The Story: Ari debates whether to become the new head of Warner’s after his employees consider him a traitor. Drama spends the entire day making fun of Turtle for an encounter with Jamie-Lynn Sigler he thinks didn’t happen. Vince and Eric wonder if Ari is still their agent after a meeting ends badly with director Frank Darabont.
Pros: Jeremy Piven knocked this episode out of the park. Ari’s story has gotten incredibly strong and hilariously funny in the last two episodes and in this one I laughed the entire time, a feat for this season. While I’m a bit sad his storyline didn’t pan out like I wanted I thought it was just like the first season in terms of humor and story. The ending of this episode was also very reminiscent of the first and second season in terms of where they can go with the story. I’ve mentioned in past reviews this season has not been strong with the storyline and where it ends in this episode, good things can come. Constance Zimmer continues to make me laugh as Dana Gordon and hopefully with this episode we’ll see her in an expanded role because she has a great sense of comedy. It’s also going to be a great set-up for some storylines with her and Ari. I also loved the appearances of Carla Gugino and Frank Darabont, the latter was great and again, very reminiscent of past seasons. I also hope they continue bringing in the past agents like Josh Weinstein and Adam Davies because they add another layer to the show. I will admit that Turtle gets quite a bit of screentime this episode which I enjoyed since he is the most normal one in the bunch and never seems to get enough time.
Cons: At this point I’m wondering why we focus on Vince and the boys because there is nothing that keeps me entertained. While this episode was chuckle worthy, especially with everyone ganging up on Turtle, I was just waiting for more Ari. I mentioned above that the ending can lead to some great storylines and I’m hoping it helps bring the boys back to the forefront because they are just dead weight to the show. They also need to stop wasting Beverly D’Angelo as Barbara Miller. She has about two lines in this episode and I was aching to see more of her, another great character wasted.
Overall: “First Class Jerk” continues to build on some of the best things about Entourage but there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done in order to keep fans wanting more. I give the episode a 3.5/5.