Drama Challenges Uncle Jessie to a Ping-Pong Battle to the Death
Editor's Note: Each Monday (or Tuesday when things are really busy), we'll run a recap of the previous Sunday night's episode of “Entourage.” Be warned: There will be spoilers after the jump. So come back and read this after you've seen the episode. Also, here's the recap of Episode 1, Episode 2, and Episode 3.
Like probably some of you, I watched last night's episode of “Entourage” on DVR, after watching the season premiere of “Mad Men” on AMC. I had just completed a Don Draper marathon over the previous week, 11 Season 3 episodes over the course of about four days. After watching a great Season 3 finale a few hours earlier in the day and then a solid Season 4 opener at 10, I was bound to be disappointed by “Entourage” 7.4. Turns out most of you were, too. What do you expect, though, in an episode with barely any new talent and Drama playing John Stamos — twice — in ping-pong as the main plot point? And yet, the ping-pong thing actually made sense. We'll explain in the complete episode round-up, with spoilers, after the jump.
Another episode in which not a lot happened. Vince actually read a script (for “Airwalker”), and E finally mans up and admits it's a good project and that Scotty Lavin deserves some credit. By the end of the episode, the two managers have brokered a peace accord, but I'm not sure how long that's really going to last.
In last week's recap, I told you that the reason that Alex wanted Turtle to go to Mexico with her was going to end up being something lame; and I should have written what I thought it was going to be, because that's what it ended up being: tequila. I swear, as soon as I saw the coming attractions last week I knew it was going to be tequila-related. But I didn't write it down, so you don't believe me, and that's fine. But yeah, it's tequila. So why do Alex and her friend need Turtle? Because they want Vince to rep the brand, of course. Turtle, of course, gets bombed out of his head and once again tries to make his moves on Alex. This time she isn't so turned off, but still forces him to wait.
Ari is gathering potential partners to join him on the NFL team deal, although Andrew Kline calls Ari to tell him what we already figured — that Lizzie is scheming, looking to steal clients, and probably putting together her own bid for the NFL team.
And then there's Drama, who spends the entire episode trying to convince John Stamos to play his better-looking brother in a new TV series — by challenging him to a few games of ping pong. Now here's the deal about ping pong. JoePa this morning was saying how terrible last night's episode was and calling out the writers for using something as lame as ping pong to determine whether Stamos would do the show. The reason why this actually works and is actually funny, though, is that ping pong is absolutely the biggest craze in both New York and Los Angeles right now. Last year a guy named Jonathan Bricklin opened up SPiN, a high-end ping pong club on 23rd Street in New York City. At around the same time, the former Ms. Andy Dufresne, Susan Sarandon, starting dating this guy. SPiN became a huge hit with celebrities and other branches have opened in Los Angeles and Milwaukee, with probably more on the way. [Side note: I've been to the NYC one and it's actually a lot of fun; there's a full bar, good music, and is a good place to bring a date or a group of friends if you're looking for something different to do. Highly recommended.] All that explanation is to say that the ping-pong challenge, at least in the world of “Entourage,” made sense. Drama whoops Stamos on Vince's home court, but in a rematch at SPiN Hollywood (where Stamos apparently has a personal trainer) to determine whether or not they do the show, Uncle Jessie wins. But he also appreciates the competition and thinks that they can build on their chemistry on the set, so he agrees to do the pilot.
Everyone leaves SPiN to go to Vegas to party for the night — all except E, who has a date with Sloan and the wedding planner the next day. Yeah, exactly.
The Funny Lines:
As always, I can't promise that I got all these quotes verbatim or that in a few instances I even attributed them to the right people. But here's what I had in my notes:
- Ari regarding Jeff Katzenberg coming to the NFL team meeting: “I need a “Kung Fu Panda” bear somewhere he can see it.”
- Lizzie to Ari: “What are you my life coach?”
- Lizzie to Ari: “If I was your daughter, I would blow my f*cking brains out.”
- Scotty Lavin to E, who didn't knock: “Sometimes I like to start my day off with a good whack.”
- Stamos to Vince about Drama: “That's cool. I hate my brother.”
- No idea who said this one but it was funny: “Great tits. Great giant n*pples.”
- Drama to Stamos: “It's gonna be a long day for Uncle Jessie.”
- Ari: “Barabara Miller has agreed to pay $10 million and be the mascot. We'll be the L.A. Cougars.”
- Alex's Mexican friend to Turtle, after showing him his gun: “Don't worry. I won't kill you until you turn me down.”
- Phil to Drama: “There is nobody better looking than you in this town.” Drama to Phil: “Rob Lowe, maybe?”
- Scotty to E after they make peace: “No hug.”
- Alex to Drama: “I don't have to be drunk for you to take advantage of me.”
- Ari to Andrew Klein: “If you didn't blow your entire career up your nose, you'd be banging cheerleaders up in the luxury box with us.”
- Stamos to Drama: “Johnny, you're a b*tch, you know that?”
- Stamos to Drama, regarding the ping-pong table at Vince's house: “You've got c*m stains all over your table. Sorry vince.”
- Turtle to Alex: “Are we sleeping on it together?”
- Stamos to Vince: “Your brother is the John McEnroe of ping pong.”
- Scotty to E, before leaving with everyone but E for Vince: “I'll get blowed for you. One time. All right. We probably won't have any fun.”
Most Random Cameo:
When we see Andrew Kline at rehab, John Heard, who played Kevin's dad in “Home Alone,” walks by. According to IMDB, Heard played a character, Richard Wimmer, in season 4, episode 10 of “Entourage,” although I can't for the life of me remember what his character was and why it's funny that he was also in rehab. I think Tom Sizemore also makes an appearance at rehab, but maybe he was at the NFL team partners meeting at Ari's office, along with Shawne Merriman and a few big real-life entertainment and sports execs.
Other than the Mexican girl with the thong that disappeared into her ass crack, there wasn't much new talent to speak of in this episode. That said, professional ping-pong player and model Soo Yeon Lee, who is seen training John Stamos at SPiN, is a definite blasian. Here she is at a party at the SPiN in NYC.
Elmira Zainabudinova is another professional ping pong player who appeared in last night's episode.
The Best Little Moment You Might Not Have Caught:
In the comments section of the first episode recap a few weeks ago, one of you guys pointed out that Ari's paint-ball gun was hanging, framed, on his office wall. I finally noticed it last night. Great stuff.
On next week's episode:
My f*cking DVR cut out before I saw the entire preview, but Bob Saget returns and we've got a Mike Tyson cameo. Let's hope the rest of the show is up to par.