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My Name Is Earl: Mailbox

by Michael Sciannamea, posted Nov 9th 2006 10:31PM

The mysterious Darnell/Crabman/Harry Monroe(S02E07) Hmmm, some interesting developments here. After watching this episode, I've come away with the impression that Catalina definitely has a thing for Earl. She seemed awfully jealous whenever Wendy (Jenny McCarthy) was around, and when she and Earl observed Wendy and Will get together at the end, she looked very comfortable being around Earl. Whether this situation will develop over time is anyone's guess, but it would be interesting to see how these two would function as a couple.

And let's not forget the deal with Darnell aka Harry Monroe. I mentioned earlier this season that I would be curious to see a story develop around Crabman's arrival in Camden County after being dropped off from a van in the middle of the road last year. Now, we learn that he is in the Witness Protection Program, but we don't know what exactly for. When Joy reads the undelievered letter about him, she is obviously taken aback. She demands to hear the whole story, but Darnell/Crabman/Harry won't fess up. However, after numerous attempts, they come together again as husband and wife. (I wonder what the reaction would be if I said "I love you too, stupid" to my wife? I'll first make sure there are enough bandages and ice packs in order to be prepared.)

This show continues to do a good job of weaving guest stars into the story without them overwhelming the overall theme. I've never been a big Jenny McCarthy fan, but she has always exhibited the potential to be a decent comic actress. I thought she did a decent job here, but she wasn't exactly playing against type--wearing sexy outfits and coming on to guys doesn't seem like much of a stretch for her. However, she seemed to blend in well, and her "romantic" moments with Earl were pretty funny.

The whole plotline surrounding the never-delivered letter from Will to Wendy seemed a bit forced, although the scene in the motel room with Will finding Earl, Randy, and Crabman together and his "assuming" of what might have been going on had its moments. However, I tend to agree with Catalina when she hinted that Will, when he was in his buff personal trainer phase, should have been able to get together with Wendy without much trouble. There's such a person as a shy personal trainer? Interesting...

My takeaways from this episode were that I definitely think that something is brewing between Earl and Catalina. It remains to be seen how the writers will flesh out the story, but something should emerge. And it will be interesting to see how Randy will react, especially when he called "Dibs!" when they all met for the first time in the very first episode. Will he be jealous, or will he accept it and try to find love on his own? He had it for a few fleeting moments with the Cat Lady, so maybe he's got some mojo that someone will find appealing.

I'm also curious about Darnell's past life. When he told Joy that he didn't want to lose everything again, it makes you wonder what happened before to make him say that. There's a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to Darnell/Crabman/Harry, and I'm sure we'll be interested to find out.

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JD

Any show that has Jenny McCarthy as a guest star I'm watching. She a GOOD comic actress as a guest star. And see's plenty good on the eyes.

When she was on Drew Carey as his cop girlfriend, she was pretty good.

November 10 2006 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rich

D'oh! When they replayed Darnell/Harry being dropped off in Camden County, they cut my favorite all-time line from MNIE:

Darnell: Do I still like cheese?
Agent: Not if you want to live, you don't.

November 10 2006 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rvkey

Not much to say except I nearly fell off the couch when Earl first told Will about the letter and he kicked the chichen/duck off the porch! Hilarious!!

November 10 2006 at 10:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RSL

John, did you mean "affection for" cheese? I'm chuckling over what an affliction to cheese would be but it sounds painful [and potentially embarrassing].

November 10 2006 at 9:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
B

Earl won't hook up with Catalina because Randy called "dibs" on her during the first episode after the pilot.

November 10 2006 at 9:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
john

Don't forget Darnell's extreme affliction to cheese.

November 10 2006 at 6:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toby OB

I'm also curious as to learning more about Catalina. After all, she did say that she could kill somebody "again".

But at the same time, I think it's more fun to keep her past unrevealed,limited just to the teases and hints that we get - the weird family relations, the horrible living conditions in her village, the terrors of the government. If this was a drama, she'd be carrying more woes than Andy Sipowicz and Tommy Gavin combined!

November 10 2006 at 2:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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