My Name Is Earl

Cost Dad the Election

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 11/22/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Earl tries to cross off number four on his list, "blew dad's chance to be elected mayor". Four years earlier, Carl Hickey ran for mayor to redirect a proposed airplane traffic route over his house and away from the wealthy part of town. Earl unfortunately ruined any chance of his father winning when caught on tape assaulting a police officer. Earl must now help his father get elected and mend his relationship with his father.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Beau Bridges

    Carl Hickey

  • Kipp Shiotani

    Marty Park

  • Bobby Bowman

  • Chris Koch

  • Nancy Lenehan

    Kay Hickey

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Earl tries to win his dad an election

    By jimbo_001, Jul 14, 2006

  • Another great episode.

    By danman5069, Mar 28, 2006

  • Cost Dad The Election, Earl gets arrested several times and cost Dad the election for it.

    By comicbone, Dec 13, 2005

  • Excellent look into Earl's family life.

    By russellbullock, Nov 26, 2005

  • It was bound to happen: a lackluster episode of Earl

    By gridley23, Nov 24, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (24)

    • (in the strip club) Earl: Jasmine, Savannah I'd like to talk to you ladies about another kind of poll. (shows them a voters registration form)

    • (outside the County jail) Earl: Felony or Misdemeanour? Guy: Misdemenour. Earl: Great. Can we talk. (gives him the voters registration paper)

    • Earl: Hey mom. Kay: Need money son, is that it? Earl: No, I just wanna.... Carl: Hey, who is it? Kay: Just some Mormons Carl. (whispers to Earl) Look he's out on the Mormons, so scoot, I’ll put twenty dollars under the lawn goose. Earl: I don't need money mom. Carl: (walking to the door) For the last time boys, we already have a lord. (Earl waves and Carl walks away)

    • Earl: (voice over) Back when I was married to Joy she often filled the role of designated driver.... (Earl and Randy are in the back of the truck, drinking, Earl throws an empty beer can, that hits a cop car) Of course that didn’t mean we stayed out of trouble. (the cop pulls them over) Joy: (gets out of car and speaks to Earl) What kind of idiot throws a beer can at a cop car?

    • (Earl and Randy are trying to break into an armoured truck) Cops: Stop, or I’ll shoot you in the face. Earl: I locked my keys in my car.

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    Notes (4)

    • The Czech episode title is "Earlův otec kandiduje na starostu", meaning "Earl's Father Is Running for Mayor".

    • Original International Air Dates: Czech Republic: September 21, 2009 on Prima COOL

    • Although this episode is number nine in the series, it screened as episode three in Australia.

    • Cameron Clapp, who plays Didi's boyfriend, is a real-life athlete and competes in disabled running, swimming and golf events around the country. He won gold medals in running and swimming at the 2004 Endeavor Games for Athletes with Physical Disabilities. Clapp was injured on September 15, 2001, when he was hit by a train and lost both legs (up to just above the knee) and his right arm. He has been featured in newspaper and magazine articles, including USA Today and People Magazine, and on CNN Headline News. Before guest-starring on My Name Is Earl, Clapp had a small part in HBO's "Carnivale" and was offered a guest-starring role as a triple-amputee soldier in "Six Feet Under", but turned it down because it conflicted with his message of hope.

    Trivia (4)

    • When Earl's dad is handing out buttons after the live debate, at the end of the scene there's is another High Def easter egg. Just as the scene is about to cut to Randy handing out cookies is a sign at the extreme left. The sign reads: "Carl Hickey Loves High Def"

    • Featured Music: "Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant (Joy and Earl get tasered) "Higher Ground" by Stevie Wonder (People start hearing the planes again) "Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival (Earl's Dad re-enters the election) "Mexican Radio" by Wall of Voodoo (Randy loses the election forms) "Time Has Told Me" by Nick Drake (Earl is getting bailed out the last time)

    • List Trivia: (Re-)Introduced in this episode: #4 Blew dad's chance to be elected mayor. #86 Stole a car from a one legged girl. (Previously introduced in the pilot episode and episode 1-02) Crossed off in this episode: Nothing is officially crossed off - however, by what Earl's father is saying, Earl probably crossed off "breaking a window". Earl mentions that his dad is #4 on his list several times during the episode, while we can clearly see during the title sequence, that "Cost Dad an Election" is #65.

    • The sign that Earl's dad, Carl, put in the window of the store said 'Honk for Peace and Quiet'.

    Allusions (2)

    • Carl: You know I ran into John Sheppard down the street. This is very likely a inside joke. Beau Bridges (Carl) is currently 1 of the stars on Stargate SG-1, the name of the main character in it's spin-off series, Stargate Atlantis, is called John Sheppard.

    • Joy and Darnell are playing a board game called Mouse Trap when the plane flies over. In Mouse Trap, you move your piece around the board while assembling the trap. You try to not get captured by the large, intricate contraption.

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