My Name is Inmate 28301-016 (I)
Episode 1 of 22 within Season Three. Item 48 of 96 overall.
Production number 048/049.
Michael Pennie - Writer
Michael Fresco - Director
7 votes

Earl begins his jail sentence and discovers that life is not easy behind bars. He persistently tries to find out the best approach to surviving in his new environment. 

Meanwhile, Joy finds out, after a few failed attempts, the perfect gift to pay Earl back for taking her spot in jail comes in the form of taking care of Randy, who is also having a hard time adjusting to his new life without Earl. In prison, Earl is sought out by a bully, who has lived most of his life in jail as a result of Young Earl's mischief. This new life for Earl behind bars must mean years of bad karma or does it?

original airdate--September 27,2007  rating--8.7 million


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

  1. "Roll With the Changes" by REO Speedwagon  
  2. "I'm Crying" by The Animals  
  3. "Blitzkrieg Bop" by The Ramones
  4. "Flirtin' with Disaster" by Molly Hatchett 
  5. "Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones 
  6. "Teach Your Children" by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young 


list--Had Glen help me rob a house.

Unnumbered list item #13-- Used Glen Shipley to help steal when they were children.

Goof: When Joy and Randy are crossing the street, there's a sign that says "L.A. test only station" (smog check); the show is set in Camden County.

Trivia: The exterior and cafeteria shots were filmed in an actual prison. Many times while filming the production was halted or rerouted as to allow passage of actual prisoners through shooting areas.


  • Earl's Inmate Number (#28301-016) is familiar because it is also the Inmate number of Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, Vice President Cheney's staff member who was pardoned in a CIA leak case.



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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