My Name is Earl: Monkeys in Space
This week we got to see Earl take a back seat to his brother Randy in the karmic quest to do good things for other people. Randy pretty much has sponged off of Earl his whole life, from Earl's days of petty theft right up until his older brother's lottery win. It seems the time is now for Randy to find his purpose in life and find a job and make something of himself.
Number 18 on Earl's list was his telling an extremely inappropriate story at his old friend and crime partner Hank's birthday party a while back where he drunkenly described some very wild behavior at Hank's bachelor party. Hank later on is arrested and is about to be put away in prison for a long stretch, so Earl visits him before he's put away for good. Hank requests that Earl give him one good day to make up for the bad day, and to do it before noon on the day he's going to be sent up the river. At the same time, Randy strikes up a hysterically meaningful conversation with another convict and decides to look for work.
Hank's requests include a visit from his grandmother, a copy of his hometown newspaper, and a box of donuts from Yummy's Donut Shop, where he encounters his old one-legged girlfriend from whom he stole a car off of years ago. It doesn't seem like it would be too hard to accomplish, but Earl struggles over the course of a few days to get things right, including picking up Hank's grandmother and struggling to put her prescription eyedrops in her eyes.
Meanwhile, Randy is not having much luck in his job search. His various positions as a door-to-door cleaning products salesman, a shaver for surgeons, and as a cosmetics tester are not met with much success. As Earl continues to be frustrated in meeting Hank's requests, he urges Randy to get a job as a busboy at the Crab Shack.
Every day Earl gets up earlier and earlier, but he still can't complete all the tasks by noon. Finally, he asks Randy to accompany him one morning beginning at 5 am, and things go smoothly. They get the newspaper from Hank's wheelchair-bound uncle, Randy gets the donuts, and they get Grandma over to the prison, all in plenty of time before Hank is sent away for good. Then, the brothers discover that Randy's purpose in life is to help Earl do good for other people. A shining light beams on Randy, and all is good in the world.
This episode had a slightly different twist than all of the others so far this season. We didn't see Earl cross of anything from his list, and he almost was a second fiddle to Randy this week. It was an interesting change, but it was good to see Randy actually have a meatier role than just spouting off non-sequitors every week. The music in this episode was great too, ranging from Joe Jackson, The Doors, Jet, and The Band.