My Name Is Earl

Season 1 Episode 11

Barn Burner

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 05, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When trying to enroll her children into the Right Choice Ranch for troubled youth, Joy is denied enrollment because of a barn burning incident at the hands of a younger Earl. Earl, Randy and Catalina travel to the camp to make amends for the barn burning by building a pen for the camp's ostrich. Earl learns the real reason behind the barn burning incident and decides that every incident on his list after the fire should be shared by Randy.moreless

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  • When Joy is unable to enroll the children at the "wayward boys camp", Earl realizes it was because he burned a barn down.So he goes back to make amends.Along the way, there are some revelations involving Randy.In end, there are lessons about forgiveness.moreless

    This episode represents the best of what I like about the series. It can be very funny, with some dark humor, but it can also surprise you with its warmth and sense of humanity. The whole point of the show is essentially Earl is trying to be a better person, though sometimes he can be blind, like this episode. Randy is at th center of the events in this episode, though it is a little moment when Earl is with the children that shows how much heart this show has.I was caught somewhat off guard by the poignancy in that scene, espcially coming from one of the children, who are usually only seen as a comic device.I wont reveal it here for anyone who hasnt seen the episode, but its one of my favorite moments of the series so far,and one reason why I like it so much.And its also a good episode with Randy. There were times in the first seaso that I felt Randy seemed to be more stupid than childlike, which is what I believe he is, so Im glad he had a chance to be a little more here.moreless
  • Forgiveness is the way

    I loved this episode, not only for the humor and the usual funny situations, but also for the new rule “discovered” by Dodge and Earl Jr. about the list: “when someone tells the truth and says I’m sorry, you forgive them”.

    I personally like the way in which good feelings are mentioned in this TV serie: no need to write an entire dialogue about forgiveness, the simple words from a child’s mouth are a lot more effective, and they fit better in a show like this.

    I also like the way some “recourring” characters appear out of nowhere in a totally different context, like that A Lap Lap guy. It's always fun and surprising when those characters show up.moreless
  • My Name Is Randy!

    This episode plays a little bit with the concept of My Name is Earl and is very amusing, especially Randy's attempts at making things right like cofessing to sleeping with a guy's wife and having to go back and forth to get details.

    The plot is very entertaining and it is interesting to find out that Randy may be responsible for how Earl's life turned out, the twists really being critical to the story.

    Overall, the episode is a hilarious way to see role reversals and all of the scenes are classic, especially the mottos of the Ranch (We don't do anything inappropriate with kids).moreless
  • Earl and the kids!

    Joy wants to enroll her ill-disciplined kids at a youth camp for troubled kids, but because of Earl's past with the place, where he burned down their barn, the kids are not allowed in, becuase they are still using Earl's last name.

    Earl goes to the Youth Center to make amends, and learns something was actually Randy who burned down the band and not him. Earl lays the guilt trip on him and gets dim-witted Randy to do his dirty work while he relaxes at home.

    Overall, another great episode.

  • So funny, I just couldn't stop laughing!!!

    Funniest Earl-Quote ever: "Randy is afraid of birds... and of the pope, but only because he thinks there's a chicken hiding under his big hat". I almost fell from my Couch when I heard that, or when I saw Randy lying in the dust in front of the ostrich. In my opinion the best episode so far, and I can't imagine how the could make it any better!!
Christopher Grey

Christopher Grey

Married Man

Guest Star

Geoffrey Gould

Geoffrey Gould

Crab Shack Patron

Guest Star

Jeremy Slate

Jeremy Slate


Guest Star

Noah Crawford

Noah Crawford

Young Earl

Recurring Role

Ryan Armstrong

Ryan Armstrong

Young Randy

Recurring Role

Abdoulaye N'Gom

Abdoulaye N'Gom

Nescobar A Lop Lop

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "Give It Away" by Red Hot Chili Peppers (Earl thinks back to burning down the barn)
      "Burnin' For You" by Blue Öyster Cult (The barn is burning)
      "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC (Earl remembers why he didn't take the kids to Mystery Funland)

    • List Trivia:

      Introduced in this episode
      #1 Took donuts from a bank where I was not a customer.
      #98 Told Dodge and Earl Junior we would have a father son day at Mystery Fun Land and didn't take them.
      #53 Put used gum under almost every table I've ever sat at.
      #164 Burned down a barn at the Right Choice Ranch.

      Crossed off in this episode
      #98 Told Dodge and Earl Junior we would have a father son day at Mystery Fun Land and didn't take them.
      Several lines have been crossed off by Randy in this episode, most of them were not really mentioned.

    • When Catalina insults Joy in Spanish, the translation is: "I want to take this moment to thank our Latino audience for watching. And for those of you who can understand me but who are not Latino, I want to commend you for learning a second language."

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Catalina: You're going to a farm?
      Earl: Shh I'm not telling Randy, he's afraid of chickens. And the pope's big hat but mainly cause he thinks there is a chicken under it.

    • Earl: I'm gonna cross that burned barn off my list. Are you ok with that?
      Randy: Yeah of course, why wouldn't I be? (hears a rooster crow) Earl, that was a rooster. That's a man chicken; they're the meanest of them all. They got that red flappy thing under their mouth; I don't even know what they make that out of. (to Catalina) I'm afraid of birds and I don't care what you think of me.
      Catalina: It's ok; we all have our fears. I'm afraid of snakes and rape.

    • Randy: I can't remember with chickens are you supposed to play dead or punch em in the nose.

    • Farmer: Well I'll be. Earl Hickey. We've been telling everybody around here you're dead.
      Earl: Nope, not dead yet. But my heart did stop briefly back in 1992, when I got stepped on at a Motorhead concert.
      Farmer: No its not that; it's just that when we tell the kids the legend of the barn burner, we think its kind of nice to finish it with you being dead. Shot in the face actually.

    • (Catalina bandages Earl's hand after a nail is driven through it)
      Catalina: There you go. Now if you do it to the other hand I want to take you to my church so I can watch all the old ladies cry.

    • Earl: I know you're sorry for what you did back then and when somebody you love is sorry, you forgive em.
      Randy: I am sorry I burned down that barn, Earl.
      Earl: I know you are. It's ok.
      Joy: Oh my god, You two are a couple of fruits.
      Darnell: I think its sweet.
      Joy: Then why don't you all go and have a three way. Pack of fruitcakes.

    • (in bed at the motel)
      Randy: Do you think an ostrich could get all the way here from the Right Choice Ranch?
      Earl: Yeah, I mean it could walk that distance if it really wanted to. But I think the chances of it heading in the right direction and getting up the stairs and finding this particular room are pretty slim.
      Randy: (thinks for a while then gets out of bed) I'm gonna make sure the door is locked.

    • Earl: Mystery Funland, is gone, they've torn it down. I can't cross you off the list.
      Dodge: You mean your idiot list?
      Earl: Is that what your mom calls it?
      Dodge: Yeah, she puts another word in front of idiot, but, I don't know what it means. The guy in Scarface says it a lot.

    • Randy: Sir, my name is Earl and I slept with your wife. (guy punches him)
      Guy: Was it in my own house? In my own bed?
      Randy: Umm, I'll check. (goes to the car to ask Earl) It was in your own house, but it was on the couch, the counter, the pia....(guy punches him again)
      Guy: Wait. I've been married a few times. Who are you talking about?
      Randy: I'll find out. (goes to the car to ask Earl) It was Sheri.
      Guy: Oh, that's fine. If it was Linda that would be another story.

    • Joy: Those kids are beyond fixing. They wouldn't even accept them over at that rotten kid's camp. I even ran out of space on the application. How bad do you have to be?
      Earl: Are you talking about the Right Choice Ranch?
      Joy: Yeah!
      Earl: Whose last name did you put on the application?
      Joy: Yours, Hickey. That's their legal name and Dr Crabmeat here hasn't come up with the $180 to change their names yet.
      Darnell: Seems like a waste. I like Hickey.

    • Joy: They are monsters Darnell, those kids are two little monsters. They used my going out lipstick to draw boobs on the car headlights again.

    • Randy: I don't want to floss, it makes my tongue hurt.

    • Catalina: When i was young they wouldn't let us drink from the well because of the bodies.

    • Earl: (Waking up Randy)Wakey, wakey. Hands off snakey.

    • Joy: You know what? If you do not stop fighting, I swear to God I'll slap you so hard, you will both switch colour.

    • Crabman: Joy, I'm trying to work.
      Joy: Sweetheart, you're picking crabmeat out of claws. It's not like you're in the hospital, doing kidney transplantation.

    • Earl:(Narratting) The claw-machine is a popular way to pass time at the crab shack, especially when the rat gets in it.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Dodge: Yeah, she puts another word in front of idiot, but, I don't know what it means. The guy in Scarface says it a lot.

      This is in reference to the 1983 Al Pacino, film where he played a Cuban refugee who turned into one of Miami's biggest drug kingpins.

    • When Earl wakes up his brother in the morning to start on his list Randy mumbled "poopytrim" under his breath.

      He said the same thing in the movie Mallrats (of which Jason Lee also co-starred in) when he was broken out a trance caused by staring at a hidden 3d image.