As if E wasn't already having a hard night at the "Gatsby" premiere on this week's episode of "Entourage," what with him still being in love with Sloan. (Really, who among us isn't?)
But the poor kid then goes and commits the biggest sin ever when it comes to talking to people about other people. Like they said in Glengary Glen Ross, "Never open your mouth unless you know the shot."
At the post-premiere party, Vince points out Sloan across the room. She's talking to some swarthy fella. E goes over to pull her away from the conversation to explain he still has feelings for her.
But, he did what we've all done once before we learned the lesson. He opened with a derogatory comment about the person Sloan was talking to while having absolutely no idea of the connection between the two.
It went a little something like this:
E: "Who's that j-----f?"
Sloan: "That's my cousin"
Dagger. As soon as E posed that question, I cringed. I knew the answer would be something uncomfortable. I learned that lesson a long time ago and have been trying to teach it to as many people as possible ever since. It saves embarassment, because whenever you violate the rule, it will bite you on the patoot.
It's always best to make a crazy statement that you know is probably wrong, just to measure the situation. Let's say one of your boys is rolling with not-so-attractive girl that you've never seen before. (Female readers, feel free to flip the scenario here, since it's a unisex rule.)
Your first reaction might be to say something stupid like "Who's that bruiser?" and the answer will likely be "My sister" or something to that effect. You're much better off saying something along the lines of "Is that the girl you were telling me about?" or "Is this your sister?"
This way, while it may appear a bit awkward, it will only last a quick second and be looked upon in a positive light as an honest but good-natured mistake. Just a little tip from me to you. Try it and let me know how it goes.