My Name Is Earl

Season 1 Episode 17

Didn't Pay Taxes

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 02, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Earl attempts to cross off another deed of his list. This time it is trying to repay the government after failing to pay his taxes in the past.

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  • Governments can be confusing

    Something as simple as paying taxes is bound to become complicated when Earl's involved and this episode has so many entertaining twists in his attempts to give the government five hundred bucks, which you'd expect would be easy.

    Being sent to jail for filling a pothole with a prison crew (and not the baby killing the previous cop suspected was very amusing and after that punishment, you'd expect Earlto give up but no, he misbehaves on a water tower which gets more and more funny with a spectacular end.

    Overall, whether you support or detest the government, you'll love this episode.moreless
  • A very special episode for me

    The reason this episode is so special for is that it was the first one i've watched, and not only that, i began to watch 10 minutes into the episode, but the rest of the minutes made me understand that this show is was something special.

    And when i started watching the rest of the episodes, i realized that this episode wasn't the best one, and that show is more then special, for me, it's the best one since seinfeld, and if it keeps getting better it may be even my favorite.moreless
  • After not paying his taxes Earl is lieterally left hanging.

    Earl feels guilty about not paying his taxes a few years ago so he tries to give the government back their money. Stupidly the people won't take it, probably the only time they wouldn't

    When Earl and Randy try to break the law so that they can pay the money they end yp in a redicament far worse than that of owing money.

    In the end they pay more than they originally set out to do so, but at least Earl has crossed something off his list.moreless
  • For the first sight it seemed the worst, but watched it again, turned out it's as cool as the others.

    To tell the truth, it's really not the best original story, but the jokes are still outstanding... like the asbestos or the pothole scene. Also has a lot hidden references to other movies or cartoons I like very much.

    And at the end, Earl tells the not so hidden message to respect the government for its work. With the other message: „Do good things and good thing hapen – Do bad things and bad things happen” it gives you a good example how to live (wrapped with a real funny garnish)

    I like this Earl episode, still way better then other shows around.

  • not the best but not the worst... as in all the episodes it did have its funny moments though

    well of course earl feels bad about not paying his taxes and has to put it onto the list and correct teh problem... so he trys and trys to correct the problem by just giving them the money but they wont accept... so this leads him into having a great idea of doing something illegal to get fined the amount of money he ows. not the most creative idea but throughout the episode it deffinitly has its really funny partsmoreless
Tim DeKay

Tim DeKay

Hank Lange

Guest Star

Yvette Cruise

Yvette Cruise


Guest Star

Michael Bailey Smith

Michael Bailey Smith

Skinhead Prisoner

Guest Star

George Frangides

George Frangides

Officer Bob Smiley

Recurring Role

Bill Suplee

Bill Suplee


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Earl is being lifted out of the water tower by the rescue workers he is holding the American Flag. This is impossible since the flag was on the floor, where they could not reach it, just like they could not reach the candy bars.

    • Featured Music:
      "Slowride" by Foghat
      "30 Days In The Hole" by Humble Pie
      "Theme From 'Greatest American Hero' (Believe It Or Not)" sung by Randy and Earl
      "One Time One Night" by Los Lobos

    • List Trivia:

      Introduced and crossed off in this episode
      #265 (new) Didn't pay taxes.

      For some reason "Didn't pay taxes" was written twice on Earl's list.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Randy: (looking at old paycheck) How long are these things good for? There's no explanation date on it.

    • Randy: I'm going to try and enter your dream tonight.
      Earl: Huh?
      Randy: I'm going to concentrate real hard when I'm falling asleep and try and enter your dream.
      Earl: Why?
      Randy: I don't know, just to see what you're doing.
      Earl: How do you know I want you in my dream Randy? I mean, I could be with a lady or something.

    • Earl: Trespassing on a water tower, damage to a water tower, urinated in a water tower, and there was two of us.
      Cashier: $500 dollars.
      Earl: Done!

    • Earl: Give me half of that one.
      Randy: No.
      Earl: Give it to me.
      Randy: No. (puts the candy in his mouth)
      Earl: Randy spit it out. (holds Randy by the nose so he can't breath) Spit it out. (Randy spits it out and it lands on the floor) Mine's the one in the wrapper. (Earl tries to reach the candy but can't) Damnit! Randy, that was our only food.

    • Randy: Hey, Earl, who am I?(he walks around like an astronaut )
      Earl: The first guy to land on the moon?
      Randy: Nah, the astronaut guy in all the MTV commercials.

    • Earl: Hey, Officer.
      Cop: Drop the weapon.
      Earl: It's just a shovel.
      Cop: (pulles out his gun) What have you done? You bury a body in there?
      Earl: A body? It's a five inch hole.
      Cop: Is it a baby body? Oh carp, crap! A baby killer.
      Earl: No, no, no, no, just take a breath. Everythings cool, I just filled in a pothole. Trying to pay the government some money I owe them.
      Cop: Oh thank God! Whew! I thought I was gonna have to dig up a baby.

    • (on Randy's bike)
      Randy: Check it out Earl, I got it up to twenty-three miles per hour...
      (Randy coughs)
      Earl: Swallow another bug?
      Randy: Yeah.

    • (hanging from ropes in the water tower)
      Randy: I spy with my little eye something that is li…
      Earl: (interrupts) Is it a candy bar again?
      Randy: Yeah.

    • (Earl and Randy are sitting on top of the water tower waiting to be arrested)
      Randy: It's been like hours.
      Earl: (yelling) Hello! We're trespassing up here. Hello! (to Randy) it's never taken us this long to get busted before.

    • Earl: I'll just go out and do something bad and the Government will fine me for it.
      Randy: Hey, I know how. You paint a big fake train tunnel on the rock outside town. You'd get fined for that. Plus maybe coyotes would run into it.
      Darnell: Or roadrunners...
      Randy: That'd be funny
      Darnell: Beep beep
      Randy: Yeah beep beep!

    • Hank: ( to Earl) You might want to slow down. If it looks like you're in really good shape, someone's gonna try and buy you from me.

    • Joy: Well look Earl, if the Governments trying to give you money you don't want, give it over here because, I mean, they owe me anyway.
      Earl: For what?
      Joy: Slave reparations. Government promised 40 acres and a mule. Between Darnell and Earl Jr we're due like 60 acres and a couple mules. Or at least a jet ski or somethin'.

    • Randy: The Government's got plenty of money. They don't need your taxes.
      Earl: It's on my list Randy.
      Randy: But you just put it on there, if you rub it real quick it'll smudge right off. But you have to do it now, before the ink sets. Do it now Earl, do it now… Ah the ink is set.

    • (picking up a piece of paper that fell out of a pair of pants)
      Earl: It's a pay check from Rockman Construction made out to Randy.
      Randy: Randy who? Randy me? Those are my pants. Is it Randy me? I think it's Randy me, is it Randy me?
      Earl: Yeah it's Randy you.

    • Randy: I don't know why people complain about this asbestos don't smell so bad.

    • Darnell: That's a cool moped, Randy. It looks like a motorcycle had sex with a bicycle.
      Randy: Thanks. You should get one too then we could start our own moped gang. We'll call it salt and pepper. You know, cause we both like salt and pepper on our fries.

    • Joy: Just last week I paid $20 for speeding in a school zone.
      Randy: Hey, you paid 75 for that, Earl. How come you only paid 20?
      Joy: 'Cause I brushed my license against his knobby when I handed it to him.

    • Randy: (noticing Earl is having trouble climbing the rope) Too bad Coach Gebhardt isn't here to call you a girl and throw basketballs at your face. That would getcha up there.

    • Randy: We're gonna die in here, aren't we?
      Earl: No...maybe...probably.

    • Randy: There's no water in the water-tower. Why don't they just call it a tower?

  • NOTES (2)


    • Randy (while hanging in the water tower): Riiiiiiicola!

      This is a reference to Ricola Swiss Herb Drops. In the old commercial for these candies someone shouts "Ricola" in the mountains producing an echo.

    • Randy: You can paint a big fake train tunnel on the rock outside of town... maybe coyotes will run into it.
      Darnell: Or maybe road runners.

      This is a reference to the Looney Tunes cartoons starring Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner. Wile E. Coyote would pull outlandish stunts in his attempts to stop or capture The Road Runner including painting fake openings on large rocks or canyon walls. The two had become popular enough to earn their own series called "The Road Runner Show".

    • While hanging in the water tower, Randy and Earl sing 'Believe It or Not'.

      'Believe It or Not' was the theme song to an early 1980's program called The Greatest American Hero. It was about a guy who is given a suit that gives him superpowers by aliens, but he loses the directions for it and is forced to figure it out himself.