Vince (Adrian Grenier), Ari (Jeremy Piven), Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) and the rest of gang will be back on Wednesday when the “Entourage” movie hits theaters. The much anticipated film will be a big screen coda for the HBO series, which ran for eight seasons until its finale in 2011. Though the movie’s trailers have been advertising that fans do not even need to have seen the show to enjoy the action in theaters, it would be a shame to miss out on some of the jokes by going in blind.
Here are the 10 essential episodes of “Entourage” you need to see before the movie's June 3 premiere:
1. “The End” – Season 8, Episode 8
The most logical thing to do before heading out to the theaters is to take a look at where the HBO series left off. In the big finale, Vince jetted off to Paris to marry his new love, Sophia (Alice Eve), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) became a millionaire thanks to his tequila company, Eric (Kevin Connolly) made peace with a pregnant Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui) and Drama, well, was still Drama. Ari, on the other hand, quit his agency to repair his marriage, but received a major job offer that will be a big factor in the movie.
2. “Entourage” – Season 1, Episode 1
What’s the second most logical thing to do before seeing the “Entourage” movie? See where it all began, of course! The 2004 pilot introduces fans to most of the major characters as the gang debates whether or not to attend their high school reunion in New York. This episode also began the eight seasons long Eric vs. Ari rivalry for control over Vince’s career.
3. “”Vegas Baby, Vegas” – Season 3, Episode 9
Many regard this as the funniest episode “Entourage” ever produced and with good reason. Hilarity ensues when the gang decides to take a spontaneous vacation in Sin City. Plus, Seth Green makes his second cameo appearance to taunt Eric about sleeping with his girlfriend, resulting in an epic bar brawl.
4. “The Cannes Kids” – Season 4, Episode 12
Season 4 of “Entourage” centered on Vince’s stab at producing, as well as starring, with the indie crime film “Medellin.” In the Season 4 finale the crew ran into a little trouble when the time came to sell the film at the Cannes film festival. With Vince making his directorial debut in the “Entourage” movie, the episode is essential viewing for those looking to see if the boys learned anything from the “Medellin” disaster.
5. “Return of the King” – Season 3, Episode 17
While “Entourage” is the title of the series, Ari routinely stole the show away from Vince and his crew. If the promos for the movie are any indication, the career-obsessed agent-turned-studio head may do the same on the big screen as well. Examples of Ari’s workaholic behavior can be found all over the series, but never was it more clear than while watching him sneak out of his synagogue to take work phone calls on Yom Kippur.
6. “Give A Little Bit” – Season 6, Episode 12
In addition to his work addiction, Ari also has a vindictive mean streak. That is best showcased in this hilarious episode when, after buying Terrance McQuewick’s (Malcolm McDowell) agency, he marches through the office firing people at will and blasting them with a paint ball gun. Plus, Matt Damon appears in one of the series’ funniest cameos to strong-arm Vince into contributing to his charity.
7. “The Resurrection” – Season 3, Episode 18
This Season 3 episode is an important chapter in the “Medellin” arc, but is also perhaps the definitive Drama episode. After reading some negative reviews about his new TV show, “Five Towns,” Drama takes off in his car for the Grand Canyon. His “victory” yell from the top of the canyon after finding out his show is a hit stands as one of the show’s most iconic moments.
8. “The Tripper” – Season 5, Episode 6
Debating whether or not to take a role in a big film, Vince and the gang head to Joshua Tree to thinks over with a little help from some hallucinogenic drugs in this Season 5 highlight. Surprisingly, Ari joins in on the fun, resulting in one of the funniest episodes of the series.
9. “Play’n with Fire – Season 5, Episode 11
Turtle did not get too many episodes to shine on his own, but he takes center stage here while rekindling his relationship with Jamie-Lynn Sigler during a blissful 24 hours, in which he revealed his real name. Meanwhile, Vince gets fired after working with "Smoke Jumpers" director Verner Vollstedt (Stellan Skarsgård) turns out to be a rocky road. Hopefully, Vince will do better job behind the camera in the “Entourage” movie than Verner.
10. “Busey and the Beach” – Season 1, Episode 4
Gary Busey appears in this Season 1 episode in one of the first substantial celebrity cameos of the series. The gang has to deal with an irritated Busey after Turtle rubbed him the wrong way at an art opening. The episode also introduces Ari’s volatile marriage and the woman who fans would come to know only as “Mrs. Ari” (Perrey Reeves).