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My Name Is Earl: Kept A Guy Locked In The Truck

by Michael Sciannamea, posted Jan 18th 2007 11:10PM

my name is earl(S02E13) As we saw last week, Earl re-ignited his quest for karma and began doing good deeds for people again. Although the show this season has strayed from the basic concept and we've seen more character development, the "Cops" episode was this season's nadir, in my opinon, and I thought the show had to get back on track. Last week it did, and this week was more of the same.

What made this episode so satisfying to me was that it took the situation over Joy's stealing of the Bargain Bags truck and the kidnapping of its driver--Josh Martin--and brought it to a whole other level. After Earl gets himself stuck trying to get into his car, and with Slow Roger being of no help, he notices a Bargain Bags truck and flashes back to Joy's misdeeds. He decides to do something nice for Josh by having him get a "regular" massage, but to Earl and Randy's great shock, Josh is dead. Of course, death by being crushed in a Murphy Bed certain qualifies for a Darwin Award, but hey, stuff happens.

The real fun begins when we see Joy's joy over this occurrence--her attempt at being nice a few episodes back certainly did not take hold. She now figures she's off the hook for her crime, so it'll be interesting to see how this all shakes out. I did see a preview of an episode where Joy goes to trial, so it looks like Joy is not totally of the woods yet.

And, finally, Catalina returned to the action, and although her "marriage" to Randy wasn't mentioned after it took place, it got immediate attention here. How great was it to see Randy's pure happiness over being married to someone he truly loves by his constantly referring to it to everyone he meets? Naturally, the situation is bound to get a bit more sticky because they have to keep up appearances in case Immigration comes calling again, and the two "lovebirds" discuss getting an apartment together.

Although Randy is still displays major goofball tendencies, he had developed into a lovable lug, and we're finding out that there is more depth to him than meets the eye.

What made this episode for me was the appearance of John Waters as a funeral director. I have been a fan of his work, and it was good to see him on screen. He definitely fit the bill here as someone who devises "creative funerals."

We learn that no one has claimed Josh's body, and Earl, who tried to do something nice for him, believes he's done his part. That's until Josh visits Earl in his dreams, and I learned that origami can be evil. So, Earl decides to have a funeral for Josh (the #3 package), but things go awry when the mourners begin misbehaving and are disrespectful of the proceedings by partying it up. Earl gets upset, but these folks didn't know Josh, so why fake emotional involvement, especially at a funeral?

The fact that Josh was dressed in Darnell's purple tuxedo didn't make things easier for Crabman, who I thought went way too far with his concern over what would happen to it. Besides Earl's practicing of the eulogy, the funniest scene for me was the crowd bopping to "The Humpty Dance," a song I hadn't heard in quite a few years. This show continues to make great use of music, and I had a great laugh over it. From now on, I'm afraid that whenever I'll walk into a funeral parlor, "The Humpty Dance" will be playing in my head. Yeesh.

Anyway, Crabman finally gets his tux back by ripping it off the corpse, and it appears that all is settled. However, when Joy has a bad dream over Josh, her mood begins to lighten as guilt crept in, and she and Earl learn that Josh really did have a lot of friends, only they were all online. The montage of Josh's online friends was quite timely, and let's not overlook the reference to bloggers writing and discussing television shows!

In any event, Earl and Joy begin responding to all of Josh's instant messages from his friends, and soon a "proper" funeral is arranged, which is more a celebration of Josh's life. Plus, Randy and Catalina get his old apartment, and even Joy decides to get into the act and begins caring for his cactus plant. Heartwarming, indeed.

I really enjoyed this episode. For me, it was "classic" Earl, if a television show that's one-and-a-half seasons old can have such things. At this point, it doesn't seem that Earl needs his list to goad him into doing good for others. He has evolved, perish the thought.

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julie

And if my Redskins don't improve dramatically next season, only dead men WILL be watching! Thanks, Garcia, for that shout out.

Love the show - John Waters was an inspired choice. When will they write in Joy's pregnancy now that she is starting to show?

January 19 2007 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MAF

Wide Wide World of Web was hilarious.

January 19 2007 at 9:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rvkey

J to the jizzle...O to the wizzle...

You had me at Josh.

Hilarious!

January 19 2007 at 9:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

Oh, man. I think I laughed hardest when Earl said the guys who played poker online now got together to play in person--and they all opened their laptops around the card table.

Oh, and of course when they mentioned Television Without Pity. Heh.

John Waters rocked that role.

Great episode.

January 19 2007 at 8:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
innamorata

I found this episode extremely boring. I didn't laugh or even chuckle once.

Worst episode of the season, if not the shoow so far, for me.

January 19 2007 at 6:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shawn

i would say this was a "classic" episode.

yes.

January 19 2007 at 3:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jq

the funniest scene, for me at least, was when john waters was talking about the gang banger and how it looked so real that that rival gang shot him up again.

the eulogy mirror scene looked odd the way it was filmed. looked like two different people were in it.

January 19 2007 at 1:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rhomboid

John Waters and the ironic wink to tv bloggers really made this episode.

January 19 2007 at 12:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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