My Name Is Earl

Season 1 Episode 10

White Lie Christmas

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 06, 2005 on NBC
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Episode Summary

As the holiday season comes under way a few secrets are exposed when Earl attempts to cross number 74 off of his list: "Always ruined Joy's Christmas." Earl, Randy and Catalina enter a radio contest to win a brand new car for Joy to make up for all of the thoughtless Christmas presents Earl gave her while they were married. While Randy and Catalina vie over the car, Earl finds out that Joy's parents believe that he's still their son-in-law and that he's just returned from the war in Iraq. Joy is afraid to tell her father, an alleged racist, that she is now married to Darnell, so Earl plays the part, afraid of ruining another one of her Christmases.moreless

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  • Only Earl could ruin Christmas that bad... or maybe not

    This episode was yet another great episode of Earl, all of the lies piling on top of themselves as the episode progressed as we find out Joy's mother sent her parents broke, Joy's father has a second family, Catalina is an illegal immigrant and that Joy's parents think Earl's still their son-in-law home from Iraq.

    All of these lies are very entertaining and Darnell's reactions were very amusing throughout the episode and we realise that even though Christmas Eve was ruined, Christmas Day remained okay, meaning Joy had a christmas that wasn't just gifts of condoms or lost keys which is a satisfying ending to an episode with a lot of twists.moreless
  • One Lie, Becomes Your Life

    In this episode we learn alot of people in Joy's family and Joy herself lie alot. Like when Joy told her parents that Crabman's son was Earl just a back words abiono thats one of the funniest things ive ever heard. Also, with Joy's mom not being handicapped and her having a gambling problem and sells Earls car that was great. So in this ep. we learn that it is never write to lie which is a great morel.moreless
  • Many Lies

    Great episode:

    Pretending to your parents that your still married to your ex husband, so they would not find out that your now married to a black man.....typical episode for My Name is Earl.....but they do it so well, you can only laugh.

    Somewhere down the line I see Earl and Joy getting back together, although they were married before and he messed her life up, which is why her name is on the list so many times, but she pops up too often and I have a gut feeling.

    It was fun seeing the entire family have secrets being kept from each other, they should go on Maury or Jerry Springer.

    Overall, great episode.moreless
  • Great episode

    It was very nostalgic to see Blake Clark in the trailer park again (for those of you who don't know, he and Ethan Suplee both played trailer park residents on Boy Meets World back in the day). My favorite part had to be when Joy found out that her dad didn't hate black people, but that he was just trying to prevent her from dating her half-brother. Can you get more white-trash than that!? Really a great episode.moreless
  • funny

    really funny i liked it because it was funny i dont know why i am writting this i just want to watch the epasode so i have to write some nonsence thingy i think so i am talking to my self just making more owrds so i can watch the epasode like the rest of u!
Blake Clark

Blake Clark

Joy's Dad

Guest Star

Harland Williams

Harland Williams

Radio Contest Announcer

Guest Star

Brett Butler

Brett Butler

Joy's Mom

Guest Star

Trey Carlisle

Trey Carlisle

Earl Jr.

Recurring Role

Louis T. Moyle

Louis T. Moyle


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Featured Music:
      "Santa Baby"
      "Don't Let Go" by Roy Hamilton
      "O Christmas Tree" by The Chipmunks
      "Jingle Bells"
      "Twas The Night Before Christmas"
      "A Holly Jolly Christmas" by Burl Ives

    • We learn that Catalina is an illegal alien.

    • Joy's parents are supposed to be the #1 distributor of waterbeds in the area. But if you look inside their store, there isn't a single waterbed anywhere.

    • In the flashback where Earl goes on a beer run, we see he (or Joy) owns a cat. However, we learnt from the end of the previous episode that Earl is allergic to cats.

    • List Trivia:

      Introduced in this episode
      #73 Accidentally started a forest fire.
      #74 Always ruined Joy's Christmas.
      #75 Took wine from church.
      #76 Borrowed Mom's car.

      Crossed off in this episode
      #74 Always ruined Joy's Christmas.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Randy: This is for a family at Christmas! You know, "Feliz Navi-blah!"
      Catalina: That means nothing.
      Randy: To you, maybe, but in America that means "Christmas" in Mexican.

    • Buzz: (to Earl) Did you bring home any of that Middle Eastern sand with you? Check your shoes son, cause you can sell that stuff on the internet you know. I bought a towel from a sailor's bathroom, it had a dove on it. Can you believe that? A dove. That hypocritical son of a bitch.

    • Joy: (opens present) Oh my god! Oh my god! (Finds keys in the box) Wait, these are my keys...
      Earl: I know. I found 'em.

    • Joy: (finds condoms in the gift box) How are these for me?
      Earl: They're flavoured. Merry Christmas.

    • Joy is jumping up and down on a waterbed
      Joy: Oh yeah. Give it to me Earl. Give it to me like you gave it to those terrorists. Oh yeah!

    • (Darnell enters the room)
      Joy: Oh, my God, it's a Negro, we're being robbed.

    • Earl: Why the wheelchair? Seems unnecessary.
      Connie: I sprained my ankle a few months ago, and I got used to being pushed around.

    • Connie: (to Joy's father) Remember when I told you to sign over the business to me in case something bad happens?
      Mr. Darville: Yeah?
      Connie: Something bad happened.

    • Joy's Father: Connie, you're walking?
      Connie: It's a Christmas miracle.

    • Joy: Momma, Daddy, he's been gone for months, and a wife's has her needs. So
      if you will excuse us. (to Earl) Take me to the bedroom.
      Earl: (with a confused look) What?
      Joy: Take me to the bedroom. (force a smile)
      Buzz: Go on son. You've earned it.
      Earl: Thanks. (carries Joy to the bedroom)

    • Joy's Mother: (Upon admitting her gambling addiction) Don't you judge me!

    • Randy: We did it Catalina, we won. Joy's gonna get a her car.
      Catalina: Joy? I'm not doing this for Joy. I hate Joy.
      Randy: I thought we were doing this together? You know, like a team?
      Catalina: I never said that. When I win this car, I'm keeping it.
      Randy: Catalina, winning this car for Joy, it's my Christmas present to Earl. This is for a family. At Christmas. You know, "Feliz Naviblah"?
      Catalina: That means nothing.
      Randy: To you, maybe, but in American that means "Christmas" in Mexican.

    • Joy: Not everybody is trying to change the world, Earl. Some of us are just trying to get our fair taste of a waterbed business when our parents kick the bucket.

    • Earl: I learned a valuable lesson that night. If you're gonna try to fly a bicycle, you better make sure E.T. Is sitting in your basket instead of a 12 pack of beer.

    • Randy: You can't come between us. We're Chinese twins.

    • Joy: You know how traditional my parents are. If they found out I got divorced and married a black man, they'd crap in a sock.

    • Earl: Turns out Darnell was fine with it. While Joy's parents were in town, he was staying at the nativity scene down at the local church, since there wasn't room for him at his own double wide inn.

    • Darnell: Thanks Earl. It's cold outside in that manger. I don't know how Jesus did it.

    • Earl: For a woman who spent four days on a raft to get to America, Catalina was surprisingly sensitive to the sun.

    • Joy: Why'd you flip out when I wanted to go out with that black guy in high school?
      Buzz: Because that particular black guy was your half-brother... one of them.

    • Joy: Earl, if Daddy finds out about Darnell, I won't get a penny in his will. He found out I was gonna go on a date with a black guy in high school and he threatened to take away all my white blue jeans.
      Earl: And Darnell is ok with this? He doesn't care if his wife's father is a racist?
      Joy: Darnell is fine with it. Look not everybody is trying to change the world Earl. Some of us are just trying to get our fair taste of a waterbed business when our parents kick the bucket.

    • Earl: What the hell is going on? Why are your parents still calling me son?
      Joy: They think we're still married.
      Earl: What?!
      Joy: Shhh!!! You know how traditional my parents are! If they found out I got divorced and married a black man, they'd crap in a sock. They think of me as their little angel. Now come on, help me splash around on the waterbed make it sound like we're doing it.

    • Earl: We should go on a beer run; are we okay to drive?
      Randy: I know a good way to find out. If I can steer that remote control car in the living room without crashing, were ok.
      Earl: Randy that's the cat.
      Randy:(squinting at the cat) We shouldn't drive.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Earl: If you're gonna try to fly a bicycle, you better make sure E.T. is sitting in your basket instead of a 12 pack of beer.

      E.T. was a film directed by Steven Spielberg, released in 1982, and staring an alien with the same name. E.T. was able to heal and levitate objects.