My Name Is Earl

Season 3 Episode 3

The Gangs of Camden County

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 04, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

In order to earn a certificate for a month time off his sentence, Earl must end the war between two rival gangs at prison. Meanwhile, Randy is looking for ways to join Earl in prison and finally finds one: becoming a prison guard.

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  • What Have They Done?

    Earl is offered a deal to receive a lesser sentence if he can resolve problems between rival gangs. But, he finds the task harder than he expected, as the leaders of the gangs are lovers. Meanwhile, Randy looks for ways to join Earl in prison. What have they done to this show, season one and season two were amazing but now...! It's went so silly, it really it painfull to watch. This episode has to be the worst episode I have ever seen in my life. They have just wrecked the whole show for me. After this episode, I have not watched another and I dont plan to either.moreless
  • Two guys kiss! Gross!

    I have nothing against gay people, or actors pretending to be gay but this episode caught my wife and I off guard. The story is funny...sort-of. Let me explain. Earl is in prison, as you know, and the guy that played "Coach" is the prison leader guy. Now, prison leader guy is not the correct term for his position..ahh yes...the warden. The warden offers Earl time off his sentence if he can get the prison gangs to stop fighting. Earl does his best, and soon finds out that the two prison gang leaders turned gay after Earl gave them lots of balls and everything. His solution to stop the fighting is two give them lots of balls to play with, so that they don't fight over who has the one lonely ball. Speaking of lonely balls, the two dudes french kiss out of nowhere....and it's a close-up. It happens very quickly, and if your not used to seeing it on's pretty gross. To top it off Earl wants to get the heartbroken gay prison dudes back together, so he's sneaky about it. He rubs one guys sweaty shirt all over the other dudes pillow so that he will smell his lover all over it and miss him. Next he gives one guy a "push-up" ice cream, so that the other guy can become entranced by him licking it. Yeah....I know right.

    On a positive note...the scene about Randy's reaction time when told he is about to be smacked is hilarious.

    I guess this season just feels to different for me. It's in a prison, and now Randy is there as a guard, and it's losing it's core for me. It's still sometimes ridiculously hilarious, but I hope Earl gets out soon. My name is Matthew.moreless
  • Hilarious concepts all around!

    This episode is fantastic, with so many funny moments from the prison time coupons, to Earl's suggestion about balls, to the bulk of the plot with the great plot twist. Coming out of nowhere, it was hilarious, and the breakup was quite funny, as was Earl's attempts at reuniting the gang leaders. It was a very funny plot, with great jokes spread throughout such as Roy and the warden.

    Perhaps even funnier is Randy's subplot where he becomes a guard, the 55% being the highest guard score ever being a great ending to the storyline. Randy trying to commit crimes was great as was the cop's reaction to his grafiti which prompted a punch in the face, and Randy studying.

    Overall, this is a fantastic episode and just because Earl is in jail it hasn't slowed the series down at all... yet.moreless
  • Earl tries to get a lesser time sentence in prison. Randy tries to be a security guard to join his brother. Gang wars develope into a love story.

    First off, I'm not a huge fan of My Name Is Earl, I prefer NBC's other comedy shows like The Office and 30 Rock. But this is one special series and it's ideas are tough to tackle. The new season has begun with a bang and it's previous one-hour opener was great. This however exceeds that episode in every way. The reason I love this episode so much is because of Earl's ways to get things done. This time, he has to stop the African and Latino Gangs and then learns that two men from each gang are in a homosexual relationship. It's kind of hard to talk and laugh about something that serious on national television. But instead of making the episode dumb, the writers made the plot witty and hilarious. In other words, this is one great episode.moreless
  • witty observations and heartfelt characters

    Another genuinely funny episode of the superbly funny and often innovative show. Again Earl proves that this is one series that deserves another season through witty observations and heartfelt character depictions. Continuing to fly in the face of political correctness, a brave portrayal of homosexual relationships behind bars is spoofed through amusing and wry writing. It is always refreshing see a stereotype challenged through a joke especially when the laughter is not directed at the subject matter but through it. Paraphrasing an episode quote, unlike Randy the show's creators certainly do not 'have the reactions of a snake in winter!'moreless
Rigo Sanchez

Rigo Sanchez


Guest Star

Page Kennedy

Page Kennedy


Guest Star

Doug Wax

Doug Wax


Guest Star

Craig T. Nelson

Craig T. Nelson

Warden Jerry Hazelwood

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • The song the warden can be seen playing on Guitar Hero III is "Avalancha" by Héroes Del Silencio.

    • Featured Music
      "Great Balls Of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis (Gang fights)
      Unknown song (Closing scene)

    • Jamal's prisoner number is 02581-733, Hector's is 03488-693.

    • Prison signs seen in this episode include:
      - This unit has been assault free for [0] days.
      - Friends don't let friends shiv.
      - In the general visitation room. Not for conjugal.

    • Earl was convicted in a state court at the county level for the crime of kidnapping and false imprisonment, which are state charges unless a state line is crossed thus bringing those crimes under Federal jurisdiction. In this episode we find out that Earl has been sentenced to a Federal prison, based on Randy's uniform which clearly reads Federal Department of Corrections. A state judge has no authority to sentence anyone to a Federal lockup for a state crime. Earl would have had to have been tried in a Federal court, which he clearly was not.

    • The warden is seen playing "Guitar Hero III" (as seen on the distinctive wireless guitar) before he is given the job with the National Guard, which was dated September 10, 2001. "Guitar Hero III" was not released until October 2007. The first "Guitar Hero" was released in 2005.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Joy: Is this a full time job that'll get you outta the house so I don't have to see you sittin' on my couch all the time like an uncooked biscuit?
      Randy: Yes, and part of what you just said hurt my feelin's.

    • Joy: I had to go bail out this dummy and miss my Brazilian wax. If I go into labor now I'm gonna be all stubbly on my home video.
      Randy: I didn't ask you to bail me out, you could've gone to Brazil if you wanted.

    • Earl: Randy, I want you to look at Joy and find one nice thing to say about her... go on.
      Randy: Well, I suppose she does have a nice rack.
      Joy: (pleased) Was that so hard?
      Earl: Now, Joy, you say something nice about Randy.
      Joy: Well, he has been rememberin' more to flush the toilet, especially after a big job.

    • Joy: Randy, they're not going to send you to prison for slappin' a cop. And even if they did, you know the odds you'd be sent to the same place as Earl?
      Randy: Seven?

  • NOTES (3)


    • West Side Story
      The forbidden love between Hector and Jamal is parallel to that of Maria and Tony of the musical "West Side Story". They are associated with enemy Puerto Rican and white gangs.