The Bounty Hunter
Episode 21 of 24 within Season One. Item 21 of 96 overall.
Production number 1ALJ17.
Hunter Covington III - Writer
Marc Buckland - Director
9 votes

In order to protect Joy, Earl finds himself in desperate need to take care of number forty-five on his list, „ditched Jessie  to marry Joy." When Jessie, Earl's ex-girlfriend, returns to town hell bent on seeking revenge against Joy for causing Earl to leave her and knocking out her front teeth, Earl and Joy seek refuge in a lakeside retreat.

Jessie, however, cleverly weasels the secret location out of Randy enabling her to continue her pursuit.

original airdate--April 06,2006   rating--10.2 million


music--Theme song "What goes around, that comes around" by Nescobar-a-lop-lop @ The Camden Country Band

  1. "It Takes Two" by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock
  2. "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas (Jessie and Joy fight)
  3. "La resa dei conti" by Ennio Morricone
  4. "Lunatic Fringe" by Red Rider (Jessie's workout montage)
  5. "Night of the Slunk" by Buckethead


list--#145 Ditched Jessie to marry Joy.

Flashback: In 1999, Earl began to date a woman named Jessie, but got drunk after three weeks of their relationship and married Joy. Jessie tracked Earl down, and when she questioned why he had got married, Joy became irratated when she was being called whore by Jessie and punched Jessie, knocking out her teeth.

  • Randy admits to where Joy and Earl went to Jessie.
  • Earl and Joy's wedding is retold; however this time it is revealed that Joy manipulated Earl into marrying her.

Goof: Earl refers to Jessie's truck as a Suburban, but when seen from the side, it is clearly a Chevrolet Blazer.

Trivia: The first episode where Earl does not complete even one item from his list. He attempts to, but is relieved of it by Joy, who took responsibility for the item in question, and subsequently crossed it off of Earl's list herself. ("Ditched Jesse and Married Joy").


  • Earl asks Joy where she learned to fight like that. She replies "I watch a lot of Springer". In 1998 Jaime Pressly co-starred with Jerry Springer in the movie "Ringmaster" where she played one of the guests on Jerry's show.



You know the kind of guy who does nothing but bad things and then wonders why his life sucks? Well, that was me. Every time something good happened to me, something bad was always waiting round the corner: karma. That's when I realized that I had to change, so I made a list of everything bad I've ever done and one by one I'm gonna make up for all my mistakes. I'm just trying to be a better person. My name is Earl.

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regional titles

De Bounty Hunter
The Bounty Hunter
La Revanche de Jessie
Der Kopfgeldjäger
An Hunter Bounty
Il cacciatore di taglie
El cazador de recompensas