When Scott Caan’s douchebag talent manager was introduced at the tail end of last season, I assumed he would serve as a fun little nemesis for Eric as he tried to rise through the ranks at the new company. I didn’t imagine that he would have any chance of stealing Vince away from Eric as a client, however, and yet that’s exactly what appears to be happening. Granted, Vince shouldn’t feel compelled into keeping Eric as his manager just because they’re friends, but to get rid of him just because he doesn’t want to jump out of airplanes and party with a houseful of half-naked chicks is a bit juvenile. Then again, no one ever accused Vince of being mature, and his most recent behavior is proof of that.
The more time he spends with Scotty Lavin, the douchier he becomes – from impulse buying a Harley-Davidson, to bidding on (and winning) a dinosaur skull at auction for hundreds of thousands of dollars just so the female curator will sleep with him. I mean, is that really necessary anymore? I thought he was a big star. Whatever the excuse, Vince clearly doesn’t feel like he’s being treated like he should, and you could just tell that he was a little annoyed when he learned that his chance to work with producer Randall Wallace on an upcoming project may have been squandered because Ari wouldn’t return his calls. It couldn’t possibly be because a movie based on a fictional Stan Lee superhero called Airwalker sounds downright terrible. Oh wait, never mind, that’s exactly why. Fortunately, Eric finally decided that enough was enough and went over to Vince’s house to confront Scotty. Their little pushing contest probably didn’t help his cause, but at least he managed to (accidentally) destroy that stupid dinosaur skull in the process. What a fucking waste of money.
Meanwhile, Ari is still trying to make amends with his wife after she discovered him dancing around his office with Lizzie, and he’s not exactly making any headway. Ari definitely has a bit of dilemma when it comes to the sexy up-and-comer, because while he would love to make his wife happy by firing Lizzie, he knows that she’s too important to let go. So when Lizzie comes to Ari demanding that she be put in charge of the TV department while Andrew’s in rehab, he takes the neutral route by telling her that she’s not ready, hoping she’ll stick around and fight for the position instead of acting like a selfish brat. Instead, Lizzie quits, and Babs is pissed, fearing that they’ve made a huge mistake. And from the look on his face upon hearing the news, Ari doesn’t seem too pleased either – probably because Lizzie has the potential to steal several big clients from the agency if she walks.
Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get into the other guys’ stories this week, but that seems to be a recurring problem so far this season. Though I know that Drama’s search for a new show is going to pay off eventually, it’s taking way too long to get there. They’ve finally found the show in question – a sitcom about two brothers running a hotel in Maui that was specifically written for Drama by an Emmy-winning writer played by Jeff Garlin – but Drama’s not even sure he can do comedy. Eric and Phil tell him that he’s funny when he plays it straight, and though he seems to believe them, he’s still surprised to learn that the studio wants to cast someone better looking (namely, John Stamos) to play his brother. Like they said, funny when he plays it straight. Still, I thought it was great that Sloan knew to be coy when he asked her over the phone whether she thought John Stamos was actually more attractive than him. Her response said one thing, but her face said something completely different.
As for Turtle, well, he’s just not having the best of luck when it comes to women. After Jamie-Lynn broke things off to take a job in New Zealand, it looked like Turtle might bounce back with the launch of his new car service. But the business continues to lose money every month, and when he tries to convince his girls to take a pay cut, they all quit, citing that the only reason they stuck around was because of the flexible schedules. Then, Alex calls about her paycheck bouncing, and when she comes to pick up the cash at Turtle’s office, propositions him with a way to make money through her friend in Mexico. She swears it has nothing to do with drugs, but from the looks of the next week’s preview, it’s something even shadier. I don’t think that Turtle would get himself caught up in something like illegal immigration or human trafficking (“Entourage” just isn’t that dark), but it surely can’t be good if it involves Alex.