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My Name Is Earl Episode: "The Frank Factor"

Season 3, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: While in jail, Earl encounters a fellow prisoner named Frank (Michael Rapaport), who just happens to be Earl's old chum and Joy's former coworker. Frank reflects on his long-and-winding road to prison, which sheds light on Earl and Joy's first meeting.
Original Air Date: Oct 11, 2007
Guest Cast Michael Rapaport: Frank
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Season 3, Episode 4
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Length: 21:43
Aired: 10/11/2007
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"Creative Writing" Season 3, Episode 4

Well, it looks like I'm eating my words like a tasty dinner at the Crab Shack. I got my hands on some bad information last week regarding tonight's episode and passed it on to you. My apologies. But what better surprise could there be than this awesome episode? It's amazing how far this show can go outside the box while working 100 percent perfectly. Tonight, Earl struggled to find his voice in a jailhouse creative-writing class while every character took turns at churning out their own hilarious short stories. And speaking of voices, how about the pipes on Darnell? If he had a CD out, I'd be first in line. (Oh wait, look what I found.) Of course, we all know how talented Eddie Steeples is, but who knew Crab Man could put paper to pad and spin a creative yarn complete with lyrics? Darnell might have the biggest heart out of everyone in the show - I just didn't know he felt so strongly for crustaceans. Catalina's tale was a humorous take on the Spanish-language telenovela format. Thankfully, she had some extra time to write it while hiding from her creepy stalker (who has a "curfew at the halfway house"). The fantastic part is how her story, and all the stories, highlighted the psychology of the character who wrote it. She really hates working at the motel. We even saw how she views her archenemy Joy, complete with the most humorously maniacal laugh I've heard in some time. Joy's archenemy? Stupidity. Her greatest weapon? Her oddly charming high opinion of herself. Only in Joy's fantasy would God say, "Looking good there, Joy." Of course, her real charm comes from the undying love she has for her children. The entire inspiration for her story is her desire to better her children. And it's just her style to take them flying through fairytale land while punching a crow and killing off Earl along the way. My favorite story of the evening has to be Randy's. It's refreshing to see a world in which he's everybody's hero. In his childlike way, he paints himself doing everything perfectly right (even ripping money out of a thug's chest and dropping it in a jar for needy cats and dogs). He also gave himself a few choice catchphrases like, "Now trouble's in trouble!" and "I don't ruin things. I make them rock!" Well, as Earl let us know, the doctor always said Randy was "borderline artistic." If Earl could've gotten that gymnast out of his head, I'm sure he would've come up with an equally outrageous story. But his simple tale is what centered the episode with its moral: Appreciate the finer details of your life, which are what matter in the end. I wanted to stand up with the rest of the prisoners as he simply described some great chicken wings with the celery being "warm and bendy, like I like it." It's definitely the little things that count. Some of the great moments tonight have already been accounted for. Here are a few more: " "Get Mama's panties off your head. You got pink eye last week." " "Now I cry Tears for Fears." " Darnell's music video came complete with raps from Earl and Joy. He was also the "commissioner" in Randy's adventure. " During Randy's story Earl confesses, "This mustache is really Randy's. He lets me wear it sometimes." Is it just me, or does this season keep getting better? Catch more Earl in our Online Video Guide. show less
Well it looks like Im eating my words like a tasty dinner at the Crab Shack I got my hands on some bad information last week regarding tonights episode and passed it on to you My apologiesBut what better surprise could there be than this awesome episode Its amazing how far this show can go outside the box while working 100 percent perfectly Tonight Earl struggled to find his voice in a jailhouse creative-writing class while every character took turns at churning out their own hilarious short storiesAnd speaking of voices how about the pipes on Darnell If he had a CD out Id be first in line Oh wait look what I found Of course we all know how talented Eddie Steeples is but who knew Crab Man could put paper to pad and spin a creative yarn complete with lyrics Darnell might have the biggest heart out of everyone in the show I just didnt know he felt so strongly for crustaceansCatalinas tale was a humorous take on the Spanish-language telenovela format T read more

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Premiered: September 20, 2005, on NBC
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A petty crook sets out to make amends for his life in this quirky comedy created by Greg Garcia ('Yes, Dear'). Jason Lee brings an endearing warmth to the title role of Earl, who wins $100,000 on a lottery card, and loses it when he's hit by a car. In the hospital, Earl experiences an epiphany---courtesy of Carson Daly, of all people---and resolves to right his wrongs. Along for Earl's ride: his ne'er-do-well brother Randy and a sexy motel maid.

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