My Name Is Earl

Season 1 Episode 3

Randy's Touchdown

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 04, 2005 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Back in their high school days, Earl ruined Randy's chance to score a touchdown during a key football game. Now Earl must figure out a way to make things right.

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  • Randy's Story

    This episode was aimed toward giving the viewer an understanding of Randy. This was another funny episode. Just as funny as the first two, if not funnier. I like the way they keep the episodes together. Like the way they continue to tell the story of the gay guy that Earl had helped. That was some of the funniet stuff in the episode!
  • This time around, Earl attempts to help Randy by making him score a touchdown.

    It's not as great as the previous two episodes; but if this is the worst this series could produce, it is awfully blessed. This time around, Earl attempts to help Randy by making him score a touchdown.

    But there's a glitch, Earl's car has been impounded, along with his lotto winnings of $100,000. When the scheming Joy finds out about the money, she and Earl try to come up with $3,000 to retrieve the car. Funny stuff ensue, but none of it can outshine the feel-good ending that the comedy is beloved for. The most memorable scene for me is Randy's participation in a Science Fair.

    I hope the show would shake it up a bit. The show might be getting predictable soon. I just knew that Randy is not going to make that touchdown and that Joy would surely end up in a ditch once she stole that steel road fence. It's the whole karma thing. Joy would never get away with anything, but somehow that's quite unrealistic.moreless
  • What turned out to be a new good comedy show is here improving even more. I can\'t remember the last time I laughed this much...

    This is the third episode and it\'s just getting better! Now that the character gallery with all sorts of corky characters is widening, so is the show.

    Earl adding his brother to the karmalist is just so sweet. I just wish the episodes could be a bit longer because the humour is excellent.

    This one stays on my karmalist!
  • 'bout time we get a show thats not just funny once but even on its third episode is making us laugh out loud.

    What can i say, in a world full full shows with predictable un-funny cliches comes Earl, full of unpredictable very funny cliches. Unlike some shows it is still staying strong and continuing to make me laugh out loud every night. I'll keep watching if they can keep this up.

  • In the third episode, \"Earl\" seems to really hit its stride, a promising outlook of things to come...

    \"Randy\'s Touchdown,\" the third episode of \"My Name Is Earl,\" may just be the best yet, an instant classic for this quirky new sitcom. It starts out with a simple scene and narration showing how Karma, Earl\'s driving force, is working since he\'s turned his around simply by getting two packs of donuts out of a vending machine instead of one. This progresses to his car, the place where he optimistically keeps his money \"safe,\" being vandalized, then impounded by his angry, scheming ex-wife Joy (played by Jamie Pressly, who has a better display for her comedic talents this episode than last weeks \"Trying to kill Earl\" subplot...), who is oblivious that the money she covets so badly was within her grasp until it\'s too late. This leads to Earl getting his on family heirloom, a cuckoo clock, out of hock, and fixing a wrong, a fixed high school football game, and the relization that he cheated his brother Randy out of the thrill of victory because of his participation in said game of years gone by.

    In his attempts to do right by Randy, who is now added to his list, and get his car out of impound, he enrolls Randy back in high school, and enlists the of Kenny, the \"gay\" who he helped to restore his self esteem.

    Meanwhile, Joy is trying to raise the money to get the car out of impound as well, through far more nefarious ways, including stealing a homeless person\'s shopping cart.

    All in all, this episode had a great feel of well-rounded symmetry, as Earl not only learns a lesson this week from Karma, but from his own fleash and blood, and we see Karma working not only for Earl, but against Joy.

    This episode represents one of the things I have actually come to admire about this show: It\'s characters learn a life lesson almost every episode, but it never becomes preachy. It keeps it\'s humor witty and quirky, thanks to strong writing and even stronger performances by the well balanced cast.moreless
Cheryl Hawker

Cheryl Hawker


Guest Star

Bob Rumnock

Bob Rumnock

School Principal

Guest Star

Jake Galasso

Jake Galasso

Impound Buddy

Guest Star

Gregg Binkley

Gregg Binkley

Kenny James

Recurring Role

Louis T. Moyle

Louis T. Moyle


Recurring Role

Trey Carlisle

Trey Carlisle

Earl Jr.

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Featured Music:
      "Who Do You Love" by George Thorogood and the Destroyers
      "Black Betty" by Ram Jam
      "Tuesday's Gone" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC
      "Money (That's What I Want)" by Barrett Strong

    • At the beginning of the episode, Earl and Randy are at the vending machine buying donuts. Earl types in "55." They cut to show the donuts falling. They are clearly marked as "B4," with the "55" being the price.

    • 257 open lines from last episode plus one new line in this episode makes 258. Two crossed off in this episode leaves 256 to go.

    • List Trivia:

      Introduced in this episode
      #58 Fixed a high school football game.
      #??? Took away Randy's touchdown. (Did not get a number)

      Crossed off in this episode
      #58 Fixed a high school football game.
      #??? Took away Randy's touchdown. (Did not have a number)

    • The score on the football scoreboard for the away team says 14 at one point, but is 10 at the end of the game.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Randy: Sir, can I have this magazine? One of the cheerleaders was out sick today and we're gonna decorate her locker.

    • Earl: (to Randy) If we don't figure out a way to break into that impound yard and get my money, we're gonna have to eat that potato.

    • (Joy is sitting in the loan office when a black man walks in)
      Loan Officer: So, they tell me you're looking for a loan?
      Joy: Yeah! You know what I left something in the car, I'll be right back. (she returns with Darnell) We only need the money for like, an hour or two. (whispers to Darnell) Say something black.

    • Darnell: Hey, baby.
      Joy: Darnell, what are you doing here? I told you to wait in the car.
      Darnell: It's hot out there.
      Joy: Baby, I'm trying to get a loan here, okay. Look, you know I don't see color, but these people are never gonna give me three thousand dollars, if they see me here with a black man. (Darnell, walks off angry) Darnell, it's not me, its America. I don't make the rules.

    • Earl: (thinking) I knew neither Joy or I could come up with three thousand dollars without selling a kidney. So, I concentrated my efforts on getting to the car.
      Randy: I don't know Earl, maybe we should think of another way. I mean electricity hurts.
      Earl: I used to sneak my car out of here all the time. They only turn this thing on at night. (Earl cautiously touches the fence) See. Come on, let's get that money.
      (when they climb to the top of the fence the impound guy turns on the electric fence)

    • Impound Guy: What's up with the football?
      Randy: I play for NorthWestern high. I'm gonna score a touchdown.
      Impound Guy: What are you in the seventeenth grade?

    • Earl: (thinking) I knew I could pay em if I could just get to the car, but these aren't the kind of guys you want to let know that you have change in your ashtray, much less a hundred thousand dollars under your front seat.

    • (Darnell is picking up cans by the side of the road, when Joy pulls up in the car)
      Joy: You can stop now. That stupid guy at the recycle centre only gave me eight dollars for that whole cart full of cans.
      Darnell: We'll never make enough money this way.
      Joy: You think?

    • Earl: Are you sure you can fit into the trunk?
      Bruce: I've seen him fit into lots of trunks.
      Kenny: (giggling, taps Bruce) Oh, stop it.
      Bruce: (taps Kenny) You stop it.
      Kenny: (taps Bruce) No, you stop it.
      Bruce: (taps Kenny) You stop it.
      Kenny: (taps Bruce) You stop it.
      Bruce: (taps Kenny) You stop it.
      Earl: Whoa, whoa, whoa! Why don't we all stop it, okay? Let's shut down the horseplay.

    • Principal: Transfer student, huh?
      Old man: I travel a lot for work.

    • Earl: Thanks for doing this Kenny.
      Kenny: Are you kidding. Thank you for helping me come out of the closet. I didn't realise there were other people like me. I've worked with Bruce, for years and didn't know.

    • Earl: Where's my grandfather's cuckoo clock?
      Joy: I pawned it.
      Earl: What?
      Joy: What do you think, cigarettes grow on trees?

    • Earl: Where's my car, Joy?
      Joy: Oh, I had it towed.
      Earl: Towed?
      Joy: Yeah. Maybe if you gave me some of that lotto money, I'd find more things to do.
      Earl: (voiceover) It was at that moment I realized Joy had no idea that the money was in the car.
      Randy: Hey, Earl! Joy had no idea all your lotto money was in the car!

    • Randy: Are you sure you wanna get Grandpa's coo-coo clock back? That thing almost put my eye out.
      Earl: Well you shouldn't have been so close, you knew what time it was.

    • Earl: As for my plan, the Trojan horse was on its way, but only instead of a horse stuffed with a bunch of Greeks we had a LeCar stuffed with one tiny gay.

    • (To Darnell while looking at Joy's posterior)
      Banker: Nice pool, brother.
      Darnell: Right on.

    • Earl: How was your first day of school?
      Randy: Great! I really enjoyed science class. Did you know that before we were humans we were monkeys?
      Earl: Really? What were we before monkeys?
      Randy: I don't know. I can't even remember being a monkey.

  • NOTES (4)