My Name Is Earl

Season 2 Episode 9

Born a Gamblin' Man

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 30, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Earl tackles number 146 on his list. He decides to make 274 bologna sandwiches for Kenny, because he stole them from him in school when they were kids. While delivering the sandwiches, Earl moves onto a new mission, to teach Kenny how to gamble, but has trouble stopping. Joy goes to group therapy for her anger management issues.moreless

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  • Earl has a gambling problem. Oh, wait, it's not a problem, he's winning.

    This whole episode is full of great twists and hilarious moments, Joy's anger "disease", over 200 balogne sandwiches, Karma helping Earl gamble and Catalina being deported all having great involvement in this episode and leading a great cliffhanger.

    Kenny trying to be manly is classic and Earl's luck on betting is terrific aswell and steers away from the cliche of many shows that make characters lose everything (like Kenny) and the expectation that Earl would lose Catalina has a few twists in that Earl did win a lot back but already disappointed Catalina by indirectly being responsible for her being deported and ruining Randy's hilarious atttempt at winning her love. To be continued...moreless
  • Good episode...

    This is the third episode that I have seen this season and I am impressed with this season it is very funny. In this episode earl makes like 200 bologna sandwiches for kenny. Then kenny wanted earl to help him be more like earl. then earl gets back to gamblin and gambles catalina's money away then catalina gets pulled over by the cops in earls car and she gets deported. This episode was really hilarious I liked when earl was making the sandwiches and asks randy "should i count the sandwich that I chewed up and shoved down his throut? later...moreless
  • Earl tries to help Kenny but ends up becoming a gambling addict.

    Well, the ep started out promising enough. Earl was making sandwiches for Kenny (remember Kenny?) to make up for all the times he took his lunch in high school. He takes the sandwiches to Kenny and ends up being talked into helping Kenny become more "macho" like Earl. This is all well and good until they start gambling and Earl gets addicted to it. In the meantime, Randy is planning to tell Catalina how he feels for her (FINALLY!) but thanks to Earl and his addiction, Catalina gets pulled over driving Earls car and is now going to be deported. Also, Joy went to anger management. The meeting isnt just for A.M. though, it is also for Kleptomaniacs, Alcoholics, Shopaholics..etc...These meetings and generally anything with Joy in it tonight were the saving grace for tonights ep. I don't like Earl the Gambler. :(moreless
Jonathan Slavin

Jonathan Slavin

Doug (Translator)

Guest Star

Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin

Ruby Whitlow (Deaf Lawyer)

Guest Star

Gregg Binkley

Gregg Binkley

Kenny James

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Catalina's Go Kart driver's license is signed "Greg Garcia" as manager. Greg Garcia is the creator of 'My Name is Earl'.

    • The game that Earl and Kenny bet on was called 'Chicken **** Bingo' (although the name is never said out loud).

    • Introduced and crossed off in this episode

      #146 Stole gay Kenny's lunch every day at fifth and sixth grade.

    • The dog and horse named after Elton John songs that Kenny bets on are "Tiny Dancer" and "Candle in the Wind."

    • Featured Music:
      "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)" by Elton John (Earl and Kenny first start betting)
      "Chicken Drop" by Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper (Earl first sees the chicken betting)
      "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by Rolling Stones (Catalina tries to run)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Earl: (voiceover) I realized something, something that made me feel bad...Kenny was a loser.

    • Disease Control leader: Earl, maybe you need to ask yourself if you have a gambling problem.
      Earl: Hmm, no, I don't have a gambling problem, I'm winning, and winning is not a problem. That's like saying Michael Jordan has a basketball problem, or Def Leppard has an awesomeness problem. So why don't y'all pour some sugar on that?

    • Therapist: You have what is known as pathological impulse-control disorder.
      Joy: Hot damn! Does this mean I can get crippled-people parking?

    • Earl: You want me to teach you how to be less gay so you can sleep with more men?
      (Kenny nods)
      Earl: Okay.

    • Randy: (about Catalina) I also need bubble wrap, she likes the sound it makes when it pops, because it reminds her of her childhood. You know, because of all the shooting.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Smear the Kenny

      Refers to a variant of the popular children's game of tag, "Smear the Queer". In this variant instead of being called "It" the player is called "The Queer". It is often more physically rough then the traditional version of tag. It usually involves tackling the player, who is holding a ball, and taking the ball away from them.

    • Darnell: Whoa, you're like an X-Man or something.

      The X-Men are a fictional group of superheroes set in the Marvel Comics universe. They get their various powers from genetic mutations.

    • Randy: Ricola!

      Randy is doing an imitation of Ricola commercials where mountaineers shout "Ricola" and blow on Alphorns. Ricola is a company that makes cough drops.

      Randy did the same thing back in season one episode "Didn't Pay Taxes", when he and Earl were trapped in a water tower.

    • Episode Title: Born A Gamblin Man

      This is a play on the chorus of the song by The Allman Brothers "Ramblin' Man".

    • Earl: ...pour some sugar on that?

      This is a reference to the Def Leopard song, "Pour Some Sugar on Me."