My Name Is Earl

Season 2 Episode 3

Sticks & Stones

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 05, 2006 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Earl decides to cross off number 91 on his list, "made fun of Maggie Lester for having a mustache". Earl and Randy visit Maggie, who is now working for a carnival as "The Amazing Bearded Woman". Meanwhile, Joy has a run in with the law.

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  • Earl meets some circus freaks and has his heart embiggened as he learns they aren't freaks after all but, by golly, people just like you and me. Ouch, my teeth hurt!moreless

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    I must note that the last several episodes have been back on track and the show has been up to its old form lately. I'm glad.

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    This review is not only about this episode but about season two of the show in general. Season one of \"Earl\" was truly wonderful. It was great to spend some time with Earl and his brother Randy.

    But the second season has two flaws that I can see. First it looks like the writers have bowed to pressure by Jaime Pressly or her agent to give her more screen time. The last several shows have given her her own independent story line and frankly the show falls flat as her character is not likable AT ALL. Secondly it looks like they have changed to story lines to be sickly sweet. In season one they have a one legged woman hopping after Earl with murder in her eyes. In season two if they were to have such a character it looks like the writers would feel the need to be more politically correct.

    Look, if its funny its funny. This show is losing the direction and magic that made it a hit and it\'s going downhill. I hope they learn their lesson and go back to Season One\'s style/focus/atmosphere. If they don\'t I doubt there will be a season three. I would bet viewers are starting to check out already.moreless
  • Messed up as could be, but still entertaining

    Earl decides to make up for upsetting a mustachioed girl, Maggie Lester (or "Maggie P.I." as he called her), in his school days. Tracking her down at her home, he discovers she is now content, bearded and working as a "circus freak". Earl is determined to do something for Maggie (Judy Greer) but is puzzled as to how he can improve her life.

    This is a heart-warming episode and very entertaining.

    As a "Twin Peaks" fan, it was great to see Carel Struycken again LOL the boy had a horn i think that that would just be awsome lol dd fmoreless
  • Great Episode

    Earl decides to make amends to a woman with a beard that he made fun of in Jr. High School. After confronting her he finds out that she is the bearded lady in a carnival and lives with a bunch of other side show people. He and Randy befriend the whole bunch and spend a day partying and having a good time with them. Earl realizes that he was laughed at when he was younger at a swimming pool when he was trying to dive of the diving board because he had hairy nipples. He confronts the lifeguard/gym teacher at the pool and get embarrassed again. After this he decides to dive of the board shirtless the next and invites the carnival folks who turn him down. When he is about to dive off the board, he chickens out and turns around to climb back down the ladder, when he sees that the carnival folks are there. They all proceed to jump off the diving board. Diving off the board in public, motivates the carnival folks to chase their dreams and all of them get real jobs.

    Meanwhile, Joy is going to meet her public defender, dressing very sexy in order to motivate him to work harder. When she gets there, she finds out that her lawyer is a woman and to top it off is deaf. Joy proceeds to act like the trailer trash that she is and the lawyer tells her to represent herself. Joy crawls back to the deaf woman lawyer to get her to handle her case, and makes a fool of herself again.

    This was a great episode. The whole gang crack me up, buy I think Joy does it the most.moreless
  • What a travelling freak show!

    This is a great example of a My Name is Earl plot, one that starts with crossing off insulting someone in high school and ends with Earl having to make the sacrifice of jumping off the high dive with his shirt off.

    Whether it's Darnell's knowledge of law (that Joy ignores) or the street of freaks, this episode is one full of surprises along with great lines from Randy, Joy and Earl and we also learn about Earl's problem in his past which is pretty tame compared to Kevin's.

    Overall, both plots of this episode are great and the ending is fantastic with Joy not learning a lesson and Earl doing the opposite, encouraging freaks to get outside.moreless
  • Differences unite all of us.

    Earl is such an imaginitive show, in that its combines low brow attitudes and facades with esoteric morality themes. Yeah, its hokey, and sometimes saccharine, but there is no show on TV that has as much fun getting to the saccharine as Earl. The case in point is the episode \"Sticks and Stones.\" On any other sitcom (yes, even the Simpsons, b/c its not the early 90s anymore!) this would have resulted in cheap laughs and asides about the characters, but on Earl, its the inventive twist about how many of us use humiliation of others to cover our own insecurities. Yeah, Earl\'s puberty caught up to his issue, but the sideshow performers let wisdom and maturity overcome their fears. BTW, I love how un-PC Joy is!moreless
Judy Greer

Judy Greer

Maggie Lester

Guest Star

Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin

Ruby Whitlow (Deaf Lawyer)

Guest Star

Carel Struycken

Carel Struycken


Guest Star

Noah Crawford

Noah Crawford

Young Earl

Recurring Role

Gabriel Pimentel

Gabriel Pimentel


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Introduced and crossed off in this episode

      #91 Made fun of Maggie Lester.

    • In the very beginning of the episode Earl says, "You know when those ... people all chip in when it's time to build a barn?"

      The word "Amish" was censored during the original broadcast in light of the Amish school shooting that occured a short time before the episode aired.

    • Featured Music:
      "Nothing From Nothing" by Billy Preston
      "If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out" by Cat Stevens

    • We see Earl on a skateboard in this episode. Prior to being an actor, Jason Lee was famous in the skateboarding circuit.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (looking through phone books)
      Earl: There's a lot of Lester's here, but I don't see any Maggies.
      Randy: (points) There's a Maggie!
      Earl: That's a Maggie Larson, Randy.
      Randy: Oh! Both names have to be on the same line…

    • Darnell: Baby, I love that spray on, styling stuff. It makes your legs look hot and it makes me a little hot.
      Joy: And that's exactly how I want the Public Defender to feel when I meet him today. I want him to think if he gets me off… I'll return the favor.

    • Randy: Look at his hands Earl! They're like lobsters! But without the rubber bands to stop him from biting us with his hands!

    • Earl: This burger's delicious.
      William: Thank you. It's black angus.
      Randy: I don't think I can eat it, now that I know the cows name.

    • (staring at the horn in Kevin's forehead)
      Randy: That's pretty cool. Can you take your head on a plane?
      Kevin: Not since 9/11. We're all making sacrifices.

    • Randy: I'm confused. You own twenty thousand dollars worth of Kripsy Kremes, but you still have to pay for donuts?
      Paul: I don't get donuts, I get dividends.
      Earl: Mmm, dividends… are they like those little powdered munchkins?

    • Joy: Can you please tell her that I'm gonna need another lawyer? It's nothing personal, it's just I don't wanna be represented by somebody whose ears are only good for holding up glasses. Don't tell her that last part though.
      Doug: Yeah, she can read lips.
      Joy: Oh…

    • Joy: Right, now tell me if you can see my thong when I bend over.
      Darnell: (looks) What thong?
      Joy: Perfect. Lets go. And here, put these socks down your pants just in case he's gay.

    • Randy: If you make friends with anybody, make friends with the tall guy. I know where there's a Frisbee stuck in a tree.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Earl's Narration: Unfortunately for Maggie, Tom Selleck was the biggest star on TV and I was the biggest jerk in my class.
      Earl: Wow, look at the mustache on this girl! Hey look everybody, it's Maggie P.I.!

      A reference to the TV series Magnum, P.I. starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, the investigator with the famous mustache.

    • Earl: (about William) Check it out… he's off to see the wizard!

      This is a reference to the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz", based on the books by L. Frank Baum, as William is the same height as a Munchkin (a group of people from the story). Earl also indirectly refers to William as a Munchkin later on in the episode.

    • Catalina's childhood nickname "Chupa-Chup" refers to a popular brand of lollipops that originated in Spain in the late 1950's.

    • Earl: (in voiceover) And Tommy taught me how to ride a skateboard without falling off and scraping my knees.

      This is a joke given that Jason Lee used to be a champion skateboarder in his younger days.