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My Name is Earl: The Bounty Hunter

by Michael Sciannamea, posted Apr 7th 2006 12:00PM

joy socks jessie with a left to the faceWho 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...

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100% of Auction Proceeds to Benefit Forest Reents Foundation

NEW YORK - April 17, 2006 - A walk-on role on the NBC hit comedy My Name is Earl, tickets to Saturday Night Live, a Today show VIP behind-the scenes-tour and many other unique items are up for grabs in the 2006 NBC Universal All-Star Charity Auction.

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My Name Is Earl
Medium (and signed cast photo)


Today V.I.P. Behind The Scenes Tour
Today Concert Series VIP Passes
Tickets to Wicked & Backstage Tour
Tierra de Pasiones set tour, observe taping, meet with cast members
Universal Studios Orlando - 4 free admissions with Priority Pass
Universal Studios Hollywood - 4 free admissions with Priority Pass
VIP Tour of MSNBC Studios


Saturday Night Live
Universal Pictures movie premiere
Inside The Actors Studio
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Late Night with Conan OBrien


My Name Is Earl signed script & cast photo
My Name Is Earl signed "Earl" Outfit (Jeans, T-shirt and plaid button down)
Crossing Jordan signed photo
The Office signed Season 1 DVD, Script & Photo
Las Vegas signed photo and "Montecito" poster
Days of Our Lives "Bonnie Lockhart" outfit
The West Wing signed "Santos/McGarry" campaign sign
Scrubs signed script
Conviction signed script & cast photo
Law & Order signed script, DVD, photo, t-shirt & hat
Law & Order: SVU signed script, DVD, photo, t-shirt & hat
Law & Order: Criminal Intent signed script, DVD, photo, t-shirt & hat
ER signed scrub top
Guitar signed by Wynona Judd from Nashville Star
Chair from Stargate signed by Richard Dean Anderson
Chair from Battlestar Gallactica signed by Edward James Olmos
WWE replica Championship Spinner Belt signed by John Cena
Monk signed DVD & script
Stargate Atlantis signed scripts
Battlestar Gallactica signed poster
NASCAR vault book signed by Bill France

Kodak Digital Camera & Printer Pkg.


About The Forest Reents Foundation, Inc:
The Forest Reents Foundation was formed in July 2005 to honor

April 20 2006 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Agreed, great assesment. Right on with the comments about being one of the best episodes and the brilliant use of music. Best show on regular networks by far.

April 13 2006 at 2:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm freaking out, can you tell?
Not really.
I had a cocktail.

I think anyone who doesn't like this show needs a 35-second bum hug.

April 07 2006 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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