Brief spoilers for last night's "Entourage" coming up just as soon as I tilt my head...
Well, what do you know? That was almost an entire episode of "Entourage" that I found entertaining.
(The one exception: the Ari subplot, which started off promisingly with Ari struggling to follow his daughter's advice to be nice to Beverly D'Angelo, only to have him go back to spewing venom and bile as soon as things went wrong. There are times when I find Ari's hateful rants funny, but this one seemed too easy, and the sort of thing that should have backfired on him.)
But I found the Vince storyline entertaining for the first time in a long time. We've seen very little of Vince at work over the years, and usually it's involved the cartoonish and played-out Billy Walsh. Stellan Skarsgard's Werner seems like a much more plausible kind of dictator, and I liked seeing him completely (and, I think, intentionally) mess with Vince's head about his performance. Five seasons in, I find this stuff a lot more interesting than the deal-making or which hot girl Vince is going to sleep with next. I actually laughed at Vince walking around the cabin with the can on his head, and I can't remember ever finding him intentionally funny in the past.
And Seth Green's hatred of Eric, which E had to indulge this time because another client was involved, remains one of the show's better running gags. I like the idea of Green as an evil version of both E and Vince, and he's of course funnier than both Adrian Grenier and Kevin Connolly combined.
What did everybody else think?