“Please don’t be mean to me today, Ari.”
Sigh. What is better than Ari and Lloyd’s relationship? Maybe only the Nina Simone song at the end of this episode. I realized that so much happens in 30 minutes because they talk so fast. I wish I could remember more of the Ari and Lloyd quips.
E is very consistent and says he wants to find someone else to direct Lost In the Clouds, but Ari tells him that he sold Lost in the Clouds as a package and pulled off a miracle.
At breakfast, Drama makes everyone waffles, and Turtle tries to convince everyone to go visit his infamous cousin Ronnie. No one really seems excited by the notion. Turtle explains that his confidence in Ronnie is because of all the money and things Ronnie has collected in the past. Following the typical Entourage format, only Johnny Drama will go with Turtle, and E and Vince have better things to do. Later, Drama and Turtle meet Ronnie in the parking lot of a seedy motel. Ronnie is pretty burly and sketchy, and I wondered for a minute if he was once on the Sopranos. Like Ron Howard (Howard Cunningham) on Laverne & Shirley or Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor) on Melrose.
Ronnie’s scheme is that he knows a famous Dodger is going to die soon, or so he thinks, and that the three of them should bid on the player’s jersey because very soon the jersey will be worth a lot of money. He gets Turtle to invest the rest of his Saigon money (remember, for a second Turtle managed this musician but was substituted by some other guy). Before you know it, Turtle and Drama are at the auction actively bidding into the high 40,000s, Ronnie shows up and quickly starts getting a conscience that he can’t cash in on someone’s misfortune. I mean, I guess that’s why he was crying.
Of course, Drama continues the bidding for Turtle and says he will help lay out money for it, even after Drama calls it blood money early on. The two of them then realize Ronnie’s source had gotten the wrong information, and it was the Dodger’s dog who was ill, not the player. Foiled again, Drama and Turtle.
At one point during this episode, Ari notices that Lloyd doesn’t seem like himself. Lloyd laments that his beloved, Tom, has broken up with him. Lloyd had been missing faxes, failing to call people back and forgetting that Billy Walsh had been sitting in the waiting room. Billy tells Ari he wants Ari to be his agent and that he wants to mend his relationship with E. Ari calls E and Vince and E come running over to find Billy, apologizing and admitting that another person Billy backstabbed had gotten revenge by leaking the Medellin trailer. E accepts the apology and agrees to get on board with the movie. Ari yells to Lloyd to get champagne who has started to cry and run out of the office. Ari runs after him and realizes that not only can he not live without Lloyd, he can’t get Lloyd to stay.
A few scenes later, Ari has a bad assistant named Glen Holden, the guy Ari got fired from the mailroom but rehired once Ari admitted he was wrong. The wimpy Glen tries to keep his footing, but Ari basically threatens his life. I remember what it was like to be a temp assistant…scary. Ari visits Lloyd at his (pretty spectacular) home, but Lloyd tells Ari that work is the reason he and Tom broke up. Ari realizes that he’ll have to go to great lengths to get him back and shows up at Tom’s job. Tom tells Ari that Lloyd cheated and what unfolds thereafter is pretty slick. Ari tells Tom that there is no way Lloyd cheated because he was with Ari at a movie premiere on the night in question. Cut to Ari telling Lloyd he’s a little devil. We deduce that Ari has just covered for Lloyd and Lloyd maybe belongs in the Hollywood scene after all. Ari also tells Lloyd he'll stick to the story if Lloyd stays on as Ari's assistant. Am I noticing a good side of Ari or was he really having a hard time not acting like he was doing this for himself? I love that Ari doesn’t mind a liar but hates a cheater.
Even though Billy and E have made up, E still can’t stand the thought of working with him again, which he makes very clear. The dream team goes to a meeting at Dana Gordon’s office, set up by Ari. While waiting for Dana, her assistant informs them that someone in Ari’s office (ie, Lloyd) didn’t give them the message that Dana had to reschedule for later. Billy becomes really rude to the assistant and his rage starts to build. Finally, Dana arrives, and Billy talks of his grandiose, almost harebrain, ideas for Lost in the Clouds. Because Dana is a little crazy herself (she did “date” Ari), she actually likes Billy.
Next, E just can’t take it anymore and asks to step down as producer and act as manager again. Ari even generously suggests he will get E paid a producer’s percentage. E then tells it likes is – Vince is crazy for doing the movie; he thinks Walsh messed up Medellin; and he wants to “sit out.” Vince wants to go ahead with the film anyway.
“Just wanted to be heard,” says E.
Vince - “Guess you were.”
E – “Yeah, I guess I was.”
By the way, I watched the Medellin trailer on HBO’s faux-Medellin website. I think it’s a cool interactive way to watch a television show. The trailer is well done, but honestly…I think E is going to end up being right and he really will be heard.