FOR FANS OF THE HBO SHOW “Entourage” (and I am one), last night’s season finale raises a number of questions that we’ll have to ponder until the next season begins:
Will Vincent Chase and the colorful Ari Gold kiss and make up and live happily ever after as client and agent? It looks almost inevitable that they will. All Vince wanted was for Ari to look him in the eye, be honest with him and tell him he screwed up Vince’s chance to play the lead in a Joey Ramone biopic. That’s what friends are for, and this is not just a business relationship but a friendship, right? And after all, there’s no way “Entourage” producers will write Ari out of the show, even if his client fired him at the end of last night’s show. There has rarely been a character as spectacular and compelling on TV as Ari, as played by Jeremy Piven (who just last night won an Emmy for his role). Vince and his boys will probably play some amusing cat-and-mouse games with Ari for the first few episodes of the next season (when will that be, by the way? 2016? ). Having said all this, I’ve just outlined the most predictable scenario imaginable, which is exactly what this show's writers will avoid, if the past is any guide. How they’ll pull it off, I have no idea.
Will we see Bob Ryan (played by Martin Landau) again? I sure hope so. As good as the acting is on this show all around, Landau showed them all how it’s done. Landau gracefully didn’t steal scenes, he just made them a whole lot better and funnier (and he's not known for comedic acting). He gave an acting lesson as the aging producing searching haplessly for another big one in his twilight years. Landau played to a tee the contrasts between the way he used to do business and the way it’s conducted in Hollywood today – not exactly collegial and civil in the old days but not as heartless and cut-throat as it is now among people who probably seem to him barely out of diapers. My guess is that, like so many big-name actors who have passed in and out of this show, Landau will do the same, but I’d love to get more of his character.
Will Johnny Drama get his pilot picked up? Something tells me that, even though Drama pulled off a pretty good performance in the pilot, he’ll be back pounding the pavement when the next season begins –- or just goofing off with Turtle and the rest of the guys, which is not too tough of a life.
Will Eric get serious with Sloan? He seems the more practical one, more likely than the other three guys to crack and settle down. Will that be like turning his back on the boys? Or maybe he and Sloan would just move in with them. I'm sure they won't mind.
Will Turtle find himself another rap band to manage? He was so close to signing Saigon, which would not only have given him a source of independent income but something constructive to do with his life. What kind of a life is this? How does he get up in the morning? I loved the scene when the guy who muscled his way into representing Saigon had his goon suspend Drama from his feet from a balcony while Turtle negotiated a “buyout.” When the deal was consummated, Drama, back on his feet, said to Turtle, “you should’ve held out for more.”
Can't wait for next season.