My Name Is Earl

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

6
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 20, 2005 on NBC
9.2
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Today is the first day of the rest of Earl Hickey's life. After coming into a $100,000 scratch-off lottery ticket and losing it just as fast upon being hit by a car, Earl has an epiphany in the hospital--to make up for all the terrible things he's done in the past. With his brother Randy and a motel maid named Catalina, Earl writes up a list of every misdeed he was a part of. Earl sets out to do just that, starting with number 64--Kenny James, a boy he picked on in elementary school.moreless

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  • About this episode

    10
    It had great written and directing.
  • Troubles that we all somehow have ?

    10
    When I watched the first episode I thought :\"What the heck\" ?

    But it grew on me ... it\'s one of the best written, funniest shows out there.

    In real life those guys probably would be real jerks, but here , just funky ...

    It show that you can change

    When I watched the first episode I thought :\"What the heck\" ?

    But it grew on me ... it\'s one of the best written, funniest shows out there.

    In real life those guys probably would be real jerks, but here , just funky.

    and then again and again and againmoreless
  • LOL!

    9.2
    Earl J. Hickey is a small-time thief with a messed-up life. His "scratch and win" lottery ticket proves to be worth $100,000, but he is immediately hit by a car and watches the ticket blow away. In the hospital recovering, Earl's wife divorces him, and Earl is introduced to the concept of karma while watching an interview with singer Trace Adkins on Last Call with Carson Daly. He decides to try to make up for all the bad things he has done and makes a written list of 259 items. After leaving the hospital he starts on his list and right away he finds his lost $100,000 scratcher. Figuring karma works pretty well, he resolves to continue making up for items on the list.moreless
  • The episode when aerl first deciededs to strart with his list.

    9.2
    In my opnion this is a graet episode although i found they tried alittle harder making it funny the other episodes.But the episode does do an excellent job on amking you want to continue to watch the series,i know i have.Also i like how this pilot does a great job of intorducing all the charactors without being the slight bit boring,when i first bought this dvd i never seen a episode i just bought it because it was cheap on a boxing day sale,when i got home i couldnt stop watching and ended u watching the whole season 1 day lol.moreless
  • The begining

    9.6
    This episode is the begining of a very very awsome and funny show. Earl makes his list and goes on his first quest to seek better karma. Randy, Catalina, Joy and Darnell and introduced along with many other charcters that make alot of appearences in the show. Earl's first mission is to help out the kid he picked on in elementry school.
Willam Belli

Willam Belli

DJ

Guest Star

Deborah Cresswell

Deborah Cresswell

Wanda

Guest Star

Michael Avery

Michael Avery

College Guy

Guest Star

Frank Collison

Frank Collison

Mr. James

Recurring Role

Dale Dickey

Dale Dickey

Patty

Recurring Role

Gregg Binkley

Gregg Binkley

Kenny James

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • The DVD release of season one features a special mini-episode called "Bad Karma". It is an alternate version of the Pilot in which Earl watches Family Guy instead of Carson Daly. Inspired by Stewie Griffin, Earl comes up with a very different list and outlook on life.

    • Featured Music:
      "Monkey Dance" by The Wiggles
      "Been Caught Stealing" by Jane's Addiction
      "It Takes Two" by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
      "Winning" by Santana
      "99 Luftballons" by Nena
      "Make Me Smile (Come Up & See Me)" by Erasure

    • We learn that there were 259 lines on Earl's original list. One crossed off in this episode leaves 258.

    • List Trivia:

      Introduced in this episode
      #23 Peed in the back of a cop car.
      #41 Snatched a kid's Halloween candy when he came to my trailer to trick or treat.
      #64 Picked on Kenny James.
      #86 Stole a car from a one legged girl.
      #102 Harmed and possibly killed innocent people with second hand smoke.
      #136 Been a litter bug.

      Crossed off in this episode
      #64 Picked on Kenny James.

    • When Earl is in the hospital, a nurse announces over the PA system, "Mrs. Buckland, your amniocentesis has been canceled", possibly referring to the director of the episode and co-executive producer of the series, Marc Buckland.

    • During their failed burglarizing attempt, Earl, Randy, and Sonny are wearing Halloween masks of Saddam Hussein, Dick Cheney, and Osama bin Laden.

    • Music: The song that the family is listening to at the start of the episode is The Monkey Dance by the children's group The Wiggles. This was changed to a different non-descript song on the DVD version.

    • Earl mentions that Kenny James is #64 on his list during this episode. In subsequent episodes, part of his list is shown during a recap, and #64 is "Spray painted the bridge."

    • The lottery scratcher that Earl loses in the beginning of the episode doesn't match the one that he later rediscovers while picking up trash--same serial number, but different scratch marks.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Catalina: Excuse me! But if my boss comes back and sees that there's no garbage in the parking lot, he's going to get used to it like that. So could you please put it back?

    • Kenny: You're just gonna go talk to him?!
      Earl: Yeah! he's gay but he's not gonna bite me.... he's not gonna bite me is he?

    • (Kenny is parked outside a gay bar)
      Policeman: You need to move your car.
      Kenny: (panics) Officer, I'm straight!
      Policeman: You can't park here.
      Kenny: Ok. I...I'm straight. (starts his car)

    • Catalina: That's your ex wife?
      Earl: Yep, a crazy as she is, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't going to miss her.

    • (Catalina and Earl find the motel room has been ransacked)
      Earl: What happened here? (Joy comes from behind him and hits him in the head with a phone) Ow! Damn! Girl have you lost your mind?
      Joy: Who's the whore?
      Catalina: What did you just call me?
      Earl: Look, she's the maid. Relax.

    • Kenny: I have a restraining order against you Earl Hickey.
      Earl: Yeah but that was written on a brown paper bag by the school nurse 20 years ago. Besides I made you eat it remember?

    • Earl: Hey Patty.
      Patty: Hey boys, is it Randy's birthday already?
      Earl: No, we got another job for ya.

    • Earl: Do good things and good things happen to you. Do bad things, they'll come back to haunt you.
      Randy: That's deep Earl, so why don't you stop hugging those vicodins they gave you and we can all chat about that for awhile?
      Earl: I'm talking bout karma
      Randy: Who's karma?
      Earl: I don't know, just something Carson Daly came up with.

    • Earl: (voice over) When they finally released me from the hospital, we checked into a motel. It didn't take Randy long to make friends with the help. It never does.
      Randy: (on bed watching tv) How longs your break Catalina?
      Catalina: The manager went to the dog track (jumps on bed) I'm on my own schedule for the afternoon.

    • Earl: (voice over) Next morning I was recuperating from being a little....over served...(Joy walks in to bathroom, removes her towel and reveals her pregnant stomach)
      Joy: Morning honey.
      Earl: (voice over) Hell! When I was drinking I thought she just had a bit of a belly, some people might think getting so drunk and accidentally marry a woman that's 6 months pregnant is a good reason to stop drinking, personally I think it's a good reason to keep drinking. (picks up beer from the bathroom sink)

    • Randy : (reading the list) Number 23. Peed in the back of a cop car.
      Earl: I'm no longer proud of that.

    • Randy: (to Earl) I think you're trying to sell a cat to a guy who fancies dogs.

    • (After Kenny turns down sex with her)
      Earl: (rubbing his hands together) How did it go?
      Patty: He gave me $10 to help the monkeys.
      Randy: How's the sex? Got anything in the tank left over for me?
      Patty: We didn't do it.
      Earl: What? Patty we had a deal.
      Patty: I did what you said, I told him I thought he was cute and I tried to kiss him but he wasn't interested.
      Earl: Damn! Patty, I'm on a schedule here, come on Randy.
      Patty: I tried Earl, I did. Towards the end I even pulled out my good boob!

    • (Earl has taken Kenny to a gay bar)
      Earl: I didn't wanna be the only non-gay there, so luckily Randy agreed to go as soon as he heard there were gonna be bubbles.

    • Earl: (voice-over) You've probably askin' yourself why I decided to stay with my two-timin' wife and our two terrible kids that ain't mine. But, the way I figure, a lotta folks probably ask her why she hasn't left her good-for-nothin' husband and his brother who sleeps on her couch.

    • Earl Hickey: I know this might sound crazy in this day and age, but we live in a small town and I've never been face to face with a gay before. I understand now the runnin' probably wasn't necessary.

    • Earl: Ain't no use running, fool! I know where your momma parks her house!

    • (Referring to music playing in the background)
      Randy: Oh no you didn't. You didn't just go Old School!

    • Joy: I want half that lotto money, Earl.
      Earl: Yeah? Well, I wanted a legitimate baby and a wife who didn't huff paint on Thanksgiving, but I guess life's full of little disappointments, now ain't it?

    • Catalina: Who is this Carson Daly? Is he some sort of spiritual leader? A holy man?
      Randy: You've never seen TRL? You've got to start putting on some of these TVs when you're cleaning the toilets.

    • Earl Hickey: Don't they have special bars for the queers--I'm sorry, homosexual Americans?

  • NOTES (8)

    • International Show Titles:
      Czech Republic: Jmenuju se Earl (My Name Is Earl)

    • Jason Lee (Earl Hickey) and Ethan Suplee (Randy Hickey) also worked together in the movies:
      -A Better Place
      -Chasing Amy
      -Clerks 2
      -Dogma
      -Drawing Flies
      -Mallrats

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Germany: July 18, 2008 on RTL
      Czech Republic: September 7, 2009 on Prima COOL

    • Awards:
      2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
      2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
      2006 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
      2006 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Individual Episode (In a Series Without a Regular Gay Character)

      Nominations:
      2006 Eddie Award for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television
      2006 WGA Award (TV) for Episodic Comedy

    • Executive Producer Greg Garcia has a cameo in this episode. He is the man Randy dances with at the gay bar.

    • In Latin America, along with the first episode of "The Office", this episode aired on "Canal Fox" and "FX" simultaneously. However, the next episodes only aired on "FX".

    • In the show following My Name is Earl - "The Office" episode "The Dundies" there is a reference to the "overserving" patrons at Chili's.

    • In a unique promotional campaign co-sponsored by Mazda, NBC released the complete pilot episode of Earl on CD-ROM in issues of People and Entertainment Weekly before the official premiere of the series on September 20, 2005.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • When Earl and Randy first move into the hotel, Randy is watching H.R. Pufnstuf on the television. H.R. Pufnstuf is a children's show from 1969 made primarily with puppets and full costumes about a boy named Jimmy who finds himself on Living Island with his magic gold flute, Freddy. There, they are befriended by H.R. Pufnstuf, a talking dragon. This is the first children's show from puppeteers, Sid and Marty Krofft.

    • Earl's hung-over observation that he had been "overserved" is an allusion to comedian George Gobel's famous quotation: "I've never been drunk, but often I've been overserved."

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