Oops, there is a man (a store employee) inside! After some thinking, they decide to order (in fake British accents, no less) the man to blind fold himself and run out of the truck when they open the door. He obliges but crashes into a tree, knocking himself out.
Earl and Joy load him into the truck, and drive off to a hospital. The truck runs out of gas along the way, and while Earl walks to get more fuel, Joy accidentally lets the man loose. She got hungry, you see, and opened the truck door looking for food. The man had taken off his clothes and stuffed them to look like he was unconscious, then whacked Joy on the head while she was looking at it.
Prompting the second best line of the episode, “Son of a bitch, he Ferris Bueller-ed me.”
Man, now in his underwear, is caught by Joy and Earl and Randy, but Randy sticks the man in the front of the truck, instead of the back, prompting him to take off with it.
During hot pursuit, Randy suggests they could cut out the man’s tongue in order that he wouldn’t be able to tell anyone who he saw. Realizing that he could still draw them he suggests they cut off his fingers, prompting the best line of the show, “At least he’s thinking, he can’t help it if he’s not good at it.”
Earl decides he has helped Joy enough and let’s the man escape. Joy is charged with stealing a truck and kidnapping and ends the episode in jail.
I read recently that the writers were going to focus more on the characters then with the list this season, and they seem to be off to a good start. Most of the episode had nothing to do with a list point, and in fact the only item on the list “take Joy’s side” was done with in a few minutes. Instead the episode moved forward from the general concept of that item.
Joy got a lot of screen and she ran with it. She’s always a funny character, but here she stole the best lines, played the best scenes and pretty much ruled the episode. It was a nice change of focus from the usual Earl/Randy relationship.