My Name is Earl: Stole a Motorcycle - VIDEO
(S03E16) "This is what someone told me reading a book is like." - Randy Hickey
I really can't decide if the writers for Earl are geniuses or drunks. Right when people start to complain that the show is getting stale they take it in a new direction that no one could see coming and yet is perfectly believable.
A big part of why I love this show is seeing the flashbacks where Earl was a complete reprobate. Even better is seeing Randy as the same kind of reprobate and yet just as simple. Joy, of course, remains exactly the same, no matter where or when she is, even if she's only in Earl's imagination.
The other sign that the guys who write this show are brilliant is that they have now figured out how to get away with only writing half a TV show.
Think about it. The scripts for The Hickeys are just old sitcom devices, so all they have to do is come up with a new list item, a great flashback and a funny way for Randy, Joy or someone else to help Earl's karma. GENIUS!
Another great thing about Earl being in a coma is that it gives the supporting characters more chances to shine. Let's face it, as "fine" an actor as Jason Lee is, it's the supporting cast that make this show. I'm partial to Crabman myself.
The scene in the Shriner meeting had to be my favorite. If you haven't checked out my TV Squad profile, now is a good time. I had an uncle who was a Shriner and I always thought how weird it was that an old man and his old friends dressed like idiots and drove little cars. Like all of us kids, I wanted desperately to drive his little car but we all knew that if we did, it would be the last anyone ever saw of us. You never cross a Shriner.
While Randy was "murdering" Earl, it occurred to me that the relationship between the two brothers has always been sort of a lighthearted version of Of Mice and Men. To be honest, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Randy had a little graveyard somewhere in the trailer park filled with animals that died from "too much love."
Usually, I am all for guest stars in Earl, however, the Teutuls were about as funny as they were when they made their appearance on King of the Hill, at least there they were supposed to be two-dimensional. There's nothing sadder than a reality star who rises to his own level of uninterestingness. Just ask Mike Boogie.
For the most part, I enjoyed this episode and it was certainly better than last week. If I'm being honest, though, as long as they keep thinking of ways to make Alyssa Milano look sexy, I will keep tuning in. I mean, one week she's doing old school aerobics, this week she's pregnant. Are they going to eventually hit every fetish that exists? I certainly hope so!
|Alyssa Milano||98 (32.5%)|
|Jaime Pressly||55 (18.2%)|
|Nadine Velazquez||133 (44.0%)|
|Billy Gardell||16 (5.3%)|