My Name Is Earl

Season 1 Episode 16

The Professor

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 09, 2006 on NBC
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Earl is nervous about returning a laptop computer he stole from a college professor, mostly because he is uncomfortable around smart people. When the professor turns out to be a beautiful woman, he feels even more ill at ease, until she flatters him and asks him to speak about his list in front of her class. Meanwhile, Randy experiences fraternity life and absolutely loves it.moreless

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  • Earl discovers that until he solves his Karma problem, he would not be able to find a steady girl to live with, even if he falls for a complete oposite.

    Earl, Eral, Earl. One begins to wonder if this Karma Journey will ever become dull and routinary, but "My Name is Earl" writters sure know how to add a twist every epesido or so. This time Earl is trying to cross out of his list a laptop he stole from a car. Only this time, on his way back to the college where the profesor who owns the PC, he screws a bus stop sign, adding another item to his list. The problem is that he keeps this one on hold until he gives the laptop back. Little did he know that karma will punish him for this and it shows when he discovers that the proffesor who owns the laptop is actually a gorgeous and intelligent lady. What makes this episode so unique is that we actually see another side of Earl, a guy who can fall for a girl and a girl who can fall for Earl, even if they are complete opposites. Also, this time the karma that slays Earl is sooo funny. This is one of my favorite episodes on season one.moreless
  • Earl tries to replce his list with a date

    I have no idea why Channel 7 is screwing with the order of episodes (1-2-9-8-4-16) but I'm glad they at least showed this episode because it is already one of my favourites.

    The way Earl acts around smart people is hilarious (he never does understand that silent k) and Randy in the fraternity has plenty of priceless moments.

    Karma becoming the enemy of Earl because he didn't fix the bus stop is very entertaining and Earl's speech is just as good.

    Whether it be the free stuff the guys get when another tenant dies or the screensaver confusion, there is no time in this episode where I wasn't laughing.moreless
  • I play the waiter who offers Earl some free shrimp kabobs. What a moment!

    Another great installment that is quickly establishing this show as a solid sitcom at a time when the genre is in dire need in showing relevance and life on the television landscape. Great ensemble cast and solid, sharp, intelligent direction support excellent writing that doesn't dumb-down its audience. So far, the guest stars have fit in well and Christine Taylor is no exception. She had great chemistry with "Earl" and didn't stick out as some "star" trying to cash in on a the hit-of-the-moment. The moral fiber of the show is presented with such wonderful comic flare, that it makes us all wince just a little bit more when we do something that just might come back to haunt us.moreless
  • Poor Earl will he never find happiness?

    A possible romance was on the horizon for the hero of our tale, unfortunately he didn't get his date as karma is aganst him.

    Yet another hilariuos episode of karma madness invloving Randy, Earl and a fraternity.

    A beautiful intelligent proffessor, who is a girl likes Earl, however Karma keeps on telling him that he doesn't deserve such a beautiful girl and that instead he should be fixing a bus stop.

    Meanwhile Randy enroles at a frat house and starts changing the rules involving the big paddle.moreless
  • Earl crosses another one off the list but this time it involves a professor

    This has been the best episode so far...the humour, timing and sense of slapstick was superb...congratulations to all...Earl goes from Strength to strength and I know that British audiences are loving it over here. I have been an avid fan since the beginning and I am impressed how they keep the concept fresh and I said, congrats to all
Christine Taylor

Christine Taylor

Alex Meyers

Guest Star

Kasan Butcher

Kasan Butcher

Frat Guy

Guest Star

Alan Conn

Alan Conn

Psychology Student

Guest Star

Noah Crawford

Noah Crawford

Young Earl

Recurring Role

George Frangides

George Frangides

Officer Bob Smiley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Where's Poncho? Aquarium is one of the default screensavers offered on Windows XP, but it does not feature Poncho.
      Background logo: When Randy uses the computer, it jumps to an actual Windows screen with a background resembling HP's logo, "Blue Sonic". Password needed or not? Later on, Randy complains about needing a password to see what was on the computer, even though it immediately jumped to a regular Windows screen before.
      Good batteries: At no time in the episode was the laptop ever plugged in for a recharge. That could be weeks or months, considering it was on Earl's list.

    • Featured Music:
      "Louie, Louie" by The Kingsmen
      "Teach Your Children" by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
      "Don't Fear The Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult
      "Hooch" by Everything

    • Earl's address as shown on the postcard:

      Earl Hickey
      The Palms Hotel Room #231
      9005 Lincoln Blvd.
      Camden USA

    • List Trivia:

      Introduced and crossed off in this episode
      #37 Stole laptop.
      #263 (new) Broke bus stop while looking for Poncho the blue fish.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Randy: These guys are so smart, Earl, they figured out how to put booze in food. 'Cept you can't eat too many or you pass out and they write "balls" on your forehead in permanent marker.

    • Earl: (voiceover) An amazing thing happened after class. We just kept walking and talking and we never ran out of stuff to say. It was like one of those movies where a guy meets a girl and they talk and laugh at each other's stories. I usually don't watch movies like that but I was starting to understand why people do.

    • Earl: Randy, I think she likes me; she asked me to go to a party. And we talked and we joked around; she even touched my arm.
      Randy: Really, how'd she do that?
      (Earl strokes Randy's forearm)
      Randy: It feels like she likes you.
      Earl: That's what I'm saying.
      Randy: Does this mean we're going to stay another night?
      (Earl strokes Randy's forearm again)
      Earl: Would you walk away from that?
      Randy: No way. I even like when you do it.

    • Phi Alpha Brother: Assume the positions.
      (Pledges turn around and bend over.)
      Randy: You want me to bend over so you can smack me with that paddle?
      Brother: Yeah.
      Randy: I like drinkin' and I love ridin' tricycles, but if someone hits me with a paddle I'm gonna knock 'em on their ass. I thought we were friends.
      Brother: We are. But... the older brothers did it to us when we were pledges so now it's our turn to torture somebody.
      Randy: If you want to get someone back why don't you paddle the guy who paddled you? Not some poor guys who didn't do anything to anyone.
      (Brothers start paddling each other as Randy and the other pledges watch.)
      Earl: (voiceover) Randy never thought he'd be so satisfied watching guys spank each other on the ass. But, as it turns out, he was.

    • Waiter: Shrimp Kebab?
      Earl: Yeah, how much for two?
      Waiter: They're free.
      Earl: Free shrimp, huh? College.

    • Earl: Hello. (students type) Did you just type what I just said? (students type again) This is kinda freaking me out.

    • Randy: (to Earl) I'm pledging. That means all these guys are gonna be my brothers. But, it's not like I have to get them Christmas presents or anything but maybe we'll have a secret Santa. If we do I hope I get Steve, he's got lots of interests and we wear the same size.

    • Randy: Make that fish thingy come back.
      Earl: I don't know how to.... I don't know how to do anything. (the screen saver come back on) Oh! There it is. I like the little blue one. Let's call him Poncho.
      Randy: I'm gonna type in shark and see if a shark comes out. (presses the keyboard and the screen saver disappears) Damnit, it's gone again!

    • (telling stories of his exploits to Alex's class)
      Earl: And usually the Air Force would shoot you for doing that, but they figured I was too drunk to remember what I saw. But as we all know now - they were wrong.

    • Randy: Says we need a password. I'll try carrot.
      Earl: Why carrot?
      Randy: Who would think of carrot?
      Earl: You did.
      Randy: You're right. I'll try carrot 88... no 89. Dammit! I can only think of things I can think of.

    • Earl: (to Alex) I can't be anyone's boyfriend. I'm karma's bitch.

    • Alex: Nice outfit
      Earl: Thanks. I borrowed it from a frat brother; which is why the pants smell like bong water. I also found Cheetos and a HoHo in one of the pockets.

    • (Alex kisses Earl on the cheek)
      Earl: We're staying.
      Randy: Yesss!
      Earl: Karma can do whatever it wants to me, I can take it.

    • Alex: You'd be my knight in shining armour if you came with me. Earl: You want me to go? Yeah, yeah, yeah, I could do that. Yeah, I could be your knight. I'd have to bring my sword. I didn't mean that dirty.

    • Earl: Professor Meyers is a woman.
      Randy: Is she hot?
      Earl: Not only is she hot, but she's way smart!
      Randy: Like a Stewardess?
      Earl: Way smarter!

    • Earl: (thinking) This wasn't the first time a woman kicked me in the cherries and called me a rat but it was the first time I didn't mind

    • Alex: (to college students) Next time I blow that whistle, it will be for a real rape. I promise.

    • Randy: I never thought of drinking beer upside down before.
      Earl: It tastes the same.
      Randy: Yeah, but it goes to your brain before it goes to your livers.

    • Catalina: Anyone wears a size thirteen?
      Earl: I'm a twelve, but an extra pair of socks should bridge that gap.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Bullwinkle J. Moose

      Earl: "Frostburg State University." Isn't that where Bullwinkle went to college?
      Randy: Went to Wossamotta U. Lived in Frostbite Falls.

      A reference to Bullwinkle J. Moose, one half (along with Rocket J. Squirrel) of the famous cartoon duo Bullwinkle and Rocky. As Randy stated, Bullwinkle was a graduate of Wossamotta University and a resident of Frostbite Falls, Minnesota.

    • When Earl is at the frat house and the bottle rocket whizzes by him, the frat brother calls him "Magnum P.I."

      This is in reference to Jason Lee's comments that his now infamous " 'stache" had overtaken Tom Selleck's as the "best" in TV history.

    • Randy: This is cool, like when that hobbit Rudy walked on campus for the first time

      This is in reference to the 1993 film Rudy. This was a based on a true story movie starring Sean Astin where his dream was to play for the Notre Dame football team. Sean Astin later played the Hobbit Sam Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.