On ''Entourage,'' Ari's partner Terrance makes a play for Vince at Ari's daughter's bat mitzvah; meanwhile, Mandy Moore seconds Vince's emotions

By Charles Curtis
Updated January 13, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST
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”Entourage”: The seduction of Vince

It’s Hollywood’s biggest party! No, I’m not talking about the Vanity Fair post-Oscar bash. It’s the Very Gold Bat Mitzvah, starring Ari and his tribe. The event brought out some of the series’ most colorful moments yet (13-year-olds smoking pot, a battle over a client), but Entourage made its biggest mistake of the season — the episode omitted the candle-lighting ceremony.

Okay, I know it wasn’t that big an oversight. But I’d still like to hold my own candle lighting for tonight’s episode. Each of these bat mitzvah-goers deserves to come up and light a taper in honor of his or her own performance. L’chaim!

Ari Gold Readers and fans, including myself, were clamoring for Ari to take the spotlight back from Vince. But did you expect to be exposed to a new side of the superagent? I knew Ari was somewhat afraid Vince would throw away his career on independent films, but I never knew he could genuinely be afraid of another person, let alone a business partner. And how about that speech about his daughter? Not only can Jeremy Piven bring moments of sweetness to such a sour character, he can also give Ari complexity. One minute he’s defending the Aquaman deal like a pit bull; next, he’s telling his wife he doesn’t have the cojones to stand up to his partner Terrance when Terrance wants to poach Vince. Ari, come up and light the first candle!

Terrance Mcquewick Just admit it: Even though he’s acquired a silver mane, Malcolm McDowell still scares you a little. He may not have the boyish good looks from A Clockwork Orange, but watch him play a Rupert Murdoch-like CEO in In Good Company and you’ll see why he got the role of Terrance. McDowell always gives the impression that his calm exterior hides something you don’t want to mess with. As Ari told his wife so eloquently, ”At the Bill & Ted premiere…Terrance said, ‘I’ll take Keanu and you take the other guy.’ ” I hope Terrance will return to try and snatch Vince away so we can see Ari at his most desperate. And yes, I’d rather see Ari square off with Terrance at this point than with puny Josh Weinstein. The senior partner earns the second candle of the night.

Terrance’s daughter, Sloan Mcquewick I didn’t know there was a single woman in Hollywood who had a policy against dating actors. Apparently there is, and she’s really into Eric. So, I’m pleading once again — can we please have one of Eric’s love interests appear for more than one episode this season? Emily turned up for all of five seconds in year two and then — poof! — she’s gone again. Plus, think about all the dramatic possibilities — could Sloan be using Eric so that he’ll persuade Vince to switch agents? Or does she really like the diminutive manager? Let’s see some sparks here, Entourage! If you promise to come back for another episode, Sloan, you can come up and light candle No. 3.

Melinda Clarke The O.C.‘s resident gold digger apparently has a thing for older men. In a near-perfect cameo, she played her real self married to the fictional Terrance. She gave icy looks to everyone around her and got into a barbed exhange with Ari’s wife, during which she delivered a did-you-know moment: Mrs. Gold was apparently a budding actress back in the day. Which makes you wonder: Did Ari try to manage her before she married him? That moment earned you a candle, Julie Cooper-Nichol…I mean, Melinda.

James Cameron Even though he was on camera for just one scene, the Titanic helmer still had a great line: ”On True Lies, it was Tom Arnold who said he was going to be governor.” Give that man a candle!

Vincent Chase I’ve deliberately kept the star until last. Why? Because I’m still trying to figure out how I like ”emotional Vince.” I was looking for some depth in the one character we didn’t know that well (weird, considering he’s the engine that puts all the other cast members into motion), but when he dropped a line that sounded like it came right out of Friends — ”I’m not over you” — I had two thoughts: 1. ”This guy’s a bit of a wuss.” 2. ”He’s a really good actor, considering he didn’t show this side of himself for nearly two full seasons.” Later, when Vince deliberately tried to tick Eric off by going after Sloan, we got a taste of Vindictive Vinny. But, yes, even I was shocked and excited when Mandy Moore told him she wasn’t over him either. With all these cliffhangers, I can’t wait to see the last few episodes.

What did you think? Is this the real Vince? Will he get back together with Mandy? Will he break up with Ari? And did you like Turtle and Johnny’s marijuana-driven subplot, or was it completely lame?

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