How do you really end a series like Entourage and make everyone happy? Actually, the show literally could have ended a thousand different ways and it wouldn’t have made much of a difference, as Entourage was never really a show about plot, or character development. Entourage was a show about a certain, heady feeling you get when you mix friendship, fame, and conspicuous consumption. Everything else was ancillary—including even sex, which the guys would talk about often, but never get particularly specific or passionate about. No, you always got the feeling with Entourage that the ultimate state of being was just hanging with one’s best buddies. Brahs, not bras.
That said, the series finale managed to hit its sentimental marks. Vince has returned from a date with Sophia—the British Vanity Fair reporter presented to us as someone far too smart and sophisticated to fall for a guy like Vince—to announce that the two were engaged. Right. Well, that rung about as true as anything else to ever befall Vinnie, including his ability to convincingly play Aquaman. So why not? Sophia is “the one” (though haven’t we heard that before?), and “the one” was left sitting outside in the car for much of the episode while her husband-to-be rounded up the troops for a wedding in Paris.
A pregnant Sloan, meanwhile, is moving east and wants nothing to do with Eric, who she suspects has slept with her stepmother, Melinda Clark as Herself (which he has). But Vinnie put on his best puppy-dog face and convinced her to stay with E. I wonder what will happen once she finds out he really did sleep with Melinda?
Finally, Ari is a man undone, trying to come to grips with Mrs. Ari’s divorce filing. But over the course of the episode, including a couples’ therapy session presided over by SNL’s Nora Dunn, we see that Ari’s family really did come first, even if he had a tendency to indulge his workaholic tendencies. He abandons the agency and begs for Mrs. Ari’s forgiveness as an El Divo-type singing group serenades her outside their house. Love conquers all.
The series ends on a runway, with two chartered jets—one carrying Vince, his bride-to-be, and his wedding party (including Turtle and Drama, who spend most of the episode in the background like little love-tinkering Shakespearean woodland nymphs) board one. And Eric boards the other, where Sloan, in a ravishing red dress, awaits her diminutive babydaddy. Destination: anywhere they want to go. It’s on Vinnie.
And if you stuck around for the coda, set at the Golds’ seaside vacation in Italy, you got two bonuses. One was an extended rear view of Mrs. Ari, aka actress Perrey Reeves, wearing a skimpy bikini. It may have taken seven seasons to learn her first name (Melissa), but rest assured, there’s very little about Mrs. Ari now left to the imagination. The second was a plot development: Ari's been offered the top position at a major media conglomerate. It’s a chance to be “god,” he explains—both wealth and power-wise—and it clearly intrigues him. Perhaps that’s where the proposed big-screen reunion will pick up, with Ari now positioned as one of the most powerful men in the world. In the context of the series, however, it offered a welcome respite from the non-stop onslaught of shmaltz. In the end, Ari just wants to be our superhero. And that’s okay.
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What did you think of the series finale? Were you satisfied with how the show ended?