My Name Is Earl

Season 2 Episode 22

Get a Real Job

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 03, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When Earl decides to get his first real job at an appliance store, he experiences 'growing pains'. Meanwhile, Joy makes another irrational decision as her the upcoming trial draws closer.

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  • Yikes.....

    The one thing that you never want a comedy television show to be is 'not funny.' Unfortunately, this episode was just that: it contained absolutely no moments that provided laughter. The whole 'scratch and sniff' promotion for this episode was the focus, which, to be honest, is ridiculous. The episode had some fantastic guest stars, including Sean Astin, Charles S. Dutton and Chelcie Ross, who all appeared in the 1993 movie 'Rudy.' And the premise for the show was OK - in regards to Earl 'getting a job.' But that premise is also very unoriginal. Season One's exceptional episode 'O Karma, Where Art Thou?' depicted Earl doing numerous different jobs. Granted he never lasted long at any one of them. But that episode, gust starring Jon Favreau, was hysterical.

    I genuinely hope that next week's season finale is fantastic. Coming off of last week's very good 'G.E.D.' episode, this one was far from anything resembling good.moreless
  • Now that Earl has his GED, he wants to go out and find a real job he likes. He think he has found a great job as a stocker, until he sees the salesman and all their glory.moreless

    This is my favorite episode of My Name Is Earl. I think it may be because I am a huge of the movie Rudy. In this parody of the movie Rudy, Earl finds himself trying to beat the odds and work his way to the top. Earl and Randy get jobs as stockers at an appliance store. One day Earl steps onto the Sales floor and sees Sean Austin aka Rudy who is playing a salesman, and wants to become a Salesman. The Coach from Rudy is the Store Manager. The Janitor from Rudy is the Head of the Stockers. The head stocker gives his famous speech from Rudy to Earl with some changes. Although the stockers don't like Earl trying to be better and move to the sales floor, They come through for him in the end! All in all this episode is hilarious. I loved it 9 out of 10!moreless
  • this episode was pretty good.

    I can't say that this episode was my favorite, but it was pretty good. Was I the only one who noticed the 'Rudy' refernces? Like the black man, giving Earl the motovational speach, sounded just like the janitor gave rudy. And, when Earl was asking to be a full time salesman, all the back room workers placed their credit cards on the boss's desk, like all of Rudy's fellow teamates put their jerseys on their coaches desk. Pretty strange, I watched rudy a week ago in school. I also liked that sex puppet thing that joy gave the crabman, freaky! I actually sunderstood what Catalina said to joy! Yes! my spanish is getting better! haha, I wonder how Joy will fair in Mexico.moreless
  • Earl gets a source of income in the form of parody

    It was obvious that Earl couldn't live off and cross off items on the lottery money for the rest of his life so this improving himself theme works very well, though of course there's less time to cross items off his list. It's a conundrum. That said, this episode is great but certainly not the best of the season, with some of the highlights being Randy being proud of Earl yet spitting on his shoe, Joy's scheme to flee the country and Darnell's reaction, Earl getting his tie cut and Randy using Earl's card. That said, some of the scenes were basically direct moments straight from Rudy with few jokes but I guess the episode is half homage, half parody.

    Overall, this is a very funny episode but following the GED episode, it is hard to compare it to the superb episode that preceded it.moreless
  • if you have a sense of humor and liked the movie Rudy as well as Rudy references you will like this episode. (Contains spoilers)

    Besides the whole Rudy thing were they had stars from the movie the guy who played Coach Devine as well as Charles S. Dutton who was in the movie, and of course Sean Astin, who actually played Rudy. Charles Dutton gave a modified speech of the one he gave in the movie. They did the scene were they put the jersies down for Rudy to play but this time it was credit cards. It was funny even with the other jokes, The whole thing with Joy running off to Mexico so she won't go to jail was funny as well as the jokes about the plastic doll in crab man's bed. I thought over all this was a pretty funny episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Featured Music:
      "Mule Skinner Blues" by Jerry Reed
      "Working Man" by Rush
      "Spirit In The Sky" by Norman Greenbaum
      "Midnight Rider" by Gregg Allman

    • Re-Introduced in this episode

      #273 Kept myself from being an adult.
      #273B Get a real job.
      (Previously introduced in episode "G.E.D.")

      Crossed off in this episode

      #273B Get a real job.

    • Earl's first job is at Waadt Appliance.

    • The Spanish phrase that Catalina teaches Joy, literally translated, is "Good day, I am here to be your bitch"

    • At the end of the video that Joy puts together for Darnell there was a little bit of footage of something. That "something" is from the show Yes, Dear (another show of Greg Garcia's). It is the video footage that Greg and Jimmy videotaped of Sam's first steps but they were in a casino when it happened, so they paid someone to put a fake background on the video to cover up where they went.

    • This episode implemented a new medium called smell-a-vision. The TV screen shows an icon with a number during the episode, and the viewer scratches the matching symbol on the card provided in the April 30-May 6, 2007 issue of TV Guide.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Earl: (To Randy, waking up) Rise and shine, hands off... mine! Randy, hands off mine!

    • Joy: So 'snap' is 'chasquido.' "Oh, Chasquido" - that'll work.

    • Darnell: Oh, my god!
      Joy: Found one that looks just like me! She takes two triple-A batteries and you can get'em at Dodges Lite Brite. Check that out - she has even got that new car smell. I know how you like that!
      Darnell: I do like that smell, but I also like the smell of bacon but I'm not gonna fornicate it.

    • Earl: I don't know if I mentioned this, but the microwave you bought has a tray that spins around so your food doesn't get tired of the view!

    • Reggie: Hey rookie, anyone ever teach you the right way to use a broom? You take the handle, put it at a 45 degree angle, lean it against a wall, then sit your ass down and eat some lunch!

    • Earl: It was my first time on the sales floor, and I had no idea that through those plastic curtains there was a paradise more beautiful than I could ever imagine. They had air conditioning that felt like Frosty the Snowman was blowing kisses up my coveralls. Even the way it smelled was better. Where we had B.O., they had Cinnamon Buns. And, just like the first time I drank chocolate milk and realized I wanted to live my life with a mustache, I knew I wanted to work in the front.

    • Randy: Hey Earl, someone said Wednesday is 'Hump Day.' I haven't seen any ladies here, so I'll watch your back and you watch mine.

    • Randy: Man these things smell clean. But they're a little itchy. I wish I would've left my underwear on.
      Mr. Waadt: Nice! Wear those colors with pride. You last a month, we sew on a name tag. Make it a year, they're yours to keep.

    • Randy: Looks like they filled A-9 with popcorn. What are we gonna talk about now?
      Billy: B-7 is almost empty.

    • Earl: (narrating) Realizing that she might actually go to prison, Joy started to prepare. First, she had a garage sale so the family would have money.
      Joy: Hey Darnell, guess what?
      Darnell: (falling to the ground as he exits their trailer) What?
      Joy: I sold the porch!
      Earl: (narrating) Then she prepared for getting along with the inmates.
      Joy: Listen, I'm gonna need you to teach me how to speak "mexican", so I can talk to the latina gangs when I'm in prison. Because I already know how to speak "black", and I'm not afraid of any asians.
      Catalina: Joy, just walk up to the biggest lady you can find and say "Buenos dias, estoy aqui para ser tu perra".
      Joy: I heard "bitch" in there! I mean, I'm not stupid. I've been called bitch in every single language there is. Nice try, "be-yotch". That's "black".

  • NOTES (3)


    • Arm & Hammer

      Randy: Or that "Arm & Hammer" stuff. My mom always had that in the fridge and it was a terrible snack. No matter how much you eat it doesn't fill you up.

      Arm & Hammer is a trademark of American manufacturer Church and Dwight. This brand is associated predominately in the United States with baking soda.

    • Episode a parody of the theatrical movie "Rudy"...included as guest stars in this episode were Charles Dutton, Sean Astin & Checlie Ross, all of whom starred in "Rudy". Episode included key scenes taken straight from the movie as well, such as the Dutton speech & the employees donating their cards to help Earl make his sales quota.

    • Shawshank Redemption

      When Earl is unloading the truck in the rain at the end of that when his arms are raised and rejoicing that he got it done is alluding to the movie The Shawshank Redemption when Andy (Tim Robbins) escapes the prison.