My Name Is Earl

Season 3 Episode 11

Burn Victim

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 29, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

In order to earn a certificate for six months off his sentence, Earl must start a program where a convict meets their victim to talk, but the first meeting goes wrong, so Earl has to fix it.

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  • To help an inmate who is banged up for burning down his parent's house, Earl organises a Prison Prom

    This season of My name is Earl has seen less ups and more downs than previously and got so away from the point of the show that it wasn't the same. This sort of gets back on track and puts Earl in a position to help someone. We also see him crack when the person he's helping doesn't appreciate it. This is a side we rarely see of Earl and it's interesting it emerges now when he is supposedly on the verge of being released from Prison. I wonder what will happen when he realises the Warden has shredded his certificates that give him time off his sentence. The Prom has cost him his lottery money as well so what is he going to do if and when he gets out?

    What I liked most about this episode was that it goes back to some of the best season 2 episodes like the one where he had to arrange the funeral of a guy who only had online friends. That guy being the person who just happened to be the truck driver of joys stolen truck. I want to see more of this type of thing in future and this episode proves they can still do those stories where Earl gets to use his own initiative.moreless
  • Earl uses all his lottery money to... stay in jail. Karma's a b!tch!

    While the prison prom plot wasn't a classic Earl storyline, the evolution is quite funny, with Earl's chance of freedom being balanced with Earl's lottery winnings, which are officially down to zero.

    Earl snapping at all that he had done being for nothing, and burning the precious paintings was a very good way of showing that Earl still has a vengeful side to him, and the fact that it worked to his advantage is a very well written plot twist.

    Of course, the warden's gullibility, idiocy, and reliability on Earl also proves to be a turning plot point in this episode, as he reneges on his deal and shred all evidence of Earl's karmic good deeds for the season.

    This is bound to set up a great Earl plot, making this episode yet another hilarious instalment in the prison saga.moreless
  • Yes, I said tearjerker.

    An Earl episode that actually made me cry. Seeing the inmate who burned down the basement and his parents interact reminded me how so many kids blame their parents for their own mistakes. I liked seeing Earl burn up his cell. When the inmate started painting all the pictures that were burnt up, is what made me cry. I don't like seeing Earl in prison because there aren't many story lines that can happen (as we know since Earl isn't exactly working on his list) But seeing the Warden shred his certificates made me a little mad. Get Earl out already! I can't wait until next season, this season was pretty much a waste. (except for this episode)moreless
  • Earl's still in Jail!

    I admit I haven't saw "My Name is Earl" since I've been watching "Ugly Betty." and since the show has a rerun, I go over and see what Earl's doing. And I saw that Earl is still in jail. this is more like a comic version of "Prision Break." This Week, Earl throws a ball for the prision immates. Let's see if "Prision Break" can pull that one off. I don't how long Earl will still be in jail, but next week, he'll escape. I watch "Prision Break." I'm no fool. Anyway, next week, It's back to "Ugly Betty." She's got a new episode.moreless
  • "... do bad things and bad things happen to you."

    I actually kinda liked this one. After half a season just a bit below the standards, this one was really entertaining and fun to watch. While I was a bit surprised by the fact that Earl just got away doing something bad, I was even more shocked when I realized karma was doing its job using the hands of a foolish prison warden...

    Even if Earl's bad action led to the reconciliation between an inmate and his parents (pretty moving how John managed to re-paint all the family pictures that got burnt in the fire), it was still a bad action, and it did turn against Earl in the pursuit of his freedom.

    I guess we'll have to wait more than we expected to see our man wearing jeans and shirts again.moreless
Connie Ray

Connie Ray

Mrs. Clevenger

Guest Star

Barry Wiggins

Barry Wiggins


Guest Star

Michael Bailey Smith

Michael Bailey Smith

Skinhead #1

Guest Star

Craig T. Nelson

Craig T. Nelson

Warden Jerry Hazelwood

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (after a failed prison reconciliation)
      Warden: They're really doing the work, as my marriage counselor likes to say.
      Reporter: You and the governor are in marriage counseling?
      Warden: Don't tell anybody. She's pretty sensitive about it, partly because of her sex addiction.
      Reporter: The governor has a sex addiction?
      Warden: How do you know all this stuff?

    • Earl: Sure are a lot of people in here for aggravated assault. Isn't everybody who commits assault kind of aggravated?
      Randy: Not necessarily. Remember when I hugged that baby duck to death?

    • Joy: I made a prom in a prison happen. I bet this is what it feels like to be Oprah.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Hoř, ohníčku, hoř (Burn, Fire, Burn)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: June 13, 2008 on TV3+
      Slovenia: September 23, 2008 on Kanal A
      Belgium: June 3, 2009 on 2BE
      Czech Republic: June 17, 2010 on Prima COOL


    • Warden: Two man enter, one man leaves.

      A nod to the movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, where the same catchphrase was used.

    • The Shawshank Redemption

      In the last scene where the Warden destroys Earl's early release certificates to prevent him from leaving and will therefore put an end to the odd jobs Earl does for him alludes to the scene in The Shawshank Redemption where the Warden kills the key witness that can free Andy Dufresne from jail which will leave the Warden without a taxman.