Last time on Entourage, the boys from Queens were finally moving out beyond the high-wattage shadow of Vince. Turtle got dumped by Jamie-Lynn Sigler as he began to look forward to starting his own business, Eric and Sloan were finally engaged and Drama scored a holding deal for his own TV series. Meanwhile, Ari bought back his old agency to add to his growing empire and Vince was continuing to enjoy the fruits of his labor with a nice vacation to Italy. However, things can't stay that stress-free for long and it's time to see how far the guys have, or have not, come since we last saw them.
We open up to a large villa with a couple of very beautiful young ladies in tight white shirts and short black skirts sitting attentively on Turtle's couch while he's on the phone. We quickly learn he's launched his hot girls limo service that he first pitched two seasons ago. Despite getting his heart broken by Jamie at the end of last season, all those UCLA Extension classes seem to have done Turtle good. However, there's one kink in Turtle's shiny new armor of Mercedes Benzes and it's one of his more directionally-challenged drivers, Alex. She's beautiful and everything, but is late and seems to get lost easily, which for someone who is a professional driver, might be a bit of a problem.
Back in Hollywood and the movie world, Vince is working on a new action film directed by Nick Cassavetes. Cassavetes, playing a great exaggerated version of himself, expresses his frustration over the shots with Vince's stunt double, saying that they don't look very convincing. Nick pulls Vince aside and says he wants Vince to consider doing a big car chase stunt himself. Nick and one of the film's producers emphasize how much better the shot will look with Vince instead of a double, and tell Vince if he doesn't do the stunt the movie will suck AND Vince will come off looking like a wuss.
This is, after all, slightly sensitive "I-let-people-tell-me-what-to-do" Vince, so the pressure pushes him to call Eric for advice and says he feels bullied into doing the stunt. However, Eric is adamant against him doing the scene (despite advice from Drama about how liberating it was to do his own stunt on an episode of My So-Called Life, surprisingly). Eric goes to get Ari on the phone about the stunt.
In another part of town, we learn The Miller Gold Agency is officially out, and TMA is officially in now that Ari has absorbed Terrance's agency. Despite his new title, all is not what it seems and Ari is clearly feeling the weight of being at the helm of the biggest agency in the world. A mailroom guy gives him a suggestion about trying to become the agency to sell the NFL TV rights. He seems agitated and creatively frustrated with his staff, just as he gets a call from Eric about the stunt.
Eric and Ari exchange a few niceties and we get a very brief glimpse of Eric at his management firm (even though absolutely nothing is mentioned of any of Eric's other clients). Through their conversation, Eric reveals he and Sloan are still happily engaged and heading for October nuptials (not sure where that fits in the Entourage timeline, but maybe that means the series is trying to avoid a cheesy wedding episode?).
When talk turns to the stunt, Ari is equally, if not more upset, and agrees to talk Vinnie out of the risky move in person.
He may have a holding deal with the network, but things aren't looking good for Drama. He meets with his producer, Phil, who offers him pot and booze before he tells him the network has yet to approve any of the series Drama was attached to. Phil urges him to press his agents to read more scripts before Drama's deal runs out in eight weeks.
As Drama comes out disappointed and disgruntled from his meeting, Turtle gets a disturbing call from Alex that she's lost on her way to the airport (again). She eventually finds her way, but Drama overhears the conversation and tells him to fire her, like he should have done a long time ago.
To talk to Vince, Ari has to blow off a meeting with Mrs. Ari at his son's school and his wife is none-too-pleased to come in second. Ari asks to reschedule the meeting until the next day and promises he'll be there. (Wasn't Ari encouraged not to go to the school by the headmaster himself? Obviously, it's the principle of it but his wife really shouldn't be that upset.)
Vince tries to wrap his head around doing the stunt himself. However, he learns that the slightest error in his driving (which, if you remember from last season, is far from road-safe) could have dangerous repercussions. Ari comes to the set to get Vince out of the stunt and learns the studio has no clue (and no insurance) for the stunt. Nick, who is also Ari's client, warns him not to call the studio.
Of course, Ari then turns around and calls Eric, interrupting a peaceful lunch with Sloan (and a bonus appearance from Top Chef's Stefan), and tells Eric to call the studio.
Once Phil puts the fire in Drama to find a script in eight weeks, Drama in turn cranks up the heat on Lloyd, and Ari, to get a team put together for his search for a show. Lloyd promises to read script that comes through the door, but Ari slowly figures out something else is really going on. During a discussion between the three, Lloyd hesitantly reveals to Drama that one of the shows Phil pitched to the network, The Fall Guy, is getting made, but with Dean Cain instead of Drama.
On set, Nick is furious to hear that the studio now knows about the stunt and continues to guilt Vince into doing the car scene himself, using examples of Sean Penn and telling Vince to stop letting the studio run his career and his life. At this point, Vince seems to feel like he can't get out of the stunt.
Turtle gets a call from Alex saying that she lost the car at an LAX parking lot and Turtle drives her to tears while looking for it. Once they finally find the car, Alex blames her distractions on her parents' divorce and Turtle "feels a vibe" and tries to go in for a kiss. Alex is annoyed and confused and decides to leave the company, since she thinks the only reason she has her job is because of Turtle's affection for her.
The Fall Guy discovery really sets Drama off. Drama goes back to get an explanation from Phil. He says the network wanted someone prettier (to which Drama hilariously asks, "Dean Cain is prettier than me?") Phil says Drama is a "specific" actor, so when they find the right show for him, it will really be something special (or so he says).
Still torn on what to do, Vince tells the boys he is going to do the stunt, Turtle laughs at him and Drama is very vocal about his doubts. That pushes Vince's insecurities to the brink and he calls the studio to tell him he's doing the stunt.
On the day of, Ari on set for moral support and ticks off his wife not only for missing the school meeting again, but also offering Mrs. Ari a weekend trip to Cabo San Lucas, only to tell her he can't go because he has the company retreat. Ari also gets a kick in the butt (figuratively) from Nick, who shows him a full-page ad in Variety from him to Ari with a picture of Ari drunk and in drag (Google images is, apparently, a miraculous thing).
Vince also learns that Nick is going to be in the car with him filming during the stunt. Despite a last minute exit offer from Eric, Vince jumps in the driver's seat and gets one last pep talk from the stunt coordinator. He tells Vince the worst thing he could do is hesitate and with his shaky hands, Vince pushes the pedal to the medal. He does the jump well, but doesn't brake fast enough and the car goes barreling through a burning shed.
Everybody immediately runs to the scene to get Vince and Nick out of the inferno but both, luckily, emerge unscathed. Vince says he's ok and that he saw a flash of his mom as he crashed. Nick assures him the shot "looked sick" and Vince, looking somewhere halfway between dazed and enlightened, says he's ready to do the stunt again and slowly walks away. Does that mean the stunt will have some profound effect on Vince? Are we going to see him on fire next week?
So what did you think of the season premiere? Will Drama be able to find the right project in time? Will Turtle and Alex meet again? Will Ari be able to find a balance between his personal life and his new responsibilities? And what's next for Vince after the daring stunt? Share your comments on the episode below.