Is ‘Entourage’ having another down season, or am I just burned out on the show? I’m honestly not sure that I can objectively tell. When I look at any individual episode, I can’t necessarily pick out much specific that I think is done badly. Most episodes still have a funny moment or two. And yet, there’s just no fire there anymore. The show feels like it’s treading water creatively, and has outlived its usefulness. This week’s episode, ‘Dramedy’, doesn’t do much to rectify that.
In the primary storyline this week, Eric is now officially Drama’s manager and tries to line him up with a good project. Since they haven’t found any scripts that they like, Eric decides that they need to develop a show specifically for him. For this, he brings in a writer (played by Jeff Garlin from ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’) who pitches them on the idea of Drama starring in a sitcom set in Hawaii. Johnny doesn’t think he’s a comedic actor (hence his nickname), and so it falls on everyone else to convince him that he’s actually funny even if he doesn’t realize it.
His friend at the network (William Fichtner) can believe it, and lines up a meeting to talk to John Stamos about co-starring. Drama is concerned about this, because he’s not sure whether Stamos can sell a character who’s supposed to be better looking than Johnny is. Perhaps he is a funny guy after all…
It turns out that Turtle’s limo business isn’t doing as well as we’d been led to believe. He’s deeply in debt and barely treading water. When he asks his drivers to take a pay cut, they walk out. He can probably hire new drivers, but can’t afford any as hot as the ones he had. When he has to meet up with the bimbo who quit on him a couple episodes ago, she feels sorry for him and tries to let him in on some weird business proposition in Mexico. Turtle jumps to the conclusion that it’s drug running, but she claims it’s not. I don’t know what it will turn out to be, but this storyline is boring me senseless. I can’t even be bothered to remember the character’s name.
Ari is on the outs with his wife over the Lizzie situation, and takes this out on Lizzie herself (who is really an innocent bystander this time). When she bucks for a promotion to be head of the TV department, Ari refuses. So Lizzie quits. This leaves Barbara quite pissed that he would let a rising star go like that. However, the situation does manage to patch things up on the homefront when Ari lets his wife believe that he fired Lizzie.
Vince is still in the middle of his pre-mid-life crisis. He buys a motorcycle and continues to hang out with douchebag Scott. Vince tags along with Scott to an auction where he winds up buying a ridiculously expensive dinosaur skull just to impress the hot auctioneer.
While there, Scott introduces him to screenwriter Randall Wallace (‘Braveheart‘, ‘Pearl Harbor‘), who tells him that he’s got a great script that would be perfect for Vince. Later, Vince throws a party at home to celebrate… and mostly just to score with some chicks. He calls Eric to invite him over, and mentions the Randall Wallace meet. Eric rushes over, primarily to confront Scott about horning in on his client. Scott rubs it in his face that, technically, Vince is a client of the firm, not just of Eric. Officially, everyone there reps Vince, and it isn’t his fault that he’s doing a better job managing Vince’s career than Eric is. This really pisses Eric off, who picks a fight right there in the middle of the party. In the ensuing scuffle, that expensive dinosaur skull crashes to the floor and shatters. Whoops.
What do I take away from this? Vince is just being a jerk this season. He should know better than to fall for Scott’s bullshit, and this little crisis he’s having just makes him look like even more of a jackass than usual.
But at least his hair looks a little better this episode. That’s got to count for something, I suppose.