Entourage was back this week after last Sunday's Labor Day hiatus.
For the first half of this season of Entourage, I kept asking in my reviews, "Does this season have any sort of longer-term, developing plot?" It had seemed to me like the answer to this was the "Vince has a stalker" concept, which lasted for a good 3 episodes, and I thought was going to continue until the end of the season. But...this episode quickly brought that storyline to a resolution (so quickly, in fact, that I didn't even realize at first - thanks chrisjodkhe).
This episode's revelation was that the creepy-looking Curtis whose license was previously discovered in the cushions of the boys' sofa is not in fact Vince's stalker; he just used to work at the furniture store where the sofa had been purchased. Nice red herring, Entourage! It turns out that Vince didn't have a stalker at all, but that the "stalker" was part of an elaborate sorority prank centered around obtaining Turtle's boxers. So uh...great use of money on all of that security, Vince!
The other longer term plot this season - and I guess the one that is sticking - has been Lloyd's quest to become a full-on agent. I always wondered if the day would come when Ari broke Lloyd...and this episode finally brought it! After receiving a job offer from Ari's rival Adam Davies, Lloyd attempted to confirm that Ari was truthful in his "100 Days of Hell and then he becomes an agent" promise. This resulted in Ari's adding on more and more days of Hell, which prompted my favorite quote of the episode...Lloyd's "This is not The Breakfast Club, Mr. Gold, this is my life!" Then, after another heated phone call which concludes with Ari's car getting rear-ended, Lloyd makes the bold move of abandoning both Ari and his car, presumably to go accept the offer from Adam Davies.
Lesser plots: Ashley slowly reveals the extent of her crazy (unbeknownst to E), Drama visits 'The Pleasure Chest' to confront Curtis, sorority girls flirt with Turtle and Vince has a fitting for his movie, followed by some completely graphic sex (what's new?).
-I love you Zac Efron, but I was not digging your look during this episode. Shower much? And...while this wasn't your fault, I felt like the show could have given you a better plotline for your guest appearance, which barely even contributed anything to the episode (oh! the old one, not the little girl, was obsessed with you - ha ha ha?)
-Do we think Turtle and Jamie Lynn's relationship might be headed towards trouble thanks to some skanky coeds? Or will Turtle resist the temptation?
-For the love of god E, go back to Sloan! (And remind me what redeeming qualities E ever saw in Ashley?)
-I liked that the episode made reference to things in the entertainment world that are actually current with Drama's attempting to get a part in the new Melrose Place...since some of the earlier episodes seemed to have trouble with referencing things that were already dated (Jay Leno at 11:30, Knocked Up, etc.).
What did you think of this episode? 3 more to go for the season...do you think the stalker won't be revealed until the finale?