The Best Episodes of My Name Is Earl

Last Updated: Nov 7, 2018

Earl Hickey's life has been full of poor choices and mistakes, and upon discovering that he is the holder of a winning lottery ticket, Earl is hit by a car and the ticket blows out of his hand as he lies unconscious in the street. While recovering in the hospital and watching television, Earl has a karmic epiphany, thanks to Carson Daly, who attributes his success to doing good for others. A light bulb goes on in Earl's dim head, and he sets out to right every wrong he has done, starting with a geek he tormented in grade school.

The Professor

#1 - The Professor

Season 1 - Episode 16

Earl's nervous about returning a laptop computer he stole from a college professor, mostly because he's uncomfortable around smart people. When the professor turns out to be a beautiful woman, he feels even more ill at ease, until she flatters him and asks him to speak about his list in front of her class. Meanwhile, Randy experiences fraternity life---and absolutely loves it.

star 7.95
254 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
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Dodge's Dad

#2 - Dodge's Dad

Season 4 - Episode 27

When Dodge tells Joy he doesn't want Darnell to speak at career day, she enlists Earl to pretend to be his father. Things don't go well and Earl realizes Dodge needs to know his real dad. Despite Joy's protests, Earl enlists Randy and Catalina to help him hunt down the deadbeat dad, but what they discover is worse than they could have imagined.

star 7.95
208 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Alan Kirschenbaum, Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
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Number One

#3 - Number One

Season 1 - Episode 24

In the season finale, Earl decides to cross off the first number on his karma list, “Stole ten dollars from a guy at the Camden Market.” Earl to his dismay finds out that he owes much more than ten dollars, in fact he must surrender all his lotto winnings. Earl now ponders when karma is going to help him with his misfortunes.

star 7.94
234 votes
Directors: Greg Garcia
Writers: Greg Garcia
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South of the Border (1)

#4 - South of the Border (1)

Season 2 - Episode 10

In the first half of this special one hour episode, Earl and Randy face problems in their quest to take Catalina off Earl's list and bring her home after she was deported because of Earl. Joy's friendly attitude causes the neighbors to get closer and Darnell doesn't like it at all.

star 7.93
234 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Michael Pennie
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The Trial

#5 - The Trial

Season 2 - Episode 23

Things are finally looking up for Earl with a GED, a job, a new apartment and love interest however it may all come crashing down during Joy's trial date. Earl's shocking testimony could help Joy but at what cost?

star 7.90
208 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Vali Chandrasekaran, Mike Mariano, Timothy Stack
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Buried Treasure

#6 - Buried Treasure

Season 2 - Episode 13

In classic whodunit fashion, Earl must determine who took his stolen "treasure" so he can cross it off his list. Joy, Darnell and Randy all give their own version of what happened to the buried treasure.

star 7.89
240 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Patrick McCarthy, Erika Kaestle
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South of the Border (2)

#7 - South of the Border (2)

Season 2 - Episode 11

In the second half of this special one hour episode, Earl and Randy face problems in their quest to take Catalina off Earl's list and bring her home after she was deported because of Earl. Joy's friendly attitude causes the neighbors to get closer and Darnell doesn't like it at all.

star 7.87
118 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
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Pilot

#8 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Today is the first day of the rest of Earl Hickey's life. After coming into a $100,000 scratch-off lottery ticket and losing it just as fast upon being hit by a car, Earl has an epiphany in the hospital--to make up for all the terrible things he's done in the past. With his brother Randy and a motel maid named Catalina, Earl writes up a list of every misdeed he was a part of. Earl sets out to do just that, starting with #64--Kenny James, a boy he picked on in elementary school. Recap When we meet Earl Hickey, he describes himself as "that guy you see going into the convenience store when you stop off in that little town on the way to Grandma's house--sorta shifty looking fellow who buys a pack of smokes, a couple lotto scratchers and a tallboy at 10 in the morning." He's a petty thief who proceeds to steal some CDs and a flag from a van parked outside of the aforementioned convenience store. Earl's narration introduces us to Joy, his unfaithful wife of, presumably, six years. He also introduces his two children (neither of which he fathered), Dodge and Earl Jr, and his brother Randy. The narration montage also introduces Darnell, an employee at Ernie's Crab Shack and also the father of Earl Jr. This all brings us to three weeks ago. Earl gets his due in the form of a $100,000 scratch off ticket... only to promptly lose it when he runs into traffic and gets hit by a car. He wakes up in a hospital with an injured leg and neck, a morphine drip, and divorce papers from Joy. While flipping channels on the television, Earl stops on Carson Daly's late night talk show. Carson recites his philosophy on karma and it inspires an epiphany in Earl. After he's released, he and Randy get set up in a motel room, where Randy quickly makes nice with the maid, Catalina. Earl decides that he will write out a list of all of the bad things he's done and sets out to right his wrongs. He starts with #136, being a litterbug. Right after throwing away garbage in the motel parking lot, the winning lottery ticket appears at his feet. "Son of a bitch, it's working!" Earl makes his way down to #64, Kenny James. He had picked on Kenny relentlessly in elementary school and has set out to make it up to him. After an incident with Kenny's parents, Randy finds out Kenny's address and the two drive off to see what they can do for him. They discover that although he has "a good job as an assistant manager of the CopyHut, a powder blue LeCar he took pride in and the nicest house on the block," he has no one to share it with. Naturally, Earl sets out to get Kenny laid. Earl pays Patty, a daytime hooker, to go to Kenny's house and have sex with him. Under the ruse of Greenpeace, Patty goes to work, only to be rejected. Earl and Randy go inside to see what the deal is, only to discover that Kenny is gay. Earl flees from Kenny's house and marks him off the list due to "special circumstances." Right after he marks Kenny off the list, his ex-wife Joy hits him over the head with a telephone in his motel room. Joy threatens him, demanding half of his $100,000 prize money. Earl writes it off as karma again and decides to take another crack at helping Kenny. Earl settles on taking Kenny to a gay bar in the city to boost his confidence. Once the three (Randy went along because Earl didn't want to be the only straight guy in a gay bar) went into the club and Kenny saw someone he liked, he realized that if Earl, the one person he's been most terrified of, will accept him for who he is then everyone else should, too. He leaves with his confidence fully intact and Earl leaves with one more entry marked off his list.

star 7.87
540 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Greg Garcia
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Dad's Car

#9 - Dad's Car

Season 1 - Episode 18

It's Mother's Day again when Earl remembers that he has never given his mother a Mother's Day gift Just as he and Randy are about to finish carrying out his long overdue gift his mother decides her repayment should include Earl doing something for his father.

star 7.87
247 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Brad Copeland, Barbie Adler
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Sticks & Stones

#10 - Sticks & Stones

Season 2 - Episode 3

Earl decides to cross off number ninety-one on his list "Made fun of Maggie Lester for having a moustache." Earl and Randy visit Maggie who is now working for a carnival as "The Amazing Bearded Woman" meanwhile Joy has a run in with the law.

star 7.87
245 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
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Pinky

#11 - Pinky

Season 4 - Episode 22

Earl helps Randy find his first love, Pinky.

star 7.84
205 votes
Directors: Greg Garcia
Writers: Greg Garcia
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Jump For Joy

#12 - Jump For Joy

Season 2 - Episode 2

In order to help a friend Earl has to raise a lot of money. He goes to Richard Chubby (Burt Reynolds), owner of Club Chubby a local strip club. He agrees to loan Earl the money if Earl can convince his most popular dancer to come back and work for him.

star 7.84
258 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Vali Chandrasekaran
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Get a Real Job

#13 - Get a Real Job

Season 2 - Episode 22

When Earl decides to get his first real job at an appliance store, he experiences 'growing pains'. Meanwhile, Joy makes another irrational decision when the forthcoming trial continues to get to her.

star 7.83
200 votes
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Y2K

#14 - Y2K

Season 1 - Episode 19

When Earl is attempting to cross number 24 ("Stole a red 'Take-a-number' machine” ) off his list, Randy tries to get Earl to back down by trying to make him remember, through a flashback, how they got the machine around New Year’s Eve 1999. Darnell convinces the gang to believe that Y2K will signal the end of the world and they, happily, will be the last people on Earth.

star 7.83
252 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Hilary Winston
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Darnell Outed (2)

#15 - Darnell Outed (2)

Season 4 - Episode 16

In the aftermath of having his cover blown, Darnell must pack up and leave Camden. Meanwhile, Earl, Randy and Catalina discover a devastating truth within the post office.

star 7.82
189 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Hunter Covington, Matt Ward, Alan Kirschenbaum, Jessica Goldstein, Chrissy Pietrosh
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Our 'Cops' is On

#16 - Our 'Cops' is On

Season 2 - Episode 12

It's a trip down memory lane for Earl, Randy, Joy, Darnell and the Crab Shack regulars when they remember their fifteen minutes of fame watching a 2003 repeat of the TV show "Cops," which was filmed in Camden County.

star 7.82
230 votes
Directors: Ken Wittingham
Writers: Timothy Stack
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Joy's Wedding

#17 - Joy's Wedding

Season 1 - Episode 8

Darnell and Joy decided to tie the knot while Earl learns thru Randy’s invitation that he is not invited. To make things worse Joy has scheduled the wedding on Earl’s birthday so that all of their friends will be unable to celebrate with him. A drunken Earl crashes the party accidentally breaking Joy’s nose and now is forced to add “ruined Joy’s wedding” to his list.

star 7.82
301 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Greg Garcia
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G.E.D.

#18 - G.E.D.

Season 2 - Episode 21

Earl tries to apply for a credit card but is declined because he doesn't have a job or a proper place to live, so he goes back to school to receive a diploma, where he realizes how hard it is for teachers to put up with badly behaved kids - just like the one he used to be.

star 7.81
204 votes
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O Karma, Where Art Thou?

#19 - O Karma, Where Art Thou?

Season 1 - Episode 12

When Earl and Randy try to return a stolen wallet they find out taking the money had cost two newlyweds their honeymoon. In an attempt to make things right Earl takes over for the groom at his fast food restaurant. After time Earl finds out the boss is a jerk and Earl wonders how such a man with a luxurious house and beautiful wife could not be affected by the only thing he believes in, Karma. Recap: Earl and Randy wake up one cold morning at the hotel, Catalina alludes to the fact that they may be being carbon monoxide poisoned and leaves the room. Randy discovers that Earl was right when he said Randy "wasn't ready for a pet" after discovering dead "Mr. Fishy" (the goldfish) in a sealed plastic bag in his pocket. Earl however discovers number 202 on his list, "stole a wallet from a guy at a gas station." We flash back to "a few years ago" when Earl was "hanging out in a gas station bathroom, waiting for some guy to drop his pants and provide me with an opportunity." Earl screams a little too loud and a little too enthusiastically when he discovers just how much money is in the wallet and has to cover by announcing to the bathroom that "they have my favorite brand of toilet paper in here, soft stuff." Earl admits to having stolen a lot of wallets in his day, but also admits that this particular one was the mother load. And, it seems when you find yourself with a lot of money you go to Jasper's. What is Jasper's you may well ask? "Jasper"s is kind of like the mall, only it's in a storage unit and everything there was stolen from the mall." The gang spends the thousand dollars they had on many things that day and according to Earl, they were living like kings. But back to today, when faced with the reality of having to give up his helmet bought that day long ago, Randy asks Earl why he can't just give the guy back his wallet with a thousand dollars of his lottery money stuffed in it. Earl explains to Randy that the items were bought with stolen money and, as such, have bad Karma all over them. The slushee machine represents one small hurdle, since it now home to Darnel's turtle. But typical "Crabman" accommodation, Darnel decides to allow the turtle to simply go "free range" on the carpet of the trailer. Joy barely looks up from her magazine when announcing "if that thing starts begging at the table, its going to become an outside turtle." Back at Jasper's to return the items, Randy and Earl discover that Jasper has gone "high-tech" complete with taking orders online and a mail-order Russian wife. With the money in hand (and we never quite learn how they are able to get back all their money, even though the items have been well used), Randy and Earl track down the owner of the wallet. The intention of course, is to return the wallet and then Earl can simply cross the item off his list. As with every item so far from Earl's list, nothing is quite so simple. The scene where the wife of the man whose wallet was stolen opens her tanning bed calling the boys thief's is hilarious as Randy recoils from her over-tanned stick like figure asking "what is that Earl, what is that?" When the wife wants to call the police, Randy cuts the phone cord, briefly making the wife feel that she and her husband will die. After some explaining, Earl finally manages to calm them down. It seems however that the money stolen was for the young couple's honeymoon. And so simply returning the money will not be enough for Earl to cross them off the list. Earl agrees to cover for Jeff at his job, while he and his wife go off on their "do-over" honeymoon. The fast food restaurant is run by a Mr. Patrick who we quickly come to find is a real tyrant to work for. Earl has never done well with authority and in the past when faced with this type of person, the answer was simple, Earl would just punch him in the face and feel much better. We even get to watch via a flash-back as Earl quits four past jobs using this very method. Alas, with Karma now dictating his actions, Earl is not able to vent the way he would like and even winds up eating a disgusting french-fry which was used to wipe the groove on a counter Earl had supposedly cleaned. What Earl won't do for Karma! He isn't made to feel much better by the co-worker who tries to console him by saying "that's ok, I had to eat a hamburger patty he wiped on a toilet seat." Earl has to endure more humiliation from Mr. Patrick and he bears up well, fully firm in his belief that Karma will make sure this terrible manager will get what's coming to him. Just when you think Earl has put up with enough, Joy and Darnel pull up to the drive-thru window. Joy decides this situation is far too much fun to enjoy from the car and decides to park and come on in. It starts the minute Joy walks up to the counter and says to Earl "well look at you all dressed up in that cute uniform and they even had your extra dorkey." Earl may no longer punch abusive managers in the face, but he will fire back at Joy, and does "welcome to Stars, may I take your order? And your clothes look stupid too." Joy convinces the manager to give her the food she ordered for free, claiming Earl's hair had fallen into it. Earl allows himself to be compelled to wear a hair net on his head and one for his moustache that crosses his face. While totally not enjoying the experience, he reminds himself that Karma will look after the bad people in this world. While loading Star's paid for toilet paper to drive over to Mr. Patrick's house for his own personal use, Earl meets again with a female co-worker (Zeena). While trying to explain the "uncontrollable, driving force" behind Karma, Zeena misunderstands where he is going with this, and in a very awkward moment blurts out, "I love you too Earl!" and while taking out her retainer adds, "you'll be my first." Earl first begins to question what Karma is doing when observes that Mr. Patrick has a beautiful house in a beautiful neighbourhood and a beautiful wife, all of which he clearly didn't deserve. Once inside the house, the situation is only made more frustrating for poor Earl. Mr. Patrick seems to have it all. O Karma, where art thou? Back at the hotel with Randy, Earl tries to make sense of it all. When Catalina suggests that maybe Mr. Patrick is nice outside of work, Earl announces "even if he pulled his face off and underneath was that guy from U2 who does all that charity, he still wouldn't deserve a wife that hot!" Earl spends the next day at work looking for some sign that Karma is on the job, but all he finds are more and more incidents where Mr. Patrick clearly violates all Karma's principles with apparently no repercussions. In one totally hilarious moment, Earl decides that Mr. Patrick must be being punished by Karma in a way that requires "up close" observation. Earl recounts, while standing beside Mr. Patrick at the urinal "I didn't want to check there, but I had to." From Earl's reaction we can quickly ascertain that Karma has not punished Mr. Patrick "there" either. You will have to watch the episode to see the scene where Earl says he's "having a little trouble working up a stream" and how Mr. Patrick "helps" him. Too funny to try and write about. Back on the job, dressed as a hamburger for child's birthday party, Earl complains "I could see that Karma wasn't punishing Mr. Patrick, what I didn't get was why it was punishing me." The children and Mr. Patrick plague Earl, but Mr. Patrick really berates Earl and through it all, Earl tries to simply "power through it" and not respond as he dearly wants to. Just when you think that Earl might actually stay calm, he unleashes the fury of his punch and drops Mr. Patrick to the floor with a punch to his eye. I, for one, jumped up and yelled in appreciation. When Zeena gets in the action and starts to kick Mr. Patrick on the floor, Earl intervenes and tells her to take it easy. One of the best lines of the show is Zeena's "oh god, your hands on my body, feel so right." Earl says he "felt bad for sending Mr. Patrick to the emergency room, but when I found what I started, I felt even worse." One by one, all the things in Mr. Patrick's world unravel and a man who once had pride in his collection of "world's best …" mugs, is found in a prison cell with a tin mug labelled "world's best bottom." It is a bad turn for a bad man, but Earl feels guilty since it was his fists that brought the punishment, not Karma's. Randy accurately points out that "Karma doesn't have fists" and goes on "Karma doesn't have hands at all, or feet" he pauses, then asks tentatively to Earl "does Karma have feet?" Earl decides that maybe Karma did use him to do the dirty work, especially since a bad man (Mr. Patrick) got what he deserved and a good man (Jeff) got promoted to manager. "In the end, everyone got what they deserved and I was able to cross number 202 off my list."

star 7.81
259 votes
Writers: Greg Garcia
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Broke Joy's Fancy Figurine

#20 - Broke Joy's Fancy Figurine

Season 1 - Episode 6

In order to replace a fancy figurine that he broke, Earl lends a hand to help Joy's former adversary and her daughter win a mother/daughter beauty pageant . However, Joy enters the pageant also with her "dead" mother trying to win that same figurine, hoping to trade it for a hot tub. Recap: The episode begins with Randy sitting down at the bar. Earl walks in and hands a cereal box to Randy. He looks very happy. Earl tells Randy no more generic cereal for him. He only gets the best now. When Earl and Randy get back to the apartment, Joy is there digging through all of their stuff. Earl tells Joy she isn't getting any of his money. She tells him that all she really wants his a hot tub. Earl looks on his list and sees that Joy his on it. He tells her that he will fix that so she'll leave him alone. It says that he blew up Joy's Trophy but he can't really remember what it was for. Later that night he dreams about it. Randy and him are using firecrackers to blow stuff up. They run out of things so Earl brings Joy's trophy. It is a little girl sitting on a lawnmower with the companies name on it. The next day Earl goes to the company and asks if he can have one of the trophies. The lady there tells him that the trophies are given out to the winners of the Lawn Mower companies Mother and Daughter beauty pageant. The lady remembers when Joy won. The next year a new mother and daughter entered and that family has won every year since. Their name is the Stokers. Earl goes to the mother and daughter and asks if he can have one of their trophies. They make a deal that if Earl helps them win this year, they will give him the trophy. Earl tells Joy he is going to enter and win her a trophy. She doesn't want him to so she is going to enter, too. The beauty pageant is also has a talent show part. The reason this family has won every year is because they have a "gift" in which they can throw knives with amazing accuracy. Earl is placed on a large circle which spins around while Ms. Stoker and her daughter throws knives at him. Earl finds out that the daughter, Candy, has been practicing with plastic knives and she hasn't discovered her "gift" yet. This greatly worries Earl. Ms. Stoker gives Candy real knives and has her try it. She does perfectly, a great relief to Earl. Later, when Earl is alone with Candy, she tells him that she really wants to become a doctor and not enter these beauty pageants. Earl convinces her that she has to do it for him. Meanwhile, Joy goes out and tries to adopt a child, with little luck. So she calls her mother and asks if she will enter with her, but has no luck either. Joy gets an idea. Crabman and her smoke a ton of cigarettes and fill up a urn. She convinces the judges at the pageant it is her mother's ashes and they allow her to enter. While all this is going on, Randy and Catalina hang out and get to know each other better. The pageant begins and the competition is fierce. After a first couple of groups go, Joy comes out. She is wearing a skimpy two-piece swimsuit carrying her mother's urn. She sings some songs and even starts tap dancing. She really wants to win this pageant. The Stoker family is about to come out and Earl is getting ready. Backstage, he sees Candy and she looks depressed. He talks to her and sees that she is unhappy. He tells her to hit him in the leg with the knife. The Stoker family comes out along with Earl. Ms. Stoker goes first and does a perfect job. Candy steps up, throws the knife and it flies right in to Earl's leg! Earl gives Candy a thumbs up to let her know he's ok, aside from a knife in his leg. He tells her he is ok and that he has been stabbed by plenty of girls. The judges come out and announce that Joy is the winner. She gets a trophy and Earl realizes that he did the right thing. Joy got her trophy back and he can cross her off his list.

star 7.80
322 votes
Directors: Lev L. Spiro
Writers: Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
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Midnight Bun

#21 - Midnight Bun

Season 3 - Episode 10

Joy enlists the help of Darnell to expediate the baby's birth. Meanwhile, Frank escapes from prison when Randy takes the convicts out for ice cream. Elsewhere, Catalina baby-sits Dodge and Earl Jr.

star 7.80
237 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Hilary Winston
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The Birthday Party

#22 - The Birthday Party

Season 2 - Episode 17

Earl wants to use his birthday to look back on all the good he's done over the past year, but at his party, everyone seems to want to talk about his past misdeeds instead.

star 7.80
208 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Hilary Winston
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Camdenites (1)

#23 - Camdenites (1)

Season 3 - Episode 21

When relational problems arise between Earl and Billie, he is forced to choose between Karma and her.

star 7.78
173 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Michael Pennie , Hilary Winston
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BB

#24 - BB

Season 1 - Episode 23

Earl attempts to cross out number 147 on his list "Shot Gwen Waters with a BB Gun." To make things right he must reunite Gwen with her estranged father which Earl finds increasingly difficult.

star 7.78
243 votes
Writers: John Hoberg, Kat Likkel
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Faked My Own Death

#25 - Faked My Own Death

Season 1 - Episode 4

When Earl meets a tough biker chick at a Halloween party, it looks like a match made in heaven--but when the costumes come off, the mismatch becomes apparent and Earl takes drastic measures to get out of the relationship. Now, years later, Earl must find a way to make amends for deceiving the girl.

star 7.78
352 votes
Directors: Tamra Davis
Writers: Hilary Winston
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