In this week's episode, Earl (Jason Lee) did more than he's done in a while to raise karma's profile and bring good into the world — and he didn't even have to cross anything off of his list.
While unable to sleep one night, in the trailer for fear that the "Shower Cap Killer" is lurking outside, Earl and Randy (Ethan Suplee) investigate only to find Mr. Turtle on the doorstep. Having been on more adventures than any turtle I've ever heard of, he's finally returned. Funnily enough, Earl somehow has knowledge of all the drugs, nudists, and lady-turtles he's encountered, but I digress. Later at the Crab Shack, which has become a gay hotspot since Kenny James (Gregg Binkley) took over Darnell's (Eddie Steeples) job, Earl opens a can of turtle food to find a note which had been left by the Crabman. In it, he provides a phone number to call if Mr. Turtle returns. The number goes to Darnell's hair-phone, which apparently self-destructs after one use — after he provides Earl his new address where Mr. Turtle is to be shipped, he tosses the phone in a waste basket in his office building and it apparently disintegrates.
Kenny and Catalina (Nadine Velazquez) help to convince Earl that he should personally deliver Mr. Turtle to Darnell now that he has the address. Leaving Randy behind because of his penchant for car sickness, Earl sets out on the road. Upon arrival, he finds Joy (Jaime Pressly) living in her mansion as Goldie. Unexpectedly, she's not concerned with having her cover blown, but with Earl possibly embarrassing her in front of her new socialite friends — she's desperately trying to fit in, but they stick their noses up whenever a hint of her Camden ways pokes through. But in his haste while being chased away, Earl temporarily blinds a small dog with his heavy car exhaust. The dog belongs to one of Joy's friends and after taking it to the vet, he personally returns it without telling Joy.
He explains to the woman (Morgan Fairchild) that he has a karmic list and that he wants to make it up to her, but she's interested in learning his lifestyle instead. She and her friends (Andrea Parker and Joan Van Ark) have trouble sleeping every night and have tried every trendy spiritual remedy under the sun. When she invites him in, Joy is upset to say the least, but she soon sees Earl as her chance to fit in. She sets up a party for the next day where he is to divulge his secrets as their new guru.
Back at the trailer, Randy is in one of the most hysterical situations he's ever been in and he doesn't even know it, as is usually the case. While he complained to Kenny at the Crab Shack that he missed Earl, a kindly gay man named Jim overheard and assumed Earl is a former boyfriend and Randy a jilted ex. He invites Randy to a movie to take his mind off of it, and though we know what the next step probably will be, Randy doesn't, and never will figure it out. Jim decides they'll rent a movie instead (To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar) and he makes Randy a spaghetti dinner. In a nice little comedy of errors, each guy thinks he knows the intentions of the other at every turn, but really has no idea. After Randy complains that he doesn't want to sleep in bed without Earl, Jim says, "I can be Earl." "Awesome, sleepover!" Randy excitedly says. Jim seems to get a kick out of Randy's boyishness and ever the gentleman, he agrees that they should probably slow things down when Randy makes it clear that he just wants to go to sleep. "Oookaaay," Randy says as he turns off the light in slow-motion.
Meanwhile, Joy's new friends immediately take to Earl's thoughts on good deeds. But after a long day of apologizing to and pampering their maids, all the women can think about is when their rewards will come. They've missed the point and expect that karma will make things like pools and cosmetic surgery appear out of thin air. Unsure what to say, Earl tells them that karma will bring what they want within a week. He regrets that of course, and spends all night trying to devise a plan that will make these promises happen so that Joy won't lose face in front of her friends. The next morning, after he's literally gone insane trying to come up with a plan, the women show up at the door professing that they don't desire those possessions as rewards and that they've discovered the true rewards of karma — with clean consciences, the trio had slept like babies for the first time in a long time. And with Earl's burden now lifted, he was finally able to go to sleep as well.
The episode ends on a hilarious note. Jim is finally fed up after three nights and wants to "do more" with Randy. Randy tells him that he and Earl used to do all sorts of crazy stuff. For example, sometimes they'd get drunk and wrestle. Just as Jim says that they'll need a "safe word," Earl's car pulls up and Randy is thrilled at his return. A dejected Jim asks himself "When are you gonna learn you're not a surgeon. You can't fix broken hearts."
This just might be my favorite episode so far this season. I let loose some pretty loud laughs for a few of tonight's one-liners, more of which I'll get to in a second. My only question is, where was Darnell and the kids the entire time Joy and Earl were together at the house? Did I miss something? Oh, well. I can't wait to see what might happen with this storyline in the coming weeks.
More funny moments:
- When Earl calls Darnell, we see him in the middle of the punchline to a joke he's telling a group of people at the office: "And I told that jerk, 'Endless breadsticks and salad means endless breadsticks and salad!'"
- Randy acknowledges that Mr. Turtle probably knows Darnell as "Mr. Human."
- Kenny has named all of the drinks at the bar after Sex and the City characters.
- When rich kids picked on Earl for wearing the same shirt all the time, he swore he'd one day have a flannel for every day of the week. "And I do. By God, I do."
- Joy scolds Earl for saying "mini egg pie." "They're called 'queeshes!'"
- Jim is amused with Randy's "sarcasm" when he has him taste the spaghetti sauce he's making and Randy correctly guesses "Spaghetti?"
In this week's episode, Earl (Jason Lee
) did more than he's done in a while to raise karma's profile and bring good into the world — and he didn't even have to cross anything off of his list.