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My Name is Earl: No Heads and a Duffel Bag - VIDEO

by Paul Goebel, posted Apr 18th 2008 8:38AM

Beau Bridges as Earl's dad(S03E17) "Oh God, I don't want to die in shorts." - Carl Hickey

One of the greatest things about Earl is how the show embraces it's own absurdity. The fact that Earl's parents knew nothing about his coma or prison stay was completely ridiculous and yet it made perfect sense in the landscape of the show.

As I've said before, there clearly must be something in the water supplied to Camden County because as normal and pleasant as Carl and Kay seem to be they must be pretty bad parents to be so out of touch with their eldest son.

I like these kinds of episodes, where the bulk of it is a flashback. Criminal Earl is a bit funnier than karma Earl and I get a huge kick seeing how Randy and Joy haven't changed a bit.

The only downside of the flashbacks is that they don't have enough Darnell or Catalina. To give us guys a glimpse of Catalina in her stripper outfit and then barely have her in the rest of the episode is just cruel. I'm sure you ladies feel the same way about Darnell and his crab-stained apron.

You know there must have been some people, like Carl, who went to Woodstock to see the concert. I have always felt that the music at Woodstock was really just background for the experience. As Carl was kind enough to point out, Sha Na Na was on the bill. Could it really have been such a great concert? How great would it be to see a documentary about people who hated Woodstock? The traffic, the lack of public toilets, the bad drugs, that's a flashback I want to see.

I don't know what was more disturbing: the distinctly racist depiction of the drug dealer, the creepy underage twinks or the perm that made Catalina look like a school girl. It's pretty ironic that an episode all about marijuana would have a scene with someone shaving a kangaroo for no reason. Something tells me parts of this episode were autobiographical.

So, clearly the ingredient in the water that makes people stupid also makes them extremely patient. As a parent, I can totally identify with Carl. There are numerous times when my kids drive me nuts by putting me in situations that are difficult. However, once it's all over, I often marvel at how good it feels to come out of that situation with the feeling that I did the right thing by them. In all honesty, if I only had myself to think about, my actions would be very different. I suppose that's one of the ways having kids can make you a better person. Now someone explain why that hasn't worked on Joy.

I really liked this episode because it had everything I dig; hilarious recurring characters (Carl & Kay), great new locals (Fingersucker & Circus) and best of all, there were no hideous "sitcom in Earl's brain" scenes. Sadly, I don't think we've seen the last of them.

Should Earl try to be a better father?
Yes, or else his kids will become criminals like he did.55 (34.2%)
No, they're not his kids.106 (65.8%)

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Chris

I didn't see large parts of this show, because the screen kept going blank. I don't know if it was NBC or the local channel's fault, but I think it must have been NBC having trouble showing that movie bug during the show, like they did during everything other show last night! It's like they don't care about what they're showing on TV anymore. They just show things to promote other things. I watch TV shows online now just to watch them bug free and to see the credits.

April 18 2008 at 3:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peanut

While I don't care for The Hickeys, it has to show up at least once more to show there was a point to it. Realistically though, Earl should be dreaming about Catalina jumping.

April 18 2008 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zach

I also loved the lebowski reference, also when carl was yelling about sha-na-na, I immediately thought of Abe Simpson (grandpa) at Woodstock in the Mother Simpson Episode. Bring out Sha-na-na!!!!

April 18 2008 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan

Yeah, I didn't get the whole "We don't smoke" especially because crabman would "hook them up with stuff he's not legally allowed to put into the crab cakes"...but other than that, I loved this episode. I found it satirical how they kept saying how marijuana was bad, and then they'd show those same people with alcohol. I did miss Alyssa Milano, and there's never enough of Catalina in her stripper outfit!

April 18 2008 at 11:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scott

The Big Lebowski shout out was great - Beau Bridges calls the drug dealer dude, and he says something like, "...take it easy, Lebowski."
Episode about pot and Beau being Jeff's brother and all. Good episode, but i missed Alyssa too - and yeah, I can't imagine that Earl and Randy (of all people) don't smoke... maybe if they were on at 9 instead of 8.

April 18 2008 at 11:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cincinnati Mike

Much better than recent outings. One beef, tho. Earl used to be a king-sized dirtbag, as he freely admits. The whole "I'd never smoke pot! Drugs are BAD!" theme seems really unlikely. Maybe he'd never PAY for it, but a duffel bag full falls in your lap?

April 18 2008 at 8:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Grover

As awful as those 'The Hickey's' scenes are... I missed Alyssa Milano this week

April 18 2008 at 8:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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