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Funny moments in My Name Is Earl.

  • Randy's method of picking up chicks at a bar.
    Randy: Hi, I'm Randy. Are you drunk enough to go home with me?
    Woman gets rid of her straw and tosses back what's left of her drink
    Woman: ... yep.
  • Earl meeting up with a clingy girlfriend after he faked his death, her screaming and this:
    Randy: She screamed like that girl from E.T. when she first saw the monkey.
  • Randy's reaction remembering two neighborhood kids on the list who were crippled in a skydiving disaster were humped by a dog- one to completion- nearly a minute of the funniest laughter you'll hear on NBC (or wherever you watch it).
  • Before Joy and Darnell get married, she and Earl accidentally have sex behind his back. They decide to confess, but Joy personally tells Darnell Earl slept with his mother. Darnell goes berserk and starts beating Earl up. Earl thinks it's because he knows and tries to talk him down. Especially the look on his face after Earl says this line.
    Earl: I didn't get mad when you slept with her!
  • "Moombataaaaaaaaaaaaa! New day for Central Africa!" stands out.
  • In the creative writing episode, the story Joy tells to Dodge and Earl Jr. to get them to behave themselves.
  • The part where Earl is telling the audience about his friendship with Ralph, and it shows them making popcorn and sitting down in front of the TV together, only for police to come by and show that they had apparently forgotten that they were trying to rob the house they were in.
  • Earl's conjugal visitor during his stay in prison. A very obvious Pre-Op Transsexual.
    Earl: So, Annie... you got a wiener, right?
    Annie: {Goes from a fake falsetto, to a deep baritone} Well it doesn't function if that makes you feel any better.
  • Discussing network executives:
    Joy: Plus, they don't let anyone cuss on TV until a certain time at night. (looks at her watch for a few seconds) Douchebags.
  • When Randy was dating Judy, and suffering from allergies to her beloved cat, and Darnell suggested allergy medicine, and Randy said how he already tried it, and all it did was make him thirsty. Cue a flashback to him drinking water (right out of the water cooler) to the song "Chug-A-Lug" by Roger Miller.
  • Randy's claymation-animated hallucinogenic trip after he eats some herbal ointment in the episode "Robbed a Stoner Blind". The fact that he remains completely speechless and keeps shaking his head and blinking in shock throughout the whole thing makes it even more hilarious.
    • Earl's Scottish friend Raynard and Joy are shown to have some creepy, but rather funny ones after eating some hallucinogenic berries in the episode "Reading is a Fundamental Case".
  • Donny's parody of Pat Benatar's "Heartbreaker" at Earl's birthday party.
  • In "White Lie Christmas", Joy tries to fool her parents into thinking she and Earl are still married and, what's more, that he just came back from the war in Iraq. She quickly takes him to the bedroom to explain things to him, under the pretense of having a quick "welcome home" session. Her parents, meanwhile, simply sit in the next room completely unfazed while she is hopping on the waterbed trying to make it sound real...
    Joy: Give it to me, Earl! Give it to me like you gave it to those terrorists!
  • The Camden bookmobile is so poor that it can't afford real classic books. They have to buy knockoffs like "Trazan the Ape-Man". What's especially funny is that many of the books listed are knockoffs of public domain works. The bookmobile is so poor that it can't afford public domain books.
  • The time Earl and the golfer got Mistaken for Racist 3 times while trying to win back the latter's ex-girlfriend.
  • While Earl is pretending to be the voice of God:
    "Do not maketh carrot cake! It is the devil's food! Uhh... but that doesn't mean don't make Devil's Food Cake! I love that stuff!
  • The old lady that ran over Earl, shortly afterwards, calling her sister:
    "Alright. I'll go back. But if I go to jail, you're taking care of Mom!"
    • The moment the guy Earl gave all his money to realized he didn't deserve the money:
    Guy: I saw Old Lady Karma again.
    Cut to the old lady talking to someone on a bus.
    Old Lady: I don't drive anymore. Not after I had these two terrible accidents.
  • The scene where Joy shoots at Earl with a crossbow, but keeps missing because he moves out of the way just in time... completely oblivious.
  • Catalina is expressing concern about Mr. Turtle, and Earl is getting worried about Randy, after both go missing. He thinks she's talking about Randy, too.
  • Earl and Darnell bonding over the time they both saw Joy dance naked due to a Closet Shuffle when she was cheating on Earl.
  • When Earl tries to help a suicidal man he already crossed off his list:
    Randy: Earl, if you keep helping people that aren't on your list, you're never going to finish it and we'll never get back to doing crimes!
    Earl: I don't think you understand the point of my list Randy.
  • Earl when he has his "technologically-impaired" moments:
    (upon bumping a computer mouse and turning a screensaver off) Uh-oh... I think I broke somethin'. The fish went away!
  • Betty White plays the Witch Lady. It's as hilarious as it sounds.
  • A drunk Earl rides a horse, facing the tail-end:
    Earl: You're going the wrong way. You're going the wrong way, ya stupid horse!
  • "I'm getting too old for this crap."
  • Darnell's cheese obsession:
    Government Agent: From this moment on, you are Darnell Turner.
    Darnell: Can I still like cheese?
    Government Agent: Not if you want to stay alive.
    • Later...
    Joy: You sure do like cheese.
    Darnell: Shh.
  • Darnell getting Earl and Randy ready to be on the run:
    Darnell: I was trained to think twelve steps ahead. I saw this coming three months ago.
    Randy: (swallowing some pills) What are these pills?
    Darnell: Cyanide capsules. They'll kill you in thirty seconds.
    Randy spits them out.
    Darnell: Just kidding! I figured you'd swallow those. They're vitamin pills. It's important to keep your immune system up when you're on the run.
  • Joy's Barbie costume for Halloween consisted of her wearing a pink shirt and taping her nipples down so they'd be flat.
  • One of Randy's life-long dreams was to jump head first into an angry mob:
  • The reason Joy was scared of Catalina's voodoo-obsessed nephew was because of her childhood babysitter:
    Babysitter: You dare to steal cigarettes from my purse, child? You shall become pregnant before you are married!
    (cracks an egg open; blood pours out.)
    Young Joy: Oh snappity-snap!
    • Joy's first reaction to the nephew was pretty funny too:
    Joy: The Devil likes 'em young! He probably gets in through the soft spot on their heads!
  • Catalina getting smuggled to America:
    Travel Guide: (hands her a newspaper)
    Catalina: Won't it be too dark to read?
  • Willie the One-Eyed Mailman's lack of depth perception was what prevented him from getting the winning lottery ticket.
  • Snitching on criminals in Camden County allows you a pick from the police station's prize drawer.
  • The entire conversation about ALF.
  • Randy's impression of Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive.
  • Catalina comes across South American versions of Earl and Randy. Except this version of Earl has a list of people to get revenge on.
    South American Earl: After we kill this old lady by getting her addicted to smoking, we have to steal a donkey from that one-legged girl.
  • Earl got reminded of the time he cost his dad the election for mayor (#4 on the list) when the one-legged girl's artificially-limbed boyfriend attacked him by whacking him with a "VOTE!" sign.
  • Mr. Turtle's one trick is that he yawns sometimes if you yawn in front of him.
  • The time Earl's mom is telling a story about how Earl peed on her living room rug. At the beginning, you see a little boy running around naked, while she amusedly tells him to get his diaper back on, so the audience is made to believe it's Earl as a toddler. And then we hear someone enter the house, which Mrs. Hickey assumes is "[his] daddy comin' back from his night out with his friends"... whereupon Earl wanders into the room, heavily drunk, and goes for his zipper...
    Mrs. Hickey: (Earl wanders into the living room and unzips his pants) Earl, what are you doing? (Earl turns around; sudden realization) Not on the rug!
    Earl: (turns to his mom; slurring) What are you doin' in the bathroom?
    Mrs. Hickey: (near panic) Son, it's not the bathroom!
    Earl: (waves his mom off; slurring) Shut the door, Mom.
    • Shortly afterwards, Darnell brings up the time Earl got him stoned: He was selling brownies at the Crab Shack, normal ones for 25 cents, and pot brownies for 5 dollars. Earl switched the labels while no one was looking so that he could buy all of the pot brownies for less and sell them at a higher price, but he got too drunk and passed out before he could make his move. So, Darnell took the pot brownies, thinking they were normal brownies, so that he and his grandmother could eat them while they play Scrabble. As soon as he leaves the building, he's surrounded by an angry mob of people who bought the normal brownies thinking they were pot brownies, and they stone Darnell.
    Darnell: It was biblical.
  • From "Sweet Johnny", the whole "Joy gets a gun" plot. When someone drops a pool cue at the Crab Shack and causes a loud BANG, Joy pulls her gun- and so do half the other patrons, resulting in a brief Mexican Standoff before Darnell tells everyone to put their guns away. And when Joy holsters her gun, it goes off, resulting in another standoff before she informs everyone it just "grazed my boobie".
  • Pretty much everything in the COPS episodes. Earl suffering a skinned weiner and a camera probe, TV's Tim Stack constantly getting drunk, Darnell's grandma and her antics, Randy getting stuck in a tree.... Special mention goes to the voicebox guy playing Osama bin Laden in a dunk tank, taunting the camera in his monotone; Earl then comes up (after Officer Daniels tries and fails to hit the target) and pushes the target with his hand- the dude gets plunged and you can hear monotone yelling and electric crackling from within the tank.
  • Joy talking about the money the government owes her family.
    Earl: Hang on, what money from the government?
    Joy: Slave reparations. The US government promised all black people forty acres and a mule. Between Darnell and Earl Jr. we're due sixty acres and a couple mules, or at least a jet ski or something.
    Darnell: Actually, Joy, my family immigrated from Canada.
    Joy: Canada? Look, honey, when the government comes around with all the mules, let me do the talking.
  • Earl trying to help his dad out:
    Earl's Dad (walking away determined): I'm gonna get laid.
  • This exchange between Joy and Darnell as they're watching a movie in their trailer:
    Darnell: I wish we had a car that flew.
    Joy: Hmph. I wish we had a car we didn't have to start with a spoon!
    Darnell: Seems like such a shame to waste your wish on something that small.
  • Randy cracking up when he learns a planet is named "Uranus". Several times before he can get the word out to Earl. Then when he finally does stop cracking up and prepares to tell Earl for real:
    Randy: ...Wait, I forgot. I'll be right back.
  • "Stuart, put a washcloth over Chester!"
  • Back in his days as Harry Monroe, Darnell shared an apartment with the man who would later become the warden of the Camden County Jail (mostly because his wife, the governor, wanted him out of her hair). The eventual warden was, at that time, a porn star, and an adult movie involving a cable tech was being filmed in the apartment. Darnell comes back from work to find the filming going on. He's totally okay with it; he only requests to put a towel over his parrot's cage.
    Darnell: I don't want to have to hear him talking about this all night.
  • The governor of whatever state Camden is in, giving a tour to some news reporters of the governor's mansion, while her husband plays Guitar Hero in his underwear.
    Governor: We are honored to be a part of this house's rich hist-...oh, Jerry...
  • The Camdenites, who are kind of like the Amish, except...bizarre. Even the wheel is too much tech for them!
  • The reason Catalina stopped dancing at Club Chubby's. While jumping up and down to "Jump Around" by House of Pain, an old man watching her performance suffered a heart attack and died with a big smile on his face...which was still on him in the casket!
  • Earl recalls how, upon returning from their drunken Vegas wedding, Joy finds the Metallica tickets he had been given by his then-girlfriend, Jessie, for their 3-week anniversary. Joy concludes that the tickets were for their honeymoon. Earl, realizing that he can't have Joy and Jessie, tells Joy that they are. Then we have this exchange:
    Joy: I am so takin' off my panties and sitting on your shoulders!
    Earl: ....That might upset the people behind us...
    Joy: looks over The Couch There ain't nobody behind us!
  • When its reveal that Dodge is in fact Earl's biological son Joy realizes she should have known sooner as Dodge was already getting his moustache.