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'Entourage': 'One Last Shot' recap

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'Entourage' cast

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Season 8, episode 3 | Aired Monday, Aug 8 2011 at 22:50 BST on Sky Atlantic

The episode begins with Vince speaking at yet another meeting with other recovering addicts. But hey, there's a reason this time. In the room is Carl Ertz (Kim Coates), a producer who screwed over Vince a couple of years back with Danger Beach. As an aside, it was fortunate Vince never signed up for the movie as it was a box office flop of epic proportions ($3 million on 3,000 screens - even worse than Jonah Hex!). Turtle calls it "karma". Anyway, Carl expresses his interest in the miners TV film Vince is trying to get off the ground. Vince agrees to send over the script, but Turtle is understandably sceptical.

Meanwhile at Murphy-Lavin, Drama is stressed out about the whole Andrew Dice Clay situation. He doesn't want to walk out of Johnny's Bananas but Clay keeps insisting they should. Scott admits that Clay is slightly struggling ("I swear to God, Big Brother contestants get paid more"), and after being pushed, Eric reluctantly rings Phil (William Fichtner) to ask if he feels they're underpaid. Phil is less than pleased and bluntly tells Drama that nobody gets a raise just because they test well. He brings up a 1994 series Concrete Heat that Drama starred in and Phil produced. It "tested through the f**king moon" but was cancelled after one week (it went up against Seinfeld, Drama says). Phil knows Drama wants his face to be on TV again and says that this show will lead to that if he's smart about it.

Ari is baffled that Vince would want to work with Carl, but despite his reservations asks Lloyd, the interim head of the TV department, to shoot him an email. At the same time, Ari is encouraged by both Vince and Lloyd to meet other women and stop dwelling on his separation with his wife. Lloyd sets him up with an attractive young manicurist. The resulting dinner date is rather awkward thanks to the generation gap and the fact that Ari hasn't been on a date for a long, long time. However, the lady (surprisingly?) takes a shine to him and suggests that he loosen up.

Turtle isn't so lucky. Carlos tells him that the largest distribution company in the US wants to handle Avion and take it to the next level, so his services are no longer needed. And to complete the double-blow, Alex has been dodging Turtle's calls because she's met someone else. Well, that's another loose end wrapped up from last season, and getting rid of Alex isn't a bad thing at all. Turtle isn't a man who's happy to sit back, though, and decides to sell his Avion stock to start up a new business - a restaurant that serves clams. Vince backs his buddy by selling his shares too.

A visit from Drama, Eric and Scott fails to quell Clay's desire to stick with Johnny's Bananas on his current pay (Clay is adamant the 'cartoon' won't resurrect his career), so when Drama turns up to work the following day, there's little surprise that Clay has been replaced. The replacement, Jamie Kennedy, is pretty terrible, though, as we see him doing his best to replicate Clay's mannerisms and personality in his voice. Billy is outraged, while Drama looks concerned and disappointed.

Ari ends up driving his date back to her place, where she invites him inside before asking if he has a condom. They share a kiss, but Ari is clearly uncomfortable. He eventually turns her down, telling her that he'll call. On the road, Ari rings friend and former flame Dana Gordon (Constance Zimmer) and asks if he can come over. He explains that he's lonely and wants someone "smart and mature" to talk to. The pair end up having sex, which is frankly awesome. From the entertaining chemistry with each other, Ari and Dana make a believable pairing, and you know what, the morning after, Ari genuinely looks happy. He even brushes Eric off on the phone and chooses to stay in bed with Dana rather than deal with Vince, which he rarely, if ever, did when he was with Mrs Ari.

Lastly, Vince and Turtle visit Carl to see what's happening with the TV movie. Carl discussed it with Les Moonves from CBS and they're all in. But Carl then starts pitching a new script for Vince to star in called 'Taxman'. The tagline? "Death. And taxes." Amazing. Turtle has a huge rant, saying that he should have seen that Carl would have ulterior motives, while it becomes evident that Carl is high on drugs. Carl excuses himself to clean himself up, but locks himself in the bathroom and starts sniffing coke. Vince is outside the door begging him to come out, but the producer admits that he struggles to look at himself in the mirror, least of all face Vince. Carl then takes out a handgun from his drawer and shoots himself, presumably, in the head.

LLOOOOOOOOYD!
  • How much does Ari hate Carl? "I mean this sincerely, Vince: I would hack off my penis before I would ever allow you to work with Carl Ertz again."
  • Mark Cuban makes a brief appearance when Turtle informs him that he's selling his shares.
  • 'One Last Shot' is probably the strongest episode of this season yet. Vince's insistence on giving Carl a second chance shows a different side to him, while I dig the dark ending. This writer is also in favour of Ari and Dana staying together over the agent reuniting with his separated wife.

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