My Name Is Earl

Season 1 Episode 22

Stole a Badge

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 27, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Earl tackles no. 127 on his list by making amends for pilfering a police officer's badge. When he discovers that the theft resulted in the cop's demotion, he tries to get the officer reinstated.

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  • Good solid episode. Not the best but well made and in line with the show's premise. Good guest stars and good work by the cast.

    This episode is not one of the greatest of the series but it is a good solid episode. Earl's finding of the badge is a good reference to karma. His flashback to the abuses with the badge are pretty good and how each character abuses the privileges is humorous. It also introduces Clint Howard's Rodney as a true scumbag.

    The policeman's family of sister and police captain, as well as the scene of him as a baby involved in an arrest, was pretty good and the girl's hairstyles are a laugh all on their own. The policeman, played well, at the rest stop having to be a janitor was also a good chuckle.

    Best of all probably was the ending. With Earl finding out why he should not tell everyone (especially cops) about his list and Rodney getting his karma payback. Definitely an episode worth watching but on a show this good, even this good episode has trouble measuring up in a few ways. Maybe that is the problem with a great show, that episodes that would be outstanding on other series are just average.moreless
  • Heartwarming episode.

    This was one of those episodes where you just feel warm on the inside after you watch it. Karma brought a stolen badge back to Earl's fingertips in a stream. He finds out who it belongs to, and also finds out who it belongs to isn't much of a cop. He's more of a bowler. So Earl tries to help him become a better cop. It just isn't working, until Earl gives him his list. The cop arrests him and Earl runs. Instead of reaching for his gun, the cop reaches for his bowling ball, revealing he's a bowler at heart. Everyone's happy, and Earl crosses something else off his list. This was a feel-good episode, and I enjoyed it.moreless
  • Finally a new episode!!!

    This week Earl and the gang set out to return a police badge that they stole back in the day. Since Earl is very afraid of cops it takes him a little time to build up his nerve to go to the police station, when he does return the badge he learns that it belonged to a male cop who worked with his 4 sisters, and that there mother was the Capitan. Earl discovers how the life and reputation of the cop were ruined when he stole his badge. So Earl sets out to fix the situation. At first he tries to create crime scenes where the cop can intervene and become a hero, but Earl soon learns that this cop is a huge coward, and the only reason he is a cop is that his mom forced him. So Earl, tells the cop to peruse his own dreams, the dream to be a pro bowler, and after some struggles Earl can finally cross 127 off his list.moreless
  • That's a policeman's badge!

    This episode is hilarious and almost every scene is classic, especially hoe the gang used the police badge and the whole concept of stealing bowling alley shoes was a great idea.

    A cop wanting to be a pro bowler was an excellent plot and really shows how comedic and fresh My Name is Earl is.Seeing Earl get bowled over was a terrific end to a terrific episode, Creepy Rodney being a hilarious character and Karma really working it's magic in the end, Joy ending up with the badge being a great choice and there are so many other hilarious scenes that make this episode a must-see.moreless
  • That's a very well written episode! I highlty recommend it!

    I watched this episode of My Name Is Earl last night, and I definitely enjoyed it! It was a very funny episode, especially watching all of the scenes in which Earl, Randy and Joy use the policeman's badge for different purposes! It was quite hilarious!

    I enjoyed the storyline. It was definitely a very good one, and I thought the transoition to demoted police officer to a professional gbowler was very funny and very exciting!

    All up, this eway was a very awesome episode! I would definitely recommend it, and it is episode's like this one in which I truly miss My Name Is Earl!moreless
Alan Conn

Alan Conn

Trailer Park Partier

Guest Star

Max Perlich

Max Perlich


Guest Star

Clint Howard

Clint Howard


Guest Star

Mike O'Malley

Mike O'Malley

Officer Stuart Daniels

Recurring Role

Abdoulaye N'Gom

Abdoulaye N'Gom

Nescobar A Lop Lop

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Near the end, when Joy approaches the badge, it seems to be upside-down from her perspective. But when she picks it up, it's upside-right.

    • Featured Music:
      "Sabotage" by Beastie Boys
      "Jump Around" by House Of Pain
      "I Put a Spell on You" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
      "Shining Star" by Earth, Wind & Fire

    • List Trivia:

      Introduced and crossed off in this episode
      #127 Stole a badge from a police officer.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Joy: (to Rodney) Hey, what'd you doing with my french fries? Spit em out! Spit em out!

    • Earl: (voiceover) Sometimes after a rain, Randy likes to come down to where the storm drain lets out into the river and look for what he calls treasure.
      Randy: (collects a dolls head with a net) Another dolls head, Earl! That makes four. Just think… if these were real heads this would be a terrible day.

    • Earl: (voiceover) And after we bowled, we enjoyed our favourite pastime; Stealing. We'd discovered that when people bowl they stash their wallets and other cool stuff in their street shoes. The only valuables you should ever keep in your shoes are your feet.

    • Randy: That's a policeman's badge, Earl.
      Joy: Shut up dummy, he knows what it is! (to Earl) What are you gonna do Earl? That's a policeman's badge…

    • Joy: Hey! What the hell are you doing, towing a car with the American flag on it? Are you part Taliban?

    • (Randy is scratching lottery tickets)
      Rodney: Hey buddy! How's the scratching going?
      Randy: You know, they say it's all the same but I really think side to side is faster than up and down.

    • Darnell: (after taking the badge off Rodney) I'm gonna use this for hassling white people to make up for 300 years of racial injustice. Or maybe I'll just use it for Halloween.
      Randy: Sorry Darnell, that's ours. But if it makes you feel any better, I'll use it to hassle some white people.

    • Earl: Well hello there, lady officer. I was out abiding laws today and I stumbled upon this badge and would like to return it to, uh, the policeman, or woman, from whence it dropped… off… of. Indeed.

    • Woman: There's no toilet paper in the ladies bathroom!
      Stuart: I'm sorry ma'am, that's not my jurisdiction. I'm a policeman, not a janitor. I'm here for crimes.
      Woman: Fine. Then the toilet paper's been stolen, I'd like to file a report.

    • (Randy and Earl pretend to pray, so Rodney can steal Earl's jacket and gun)
      Earl: (standing up after Rodney has gone) Good, he's got the gun. Nice acting, Randy. Randy?
      Randy: (still praying) And I want a puppy, but not just any puppy, a puppy that does tricks. And please make it warmer in the motel at night, or at least let me find my thick socks. And if it wouldn't freak people out too much, let me live forever. Amen.
      Earl: We're not getting a puppy, Randy.

    • Randy: Maybe we could get Stuart to be a hero by throwing him into that tank at the aquarium and make him wrestle an octopus.
      Earl: That wouldn't make him a hero Randy, unless the octopus was committing a crime. (Randy's eyes light up) We're not gonna start thinking of ways to get an octopus to commit a crime, cause that just has failure written all over it.

    • Randy: (Pretending to be a police officer) Could I have five lottery tickets, please? It's part of an investigation. And a sour pickle - we're looking into those, too.

    • Rodney: (Holding up the police badge) Ok, listen up! I want all the liquor in this bar loaded up in my trunk and everyone's gotta help carry. Except the ladies - they need to take their shirts off and slap each other.
      Earl: (voiceover) Creepy Rodney. No-one liked Rodney. He was the worst kind of thief. The kind that steals from other thieves...and doesn't shower.

    • Earl: Did somebody call in the cops?
      Security Officer: Wow, that was quick.
      Earl: Yeah, well, we got a really fast car with lights on the roof.

    • Neighbour: (Complaining about the noise) It's 1am, do you mind?
      Joy: This is a police operation, sir. Would you like to go to South America?

    • Earl: What kind of kid puts acorns in his shoes?
      Randy: A squirrel kid might. Except a squirrel kid doesn't wear shoes.

    • Earl: I can't believe it found its way back to us.
      Randy: It's like one of them crazy-ass Australian wooden frisbees. Get rid of it, Earl!

  • NOTES (3)


    • The scene at the beginning of the episode, where the badge is found, is an almost shot-for-shot reference to Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, when Gollum picks up the ring, complete with the same music.

    • While Earl and Randy are walking down the street and the song "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys is playing, Earl looks like one of the characters in the 70's styled police video. He sports the mustache and the cop glasses, slides across the car, and even puts a single red spinning light on top of his car.

    • While attempting to lure Rodney into committing a crime, Randy claims a make-believe crime will make him and Earl richer than "wha'choo talkin' about's" father. He is referring to the wealthy Mr. Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes, who took in the Jackson orphans. The younger one was played by Gary Coleman, whose catch phrase of "wha'choo talkin' about" made him an overnight star.