Aside from having ingenuous writing and guest stars that read like a red carpet event, the HBO hit show, Entourage, channels so many male insights. Guys have watched this show from the very beginning and saw glimpses of themselves in Vincent Chase and his loyal crew.
Season 8 is sparing no punches as its the show’s final season. After the downward spiral of Vinny Chase in season 7, this season seems to be dedicated to showing the vulnerability of its Alpha-male characters. Though, the one bearing most of the “damn, bro” moments is Ari Gold.
The once unshakeable, ego-maniacal Hollywood agent has now had his emotional fortress compromised by the slow deterioration of his marriage. Things are no longer all good with his wife, affectionately knows as Mrs. Ari (until episode 6 last night)
Flashy suits and $300 haircut aside, Ari’s pain over his marriage ending is something that men and women can relate to. There’s nothing worst than hearing the person you thought you’d grow old with tell you one day out of the blue “I need space.” But here’s the kicker, as we jump into the new season, it’s only been 10 weeks since the Gold’s break-up. Mrs. Ari has already moved on. Much to Ari’s surprise, she’s been regularly seeing restauranteur Bobby Flay. Quite the lateral move, Mrs. Ari (slow hand clap?)
Ari’s response is typical of most men. We run to the woman that we’re most comfortable with. We seek refuge and assurance by the woman we know is the forbidden fruit. And so begins the struggle to get out of quicksand.
The toughest position any single adult places himself or herself in is being the rebound person. Often times, we know when that phone rings or message notification goes off that we’re the rebound. Yet it’s hard to say no. Why do we cast away our emotional sanity for the sake of having a cuddle buddy for a few months?
The answer is pretty simple; because hope is a natural human expression. Women especially will remain accessible and available to a man they know they’ll never have because they have hope. They have that oh-so-powerful dream that one day, for one moment, that man will lovingly look at them the way Kevin Costner looked at Whitney. Even though we know that as the rebound girl (or guy) the oncoming hurt will hit us like a wrecking ball, we still are unable to turn off that internal switch of emotion. As the old addage says, hurt people hurt people. And there’s quite a lot of people walking around hurt and jaded all because they didn’t know how to say no.
So the next time that guy or girl that perpetually stuck you in the friend zone calls and wants to vent over his or her relationship falling apart, remember this; There’s often a lot of hell in “hello”, but there’s far more good in “goodbye”