Review: 'My Name Is Earl: Season One'
Such is the grim alternate reality in "Bad Karma," a mini-episode of "My Name Is Earl" that's included in the show's first-season
Lee, who normally plays Earl in a pitch-perfect, low-key style, gets to chew up some scenery (not to mention dress in drag) as Bad Earl, who takes the advice of "Family Guy's" Stewie Griffin and seeks vengeance on all those who have wronged him. Karma being what it is, though (at least in the context of this show), things don't work out all that well -- except for his brother (
"Bad Karma" is the highlight of a decent set of extras on the DVD set, but the true star is the show itself. "Earl" started out strong, with a pilot that justly won Emmys for writing and directing. But as Lee points out in the commentary track for that episode, the show got better as the season progressed, with Suplee,
The commentary tracks, all of which feature series creator Greg Garcia, are a mix of good observation and this-was-so-much-fun reminiscing, and several mention Lee's apparent inability to get through a day of shooting without getting the giggles while the camera's running. That's borne out on a blooper reel that consists mostly of Lee trying to contain fits of laughter.
EXTRAS: Commentary on seven episodes, mini-episode "Bad Karma" with commentary, deleted scenes, "Karma Is a Funny Thing" blooper reel, featurette "Making Things Right: Behind the Scenes of My Name Is Earl."