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My Name Is Earl

Season 1 Episode 13

Stole P's HD Cart

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Jan 19, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Earl crosses another number off the list when he returns Pop's Wiener Hot Dog cart he and Ralph stole in their youth. The good deed does not last long as Ralph, who works for a competing franchise sets fire to Pop's cart. Earl now must set things right with a bizarre plan while recruiting Randy, Joy, Catalina and Darnell to assist him.moreless

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  • Ah, the crooked Hot Dog franchisers - the villains of the 21st century

    This episode was a terrific episode of Earl because it shows that Earl still wants to have the fun he used to, despite the flimsy plans and unbelievable excuses.

    Ralph is a very funny character and the fact that he burned down the cart right after helping bring it back was hilarious and he may just be stupider than Randy, though he does know when to flee.

    I found the typing test scenes hilarious, as we see just how crazy the gang really are aswell as the entertaining elevator scene where Earl doesn't understand certain expressions like "we never had this conversation" and overall, the episode shows a Robin Hood side of Earl with an ending so bizarre, you just have to love Ralph (and his severed toe).moreless
  • THIS was a great episode. From the setup, to the execution to the cast and guest stars, it all came together. Joy and Darnell (Crab-man) played well into the episode and the references to Earl's "crack" team of theives when they are such bumbling foolsmoreless

    I really liked this episode. It brought so many aspects of the show into focus and showed what the series is all about. Earl says he is trying to be a better man but like the saying "it is hard to soar like an eagle when you are surrounded by turkeys", Earl always struggles as he gets help from his dysfunctional family and friends. But they mean well.

    I loved Giovanni Ribisi as a member of "the gang". He played it just right and was hilarious. When he asked about cutting off his pinky toe and Earl started telling him it was not a good idea then realized it was too late, it was very funny. Ribisi's comments about thinking he was such a pro at stealing ("this is what I do") while doing it all wrong was also really good. After setting fire to the hot dog stand then turning to its owner and offering to buy him a dance at a local club (thus showing how clueless he was about the wrongness of his actions) really showed a lot about that character. His biggest goof, with the copier, was just classic comedy.

    Joy and Darnell really shined in this episode too. Joy's face when she gave Darnell the tainted hot dog (I won't say more) was exactly right. Darnell passing out office supplies like the actor did in his commercials was also good.

    I just thoroughly enjoyed this episode.moreless
  • Giovianni Ribisi!

    What a great show:

    I like how doing one good deed on Earl's list always branches off into something bigger. And talking about bigger.......in comes Giovianni Ribisi. I totally love his name.

    Earl wants to cross something off his list but his going to steal to be able to fully make up for the pain that he caused.

    Overall, another great episode.
  • Very well done. The show develops a thoughtful series of complex interactions and smoothly bring them all to a close in a cohesive way. The redheaded clerk at the file cabinet was exceptional in the way she conveyed her thoughts through facial expressiomoreless

    MNIE continues to deliver humourous and well executed plots with great contributions from all cast members. It is interesting to note the way Earl must also carry the weight of his dysfunctional friends around his neck as he tries to right the wrongs of his past. Somehow, he manages to cross the items off his list in spite of the constant threat of being 'undone' by his compadres. This is a very sophisticated theme delivered through a 'trailer trash' medium. The 'Pops Hot Dog' episode has the nice touch of helping the little guy and taking a shot at corporate greed and corruption. The redheaded clerk at the file cabinet was exceptional in the way she conveyed her thoughts through facial expressions and closing the drawer. Good job.moreless
  • It's like Ghostbusters, but busting bad Karma instead.

    This was an absolutely wonderful episode... The only person they were missing was the old voice-box guy!

    What was witnessed here was the assembly of the MNIE (My Name Is Earl) crew, obviously working as Karma-busters. Each performing good things for their own reasons, Earl's being the only one to do with Karma.

    And it had Kenny, you gotta love Kenny.
Joe Howard

Joe Howard


Guest Star

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Mark Christopher Lawrence

Jack Knox

Guest Star

Terence Bernie Hines

Terence Bernie Hines


Guest Star

Giovanni Ribisi

Giovanni Ribisi

Ralph Mariano

Recurring Role

Gregg Binkley

Gregg Binkley

Kenny James

Recurring Role

Trey Carlisle

Trey Carlisle

Earl Jr.

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: The owner of "Winky Dinky Dogs, Mr. Covington, was presumably named after Hunter Covington, who was the script coordinator on "My Name Is Earl" and later wrote some episodes for the series.


    • Featured Music:
      "Race With The Devil" by Stray Cats
      "Outa-Space" by Billy Preston
      "Let's Work Together" by Canned Heat
      "Battle Without Honor or Humanity" by Tomoyasu Hotei
      "I Just Want To Celebrate" by Rare Earth

    • List Trivia:

      Introduced in this episode
      #159 Stole P's HD Cart. (Stole Pop's Hot Dog Cart)

      Crossed off in this episode
      #159 Stole P's HD Cart. (Stole Pop's Hot Dog Cart)

      Items shown in this episode
      #126 Helped myself to the tip jar at the Crab Shack.
      #146 Kicked in drum set.
      #148 Accidentally neutered Joy's breeding dog.
      #149 Screwed up Joy's baby ...
      #150 Fix Randy.
      #151 Beat up Joy's ... internet friend.
      #152 Told Joy Bruce Willis was a ghost.
      #155 Sold Joy's ...
      #156 Told Joy Dan Dadd messed himself on the golf course.
      #157 Gave Joy 23 hidden in pictures .
      #158 Made Randy steal electronics and got caught ...

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Earl Jr: I'm five. There's only four candles.
      Joy: I know how old you are honey. Look one, two, three, four, (sticks her cigarette in the cake as a candle) five.

    • (Darnell is dressed as a magician at Earl Jr's Party)
      Darnell: (pulls out a card) Was this your card?
      Randy: No…
      Darnell: (pulls out another card) Was this your card?
      Randy: No…
      Darnell: (pulls out another card) Was this your card?
      Randy: I think you told me to pick a colour.
      Darnell: Was it green?
      Randy: I forget.

    • (Ralph is burning down the hot dog cart)
      Earl: Ralph, what the hell you doing?!?
      Ralph: Hey I knew you'd be mad buddy but I couldn't cut you in. Winky Dinky only paid me 175 bucks this time and I couldn't figure out how to evenly divide that between two people.

    • Earl: I know you hired my buddy to burn down Pop's cart and you're gonna pay the $10,000 to replace it or I'm going to the police.
      Manager: But when you go to the police, are you gonna tell them you stole his cart the first time?
      Earl: No I'm not. Actually I'd rather the whole thing didn't come up.
      Manager: Well I suggest you don't go to the police.
      Earl: Then give me $10,000.
      Manager: Nope.
      Earl: Then I'm gonna go to the… (the manager smiles smugly) Damnit!

    • (at Winky Dinky HQ)
      Randy: Look at this… Life in the city. You can do anything and be anything. You think they'd mind if I slid across the shiny floor in my socks?
      Earl: I wouldn't start it but I guess if you saw someone else doing it you could join in.

    • Earl: Hey I typed a real word… Flirp! That's a word isn't it?

    • Randy: (Head on the keyboard) Look Kenny; I'm sleeping and the TV screen is doing Z like I'm sleeping.

    • (after Kenny hands in Ralph's typing test as his own)
      Recruitment Lady: This appears to be just a list of all the swear words you know.
      Kenny: I have a lot of anger.

    • Joy: No way. I am not gonna bust my ass to steal this big ass copy machine.
      Ralph: No, look its gonna be worth it. I got a guy in Korea town wants to rig it to counterfeit money. He said he's gonna pay us 10 grand in $20 bills for it.
      Earl: I don't know Ralph. I-I - lets just stick to our plan.
      Randy: Yeah I found a box of pencils, they look like pens but they're pencils. See? (holds one up) Looks like a pen… it's a pencil!

    • Fred: What the hell is going on?
      Earl: Fred. You're never gonna believe this but when I got here this morning that copier was already wedged in the doorway. So I called these people to help me with it.
      Fred: How did you get in the room in the first place if the door was already blocked off?
      Joy: Well actually that happened while we were sleeping.
      Darnell: Yeah asleep... and that bottle of pee pee on the table was already there too.

    • (about Ralph's severed toe in a cooler)
      Randy: Look Earl, it looks like a little peanut. A little peanut with a toe nail.

    • Ralph: How about this; I cut off my pinky toe and put it in a winky dinky hot dog then we'll get $10,000 to replace Pop's Hot Dog cart?

    • Earl: I didn't break up the gang.
      Ralph: Yeah, you did.
      Earl: We're still a gang.
      Joy: You call this a gang? How many other gangs you know have a damn magician?

    • Boss: What the hell is going on?
      Earl: You're not going to believe this but when I got here this morning, that copier was already wedged in the doorway, so I called these people to help me with it.

    • Catalina: (to Earl) You' re never going to make $10 000 dollars selling rubberbands, unless you have some syringes and arm candy to go with em.

    • (Earl confesses to stealing Pop's cart)
      Joy: I can't believe you did that.
      Randy: Yeah, taking away Pop's hotdogs from Camden County is like taking chicken wings out of Syracuse.
      Ralph: I think it's Buffalo, buddy.
      Randy: Buffalo?
      Ralph: Yeah.
      Randy: ...No, no, I think it's chicken.
      Joy: It is. It's chicken. Spicy chicken.

    • Randy: I don't like to complain about free food but this hotdog taste like zoo.

    • Earl: This is special circumstance, Catalina. I'm stealing for a good reason. Just like...uuh...Robin Hood.
      Randy: Yeah. I like him. The guy with the green pantyhose, right? I like his little hummingbird girlfriend Tinkerbell, she gets so jealous.

    • Winky Dinky Dogs Manager: You geniuses want to make $200?
      Ralph: Yeah buddy. The only thing is if it involves math or spelling or anything like that we might need a little extra time cause we not really like the geniuses you think we are.

  • NOTES (3)


    • The slow motion group walk was first made popular from an early scene in Quentin Tarantino's movie, Reservoir Dogs. The music was popularized in Tarantino's later movie, Kill Bill Vol. 1, when O-Ren Ishii, played by Lucy Liu, makes her slow motion walk with her entourage.

    • Randy: It's just like when Ted from Bill and Ted put on his magic sunglasses...

      Bill and Ted are two dim-witted teens who come across a phone booth that allows them to travel through time in the 1989 film "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" and the 1991 film "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey".

    • Randy: ...and went into the matrix.

      The matrix is a computer generated virtual construct designed to keep the minds of humans busy as artificially intelligent robots harvest and use their bodies as a source of power in the 1999 film The Matrix and its sequels.

      This is another case of Randy's mixing allusions. Both Ted and the guy in the Matrix are played by actor Keanu Reeves.

    • Randy: I like his little hummingbird girlfriend Tinkerbell, she gets so jealous.

      Tinkerbell is the fairy found in the fictional play and novel called Peter Pan which was written by J.M. Barrie.

      Randy had Peter Pan and Robin Hood mixed up because they both are known to wear green tights.

    • Earl: This is special circumstance, Catalina. I'm stealing for a good reason. Just like...uuh...Robin Hood.

      Robin Hood is in reference to the English folk hero who stole from the rich to give to the poor.

    • OfficeMax "Rubberband Man":

      When Earl and the Gang are on the job, Darnell pushes a cart of office supplies as homage to the "Rubberband Man" role Eddie Steeples played on OfficeMax commercials.