Entourage Series Finale Review: Too Good To Be True?

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Cue Boyz II Men's "End of the Road." Or Led Zeppelin, that'll work, too.

I can't believe Entourage is over. Oh wait, that's right, it's not. They should've called this episode "The End...Until We're Done Shooting the Movie." But, luckily for us, this finale was everything the audience hoped it would be. When the credits first rolled, I had a huge smile on my face - and then I thought about it for a while and turned it over in my mind.

Ari and Mrs. Ari

The longer I contemplated, the more a question bobbed to the surface: If something seems too good to be true, is it?

Let me start out by saying, if one more person uses the word "Bromance" to describe this series, I'll gag. I do, however, think that talking about genuine, enduring friendship - the kind that we cultivate as kids and hopefully remains pristine throughout life - is totally appropriate for this finale. And for the series, for that matter. In trying to decide if I thought that this was a great episode of Entourage, I had to first nail down when exactly it was that this show was at its best?

When Ari was on the war path and terrifying employees, that's when. When E was less slick and Hollywood-ized and they were still satirizing the kind of backroom deals the town is famous for, that's when. And when Vince and his loyal brood were busy damage-controlling the debauchery they caused between the parties, the women and the parties, that's when.

So, if that's the case, then can a finale that essentially told us what we wanted to hear really be considered great? Yes. When the dialogue and antics were reminiscent of the glory days of this show, and the moments were genuinely endearing, then I argue that the answer can still be "yes," even if parts of it were imperfect.

What parts, you ask? For starters, let's call a spade a spade here. Entourage was never intended to be the thinking man's show. HBO wasn't going for anything philosophical and profound with this one. We love it because it's entertaining. So to suddenly start talking about character growth and symbolism would be inauthentic, and a disservice, in my opinion. Whereas most of my reviews are the Gospel according to Me, I'm curious to hear what our readers made of this finale. I have a feeling it'll be a mixed bag.

I have no problem with the way Ellin, Wahlberg et al. left off with Drama or Turtle's storylines. In fact, Drama could bet anything on his career right now (balls crossed or not) and he'd still come out on top, he's in that good of a position for once. Likewise with Turtle, we may still see him as a pot smoking "valet," as Drama called him, but he's using his street smarts for good and he may out-earn them all one day. It's Vince and Ari where I ultimately get stuck.

Turtle and Drama Pic

If they spent so much time convincing us what a horrible, snobby, academic elitist Sophia was, how are we supposed to believe that she suddenly joined Team Vince and agreed to get married?

I didn't need them to develop their romance further, I just think the Sophia they built her to be wouldn't have been wooed by him sending her a compilation of adoring ex-girlfriend testimonials; the move would've repelled her. Vince is damn charming, and those eyes are impossible to say no to (just ask Sloan) but even he couldn't win her over that quickly. She would've found him abhorrent and vain. Unless Vince is to sex what Michael Phelps is to swimming, in which case say no more.... and dive right in, girl.

Either way, our Vince doesn't belong with a wedding ring on his finger, so the movie version will likely begin with Vince and Sophia pulling a Britney Spears-esque 55 hour marriage in ol' gay Paree. Or him opening up an all-cardigans store. One or the other.

As for Ari and Mrs. Ari (or Melissa as they now throw her name wildly about)  I am similarly unconvinced by their ending (ahem, fake ending, because this is obviously just a place holder until the movie picks up where they paused). Why is it that Ari, who is spectacularly obnoxious and no holds barred in all other areas of his life, is a wuss when it comes to his wife? This woman must have lady parts made of pure gold, as readers have remarked in the past, in order to render Ari so benign all the time. Or it could be her flawless ass. I may not like her character, but I have to hand it to Perrey Reeves for giving all other women a complex after a lengthy tight shot of her posterior. Damn. Maybe Ari will be able to sustain his Blackberry-less life in Italy...

Wait, who are we kidding? No he won't. That's why, swelling opera ballads or no, that romance cannot survive him suppressing who he really is to make her happy. We know Ari loves his family, but Dana was a better fit for him, bottom line. It's great that Ari has been painted as a hopeless (if sometimes clueless) romantic, but people change from their 20s to their 40s, and who he was then isn't who he is now, a fact that Mrs. Ari just doesn't grasp. (PS, his kids suck, please leave them off every episode, series finale or not.)

What Ari did get right, however, was leaving things in Lloyd's capable hands. I want Lloyd to turn into the Great and Powerful Oz of gay television agents. And opera singing trio managers. And president of argyle sweater vest-wearers everywhere. We hadn't seen Lloyd this assertive since he quit and left Ari's car on the freeway. Yay for Lloyd, and for under-appreciated employees everywhere.

Last but not least, we have E and Sloan. Despite her irritating ways this season, I actually like them together, so I'll chalk her bitchiness up to pregnancy hormones and leave it at that. I cannot wait to see Terence pursue E like the pocket-sized, red-headed stepchild that he is (kidding...KIDDING!) and genuinely hope that they all live in a house together, a la Three Men and Two Little Men...and Sloan. Since she is, after all, carrying "their baby." Priceless. And to think, we have Vince to thank for all of this. Would we expect any less from the golden boy they built a series around? Pshhht! Never.

When all is said and done, even though I think that Vince's function was less to be a person of depth and more to be the vehicle that binds them all together, he came through, just like the boys from Queens have done for each other all along. I may not believe in everything that Entourage underscores from within the Hollywood bubble, but I do believe in friendship (cheesy, I know) and this show has always been about brotherhood. And boobs, and tequila, and cocaine benders and race car driving...but brotherhood, too.

So, even though at times it was a little sappy, or Ari's cry face got a little ugly, I can stand behind most of the moments in this series finale, if not every single one. Here's hoping that Entourage 2.0 will be better than the Sex and the City movies, or the second one at least.

Now let's hug it out, bitch.


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Rating: 3.9 / 5.0 (216 Votes)

I know this is two years late but here goes: I agree with the reviewer about ARI and VINCE. Ari was perfect character who was destroyed in the last season. Thanks a lot Wahlberg, what a buzz kill that was. Second, I never liked Vince much as he was too over sensitive and not that fun. So when he became a drug addict that was it. Go F yourself Vince.
But I like how Turtle and Drama got their lives figured out specially Drama as I like him the best.
Hopefully movie contain lot more of Drama and Ari's scenes so we can have some fun.


ENTOURAGE was just great. From the beginning to the end of the last epidsode but its not the show that has me TWEAKED 'E used to use that word a lot' its the viewer who instead of enjoying the show for what it was they get upset with it for what they thought how it should have ended. Take it for what it was and just wait for the MOVIE!!


wonder what they will do with ari in the film? i think he will go back to being an agent but not to work at warner.


Sometimes it's almost insulting what the view is forced to swallow in a "would this actually happen in real life?" context. Then again, if your looking for realism, this is probably one of the worst shows you could pick.


Good review, have to agree with a lot of your opinions....especially Vince and his cardigan enhanced romance with Sophia. I'm so sad to see Entourage go, Im not usually 'into' anything like Entourage, but I admit to having been hooked since my first watch. Something about the interplay between characters has always just felt right, like something you've always known. One thing I have to mention though....what the hell is with the tiny seasons, 8 episodes? Come on, how lazy were they getting? Can't believe they've ended it, seemingly endless possibilities could have been explored when your subject matter is the rich and famous 'boys from next door', not to mention Ari's wonderful insanity. The promise of a movie just doesn't cut it for me....can't believe I'll never be waiting for another episode.

@ Brad King

Agreed!!! Friggin Wahlberg wanted to focus on movies so his back end tv show can go to hell !!! This was much better than all his movies the grumpy dick. Should've kept this goin'.


it was exciting to watch this last episode. i though think they should have give some last twist with some kind of a massage in the last scene. was to predictable that to believe.


I loved the last episode and can't wait for more. I read a few of the comments and yes, Mrs. Ari appeared to be phony and nauseating, and yes, the last couple of episodes made Vince look like Mr. Goody Two Shoes, and yes, it was a unexpected that Turtle became a millionaire. But remember this is about Hollywood and all those things are probably 'real' for that city. People become stars over night and make millions, and loose it just as quickly. Women in Hollywood ARE phony and the media loves to make people look like Goody Two Shoes. So what, it's a movie made for entertainment.


Very good review. Just a couple of points! It bothered me a bit at the last two episodes that Vince was perceived to be "Mr Goody Two Shoes", stepping in to fix all his friends and brothers lives! Last thing , if I was Sloan I would have left Eric at the airport for as long as he made her stand there while he talked to his friends! There she was waving her arms in the air while he casually talked to his pals!!!!
One more thing even though I said two... Mrs Ari with the great ass has a very hard time playing "sweet and in love". To me, she appeared to look phony and somewhat nauseating!
I really will miss my Sunday ritual of watching Entourage with my husband!


I predicted this season ending with all the guys on some rooftop, all single, with a panning out shot of them being on top of the world. I was clearly wrong. But I liked the ending. The 24 hour Sophia thing was a little ridiculous - even though she may have seen Vince for who he really was and all that, she seems way too practical to get married in 24 hours. But it's also true that this show is absurdly unbelievable in an "everything works out in the end" kind of way. That's why I watch it, I love that motto and try to live by it. So while certain things seem unrealistic and absurd, just remember what show your watching and try not to care TOO much, and this is coming from a huge fan of the show. It'll be very interesting to see if any of the stability at the end of this season carries on in the movie or if certain things have changed or crumbled. Either way, lots of good writing and some pretty moving parts from characters we've grown to know and love.


Loved the ending. Much like George, Elaine and Kramer were the reason to watch Seinfeld, Turtle, Drama, E and Ari were what kept me tuning in. Don't get me wrong, Vince was awesome, and his conquests are epic, but I watched for the great banter and the awkward Drama moments (remember when he masturbated in the motor home with his mic on...priceless). I liked how Turtle's hard work got rewarded, Drama's no quit attitude got rewarded, E's faithfulness got rewarded and Ari's commitment to his wife and kids got rewarded. I have no clue where the movie will take us, but I'm sure it will be fun.

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Entourage Season 8 Episode 8 Quotes

Vince: Now let's see you top that news.
Turtle, Billy and Drama: Sloan's pregnant.

Vince: I think I'm getting married.
Turtle: What?
Billy: Come on, Vince.
Vince: I'm serious, I'm actually in love with this woman.
Drama: What was the sex that good?
Vince: Yes, but that's not it.
Turtle: It's either that or you're back on drugs.
Vince: I'm clearer than I've ever been.
Drama: Well did you drug her?