Sometimes, every man has to swallow his pride like so many bitter and stale pumpkin beers left as wounded soldiers after a Halloween party. You probably did that last weekend, but at least you didn’t have to deal with Seth Green biting at your ankles while you did it.
Now, the boys of Entourage get to swill their own cocktails of criticism and belittlement at the same time that Mr. Green makes his sleazy return to the show. The fun comes from watching how each man reacts to their situation.
E begins the episode by listening to his solitary client Charlie Williams getting railed by a fantastically hot latina and learning that his mortal nemesis Seth Green is integral to his success as an agent. Your Monday morning doesn’t sound nearly as terrible now, does it?
Even though he rides out to Big Bear with the rest of the gang, E gets jerked around by Seth Green and thrown through two humiliating hoops: meet at a pizza parlor (and get stood up), then convince your ex-girlfriend to beg the red-haired midget for his approval in the show. E’s commitment to his client brings him to Sloane’s house, where a very awkward and obviously sexually charged moment occurs. Is it just me, or did Sloane simultaneously become more busty and skeletal? Must be the LA effect.
Eventually, S. Green, E. and Charlie all end up waiting on a tense meeting for the show that ends in a blatant sucker punch from an unlikely party. E tries so hard to swallow his pride for business, but blows up in his face once more.
Vince’s balls grow a few sizes and he decides to confront Verner about all of the double-dialog-dealings. Verner keeps his auteur’s authority and tries to stay amiable with Vince by telling him that his scenes won’t be clipped and his dialogue will remain. But, after another take in which Vince doesn’t get to finish his lines and Verner won’t even watch, Vince takes drastic action.
He and Verner speak alone, and instead of sounding like a complete jerk-off, Verner makes an inspired speech likening the act of filming to a group cooperation rather than a vehicle for Vince’s career. He virtuostically appeals to Vince’s artistic respect and integrity, and Vince decides to listen. By the end of the episode, Vince has bought into Verner’s European style and aestheticism so much that he is balancing books on his head to correct a phantom lip quiver that Verner has noticed. Vince always did chug his pride with a chaser of humility–only time will tell if Verner is playing him or honestly believes in his art.
The boss man still politicks hard for his boy Andrew Klein, suffering a crisis of male authority after being co-opted by Babs and his wife. His 15-year-old daughter (who has gotten increasingly normal-looking, not to sound creepy) offers the advice that sweetness and deference are the ways to a woman’s heart. He and Lloyd throw an Extreme Makeover: Miller-Gold edition for Klein; however, a panic attack on Klein’s part destroys his chances at the agency.
After the other two main characters’ swallowing their pride, would you expect the same for Mr. Ari Gold? Hardly. Klein’s rejection prompts a misogynistic tirade in front of Hollywood’s most prominent women that rivals some of Ari’s greatest attacks on the encroachment of women into the the man’s cocky world. Ari throws his pride punch right back in their faces.
Turtle and Drama
Oh, did you actually still care about their storylines? Too bad, they have none. I almost feel like their real-life absence of lines parallels Vince’s.
Seth Green’s reappearance lacks the kind of humor that it was probably supposed to bring, but Ari’s triumphant return as a chauvinistic asshole is long overdue.