At least Earl got to experience pure bliss with Billie for a little while - he soon awoke to the realization that he had to (gasp!) actually get to know the woman he just married. It turns out she's not his 100 percent dream woman after all. Her hodgepodge of quirks included ruining Earl's chip-to-sandwich eating ratio, intruding on Earl's bathroom breaks, and opining that Sammy Hagar beats David Lee Roth as front man of Van Halen (her biggest sin in my book). While he took Joy's advice to learn to live with little annoyances, Earl found it impossible where karma was concerned.
He was pleased when Billie made a list of her own and decided to cross Joel Maloney (
Jon Heder) off - a person Earl, Billie, and countless others stole from while he was at a competitive grocery bagger tournament. However, she considered bringing back the stuff she stole enough to undo the damage whereas Earl knew more was necessary. Upon seeing the damage done to his house, Joel punched a wall and crippled one of his golden bagging hands, ruining his talent and life's passion. After realizing his own bagging potential, Earl agrees to let Joel train him for the next tournament.
Historically, Heder is the type of actor that you either love or hate. Due to his distinctive voice and penchant for playing oddballs, many feel he's constantly trying to rehash is
Napoleon Dynamite character. I disagree with that and happen to be a fan. He was quite entertaining tonight, especially during the
Rocky -esque montage and while delivering my favorite line of the night ("Some say Jesus had hands like that, and he put all the food from the Last Supper into one bag"). Of course, our go-to goofball Randy made a strong showing with some great scenes I'll touch on in a moment.
For those of us wanting more Joy and Darnell, I guess it's just not in the cards for this storyline. It would be great to see more of how they're dealing with living in the sideways trailer. We did get a little glimpse by way of the revelation that Joy put a seat on the exhaust fan in lieu of a toilet. Yeah, it's pretty gross.
My biggest complaint tonight is that we saw Catalina, but there wasn't any mention of Paco. It seems like anything involving Catalina is handled in a completely out-of-control way by the writers. I would've been happy just to see him sitting with her at the grocery bag tournament. Oh, well, I guess everything will be explained later on in a "clever" flashback sequence - hopefully.
In the end, after Billie almost ruined his chances by breaking his finger, Earl won the tournament in a partnership with Joel. All seemed completely well when she then finally came to agree with Earl's views on not half-assing where karma's concerned. Oh, but wait. Earl needs to shave his mustache? Of course the Hickey brothers aren't going to stand for that. I loved this ending - Earl didn't even think twice about saying "She's gotta go." It looks like he and his facial follicles are going to be back calling the shots in no time flat.
Now for a few highlights:
" While Earl gets yelled at by various people for being openly happy at the motel, a man yells out "Somebody help; my hooker's not breathing!"
" Darnell laughing at the description of Earl's foreplay technique: "You all red-faced, trying to get out of work."
" Randy once hit his head and started treating Earl as his employee. "Aunt Shirley from Accounting" was mentioned.
" Earl running his fingers through an obstacle course with chocolate donuts as tires.
" Catalina clapping and excitedly shouting "We get to go home now!" after Earl wins the tournament.
" Grocery groupies and Miss Bag On Her Head.
" Randy apparently amputated a rabbit's ears instead of getting rabbit ears for a TV set.
John Henson. You know you like it.
See you next week for the season finale! I'm considering growing a mustache for the occasion - I'll let you know if I go through with it.
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At least Earl got to experience pure bliss with Billie for a little while he soon awoke to the realization that he had to gasp actually get to know the woman he just married It turns out shes not his 100 percent dream woman after all Her hodgepodge of quirks included ruining Earls chip-to-sandwich eating ratio intruding on Earls bathroom breaks and opining that Sammy Hagar beats David Lee Roth as front man of Van Halen her biggest sin in my book While he took Joys advice to learn to live with little annoyances Earl found it impossible where karma was concerned He was pleased when Billie made a list of her own and decided to cross Joel Maloney Jon Heder off a person Earl Billie and countless others stole from while he was at a competitive grocery bagger tournament However she considered bringing back the stuff she stole enough to undo the damage whereas Earl knew more was necessary Upon seeing the damage done to his house Joel punched a wall and