My Name Is Earl: Our "Cops" Is On
(S02E11) I wasn't that thrilled with this episode. I can't seem to put my finger on it as to why I didn't find it so funny. The concept was a good one with Cops filming in Camden County, but it just seemed so over-the-top. I mean, how many crimes did Earl, Randy, Joy, Darnell, and the rest of the gang commit in a single episode?
That doesn't mean there weren't any genuine laughs here, either. The appearance of Tim Stack as himself was clever--I enjoyed him on Son of the Beach and he was really funny here. The scene where the officer (Mike O'Malley, late of Yes, Dear) lets him drive off when he's absolutely blind drunk was hysterical. When he mentioned his 62 items on his IMDB page, I nearly fell out of my chair! (BTW--it's now 63!)
The other notable guest star was Kathy Kinney, who played another police officer. (In case you don't remember, she was "Mimi" in the Drew Carey Show. She was wearing A LOT less makeup.)
Anyway, the story takes place on what Earl describes as "another boring Sunday" at the Crab Shack, and everyone there seems to be lamenting over something. Suddenly, Cops shows up on the bar's television, and it's a repeat of the episode filmed in Camden County back in 2003, and we are "treated" to some of Earl's worst behavior before karma entered his life. Randy also does his best to get into the act and joins in on some of the criminal behavior, all in order to be on Cops.
We're treated to a number of high crimes and misdemeanors, including Crabman's garden of hydroponic marijuana plants and Joy's throwing of Earl's stuff of the roof of their trailer. In between, we see some of the other characters get into mischief, and the local peace officers can't seem to get a handle on things. In fact, Earl steals a police car, and later we see him and Joy getting naked in the back seat being filmed by the embedded cameraman. Another funny scene was when Earl was trying to run away and he falls down and yelps, "I skinned my pecker!"
However, I have to say that overall I just couldn't get into it this week. Earl did say at the end that he saw some things that were on his list that he needed to take care of, but I'm not sure what the purpose of this episode was in the entire scheme of things. Plus, there was no sign of Catalina, and that's always a disappointment.
Hopefully this was just an anomaly and we'll soon get back to Earl's quest for karma, as well as Joy's pending trial. We know the writers want to develop more stories and not stay wedded to Earl crossing off something of his list every single week, but it might be good to back to that for a little while just so we can see him right his past wrongs.