comment that an Oscar winning actor shouldn't have to call someone like Vince to ask for money for charity. Subtext anyone? An Oscar winning actor shouldn't have to appear on an HBO dramedy to get the word out about a charitable organization, but that's the country we live in. In case you missed it, here's the promo that Damon made Vince shoot in the airplane hangar before he left for Italy (this wasn't included in the episode):
Easily the most satisfying plot that ran the entire season, this is definitely not how I saw things ending for Turtle. Taking off for New Zealand only to have Jamie-Lynn call and tell him that despite her love for him, she called it off because she was weak, worried the show might be successful, didn't want to do long distance, concerned she might want someone else, and on and on. It was heartbreaking and for a brief moment I thought Turtle was going to break down and cry into the arms of the extremely fat passenger sitting next to him.
As depressing as it was, it's full circle for Turtle at this point. He's back to where he started, but thanks to Jamie-Lynn's nudging, he's in school and his future is brighter. Season seven could be the season of Turtle.
Well that was a long time coming. How many times have we all just sat there, yelling at Eric and Sloan - get married already!! I have to say, considering how random and unexpected Eric's proposal was, I'm surprised Sloan said yes and here's why: for this to work plot-wise, Eric has to screw up now. She has to know this too. It's all happy and fresh and new now, but a married guy hanging out with Vincent Chase is going to create some serious couples issues. Then again, I could be way off there. God... what if they get pregnant now? Lloyd is totally going to end up babysitting.
Again, long time coming. Is John Chase a great actor? Hell no. But if anyone else in Hollywood can get a star vehicle on TV, then why not Drama? It's about time a network head decided to take a chance on him. Here's the problem - if Drama is locked in with a holding agreement, then he's committed to shooting pilots for whatever they throw at him. This has the potential to be a nightmare all over again for Johnny. If he's sick of rejections, how's he going to feel after he shoots three or four pilots and none of them get a greenlight?
Brilliant. I already said it, but Ari should always carry a paintball gun. From his incredible speech to Mrs. Ari at the therapist to his own personal softening at the hands of Terrence's overdue apology, this was a brand new Ari. Giving Lloyd a legit agent job ("Congrats, You're Finally a Real Asian!") was just the icing on the cake. However, this has a lot of potential to get messy now. Adam Davies could still come back with an agency of his own and somehow rival TMA (good-bye MGA). Lloyd could become bigger than Ari in terms of clientele. Ari's own job, now much larger in scope, could threaten his marriage.
So there's some food for thought, but consider this too - there's been plenty of buzz that season seven could be Entourage's last. If it is, talk about a great run. This finale set up a lot though. Anyone else got predictions?