Archive for August, 2006
Screwing him out of the Ramones project was the final straw, and Vince is ready to fire Ari. When Ari hears that Vince is placing the call himself, he refuses to take it – instead setting out on a mad scramble to get Vince back on the punk rock pic.
In the meantime, the boys decide to “flirt” with a few new agencies, and Drama suggests they rate each one based on his point system (décor, service, amenities and ambiance). But it all seems moot when every pitch they hear is straight out of Madison Avenue.
Lloyd uses his connections in the “gay assistants corps” to learn Vince is taking meetings, information that sends Ari into overdrive. He gets a glimmer of hope when Dana Gordon, the Warner chief’s beleaguered sidekick, tells him off-the-record that the studio hasn’t officially bought the Ramones script from Bob Ryan yet. Not only that, her boss was planning to shelve the film – he was only interested in it to spite Vince for ditching Aquaman 2. Dana wants out of her job and on the film as a producer, and Ari promises to help her get on the project while protecting her as his informant. He drives straight to Bob’s house to play his new cards, and is forced to reveal his source.
But after mulling it over, Bob decides to “trust his instincts,” and officially sells the project to Warners. He also stooges out Dana Gordon, getting her fired. Ari is screwed.
After dodging him all day, Ari invites Vince into the office – and mobilizes his forces. But instead of apologizing for screwing up the Ramones pic, Ari and his agency give Vince the same generic presentation as every other shop in town. Vince realizes that it’s time for a break, and Eric delivers the news – officially firing Mr. Gold in the hallway of his own agency.
Eric, Ari and Bob Ryan take the Ramones project to the studios, but Ari and Bob soon find themselves at odds over how to pitch the biopic. After a spectacular failure of a meeting, E gets Bob to agree to let Ari take the lead on the next one. That’s not good enough for Ari, who sends Bob to the wrong studio to get him out of the way.
It’s the first day of shooting on Drama’s new pilot, and the elder Chase brother finds himself in the throes of a panic attack. Director Ed Burns keeps expanding his role with elaborate blocking and more monologue, sending Drama over the edge. When his meditation mantras (“you are not a pussy”) fail him, Drama disappears into the back of his trailer to take matters into his own hands – forgetting that he’s still mic’d up. Though the entire crew learns of Drama’s relaxation technique, he nails the scene.
With Saigon cash burning a hole in his pocket, Turtle sets out to score some Fukijamas, a pair of red-hot limited edition sneakers. Vince accompanies him on his quest but refuses to play his celebrity card and cut the line, so they come up empty-handed. After DJ AM barters for the last pair in Turtle’s size, Vince cooks up a solution – he offers the graffiti artist $20K to design a custom pair exclusively for Turtle.
Without Bob weighing him down, Ari quickly drums up interest in the Ramones pic at Universal. Just one hitch: after realizing he’d been led astray, Bob paid a visit to his friend Alan at Warner Bros, the very studio that blacklisted Vince, and sold him the script.
TV star Jake Ryan starts to attend classes at Seaview. All of the students & teachers are starstruck (Except for Miley) and cater to his every need. After being mistreated and getting into trouble for the same things that Jake was allowed to do, a frustrated Miley decides to tell everyone that she’s Hannah. Will a surprising person convince her to change her mind before it’s too late? Stern Robbie lets Jackson take his brand-new convertible out on a date when his car refuses to start, but only after instructing Jackson to not let anything happen to the car. Robbie wishes that he hadn’t been so strict, however, when he accidentally damages Jackson’s car.
Helicopter pilot Mike Barron spots a 13-foot Burmese python bloated and dead in the Florida swamp. Half way inside it is a 6-foot alligator. NGC Explorer returns to the scene of the event with the pilot and wildlife biologist Skip Snow, to investigate what could have happened between the python and the gator.
Ari has been preoccupied with setting up his new agency, and with the Vegas brawl and foreign press debacle fresh in his mind, Eric accuses him of blowing off his star client. The pair butt heads in the office, and as a way of sticking it to Eric, Ari dumps windy old-school producer Bob Ryan on him.
It’s Turtle’s big day – the record deal signing – but Saigon is nowhere to be found. When he goes to the meeting without ‘the artist,’ he infuriates the record exec, who gives him until the end of the day to deliver the rapper. In the meantime, Vince decides to spend his ‘unemployed’ time at a bookstore, where he meets a cute girl and spends the day with her, taking her shopping and joining her in the dressing room.
Eric finds himslef sequestered in Bob Ryan’s mansion, listening to endless old Hollywood stories. When he pushes to hear about the projects the old guy has in mind in for Vince, he gets nowhere.
Turtle and Drama turn L.A. upside down trying to find Saigon. After a bit of detective work, they finally locate him – partying in a swank hotel suite… with his other manager. He neglected to tell Turtle that he was already obligated to the guy, and they just signed a deal with a hip hop label, one that’s not ‘the whitest in town.’ Drama tries to intervene on Turtle’s behalf, but ends up dangled from the hotel balcony, Vanilla Ice-style. Saigon steps in to get his manager to buy Turtle out for a quick $40k, and Johnny is spared.
Vince is already smitten with the bookstore girl, and invites her to spend the next day with him. She turns him down, explaining sheâ€™s engaged. “It’s not what you think,” she explains. “You were on my list.” She and her fiancé agreed they could sleep with certain celebrities if the chance ever presented itself.
Over in Old Hollywood, Bob finally admits to Eric he doesn’t have a project for him, but he was hoping they could brainstorm something. (He locked Dennis Hopper in his bathroom with a bag of mushrooms in ’68 and ‘Easy Rider’ was born.) Eric is ready to flee, but as he waits for Bob to find his driver, he spots a photo of him with Joey Ramone. Bob just happens to own a script about the Queens punk pioneers, Vince’s favorite band, and Eric has stumbled upon his next big project.
Lilly’s pride takes a hit when she’s forced to wear her awful looking glasses right before a skateboarding contest. Hoping to help, Miley convinces her friend not worry about her appearance and to go ahead with the competition. Miley refuses to take her own advice, however, when it’s her vanity that’s damaged. Jackson wishes Rico would disappear when he realizes that his new raise depends on Rico’s opinion of him
In the wake of the “Queens Boulevard” debacle, Vince decides that it’s time to get away from L.A. and take a trip to Vegas with the boys. Ari tries to talk his star client out of the excursion, but with very little arm-twisting, ends up joining them instead.
Turtle helps make the trip into a working vacation by getting Vince a gig judging a “beauty contest.” The $100K payoff requires a bit more work than expected, but it allows a lot of time with the buxom contestants… who turn out to be strippers. While debating whether his client should be affiliated with a stripper contest, Ari starts chasing his losing streak at the blackjack tables. Eric has his own problems, as he keeps running into Seth Green, who taunts E about his past with Sloan.
Drama has his own agenda for the trip — a run of massages from his favorite (male) masseuse. Drama’s doting patronage leads the former football star to think Drama is coming on to him, and Dramas “advances” that are eventually welcomed by the man with magic hands. All of the stress relief that Drama has earned is instantly undone, and he storms off in a twitchy rage.
Ari’s losses continue to mount until Vince intervenes and starts playing his cards. After stacking the chips high, an improbable spread of cards come Vince’s way, saving the day. The streak of good luck comes to an abrupt end at the stripper contest, when tensions between Eric and Seth Green come to a head. Fists and drinks fly between the respective entourages just in time for Drama to jump in and prove his manhood. Vince’s sullied image is in for another beating.