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'Entourage': All the right moves

August 16, 2009 | 11:00 pm

690444_ENT_606_5_11_CB_0635 Well, that’s more like it. After last week's messy cream puff of an episode, here's something we can finally sink our teeth into.

First things first: Could this be the end of E and Ashley? (If there is any good left in the world, please let it be so.) Some of you mentioned that you could understand E’s oddly hostile behavior towards Sloan, and I can understand why he would be pissed when he found out she, of all people, was the one behind his new job offer with Murray Berenson. But E treated Ashley the same way Sloan was treating him. Sure, Ashley was whiny, annoying and desperately could have used a sandwich, but at least she never beat around the bush or was anything other than obvious with her feelings, which is a lot more than can be said about E (or Sloan). And after the waifish yogic youngster had found out that E had lied to her once again, at least she was bold enough to come right out and demand that he tell her the truth (well, after refusing to take his calls and reaming him). Which he did, but only after a long bout of sniveling and “let me explains” — not to mention one very painfully drawn out version of her name outside her window (“Ash-e-ley”). But finally, finally, after 23 minutes and five long episodes, he admitted to Ashley what his boys and everyone else in the free world had already known: He still had feelings for Sloan. And Ashley promptly ended it (yay!). Thanks, Ashley, for offering E some sound job advice and forcing him to be honest about his feelings. Now don’t let the door hit your itty-bitty frame on the way out.

So now that E’s put that messiness behind him (fingers crossed that it will last), he can move forward.

His new job with Murray Berenson seems promising. Murray’s like the anti-Ari: calm and nurturing with warm, hushed tones, and any scenes with George Segal are most welcome. (Plus, it’ll give us the opportunity to see more cameos, a la NBA star/relationship therapist Steve Nash.) It’ll be interesting to see how E will do at this new gig and to manage and develop a more structured life outside of Vince.

As of now, Vince doesn’t have much of a life and is tagging along with whomever he can. In this episode, it was with Turtle. Our one-named wingman, buttoned up and hatless for a change, looked like he was cruising the undergrad circuit rather than UCLA Extension (and was that the UCLA campus? Didn’t look like it to me), and Vince took that opportunity to use Turtle’s campus pass to “mingle” with the co-eds. Which he did. In a dorm room. With a video camera. Does anyone else smell sex tape scandal?

690444_ENT_606_5_8_CB_0064 Turtle’s classes helped him keep his mind off the otherwise indelible image of Drama sucking face with Jamie-Lynn. “That was the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Turtle spat in disgust. Still, it allowed for some hilariously juvenile antics from Drama. “Ew! It was like you just kissed me,” Drama teased when Turtle bussed his girl post-shoot. “Ew! You just kissed me again!” It also gave a showcase to Drama's insecurity. “How was that one? Better?” he asked of his make-out skills. To which Jamie-Lynn matter-of-factly responded, “Your tongue’s kind of strong.”

I quite enjoyed Matt Letscher as smarmy starlet-banging suit Dan Cookley. “So Dan, you still seeing that chick from ‘Lost’?” Drama protectively inquired after the exec all but undressed Jamie-Lynn with his eyes when asking her to lunch. “I got rid of her before the island did, John,” Dan replied coolly. “I was hitting that cutie on ‘Brothers & Sisters’” (hilarious — Letscher actually played Calista Flockhart’s love interest on the show). “Not Sally Field?” Drama gasped incredulously. Ha!

So Drama, true to his boy Turtle, erred on the protective side. And then went full-on paranoia when Jamie-Lynn didn’t show back to set on time. Drama, baited by some cruel co-workers, flubbed his crucial scene and admitted that he’s having a hard time focusing (“Do you want me to get you some Ritalin?” director Timothy Busfield deadpanned. Double ha!). But Drama couldn’t get the thought of dirty Dan making the moves on Jamie-Lynn out of his mind, and all but dug his own career grave when he interrupted a meeting and pinned the provocative exec to the wall. "I could have you killed,” Dan said. “Yeah, by who?” Drama huffed. “The writers,” Dan replied. Ouch. Could this be the end of Johnny’s “Five Towns” gig? Loved that Drama was a true friend till the end, but roughing up your boss, no matter how much he goaded and provoked and egged him on, probably wasn’t the best career move.

Also not the best career move: Falling in love with a cold and calculating junior agent and leaving your highly emotional wife. It could even get you fired. Spurned spouse Marlo (Jami Gertz) was on the tear in this half-hour, charging into the glass-walled offices of Miller Gold like a banshee and accusing every female in the building of sleeping with her husband (to which one replied “Who’s your husband?”). Andrew was worse off than Ari had feared, blubbering about loving Lizzie even as Lizzie brushed him off like the skeevy man that he is and told him to grow up. Ari, who can’t stand any drama that he himself doesn’t generate, fired them both. And then took it back. “Get it together,” Ari reprimanded Andrew. “For yourself, for your kids, most importantly, for me.” I love Gary Cole, but this sloppy Andrew Klein is getting just a tad bit tired. It’s time to see him get past the marital strife and back to the moving and shaking.

What did you think of this episode? Better than the last? Will this be the end of Johnny Drama, TV star? Or the last we’ll see of Ash-e-ley?

— Allyssa Lee

Photo credit: Claudette Barius/HBO (2)