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Entourage: One Car, Two Car, Red Car, Blue Car - Review

I have one thing to tell all the naysayers out there that say Entourage has lost it's edge or is not funny anymore, you are so wrong! Tonight's episode called "One Car, Two Car, Red Car, Blue Car" proves that the writing is as strong and funny as ever and that like it or not the boys are growing up. Get used to it.

This episode had all the earmarks of what the show is about, fast cars, fast women and fast talking. Even though the episode was centered around Turtle's life, the rise and fall of the Eric Murphy Group is just as prominent. The episode also features the classic return of form of Ari Gold in super agent mode. We missed you!

On to the recap and review . . .

It's Turtles 30th birthday and now more than ever he feels like a kept man. He's going through a serious mid-life crisis and a phone call from his mother makes it worse. She gives him some serious grief over his sneaker appearance on the red carpet with Jamie-Lynn and yells at him for not being in control of his life. So what happens? Vince buys him a $240k Ferrari California and Jamie-Lynn buys him a Porsche Boxster. Even E buys him a Rolex watch which makes him feel even more like a loser.

Sensing that Turtle feels depressed about turning 30 with nothing to show for it, Vince takes him and the guys Ferrari racing at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana each with their own Ferrari. To rub salt in the wound Vince wins the race and Turtle comes in last which is odd for the only guy to make his living from driving. Hmmm. When Vince gives him the Ferrari as a present you can see the pain on his face. He doesn't want another Vince handout but accepts it anyway (who wouldn't?).

E on the other hand is having some issues with Ashley (the smokin hot Alexis Dziena) who he slept with and has seemingly made herself at home in his house. E wakes up and finds her watching the pilot that his client Charlie (Bow Wow), wrote and stars in for the CW, and she matter-of-factly tells him that she hates Charlie. This sends E off into a tailspin because the pilot is testing that day. Sensitive E doesn't like it when people tell him that they don't like something about him so his first reaction is to get rid of her.

After the Ferrari racing E visits Ari for a "State of the Union" meeting and reveals he's stressing about Charlie's pilot and after some well placed Ari insults (and Vince offers) the network calls with the test screening results. Seems like even though the show tested very well, Charlie didn't and the network decided to fire Charlie from his own show. E asks for Ari's advice but Ari doesn't offer up anything besides sarcasm.

Meanwhile, Turtle is trying to raise money for his limousine service idea called Lim-Ho's (Jamie-Lynn coined the term last year) and hits up his skeezy cousin Ronnie for some cash. Who's he kidding? Ronnie doesn't have any cash as proved by the sh*thole he lives in. Turtle then decides to visit Ari and ask for advice and score some contacts. On his way Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson pulls up next to him and gives him grief about driving "daddy's" car. Ari gives Turtle some major tough love and some serious points to consider and I thought it was funny that he used this conversation as a practice run for his own child. This is the first time in the show's history that there was an extended scene between Turtle and Ari and Jerry Ferrara more than held his own against the bluster of the Pivster.

Speaking of Ari, not only did he give great advice to Turtle he gave some specific ideas to E as well. You see, E is avoiding Charlie because he has no idea what to tell him about the failure of his TV show and calls Ari to ask what he would do. Ari goes on a very funny advice rant and tells E if everything else fails accuse the network of racism. When E goes and sees Amy at the network he does his best Ari impersonation and it's fun to watch because he comes off less like Ari and more like a little New York Irish gangster, circa 1930. Pretty funny stuff! Unfortunately, it doesn't work and he has to go and tell Charlie that that he's been fired. I'm so glad they didn't show us that as there was no more room in this episode for the patented E awkwardness. E calls up Ari after he accuses the network of racism and to my surprise there was an actual human moment between them when Ari says he's proud of him. Finally E gets some Ari respect.

Before E tells Charlie he's been fired he goes home to watch the pilot one more time to try and figure out why the network and the test audiences hate him when he's startled by Ashley who's still at his house. Seems like Ashley has moved in and E clearly feels uncomfortable around her. Gradually she wins him over because of her brutal honesty about why she thinks Charlie sucks. She gives him some insight (among other things) and he begins to respect her. Just like E to fall in love with every girl he sleeps with. This will end badly for him, mark my words.

The episode ends when Vince, Drama and Jamie-Lynn are taking Turtle out to dinner when Turtle drops the bombshell that he's going back to school for business management at UCLA Extension and Drama offers to pay for it. E comes in and tells the gang that he's pulling the show because Charlie was fired. He confides in Vince that he really wanted this show on his own to escape the large shadow of Vincent Chase and that he likes Ashley. Must be all that, umm . . . insight she gave him. E is buying dinner, they have 3 bottles of extremely expensive wine and Jamie-Lynn kisses Turtle to the aptly titled "Can't Keep No Good Boy Down" by The Parlor Mob. What a great song!

Random thoughts . . .

I've read lot's of people criticize Alexis Dziena, calling her "E.T Head" and a stalker, etc. People should realize that she is PLAYING a character and that I think she's smokin hot. She plays the little girl dumbness perfectly but she sorta surprised me in this episode with her acting and she actually has chemistry with Kevin Connolly which is more than I can say for Emmanuelle Chriqui. Once again, I urge you to see her cameo in the Bill Murray flick Broken Flowers and you will agree with me about how hot she is. Enough said.

How true to life was Turtle's depression about turning 30. My mother yelled at me about being depressed on my 30th birthday as well but that's another story . . .

How random and hilarious was it when Drama grabbed E and Vince's hand to pray. E's response was so classic!

What a charmed life Salvatore "Turtle" Assante lives, right? He not only does he have close friends and a very hot girlfriend that loves him but he has everything he could want. Except respect, I suppose. Loved it that Jamie-Lynn bought him that Porsche with a "Turtle" personalized plate.

Speaking of Jamie-Lynn Sigler, when is she going to join the cast as a full time regular? She not only has great chemistry with Jerry Ferrara but she holds her own as one of the guys as well. She fits in so well with them it's kinda scary. She doesn't throw off the balance of the show at all. I'd like to see much more of her. Her reaction when Vince tells her that he already bought Turtle a Ferrari was pure gold. Forget Meadow Soprano, she is now one of the guys of Entourage.

That was a well shot and exciting racing scene at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana but there is no way Vince would've won that race. He can't drive and we all know it!

Jerry Ferrara's acting ability has really improved as I could actually feel the pain and humiliation he was experiencing by thinking he was a kept man. His scene with Jeremy Piven was really well done. You go Jerry!

Lloyd's hazing continues as Ari makes him memorize all the favorite drinks of his clients and the scripts he gets sent. He is also forcing him not to smile and address everyone professionally by their surnames. He doesn't look any thinner though. Nice touch that E's favorite drink is a Kiwi-Strawberry Diet Hansen's and the scene addressing "Mr. Turtle".

Vince is really riding high as there are offers galore like 9 million from Paramount, 10 mil from Fox and 12 mil from Universal. I especially want to see Vince in the Kingdom of Foibles which is described as a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court meets Die Hard. Greenlight this film right now!!

The 50 Cent appearance was one of the best placed and well-timed cameos in a long time. I like when he laughed at Turtle at the end. Too bad Bow Wow's wasn't. Hope that story line is over now. It's run it's course in a big way. The Murphy Group needs another client, pronto!

Super agent Ari Gold was back in top form after a much needed Andrew Klein respite. His "pep" talks to E and Turtle were pure comedy gold, pun intended. There were way too many great lines to repeat here and he even had some touching moments with E and Turtle. It was also very funny to see how he has Lloyd acting like a performing monkey. This is the episode the show needs to submit to next years Emmy's as he would be a shoe-in for a 2010 Emmy nomination. The Pivster is back!

Speaking of comebacks, Johnny Drama had lots of great one-liners and they worked beautifully because they were slightly less mean spirited than usual. What happened to his bar in Queens? It looks like next weeks episode is a Drama centric one. About time!

I like the continuing growth of the guys. Turtle is going back to school, has a loving relationship and finally has direction in his life while E is living on his own and listening to others besides the "peanut gallery". Nice touch in calling Amy Miller a racist! Vince seems to be fine with the whole scenario but look for him to feel hurt when it starts to effect him. I hope there is some growth for Johnny Drama next week as the episode focuses on him. I hope, I hope.

Best Exchange:
When Drama grabs Vince and E's hands.
E: Eww! What are you doing?
Drama: We're gonna pray.
E: Get off me!

Next Best Exchange:
Vince: What's wrong?
Turtle: My mother's mean.
Drama: She always was. Remember your 13 birthday? She got you a Weight Watchers membership.
Turtle: Didn't until now.
E: What did she say?
Turtle: She saw the People magazine pictures.
Drama: Sneakers.
Turtle: She thinks I'm a loser.

Runner Up Best Exchange:
Drama: Only a b*tch let's a b*tch make them insecure anyway.
E: I'm not letting her make me insecure Drama but you of all people should know how stressful a test screening can be.
Drama: Well, I'm on a hit series now, test screenings are long behind me so sorry if I can't coagulate with you.
Vince: Umm, I don't think you're using that word properly Johnny.
Drama: Really?
E: Whatever.

Best Turtle Line:
About getting a Ferrari.
Turtle: In this economy? People will think you're a douche bag.

Best Drama Line:
Drama: I hate it when people tell me they hate me.

Best Ari Lines:
(To Turtle) Did you tell them about your hat collection?
(To E) I would make a scene of Biblical proportions. I would lie, scream, beg, borrow and steal and if that somehow didn't part Amy Miller's legs then I would call racism. And I would yell for all to hear 'you're really going to fire my poor black client off the show he created?' I'm calling the NAACP, the Reverend Al Sharpton and ghost of my man, Malcolm X!

Overall, I give this episode 5 Hot Chicks Out of 5 because of funny and snappy dialogue, great situations and character growth. I also give it for the impressive return of Ari Gold. I know it seems like I say every episode is great but this one was the strongest one of the season so far. What can I say? I'm a fan. Why else would I give so much time and energy to these reviews? If you want negativity check out the dozens of other sites that bash the show. You won't get that here! Feel free to leave comments and questions below.

-- Janaki Cedanna

Editors Note: I will be on vacation next week and will not post a review but will have a preview up on Sunday morning. I don't know if anyone will miss me. See ya in a couple of weeks! Sorry, but I need to get away . . .

BTW, here's a clip from Lloyd's extremely funny video diary. Enjoy!

Next Weeks Episode: Running on E - Ari Enlists Lloyd to keep an eye on Andrew's extracurricular activities. (I knew that would happen) Vince finds ways to kill time until his next film starts shooting. (Will he find love at last?) Turtle goes clothes shopping with Jamie-Lynn. (Recipe for disaster) Drama prepares for character's romance on "Five Towns." (even bigger disaster). With this title it seems like E will be featured prominently. Uh, oh.

Posted by Janaki Cedanna on July 26, 2009 11:57 PM
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Stop with the constant lauding of the show. It's too much. I'm a fan too, but quite frankly you sound like Drew Rosenhaus trying to back's a little pathetic.

You want to see more of Jamie Lynn? Really? At who's expense? This is a 25 minute show. That's like saying you want to see more of "Creed" in the office. If you like her, it's probably because they are using her effectively in moderation. If she's in the show too long, her charm will quite probably wear off. Quite frankly, I think there is rigidity between her and Turtle (as is typically the case between two mediocre actors who are "involved" in real life).

Overall though, good insights and keep up the good work!

-- Posted by: quinty at July 27, 2009 3:19 AM

Your review is as critical as the show has meaningful conflict. You are a joke as a reviewer.

-- Posted by: mark at July 27, 2009 6:34 AM

Very funny episode. Ari and Drama had some truly hilarious lines tonight. "I hate when people say they hate me" lol. For those of you who missed the new ep, I just watched it online at this link...

-- Posted by: Dopeness at July 27, 2009 7:52 AM

The car wasn't a Boxster (it was a 911 Carrera (997). The watch wasn't a Rolex but a Panerai.
Your review was just as off.

-- Posted by: Al at July 27, 2009 12:14 PM

I tought the episode sucked. This seaosn is a disater so far.

-- Posted by: Bob at July 27, 2009 2:27 PM

This is actually my first day reading any one of your reviews, and so far they're great. Your reviews tell me much more of an insight as to what I have seen, which is great. I love your optimism for the show, and your views as to which direction the show is heading towards. E has been my favorite character since the beginning. I look forward to your next review!

-- Posted by: Yogi Bear at July 27, 2009 8:17 PM

I think each episode is getting slightly better... however, it seems like this season is all about E. I like E, but I don't like these storylines. The new chick is annoying too!

-- Posted by: rachel at July 27, 2009 9:50 PM

Good review. I missed the episode, and I had to watch it online until I can catch it on cable. You helped fill in the gaps about what happened.

-- Posted by: Josh at July 27, 2009 11:59 PM

awful review, awful ep, awful season. Very sad to think were almost halfway done...

-- Posted by: skull at July 28, 2009 12:21 AM

So let me get this straight: You're mad at someone who still enjoys a show you no longer enjoy? Is that it?

You do realize that makes zero sense, right?

-- Posted by: Mac Slocum at July 28, 2009 9:18 AM

Thanks to all that gave me POSITIVE feedback, the others not so much.

I really like the direction the show has taken with the guys growing up and out. No show can survive as long as Entourage without some character development.

As a reminder I am not a TV reporter, I'm a fan that reviews each episode and gives my opinion about the show. It's not meant to be a "critical" analysis. There are way too many reviewers that only rip apart a show that they claim to be fans of. I'll do that sometimes if I feel it needs to be done.

quinty: When I say I want to see more of Jamie-Lynn Sigler it's not that I want her to have more screen time it's that I want her to stick around. Wrong choice of words. I think she and Turtle have good chemistry.

Yogi Bear & Josh: Glad you found the site! Thanks for reading and I hope you continue to check out my reviews and leave comments. Thank you very much for the positive feedback. I appreciate the compliments!!

-- Posted by: Janaki at July 28, 2009 3:57 PM

I will right away take hold of your rss feed as I can't find your email subscription hyperlink or e-newsletter service. Do you've any? Kindly let me understand in order that I could subscribe. Thanks.

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