[Spoiler alert! The following reveals major plot points from the series finale of Entourage.]
The four boys from Queens left on jet planes as Entourage ended its eight-year run on Sunday. The finale found many of the characters in very different places from where the series started, but we're still not quite sure how everyone got there. Below are some of our biggest burning questions from and criticisms of the last episode:
4. No love for Turtle and Drama? The final episode honored the main guys' family of four — as best depicted in the scene when Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) calls Sloan and Eric's unborn child "our baby" — so it was disappointing that two of the four guys didn't have much to do besides follow Eric and Vince around as they made their big life choices. Sure, between Vince (Adrian Grenier) getting hitched and Ari (Jeremy Piven) quitting the business, there were already enough major life changes for this 30-minute episode, but it would have been nice to see what was next for Turtle and Drama (Kevin Dillon). Did Turtle use the $4 million he got from Avion stock to open the Italian restaurant? Here's hoping he's not going to just sit back and do nothing with his money, because Vince could have written him a check years ago and saved him a lot of trouble. And after watching his career vacillate so unpredictably for so many years, what is Drama's next move after the TV movie (you know, the one that Vince had to buy for him?)
3. How did Eric and Sloan's love story get so melodramatic? Viewers have been invested in the will-they-or-won't-they dynamic between Eric (Kevin Connolly) and Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui) from the beginning. However, as opposed to previous seasons, when the couple's major breakup happened off-screen, fans got a big taste of the pair's bitter split. But instead of putting the fun in dysfunctional, the Eric-and-Sloan saga felt like a rejected idea for the short-lived Melrose Place remake. Yes, thank goodness they ended up together, but after way too much time was spent on petty grievances Sloan ended up tossing out the window in the end anyway. (How can she not care at all that her dad wants to shoot her baby daddy? Thanksgiving is going to be so awkward!). And, truthfully, in the end it was the unplanned baby that really brought them together -- not love, not Vince, not anything else. A slightly underwhelming ending for the once-truly happy couple.
2. Did Ari really have to sacrifice everything to be happy? Ari's complete unraveling in Season 8 was by far the most interesting story line, but its resolution was not nearly as satisfying as it should have been. Yes, it's great that he and Melissa (I guess I buy that name for Mrs. Ari) got back together, but what does it mean if he had to sacrifice his life's work to make it come together and his wife didn't have to do anything? Entourage has always been about Hollywood, but also about how the four boys from Queens didn't need the fame, the glitz and the glamour to enjoy life. Vince and the gang were usually just fine with putting their personal happiness first. So is that what Ari took away from his friendship with the boys all these years? Even so, it felt like Ari denying who he really is. Ari's epilogue — in which he's offered the opportunity to become the CEO and chairman of a huge media company only a week after running away with his wife — seemed a better endnote, but also felt like a set-up for the planned film.
1. Why did Vince have to fall in love? Over the course of the series, the show was arguably more about Eric and his journey from pizza boy to manager wunderkind alongside his movie star best friend. And after eight seasons of showcasing Eric as a hopeless romantic, it only made sense for the end of his story to be tied so closely to a significant other. But why did Vince's journey have to be tied up in such a clichéd fashion? Vince's biggest triumphs and hardest falls were never at the hands of women (save for Mandy Moore, a relationship the writers did a much better job of depicting than the one he instantly has with Sophia).
Does Vince deserve to find a nice girl and be happy like everyone else? Sure. But why so rushed? And why did he and Sophia have to prove their love by tying the knot (and hello? Would someone like Sophia, an intelligent woman who most recently dated a doctor from Johns Hopkins, really marry someone like Vince after a few days? I think not). After two crazy whirlwind romances and more one-night-stands than Wilt Chamberlain, couldn't the writers have just left it at, "I met a nice girl! I'm crazy about her! We'll see where it goes" and let viewers' imaginations take the wheel. Much more logical was Vince's final save for Eric, and his subsequent letting-go of his best friend once-and-for-all. Deep down, the series was always about the friendship between these four guys, and seeing that friendship morph into something new and less codependent for Eric and Vince felt right.
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