My Name is Earl: The Bounty Hunter
Who knew that Earl Hickey was such a stud muffin? Before his ex-wife Joy came along six years ago, Earl had an intense three-week relationship with Jessie (played by the excellent Juliette Lewis). While hanging out in the local bar, a pregnant and desperate Joy manages to steal Earl away. Later on, Earl and Joy end up becoming husband and wife.
Cut to the
present, and Jessie, still working in the bail bondsman's offices, still lacking those front teeth, and apparently
still angry over what happened, overhears that Joy never showed up for a traffic court appearance. Jessie decides to
become a bounty hunter in order to bring her in, and trains intensely to the sound of the lost 80's classic,
"Lunatic Fringe" by Red Rider. (This show continues to brilliantly use music at key moments.) She also gets
new front teeth to go with her "Dog, the Bounty Hunter" look.
Jessie is on the hunt to track down Joy, who is being protected by Earl at their old "vacation home" (an abandoned RV) in the woods. Joy finally tells Earl the truth of how she got him to marry her. (Apparently, Metallica tickets can cause intense spats between lovers.) We finally get to see some real humanity out of Joy when she apologizes to Earl, and then she crosses off number 45 on his list--"ditched Jessie to marry Joy." At the end, we learn that Joy is as tough as nails, and Jessie needs some more real-world training and less "Kung Fu Fighting."
This was one of the better Earl episodes I've seen in a while. The writers kept from having Randy spout out too many non-sequitors, and it was a good, tight story. My only beef was that there was no sign of Catalina, but hopefully we'll see a lot more of her next week. With the end of the "regular" TV season around the corner, I'll be interested to see if there is any type of "cliffhanger" that will keep viewers wondering over the summer. Maybe a reappearance of the college professor Earl had a fling with a few episodes back? Hmmm...