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'Entourage': 'Home Sweet Home' recap

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'Entourage' cast

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Season 8, episode 1 | Aired Monday, Jul 25 2011 at 22:50 BST on Sky Atlantic

The final season of Entourage begins at the newly-named Murphy Lavin Group. On the phone, Eric (Kevin Connolly) is being told by Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui) that he needs to move his stuff out of her place. The pair, previously engaged, have since broken up. Meanwhile, Vince (Adrian Grenier), staying at a rehabilitation facility to battle his drug addiction from last season, is now 90 days sober and is ready to be released. To prepare for his return, a paranoid Drama (Kevin Dillon) tells Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) to get rid of all of the drugs and alcohol lying around in the house - even Advil, aspirin and cough medicine.

Back at Murphy Lavin, Eric and colleague Scott (Scott Caan) are trying to get The Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki to sign with their management group. This Galecki acts like a jerk - needlessly bringing up Sloan's break-up (Scott also amusingly likens the former couple to Sammi and Ronnie from Jersey Shore) and interrupting a meeting to take a phone call with a Victoria's Secret Model. It's nice, actually, to see him embrace a role that is so different to what we see on The Big Bang Theory. Afterwards, Eric tells Scott that he's picking Vince up, but is surprised to learn that Vince told not only Scott but also Ari (Jeremy Piven) about his release, especially when he never received a phone call from his friend.

The whole gang, including Ari and Scott, greet Vince on his release, and they all go and sit at a restaurant where Vince is keen to get his career back on track. The studio producing the fictional movie Air-Walker still wants Vince to play the lead, providing he submits to regular drug tests for insurance, which is probably just as well seeing as Lindsay Lohan is still sought-after despite many years of documented off-screen problems. But Air-Walker starts shooting in March and Vince is keen to do something in between. He suggests an idea he has. Vince wants to star in and direct a movie based on something he saw on the news - a mining disaster in Romania where 15 men were stuck underground for a month. Everyone reluctantly tells him the idea is awesome to not hurt his feelings.

Ari's marriage problems with his separated wife go from bad to worse after he pays her a visit. They get into a brief argument when Ari picked up his son Jonah from school (Monday is Mrs Ari's day), but what devastates the agent is when he's told by his wife that she's seeing someone else. For once, Ari is stunned and can't find the energy to talk back. He leaves without being told to.

Less fascinating is Vince's entourage continuing to fake-support the Romanian mining movie idea and Drama absolutely refusing to let alcohol go anywhere near Vince. He once again scolds Turtle, this time for not clearing out the garage which had beer. Drama then decides to throw a party for Vince in a bid to keep him happy - but one where no alcohol or drugs are allowed. A surefire hit, I'm sure. Drama invites the sober and pretty great Billy Walsh (Rhys Coiro), who brings with him dozens of attractive ladies. However, the party is fairly muted, at least until Eric confronts Vince, still bewildered by the fact that Vince never rang him. Add to that his frustration with Sloan, who returned his engagement ring in an envelope, and Eric is having a hard time in this episode.

During Eric and Vince's chat, Vince finally learns that he's been coddled, and responds by faking a heart attack to get everyone's attention. He insists everything is fine - he only wants to get his career back to where it once was, but says he can't if anyone is "treating me f**king weird". Vince then asks everyone to be honest with him and not to be overly protective, after which everyone finally admits that the film idea sucks (though Billy suggests making it for network television with Drama as the lead). The conversation is interrupted by Arnold's barking and the smell of smoke. Moments before, Turtle was secretly smoking a joint, and in a rush attending to Vince, he accidentally flicked the joint at the curtain starting a fire.

The episode ends with the gang outside, looking on as the firefighters put out the fire. Vince believes that it's a good omen - a "clean start" - and we certainly hope so. Vince's downward spiral last season has seemingly been put to rest at long last, and hopefully the show can start working on delivering a fitting end to the whole series.

LLOOOOOOOOYD!
  • Ari quote of the episode: "I just want to make sure we all have our senses here, because he's pitching a Lifetime movie that should be starring the Marley & Me dog - not him - and a bunch of dummies are drooling like he's selling Avatar!"
  • Though, an honourable mention goes to Ari ordering Lloyd: "Don't ever spell in front of my son again, because he's S-M-A-R-T-E-R than you."
  • Lloyd tells Ari that Modern Family creator Steven Levitan is looking for a new agent. Elsewhere, Andrew Dice Clay is mentioned to be one of the voice actors for Drama's new animated show Johnny's Bananas.
  • It's good that we're continuing to see more to Ari than the neurotic agent. Jeremy Piven has proven in the past (most notably towards the end of season two) that he's a strong actor, and hopefully he'll get more opportunities to show off his acting chops.
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