”Entourage”: The race to Cannes
With one more episode left in the season, I expected tonight to be filled with more babes, more drugs, and more obnoxiousness from gonzo director Billy Walsh, a.k.a. Wally Balls. Tonight delivered all that — but the one thing I didn’t expect was an episode with social commentary on the state of terrorism today in the United States. Regardless of its ”ripped from the headlines” deep thoughts on President Bush, we did get a nice hunk of angry Ari, E’s conscience, and Vince’s never-ending dumb luck. But I’m getting ahead of myself. To catch up those who missed last week, or didn’t read my TV Watch (for shame!), the boys were prepping to embark to Cannes for the long-awaited premiere of Medellín.
As the boys pulled up to the curb at LAX, the bad news hit: The airport was on a super-duper high alert, and all flights had been delayed. It was a good-news, bad-news situation. Good news for Wally Balls, as it gave him a chance to pitch Anna Faris on his new project with Vince, the sci-fi thriller Silo. The bad news was for E. It gave Wally a chance to pitch Anna Faris on the sci-fi thriller Silo.
Wally had become smitten with the lovely Ms. Faris the night before at the boys’ going-away bash. But the highlight for the party for me was Ari finally giving E a compliment, after E admitted that although he hated Silo, he’d told Vince he was behind it since the star was already committed. ”After five years, you finally learned how to lie,” said Ari. ”Welcome to Hollywood!” But as we would come to see, that lesson would be short-lived.
After Wally wooed Anna at a lunch meeting by mentioning he not only had seen Scary Movie ten times but had also loved Lost in Translation and even the underappreciated broad comedy Just Friends, Anna took home the script to read and mull. But she wasn’t really sold. I don’t know if I’d be sold by Walsh’s act either. Did he just read her IMDb page or what? It sounded like someone going to see a friend in a community-theater production of Oklahoma! and offering those nice platitudes afterward without getting into specifics. I usually stammer, ”I…uhh…loved it!” and then guiltily throw flowers at them and run. Well, that was the feeling I got from Wally Balls toward Anna.
After reading the script, Anna phoned E and asked him for his opinion, putting her new manager in an odd position. Vinnie wanted Anna in the movie. Walsh wanted Anna in the movie. As a producer on Silo, E should want Anna in the movie. But E still thought the movie was crap. Hence, the dilemma. A quick powwow with Vince set E right: His primary goal should be not screwing up something Vinnie wanted. And so E went off to meet Anna and lie to her face. First he fibbed: ”I think Billy’s gonna make a great movie.” When she asked what he thought of Medellín, he dodged: ”It got into Cannes!” And then…he crumbled, finally blurting, ”I didn’t really like Billy’s script,” to the clearly befuddled star. And all we got to see then was the aftermath: She fired him. In Hollywood, bad advice and lying about a project is forgivable if a client catches you. Admitting to it without the hot lights and rubber hoses? That’s a big no-no. Who wants a manager who feels guilt? Feeling is the domain of actors, and they are protective of it. Nope, actors want managers and agents who are robotic killers — out to slaughter everyone and drag home their 10 to 15 percent to feed on.
The remainder of the show involved getting the boys on a private jet to Cannes after every flight out of LAX was canceled. But first, there was an overextended bit with Drama and Turtle befriending an Arab man in the airport. This was wildly off track — not because it was fairly offensive and xenophobic but because it just wasn’t funny. Entourage should push the envelope, as all good comedy does, but that only works if the show can deliver the laughs. Reference: Curb Your Enthusiasm. That comedy is so very wrong but is so filled with yuks that it doesn’t matter.
Another subplot focused on Ari and Mrs. Ari getting into it again. Mrs. Ari was supposed to go to Cannes, but Ari talked her out of it. Pissed, she proceeded to go on a shopping spree until Ari invited her again — and meant it! — at which point she was fine with the boys-only trip. Every couple has had this fight, so it was highly relatable. Still, most of us don’t buy a $50K car to feel better. All in all, yawn. We get it: Ari loves his wife and Mrs. Ari loves him back. Let’s move on.
The Lloyd moments, however, were the best of the season. Lloyd stormed off in a huff toward home after being disinvited on the trip and muttered that he had ”already packed in my mind.” He sent himself chocolates to feel better and finally took his boyfriend on a Rosie cruise to Mexico! Genius! Can’t wait for next week to see the fun-time cruise. I hope there’s a cameo by someone from The Love Boat.
In the end, the boys hitched a ride aboard the friendly skies of Kanye West. And unless they get caught in the Bermuda Triangle, we may finally see Medellín open in Cannes.
What do you think? Did Anna and E have another moment before she gave him the boot? How will Medellín be received? Did Wally seem a bit mellower? And was this the best Lloyd ever?