After eight years, the star-studded Hollywood satire is about to call it a wrap. And fans are bound to feel the bittersweet momentum in tonight's episode, fittingly titled "Second to Last." The off-color sex jokes, the antic deal-making -- all there. The subtle focus, though, is on how much movie star Vince (Adrian Grenier) and his tagalong buddies from back home -- bro Drama (Kevin Dillon), manager Eric (Kevin Connolly) and dreamer Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), not to mention ever-agitated agent Ari (Jeremy Piven) -- mean to one another.
In the most nimble plot, Vince continues to purse the gorgeous journalist who outed him as a lothario, and the guys secretly do some courting for him! Hilarious and touching -- and a relief.
While some of the season's overly dour story lines (Ari's divorce, E's heartbreak) creep in again, Entourage's collegial laughs and heart win out. Will Vince's crush come around? Will Turtle open the restaurant of his dreams? No matter what happens, the guys are there for one another, and viewers will feel the love as well. (HBO, 10:30 p.m.)
-- JOHN GRIFFITHS