Season 3 Episode 2

One Day in the Valley

Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Jun 18, 2006 on HBO
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Episode Summary

Ari and Eric are worried because rolling blackouts have hit Los Angeles and it may cause a decrease in the box-office totals for "Aquaman" in the area. The two ponder how to keep Vince from finding out the situation.

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  • about this episode

    It had great sound mixing.
  • Vince and the gang are waiting for the opening numbers for Aquaman on it's opening weekend. Will they make Vince into a major A list actor or will he fade away?moreless

    In this series Classic episode, which has so many greats moments, the Gang waits to hear from Ari about Aquaman's opening day numbers and see if it is anywhere as good as the box office record holder Spiderman. The gang goes to the Valley which sends Drama into Crazy Freak Drama mode to see Vince's movie with the people. Rolling blackouts start to occur up and down the west coast, which causes Ari and Eric to freak out about low numbers, as they try to keep it secret from Vince. Trying to keep Vince chill, The gang agrees to accompany some high school kids to a party. Vince and the boys have a fun time and the high school kids punk Drama, tossing him in the pool. No one still knows the numbers, but then the greatest agent on the planet Ari arrives to the party, where Vince is standing on the roof, drunk having a great time. Ari tells the party the biggest movie star on the planet is standing on the roof and that Aquaman beat spiderman. Drama is by far the best in this episode. The Valley makes him crazy and hilarious. I give this episode a 9.5 out of 10.moreless
  • Review

    Back to back perfect episodes to start of season 3 with the biggest bang of Entourages short life span. The drama in season 3 is hot and I think a large portion of that is due to the fact that right now...at this point in time...there really is no storyarch that we are following. Aquaman was the highlight,main attraction story of season 2 and we are living in the aftermath of it all in season 3 and the show has never been funnier. The arch is still fresh and new and nothing is becoming worn out and stale just yet. Every scene is funny and both episodes do what comedy shows often fail to do...advance the plot line. From the preimere last episode to the grand opening this episode, everything is clicking for the writers of Entourage right now.

    Eventually something new has to come up, but for now Im just enjoying the high of watching some of the greatest episodes in Entourage history back to back. Perfect episode once again...funny from start to finish.moreless
  • My number 1 favorit EP yet!!!

    Where do i start... like i you might have gotten form my summery this has to be my favorit EP yet. I mean who could it be any better it is perfict just think about it if you were a big star like Vince Chase this would have to be the best day of your life. You start it out by going to see your own movie in a packed theator, but the power goes out withch is a bummer but oh well then you meat a couple of high school kids and decide to go to an old fation pary like the one you and all your friends have gone to where the whole point of being there is to get totally wasted and just hang with all your friends without a care in the world. Then you come to find out you movie is the bigest thing to ever come out not... not thats what i call a good day.

    So all in all what im trying to say is that this EP is really great because you see what it could be like being a middle class kid growing up to become the bigest movie star ever...moreless
  • Vince and the boys travel to the Valley to watch Aquaman during it's opening weekend. Due to rolling blackouts, traffic has trapped the boys in the Valley, thus the title. Thier day goes from Ducati shops to bakyard barbeques without slowing down.moreless

    This episode is the Entourage interpretation of "Almost Famous". "One Day In The Valley" was a great episode to watch; the writing is unbelievable. "Almost Famous" allusions started last season when the movie was discovered to be Vince and Mandy's favorite movie they had watched "like 20 times". It is also mentioned in this episode at the end when Eric tells Ari that Vince "wanted his Almost Famous moment". The boys end up going to a high school party with two guys they met at the Aquaman viewing. Drama ends up humilating himself by losing a wrestling match to the 17 year old who is having the party.

    Ari spends the entire episode trying to avoid his wife, and the rest of the gang buy Ducati's. Which is nice because they gave the Maz to the two nerds at the end of the party so they could give a couple chicks a ride.moreless
Gary Kraus

Gary Kraus

Movie Theater Manager

Guest Star

Adam Wylie

Adam Wylie


Guest Star

Jamie Strange

Jamie Strange

Big Sister

Guest Star

Rex Lee

Rex Lee


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Reggie and Jay say that thanks to Vincent, some girls are going to hang with them in their basement. It is very unlikely that a house in the San Fernando Valley has a basement.

    • Vincent is seen throughout this episode in an orange T-shirt and green shorts -- hallmark colors of one Orin/Arthur Curry.

    • In some scenes at the Valley party, Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) can be seen in the close shots, but not the wide shots. He says on the DVD commentary that he thought his shots were done for the day and went home before the wide shots were done. He tried to get back to the Valley but got caught in traffic (much like the boys did in this episode) and the rest of the scene was shot without him.

    • "Spider-Man" is said to be the movie with the #1 opening weekend in history with $114 million. In July 2006, less than one month after this episode aired, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" topped that record by making $132 million on opening weekend.

    • Aquaman was projected to earn 116 million dollars in its opening weekend.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (to the crowd of teens)
      Ari: Anyone ever heard of a hanging chad?
      Crowd: (silence)
      Ari: Where the fuck am I?

    • Ari: The first west coast numbers are in, and they're big.
      Eric: Go on.
      Ari: Eight leg big, bitch.
      Eric: Get the fuck out of here!
      Ari: The webcrawler is in our sights, and I want to SQUASH THAT FUCKER!.
      Eric: Me too, Ari. Me Too.

    • Ari: Well that was refreshing, but now I have to go home and hammer the wife.
      Vince: Hey, give us a lift?
      Ari: Anything to keep me away from my house, come on baby.

    • Marriage Counselor: When was the last time you had sex?
      Ari: With each other, or...?

    • Ari: It wasn't the Cubs' fault when that douche bag grabbed that foul ball either, but they still don't get a World Series Ring. There are no asterisks in this life, only scoreboards, and ours is currently reading "Fucked."

    • Ari: After the year that I've had and on the most important day of my life, you'd think she would ask me what I wanted. You know? A nice blowjob perhaps, where I could just sit back for the first time in nine months and can do nothing but admire the top of her head and pray that this fucking movie opens so I can stop selling off assets like we're fucking Michael Jackson!
      Now I have to answer the fucking batphone when it rings three fucking times and its fucking Vince.

    • Ari: This is Hollywood, Lloyd. The only thing Mongolian is barbeque.

    • Lloyd: My widget says it's 96 already.
      Ari: What the fuck's a widget? Why are you sitting like that? Seriously, what, are you sitting on a butt plug?

    • Drama: Vince, you know my policy... except for work, I only go to the valley November through March. And even then, only the "Sushi Row".

    • Eric: Why Ari? Why?
      Ari: I'm in bed E, talk dirty to me.
      Eric: It's five o'clock in the morning.
      Ari: What are you wearing?
      Eric: Fuck you!
      Ari: I love it when you say "fuck," say it again.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Steve Morantz, Dennis Kirk and Mark D. Fleming won the 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation for this episode.

    • Julian Farino was nominated for the 2007 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Comedy Series for his work on this episode, as well as the 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.

    • Skye Lewin was nominated for the 2007 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Music for Television - Short Form for his work on this episode.

    • Locations: Sherman Oaks Galleria 16; Pro Italia Motors, Inc

    • Music: "Rompe" by Daddy Yankee; "Hell Ain't What it Used to Be" by Nashville Pussy; "Keep Me In Your Mind" by The Koreans; "Scream" by The 5,6,7,8's; "Petrified" by Fort Minor; "Call in the Cavalry" by The Shys; "I Just Wanna Celebrate" by Rare Earth


    • Ari mentions a foul ball that hurt the Cubs' World Series.

      This must be a reference to the 2003 NLCS game where Steve Bartman (a Cubs fan) went after a foul ball at Wrigley, preventing Moises Alou from making a play. The Cubs (who were leading at the time) went on to lose the game and the series to the Marlins. Many fans believe Bartman is to blame for the Cubs missing the Series that year.

    • "Sushi Row"
      Drama mentions that he only goes to the Valley for Sushi Row. Sushi Row is at the east end of Studio City's piece of Ventura Boulevard and is known for its high concentration of good-quality raw fish places.

    • The title of this episode is similar to the 1996 movie 2 Days in the Valley.

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