My Name Is Earl (2005–2009)
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The Birthday Party 

Earl tries to celebrate his good deeds at his birthday party, but his friends' reactions only makes him realize that he still has a long way to go to on his list.

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Earl Hickey
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Randy Hickey
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Joy Turner
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Catalina
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Darnell Turner
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Carl Hickey
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Donny Jones
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Kay Hickey
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Slow Roger (as Robert Clendenin)
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Pill Popping Mom
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Young Earl
Trey Carlisle ...
Earl Jr.
Louis T. Moyle ...
Dodge
Bill Suplee ...
Willie the One-Eyed Mailman
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Jasper
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Earl tries to celebrate his good deeds at his birthday party, but his friends' reactions only makes him realize that he still has a long way to go to on his list.

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15 February 2007 (USA)  »

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The DJ laments about getting robbed by "Bad Earl", his reason for being on the List, stating that he was left with "one turntable, and no microphone." A reference to a line from a Beck song. See more »

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References Jackass (2000) See more »

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Fat Bottomed Girls
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Written by Brian May
Performed by Queen
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#178--Tried to Do An Episode without a Story
16 February 2007 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

This is an uncharacteristically weak episode that's mostly devoid of story and constructed mostly of comedy vignettes as Earl celebrates his birthday at the Crabshack.

Proud of a year of doing good, Earl is constantly reminded of all the bad things he's done in the past--the practical jokes he's played on Randy, the way he made fun of Joy when she was pregnant, the way he mixed up the Crabman's pot brownies and his regular ones, the time he peed in the middle of his parents' living room, etc. etc. We do get to see Beau Bridges back as his dad, Earl Hickey Sr. and the return of many favorites such as the one legged girl, Donnie Jones, the guys from Earl's "english as a second language" class and more, but the construction of this episode is pretty much one joke after another at the sacrifice of story and character. And once again Catalina is left with nothing to do.

In the end, the results are disappointing, especially for a "sweeps" show. Some of the jokes are funny, but in the end this episode points out how important story and character are to the success of "My name is Earl".


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