My Name Is Earl

Season 3 Episode 7

Our Other COPS is On, Part 1

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 01, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When Randy is about to turn off the prison TV, another Camden episode of "COPS" is shown, this time it evolves around the events on Independence Day.

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  • Surprisingly bad episode. Much of it didn't even make sense...and not in a good way.

    This is a surprisingly bad episode. "Earl" is usually a quirky and original series, but this episode tried so hard to imitate itself, it just ended up being creepy. What makes this series special is the play between degrees of morality. This episode made every character distasteful by trying to hammer every joke over and over again. *Blech* It didn't even follow a real Cops format. Who was supposed to be taking pictures when the cameraman was pictured? This episode lost all that was original and appealing about the series. It was more like the worst of "Married with Children" than the series I used to love. Whoever wrote this one really needs to get another job.moreless
  • Earl and co are all IN THE BACKGROUND on Cops. 1st of a 2 parter

    The last episode I saw was 2 weeks ago and it was 'Creative Writing' which was really bad television. I missed last week which from what I've read got back to the point of the show. However to put it simply...this is another filler, and a two part filler as well.

    Where as 'Creative Writing' was not funny or charming at all this actually made me laugh a few times. We are once again back to the point where Darnell and Joy are fooling around, this time the year is 2002, and Earl and co feature heavily as the Cops are called in, to deal with their many mischievous and domestic disturbances. The reference's to Osama and Saddam are really funny especially the one who says Saddam should pay for September 11. Whether the American's were actually brainwashed into thinking that I don't know but I remember Bush saying it and that's why it's funny.

    Other highlights are Randy at the very beginning as a prison guard, Catalina fighting over a customer at the strip club and Kenny before he was out of the closet admiring a cop.

    Honestly this isn't one of the strongest episodes, nor does it play to the series strengths at all but it was mildly entertaining non the less.moreless
  • Another unneeded cops episode

    The first episode of Cops was original and pretty funny, and fit in well with the second season, but the fact that they do another one this season is unoriginal and nowhere near as entertaining as the first one.

    I'm enjoying the Earl in prison arc, as it is very entertaining and fresh, but if they are going to have him in jail, they should make the most of it, and get some more prison stories in before he leaves, instead of doing another Cops episode, which was barely funny.

    On the other hand, this did have its moments, such as the lamb, stealing the bumper car, and the cop speeches, the "stab me" sign and the September 11 aftermath is a good approach to the episode for paranoia.

    Overall, the episode is okay, but it's been done before.moreless
  • Less than a year after the original "Our Cops is On" episode, we find out that no one should be on COPS more than once...

    There was only one question that I had at the end of this episode – why?

    This episode seems to be a step back for the series as a whole, as this concept was used in an episode less than a year ago. More than that, this episode was a two-parter, which means that in there have been three repeats in the (roughly) 50 episode history of the show.

    More than that, this episode seemed to offer some strange development for Randy. After a couple of years of attempting to better himself - getting his GED, marrying the woman that he loves (albeit with some interesting complications), and "discovering" karma (during the episode "Harassed a Reporter") - it seems somewhat strange that Randy would be okay with people respecting him for some of the poorer choices that he has made. On top of this problem, there was very little in the way of development. I usually enjoy any sort of "flashback" into Earl's past, as it usually offers an amusing and entertaining stor, along with some insight into the characters. But in this episode, I felt as though I understood the characters less, and it left me asking what the point of the episode was. The only thing that we understand now is that the prisoners will be giving Randy fewer problems than they had been in the past.

    There were some entertaining parts to this episode, I found the entire segment with Randy, Earl, Joy and the infrared camera pretty entertaining. But most of the episode seemed to be a poor attempt at satire. At several points, the show seems to be trying to poke fun at a wide array of topics (terrorism, police, environmentalists) without being sure how to do so.

    Overall, it was a disappointing hour of television. Aside from some of the more clever jokes, you could have skiped this episode and not really feel like you missed anything.moreless
  • Earl needs to get back what was good about it. This was just dumb. Some parts were funny, but most of it was just stupid to the point of annoying.

    I'm only writing this because last seasons episodes were so good. Throwing him into prison for cheap prison jokes was bad move #1 and then it was just all downhill from there. I'm noticing that more and more people are agreeing with me on this board.

    My review...or at least what's worth remembering: Randy is going to turn off the prison tv and then suddenly his episode of Cops comes on the tv. Everything that follows is something that my 8 year old newphew could write. It was just a waste of time. I can't think of anything good to say. I'm sorry.moreless
Laura Gardner

Laura Gardner

Mrs. James

Guest Star

Josh Wolf (I)

Josh Wolf (I)


Guest Star

Joey Diaz

Joey Diaz


Guest Star

Gregg Binkley

Gregg Binkley

Kenny James

Recurring Role

Timothy Stack

Timothy Stack


Recurring Role

Dale Dickey

Dale Dickey


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In this episode, we found Nescobar-A-Lop-Lop speaking fluent English in 2002. However, he did not learn how to speak until after 2005, as shown in Season 1.

    • As an allusion to France opposing USA's invasion in Iraq, the colors of Didi's "Osama Bin Laden TP" stand form the French flag. But, as mentioned in another blurb, this is a historical inaccuracy, as the boycotting of France began in 2003, and the episode takes place in 2002.

    • Featured Music:
      "Let's Spend The Night Together" by The Rolling Stones (Girl fight)

    • There is an interesting historical error in tonight's episode. The episode takes place in 2002, during the first 4th of July after the 9/11 attacks, and is chock full of references to Bin Laden, terrorism, the Department of Homeland Security etc. However, there is a reference to "Freedom Fries," a new name for French Fries, but this is incorrect. The term "Freedom Fries" did not come about until Spring 2003 when the French government refused to support US policy towards Iraq and the ultimate war that resulted.

    • Bumper cars are powered by the voltage difference between the floor and ceiling of the building. One cannot drive a bumper car outside off of the arena without providing an alternative source of power.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Joy: (to Earl) I'm the queen; you are the worker bee. Your job is to feed me, do me, and die!

    • Kenny: Crap, it's Earl again. If you shoot him, I'll lie and say he lunged for your weapon and would've killed us all.
      Officer Daniels: I appreciate that. You'd make a good cop, Ken.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Zase jsme hráli v seriálu (Again We Played in the Series)

    • Guest star Billy Gardell appeared with Craig T. Nelson (the warden at Earl's prison) in The District. Gardell's role was also mentioned on Greg Garcia's show, Yes, Dear.

      Guest stars Mike O'Malley and Billy Gardell appeared together on Greg Garcia's previous series Yes, Dear.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: March 30, 2008 on Channel 7
      Denmark: May 16, 2008 on TV3
      Slovenia: September 16, 2008 on Kanal A
      Belgium: May 28, 2009 on 2BE
      Czech Republic: June 10, 2010 on Prima COOL