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Earl Hickey was never one to care much about what consequences his actions had unto others, though after being hit by a car shortly after he won the lottery, he finds himself hospitalized while his lottery ticket is lost to the wind. While recovering in the hospital, he watches the Carson Daly show, and upon hearing Carson express that his good luck comes from Karma, in how he’s always treated others nicely, Earl decides that he must right his wrongs if he ever wishes to turn his life around. He creates a list of everything wrong he’s ever done and plans on making amends for all of them. He first decides to speak with a man named Kenny, whom he terrorized during their childhood.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 1ALJ79
Airdate: Tuesday September 20th, 2005

Director: Marc Buckland
Writer: Greg Garcia

Alternate Airdates:

DE (RTL) Jul 18, 2008

  • Currently 8.8/10
8.8/10 (4 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Carson Daly
As Himself
Trace Adkins
As Himself

Guest Stars
Dale Dickey
As Patty
Gregg Binkley
As Kenny James

Co-Guest Stars
Andy Pessoa
As Young Kenny
Frank Collison
As Kenny's Dad
Laura Gardner
As Kenny's Mom
Louis T. Moyle
As Dodge
Noah Crawford
As Young Earl
Patrick McCarthy
As Teacher
Trey Carlisle
As Earl Jr.
Episode Notes
During a robbery attempt, Earl, Randy, and Sonny are wearing Saddam Hussein, Dick Cheney, and Osama bin Laden masks.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
ErasureMake Me Smile 
Jane's AddictionBeen Caught Stealing 
Nena99 Luftballons 
Rob Base and DJ Easy RockIt Takes Two 
The WigglesThe Monkey Dance 

Episode Quotes
Randy: I think you're trying to sell a cat to a guy who fancies dogs. referring to Kenny’s sexual orientation

Patty: I tried, Earl. I did. Towards the end I even pulled out my good boob.

Earl: Ain't no use runnin' fool. I know where your momma parks her house.

Joy: I want half that lotto money, Earl.
Earl: Yeah? Well, I wanted a legitimate baby and a wife who didn't huff paint on thanksgiving, but I guess life's full of little disappointments. Now, ain't it?

Earl: Don't they have special bars for the queers? I'm sorry, homosexual Americans.

Catalina: Who is this Carson Daly? Is he some sort of spiritual leader? A holy man?
Randy: You've never seen TRL? You've got to start puttin' on some of these TV's when you're cleaning the toilets.

Cultural References
After Earl and Randy move into the hotel, Randy is on the bed watching H.R. Pufnstuf. H.R. Pufnstuf is a costumed children's program from the late 60's about a boy, Jimmy, on Living Island with his talking flute, Freddy.

Warning: My Name Is Earl season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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