Entourage 7.2 – Buzzed

Many people have been clamoring for “Entourage” to switch to an hour-long format for quite some time now, but with how thinly plotted each season tends to be, I’m glad that the only thing HBO has changed is reducing this season’s order from 12 to ten episodes. And it appears to be already working, as tonight was jam-packed with so much story that the chance of those pesky filler episodes popping up this season is unlikely.

Vince was also at the forefront yet again, as his newfound addiction to thrill-seeking continues to get him into trouble. I don’t think cutting his hair was a really big problem (if Cassavetes wants to do reshoots, he can always use a wig), but Vince certainly isn’t doing himself or his career any favors by acting out like that. It’s good to see him finally having some fun, even if it’s posing for pictures while leaving a strip joint or skydiving with a bottom feeding agent like Scotty Lavin, but that doesn’t mean he can act like an asshole either. While doing an interview for Access Hollywood, Vince says that his new film with Cassavetes would “probably end up sucking,” and while he may get a thrill out of making a joke like that, it’s also pretty damn rude and unprofessional. And if he was trying to be funny, then he should have at least told Maria Menounos that he was just joking around, because now Shauna, Ari and Eric are forced to run around town trying to fan the flames while Vince leaves a path of destruction behind him.

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And it’s not as if Ari has the time to deal with such childish behavior. After all, he’s finally done the impossible: get a meeting with the NFL. Granted, it’s only Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and a handful of others that take the meeting, but he definitely left a lasting impression, thanks in part to Lizzie, who helped break the ice after begging Ari to sit in. Nevertheless, Jones informs Ari that they won’t be needing his services to negotiate the TV rights, but does invite him to the upcoming owner’s meeting with an eye to bring an NFL team to Los Angeles. Ari loves the idea (although the L.A. Gold sounds more like a WNBA team), and expresses his excitement by dancing with Lizzie around his office… just as Mrs. Ari walks in.

When she learns that Lizzie is the same girl responsible for breaking up Andrew and Marlo’s marriage, she isn’t exactly pleased, but I’m a little surprised that she would think Ari would cheat on her. The guy’s been nothing but the perfect husband considering the amount of hot ass he interacts with on a daily basis, even if he isn’t always around to go shopping for chandeliers. On the other hand, I have a bad feeling that Lizzie has ulterior motives to hanging around Ari, as she’s the kind of cutthroat career woman who only has one thing on her mind. Also, I found it a little odd that the news of Andrew’s exit from the agency was relegated to a throwaway comment that I honestly didn’t even hear the first time around. You’d think a character that played such an important role in the previous season would deserve a proper sending off.

Then again, not even the main characters always get the love they deserve, as evidenced in the other storylines tonight. At least Turtle and Drama are doing something (as opposed to being the comic relief in earlier seasons), but it seems like the writers are taking their good old time developing their stories. For Turtle, his entire subplot revolved around the discovery that his company credit card had been maxed out by a $10,000 charge at Tiffany’s he didn’t approve. He immediately suspects Alex, since she was the only other one with access to his card, and when he confronts her about it, she admits to using it, but only for a birthday gift that Turtle had asked her to pick up for his mom. As it turns out, Tiffany’s accidentally added a zero to the $1,000 charge (though I’m not sure how that could happen if she bought it in-store), and although Turtle apologizes to Alex for the accusation, she doesn’t really seem to care. Why, then, does Turtle continue to chase after her?

Meanwhile, Drama is still sweating the impending deadline of his development deal, and in a plea of desperation, asks Eric to help him by reading through some scripts. But just like everyone else, Eric claims that there’s nothing right for Drama because he’s so unique, and instead suggests that they should build a show around him by hiring someone to pen a pilot script. Drama likes the idea so much that he asks Eric to become his manager, but just when Eric begins to sniff out a few leads (including a meeting with Bob Saget), he’s interrupted by Vince’s announcement that he’s about to jump out of a plane. Between both Chase brothers, Eric clearly has enough on his plate, but I’d still like to see him begin to grow apart from the guys as his career takes off. And as his wedding date grows nearer, I’m sure that’s bound to happen sooner rather than later.

  

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