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My Name Is Earl: Made A Lady Think I Was God

by Michael Sciannamea, posted Nov 2nd 2006 10:51PM

Earl is God?(S02E06) I always thought Roseanne Barr was funny, although I was never a big fan of her sitcom. She hasn't been too visible lately, but I was pleasantly surprised to see her be the latest in a long line of guest stars on My Name Is Earl. She didn't disappoint, IMHO.

Roseanne plays Millie Banks, the "Citation Queen" at Earl's trailer park. Whether you live in a trailer park, a condo/townhouse community, or a closed community of single-family homes, there's always someone who is a stickler for the rules who will look to cite you for not putting a top on your trashcan or parking your car outside of a designated area, and so on. Most of the time, these people are angry, and Millie Banks was no exception.

Earl, Joy, and Randy certainly felt her wrath over the years with a myriad of citations, and to get back at her, Earl uses a walkie-talkie to impersonate God. Millie is a religious type to begin with, and hearing the voice of "God" through her hearing aid influences her to do things like the Hokey Pokey and ripping up homeowners' citations and bringing her gold and silver to Earl and Joy. In fact, she's so overwhelmed that she becomes a nun! Roseanne Barr as a nun -- who'd have thunk it?

Of course, as time moves forward, Joy's legal situation forces her to take steps such as trying to have the many restraining orders against her, and one of them was from Millie Banks. Hearing the name brings Earl to the realization that he has to make amends for his God impersonation, and he seeks Millie out. He discovers her at a convent, and it turns out that "Nun Millie" is the object of jealousy from at least one fellow nun because apparently Millie is God's "favorite". She does lots of good for lots of people -- a total reversal of what she once was.

Earl goes to see her and explains his past behavior, but Millie is skeptical. He then demonstrates how he played God, and Millie suddenly reverts back to the "Angry B Word" she once was and gets back to the trailer park and becomes even more ornery. On Catalina's suggestion, Earl along with Randy try to create a sign from God to get Millie back to the nice person she had become. They try a number of things, including burning a Jesus face into her favorite food (grilled cheese sandwich), but nothing works.

Millie discovers Earl, and slingshots him and Randy. Finally, Earl yells at her to stop being so ornery, and then Millie has an epiphany -- Earl is her sign! He is the sign from God to have her turn into a person of good deeds. She then become a nun again, and all is right with the world. In addition, Earl and Randy profess their brotherly love for each other, but the feeling doesn't last long.

As I mentioned earlier, Roseanne did a nice job here. She was unmistakably Roseanne, but she still fit into the story very well and didn't seem to overwhelm the episode.

The show continues to integrate music beautifully into their stories. The Doobie Brothers' "Jesus Is Just Alright" during the scene when Earl is trying to burn Jesus' face into the grilled cheese sandwich was hysterical, and "Southern Cross" by Crosby, Stills, and Nash as Randy as being bandaged up from his slingshot wound was poignant. Of course, the acapella version of "Convoy" by C.W. McCall got some laughs.

Another solid episode with another solid performance by a guest star.

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