My Name Is Earl

Season 1 Episode 12

O Karma, Where Art Thou?

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 12, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When Earl and Randy try to return a stolen wallet, they find out taking the money had cost two newlyweds their honeymoon. In an attempt to make things right, Earl takes over for the groom at his fast food restaurant. After time Earl finds out the boss is a jerk and Earl wonders how such a man with a luxurious house and beautiful wife could not be affected by the only thing he believes in, Karma.moreless

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  • Karma borrows Earl's fist

    This is the first episode of Earl I've seen in a while due to work/bad reception but this is one episode I'm glad I didn't miss despite the fact that it was fuzzy and half the jokes were staticed over because this is one of the funniest plots I've seen so far.

    Earl's boss is hilarious and the scenes leading up to the final minutes are all fantastic. Earl's job was very funny especially the torments and the customers (Joy in particular) and was a terrific idea by the writers.

    Overall, this episode is one laugh after another and is one for all "My Name is Earl" fans.moreless
  • Great episode one of my favourites

    Earl (Jason Lee), assisted by Randy (Ethan Suplee) gives back a wallet he stole, along with the $1000 that was in it. Earl finds out that the guy was going to use the money for his honeymoon, and now that he has the money, his wife wants to go on a real honeymoon. However, the victim cannot get time off from work, so Earl volunteers to fill in for him at the fast-food restaurant where he works. Earl is tormented by his abusive boss who, although he is immoral, (he steals from work and is unfaithful to his wife) has a great house and a BMW. Still, Earl does nothing and waits for Karma to punish him. In the end, he cannot restrain his anger and punches his boss, which cases a chain of events that leads to his downfall. He feels guilty about ruining his boss's life, but then believes that Karma "borrowed his fist" to punish his boss. Things at the restaurant improve after the boss is fired and thrown in jail. This allows Earl to cross #202 off his list: "Stole a wallet from guy in gas station bathroom".moreless
  • Earl stole a wallet from a guy in a bathroom.

    Very funny episode, one of my favorite episodes.

    It was about Earl and Randy trying to return a wallet Earl stole. Very funny scene when the guys wife comes out of the tanning booth and Randy terrified yells "What is it Earl!" Also very funny when the couple and Earl were talkinmg and Randy thought the couple were getting angry and he rips the phone out of the

    wall, classic. Earl replaces the money and the couple goes on their honeymoon, but Earl has to fill in for him at his fast food job, where his boss is very mean. Earl finds out his boss has way more than he deserves. Great episode, I really enjoyed it.

  • My conclusion from the episode that the manager wife (sharmin or something) is hot

    My conclusion from the episode that the manager wife (sharmin or something) is hot and I really think it is true bad people do have the best stuff ever it is not fair by the way I am 17 years old and I dont know maybe I need girl friend just by writing here meens I am so boreddddddddd and I dont know what to do and any way this should be a review so what if it\\\'s not so so so so what you going to do kill me do it do ittttttttt that prove I am bored and I have a test tomorrow in Torah yes i am from Israel

    all of this was a joke i hope I did not insult anyonemoreless
  • No reward, but a lesson learned.

    Part of the reason I love this show so much is not only the comedy that is has, which is amung the funniest stuff on tv, but also the reward Earl gets for fixing his life. This episode, we didn't see Earl get his reward. Sure, the people he helped got rewarded, but not Earl like we usually see. But Earl did learn that karma doesn't always work on it's own, and sometimes you have to get the ball rolling.

    As usual, Randy was the highlight of the episode to me. Ethan has crafted one of the greatest characters in tv history (in my mind at least).moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Earl's guitar is a Fender Stratocaster, the most popular electric guitar in the world.

    • Featured Music:
      "Takin' Care of Business" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
      "All Right Now" by Free
      "Take This Job and Shove It" by Johnny Paycheck
      "You're No Good" by Linda Ronstandt
      "Hair Of The Dog" by Nazareth

    • List Trivia:

      Introduced and crossed off in this episode
      #202 Stole a wallet from a guy at a gas station.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • (Earl holds Xena back after she kicks her boss Pat Patrick)
      Earl: Take it easy, Xena! You don't want to swallow that new retainer.
      Xena: Oohh, God your hands on my body feel so right.
      Earl: What?
      Xena: (Quickly) Nothing.

    • Xena: You're taking all those rolls to Mr. Patrick's house? He goes through a lot of toilet paper because he is so full of crap! Ee-yesss!

    • Mr. Patrick: Are you and e. coli buddies?
      Earl: Is that the little Asian fellow in back who does the dishes?

    • (Earl just stole the wallet in the bathroom)
      Earl: Wahoo!!!....Uh, wow, they have my favorite brand of toilet paper...

    • Joy: (to Earl) Well, look at you all dressed up in that cute uniform. They even had your size, extra dorky.

    • (Earl is at the drive throw window and Joy and Darnell, pulls up)
      Joy: Oh, my God! Earl Hickey working as a burger dummy? I think we can go ahead and park and come in.

    • Mr. Patrick: Hey Hickey, what was this doing in the trash? (holds up a tub of mayonnaise)
      Earl: It was empty. You said recycling was for morons.
      Mr. Patrick: Check under the rim?There were six burgers worth of mayo you could have swabbed out of there. Use your head.

    • Randy: (to a customer) You can feel good about your decision to eat here, my brother didn't spit in it, cause his into karma and whatnot.

    • Co Worker: (to Earl) That's ok, I had to eat a hamburger patty he wiped on a toilet seat.

    • Earl: (thinking) One good thing about the cold is finding things in your coat pockets that you put there a year ago.

    • Catalina: Gas leak, get up, we're all being poisoned.
      Randy: Five more minutes.
      Catalina: Five more minutes, and you'll be dead.
      Randy: Four more minutes?

    • Earl: What do you want? A snake, an eel or an earthworm?
      Kid: I want a dinosaur.
      Earl: A dinosaur? Here.
      Kid: This is not a dinosaur.
      Earl: Sure, it is. It's a Balloon-nosaurus rex. Now, get out of here.

    • Earl: Welcome to Stars. May I take your order and your clothes look stupid too. Hey, Crabman. Hey, Crabman's turtle.
      Darnell: Hey, Earl. That's from both of us.

    • (Narrating)Earl: One good thing about the cold is, find the things in your coat pocket you forgot you put there a year ago.
      Randy: Hey look, it's Mr. Fishy. That's where he was.

    • Randy:I never understood how Bill is short for William. If anything Bill should be short for Billiam.

    • Earl: Maybe Karma's behind this whole thing Randy. I mean the guy finally got what he deserved. Maybe Karma just borrowed my fist to give it to him.

    • Randy : What a jerk. You should report that guy to the manager.
      Earl: He is the Manager.
      Randy : Oh. Then he already knows.

    • Catalina: I had a horrible uncle with a hot wife and a big house, but later we found out that the house and the wife, both had mold in the basement.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Mr. Patrick: Hey Marlboro Man, why don't you trot on over here.

      The Marlboro Man is the long standing symbol of the Marlboro brand cigarettes. He is a cowboy who is often portrayed riding on a horse.

    • Earl: ...underneath was that guy from U2 that does all that Charity.

      That guy from U2 is their lead singer Bono. He is known for his political world views and his attempts at raising money for people all over the world.

    • Randy: Bono was that guy from U2, Sonny Bono.

      Sonny Bono is not in U2 and never has been. Sonny Bono was a 70's singer and variety show host with then wife, Cher. He later went into politics and became a Representative in Congress.

    • Episode Title: O Karma, Where Art Thou?

      The episode title is a reference to the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou starring George Clooney. It's a movie about escaped convicts in the 1930's going on a quest for treasure in the deep south.

    • Rocky and Bullwinkle

      Randy asks Jasper's Russian bride Tatiana to say "moose and squirrel," which is the popular catchphrase that Natasha uses to describe the animal heroes in the cartoon series "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show". Boris and Natasha are the Russian antagonists who hatch plans that are constantly foiled by Rocky the squirrel and Bullwinkle the moose.