TV Recap: ‘Entourage’

Well, two episodes into season five, Vince’s (Adrian Grenier) career has pretty much hit its lowest point; he’s worse off now than when he was doing those Mentos commercials!

I mean, it’s pretty safe to assume he’ll ascend once again in the coming episodes, but Vinnie’s currently in “movie jail,” as Ari (Jeremy Piven) puts it–and frankly, it’s nice to see Entourage’s impervious golden boy step aside, however briefly, and make room for others to shine.

And with the way this season is going so far, it seems like Eric’s (Kevin Connolly) career, not Vince’s, might be the one Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) should latch onto.

Eric appears to be on the cusp of signing the two screenwriters (guest stars Lukas Haas and Giovanni Ribisi, who are superb and will be back) behind the script that is of great interest to him and Vince and of zero interest to Ari.

This would bring E’s client roster up to four and certainly help boost the legitimacy of his talent-management co. But I digress to speculate about future episodes.

This one was mostly about Vince stuck in the unfamiliar territory of not getting what he wants–be it the onetime virginal singer Justine Chapin (Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester), who naturally winds up with Vince by episode’s end, or the movie role.

Ari breaks the latter news to Vince in a rare moment of sheer honesty, telling him that Medellin was awful and he was awful in it and that essentially there’s not yet a reason to believe that he can act. Ouch.

And just when you thought your hatred for Ari had peaked, he redeems himself with a human side!

But Vince, even more uncharacteristically, tells Ari that he’s ready to play “the game” and sell himself to skeptical studios and producers–whatever it takes. Good for him, but he’s got some serious selling to do.

Things are actually worse for Drama (Kevin Dillon), who after a fit of paranoia-dialing his French girlfriend Jacqueline to see if she’s out cheating on him, is promptly dumped. Ouch again–just one big ouch for the Chase brothers in this one!

Cameo-wise, Entourage exec producer/chief inspiration Mark Wahlberg had a solid two-minuter, while Tony Bennett probably should’ve stuck to singing in his scene.