"In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is a sign of perfection." - Curnonsky

Thursday, July 5, 2007

My Name Is Earl: Get A Real Job

Continuing on his quest to become a real adult, Earl goes and finds himself a job. And of course Randy gets a job at the same retail establishment because, well... he's Randy.

As for Earl's ongoing efforts to become a real man, I was treated to an examination of class warfare as Earl learns that the stockroom workers do not mix with the show floor employees. He may have his GED, he's told, but the sales staff went to junior college.

The explanation of the differences between the Dockers and the Dickeys may have been one of the funniest things I've heard on Earl or any other show for quiet some time. "In a perfect world, we'd switch pants, but Dockers doesn't make a coverall."

Sean Astin didn't get nearly as much airtime as I would have expected in this episode. If he's going to play a jerk, it would have been nice to see him play even more of a jerk. But most of the action happens in the back room, where Earl struggled with his choice to move up in the world, and Randy's desire to just fit in.

Meanwhile, Joy prepares for the possibility of going to jail by selling most of the items she and Darnell own and buying a blow-up doll so that her husband doesn't get lonely. None of it makes any sense, "but hey," I said to myself, "since when has Joy ever made any sense?"

That said, I was taken completely off guard when the plan finally did make sense, and it turned out that all along her goal had been to flee the country.Hopefully her flight to Mexico means I'll get to see Catalina's family again. If there's one thing that the producers love, it seems to be recurring characters.

And as for character backstory, I found out how Earl decided he wanted to live his life with a mustache: the first time he drank chocolate milk. The irony that voice-over Earl says this line in all seriousness while fulfilling the second part of his three-part quest to be an adult is delicious. Almost as delicious as chocolate milk.

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