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Season 2 Episode 7

The Sundance Kids

Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Jul 17, 2005 on HBO
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Episode Summary

Vince and the gang arrive at Sundance, eager to see the final cut of "Queens Boulevard" as well as to convince James Cameron to cast Vince in Aquaman. A chance encounter between Eric and Harvey Weingard, a studio big wig leads to an offer for Vince that is a safe alternative to "Aquaman," but Vince instead decides to take his chances and go for the superhero franchise. Although Cameron only sees about ten minutes of "Queens Boulevard," he decides to slot Vince in as his leading man.moreless

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  • Review

    Vince and the gang arrive at Sundance, eager to see the final cut of "Queens Boulevard" as well as to convince James Cameron to cast Vince in Aquaman. A chance encounter between Eric and Harvey Weingard, a studio big wig leads to an offer for Vince that is a safe alternative to "Aquaman," but Vince instead decides to take his chances and go for the superhero franchise. Although Cameron only sees about ten minutes of "Queens Boulevard," he decides to slot Vince in as his leading man. The episode started off very slow but finished strong with a deal with Vinces life of movie stardom finnaly being made.Vince is going to do Aquaman after a 7 episode story arch that had him going though so much. I wonder how they are going to do it this time - if we will see him making the movie or if they will skip foward the time a couple of months like they did the last time. For all we know the deal is going to fall apart in the next epsiode - who knows at this point. Either way I was glad to see them out of LA for a change and the epiosde did get comical after the first 10 minutes, which was very veyr boring. Solid episode from Entourage, exactly what you would expect to see from the show.moreless
  • One of the best episodes of Entourage!

    This show is just going from strenght to streght. It was nice to see E take a chance and chuck the Australian flick with Aquaman.

    Ari was as good as ever, with awesome one liners and a snowball fight thrown in. It was great seeing the guys away from LA, and in the frigid Utah weather.

    The end sequence on the snowboards was perfect, unbridled joy.

    I hope we see some more development of the Aquaman plot, as well as some more of Shauna!

    Seeing the chemistry between the guys was amazing, and I'm looking forward to seeing how Drama does in his audition with the Spanish Spielberg.moreless
  • About time Aquabat got some action!

    Where did my heart go? Anyone see my heart? I think someone just stole my heart. (Corny, I know.) I can so totally not blame Turtle and Drama for trying to hit on the blonde chick from the Peace Corps. I\'d hop on a plane and go to Sudan if it meant I could spend one day with her. No joke.

    Seriously, Entourage episodes are too short. By the time the episode has ended I\'ve already forgotten about it because it\'s just too short to keep my thoughts focused. the only thing I remember afterwards are the childish jokes and the hot wimminz. I know that\'s sad.

    This episode scores a fat 8.9 on my cool spectrum, and you know why? 8 big points because the Aquabat plot has gotten some pepper thrown in his eye, and it\'s up and bouncing around! I hope the next, what, seven? episodes are centered around this, because the lack of a real plot is annoying me. Ghetto guy from Queens making it in the biz isn\'t what keeps me glued to the tube.moreless
  • Proof of How Much I Dig This Show

    I am overjoyed for an actor that doesn't exist getting chosen for a movie that isn't being made.

    It's great to see a show that actually gives the characters what they want rather than building drama and comedy through with-holding and adversary.

    There was just so much to like about this episode. Even the easy-and-overdue Harvey Weinstein slap was passable in an episode with snowball fights, swords crossing (not only was that funny, but it's a perfect symbol of the amount of success and independence these characters have. The chicks fight over Vince, Eric gets the still-super-hot loser, and Drama and Turtle have to share a chick), and James Cameron.

    Oddly enough, I find that most of the show's tension comes from my anticipation of a shoe that probably won't drop. With other shows, its a given. Here, it's reflex and I just enjoy the relief of Vince getting the project instead of losing both the Australia flick AND Aquaman as well as Vince not getting injured on the slopes. Entourage is a show that knows itself so well that it doesn't have to become Greek tragedy because "hey, wouldn't that be neat".

    Now that Vince has Aquaman, the question now becomes, "what are they going to do with the six remaining episodes of this season?"

  • An important episode to Vinnie and the gang. Great visuals in the episode, and an important plot point revealed!

    Vinnie and the guys arrive at Park City for the Sundance Film Festival--where everyone has a screening of Vinnie\'s indie movie as the pivotal point in their future. The episode portrays everyone--from Vinnie to Eric to Ari and surprisingly, even the indie director--as calm but nervous. Then Eric bumps into someone important in the bathroom who eventually offers Vinnie a sure-fire thing.

    This person is a mirror image, surely, of a very familiar (and same-named) Hollywood big shot. This helps the episode to stay the course in skewering Hollywood personalities.

    Jeremy Piven again is given a chance to show off his acting abilities (as silly as they can be), where so far this season he has been somewhat limited in.

    Kevin Dillion again shows us how great he can be as an arrogant and off slightly stupid Johnny Drama: he attempts to play geography teacher.

    Turtle and Drama have a classic run-in that will surely provide some great laughs throughout the episode.

    The episode provides a bit of stress, a bit of warmth (Ari and Vinnie bond a bit, although indirectly) and of course keeps to its comedic and sarcastic roots.

    One of the best things about this episode is the producer\'s use of the environment: Park City is a great, beautiful little town, and this is reflected in this episode beautifully. Most startlingly is the end of the episode in which the use of the clouds--hanging below the mountains--helps inspire some awe (a metaphor, perhaps, of what occurs at the end of the episode).

    A great episode, that seals up a plot threat but reopens another. Piven gets to get back to his character\'s season 1 adolescent behavior, and Dillion cashes in another great performance.moreless
Stanley DeSantis

Stanley DeSantis

Scott Wick

Guest Star

Julian Acosta

Julian Acosta

Alejandro Teva

Guest Star

Todd Davis

Todd Davis


Guest Star

Rhys Coiro

Rhys Coiro

Billy Walsh

Recurring Role

Maury Chaykin

Maury Chaykin

Harvey Weingard

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Turtle's black beanie is an Under Armor brand, a company founded in 1996 by former University of Maryland football player Kevin Plank. This underground label is particularly used by US and allied special forces soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    • When Eric is talking with Harvey Weingard in the bathroom in the beginning, the burnt part of Harvey's cigarette keeps growing and shrinking throughout the shots. At one part it even falls of, returning in the next shot.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Billy: There's my guy...
      Vince: Hey, Billy. What's up?
      Billy: I hope this thing doesn't suck...
      Vince: Since when do you worry?
      Billy: I had a dream last night. People hated it. They tormented me into pieces. (Pause) I shaved my head.. I'm a fucking mess.
      Shauna: I am sure it's great. You shown it to anybody?
      Billy: Me, my editor and my mother.
      Shauna: What did your mother think?
      Billy: She thought it was garbage. But she's a fucking moron.
      Ari: Mr. Walsh...
      Billy: Fuck off, super suit. I do not talk to people like you before...

    • Ari: (about shooting in Australia) We're going to get drunk with Russell Crowe, we're going to headbutt some God-damn kangaroos.

    • Ari: You don't come to Sundance for the snow. You come for the heat.

    • Eric: Guess who's breaking bread at 2:50?
      Vince: Who eats at 2:50?
      Eric: Harvey Wiengard.
      Shauna: Oh...Harvey's a prick to work for, but he's a genius. Everything he touches turns to Oscar gold.
      Vince: You're the man, E.

    • Harvey: Tell me something - managers, agents, what the hell is the difference between you guys.
      Eric: Managers are the one's who care.

    • Drama: (to Cassie) It's all a matter of preference. Do you prefer tall, lean and handsome or, uh, (waves over at Turtle) short, fat and ugly?
      Turtle: Haha, you know what? He's right. I mean, do you want somebody who's cute, funny and cuddly? Or somebody's who's bitter, out of work and losing his hair by the minute?
      Drama: I'm not losing my hair.
      Turtle: Yeah, you are.

    • Turtle: I know everything about the Sudan. For example, it's in Northern Africa, population 38 million, give or take a few, their currency is the dinar and their major exports are oil, petroleum products and ground nuts.
      Cassie: Wow, Turtle. It's great you have this intellectual curiosity for the Sudanese.
      Turtle: I'm a humanitarian at heart especially when it comes to indigenouse cultures.
      Drama: Yeah, I'm curious too. How the f*ck did you know all that?
      Turtle: I "googled" it, motherf*cker. Keep up.

    • Drama: No, this is a question (pauses) in two parts. Are you interested in seeing any films while you're here, Alejandro? And would you ever consider an American with some Chilean blood in him for the part of Raoul in "The Bull Fighter"?
      Alejandro: I would consider anyone who would bring truth to the role.
      Drama: (jumps in immediately) Good, 'cause I'm the sixth lead in "Queens Boulevard," and I would be delighted if you would be my guest.

    • Eric: First of all, we're boarding, not skiing. Second of all, you guys have been on boards twice and one of those times was in the store when we were testing them out.
      Vince: Uh-oh, sounds like a challenge. Tell you what, I'll put up a G for the first man down the hill, unless of course I win, in which case you all have to walk home barefoot.
      Drama and Turtle: I'm in.
      Eric: What's Sundance without the spirit of competition? I'm in.

    • Drama: Take it all in. Your first film festival only happens once, Vince. I let my first one pass me by. Barely remember a thing.
      Turtle: What was that festival again, Drama? 'Cause we barely remember it either.
      Drama: Palm Springs International '93. I was the toast of the town. I thought I told you guys about this?

    • Drama: By tomorrow night, she'll be a memory...so what do you want to do?
      Turtle: I want the memory.
      Drama: So do I.
      Turtle: F-ck you.
      Drama: F-ck me? F-ck you!

    • Turtle: "Why don't you go after a Mormon, Drama? They're all over the place here and, and besides, everyone knows they know how to treat their men right. They're like Catholic girls times a hundred."

    • Ari: We're gonna get drunk with Russell Crowe. We're gonna head-butt some ****in' kangaroos.

    • Concessions Girl: Was the sinking of the ship an attempt to foreshadow the forthcoming sinking of the tech market of 2000?
      James Cameron: Uh, no. Actually,I just wanted to make little girls cry.

    • Turtle: We accidentally "crossed swords."
      Eric: Ew.
      Vince: Were there any women there at least?
      Turtle: Yeah, dick, it was a threesome, okay? It's no biggie…crossing is an occupational hazard.

    • Ari: You don't come to Sundance for the snow; you come for the heat.

    • Eric: This is your life. It's not mine to f**k around with.
      Vince: This is our life. Don't forget that, alright? I need you acting from your gut. That's why I have you here.

    • Eric: You think the night before a Mormon wedding a guy says "How am I going to sleep with the same eight women for the rest of my life?"

    • Drama: In Palm Springs I had a king size bed all to myself.
      Eric: Yeah, he tried to bang a bunch of senior citizens but he's a non-closer.
      Drama: Oh, you slay me E.

    • Harvey: Tell me something. Managers. Agents. What the hell's the difference between you guys?
      Eric: Managers are the ones who care.
      (Harvey laughs)
      Harvey: That's good. I like that. You're not serious are you?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Julian Farino was nominated for the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for this episode.

    • Location Credits:

      "Vince and the guys enter the heart of the Sundance Film Festival"
      Main Street
      Park City, Utah 84060

      "Vince's hot indie film "Queens Blvd." is on the marquee"
      Egyptian Theatre
      328 Main Street
      Park City, Utah 84060

      "Vince gets the call from Cameron offering him the part of Aquaman."
      Monster Slope
      The Canyons Resort
      4000 The Canyons Resort Drive
      Park City, Utah 84098

    • Music Credits

      "Since They Wanna Know" by Obie Trice
      "Crosstown Traffic" by Jimi Hendrix
      "Move Around" by Bump J feat. Kanye West
      "Pump It" by Black Eyed Peas
      "It's You And Me Baby" by Matt Ender
      "Waiting for Days" by Patrick Tuzzolino
      "Riot Radio" by The Dead 60s
      "2 Wicky" by Hooverphonic
      "Passing Me By" by Pharcyde
      "Dimdanana (Green Empathy Mix)" by Jasmon
      "Hey Sunshiney Day" by The Bravery


    • Title: The Sundance Kids

      The title of this episode is half the title of the 1969 Oscar-winning film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a story about two bank-robbers who flee to Bolivia when escaping the law.

    • Harvey Weingard is a spoof based on the actual big time Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein. They are both big time Hollywood producers. And it's obvious they are making fun of Weinstein when Ari says that he does nothing but make Kevin Smith movies. Weinstein ran Miramax which produces all of Kevin Smith's movies.