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Entourage – Wouldn’t it be weird if your music was the soundtrack to your party?

Is anyone else starting to get the impression that Turtle’s plot line is the result of the producers wondering what story they could shoehorn the most famous faces into?

Vince’s immortal words to Eric — “My best friend I can’t fire. But my manager….” Eric supporting Vince’s decision to drop out of “Aquaman” even as he disagreed with him. Vince agreeing to have Billy Walsh direct “Medellin.” The Cannes debacle. The Queens street scene where Eric and Vince parted ways. The Matt Damon/LeBron James airport ambush. These are some of the indelible moments I’m left with from season finale’s past of Entourage. And if I had to add one from last night, it would be Eminem beating Vince silly at a party.

But while my list includes moments I keep with me, for the most part I enjoyed the seasons, episodes, and arcs that preceded them as well. This time? Not so much.

Vince’s spiral continued, and after his romp with Sasha last time in a restaurant bathroom he never made it home. Which left Drama and the boys worried, and Ari’s son out of a celebrity to throw out the opening pitch at his little league game (what?).

Of course Vince was actually around, and he popped up at the photo shoot for the cover of Sasha’s new movie box (funny how that happens first with straight-to-video porn). The inevitable fight and breakup aside, how was Vince pacing back and forth without being noticed? A coked-out movie star on the set of a porno would be something to call the paparazzi about, no?

Vince’s intervention would have been funny if it wasn’t so pathetic. The best disaster of an intervention I’ve ever seen was when Christopher’s (The Sopranos) left him with a hairline fracture. At least I laughed some at that one.

But it was really just the fisticuffs with Marshall Mathers that was worth tuning in for in Vince’s tale. I have no idea who Minka Kelly is, but I do understand how inappropriate Vince was acting toward her. And after Drama mentioned Jordan Farmar and Kevin Love being the “only reasons” he didn’t get into the fight more, I checked back to see if I could spot them. I saw Love (weird that he was used in this context after actually appearing on the show before), but I couldn’t make out Farmar.

Eric had a right to be pissed about Sloan’s father Terrance (Malcolm McDowell) taking him to dinner to discuss a pre-nup, but was he really so surprised about it? Aside from what we (and he) know about Terrance already, I would imagine it’s a pretty typical thing given Sloan’s and Eric’s vastly different stations in life. It just should have come from her. It was a huge mistake for him to let it affect his feelings toward Murray.

Ari’s problems make no sense. Mrs. Ari learned nothing knew about him, yet she’s ready to leave him? And suddenly he’s best friends with John Cleese? I enjoyed Ari’s fake 180 with Mrs. Ari’s sister (Illeana Douglas) and his attempts to buy her off, but that was just all dumb. An okay spot by Christina Aguilera, and I loved Cleese’s girlfriend asking Christina to listen to her demo while she was standing up at the microphone.

Then there was Turtle. Once again he brought most of the best names to the game — the calls to Ryan Howard and Drew Brees (was he doing a photo shoot with a duck?), and the return of Mark Cuban. But it’s dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb. The fact that anyone thinks it logical for Turtle to be chasing down $20 million is absurd. I know he feels responsible — and that he needs to continue paying for the pleasure of Alex’s company — but when you and I are faced with the impossible we can usually recognize it. Do the writers and the actor himself not see it?

I don’t know about you, but as much as I love Entourage this is one season I’m glad to put behind me. The problem is that these stories aren’t going anywhere, as it’s clear where the series is heading for the remainder of its life — Vince in jail and/or rehab, Eric at a crossroads with Sloan, Ari trying to win back the Mrs., Turtle shot dead on the side of the road, and Drama launching his successful animated series … actually, might the grand series arc be about big bro eclipsing little bro in the spotlight?

Whoa. This just got really interesting.

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14 Responses to “Entourage – Wouldn’t it be weird if your music was the soundtrack to your party?”

September 13, 2010 at 11:02 AM

I could get behind Drama coming out on top in the end, with E as his manager. He’s certainly worked harder at it over the years, he just constantly shoots himself in the foot. I liked his and Erics back and forth at the office with Drama working on E’s assistant.

Pretty much agree with you on the rest. This did nothing to change my opinion of Turtles story, though I did enjoy seeing the celebs laughing it off, so maybe they kind of see how ridiculous it is. And Vinces intervention was awkward, in a bad way. Liked the Eminem cameo.

September 13, 2010 at 11:05 AM

And Minka Kelly was on Friday Night Lights, and now dates Derek Jeter, I believe

September 13, 2010 at 9:18 PM

So in the premiere Derek Jeter beats Vince’s head in with a baseball bat?

September 13, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Yeah, just a piss-poor season overall. I coudn’t not like Turtle any more than I do now, though I liked Brees brushing him off when he asked if he was the guy with the baseball cap on backwards. Still, how anyone gives Turtle more than a minute of their time is outlandish to me. The only thing that interests me about him for next (and the last!) season is how the writers make his story believable and/or interesting.

For a season finale, this episode really stunk, especially with only one more season to go.

September 13, 2010 at 7:59 PM

That was for sure the last season for me, and I watched most of the season on fast forward beacuse it was such poor quality, and annoying.

September 13, 2010 at 9:54 PM

The on;y reason I’ll watch next season is because it’ll be its last. That’s it.

September 13, 2010 at 11:20 PM

You can’t drop out now! Final season coming!

September 14, 2010 at 12:42 AM

The only reason I’m keeping HBO is for the upcoming Game of Thrones. Other than that I find it:

Boring -or-

September 14, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Two words — Boardwalk Empire. Steve Buscemi and Martin Scorsese together?

September 14, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Minka Kelly is “Autumn” in the last scene of “500 days of summer” ;-)

September 14, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Are you disappointed in me that that means more to me than the Friday Night Lights role (sorry Stan!) :)

September 15, 2010 at 4:54 AM

No I EXPECTED it because I know you :-)

October 8, 2010 at 1:08 PM

It is truly a shame that this show is ending. One of my favorite shows of all time! HBO programming is the best on TV, with Boardwalk Empire, Eastbound and Down, Entourage and True Blood. All amazing.