My Name Is Earl

Season 1 Episode 9

Cost Dad the Election

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 22, 2005 on NBC
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Earl tries to cross off number four on his list, "blew dad's chance to be elected mayor". Four years earlier, Carl Hickey ran for mayor to redirect a proposed airplane traffic route over his house and away from the wealthy part of town. Earl unfortunately ruined any chance of his father winning when caught on tape assaulting a police officer. Earl must now help his father get elected and mend his relationship with his father.moreless

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  • Earl tries to win his dad an election

    As usual, Australia messes up its programming, in this case Channel 7 shows episode 9 this week, skipping episodes 3 through 8. However, it doesn’t seem like much has changed, though Joy seems to hate Earl a lot less (I guess he crossed off one of the many things on his list that involved his ex-wife).

    Anyway, this episode is very entertaining as we get to meet Earl’s parents, his father being a great character and the bail issue is handled very well, though Earl couldn’t cross the election off his list (guess he’ll have to wait four more years).

    The tasering and the excuse that he locked his keys in his car were the highlights of the episode for me though I also greatly enjoyed Earl saying his father had diarrhea on the debate and all in all this episode is quite good and I hope 7 fills in the blank episodes.moreless
  • Another great episode.

    i loved this is it was so great when Earl wasnt tring to do anything and then that scared cop trazors him then Earl tries to get him and he does it again that was so great one of my fav. flashbacks this season. Then when the planes flew by and every one with out even knowing held things up that thats great. This is a special episode because we see more into Earl's family and because this is the first one that he never got to cross something off his list.moreless
  • Cost Dad The Election, Earl gets arrested several times and cost Dad the election for it.

    I thought this episode was great. The first time Earl was locked up and the big guy jail guard came around the corner with his Dad was chuckles, and then when he came the second time, I giggled, by the fourth and fifth time, I was crying laughing. The security guard, Vernard "Bone" Hampton, is a comedian that goes just by the name Bone, or Comedian Bone, good to see him on NBC. The different costumes that Earl and his brother had on in jail was too funny.

    Such a truth that some people think that moving their problems, the airplane noise, over to another area solves the problem when in essence it only makes it worst for others.moreless
  • Excellent look into Earl's family life.

    This episode was a bit of a surprise. I expected Earl to have been raised in a trailer trash environment that would do Jeff Foxworthy proud. We discover, however, that his parents, though certainly not ranked among the culturally elite, are fairly normal, upstanding members of society.

    This made the father's frustration with Earl all the more believable. After all, if the apple had not fallen so far from the tree, Earl's father surely would not have been so enraged by his son's antics. The constant disappointment in his son built up over the years until it got to the point that no one single act could alleviate all the negatives in their relationship. Earl will have to earn his father's trust and respect and that is a great setup for future episodes.

    Was this episode knee-slapping funny? Not really, but I don't mind at all. My Name is Earl is a rarity of a show that has more depth than the average comedy. Like teh Simpsons, it can appeal to a variety of people on different levels. And that is what makes it great!moreless
  • It was bound to happen: a lackluster episode of Earl

    It was bound to happen: a lackluster episode of my favorite sit-com "My Name is Earl"

    It wasn't awful or anything, but it was way below par. I barely laughed at all, which is unusual for the show. I suppose they were going for "a very special episode" kind of thing, but that part didn't work for me either. And I'm usually a sucker for father-son storylines.

    I reckon the problem might have been that Earl's parents were too normal, so they didn't generate enough craziness for Earl and Randy to respond to.

    The whole episode just seemed like a really, really average moment in an otherwise superb show.moreless
Kipp Shiotani

Kipp Shiotani

Marty Park

Guest Star

Niecy Nash

Niecy Nash


Guest Star

Cameron Clapp

Cameron Clapp

Didi's Boyfriend

Guest Star

Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges

Carl Hickey

Recurring Role

Nancy Lenehan

Nancy Lenehan

Kay Hickey

Recurring Role

Bill Suplee

Bill Suplee


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Earl's dad is handing out buttons after the live debate, at the end of the scene there's is another High Def easter egg. Just as the scene is about to cut to Randy handing out cookies is a sign at the extreme left. The sign reads: "Carl Hickey Loves High Def"

    • Featured Music:
      "Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant (Joy and Earl get tasered)
      "Higher Ground" by Stevie Wonder (People start hearing the planes again)
      "Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival (Earl's Dad re-enters the election)
      "Mexican Radio" by Wall of Voodoo (Randy loses the election forms)
      "Time Has Told Me" by Nick Drake (Earl is getting bailed out the last time)

    • List Trivia:

      (Re-)Introduced in this episode:
      #4 Blew dad's chance to be elected mayor.
      #86 Stole a car from a one legged girl. (Previously introduced in the pilot episode and episode 1-02)

      Crossed off in this episode:
      Nothing is officially crossed off - however, by what Earl's father is saying, Earl probably crossed off "breaking a window".

      Earl mentions that his dad is #4 on his list several times during the episode, while we can clearly see during the title sequence, that "Cost Dad an Election" is #65.

    • The sign that Earl's dad, Carl, put in the window of the store said 'Honk for Peace and Quiet'.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • (in the strip club)
      Earl: Jasmine, Savannah I'd like to talk to you ladies about another kind of poll. (shows them a voters registration form)

    • (outside the County jail)
      Earl: Felony or Misdemeanour?
      Guy: Misdemenour.
      Earl: Great. Can we talk. (gives him the voters registration paper)

    • Earl: Hey mom.
      Kay: Need money son, is that it?
      Earl: No, I just wanna....
      Carl: Hey, who is it?
      Kay: Just some Mormons Carl. (whispers to Earl) Look he's out on the Mormons, so scoot, I'll put twenty dollars under the lawn goose.
      Earl: I don't need money mom.
      Carl: (walking to the door) For the last time boys, we already have a lord. (Earl waves and Carl walks away)

    • Earl: (voice over) Back when I was married to Joy she often filled the role of designated driver.... (Earl and Randy are in the back of the truck, drinking, Earl throws an empty beer can, that hits a cop car) Of course that didn't mean we stayed out of trouble.
      (the cop pulls them over)
      Joy: (gets out of car and speaks to Earl) What kind of idiot throws a beer can at a cop car?

    • (Earl and Randy are trying to break into an armoured truck)
      Cops: Stop, or I'll shoot you in the face.
      Earl: I locked my keys in my car.

    • (Earl and Randy are trying to rob the Atm with a blowtorch)
      Cops: Police, freeze.
      Earl: It ate my card.

    • Rick: (walks over to Earl) Well Earl, what are you doing up so late? (rubs Earl's head) Little fella. (Young Earl punches him in the balls)
      Carl: Sorry Rick. We're having him tested.

    • Earl: I'm entering Dad in the election race whether he saysd he wants me to or not.
      Randy: So you can cross him off your list?
      Earl: It's about more that the list Randy. I want him to see I've changed, I want us to be a family again.

    • Earl: (Talking about his father) He bailed me out!
      Randy: What?
      Earl: He hasn't bailed me out in over six years! He's coming around, Randy. He's coming around.
      Earl narrating: I was foolish to think I could win back my father's respect by simply winning him the election. I spent my whole life causing him nothing but grief and it's gonna take some time before he believes that I've really changed. I just have to keep doing what I'm doing and, maybe one day I've crossed enough things off my list, Dad'll be proud of me.
      (Cut to Carl and Kay sitting in their house)
      Carl: You know, I ran into John Shepard down the street. He said Earl came by and paid for the window he broke fifteen years ago.
      Kay: Really?
      Carl: Yup.

    • (Hands Earl money.)
      Carl: Here ya go fella. I always like to help the homeless. Don't spend it on booze!
      Earl: Dad!
      Carl: Move along, hobo!

    • Randy: Dad, the photographer from the newspaper's here. We gotta hurry though. A chicken truck tipped over on the interstate.

    • Randy: Now don't misunderstand the cookie. We like air travel. We just don't like planes flying over our heads. It's all on the back of the cookie.

    • Rhonda Gibbs: Mr. Hickey, your views on transportation infrastructure?
      Earl: One time my dad made his own driveway sealer out of maple syrup and ground up glass. Randy tried it on pancakes. That's another story.

    • Randy: If dad was mayor, we'd get to wear top hats and sashes and judge beauty contests.
      Earl: That's Monopoly, Randy.

    • Catalina: I'm sure your parents will forgive you eventually. Your mom is sweet and Carl has a very good heart.
      Earl: Have you been there, too?
      Catalina: (with a guilty look) No.

    • Earl: How come you hate me, but you'll gamble for marshmallows with Randy?
      Kay: Well there's a difference between you two. See one of you's bad and one of you's simple and Earl, you're bad.
      Randy: What am I?

    • Cop: Ma'am, I'm gonna need you to get back in your vehicle. I don't want to use my Taser.
      Joy: Oh please, put your little ray gun away.
      Randy: Shoot her!
      Earl: No, no, no, don't. Don't shoot her!
      Randy: Shoot her!
      Cop: Get back in your vehicle, miss. I will Tase you.
      Joy: I wish you would Tase me. I'll sue your ass so fast you... (Joy gets Tased.)

    • Randy: Was it my fault we got caught?
      Earl: Of course it was your fault. I was half way down the block with the basket of money and you tripped over your damn dress. I told ya to go as a priest, but no, you thought it would be funny to dress as a nun. If you'd just listen to me instead of worrying so much about trying...
      (Both start laughing.)
      Randy: It's funny, isn't it? Is it funny?
      Earl: Yeah, it's funny.
      Randy: I told you. It's because I'm a man, but I'm dressed like a woman.

    • Earl: Whether it was getting behind Ford, McGovern, Carter, or the metric system, my father was always on the losing side of things.

    • Catalina: How many times did this robot man hit you with that sign?
      Earl: I don't know. I blacked out after about seven. Still can't figure out why he took my boots. Seems like a pointless crime.

    • Randy: Man I wish I had robot legs or robot hands. Robot hands would be cool with, like, a knife finger and a spoon finger and a fork finger and a toothbrush finger and a comb finger and a bottle opener finger and a flashlight finger and a screw driver finger, but regular thumbs. Ya gotta have regular thumbs.

    • Earl: And as handi-capable as one legged Didi was, her no legged boyfriend was handi-capabler.

    • Darnell: I'm already registered to vote.
      Joy: What?
      Darnell: Not that it matters, because until we reform the electoral college, the popular votes will be ignored, and we'll keep electing Presidents that only get a minority of the vote.
      Joy: That must be some black stuff. I don't know what he's talkin' about.

    • (Carl has just seen on TV that he is supposed to be in a live, televised debate for mayor.)
      Rhonda: (on TV) Filling in for Carl Hickey will be his son, Earl Hickey.
      Carl: (to TV) No, no, no, no, no, no, no...
      Earl: (on TV) My father is feeling a little under the weather.
      Carl: Now don't embarrass me. Don't embarrass me!
      Rhonda: Nothing serious, I hope.
      Earl: Uh, diarrhea.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The Czech episode title is "Earlův otec kandiduje na starostu", meaning "Earl's Father Is Running for Mayor".

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: September 21, 2009 on Prima COOL

    • Although this episode is number nine in the series, it screened as episode three in Australia.

    • Cameron Clapp, who plays Didi's boyfriend, is a real-life athlete and competes in disabled running, swimming and golf events around the country. He won gold medals in running and swimming at the 2004 Endeavor Games for Athletes with Physical Disabilities. Clapp was injured on September 15, 2001, when he was hit by a train and lost both legs (up to just above the knee) and his right arm. He has been featured in newspaper and magazine articles, including USA Today and People Magazine, and on CNN Headline News. Before guest-starring on My Name Is Earl, Clapp had a small part in HBO's "Carnivale" and was offered a guest-starring role as a triple-amputee soldier in "Six Feet Under", but turned it down because it conflicted with his message of hope.


    • Carl: You know I ran into John Sheppard down the street.

      This is very likely a inside joke. Beau Bridges (Carl) is currently 1 of the stars on Stargate SG-1, the name of the main character in it's spin-off series, Stargate Atlantis, is called John Sheppard.

    • Joy and Darnell are playing a board game called Mouse Trap when the plane flies over. In Mouse Trap, you move your piece around the board while assembling the trap. You try to not get captured by the large, intricate contraption.