I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! It was somewhat of a blessing that there was no new
Earl last week - I was definitely in the middle of a good nap at the time.
Thankfully, there was nothing at all drowsy about tonight's episode. Once again, Earl has the opportunity to shave time off of his sentence by coming to the aid of the warden. However, this was for all the marbles - his last six months are to be wiped away (give or take ten days). All he needs to do is successfully implement a convict-victim reconciliation program, originally ill-conceived by the warden as a face-to-face fight opportunity ("Two men enter, one man leaves").
While it seems easy enough, Earl has his hands full with John "the Artist" Clevinger and his parents (the mother being played by
Connie Ray, whom I always associate with my days of watching reruns of
Torkelsons on The Disney Channel). I have to say, though, that my favorite part involving the parents was Darnell convincing them to meet their son. Apparently, Mr. Turtle once set fire to the house, possibly out of "pent-up turtle hostilities," which led to months of awkwardness between the two.
Joy came through in a big way with planning the prisoner prom (using her vast experience, since she started going to proms at age 12). However, I'm not happy that she's set Earl up for some problems in the future, having offered up the last of his savings to fund the prom. Of course, he was more than willing, considering it was also to be his "freedom celebration." With this in mind, Earl went the extra mile pleasing John "the Artist" - he even gave up his prom king crown and broke out his Robot moves on the dance floor.
The cleverest aspect of this episode came forth after John refused to own up to his bargain with Earl and apologize to his parents. It's always fun watching Earl hit his limit and assert himself, especially when he gets a punch or two in. But it was interesting that he was acting as a vengeful agent of karma, teaching John that he has only himself to blame for the consequences of his actions and that one has to fix his or her own problems.
It would be good if someone could pass this message along to the warden, who shredded all of Earl's certificates in the end, realizing that without Earl, he'll have no one to cover up all of his mistakes. From the looks of the preview for next week's installment, he'll have to learn this the hard way. It should be awesome seeing Earl's plans for a jailbreak play out. Of course, I'm also a little anxious to get back to some old-fashioned list action.
Here are a few nuggets culled from
Earl's dialogue gold mine:
" Earl offers to make his World Famous Cheese Omelet for the warden in exchange for extra time off. "That does sound good; we'll talk."
" Randy's high point tonight: "Remember when I hugged that baby duck to death? That was fun, until it was sad."
" "No one makes meth with anything but the best intentions."
" John complains that his parents "never got me cargo pants and didn't even let me go to the prom cause they said I was too stoned to drive, which I don't even think is possible."
" After organizing the prison prom, a proud Joy claims," I bet this is what it feels like to be Oprah."
" The warden, marveling at Earl's success with the prisoners: "You're like the scumbag whisperer."
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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving It was somewhat of a blessing that there was no new Earl last week I was definitely in the middle of a good nap at the time Thankfully there was nothing at all drowsy about tonights episode Once again Earl has the opportunity to shave time off of his sentence by coming to the aid of the warden However this was for all the marbles his last six months are to be wiped away give or take ten days All he needs to do is successfully implement a convict-victim reconciliation program originally ill-conceived by the warden as a face-to-face fight opportunity Two men enter one man leaves While it seems easy enough Earl has his hands full with John the Artist Clevinger and his parents the mother being played by Connie Ray whom I always associate with my days of watching reruns of Torkelsons on The Disney Channel I have to say though that my favorite part involving the parents was Darnell convincing them to meet th