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'Entourage' recap: Intervention time

Well, it's all hit the fan in “Lose Yourself,” the last episode of “Entourage’s” penultimate season. And after that Nick Cassavetes stunt gone wrong, the dating of the porn star and all that smack and blow that had been snorted and passed around throughout these last 10 episodes, Vinnie Chase finally admitted that he was out of control and we finally saw him flushed down the drain like that baggie of cocaine (“We can sell that, bro!”). No congratulatory slaps on the back and camaraderie here. More like kicks to the ribs, a bloodied face and a possible arrest for possession.

And I don’t know about you, but after all the bull that the movie star had doled out this season, wresting away from being controlled while trying to control his girlfriend, it was quite satisfying to see Vince get told off by Minka Kelly and got the stuffing beaten out of him at Eminem’s party (including a nice hook to the kisser delivered by Marshall Mathers himself, no less).

Though loyal big brother (and avid “Intervention” fan) Drama was trying to stop things from coming to this end (God bless him). After Vince went missing post-restaurant tryst with Sasha, the new star of “Johnny’s Bananas” gathered the crew to Vince’s house to see if they couldn’t get this petulant coke sniffing, outburst having, Red Bull-swigging actor back on the righteous path (the best was when Billy Walsh pulled up in his ratty minivan). Of course, it didn’t work, as Vince was still angry and throwing punches at the world for not letting him have his way.

Because Sasha’s still doing the porn movie, you see. A strung-out Vince showed up at the movie set  only to see his girl dressed up in shiny black patent as a sexy superhero prophylactic and surrounded by her own, um, entourage. Movie star Vince threw a conniption after having a weird meta-fight with a shorter, pornier version of himself (porn star Vince, Sasha's ex-fiance) and he and Sasha called it quits.

Of course, it’s not uncommon for people to turn to retail therapy after a break-up, buying a nice T-shirt or some lip gloss to help feel better about themselves. Not Vince. He decided to put his ducats into a Rolls-Royce. “I got myself a present,” he pouted to his intervening pals, “for not having to answer to you.” 

Vince’s pricey purchase did nothing for his washed out, sullen expression. Nor did Ari’s earnest yet misguided attempt to throw a surprise 40th birthday bash for his wife. Mrs. Ari was still stinging from the embarrassment of hearing Ari sling that nasty rant to Amanda Daniels at Wolfgang’s, which was only compounded by the humiliation of Vince not showing up at her son’s baseball game the nest day as promised. Her overprotective and highly shrill sister Marcie (Illeana Douglas) was not helping to assuage the situation.

717639_Ent_710_7_6_CB_7031 Knowing full well that he was in the doghouse, Ari went for the tactic that worked so well for him in the past: throwing money at the problem to make it go away. Righteous Marcie had a price (getting out of debt), and Ari was certain his wife did as well. But after Marcie told Mrs. Ari of the surprise, Mrs. Ari pulled a Vince and was a no-show — John Cleese, a roomful of friends, and Christina Aguilera be damned. “This is a sign of love; this isn’t an ambush,” Ari insisted. But what started out as the opening chords to “Beautiful” quickly segued to a rueful, lonely (though terrific-sounding) “You Lost Me,” Mrs. Ari seated on a solitary bar stool announcing that she’s taking the kids and getting some distance from her hot-headed and absentee husband, and Ari left holding the phone and wondering where it all went wrong.

What else? Turtle’s sent scrambling after high-profile sports star/investors like Ryan Howard and Drew Brees after Carlos breaks down about having to sell Avion. Couldn’t figure out for the life of me why Turtle should care about Carlos. But then I was reminded that he was Alex’s family friend (yawn). Mark Cuban, who was very Gordon Gecko (“Wall Street” alert!) at the beginning of the episode ended up like the Tin Man with a heart at its end, relenting and agreeing to invest $5 million to build Carlos’ tequila factory. And while it’s been fun to see Cuban and Bob Odenkirk these last couple of episodes, methinks the sooner we can let this dragging Avion storyline fly the coop, the better.

And out of nowhere, Sloan’s dad and ruthless agent Terrance (Malcolm McDowell) asked to have dinner with E, told him he’s a slacker and wanted him to sign a pre-nup. To be filed under “Random,” “Season 8 Bumps on the Road to Sloan and E’s Wedding” and “Effective Way to get E to side with Scotty in taking over Murray’s Business.” Though if E’s war with Murray and Terrance will ensure that Scott Caan will be retuning next season, then by all means, game on.

What did you think of the Season 7 finale? Did you like this dark and stormy “Entourage” turn, or do you like your summer comedies with more light and fizz? Will Vince have to do time for the coke in his pocket? Are Ari and his wife doomed? Will Sloan and E make it to the altar? Which had more stars: this past season, or Drama’s glittery, out-of-this-world pyramid shirt?

— Allyssa Lee


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As much as I like to smile at my Entourage episodes, this episode was pretty intense, which was a nice change after a couple of weeks that felt lackluster. While I'm not a fan of the whole "Vince off the deep end" concept, it's nice to be looking forward to next season, rather than simply wanting to make it to the end, which is how the show has felt to me starting with season 4.

long and painful season done and gone. enjoyed turtle's season and storyline but the vince/sasha saga was overplayed and drug filled. hoping the scott character isn't reintroduced either, although with him going to hawaii 5-0 it shouldn't. too much "drama" and a season in the waste IMHO

Worst. Episode. Ever.

Vince didn't go nuts when Mandy Moore left, and now we are suppose to believe he gets that upset when Sasha Grey bangs a bunch of dudes? It's her job. He knew that going in. (That's not a dig at Sasha -- I think she acted well in the episodes she was in, her character was fun -- I just don't see anyone being so blindsided by her character's behavior they spiral into a drug binge).

Totally surprised by the eminem party..didn't expect that, but I guess it makes sense.. Great finale

The show was amazing and will always be. Sasha must go and Avion tequila must stay. Me and my friends all love that arc and don't know why you don't. We can't wait till next year and hope we get couple full hour episodes in the last season.

This has been the best season of Entourage in years. Seasons 5 and 6 were so terrible that I had almost given up on this show completely - this coming from someone who bought every DVD on the day they hit shelves.

What fun would it be if Ari still gets to be Ari, Vince still gets to be Vince, and everyone lives in an even bigger house with hotter girls and cooler cars? Nothing lasts forever. Ari said it to E early in the series: "This town is littered with the careers of once-upon-a-time movie stars. Don't let your boy be a cautionary tale."

I'm reaching for a bit more Wire than SATC here, which is probably not the way it will go down, but I'd love to see Vince's career ruined and the guys forced to live off Drama's success and Turtle's tequila money. (But mainly Johnny's Bananas.) It'd make a nice full circle, and in my opinion, the only proper way to conclude this show.

My money says Ari relinquishes control of the agency and gives it all up for his wife and family. He's said on and on throughout the show that they are the most important thing in his life, and he'll have to prove it next season. Giving up the agency could certainly mean interesting business moves for Eric and Scott, too. And I sincerely hope Turtle finally makes it. He's played the lovable loser for 7 seasons now, and in the end, I think it'd be only right if he and Drama came out on top.

Most realistic episode ever!! I agree 100% with mikey, what fun is it to just watch predictable hollywood fun, this season completely brought movie star lifestyle to reality. As well as the 24 hour working millionaire with a family lacking attention to reality. These are things I always wondered why didn't happen on this show and it has. I'm sure Vince will bounce back, he has too and has well as Ari. Every character is at the crossroads in their lives and careers, some maturing inevitable...

Greatest episode in the history of Entourage...the season to be has been lacking expect for two great episodes (episode 9 being one of them), but this made it all worth it. Everything spiraling out of control at once is perfect. Season 5 was so bland and depressing, but Doug Ellin did it right with Season 7. I don't want a storybook ending...at least not yet. Season 8 needs to keep it up, because if it turns out to be like the finale of Season 5, when everything was all rainbows and lollipops instantly, I will forever hate the show.

Best to put this show out of its misery. It loses too much when it veers away from the business. Prior episodes had more zip, but they've lost a lot of the funny edge and replaced it with pathetic melodrama. Ironically, the one named Drama, who has the least real Drama, is the most engaging. Maybe he needs a show of his own, with out the bananas.

I wish the show would stop trying to see how many celebrity cameos the can cram into each episode. They went from a really great surprise cameo from Scarlett Johansson on the final episode of season 1 to wall to wall cameos for the final episode of season 7.

Some scenes in the episode seemed like they were written just to add some more celebrity cameos - like Turttle calling possible investors, Aris birthday party for his wife, and Emimens party that Vince crashes.

Next season's prediction:

Lloyd, E and Scott join forces with Carl Ichan to gain control of Lionsgate. They immediately green light a 3-picture Rambo prequel casting Mark Cuban as the lead.

Drama becomes the new Vince when his cartoon takes off with a green lit 3-D movie deal from Fox directed by James Cameron.

Vince joins Scientology, sobers up and gets the villain role in Mission: Impossible IV

Ari gets dumped by Mrs. Ari and he marries Dana Gordon who places him as Head of Standards and Practices at The Disney Channel.

Turtle joins the Arizona Minutemen as retribution for Carlos' scuttling

Can someone please explain me why Ari's wife left him. He clearly loves his wife and treats her with respect. Also, he has always clearly been Ari so while she may have been embarrassed that the world knows he is an butt hole when he is mad that is no reason to leave him. Also his wife is partly to blame for Ari's work breakdown. He did not promote Lizzie because his wife was mad at her, then she took his phone so he could not work. She handicapped him.

Vince is way annoying so happy he got the crap beat out of him. I was disappointed in the whole season.

I can't help but hope Vince goes the way of River Phoenix and Heath Ledger. Who among you all, living here in LA, are not sick of these irritating rich, spoiled movie stars. If they want to wreck their lives, then please, put us all out of our miseries and O.D. That would be a fitting and realistic take on things. And then just watch the rest of them cope and each become amazing in their own right, without Vince. Although, I have to say, I find the idea of Vince becoming a Scientologist amusing as well. I'm surprised there hasn't been a bigger portrayal of that on this show, but then I guess the writers are too afraid. This is Hollywood after all.

what a boring and incoherent episode, what a disappointmet! And what is this with the cameos? They were just adding scenes to put as many cameos as possible, what is this? From being a pleasant surpriose each time it has become annoying.
What was that with John Cleese, our favorite Monty Python? The dialogues between himself and Ari had no chemistry at all, awful!
We hated the finale, my favorite character of the season was Johny Drama-again!- and my less favorite Turtle:what an impossible story that of Carlos' tequila and his incapable of acting (compared to her Sasha should be an Oscar nominee) gorgeous girlfriend!Let's hope season's 8 opening episode will compensate for this nonsense

Not crazy about the episode or this season. I still like the show and the characters, though. Since I watched it the day after (DVR-ed while watching Mad Men realtime), I couldn't help thinking Vince should try some introspective Don Draper budweiser-diary-swimming-therapy.

Very disappointed with the entire season. I don't know why they took the low road instead of the high road. Why was
Vinnie interested in a porn star and coke? Why take over the agency? Why the interest in liquor? I hope they improve next year. Also, why the anal sex? The writers really had their minds on the wrong subjects.

What happened to this show? HORRIBLE FINALE.

I did have a brief moment of joy. Listening to a heartfelt/corny Christian Aguilera song as Ari learned that his wife was leaving took me back to my Dawson Creek days. I had flashes of Dawson’s heart breaking as Joey sailed off with Pacey for the summer. I then realized that I was watching Entourage and there would be no dancing frog with top hat and cane at the shows conclusion. This is HBO, not the WB. What were the writers thinking?

Entourage is amazing. I thought this episode was great, and drama was at his funniest. Not as good as season 6 but still, i loved it. Can't wait for season 8

overall i liked this season. the old format of the characters being themselves and the little problems getting solved eventually was tried. finally there is some real drama that engages us. this is of course if you like this new format. if you like the party/hollywood fun storylines, im sure you hated this season. but i thought it was a welcomed change and kept me interested.

with that said, the writers went overboard with Vince. yes, i can see vince getting caught up with coke. but it is cliche the whole "hopped up on coke = complete out of control blowout." yes, people do get paranoid and tend to have anxiety take over, but vince going nuts made me think, "well i guess he had to go crazy. he did a lot coke." i remember reading about robin williams and what he said about coke. "people think i did coke and went out control. when i did coke i didnt talk and minded my own business." what im trying to say is that vince's character the whole series was a laid back guy. i dont see him flipping out. not to the point of the outrageousness of the eminem party. he would seem to me to be the happy addict...running to vegas and partying hard and laughing it off. abrasive, obnoxious, and talking trash to eminem seems out of character

turtle's story needs to end. he's doing that carlos guy way too many favors for nothing. at this point, carlos should be kissing turtle ass. instead he's mad turtle did his job too well, which i thought was to get the name out there. just dumb.

terrance demands e sign a prenup. who cares? i dont. e hurting for a lost friend outweighing a lost client is drama enough.

drama is great. scott caan is brilliant.

ari and his wife doesnt make sense. she would not leave him. it looks like ari treats her well. him being an ass to everyone else doesnt usually equal losing your wife. i would much rather have some inter-agency office drama.

in all, good season but not without hiccups and standard entourage fare

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