My Name is Earl: The Professor
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
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.