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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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this episode redeemed the whole season for me. after the brilliant first season, i was beginning to despair for this show. the first few episodes of the new season just felt flat to me. the old episodes had more twists and divergent threads running through them and the fun part was watching how everything will converge at the end.
i was already laughing from the 1st scene especially that cheesy black and white was movie the boys were watching. brilliant stuff!

November 03 2006 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toby OB

My dream now for this show is for Catalina to get together with the little orphan girl for a dueling woe is me face-off.

That little girl was hilarious and if the PTB are smart, they'll hire her up to do the show again!

November 03 2006 at 4:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is there a word missing from this sentence? Restraining orders what? Removed? I missed the episode so I'm not sure.

'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'

November 03 2006 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ali Baba Ghanoush

Um, "his" list. Sorry.

November 03 2006 at 9:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ali Baba Ghanoush

I straight up do not like this show. I've only seen bits and pieces, but the only bit that made me laugh was Randy's Ricola moment. However, since Roseanne was guesting, I gave it a go. She was good, but I nearly soiled myself over the orphan girl. I didn't know what I wanted to do first: laugh or cry. Especially when she talked about the pack of dogs that evicted her from her apartment (or whatever). And then when she asked Earl if anyone on her list wanted a daughter. At least her dolly's got her head back.
The best line of the show had to be "Oh, like you've never eaten out of a trashcan before."
Great episode!

November 03 2006 at 9:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Roseanne....Roseanne! That made my day yesterday. Loved this episode!

November 03 2006 at 9:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That little "orphan" girl was hilarious.

November 03 2006 at 9:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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