My Name Is Earl

Season 4 Episode 8

Little Bad Voodoo Brother

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 30, 2008 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Earl plans a Halloween party for Dodge and Earl Jr, while Catalina's nephew Oscar visits. This poses an opportunity for Randy to become the big brother he always wanted to be.

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  • My Name is Earl's decline begins with this episode

    Up until this episode aired, My Name is Earl was one of the best shows ever to grace NBC. Beginning with this episode, the show's quality began to get a little iffy. Little Bad Voodoo Brother starts out like every My Name is Earl episode, with the setting up of an interesting plot balanced out with a few gems of a joke. But when Catalina's nephew reveals himself to practice voodoo, things start to get a little strange. Yes, My Name is Earl was known to take karma into extreme situations even before this episode (e.g. the town of "freaks"), but bringing an almost supernatural theme into the show was just unbelievable. Things only get weirder from there - Catalina's nephew sprays ground-up sparrow remains in Earl's face, plays a series of pranks on Camden's residents and then various characters want to run him out of town. This is not the Earl we knew from before! Now, before anybody flames me, I just want to say that I don't think this is a bad episode by any means. It was just a very weird episode that changed Earl's style for the worst. None of the episodes after this one were anywhere near as good as the show we knew before. Thank goodness NBC cancelled this show before the depths got plumbed further. I'm all for bringing this show back, but if it ever does, bring back the old style.moreless
  • Great episode!

    I really enjoyed this Halloween episode of My Name Is Earl. Horror scenes were great with that special creepy music and sounds, little Catalina's nephew was a great actor and his Voodoo dolls and customs amazes me. Jokes worked well like "you-are-dead" pills from Crabman or joke with little nephew's finger by Randy.

    Season 4 is in my opinion very good so far. Better than season 3, I think. So it's quite dissapointing that number of loyal audience is a bit lower than last season. I hope this won't mean end of this great and so special show. What do you think?moreless
Kevin Hernandez

Kevin Hernandez


Guest Star

Gigi Goff

Gigi Goff

Young Joy

Guest Star

Karl T. Wright

Karl T. Wright

Big Brothers Counselor

Guest Star

Louis T. Moyle

Louis T. Moyle


Recurring Role

Trey Carlisle

Trey Carlisle

Earl Jr.

Recurring Role

Bill Suplee

Bill Suplee


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "Shout At The Devil" by Motley Crue (Earl and Randy get beat up by the angry mob)
      "Werewolves Of London" by Warren Zevon (Earl enjoys the party)

    • When Randy jumps into the crowd to protect Oscar, he screams 'Leeroy Jenkins', referring to the famous Internet phenomenon of the same name.

    • List Trivia:

      Introduced and crossed off in this episode
      #94 Ruined Dodge and Earl Junior's Halloween.
      #??? Cost Randy a little brother.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Counselor: Tell me about yourself, Randy.
      Randy: Well, I'm 31 and I live in a motel. I have three pairs of pants and five shirts, and...that pretty much sums me up.

    • Earl: Come out, Oscar. Acting possessed doesn't scare me. I got a cousin with Tourette's who's really religious. It's very similar.

    • Randy: I'm his big brother.
      Earl: You're not acting like it. You can't take care of him.
      Randy: That's what you said about the goldfish.
      Earl: You ate the goldfish!
      Randy: You dared me.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Můj bráška umí voodoo (My Brother Knows Voodoo)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: December 14, 2008 on Canal Fox
      Australia: June 17, 2009 on Channel 7
      Belgium: June 30, 2009 on 2BE
      Czech Republic: July 21, 2010 on Prima COOL


    • At the beginning of the episode, Darnell jumps out of the trash and Earl punches his face. This might be an allusion to the YouTube video: "Practical joke gone wrong".

    • Earl tells Joy, "Mummies don't have tails" and Joy says, "are you Brendan Fraser?". This is a reference to the series of Mummy movies that Brendan Fraser starred in.

    • The episode's title is a reference to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, a band popular during the swing resurgence of the late 1990s.