My Name Is Earl
delivered the goods again this week with a full hour comprised of two all-new episodes. The first one featured Earl (
Jason Lee) trying to cross #72 off his list by bringing Joy a hot tub to make up for one he accidentally prevented her from earning years ago (I hope everyone already knew that lighters and hairspray don't mix). And what's the usual high point of any Joy-centric episode?
Jaime Pressly, of course.
"For the first time ever, you've satisfied me in a way Darnell never could," Joy utters to Earl after he gives her the hot tub. Understandably, he leaves out the part about picking up the gift off the side of a road after finding a bum living inside of it. Blissfully unaware, Joy begins living it up as only she can - spending day and night soaking in the questionable spa and indulging in "Old British" 40's while keeping pickles on her eyes. Her life of luxury ends pretty abruptly though when she finds her big toe has become, well, a
As luck would have it, Joy was actually soaking in a flesh-eating bacteria broth, courtesy of the aforementioned homeless man. I don't think I've ever seen Darnell (
Eddie Steeples) more disgusted with anything else. If the Crabman is anything, he's patient, which is why I got such a kick out of seeing him so distraught over the sight of Joy's increasingly large, infectious toe. He did a lot to make sure the disease didn't spread, but the funniest was when he left to "go make ice tea," but actually started boiling his clothes on the stove top. I honestly wasn't too surprised when he finally confined Joy to a sterile plastic bubble in the living room.
To make up for everything, Earl agrees to "be Joy" while she's in the bubble, and at one point, she tells Earl that the kids, Dodge and Earl Jr., don't have any friends. An unbelieving Earl investigates, only to discover that the children are being ostracized because of Joy - all of the other parents pretty much hate her. From here on out, the rest of the episode is more or less one big montage of Pressly being hysterically funny. First, there are the scenes of her being a bad influence on the other parents' children. But when Earl reveals that Dodge and Earl Jr. are at a party with the other kids and that she was the reason they didn't have any friends, things really kicked into high gear. She jumps in Earl's car with the soundtrack blasting
Heart's "Barracuda." When Earl cries "Don't do it!!" she screams "Oh, it's gonna be did!" Driving feverishly to the park, Joy imagines all of the havoc she'll wreak - in her mind, she runs over presents, stabs the moonbounce, and generally runs amok.
But if there's one thing we know about Joy, it's that she cares about her kids. She's a good mom, and the only person who occasionally needs a reminder of that is Joy herself. Joy's realization that her children may have been judged for mistakes she had made and Earl's gentle reassurance that she's a caring mother provided the emotional payday that most great
Earl episodes are known for. I've mentioned it before, but this show's ability to consistently deliver a worthwhile "lesson" at the end, after all of its politically incorrect humor and without a hint of irony, is something that doesn't cease to impress me.
The second half of our little double feature included a guest spot by
Jerry Van Dyke, who looked to be enjoying his role as Jerry, a Korean War veteran whose RV had been stolen, and then blown up, by Earl, Randy (
Ethan Suplee) and Joy. Well, the blame for the explosion is pretty much all on Randy, but I suppose that's neither here nor there.
Having everything he cared for destroyed has put Jerry into a deep depression which Earl and Randy attempt to remedy. From his jug, to his hunting trophies, and even a plastic mannequin to make up for the loss of his wife, they give it all back. However, they could never have known that he would lastly need to replace a human ear.
While in a foxhole in Korea, Jerry's fellow soldier Joe got scared and fled. But before he did, Jerry managed to cut his ear off. Weirdly, the ear would go on to keep him psychological company while he was a POW and eventually become like part of his family. One of my favorite moments of this episode is the RV flashback featuring Jerry, his wife, and Joe's ear dangling from the rear-view mirror. "Ok, Isabel, Joe's ear . . . we're off to Sea World."
"This should be a lesson about trying to kill people when you're over 60," Earl finds himself saying as Jerry and Joe have a showdown due to Jerry's desire to cut off Joe's other ear. However, a lesson in friendship is eventually learned as both have heart attacks, and Joe gives his only life-saving pill to Jerry to make up for abandoning him all those years ago. Thankfully, both end up surviving.
In my opinion, though, this episode's best aspect was its subplot involving Joy's hunt for and capture of Pigsquatch. First off, that's just plain fun to say. But when they figure out that the large, prehistoric pig has died and Joy leans on it only to have her arms sink in to its carcass? I think my jaw must've broke some sort of speed record - I didn't know it could drop that fast.
Well, for the second week, with two storylines to tackle and only one blog, I'm probably missing quite a few details. Let's try to take care of that with some memorable quotes. And don't forget to share your favorite moments too.
" Both episodes featured interesting Randy motifs (the hats and Bill, the imaginary friend). I really enjoyed his assertion that "Bill has to be sober for himself."
" While Earl and Catalina (
Nadine Velazquez) try to lift the hot tub: "I'll try not to fart and you make sure your top doesn't come off."
" "Two boys, a demanding job, making $2.95 an hour - these are the things that weigh heavily on the Crabman."
" Not realizing Joy's toe had just popped, Randy asks "Somebody spill milk on the floor?"
" Before the little boy blows out his birthday candles, he yells "I wish I was a girl!"
" Earl on earrings: "I wore a hoop for a while, but it made me too cocky."
" "The boys are drinking Tom Collins mix for breakfast."
" After Jerry brings up his lost "mementos," Randy says "Yep, the freshmaker."
" Joe recounts how Jerry once "killed three Koreans with one bullet - no gun."
" "And now I'm going to cut this jackass's ear off!"
" Jerry plays a droning, one-note rendition of what he claims is "Moonlight Sonata," then says "And that, gentlemen, will get you laid."
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My Name Is Earl delivered the goods again this week with a full hour comprised of two all-new episodes The first one featured Earl Jason Lee trying to cross 72 off his list by bringing Joy a hot tub to make up for one he accidentally prevented her from earning years ago I hope everyone already knew that lighters and hairspray dont mix And whats the usual high point of any Joy-centric episode Jaime Pressly of course For the first time ever youve satisfied me in a way Darnell never could Joy utters to Earl after he gives her the hot tub Understandably he leaves out the part about picking up the gift off the side of a road after finding a bum living inside of it Blissfully unaware Joy begins living it up as only she can spending day and night soaking in the questionable spa and indulging in Old British 40s while keeping pickles on her eyes Her life of luxury ends pretty abruptly though when she finds her big toe has become well a bi