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My Name Is Earl

Season 1 Episode 2

Quit Smoking

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 27, 2005 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Earl must make amends to Donny, an intimidating thug who spent two years in jail for a robbery Earl committed. Oddly enough, the only way he can do this is by helping Donny's mom quit smoking. Meanwhile, Joy discovers she's the beneficiary of Earl's will and decides to kill him!moreless

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  • This episode makes each character a little bit more lovable, and brings the humor up another notch. Maybe Earl had it a little bit too easy so far, though. Crabman is cool.moreless

    Except maybe for Joy, this episodes succeed at making the most unlikable character sympathetic. You see a looser criminal meet a psychopathic dangerous ex-con as well as his fanatic mother and the result is funny, yet ultimately endearing. I'm glad it's not only plain feel-good stuff and that there is till plenty of reprehensible acts and gratuitous crime involved in the flashbacks.

    All in all I enjoy the direction the show is taking so far: A couple of over-the-top humour elements didn't hurt at all, namely the oversized bible bashing and the crossbow segment. And I liked how Crabman is neutral and cool.

    However I hope Earl will have to struggle a little bit more in the future to overcome his bad traits and will meet less resiliant antagonists because so far, he had it a bit easy.moreless
  • I can't believe how much it made me laugh.

    This episode has got me hooked on My Name is Earl. I laughed from the beginning to the end. The storyline was cleverly written. I loved how Earl tried to get out of seeing Donny and how he was forced to face him. There were so many clever comments too many to mention. Too bad we couldn't see the tattoo of Moses parting the Red Sea, and let's not forget Donny's mother not wearing reading glasses so her large print Bible was so big. And I think my favorite line of the show when Donny told him he had to help his friend. "I thought he was speaking in tongues turns out he just back on the stuff." Great show, great characters, great cast, great writing.moreless
  • Didn't see it coming

    I really didn't see the twist of Earl kidnapping Donny's mom coming. I couldn't understand why Donny forgave Earl so quickly in the episode so it was fun to see where they took it. Though the episode was cleverly plotted and unexpected. Loved Donny's character and the flashbacks of him stealing the cop's gun and beating the newspaper boy with the paper. The side characters are all really unusual and funny. If it keeps being like this, I'll keep watching the show.moreless
  • Good...

    Well it was just good.

    Not as good as the Pilot show but they can't all be Wicked!

    The episode started up slow, but by the middle it was running at a nice pace.

    Crab man is a wicked character.

    Keep up the good work. Its a Good show to watch.

    Ps. I call Dibs!
  • this was a very funny episode

    live in new zealnd so this is the episode we just had silly ae well this episode was so funny hitting earl with the bibble and smoking carrots this one of the funniest shows the crazy ex is preety funny cant wait 4 the next episode

    thanx 4 now bu
Roy Lee Jones

Roy Lee Jones


Guest Star

Joshua Levine

Joshua Levine

Donut Store Clerk

Guest Star

Scott Lincoln

Scott Lincoln

Gun Store Owner

Guest Star

Jack Axelrod

Jack Axelrod

Old Man

Recurring Role

Silas Weir Mitchell

Silas Weir Mitchell

Donny Jones

Recurring Role

Tracy Ashton

Tracy Ashton

One Legged Girl

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Randy holds up a sign saying "High Def rocks!" in the copy store, that can only be seen using 16:9 HDTV.

    • Featured Music:
      "Smoke Smoke Smoke (That Cigarette)" by Tex Williams
      "Livin' Thing" by Electric Light Orchestra
      "La Grange" by ZZ Top

    • Earl's 'video will' was recorded over another video where we hear a woman scream "Aunt Millie's walking!" just before the scene cuts to Earl and Joy talking about their stolen video camera.

    • 258 open lines from last episode plus one new line in this episode makes 259. Two crossed off in this episode leaves 257 to go.

    • List Trivia:

      (Re-)Introduced in this episode
      #49 Been wasteful.
      #73 Always took a penny, never left a penny.
      #86 Stole a car from a one legged girl. (Previously introduced in the pilot episode)
      #102 Harmed and possibly killed people with second hand smoke.
      (Previously introduced in the pilot episode)
      #112 Let Donny Jones serve jail time for a crime I commited.
      #260 (new) Took Donny away from his mother for two years. (259 items on the orginal list)

      Crossed off in this episode
      #73 Always took a penny, never left a penny.
      #102 Harmed and possibly killed people with second hand smoke.
      #112 Let Donnie Jones serve jail time for a crime I commited.
      #260 Took Donny away from his mother for two years.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Donny Jones: I've gotta help a prayer buddy in the garage. When he showed up I thought he was speaking in tongues, but it turns out he was just back on the stuff.

    • Earl: So you're all churched up now, huh. Good for you. Giving up all that hurting people.
      Donny Jones: Turn the other cheek now.
      Earl: And you got a tattoo of the Red Sea to prove it.
      Donny Jones: Wanna see it now. (he goes to pull down his pants)
      Earl: No, I'm still gonna pass on that.

    • Earl: Why are we stopping?
      Randy: I think we got a flat in the back.
      Catalina: Yeah, I heard it, too.
      Earl: Damn it! I just got those tires five years ago.

    • Earl: (voiceover) Joy knew that video is the only thing close to a will I have, and normally she's not violent, but money makes people crazy.

    • Joy: Next time you steal a camera Earl, make sure the thing works.
      Earl: I think I got it on.
      Joy: I love you Earl.
      Earl: I love that you love me.

    • Catalina: When someone is scared of something you need a friend to push them to overcome their fears.
      Randy: You know, like throwing someone in the ocean whose afraid of swimming or putting a snake in a young girl's bed.

    • Earl: I'm not doing Donny Jones.
      Catalina: Why not?
      Earl: I just don't want to okay. Besides, I don't even know where he lives.
      Randy: They have big yellow books where you can find that stuff out Earl.

    • Earl: I was gonna focus on quitting smoking. But it turns out quitting smoking is stressful. And when I'm stressed-out, I smoke.

    • Earl: Donny Jones! Hey buddy we should uh catch up sometimes. You know, when I don't have to ... [Randy drives away leaving Earl behind] ... or now
      Earl: [voiceover] Have you ever heard the expression crazy eyes, well Donny had them
      Donny Jones: Earl Hicky
      Earl: Donny Jones
      Donny Jones: You look good
      Earl: You look good, look real good. What are those new pants?
      Donny Jones: Nah I had them for a while
      Earl: But still look new nice crease, I should get me a pair of those. Hard to find good pants Ha-ha
      Donny Jones: So your brother and that little Mexican lady told me that you wanna talk to me about some sort of list
      Earl: Did they now? All right good yeah, they can be very helpful. All right here is the deal Donny. I am on uh kind of uh mission. Wow these are long, and sharp huh
      Donny Jones: Their my mom's, She likes to knit
      Earl: Good for you sweet heart, Nice to have a hobby. Any way uh Donny, I've recently discovered karma, and I've written a list of all the bad things I've done in my life and I am trying to make up for them
      Donny Jones: I've got now what you're going with that earl.
      Earl: You do?
      Donny Jones: Yeah! you had awakening same thing happening to me in the joint when I found Jesus
      Earl: Wow
      Donny Jones: nice huh? I also got Moses partin' the Red Sea on my bottom, you wanna see that?
      Earl: No no may maybe later

    • Joy: (puts a gun on the counter)I'll take this.
      Gun Store Owner: There's a three day waiting period for guns.
      Joy: Three, my ass. Fine. What can I walk out with today that can kill somebody?
      Gun Store Owner: Anything in aisle four.

    • Earl: [voiceover] Quittin' smokin' is kinda like going to prison. If you can get through the first three days, you got a fighting chance. First we tried the tapes, then we tried the patches. Someone told us to try carrot sticks as a subsitute, but we couldn't get the damn things to light.

    • (Talking about the poisoned cookies)
      Earl: Those are poisoned.
      Randy: How poisoned?

    • Catalina: This is the sweetest, most justified kidnapping I've ever seen.
      Randy: How many have you seen?
      Catalina: Five or so.

  • NOTES (2)


    • (At the yard sale)
      Randy: Deal, ahh say "Luke I'm your father."
      Old man: Luke I am your father

      Needless to say, this is a reference to the immortal line from the film The Empire Strikes Back(1980)