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.