My Name Is Earl

Season 2 Episode 5

Van Hickey

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 19, 2006 on NBC
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Earl tries to make amends with Tom (number 50), the older man they let be the lead singer in his band but then kicked out before their first performance. While trying to arrange a reunion show, Earl must also deal with Number 51, "slept with Ralph's mom".moreless

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  • funniest episode to date. The Story twists and turns perfectly. It maintainns a level of silliness but not at the expense of the plot or the dialogue.

    I want to say right off the bat that if there is anyone who has seen this epsiode and not liked it they can't call themselves My Name Is Earl fans. This episode is exactly what Earl is all about; the crazy characters (Ralph), the long running jokes (Randy allways livig with Earl), and the raunchy humor (Earl going all the way with Ralph's mom) blend perfectly into a humor packed 1/2 an hour. The maniac friend of Earl's, Ralph, is given a bigger role in this episode which is good because no one else would have been believeable in telling earl that he was going to kill him. The scene where Ralph is preparing to attempt to seduce Earl's mom will go down as one of my favorite television moments of the year. Great Episodemoreless
  • Earl's shortlived band causes complications on his list

    This episode is brilliant and hilarious, both list items being introduced in a classic Earl fashion, having an old guy join the band only to be kicked out before their first and only gig and the same old guy letting slip that Earl slept with another band member's mother while reading the list.

    Ralph is a great character and this episode is no exception with brilliant moments such as him threatening to kill Earl and then forcing him down the aisle and then forcing him to hook up with his mum again.

    Once again, My Name is Earl proves to be one of the funniest shows on television.moreless
  • Earl tries to make amends with Tom (number 50), the older man they let be the lead singer in his band but then kicked out before their first performance. While trying to arrange a reunion show Earl must also deal with Number 51, "Slept with Ralph's mmoreless

    This episode was extra hilarious with the return of Ralph, one of Earl's friends. Ralph is the perfect example of a crazy redneck, who also like to hang out in tiger print bikini underwear. He is so clever, but never really thinks things through completely leading to eventual disaster.

    I like that such a silly show makes me think. I honestly was wondering through the episode, "How is Earl going to get seperated from Ralph's mom?" The eventual outcome was not only funny, but also somewhat sweet in that Ralph gets the father figure he always wanted and his mother gets the husband she has been wishing for.

    Definitley worth watching again.moreless
  • Ralpho is back in the gang. Earl gets an old man to front a band and tries to rectify sleeping with Ralphs mom.

    I think season 2 of My Name is Earl is getting full of too much sex. But other than the sleazy part of the episode when Ralph tries to sleep with Earl\'s mom it was a good episode.


    Always great to see this character. An endearing criminal. But hated when the writers had him try to sleep with Earl's mom.

    Earl's list:

    Nice double whammy with the old man and Ralph\'s mom. In true My Name is Earl fashion the two things come togethere in the end.

    Phish Tahko:

    The old man was great, I remember him from Friends as the creepy neighbour.


    Good episode with a nice ending. Missed Joy though.moreless
  • Some hilarious lines underscore the show's great writing.

    This is the funniest episode of My Name is Earl to date. I'm glad the focus returns to Earl's list, and the ongoing subplot concerning Joy's legal troubles is downplayed.

    There is a disturbing proliferation of scenes in which Ralph is wearing little more than a speedo. Despite that, Giovanni Ribisi turns in another entertaining performance.

    Otherwise, though, the two plots/list items are woven together well, and their ultimate convergence provides a good laugh. Earl is able to kill two birds with one stone, as it were, by introducing Ralph's mom and Tom to each other. This format reminds me of the elaborate interlacing of subplots in Seinfeld.

    Great episode!moreless
Beth Grant

Beth Grant

Mrs. Mariano

Guest Star

Bill Erwin

Bill Erwin

Old Man playing Ping Pong

Guest Star

Larry Hankin

Larry Hankin

Tom Sparks

Guest Star

Giovanni Ribisi

Giovanni Ribisi

Ralph Mariano

Recurring Role

Nancy Lenehan

Nancy Lenehan

Kay Hickey

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • (Re-)Introduced in this episode

      #49 Been wasteful. (Previously introduced in episode "Quit Smoking")
      #50 Kicked the lead singer out of my band.
      #51 Slept with Ralph's mom.

      Crossed off in this episode

      #50 Kicked the lead singer out of my band.
      #51 Slept with Ralph's mom.

    • Frankenstein, the song that Earl's band is seen playing both times, has no vocals.

    • Here are the excuses Earl uses to avoid consummating his marriage to Ralph's mom:

      1)He just ate a big meal and his doctor told him he has to wait three hours before swimming or humping.
      2)A bunch of birds attacking a squirrel on the lawn.
      3)The string came out of his sweatpants.
      4)The Chinese are on the march.
      5)He's on hold with Mike from Bombay, who's trying to walk him through the new toaster.
      6)Randy got out.
      7)He has to drive three counties over to buy some rubbers.

    • Featured Music:
      "Frankenstein" by Edgar Winter Group
      "Whiskey River Take My Mind" by Trick Pony
      "Give A Little Bit" by Supertramp
      "Mr. Roboto" by Styx
      "No Sugar Tonight" by The Guess Who

  • QUOTES (7)

  • NOTES (3)


    • Catalina mentions that her brother killed her father because men don't like it when someone sleeps with their mother. This could be a reference (intentional or not) to the Greek tragedy "Oedipus Rex" by Sophocles.

      The title character, Oedipus, kills his father and marries his mother. Someone with an Oedipus complex has unconscious desires towards the mother, which often translates into jealousy and wishes for the father's death.