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The only six episodes of Entourage you need to watch

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 18th 2008 3:04PM
Kevin Dillon, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, and Jerry Ferrara star in HBO's 'Entourage.'
As one of the few hits that's currently keeping HBO afloat, Entourage is still only a modest success - it's recent fifth season premiere hit a three-year low. Despite the lackluster ratings, HBO still gave the greenlight to a sixth season much earlier than expected... because, well, they don't have much else going on right now.

That being said, I'm a huge fan of the show and have been since it began. Yes, I'm one of the few that actually tuned in for the mostly ignored eight episode freshman season. I honestly don't see HBO pulling the plug without a true series finale at this stage in the series, but weirder things have happened and I want season six to roar back. So if you watch the show, great - glad to know you weren't part of that "three-year low" I mentioned. But if you used to watch Entourage, or never have, then this will be good for ya - the only six episodes you need to watch to know just what the heck is going on in the world of Vincent Chase.

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Prison Break: Scylla/Breaking and Entering (season premiere)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 2nd 2008 12:03AM

Michael (Wentworth Miller, L) and Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies, R) reunite on the two-hour Season Four premiere episode of Prison Break.
(S04E01/S04E02) "Yeah well, a lot of people that believed in me in the last few months Agent Self... not all of them are alive today." - Scofield

I've always loved Prison Break. I still do. We're four seasons deep now and I've fully accepted the fact that this show is constantly reinventing itself and as a result, the level of ridiculousness that you as a viewer need to be willing to eat is absurd. I'm not sure if I laughed louder when T-Bag adopted a cannibalistic lifestyle or Linc called the new guy Roland a douche. Oh right... and Sara is alive. So don't act surprised by the picture. But we knew that anyway. FOX didn't even try to keep that one a secret for us.

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Numb3rs: Hollywood Homicide

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 6th 2007 9:32AM


(S04E02) "Nothing like this at the monastery and you know how I love a good soak." - Larry

I'm one of the biggest critics of this show, so if I've got something positive to say, then you know things must be changing. That's the way it seems though. Everything I hoped for last year seems to be coming into play this season. Charlie's math is playing a much more prominent role. Home life with Alan and Amita is more than just dinner. And the biggest one of all? There's solid character development and it's actually happening at the beginning of the season.

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Entourage: The First Cut is the Deepest

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jun 24th 2007 11:57PM

Billy, Vince, and Eric

(S04E02) "They had an after-party at the hotel. Anthony Michael Hall pissed off the balcony and we got thrown out." - Eric

This show continues to impress me. After last week's stellar "documentary" episode, we returned to the regular format but still maintained this ridiculously entertaining blend of humor and drama that the show has achieved. It was good to begin with and now it's even better. Stories are layered, characters are becoming far more developed, and there's still plenty of room for Turtle to get sorority girls to whip out their boobs. We're only two episodes into the fourth season, but if this keeps up, it's gonna be the best one yet. Much like Vinnie Chase's career, Entourage appears to be hitting its stride.

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Rescue Me: Tuesday

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jun 20th 2007 11:04PM

Denis Leary

(S04E02) "Oh, I'm looking forward to a lot of things. A nice big breakfast, a trip up to Aqueduct, and finally being able to sleep on my stomach again!" - Uncle Teddy

Well for all of you naysayers, get over it. Sheila is alive. Although I have to admit, I'm in the "I wish she were dead" camp too. As it is, we're already getting close to no Jimmy this season and I personally think Sheila would have made a great addition to Tommy's ghost parade. Although, after the brief glimpse of Johnny under the couch covers, it looks like he might be joining the ranks. Tommy's hallucinations aside, what a great episode. There is a reason this show gets such great reviews. From "the spank bank" to Cousin Eddie and his support of Tommy's "ineffective" penis to Lou trying to promote racial harmony, you can't miss a second of this show.

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The OC: The Gringos

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 8th 2006 10:04PM

Summer and Taylor(S04E02) After last week's outstanding season premiere, I had very high hopes for this episode. With last season still fresh in my mind, The OC did something I'm not entirely used to -- it delivered.

Picking up right where we left off, Ryan is dead set on finding Volchok and gutting him. It's all he wants, all he thinks about. It's great to have some serious moral conflict in this show instead of all the "Will Seth pick Anna or Summer" or "Uh oh, Marissa got drunk again" drivel that got fed to us last season. This is the side of Ryan we never fully saw. It's what left him the second he became a part of the Cohen family in the pilot episode. Well, newsflash. Ryan Atwood? Extreme badass.

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Nip/Tuck: Blu Mondae

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 13th 2006 7:09AM

Kelly Carlson and John Hensley

(S04E02) I'm liking this season so far, but it feels different than seasons past. Plot points are layering themselves very deliberately and it seems like things are really setting up for some explosive episodes later in the season rather than one blow-out after another as we've seen in the past. It feels much more intricate. In last week's premiere, I was quick to chide Ryan Murphy and Co. for neglecting to mention the events of season three, but now that I've thought about it some more, it only seems right that Nip/Tuck attempts to reinvent itself at this stage in the game.

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