My Name Is Earl

Season 1 Episode 4

Faked My Own Death

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 11, 2005 on NBC
9.1
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When Earl met a tough biker chick at a Halloween party, it looked like a match made in heaven, but when the costumes came off, the mismatch became apparent and Earl took drastic measures to get out of the relationship. Now, years later, Earl must find a way to make amends for deceiving the girl.moreless

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  • Earl tries to make amends to a past lover

    9.0
    Earl tries to make amends to a past lover by telling her why he faked his death to get away from her. At first, with advice from the hot Catalina (I never saw how hot she was until this episode ... some cleavage and a nice bikini) he tries to tell his ex that it was all him and that he was not good enough for her. He is so nice to her that she falls in love with him and gets all clingy. So Earl has to tell her the truth ... basically that she is a crazy clingy girl. This sends her off in a huff and she "kills" herself a few hours later. While laying a flower on her at her funeral, Earl is scared sh*tless when his ex grabs his arm. She faked her own death to get back at him. Now she has her confidence and Earl crosses her off the list.moreless
  • My name is Earl is an unusual show about Karma, and Carson Daily (depends how you look at it)

    7.0
    Earl is trying to help his karma cause he hasnt been too great. So he and his friend go on a journey to help the people he hurt. I wasnt to fond for this show becuase i believed it to be unoriginal, and not too funny. the first episode only had me laughing for a little bit, and im easy to make laugh. Thats why i give this show a thumnbes down in the ratings. If maybe they had a better plot and there was a better concept i would like it. But this show doesnt have that concept 2005 needs. So if you want to watch great TV, dont go to thismoreless
  • This is the funniest EP so far. I loved the idea of faking your own death to get out of a relationship... haha. And of course the excellent acting done by the beautiful guest star, Beth Riesgraf. One gotta love her! ;)moreless

    10
    This is the funniest EP so far. I loved the idea of faking your own death to get out of a relationship... haha. And of course the excellent acting done by the beautiful guest star, Beth Riesgraf. One gotta love her! ;)

    This is the funniest EP so far. I loved the idea of faking your own death to get out of a relationship... haha. And of course the excellent acting done by the beautiful guest star, Beth Riesgraf. One gotta love her! ;)moreless
  • How to fake our death to get out of relationship 101.

    10
    This is the funniest EP so far. I loved the idea of faking your own death to get out of a relationship... haha. The sory line for this one was so great breraking off a relationship by fakeing or death that is great. Again this show shows how this show gives everyone a great morel.
  • Really let the co-stars shine but I wish it had included Joy and Darnell too. Still, well-written and funny.

    9.3
    This was a good example of the whole "kharma" thing. Earl realized he had to do the right thing but there was disagreement over how to do it. Catalina gives him some advice and so does Randy and tries to follow the advice but realizes that honesty is kharma's best policy. Catalina and Randy are played really great in this episode (and Catalina in a bikinii does not hurt either). The good job done by Dax Sheppard is also a big plus and helps to keep it funny. Great job.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • There is a scene that got cut from the TV version, where Earl (when he is trying to make Natalie angry) walks into the den with a strap around his wrist and asks her "did you hide my junk"? This scene can be found in DVD version.

    • In this episode, Catalina has worked at the motel for a year.

    • Featured Music:
      "Happy Together" by The Turtles
      "Saturday In The Park" by Chicago
      "Bad To The Bone" by George Thorogood and The Destroyers
      "These Boots Are Made For Walking" by Nancy Sinatra (Closing scene)

    • List Trivia:

      Introduced and crossed off in this episode
      #84 Faked death to break up with girl.
      #203 Stole various snacks and drinks from a local Quickstop.

      "Faked death to break up with girl" is said to be #84 in the episode, but in the opening of the show it is shown as #62.

    • When Randy switches the channel from The Montel Williams Show, it turns to H.R. Pufnstuf.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Randy: Maybe you should listen to Catalina: she's a woman just like Natalie. They're both women, her and Natalie. You and I are men. We're not women.
      Earl: Sometimes Randy takes a long road to a simple thought.
      Randy: You see, men think different than women. You and I think different than Natalie and Catalina 'cause we are men and they are women. I'm right, right? I'm not wrong... Am I wrong?
      Earl: No.

    • Randy: Catalina, how often do you clean the bed spreads?
      Catalina: I dunno, I've only worked here for a year.

    • (Natalie knocks on Earl's door)
      Earl: Come in.
      Natalie: What's going on?
      (Earl and Catalina are in bed under a blanket)
      Earl: Oh just blowing off a little steam, having a good time. Can't a guy have a party around here without getting hassled? Get off my back. (goes back under the covers)
      Natalie: You're right Earl. Sorry, for interrupting. Just have fun and call me when your done.

    • Earl: (drinks a can of beer) Ahhh! Excuse me. (stands up to relieve himself)
      Natalie: Honey, don't you think it would be better to relieve yourself a little further away from the blanket?
      Earl: Nah!

    • Earl: Dirk?
      Dirk: Hey, Earl. Don't tell me your hooker works here too?
      Earl: You're supposed to be dead.
      Dirk: Yeah, I know. Thanks for the idea. I was just about ready to make a paper mache noose and hang myself at a picnic.

    • Natalie: Hey Dirk. Still getting your mail. It's from the clinic. Somebody got themselves an STD.
      (hands Dirk a couple of pieces of paper)
      Dirk: I can deal with that.
      Natalie: Turn the page…
      Dirk: Aww crap... Damn shower caps.

    • Dirk: Hey Earl. Is there a condom machine around here?
      Earl: No Dirk.
      Dirk: (looks at maid trolley) Hey, what are these?
      Catalina: Shower caps.
      Dirk: That could work…

    • Earl: She told me she loves me.
      Catalina: What?
      Earl: I was nice to her like you told me to and she told me she loved me. She even rubbed her nose against mine. Real soft.
      Randy: What'd that feel like?
      Earl: It tickled for a second. But then it itched.
      Catalina: You must have been too nice to her.

    • (Natalie and Earl are doing papier mâchè)
      Earl: I started to make you a magical fairy, but I ended up with ah… a magical clump. (holds up paper mache clump).
      Natalie: Thanks. It's a very nice clump. I'll name him Alexander. Alexander the clump.
      Earl: Or Pepe. How bout Pepe the clump?
      Natalie: I don't get it. Why Pepe?
      Earl: Oh Pepe's a name. I think its Mexican.

    • Natalie: The police found his car in the woods, with blood in it. (her crying becomes very high-pitched) I think he might have been killed!
      Randy: (cringing) Earl, is she going to keep squeaking like that? It's making my toes hurt.

    • Dirk: Sorry I'm late, sweetie. I hit the gym; took the fast train to ab town. (sees Earl and Randy) Are you being robbed?
      Natalie: No. This is my ex boyfriend Earl.
      Dirk: The one with the stripper?
      Earl: No, I'm the dead one.

    • Earl: (voiceover) When her parents came out and visited, we all got our faces lasered in crystal. I knew things were getting too serious. I had to get out. I didn't want to hurt her feelings so I figured there was only one thing to do.
      (cut to Randy knocking on Natalie's door)
      Randy: Earl's dead. He was lost at sea, this is all they found of him (holds up a wet AC/DC t-shirt) I thought you'd want it. (drops the shirt on the ground and leaves)

    • Earl: (voiceover) We were not cut from the same cloth. But no matter how different we were there was one thing we both liked (shot of them fooling around). Besides I didn't want to run out on her. She had been hurt before.
      Natalie: (showing Earl a scrapbook) This is Ted.. he left me for a stripper. That's a lock of his hair. That's a lock of the stripper's hair. That's a lock of my sister's hair… which leads us to John.
      Earl: (voiceover) Even though I took home a Harley and ended up with a moped, I decided to give it a shot. I mean why not? She was cute and had a satellite that sent kung fu movies from space.

    • (Dirk faked his death to break up with Natalie as well)
      Earl: You faked your death too?!
      Dirk: Yeah, thanks for the idea! I swear, I was about to paper-mache myself a noose and hang myself at a picnic!

    • (To the woman at the floral shop.)
      Randy: Ma'am, these vases always gonna make that sound when I'm drying them. The squeakin' makes my toes hurt.

    • Natalie: My little butterfly flew away, but he came back. He came back.
      Earl: And like a butterfly, I too was trapped. But instead of a net, I was caught by a crazy girl wiping her nose on me.

    • Randy: Being dead is definitely worse than being alive. When you're dead, you can't do all the cool stuff you can do when you're alive. You and I, we can do all kinds of cool stuff 'cause we're livin'. We're not dead. We're alive. If we were dead, we wouldn't be able to do all the cool stuff we can do because we're alive. Dead people can't do cool stuff. Only people that are alive can do cool stuff, because they're livin'. And you have to be livin' to be able to do cool stuff. You have to be alive. Yeah, except, when you're alive, sometimes bad stuff happens, too. Like sometimes you can get in a car wreck, or you can have a headache, or twist your ankle, or even stub your big toe. So bein' alive is kinda hard, too. But I think it's definitely better than being dead.

    • Randy: Maybe you should listen to Catalina, she's a woman just like Natalie. They're both women, her and Natalie. You and I are men, we're not women.
      Earl: (voice over) Sometimes Randy takes the long road to a simple thought.
      Randy: You see, men think different than women. You and I think different than Natalie and Catalina, because we're men and they're women. I'm right, right? I'm not wrong. Am I wrong?
      Earl: No.

    • Randy: Are you gonna tell her that he's alive? She thinks he's dead, but he's not. He's not dead. He's living. He's alive. He's not dead like she thinks he is.

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