My Name Is Earl: Born a Gamblin' Man
(S02E09) I was very surprised by the storyline of Randy going to profess his love for Catalina. I have been under the impression that Earl and Catalina would eventually hook up, so I'm not quite sure how this is going to turn out. It was good to see the more "human" side of Randy come out. He is definitely in love with Catalina, but I still think that he and his brother will be competing to win her heart. I'm also quite sure that people all over America will be laying down bubble wrap in honor of their objects of affection.
Of course, it woujld help if Catalina would remain in the country and not be deported for entering the country illegally. Her situation is now another major plot, besides Joy's pending trial, that will keep the show moving in other directions besides Earl crossing things off his list. I don't think devoting an entire episode to Earl making 274 bologna sandwiches for Kenny to make up for stealing his lunch in school years ago would have been very interesting.
Whenever Kenny shows up, Earl always seems to try extra hard to be nice and helpful. It probably is because Earl tortured him when they were kids, but nevertheless Kenny is a good character and he always seems to bring something to the table. The chicken-pooping-on-a-numbered-square game was hysterical, and I'm sure we'll see a variation of it soon enough either in Vegas or AC! (Maybe more in the Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods. :))
I think it's about time to bring Joy to trial. The writers seem to be dragging her storyline a bit--somehow I don't think justice is a long and slow process in Camden County. The scenes with her in group therapy didn't do much for me. I wonder if, during the trial, Crabman will be called to the stand, and whether his status as someone in the Witness Protection Program is going to be brought up in court. And if his cover is blown, who will be out to get him? Could this be another cliffhanger of sorts for the show?
The focus of the show was Earl and Kenny's gambling, and Earl was certainly on a hot streak, to say the least. But did karma catch up with him again when he decided to bet Catalina's money and not go to her when he was supposed to? I'm not sure if the lesson here is that winning at gambling will lead to getting one of your friends deported, but you knew it was too good to last for Earl.
Let's also not forget more great music used in an Earl episode. The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" made for a perfect soundtrack to introduce the Catalina cliffhanger, and Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" worked well when Earl and Kenny were in the bar gambling.