My Name Is Earl (2005–2009)
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The Bounty Hunter 

The girl Earl dumped for Joy years earlier has become a bounty hunter and tries to track Joy down. Earl feels responsible for the mess, until Joy tells him how they really hooked up.


Marc Buckland


Gregory Thomas Garcia (created by) (as Greg Garcia), Hunter Covington




Episode credited cast:
Jason Lee ... Earl Hickey
Ethan Suplee ... Randy Hickey
Jaime Pressly ... Joy Turner
Nadine Velazquez ... Catalina
Eddie Steeples ... Darnell Turner
Juliette Lewis ... Jesse - Bounty Hunter
Don Swayze ... Bail Bonds Man
Dana Cuomo ... Bobbi
Tiffany Haddish ... Robin
Joon Lee ... Instructor
Maxie Santillan Jr. Maxie Santillan Jr. ... Sparky
Jackson Bond Jr. Jackson Bond Jr. ... Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kholee Campbell Kholee Campbell ... Cheerleader


In flashback, we go back six years in time. Earl was going out with Jesse, but one morning, he woke up to find himself married to pregnant Joy. When Jesse tried to understand why she had been ditched, Joy punched her in the face, and she lost two teeth. After training for six years, Jesse is back in town, and she is after Joy. Earl tries to calm her down, but without success, so he has to hide Joy in a caravan. Joy then reveals how they got married, and strikes out number 45 - "Ditched Jesse to marry Joy" - for him, saying it wasn't his fault. Written by Pruneau

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Release Date:

6 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the end, Joy says she watches a lot of Springer. Jaime Pressly, who plays Joy, starred in Jerry Springer: Ringmaster. See more »


When Earl confronts Jesse in the bedroom, the amount of clothes hanging in the closet changes between shots. See more »


Darnell Turner: [sitting on the couch, watching "Wonderbug" on television] I like that Wonderbug. I wish we had a car that flew.
Joy: I wish we had a car that didn't have to start with a spoon.
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References The Jerry Springer Show (1991) See more »


It Takes Two
Written by Rob Base
Performed by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock
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Juliette, oh, Juliette, wherefore art thou, Juliette
14 August 2006 | by jackcadeSee all my reviews

"My Name is Earl" is a wrong-headed, ill-conceived mess of a show and the episode, "The Bounty Hunter", misuses the extraordinary acting talents of Juliette Lewis.

It seems as though Juliette Lewis can play any type of character with great skill and almost always elicits sympathy or even empathy for her characters. Few actors can achieve this.

Unfortunately, being the professional that she is, she takes on the most challenging of roles and has been overused playing one trailer trash role after another.

Yes, she is good in these roles. Her performances in "Too Young to Die?" and "Kalifornia" were mesmerising, just like when watching James Dean in "East of Eden" for the first time. You forgot about the actor, and yearned for the character trapped in her sorry lot in life. But writers and directors should tap into her ability to play a diverse range of characters.

"My Name is Earl" obviously has its fans who probably appreciate its irony, but that doesn't change the fact it is a trashy, noisy, poorly-made, half-smart, half-funny show that will date quickly.

Juliette graces "The Bounty Hunter", but she should sidestep stuff like "My Name is Earl".

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