Entourage Recap: 8/19/07

This episode starts with the boys telling E he won’t be able to manage Anna Faris because either he will want to date her or she will be too high maintenance. I use the word, “date,” loosely here. Neither is really true in the end, but we realize that E does have to learn how to juggle his clients better. When E tells Vince that he has to go to Anna’s photo shoot, Vince tells E that he hopes that managing her won’t cause Vince’s career to suffer. Vince actually sounds manipulative in this scene (if I thought Adrian Grenier could pull off acting manipulative or if I thought Vince Chase was smart enough to know how to be manipulative). I think it was jealousy talking.

On the phone with Ari, studio executive, Dana Gordon, is yelling about how she’s read twelve pages of Billy Walsh’s new script, and she doesn’t understand what she’s read. Just as a reminder, Dana’s studio bought the rights to the film, Lost in the Clouds, and hired Billy Walsh, Vince Chase and E as the “dream team” to develop the film because Medellin was such a success. Unfortunately, Billy’s inner-nut-job takes over and creates some futuristic film that is so far from the script the studio paid him millions to make, it even has a different title, “Silo.” Ari reads the script and is horrified at how bad it is, so he dashes off to Billy’s house and finds him adamantly opposed to rewriting the script. Ari then tells Dana to just fire Walsh and that he will find a replacement director/writer forthwith.

At the bachelor pad, Vince starts to read the script and wonders where E is to read the other copy. Where is he? E is off at Anna Faris’ photo shoot without cell phone reception. Turtle takes the initiative to read it, but his lack of brain cells prevents him from getting through it. He skims every three pages looking for sex scenes. Anyway, after Vince reads it, he actually likes it and convinces Ari they need to make Silo instead of Lost in the Clouds. Here is where E’s services would have come in handy. In my mind, E would have read the script and told Vince that Walsh is a lunatic and that it’s career suicide to piss off the studio. Instead, without E in the loop, Ari is sent back to Dana Gordon to convince her that the script is the studio’s winning summer hit. Ari even locks himself in Dana’s boss’ office to get him on board. They work as a team to convince him that it’s a marketable script. All is then right again in the world of Vince Chase, no thanks to E who is nowhere to be found.

While this is all taking place, E is supporting Anna on set. Her boyfriend, Dave, has been drinking the same Billy Walsh cool-aid and is criticizing Anna left and right. The photographers are getting angry; Anna is getting frustrated, and E cannot get any of his calls. After some awkward interactions with Dave, who tries to direct Anna to do each photograph in different animal poses, everyone tells E he has to start acting like a manager. E tells Dave he’s being too hard on Anna, and Dave storms off. E tries to get cell reception by driving away but meets up with Dave at the bottom of the hill who is all paranoid that E is following him. They both race back to the set, and Anna breaks up with Dave because she can no longer stand for his bad behavior. Why can’t anyone believe that E just wants to be a manager and not get in every girl’s pants?

Some of the best scenes involve Dana Gordon during this episode. Her lines are fabulous. She’s convincing as a strong, scary film executive, but she’s also a little bit human (ie, scared of her boss). We also see that E really needs to work now, and maybe Vince was right that he is the easiest client E will ever have. Now that Anna Faris has extricated her controlling boyfriend from her life, she’ll probably be a better client, though.

In the end, Ari fixes everything. I’m a little annoyed, though, that we have to deal with more Billy Walsh. He does have some good lines, but I'd really prefer never to have to see this guy in his underwear again.

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