My Name Is Earl

Season 2 Episode 12

Our 'Cops' is On

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 04, 2007 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

It's a trip down memory lane for Earl, Randy, Joy, Darnell and the Crab Shack regulars when they remember their 15 minutes of fame watching a 2003 repeat of the TV show "Cops", which was filmed in Camden County.

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  • I hope the rest of the series is Not like this

    Earl has followed a pretty straight (and very funny and entertaining) storyline in all of season 1. This is the first season 2 episode i've seen, and i was not impressed at all. I was actually embarressed to be trying to show a new viewer how 'good the show is' with this episode. I was really hoping for the cops theme to feel real, at least slightly, but it was rediculously silly. Cops are not that fat, or that scrawny; the acting was very lazy or overdone.

    I still think My Name is Earl is one of the best shows running, but i didnt even finish watching this episode.

    By the way, giving a show 10 means it's perfect, which means it cannot be improved by any possible angle in any possible way. How much value can someone's opinion be if they think something cant possibly be improved at all?moreless
  • Earl on 'Cops'

    This was an exceptionally disappointing episode. It's almost as if the writers had run out of ideas and had to find something to fill a gap in the schedule. The episode was contrived, silly and simply not funny. Even a comedy series needs to be slightly believable and this one fell well short.

    As others have said, Earl is a brilliant concept and the writing to date has been excellent - that's what makes this episode such a disappointment to me. I sincerely hope that this particular episode was an aberration and that the rest of the series lives up to the high standards that the writers have set for it.moreless
  • Superb.

    We see what Earl was doing before he got hit by karma.I like the scene most which Earl and Joy chasing a car and pulling it over suprisingly Earl's ex girl friend comes out of the car to whom Earl faked his own death to get rid of her.Well we actually see other's characters past, too.Darnell staying with her mother and raising weed in his room and his mother call cops because loud music coming from the next door darnell's mother's taking the cops to darnell's room and they see he is raising weed adn darnell jumps his room's windows..moreless
  • A standard worth aspiring to!!!

    This is without doubt the best put together of all the Earl shows to date, with story lines that thread together flawlessly.

    It does seem to be one of the episodes that need to be watched a few times because so much happens in the background, which really does add another dimension to each and every recurring character in the show.

    There are so many subtle looks and glances that again get missed unless you watch the episode several times over.

    It seems they are more than happy to poke fun at themselves without it being self depricating, which I personally find refreshing.

    Pass the tissues, I cry with laughter everytime I watch it!!

    My absolute favourite episode of all the series to date. I would love to see more of this type.moreless
  • See what Earl was like before the list.

    My favorite Episode so far. In this episode we can see, how much fun they have breaking the law (like when Randy asks the camera guy, if he got him kicking the cop). Of course that was before Earl's list, so we won't see anymore of that, unless it's another flashback. And I like, how Stuart is showing off and trying to be tough, probably only because he wants to be accepted by his mom as we saw in that other episode. Didn't he actually want to become a pro bowler? I think, I have to watch that again. Oh, and I loved that bicycle-stunt that Earl did. I was pretty stoked, and it almost looked, like he would make it. But only almost...moreless
Kathy Kinney

Kathy Kinney

Officer Bobbi Bowman

Guest Star

Maxie J. Santillan Junior

Maxie J. Santillan Junior


Guest Star

Pramod Kumar

Pramod Kumar


Guest Star

Mike O'Malley

Mike O'Malley

Officer Stuart Daniels

Recurring Role

George Frangides

George Frangides

Officer Bob Smiley

Recurring Role

Jack Axelrod

Jack Axelrod

Electrolarynx Guy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • Randy is scared of heights (but not of flying, as shown in the previous two-part episode).

    • Mailman loses an eye. In this flashback episode we see how the mailman loses his eye and why he is now seen wearing an eyepatch.

    • This episode marks the first time the show had to bleeped or censored.

    • The second cop on the show states his social security number. The first three digits are "553", which is used by residents of California.

    • Willie speaks for the first time in this episode.

    • In the flashback there are some situations that don't seem to fit the "My Name Is Earl"-timeline:

      -Darnell living with his grandmother though he is supposed to be in the witness-protection-program at the time and therefor shouldn't have any relatives in town.

      -Nescobar A Lop Lop speaks English though he first learns the language in the episode "Teacher Earl (1-5)" which is set after the time the flashback depicts.

    • Featured Music:
      "Right Place, Wrong Time" by Dr. John (Opening scene)
      "Bad Boys" by Inner Circle (COPS comes on)
      "Wishing Well" by Terence Trent D'Arby (Playing in the car when it drives past the naked guy twice)
      "Afternoon Delight" by The Starland Vocal Band (At the convenience store)

    • Anyone else notice the Honda Ridgeline in the background when Earl gets caught at the house? They couldn't ask the neighbor to move their '06 truck while they shot the scene?

    • Running Gag: Randy incorrectly singing the Cops theme.

    • Earl doesn't cross anything off his list in this episode. His list is only mentioned once: in the last thirty seconds.

    • After Randy says, "It's On!", he flips through the channel, and the beginning of "CSI: Las Vegas" came on the screen, then got changed.

    • "Wishing Well" by Terence Trent D'Arby is playing when Donny Jones is dancing on the lawn with his snake

    • In this episode we learn that Pete the one-eyed Mailman lost sight in his left eye because of Joy. She threw Earl's bowling ball of the roof of the trailer where it shattered off of a Def Lepperd mirror.

    • Error: Timothy Stack, when confronting the first officer, talks about how he has 62 entries on, and how his Quincy episode was listed as one appearance.

      The setting for this episode was in the year 2003, and so there would be between 57 and 59 entries into his profile.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Joy: (running naked) Stop chasing me, Kevin. C'mon man, be cool! I'm not messin' around, Kevin. (throws a brick at Kevin's head, knocking him unconscious) You made me do it, Kevin!

    • Randy: (to cameraman) Hey, can you chase me? 'Cause the chases always make it on Cops. Don't chase me too hard, 'cause I'm loaded down with this TV. 'Course, you probably can't run too fast, carrying that camera, either. Want to just put our stuff down and chase each other?

    • Earl: Oh no, isn't a robbery. I'm just cleaning my garage. 'Cause this is my home.
      Randy: (appearing from the interior of the house) Man, I love stealing. (sees the police officer and cameraman) Oops.

    • (Officer finds Joy hiding in a dumpster, naked)
      Homeless Guy: Please, don't take her.

    • Earl: Oh, God! I skinned my pecker.
      Officer Stuart Daniels: Hands behind your back!
      Earl: I'm too scared to look. Please tell me if it's bad, is it bad?
      Officer Stuart Daniels: Oh, that's a lot of gravel.
      Earl: Ah! Aah!

    • Joy: Damn it, more Cops. If you'll don't quit picking on me I swear I'm gonna go Ruby Ridge.

    • Earl: How you doing back there Kevin, you scared?
      Kevin: A little.
      Earl: That's good, I like that. You got any kids Kevin?
      Kevin: Three.
      Earl: They all the same color?
      Kevin: Yes.
      Earl: Not mine. You know what's wild, the white one is the better athletic , and the black one's a little genius. Sure taught me a lesson.

    • Earl: (to Kevin) Me and my wife are having a domestic squabble. I eh, guess she got the right to be mad, I screw up a lot. But, one day I'm gonna get my life together, but not today, cause today I'm driving a stolen cop car.

    • Patty: Oh, look baby, you looking for a fiesta? I still got one free hand.
      Spanish guy: No gracias.

    • Cop: Okay, okay, what is the problem?
      Nescobar: He trick me into eating pork. It's against my religion.
      Electro-larynx guy: Ha, ha, ha.

    • (Patty has her hand inside a soda machine)
      Officer Bobbi Bowman: You stuck again Patty?
      Patty: No. I'm just trying to get my hand cold for a client who's into dead people.

    • Officer Bowman: Ma'am, Ma'am, I need you to come down from there.
      Joy: I'll come down when I'm done bursting up my husband's stuff or when I have to pee. Meanwhile, heads up.

    • Joy: (talking on the phone) I know I said three o'clock, Mom, but I'm stuck in traffic. Oh my God! Some guy just cut me off. (yelling) Pick a lane!
      (puts the phone to Jim's face)
      Jim: Hang up and drive, bitch.
      Joy: Gotta go, I'll be there at five, Mom. (to Jim) Nice acting, Jim. You still got it.

    • Joy: Hey, crank up the radio, find some Wu Tang Clan.
      Earl: Since when do you like rap music?
      Joy: (suspiciously) I'm not cheating on you!

  • NOTES (9)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Hráli jsme v seriálu (We Starred in a Series)

    • Although credited, Nadine Velazquez (Catalina) does not appear in this episode.

    • Mike O'Malley (Officer Daniels) and Gregg Binkley (Kenny) also worked together in the season 1 episode "Doctor, Doctor", and, the season 5 episode "Broken By The Mold", both from Yes, Dear.

    • Dale Dickey (Patty) and Mike O'Malley (Officer Daniels) also worked together in the season 6 episode "On Your Marks, Get Set, Mow" of Yes, Dear.

    • This episode was nominated for the 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation.

    • Jason Lee's fiancee Beth Riesgraf appears on this episode as Natalie Duckworth.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: May 10, 2007 on Channel 7
      Czech Republic: November 5, 2009 on Prima COOL

    • When played in New Zealand on Easter Sunday on TV3 it was part of a double episode and played after "Born a Gamblin Man". They also got the end credits wrong, instead showing those from "Robbed A Stoner Blind".

    • This show marks a reunion between guest star, Mike O'Malley and executive producer/creator, Greg Garcia. The two previously worked together on Yes, Dear. Mike was the star and Greg was the exec producer/creator.


    • Shooting Randy out of the tree:

      They are alluding to the time a bear was shot out of a tree and hits the trampoline and flies off just like Randy did.

    • Joy: Damn it, more Cops. If you'll don't quit picking on me I swear I'm gonna go Ruby Ridge.

      This is in reference to the 1992 stand-off between ATF, FBI agents and the Weaver family in Idaho. The stand-off lasted for ten days, and in the end Vicki Weaver, her son, their family dog and an FBI agent were dead.

    • Timothy Stack talks about his entries on is a popular website on the internet where the appearances by actors are listed, under their profiles.