My Name Is Earl

Season 2 Episode 13

Buried Treasure

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 11, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

In a classic whodunit fashion, Earl must determine who took his stolen "treasure", so he can cross it off his list. Joy, Darnell and Randy all give their own versions of what happened to the buried treasure.

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  • Whose name is it?

    This has got to be one of the best episodes of my name is earl that i have ever seen. It starts off with earl telling about how he stole some fancy cutlery and now, can't find it to give it back to the museum/libary. Randy then takes over by saying that he sold the cutlery to a guy but never got the money. Joy then recounts her tale of how she switched spoons, melted them down and hid them in a dump. Crab man/darnell then says how he found the spoons and gave them back to the libary. Earl decides to make a donation to make up for losing the spoons, which is when he finds the spoons and can finally cross number 52 off his list. Then, to finish the show off, the librarian, dotty says about how she wishes she was hot. Lol!moreless
  • Damm right hilarious!!

    Absolutely hilarious, the best yet. Especially the spoofing of the opening credits. I loved Joy's one especially even though Darnell's one was good as well: 'You may as well call me Crabman' haha!! Randy's spoof was good as well, what with him getting confused. And at the end with the librarian's intro: You know the kinda girl that could have been...'. I think this episode reminds me of the Simpsons episode, 'Trilogy of Error' because of the different points of view for one day. The spoof parts saved this episode because the actual plot with the silverware was not the best (still enjoyed it though) but it worked!moreless
  • My favorite episode by far! How's that for a summary?

    I was cracking up through this whole episode. It was so clever how they did that and completely different from other episodes and now to to mention absolutely hilarious! I mean the narration from teach character Dottyu's and crabman's were the best 9even though Dottu's didn't even really begin) I swear I thought they were going to tell her story it would have been cool if they did I'd like to know what she had to say. Oh well I still really, really loved this episode I liked how each story connected to the other like a cop show it all ended up coming together and as it was starting to make semnse I was like 'Oh so thar;'s how that happened..' Yay my rambling got me past 100 words!moreless
  • A character-driven plot with different narrations

    As a fan of the His and Her Storys of Scrubs I was very happy to see that My Name is Earl had adapted that style to the My Name Is Blank episode with Randy and when they leapt to Joy, I was a little dubious but it was great in developing the mystery and it was very funny to hear the introductions to each character, particularly Darnell, aswell as showing Randy's slow mind in the bar and the spot where Crabman had his first date and conception with Joy.

    Overall, the whole episode is hilarious and it was a great twist of format on the show. This is definitely one of the best episodes in the series.moreless
  • i loved this, it rocked! super intresting

    this episode rocked, i loved the "inner thoughts" of the main characters!, man i could watch the "my name is randy" show all day long! that character rocks my world, he is side splittingly funny... the plot on the other hand was a little thin, but very funny, like the bad running joke... i liked how crabman is becomming a core character and the mystery behind his past also makes for very good entertainment. im not sure that the librian needed her own "my name is" segment... but regardless, camden is styling up to be a very intresting town, with lots of fleshy characters. i dont ever want this series to end!moreless
Jessica Cauffiel

Jessica Cauffiel


Guest Star

Louis T. Moyle

Louis T. Moyle


Recurring Role

Trey Carlisle

Trey Carlisle

Earl Jr.

Recurring Role

Juan Pope

Juan Pope


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • During Dotty's interview with the reporter (about three minutes into the episode), she mentions that the peacock's name is Zucker. Jeff Zucker is the current president of NBC, the network on which the show airs. Also, behind her is a list of the "founders" of Camden County Municipal Library. Instead of using made-up names, the names of the creative staff are employed, including Greg Garcia, Mark Buckland and Victor Fresco.

    • When Joy tells Randy to warn them if somebody is coming by whistling because he can't snap, he seems to be unable to do that either. However, he accidentally succeeds later on, when he is digging up the buried treasure alone at night.

    • Earl mentions that he, Randy, and Joy went out stealing because they didn't play Scrabble on account of not being able to spell. He later misspells ransom as "Ransome" on the note he delivers to Dotty.

    • Kidnap that Webster kid from Different Strokes.

      Randy is confusing two different TV shows, "Webster" and "Different Strokes" which were on the air around the same time. They both had black children starring in them, but different strokes had a character called "Arnold Jackson" played by Gary Coleman and not "Webster".

    • Another thing Randy is afraid of

      Randy can't touch books, because he is afraid he will get a paper cut from the books.

    • This episode featured an interesting twist as it featured no less than five narrators and five versions of the opening credits. As the story progresses the narrative is taken over by various characters, complete with an introductory statement and a "My Name is......" credits page. Randy takes over right before the first commercial break, followed by Joy and Darnell in the second act. Dotty the librarian adds the coup de grâce in the final minute of the episode.

    • Introduced and crossed off in this episode

      #52 Dig up and return the buried treasure.

    • Featured Music:
      "Rocky Mountain Way" by Joe Walsh (Randy starts telling his story)
      "Ball and Chain" by Social Distortion (Joy starts telling her story)
      "Breathe" by Faith Hill (Playing on the radio while Joy is driving)
      "Lively Up Yourself" by Bob Marley (Darnell starts telling his story)

    • When she's on the news, a dedication plaque behind the librarian displays the names of people associated with the show, including creator Greg Garcia, episode writer Erika Kaestle, and past guest star Tim Stack.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Randy: You know the kind of guy who likes hanging out with his brother, watching cartoons and also likes to touch things with his tongue. Well, that's me. I'm also the kind of guy who likes hanging out with his brother and watching cartoons...oh wait, I already said that. I also hold the Camden County record for staring at the name is Randy.

    • Crabman: You know the kind of guy who graduated college at 14, is a virtuoso cellist, and can identify 254 varieties of cheese in a blind taste test, but can't reveal any of that because he's in the witness protection program? Well, that's me. Don't tell anyone I told you this. My name is...well, you just better call me Crabman.

    • Joy: You know the kind of woman who could've been the next Faith Hill, but somewhere along the way discovered peach daiquiri, put a diaphragm in on her own, and wound up smack dab in the middle of trailer hell raising two kids? Yep, she still manages to look hot and you can bounce a quarter off her butt cause you gotta take of yourself. I mean, come on. Anyway, that's me. My name is Joy.

    • Crabman: (voiceover) Earl wasn't the only one who would never find the silver. Neither would Joy.
      Joy: That's what they get for trying to screw with me!
      Crabman: (voiceover) And I sure wasn't going to be the one to tell her. I'd never say it out loud, but that bitch is crazy.

    • Joy: What'd you mean you can't take it?
      Jasper: Joy, this town is crawling with those Civil War Reenactment guys trying to find this stuff. And the ones from the south would love nothing better than to find it with me.

    • Tatiana: That is man I was telling you about.
      Russian Guy: That guy stole silverware?
      Tatiana: He is not brains of operation.
      Russian Guy: Oh, he is muscle.
      Tatiana: He is more like butt.

    • Joy: Now that we got fancy silverware I want us to eat like civilised human beings. Join hands.
      Randy: Are we gonna dance?
      Joy: No dummy, we're gonna say grace. Earl deliver a blessing.
      Earl: Um, Lord, um, thank you for allowing us to steal such nice silverware. Um, we promise to take good care of it as we use it to eat all your creatures.
      All: Amen.

    • Randy: Can I stay back here and be lookout?
      Earl: Why?
      Randy: I can't touch books. You know how afraid I am of paper cuts. They might as well make books outta knives. When I start crying, Joy's gonna make fun of me. You know, like how she does because I can't snap. (tries to snap his fingers)
      Joy: Are you coming or not?
      Earl: Randy's gonna stay here and be our lookout.
      Joy: Great! Hey, if you see somebody coming, just snap. (laughs) Seriously, though, you need to give us a little whistle.

    • Earl: In Camden County, the library was also the museum, so you could actually learn stuff there instead of just readin' books.

    • Dotty the Librarian: You know the kind of woman who seems like the quiet librarian, but when she removes her pencil and lets her hair fall down, she looks all wild and sexy? (sighs) I wish that was me.... My name is Dotty.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Burning bush

      Earl believes that karma communicated its displeasure with him via a burning bush. In the Bible, God speaks to Moses out of a burning bush.

    • Earl mentions that at the library, he learned that the official bird of Camden County is the peacock.

      This is possibly a reference to NBC (Earl's network), who began using a peacock logo in 1956 to demonstrate their use of color TV broadcasting. With the exception of 1976-1979, some variation of the peacock has remained their logo ever since.

    • Randy: I couldn't wait to tell Earl how I met a man who sounded like Count Chocula and looked like Franken Berry.

      Count Chocula and Franken Berry were the first two cartoon mascots of General Mill's line of monster-themed breakfast cereals that would also include the less successful Boo Berry, Fruit Brute, and Yummy Mummy. Both Count Chocula and Franken Berry were created in 1971, and both cereals are still sold today.

      Count Chocula is a vampire with a thick Eastern European accent who craved chocolate instead of blood. Franken Berry is a variation of Frankenstein's monster.