My Name is Earl: Bad Earl
(S03E13) "There's no room at the motel and it's Christmas eve. Just like Jesus' baby." -- Randy Hickey
I don't know about you but I really have a problem watching holiday episodes after New Years. I guess, like many people, I have just had enough "holiday cheer" and when I see those references, I feel like I'm watching an old episode. Maybe I should just be happy that there are new episodes at all.
As I've said before, I always love to see recurring characters. Seeing Ralph and gay Kenny actually crossing paths was one of the high points of this episode.
This episode answered a lot of questions for me. The biggest being, "Is everyone in Camden County a complete idiot?" Clearly, the answer is yes. More importantly, it seems that idiots migrate to the area. Case in point, Tim Stack. Once a Hollywood TV personality, now a drunken wash out living in Camden County. It's the only place that a mental deficient like Ralph can actually outsmart someone.
Personally, I think it's about time Earl gave up on the list. It's clear that he is no longer karma's bitch and the line between making up for something bad you've done and humiliating yourself isn't really all that fine. It seems that it's time for the list to be shelved along with Kip & Henry's dresses and The A-Team's wanted status.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying Earl shouldn't try to be a good person. He just doesn't need the list anymore. There are plenty of ways he can assuage his guilt and still live a normal life. Watch Joy's kids, feed Mr. Turtle, help Catalina become a citizen; in addition to getting a decent job and being a functioning member of society, any of these are worthy goals for a fulfilling life.
I really would have liked to see more of Alyssa Milano in this episode, and when she bent over Earl in the street, I wanted to see A LOT more. My hilarious chauvinism aside, adding Milano to the cast is a stroke of genius. Now Earl can live a more normal life with a girlfriend who is trying to achieve similar goals. Together, they can strive to be better people and make the world a better place. Of course, along the way, their white trash leanings will offer a few rough patches but that's to be expected.
Overall, I thought this episode was a little light on laughs but you have to expect that with a transitional story such as this one. If nothing else, I am excited to see Alyssa Milano back in a sitcom again. Maybe if we're lucky, her father, Tony. will stop in for a visit.
|Tony Danza as her father||158 (54.1%)|
|Rose McGowan & Holly Marie Combs as her sisters||120 (41.1%)|
|Thomas Calabro as her brother||14 (4.8%)|