When Earl finds out that the Warden has destroyed all the certificates that would grant him early release from prison, he goes absolutely crazy as expected and seeks the help of his friends to escape. Cue the laughs as the best episode for a while - beating Midnight Run and My Name Is Inmate Part 2 by a smidge. Joy as usual is the best on this show. Examples: her trying to make the guard pass out but then whacks him over the head, her singing about Jesus dressed as a nun and her argument with Catalina near the beginning. The Warden is selfish, Darnell is smart and funny as is Frank, Randy is hilariously stupid (shooting the last bullet) and Earl is finally free...
I really enjoyed this, I've only occasionally watched this season because of a number of very average episodes that completely changed the format. It's almost back on track with last weeks and this one though not quite.
After the Warden shreds the sentence reducing certificates on the day of his release, Earl is placed in solitary confinement for 2 months. After he gets out he plans a prison break, will he succeed?
The short answer is 'Yes' the long answer is 'Yes, but not as planned'. Earl, as most people would, went crazy in solitary confinement and this was a highlight of the episode. It's a shame the craziness didn't stick. However the scheme to break out was also quite well planned (and intelligent), it's just a shame that they had to rely on the dumb guard at the gate to get the whole team involved. Also, the Warden's little secret was well played, especially as he knew the Crab man, looks like everybody has been connected at some point. Paco finally seeing Catalina again (even if she didn't see him) further highlights this idea.
So, will Earl see his release as Karma or will he see it as a technicality and not feel good about it. The final voiceover and the title of the next episode seems to suggest the latter. Looks like solitary confinement may have a lasting effect on him afterall.
September 20th 2005: The world was about to see a very special new comedy.
September 21st 2006: After a phenominal first season, the world eargly awaited for the return of Earl.
September 27th 2007: After two great seasons nothing could go wrong now! Or could it?
Earl gets thrown in jail and the show loses its meaning. No longer is he crossing items off his list, instead he's stuck in the slammer with "brothers dressed as sisters" and sociopaths (spelt wrong!) that he gets locked in confinement with. The first 6 of so eps of the new season were dire, but it seems that now, finally, things are getting back to normal!
This episode itself, despite the prison still being a setting, was expecetionally hilarious. Jason Lee was great as Earl (as always) especially when he was in "solitary confinenemnt" ("I'm a chicken, bawk"). The episode ends with a hilarious climax in the warden's office that involves a fake priest, guns and no trousers (watch and you'll see!)
Finally, the show can get back to its roots now that Earl is free and this episode is certinaly getting back on the right track. However, it did seem odd that there was no scene at the end of the episode where he got his list back. Surely, the produces aren't having another "great idea"?
I love prison break, one of my favourite shows and in this episode there were allusions to prison break which I enjoyed so much like tattoos. After the warden tears the certificates he gave to Earl for an early releasa, Earl gets angry and he tries to get out of the prison but he falls down to the office of the warden and he takes him hostage but fortunately crabman knows something about the warden. The episode was pretty good and funny. I want earl to get back to karma episodes.
The final episode of Earl in prison is a great one, with the ridiculous escape attempt, the warden's past helping blackmail Earl out of prison, and Randy escaping despite the fact he didn't have to, all of which rewards Earl in the end despite the karma contradiction.
This episode has everything, from Joy hitting a guy with a piano to a hostage situation to insanity in solitary confinement to a one man human pyramid, making this a hilarious and pivotal episode, which places doubt in Earl's mind about his beliefs, while making him glad that his life in prison has come to an end.
I thought this episode was pretty good. Earl is expecting to be let out of jail when the warden rips up all his papers so Earl will be forced to stay in jail and help him not mess up his job. Earl freaks out and gets sent to solitary confinement. Once realesed from that, he Joy, Randy two other prisoners and Crab Man make a plan to break him out of jail. Joy and Crab Man end up pretending to be preists and a nun, and hold Mass in the jail to cause a distratcion for Earl and the rest to crawl through the vents. They end up having a confrontation with the warden, who ends up setting Earl free at the end anyway.
I can't believe how lousy those cops on My Name Is Earl are at their job because in the real world their are very good at their jobs. And that prison it's not secure because in the last episode how did Earl get that jug of Gasoline?.
And in the "Cops" episodes of Earl the cops are lousy when someone is committing a crime and a the officer confronts them and the cop says "What are you doing" and the criminal lies about it and the cop says "Have a Good day Sir" doesn't that sound lousy to you? It does to me. And they need to reelect a new Warden because the current Warden is not good at his job because he is just a desperate person that will do anything to keep his wife from leaving him. I loved the episode and I thought it was funny. I loved the storyline and the storyboard. Keep up the good work.
What an absolutely wonderful episode! The plot was hysterical, the writing and acting were perfect - basically, the Warden reveals to Earl that he is not going to release him from Prison because he needs Earl too much. Earl gets placed into solitary for 60 days (and, in which, has some of the most gut-busting laughing moments I've ever seen in an episode), is released from Solitary only after agreeing to help the clueless Warden (Phenomenal performance by Craig T. Nelson) with other prison related projects. Earl has other plans - escaping from prison! I felt the entire collective community of Earl fans rejoicing from my living room with the thought of Earl finally out of incarceration and back in the 'real' world. The entire 'gang' helps out with the escape plan, including a hilarious Darnell and Joy posing as a priest and a nun and 'performing a make-shift worship service' for the prisoners; Randy, Frank and Paco helping Earl plan his escape from the inside; Catalina doing her best to distract prison guards. Finally, the show is back on track, and in superb fashion. This is, without question, one of the best episodes of 'My Name is Earl.' Highest recommendation.