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My Name is Earl: The Professor

by Michael Sciannamea, posted Feb 10th 2006 11:01AM

This week we learn that Earl Hickey still can be led astray somewhat from his karmic journey. Number 37 on his list was "stole a laptop", so he and Randy begin the trek to return to it's rightful owner. Of course, through a series of flashbacks, we learn that Earl wasn't exactly the best of students, so when he learns that the laptop belongs to a college professor, his old fears of failure return.

On the way to the college campus, Earl and Randy knock over a bus stop sign as they continue to be amazed by the screen saver. He promises an elderly woman that he'll fix the sign the next day, but coming events will prevent him from doing so.

As they reach the Frostburg University campus, Earl and Randy find themselves in the middle of a frat party, and Randy is astounded by all the goings on. He asks Earl if he can stay and join in on the fun, and his brother agrees. Earl continues to search for Professor Alex Meyers, and discovers to his liking that she is an attractive professor. While trying to get her attention to give her back the laptop, the professor fears she is about to be assaulted, and promptly lands a hard kick to Earl's "cherries."

After the professor realizes her mistake, the two begin talking, and it seems they have taken a liking to each other. Alex learns about Earl's journey to find karma, and invites him to talk about it in her class. To his amazement, Earl is well received by the students, and also by Alex. Simultaneously, Randy seems to be enjoying fraternity life so much (jello filled with booze, riding tricycles in the house) that he decides to pledge.

However, things are a bit amiss. The bus stop sign is still not fixed, and the folks keep getting passed over. Earl has not kept his promise! Also, he gets hit with a dart in the shoulder. But Earl is smitten with Alex, especially after she invites him to a faculty luncheon to be held the next day. He keeps thinking about the bus stop, but he decides to put it off.

At the cocktail party, strange things begin to happen, such as a bird pooping on him and getting stung by a bee twice, which leads to his lips and ear swelling to unbelievable proportions. He believes that karma is punishing him for not fixing the bus stop sign, but he doesn't want to give in, saying that "I will not be karma's bitch!"

Meanwhile, as Randy is about to "assume the position" to become a full-fledged fraternity brother, he wonders why the pledges are agreeing to get whacked on their butts with paddles by people they never did anything wrong to. Suddenly, the brothers start beating on each other. Randy actually says something profound!

But Earl is not doing well, and tells Alex that he has to leave her and the party. He and Randy go back to fix the bus stop sign, and Earl admits that he is karma's "bitch." We later see that Alex has been stung by bees as well, and Earl believes that he may not be ready for a relationship yet because of the many bad things he has to undo.

However, we are left with a semi-cliffhanger as he receives a nice postcard from Alex. Could this be a harbinger of things to come?

This was a nice episode. We learn that Earl has his weaknesses and can stray from his karmic quest, but he is human and we end up rooting for him because he deserves to have something nice happen to him after all he's been through to right his past wrongs.

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rhaben

I nearly fell off the sofa when they mentioned Frostburg!!! I am an alumni as is Greg Garcia. The flyer the guys had in their hands was from the school (at least the logo was authentic) and the mention of Dunkle hall was also accurate. "Don't we have an Uncle Dunkle?" Too bad they didn't film on location at the real Frostburg State.

March 25 2006 at 11:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jimmy

Indeed this episode was great. Randy indulging with the frat boys and Earl escapading with the cute prof. For some reason I do believe that karma stuff works. God bless Earl and tv squad amazing website.

February 12 2006 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

The best line was:

"carrot88, no!, 89, dangit!, I can only think of things that I can think of."

February 10 2006 at 5:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Keller

This was a good episode, and actually added a bit of mysticism to the concept: it gave karma a physical attribute.

Christine Taylor is lovely, but she looked a bit more worn in this episode than she has in previous roles in TV and movies.

February 10 2006 at 2:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
just some dude

If you freeze frame in the last scene, where Earl is checking his mail, you'll see that one of the property folks used her own junk mail to pad the stack before he gets to the postcard from Alex. You might need the extra resolution of HD to see it. Not sure this counts as an HD Easter Egg, though.

February 10 2006 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Akbar Fazil

Randy's turning of the hazing ritual was something I have been wanting to see in "college frat humor" for years. Kudos!

When this show started I kept thinking that it was a great concept but would ultimately fail. I am very happy to say that I continue to be suprised every week by what I see.

February 10 2006 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim

The best episode yet! I loved the super-sexy Christine Taylor as the Professor, I hope she returns real soon!

February 10 2006 at 11:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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