This week's My Name Is Earl featured a terrific guest spot by Jason Priestley as Earl's cousin Blake. During this flashback episode dealing with Earl and Joy's first anniversary, we also got to see Earl (Jason Lee) do something good before he was known for doing good things. Or maybe he's always been good and just didn't know it. Either way, we won out as this installment packed in the laughs.
After arriving at the Crab Shack to fix damage he had done to the bar long ago, Earl begins remembering the events that were occurring in his life around the time the damage was done. It was 1999 and he, Joy (Jaime Pressly) and Randy (Ethan Suplee) were all living together as Earl and Joy's first anniversary approached. After she became angry when Earl acted flippantly regarding Randy eating their saved piece of wedding cake (and replacing it with "cat turds"), Randy tried to fix things for everyone. A fake suicide note led the couple to the Crab Shack where Randy set up a surprise party and claimed Earl had set it up. For a moment, it seemed all would be well.
However, Randy used one of Joy's address books marked "Guys I Boned" to come up with the guest list (he thought it said "Guys I Phoned"). A few awkward encounters later, Joy learned the truth that Earl had nothing to do with the party. She searched for someone to use to make Earl jealous, but couldn't find a good option until Blake showed up. Earl and Randy's cousin had been a perpetual thorn in Earl's side, being a handsome model and "better at everything." The fact that Joy had slept with him in the past was her wild card.
Priestley was given some great material to work with in Blake and he nailed every one of his hysterical lines with great timing and played up the pomposity just right. One of the first things he says to Earl is "You look like you just found out I boned your wife; it's a look I get a lot." However, he more or less stole the show in my opinion with the line "Even though we're four months from Christmas, it looks like I'm gonna be spreadin' Joy." If Earl has a weekly cleverness quota, this sentence filled it all by itself as far as I'm concerned.
Making matters worse, there's also a freak killer bee attack occurring in Camden at the same time. This provided a pretty funny side story in that Darnell (Eddie Steeples) winds up trapped in a phone booth for protection with Catalina (Nadine Velazquez), who's soon followed by Patty the Daytime Hooker (Dale Dickey) and Kenny James (Gregg Binkley). The most amusing aspect of this story came towards the end. As they prepare for death, they confess their regrets. Catalina is a virgin, Patty has never had sex without charging for it, and Darnell quickly offers that he's never had a threesome. Kenny then meekly mentions that he's never kissed a man. Who knows what transpired next, but it's been an unspoken secret between the four ever since.
The bees also kept everyone at the party locked in the Shack. Coming to the false realization that Earl doesn't care for her (and almost convincing him too), Joy attempts to end their marriage, and sweetly. But Earl proves himself after Blake punks out and he courageously kills one of the killer bees before it can attack Joy. Back in the present day, Joy celebrates their anniversary by bringing Earl a corn dog; Earl and Randy celebrate by confessing to each other that Joy is their favorite of Earl's wives — a nice ending to a great episode.
Before I run out of space, here are a few more of my favorite parts. Let us know what yours are too.
- Joy threatening her unborn child: "You keep kicking my kidney and I'm gonna hold my breath again!"
- "Actually, your couch is my couch."
- Earl's reasons for being a good catch in Camden: "I own my car, almost graduated high school, and I have a huge collection of cassette tapes."
- Patty the daytime hooker has a "teenage son to put through hairdressing school."
- Randy reads a colon as "High dot, low dot."
- Using his expertise in killer bees, Darnell says that they're "Africanized — those brothers mean business.
- The woman who helped Randy make the doc about Earl and Joy also "breeds Taco Bell dogs."
- The doc itself, which included Earl giving Joy a "dutch oven."
This week's My Name Is Earl
featured a terrific guest spot by Jason Priestley
as Earl's cousin Blake. During this flashback episode dealing with Earl and Joy's first anniversary, we also got to see Earl (Jason Lee
) do something good before he was known for doing good things. Or maybe he's always been good and just didn't know it. Either way, we won out as this installment packed in the laughs.