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Fridge / My Name Is Earl

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Fridge Brilliance

  • In episode one, Earl's future depends on him getting over his homophobia (i.e. accepting that Karma is his guide, not his personal prejudices). After running from Kenny he states, "I made the list, I make the rules. The guy was gay... gay! That's special circumstances, I don't have to help if there's special circumstances." Just seconds later he gets beaten up by Joy, and decides that it's a message from Karma. Right before that he says that his next attempt will be: "Number 86, stole a car from a one-legged girl." We know from the rest of the show that that item ends up being the single most difficult to cross off, so it's certain that that attempt would have failed badly as well. With two failures right in a row, faced with his most difficult and bitter list item right off the bat, it's likely he would have given up on the list and eventually backslid. Instead, he realized that he doesn't make the rules, and his first time was with gentle, forgiving Kenny.
  • In "Dodge's Dad," Darnell says "That explains why Dodge's mustache is already coming in," when Joy reveals Dodge's real father. Spoiler alert, it's Lil Chubby. Of course, when we find out Earl is Dodge's real father, it still makes sense.
  • In "The Gangs of Camden County," the soundtrack plays "Great Balls of Fire" during the first fight. The song is about passionate but scary love. And what do we later learn that the reason for the fights is...
  • Why does the normally good-natured Darnell/Crab-man generally not bat an eye and put up with the morally dubious and often illegal activities his wife, Joy, and friends often commit? Because, not only did he have a long standing affair with his best friend's wife that resulted in a child he left said best friend to raise for five years, but as we find out late into the series, he was in witness protection because he was a former government assassin who only abandoned his old life after being ordered to kill a child, meaning he likely doesn't feel he has the right to judge Joy or his friends, until they really push the line.

Fridge Logic

  • Given all the legal trouble Dog the Bounty Hunter got into last time he tracked down someone in Mexico, why risk going after Joy?
    • Her bounty is a million dollars.

  • Patty the Daytime Hooker: she holds a master's degree, scored 1500 on her SAT exams, and speaks fluent Bengali. How she is a Streetwalker with all that going for her is not explained.
    • She did mention a son she was putting through college. Or maybe she just likes the hours, freedom, and cash income.
      • She does indicate a bit of resentment that things didn't go the way she planned...on the other hand, she does genuinely enjoy the sex she has with her clients and always goes above and beyond to make them happy.
      • Also do we ever learn what her master's degree is in? Or much information on what her career path originally was? It's possible she just didn't do well in her originally chosen path, that she got a degree in something that rarely promises a career after, or that she changed her mind at some point.

  • In the episode "Number One," it's shown that Didi rides a bicycle. This was after Earl had stolen her prosthetic leg, and she couldn't afford a new one. How she is able to ride the bike is not explained.
    • In an earlier episode, "Monkeys in Space," Didi is having sex with her boyfriend while her dog humps a prosthetic leg. It's obviously hers. But this is after Earl had stolen it and before he returns it to her, and she supposedly could not get another one.

  • How does Earl's List of Transgressions, which is well over 300 items long (and growing!) manage to stay on one single sheet of legal paper? Shouldn't it be several pages long?
    • He wrote simple words in very small scripts, and when seen up close, he's writing all over it.

  • How come Joy has three strikes, but Earl has been arrested numerous times without any such "strikes" on his criminal record?
    • Earl's crimes were only misdemeanors. Earl also stated in the episode where he went to prison that there were a lot of things he did that he didn't get caught for.
  • If Crabman is in Witness Protection, then who are the people in various episodes ("Joy's Wedding," "Our Cops is On") described as being members of his family?
    • Fake family members to keep the act together.
    • He confirmed himself that his supposed grandmother was not really related to him.
  • If Liberty and Ray-Ray are not very well-off financially to begin with (and unless and until you really make it big and/or have income from other sources like stocks or appearing in commercials, Wrestling Doesn't Pay), how are they able to afford any surrogate, or all the procedures needed to make that happen? Fertility treatments are rarely covered by even top-notch health insurance in the US.
    • Itís possible with Joy as her surrogate either didnít know or didnít ask for ask for money because she needed a baby to avoid jail(???). Liberty could also have a parent help out. Or she gets big as a local wrestler quick and is able to afford almost everything.

Fridge Horror

  • Ralph posing as a senile old lady's deceased husband, and discovering Mr. Johanssen's ED medication.
  • What Earl and Randy did to the Camdenite girls. They posed as young men from the nearby Nathanite settlement (which may not have existed) to get these girls to trust them, showed them a good time (which included sex)...and then the girls never came back. Which not only became a problem in terms of the Camdenite culture potentially dying out as there were no more women to have babies, but for the girls themselves: they have no knowledge of how The Outside World works, are naive and susceptible to being exploited (again), have no money, no place to live, and no education.