My Name Is Earl: Season 1, Episode 19

Y2K (23 Mar. 2006)

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When Earl tries to return a take-a-number machine to a department store, it triggers back memories of when the gang moved into the department store on 1/1/2000--thinking that they were the only people alive in town after Y2K.



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Episode cast overview:
TV's Tim Stack (as Tim Stack)
Man at Crate (as Alejandro Patino)
Federal Agent #1
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Pattie Tierce ...
Store Worker


When Earl wants to return a take-a-number machine to the department store he and the gang once stole it from, Randy tries to talk Earl out of giving the machine back because of the sentimental value it has to all of them. In a long flashback, we learn why the machine has the value that it has to the gang: At the end of 1999, Earl, Randy, a pregnant Joy and Donny meet Darnell, who convinces them that Y2K (the year 2000) will lead to the end of the world. So, on January first 2000 (after having mistaken the fireworks from the night before for machine gun fire), thinking they're the last people on earth, the gang goes to the department store and decides to live there. Because there are no longer any rules, Randy comes up with the idea to use the numbers of the take-a-number machine: Whenever there's a problem, the person with the lowest number is right. Meanwhile, Catalina travels to the United States. It's a long and rough journey. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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A TV Masterpiece
28 December 2008 | by (Chile) – See all my reviews

I love this episode. It's one of my favorite in the first season. MNIE is an awesome series, and this episode is simple, but beautiful. Sorry for my English, I'm Latino, like Catalina (LOL)...

Back in 1999, Darnell is a protected witness arriving to town, Joy and Earl are just married, Randy is around his brother and the mad Donny Jones is part of the crew (I don't understand why Ralph Mariano isn't here), and Catalina is going inside USA... Darnell talk to the guys about Y2K, and they accidentally don't found to anybody in 01/01/00.. and they're install in a store closed that day, becoming a new world... the rest.. you have to watched!

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