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'Entourage': 'Second to Last' recap

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'Entourage' cast

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Season 8, episode 7

The penultimate episode of Entourage begins with a woman speaking to Vince on camera. Vince asks her what the best memory of their relationship together was - he's compiling a montage of exes saying positive things about Vince to impress Sophia. Drama calls it "creepy" while Turtle defends the idea, commenting that it's "classier than it seems".

Drama then admits to Vince that he hasn't heard anything from Phil about the miners TV movie. He says he's apologised but fears Phil hates him after the strike. Vince reassures him that the movie will get made and rings Ari, who answers while getting dressed after a night with Dana. After the call, Dana emerges and tells Ari that she's read the script, describing it as "emotionally manipulative" and saying she'll pass it onto her old assistant to look over.

Turtle grows annoyed at the Don Peppe couple, and rightly so after they dismiss Turtle's suggested location without even looking at it. Instead, they check out a bigger, more expensive place, then try to push Turtle to put down a $100,000 down payment. The couple love the place because the street name is the same as the man's mother or something.

As a result, Turtle calls his sports star investors in the hope that they're willing to put more money into the business, but has no luck with them.

Scott tells Eric that Johnny Galecki has booked a big movie that could be the next Harry Potter. Eric's still not budging on his ultimatum, though, and reiterates that he wants Johnny dropped as a client.

Also unchanged is the fact that Eric's continuing to do it with Melinda Clarke. Melinda reckons he still loves Sloan, and her observation is proved true when Turtle rings to tell Eric that Sloan and Johnny are out together. Eric, Melinda in tow, gatecrashes Sloan's lunch with Johnny, which leads to a few angry words between the formerly engaged couple (Eric even calls Sloan a "slut" at one point). Johnny also fires Eric as his manager - I guess that's an easy way to solve Scott's dilemma.

In Ari's office, Lloyd tells his boss that CBS's Les Moonves is only making the miners movie with Phil and that Phil is not returning his calls. Ari seems notably affected by the script, pondering that all he has left now is his job. He soon receives a call from Dana, who says she's been told that the script is really solid and an easy sell but that the higher-aboves see Zachary Levi (Chuck) in the role instead of Drama.

Ari responds like the Ari of yesteryear would by collecting Vince and storming into Phil's office. Phil admits that he feels angry and hurt - he stood up for Drama when no one else in the town would, but Drama repayed him by walking. Come to think of it, Phil has been extremely good to Drama in the past. However, a $100,000 donation to Phil's German Shepherd charity from Vince fixes that, and Drama is ecstatic that his movie's going to be on primetime CBS.

In bed again with Dana, Ari confesses that he's not where he wants to be at his age. He wonders if he's worked all this time for nothing. Dana inquires whether their relationship is going anywhere, and when Ari (predictably) admits he still loves his wife, an upset Dana encourages him to make things up with her.

When speaking with another investor, Turtle learns that Avion has gone public and as a result the shares have risen in value substantially. He's feeling pretty down when Sophia rings, who says she doesn't know what to make of Vince's video. Turtle speaks up for his friend, though, and she agrees to meet Vince for a drink.

Arriving back at the hotel, Vince is told both the good and bad news - that Sophia's willing to give him a chance and that Avion has gone public. Turtle's shares would have been worth $4 million now instead of the $300,000 he has, while Vince's stock would've been at $15 million. Good job that Vince never sold, then, and even bought Turtle's shares from Mark Cuban. Vince insists to a delighted Turtle that he wants to invest in the business.

Finally, Eric follows Sloan back home to talk. He apologises and says he was mean. However, Sloan rebuffs Eric's suggestion that they should get back together, adding that it'll "never happen". When pushed for the reason, Sloan says her family hates Eric and that she would never go against their wishes, even if she was still interested in rekindling their romance.

Oh, and Sloan lays the bombshell that she's pregnant with his baby. She still intends to go to New York and wants nothing from Eric. With the series finale airing next week, it's disappointing that pretty much all the loose ends revolve around people's love lives (Vince, Ari and Eric).

LLOOOOOOOOYD!
  • Turtle's Don Peppe investors include Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Michael Strahan and Amar'e Stoudemire.
  • Vince secures the miners movie for Drama AND earns Turtle close to $4 million from Avion shares. What can't this guy do?
  • As Ari's crumbling marriage has made him too soft, I hereby declare Melinda Clarke to be the best character this season. When Sloan takes a dig at Melinda sarcastically saying she's twice Eric's age, Melinda responds: "I needed some youth after your corpse of a father."
  • Vince is clearly infatuated with Sophia, telling Ari that he's never felt this way about anyone. I still don't see any chemistry between them or what makes Sophia so special to Vince.
  • Ari's transformation to family man is almost complete. Credit to the writers for trying something new with the character, but personally speaking, his emotional journey has been rather lacklustre.
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