My Name Is Earl

Season 2 Episode 9

Born a Gamblin' Man

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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."