Let's blog it out as Ari Gold, Johnny Drama and the crew from HBO's "Entourage" return for the eighth and final season. Victory!

Final thoughts on the 'Entourage' finale

Emmanuelle Chriqui first got a part on 'Entourage' in its second season for a three episode arc. Six years later and she's still on the show. The actress talks about the show's finale and rumors of an 'Entourage' movie. AP video. (July 18)

Wrapping up a series after eight seasons can't be easy for the writers, producers and directors. There's a sense of bringing things to end in a proper way without being too ridiculous or pulling a "Seinfeld" and going off the wall in a finale.

I thought Doug Ellin, Rob Weiss, Ally Musika and the rest of the crew at "Entourage" did a fine job in closing up Episode 96 of a show that quickly found its way into the pop culture mainstream from its inception to its close. 

More thoughts:

- The use of "Pizza Boy" and "You wanna hug it out" between Ari Gold and Eric Murphy in the final scenes were a good touch. Not too over the top and true to the nature of the show and the characters.

- Ari's emotional rollercoaster this season was fantastically written and well-executed by actor Jeremy Piven. It sets the stage for a good arc in the upcoming "Entourage" movie, whenever that comes to fruition.

- Ari being tracked down in Italy with a job offer to in effect run Hollywood was the perfect touch.

- Wish the therapy session was more explosive, but given the overall story arc of the episode, it wouldn't have made sense.

- Turtle, Drama and Vince fighting for E to Sloan felt like a little much, but seeing how we've all been in such a situation, it's hard to needle at that one.

- Vince getting married to Sophia Lear, the journalist, was far-fetched. Of course, we never saw it happen so who knows what will develop in the future with a movie script.

- Did we mention the Mrs. Ari swimsuit situation?

- Hey, we just mentioned the Mrs. Ari swimsuit situation.

- She'll always be Mrs. Ari, not Melissa Gold.

- We're going to miss Scott Lavin (Scott Caan). Not sure "Hawaii Five-0" will be enough to make up for the loss.

- Drama's last-ever line on "Entourage," which is clearly unprintable here, was pure Drama.


Tags: season 8 , ari gold , turtle , johnny drama , mrs. ari , sloan , eric murphy , e , vincent chase , doug ellin

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