This week's My Name Is Earl had a little fun with some role reversal by having Randy (Ethan Suplee) discover the power of karma and attempt to cross an item off of his list. But while he shows how much he can be like Earl (Jason Lee) through his kindness to others, little do the brothers know how much they're alike in their relationship with each other.
After receiving a scratch-off lottery ticket from a relative, Randy wins $250. Reminiscent off Earl's lotto win, he runs out in celebration, but instead of getting hit by a car, he's hit by a person on a bike (I guess the cars only aim for the $100,000 winners). When the lottery ticket floats off as Earl's had, Randy knows karma has chosen him and he immediately seeks out the advice of Carson Daly. When Daly mentions Andrew Dice Clay, Randy remembers how he once stole Earl's Andrew Dice Clay belt buckle, which leads to the main list plot.
Back in the day, Earl and Randy met two brothers named Zeke and Arlo Cavanaugh. Earl and Zeke bonded over a shared interest of doing crazy stunts for free t-shirts, like drinking full glasses of used fryer grease at the Crab Shack. Randy became jealous since he was being left out and so he engineered a plan to break up their friendship. This involved stealing Earl's belt buckle, framing Zeke, and then standing back as Earl got his revenge by torching all of Zeke's favorite shirts. After confessing all of this, Earl and Randy set out to find the brothers and make things right.
Meanwhile, Joy (Jaime Pressly) is having problems of her own. While the Hickey's live rent-free in her old trailer, she, Darnell (Eddie Steeples), and the kids get whisked away to a new location by the Witness Protection Program. Their next incarnation is as the Grundlebutts from New York. But with stifling heat and constant trains riding by, Joy simply can't take it. Knowing they'll be relocated again if she outs their identities, she screams her real name from the window. The two agents show up immediately. When asked how close by they were, the female agent responds "Close enough to know you're wearing the same thong as yesterday, just turned inside out." Regardless of that little revelation, the Turners, or whatever you want to call them, are then transferred to a "lumberjack camp." Of course, Joy won't stand for this, and after employing the same tactic, the family is finally sent to Alaska to live with the Inuit. It seems that the two sadistic FBI agents finally have her in a corner when it suddenly dawns on her that the two are having an affair. Having pieced together this puzzle from a long series of isolated clues, Joy uses it to blackmail them into setting the family up in a luxurious house in California. "Goldie Cristal is finally home," she ecstatically says. Whether she'll still end up homesick in a place like that is anyone's guess.
Having been reacquainted with the Cavanaughs and explaining what had happened in the past, Earl and Zeke set about becoming friends again by re-winning all of their t-shirts. But Randy soon discovers what his actual list-item is when Arlo, the gross and socially inept (he collects scabs that he thinks looks like celebrities) younger brother. He burns Zeke's shirts again and explains that he always wanted to be close to his brother the way Randy and Earl are. Randy then gives Arlo a crash course in being a good little brother, explaining by way of past examples how a little brother should laugh at unfunny jokes, provide a helping hand, and give a big brother opportunities to stick up for his sibling. When Earl and Zeke return home, Randy provides Arlo with an opportunity to be a good little brother by berating him — even going so far as to say he hails from the state of Douche-achusetts. Zeke saves his brother and yells at Randy, giving Earl a chance to show off his brothering skills as well. Randy's first item can be crossed off of his list.
What he doesn't know is that Earl had a similar experience with Zeke, encouraging him to be a better brother and giving him tips on how it's done. As it turns out, all of the times that Randy thought he was pulling one over on Earl to make him feel good about himself, Earl was doing the same thing. Unknowingly, the brothers have been going out of their way through the years to make each other feel good about themselves. It's the classic Earl feel-good twist.
Although every episode has it's fair share of funny moments, I felt this episode didn't deliver as strongly in that department as recent ones. Still, there were some quite humorous one-liners, some of which I'll touch on below. But what will really have me hanging on until next week is the side-story with the Turners. It's pretty entertaining and is much more effective than the out-there situations that Earl was put into last season. Let me know what your stance is.
- Randy can't wait to cross an item off of his list so he can make the "Earl face," complete with eyebrow action.
- While in their New York dump, Dodge asks Joy, "Which side of the sink is the toilet again?"
- Earl makes Randy a glass of Space beer to cheer him up (that's Tang and beer).
- When Joy complains at the lumberjack camp, Darnell says, "Remember the accents, eh?"
- The Hickey parents used to put plastic down for when Randy wet the bed, but Randy thought it was so he could wet the bed.
- Zeke says Earl and Randy are like Venus and Serena Williams. Earl knows that Venus is a planet but doesn't know who that Serena guy is.
- Randy to Arlo: "We both had three beers, we should be able to think now."
- One of the clues that the FBI agents are having a relationship was the CD of "slow jams" in the car. At the time, Joy said "I'm getting chick-wood just listenin' to 'em."
- "More like Triple-X Files. Ka-blam!"
- The flashback fight involving Randy saying "Nice dumper, babygirl."
This week's My Name Is Earl
had a little fun with some role reversal by having Randy (Ethan Suplee
) discover the power of karma and attempt to cross an item off of his
list. But while he shows how much he can be like Earl (Jason Lee
) through his kindness to others, little do the brothers know how much they're alike in their relationship with each other.