My Name Is Earl

Season 1 Episode 24

Number One

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 11, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Earl decides to cross off the first number on his Karma list, "stole ten dollars from a guy at the Camden Market". Earl to his dismay finds out that he owes much more than ten dollars, in fact he must surrender all his lotto winnings. Earl now ponders when Karma is going to help him with his misfortunes.moreless

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  • Earl gives all the money back...

    This episode is totally hilarious - especially the old ladies of it: Paul's Mom and that woman who run over Earl... can't remember her name. Guess, that Karma loves Earl after all, cause he's been put through a lot in this finale, and he takes Randy on this road with him. I don't understand how anyone could give up all that money, but looks like Earl did it. And he was totally right to do that, cause karma brought back everything to him (as well as Paul). I must say that I didn't expect this kind of season finale, I was hoping for some clifhanger, but as it is, it was pretty good. Favorite scene: flying ticket... I mean, OMG! Just makes me wonder what have went by to?moreless
  • Number one on the list. Thanks to the Crabman, we get to know the very first item on Earl's list. Little did we know this one holds a very important secret that will prove Earl and Randy's strength.moreless

    Earl's list. Ever wonder what was number une? Numero uno? Well it turns out that Earl let's the Crabman pick his next item on the list and actually picks number one that turns to be a revealing point on the series. Earl is to return 10 bucks he stole from a guy right before he won his lotto ticket. The **** hits the fan when he discovers that if he hadn't stole that money, that guy would have won the lotto. What follows is a true inside scoop of Earl's conviction and strength, when he decides to find this guy and give him the 100k back. We see Earl is trualy a wonderful guy but we also see how Randy and him starve and have to endure this tough time. Awesome character development and season finale.moreless
  • A great way to end the first season

    Who would have thought that simply stealing ten bucks would turn out to become a very complicated task to pay back aswell as unraveling unknown karma regarding the accident and lottery ticket that started it all? I never would have guessed and that is just why I find this episode so entertaining with twists such as "old lady karma", the path of the flying lotto ticket and attempting to complete the list with no money, car or food.

    There are so many hilarious scenes in this episode whether it be Earl getting pierced, Randy turning in to the hulk or the search for food and this is one of the best Earl episodes with great twists, lines and an ending that really sums up the season.moreless
  • The explantation of why Earl started the list and as always it is hilarious.

    Before the episode we had just had to guess from the titles the reason why Earl started his list, from what we could work out he had won the lottery and then got hit by a car and been fed up with karma treating him badly. But in this episode we learn the real truth behind it.

    A funny portrayl of Earl's last bad deed and all the good he does to try and right it. As always Joy has an evil but hilariuos scheme up her sleeve, bring on body piercing and Randy is driven to a new emotion, the hungry dizzy hulk as arrived.

    There is so much to say about this episode so to sum it up here you go - 'it tasted dry and moth like'

  • The end os series one. Earl gives up all his money. Will Karma ever leave Earl alone.

    Our story starts with Earl and his brother in a broken down car. Okay well it does not start like that but it is basically the point. Anyway the car breaks down and Earl believes it is another sign. He then decides to do number one on his list. He then tells his brother about the day Earl found the ticket. It turns out that Earl stole some money from a mans pocket. The man decided to by a scratchcard but did not have the money for it. Earl then bought the scratchcard with the mans money. So Earl decides to find that man and give him all of his money. Of course his brother is reluctant but eventually they do it. After they give the man his money Earls luck takes a suprising turn. His luck goes from bad to...Worse. Earl begins to doubt Karma because his car breaks down. They have been kicked out of the motel and his brother wastes their last bit of money on a dud scratchcard. Eventually Earl gives up all hope on Karma. but then he meets the man again. The man tells Earl that the money doesn't belong to him. And so the story unfolds. Earl was hit by a car and the ticket flew away. The man happened to pick up that scratchcard and leave Earl for dead on the floor. A while later the old lady in the car that hit Earl is on a bus. The man happens to be in the middle of the road and well you can guess what happens next. The card goes to a lot of people but they never really get hold of it instead they find other things that make them happy. Eventually the card got to its rightful owner. Earl. With that settled Earl crossed of number one and his belief in Karma was ignited again.moreless
Lin Shaye

Lin Shaye

Paul's Mother

Guest Star

Max Perlich

Max Perlich


Guest Star

Dennis Burkley

Dennis Burkley

Roy Wade

Guest Star

Dale Dickey

Dale Dickey


Recurring Role

Abdul Goznobi

Abdul Goznobi


Recurring Role

Tracy Ashton

Tracy Ashton


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Featured Music:
      "Lone Ranger Theme" (Patty gives the store clerk a piggy back ride)
      Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory OST - "The Candy Man" (Randy finds the silver dollar)
      Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory OST - "Golden Ticket" (Randy buys the lottery ticket)
      "Simple Kind Of Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd (Earl is at the wrong address)
      "Here You Come Again" by Dolly Parton (Earl dances with Too Tall Maggie)
      "Hold On Tight" by Electric Light Orchestra (The lottery ticket goes all over the place)
      "The Boys Are Back in Town" by Thin Lizzy (Closing scene)

    • When Randy confronts Earl on the road, there is a fence on Randy's right side and an open field on his left side. But when the shot reverses to behind Earl, the field is still on the left and the fence is still on the right when they should now be reversed.

    • When they ran out of gas on their way to see Too Tall Maggie, Earl leaves the car and walks to the assumed address. When he has to walk the other direction, he passes the car again and the cloud formation at the sky is the same when he left, although it should have considerably changed regarding the time it took him to walk all the way back and forth.

    • List Trivia:

      Introduced and crossed off in this episode
      #1 Stole ten dollars from a guy at the Camden Market.
      #57 Gave Randy a swirly when he was five.
      #119 Ruined Joy's chance to get into art school.
      #206 Refused to dance with too tall Maggy at the 8th grade dance.

    • Syndication cut the scenes where Randy buys another lottery ticket, where Earl walks the wrong way to Maggie and when Earl and Randy buy their car back at the end. Catalina's line, when Earl is pulling out the piercings ("do you have another one of these?") is also cut in syndication.

    • Earl says that #1 on his list, "Stole ten dollars from a guy at the Camden Market", was the last bad thing he did. However, Earl steals this before buying the lotto ticket and in the first episode he steals many things from a car just outside the shop.

    • At the end of the episode, Catalina says angrily, "Con esto concluimos nuestra primera temporada de Earl. Estamos muy agradecidos con su acompanamiento y anticipamos verlos el proximo otoño." which translates roughly to "This concludes the first season of Earl. We thank you for your support and hope to see you next fall."

      This marks second time Catalina says a secret message in Spanish. The first time was in "Barn Burner".

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Earl: (voiceover) Doing things on the list without money was starting to feel like surfing TV channels without a clicker. It can be done, but your legs will get awfully tired.

    • Earl: (voiceover) I came over to talk to Joy about getting her into art school, but all she wanted to talk about was how I gave my money away.
      Joy: Well the dummy has out-dummied himself, huh. Well, at least now you're poor, I can stop being so nice to you. That just wears me out.

    • Randy: I'm starving Earl. Maybe we should go steal some food. You know I get angry when I'm hungry. Like the Hulk, only I don't get all green and muscly, I just get dizzy and snap at people that don't deserve it.

    • Earl: Thanks Crab Man. It's about time I did number one.
      Darnell: Good luck with that. And I hope I scrubbed that bat disease out of that toilet. But if you start seeing with your ears and whatnot… get to a doctor.

    • Darnell: Question, Earl. How do you decide what you're gonna do next on your list? If it's too personal, I'll mind my own beeswax.
      Earl: Well ah, sometimes karma gives me a sign, other times I just pick one at random.
      Randy: And sometimes he lets me pick, but I get a little freaked out when I play God. That's why I also don't vote on American Idol.

    • Earl: This is it (holds up list) This is all i have, I didn't even get to eat the moth.

    • Earl: That's a lot of money to give away. Am I being crazy?
      Randy: Yes, I think you got one of them brain worms I saw on TV.

    • Joy: After I finish art school, I might even go to Paris where all the good artists go so i can draw those quiet guys in the white faces with the rugby shirts who play charades.

    • Earl: Thanks for cleaning the toilet before I let Randy stick my head in it.
      Crabman: No problem. Last guy who got his head stuck in it caught some disease only bats get.
      Randy: Is that the guy who always hangs upside down in the bathroom?
      Crabman: No that's Hector..

    • Randy: I spent the whole day trying to pull a peanut from that heater vent. Turns out it was just a moth.
      Earl: How was it?
      Randy: Dry.

    • Joy: I'm gonna get into art school, and when I do, y'all are gonna have to take care of the babies, mmm-hmm. Then you gonna see what it's like to have to get up at midnight 'cause they're crying for more Mountain Dew.

    • Catalina: (Spanish translation of her quip to Joy, according to TV Guide) With this, we conclude the first season of Earl. We're very grateful that you've joined us, and we expect to see you next fall!

  • NOTES (5)


    • When Randy finds the silver dollar in the grate and goes and buys the ticket, that is a play on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It is when Charlie finds some money and then buys a candy bar and runs home to open it with his grandpa. Randy does the same thing. The scene where they are both trying to open it similar to Charlie and Grandpa Joe. The music in the background is the same as the movie. Randy's "golden ticket" ends up being a loser, like Charlies first candy bar.