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My Name Is Earl: Cost Dad the Election

Earl sets out to mend his relationship with his father Carl by trying to cross number four off of his list: "blew dad's chance to be elected mayor." Four years prior, Carl ran for mayor to oppose the other candidate's plan to redirect airplane traffic away from the affluent part of town and towards Carl's neighborhood. His campaign was going very well, until a misunderstanding between Earl and a police officer was caught on tape and broadcast as the opposing candidate's campaign commercial.

Now Earl submits his father's name to run again, even though Carl is adamant that he does not want to be mayor. Earl, Randy, and Catalina recruit unregistered voters to boost Carl's numbers, hoping to win not only the election for Carl, but also a relationship with his father for Earl.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x9
Production Number: 1ALJ08
Airdate: Tuesday November 22nd, 2005

Director: Chris Koch
Writer: Bobby Bowman

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Guest Stars
Beau Bridges
As Carl
Bill Suplee
As Willie
Nancy Lenehan
As Kay Hickey
Cameron Clapp
As Didi's Boyfriend
Kipp Shiotani
As Marty Park
Niecy Nash
As Ronda

Co-Guest Stars
Anthony De Marco
As 4 Year Old Earl
Frank Collison
As Male Guest
George Frangides
As Cop
Jack Axelrod
As Electrolarynx Guy
Laura Gardner
As Female Guest
Noah Crawford
As Young Earl
Phoenix Smith
As Young Randy
Tracy Ashton
As Didi
Todd Holland
As Ex-Con
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Creedence Clearwater RevivalFortunate Son 
Eddy Grant (1)Electric Avenue 
Nick DrakeTime Has Told Me 
Stevie WonderHigher Ground 
Wall of VoodooMexican Radio 

Episode Quotes
Earl: And as handi-capable as one legged Didi was, her no legged boyfriend was handi-capabler.

Catalina: How many times did this robot guy hit you with that sign?
Earl: I don't know. I blacked out after about seven. Still can't figure out why he took my boots. Seems like a pointless crime.

Randy: Man I wish I had robot legs or robot hands. Robot hands would be cool with like a knife finger and a spoon and a fork finger and a toothbrush finger and a comb finger and a bottle opener finger and a flashlight finger and a screw driver finger, but regular thumbs. Ya gotta have regular thumbs.

Earl: Whether it was getting behind Ford, McGovern, Carter, or the metric system, my father was always on the losing side of things.

Randy: Was it my fault we got caught?
Earl: Of course it was your fault. I was half way down the block with the basket of money and you tripped over your damn dress. I told ya to go as a priest, but no, you thought it would be funny to dress as a nun. If you'd just listen to me instead of worrying so much about trying...
(They both start laughing.)
Randy: It's funny, isn't it? Is it funny?
Earl: Yeah, it's funny.
Randy: I told you. It's because I'm a man, but I'm dressed like a woman.

Cop: Ma'am, I'm gonna need you to get back in your vehicle. I don't want to use my Taser.
Joy: Oh please, put your little ray gun away.
Randy: Shoot her!
Earl: No, no, no, don't. Don't shoot her!
Randy: Shoot her!
Cop: Get back in your vehicle, miss. I will Tase you.
Joy: I wish you would Tase me. I'll sue your ass so fast you... (Joy gets Tased.)

Earl: How can you hate me, but you'll gamble for marshmallows with Randy?
Earl's Mom: Well there's a difference between you two. See one of you's band and one of you's simple and Earl, you're bad.
Randy: What am I?

Catalina: I'm sure your parents will forgive you eventually. Your mom's sweet and Carl has a very good heart.
Earl: Have you been there too?
Catalina: Ah,...no.

Randy: If dad was mayor, we'd get to wear top hats and sashes and judge beauty contests.
Earl: That's Monopoly, Randy.

Rhonda Gibbs: Mr. Hickey, your views on transportation infrastructure?
Earl: One time my dad mad his own driveway sealer out of maple syrup and ground up glass. Randy tried it on pancakes. That's another story.

Randy: Now don't misunderstand the cookie. We like air travel. We just don't like planes flying over our heads. It's all on the back of the cookie.

Randy: Dad, the photographer from the newspaper's here. We gotta hurry though. A chicken truck tipped over on the interstate.

(Gives Earl some money.)
Carl: Here ya go fella. I always like to help the homeless. Don't spend it on booze!
Earl: Dad!
Carl: Move along, hobo!

Earl: Poor people, uneducated people, undesirable people, people like me.

Darnell: I'm already registered to vote. Not that it matters, because until we reform the electoral college the popular vote will be ignored and we'll keep electing presidents who get a minority vote.
Joy: That must be some black stuff. I don't know what he's talking about.

Warning: My Name Is Earl season 1 episode 9 guide may contain spoilers
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