" is the pilot
and the first episode of the first season of the American sitcom My Name Is Earl
. "Pilot" originally aired in the United States on NBC
on September 20, 2005.
Earl J. Hickey, a small-time thief with a messed-up life, narrates events of the last seven years. In 1999, while drunk, he married a pregnant Joy. In 2000 Dodge (so called because his real father drove a Ford) was born. In 2001 Joy gave birth to a black boy, Earl Junior (presumed to be Darnell Turner's child).
In 2005 Earl wins $100,000 with a scratch-off lottery ticket, but is immediately hit by a car and watches the ticket blow away. While he recovers in the hospital, Joy divorces him, and Earl is introduced to "karma
" while watching Carson Daly
. He decides to try to make up for all the bad things he has done and makes a written list of 259 items. After leaving the hospital he picks up trash to atone for item #136, "I've been a litterbug", and finds his lost $100,000 scratcher. Figuring karma works pretty well, he resolves to continue making up for items on the list.
He starts with #64: "Picked on Kenny James" in elementary school. Earl, Randy and Catalina find Kenny's parents' house, and Earl sends Randy to find out from them where Kenny lives, because Randy is a good liar as long as he has 4 beers. Randy poses as former class president looking for Kenny, but received a beer from Mr. James. Randy mutters "dibs" when he sees Mrs.... Read More