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Entourage: Tequila Sunrise - Review

Who knew John Stamos was such a sore loser?

A week after the worst episode of the young season, Entourage delivered the goods. Strange how it coincided with pushing Vince in the background. Hmm.

Of course there are totally unrealistic situations and character reactions that can be picked apart endlessly but it's better to leave those alone and focus on one thing. The show is entertaining. If I tell myself that then it's much easier to just enjoy it!

Even though "Tequila Sunrise" references Turtle's mysterious Mexico trip that's just a fourth of the story. We have E and his power struggle with Scotty; Drama and his attempt for his own series by wooing John Stamos and Ari's agency issues.

"A" Storyline:
The title of the episode gave away the big surprise awaiting Turtle in Mexico but what I wasn't expecting was that Alex could somehow pull off being less irritating than normal. I mean come on, there is no way a girl that hot would go after Turtle unless she's got issues or has an agenda. Well we already know she's a little nuts (not that there's anything wrong with that) but she does have an agenda. She gets Turtle to fly to Mexico just by hinting she likes him. I thought that Turtle's relationship with Jamie-Lynn would've raised his self-confidence a little bit but no, it's the same old Turtle.

Turns out that Alex's friend Carlos (played by the wonderful Miguel Sandoval) is a big time Tequila manufacturer who's looking for a famous face to launch his product in America and you guessed it; he wants Vince. Predictably, Turtle is totally deflated by this revelation (that the rest of us totally expected) and is reduced to begging for sex from a drunk Alex. That part was totally cringe inducing and nearly ruined that great Mexican party scene not to mention Alex's dress. Nice acting by Jerry Ferrara but there is still zero chemistry between the two. BTW, Dania Ramirez is Maxim's August covergirl, check out the link here. Still not digging the whole will-they-or-won't-they tease they got going on though.

"B" Storyline
For the record, my favorite character has always been Johnny Drama so it pleases me to no end that Drama finally has some purpose on the show. Yes, Johnny is still a massive bundle of rage and neurosis but somehow he always comes across as likable and genuine. Major props to Kevin Dillon who should have a house full of Emmy's. Inexplicably he has none.

Nothing comes easy for Drama. He's always has to sing for his supper no matter what. This time he has to impress John Stamos because the studio likes him for the older brother on his proposed TV show. Typically, Stamos comes in and immediately starts ragging on him all while being super nice to Vince. After lots of insults by Stamos (what is it with these Full House guys anyway?) he challenges Drama to a game of ping pong. Nice move by the writers since that happens to be one of the hottest "in" things right now. Or maybe that was last year . . . Hell, even Susan Sarandon owns her own ping pong club. Check it out here. Rumor has it that the Olsen twins turned down a cameo appearance. Their loss, right?

Anyway, it was lots of fun watching Stamos and Drama battle it out in the backyard with their "sh*tty ass table in the grass and f*cked up paddles and c*m stained table" as Stamos so eloquently put it. I don't know which was funnier; that the stakes were raised later on by a rematch in the ping pong club in front of a live audience or that Stamos has a ping pong trainer. The looks on both of their faces were priceless though. In the end, Drama uses reverse psychology and gets Stamos to read the script. Brilliantly played Johnny! Personally I don't think they look anything like brothers but I guess the writers could explain that away like they do with Dillon and Grenier. Half brothers! I was surprised by how much Stamos and Grenier do look alike though. Kevin Dillon better watch himself . . .

The show writers have given us a potentially great storyline here. Imagine the possibilities Drama could face in getting his own network TV show. You know Stamos won't be around for long so that means the show could be in jeopardy. I'm sure it will be hilarious when Drama finally has to face the suits at the network as well as the challenges he will have to overcome in actually getting his show on the air. What if Drama becomes a huge TV star and leading man? Now that would be funny.

"C" Storyline
While I find it extremely unrealistic that Ari gets a chance to bring an NFL team to LA, it's even worse that they took another potentially great plot with Lizzie and threw it against the wall. Let's see, a disgruntled former employee gets fired, seen it. Said employee vows revenge by stealing clients? Seen it. There's a mysterious backer of fired employee? Seen it. It can't be Terrance so that only leaves Amanda, which opens the door for the sexy Carla Gugino to make an appearance which can't be all bad, right? Autumn Reeser has done a great job so far so it's a shame they're wasting it by taking the easy way out. I would have liked to see her become Ari's second so we could really see the sparks fly. My fear is that we'll just get a bunch of screaming on cellphones and Ari tantrums. Not liking that. They have damn good chemistry together and I'm concerned that it'll be wasted. Entertaining, right??

I do have to say that Ari's presentation to the rich guys was probably the most convincing arguments I've ever heard him give. I was ready to break out the checkbook and make it out to cash! Interesting if not oddly placed cameo from Shawne Merriman though. At least he did better then Adrian Peterson! Did anyone catch the blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo from Tom Sizemore at the rehab facility? Classic.

"D" Storyline
Why is little Eric Murphy always relegated to the last storyline you ask? Because his stuff is just not that interesting. Last weeks episode ended promisingly when E shoved Scotty into the dinosaur head but this week was all about him stewing over Scotty's intrusion on his turf with Vince. He asked his assistant how he should deal with him and when that didn't work he turned to Sloan for advice. He should listen to her more often as she always makes sense.

I have to admit that it was funny watching Scotty and his type "A" personality always giving E grief but when they finally made nice I felt let down. It just didn't seem right. Why do I get the feeling that Scotty is playing him? What if E falls victim to Scotty's long con? Now that would be classic.

Overall, I thought the episode was very well done as it had great locations and extras as well as quick pacing. I give the episode 4 Lim-Ho's out of 5 because of the Johnny Drama/John Stamos conflict.

The show should pick up some serious steam because next week pornstar Sasha Grey (playing herself) begins her rest of the season run as Vince's girlfriend. Let's see how E and the guys deal with that not to mention how Ari and Shauna will spin it in Vince's favor. Should be very entertaining. After all isn't that what the show does best?

-- Janaki Cedanna

Editor note: I will be on vacation next week so I will only post a preview of next weeks episode. Feel free to leave your comments about the show but be nice!

Next Weeks Episode: Bottoms Up - Ari tries to make deals with several high-profile celebrities to protect himself against Lizzie's plans. Vince meets porn star Sasha Grey and introduces her to Stan Lee. Drama has to compete for work against Bob Saget.

Ep. 83: Bottoms Up: Preview


Posted by Janaki Cedanna on July 26, 2010 3:57 PM
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