Sep. 20, 2005
30 min.
NBC TV Network

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My Name Is Earl

Upon discovering that he is the holder of a winning lottery ticket, Earl is hit by a car and the ticket blows out of his hand as he lies unconscious in the street. While recovering in the hospital and watching television, Earl has a karmic epiphany, and sets out to right every wrong he has done...

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Darnell "Crabman" Turner is the alias given to Harry Monroe, a former government assassin who was in the Witness Protection Program. He is Joy's current husband and the the adoptive father of both Earl Jr. and Dodge.

Darnell works at the Crab Shack. He keeps a pet turtle called Mr. Turtle. He graduated from college at age 14. He also is a virtuoso cellist and can identify 254 types of cheese by taste alone ("Buried Treasure"). He can speak French, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic and three other languages. He has black belts in three Martials Arts that end in "Do" ("My Name is Alias"). He is shown to be very intelligent and calm, although no one seems to take notice. He lives in Pimmit Hills Trailer Park.

After being called back to work for the government one last time in a mission with his father, Darnell was able to stop hiding and could embrace his former name of Harry Monroe, although he decided to allow his family and friends to still know him as Darnell ("My Name is Alias") ("Chaz Dalton's Space Academy").

He was shocked to discover, after a DNA test by Earl, that he was not the paternal father of Earl Jr. as he had always thought ("Dodge's Dad").


* Wife: Joy Turner
* Adopted sons: Dodge Turner, Earl Jr. Turner
* Father: Thomas Monroe
* Mother: Crabman's Mother
* Sister: Daneesha Monroe
* Sister: Pam Monroe (deceased)

Past life

His real name is Harry Monroe ("Mailbox"). He was a former assassin in a mysterious government organization, but he left the organization and testifed against it after a mission where he was asked to kill the 9 year-old ruler of a socialist nation ("My Name is Alias"). After this he was placed in the Witness Protection Program, where he was dropped off in Camden County by two agents who informed him he was now to be known as "Darnell Turner". They handed him a folder with information he had to learn about his life, and left him ("Y2K").

Darnell is a Rhodes scholar ("Dodge's Dad").

As Darnell

Darnell took up a job at the Crab Shack as a chef. He met Earl, Joy and Randy there and they became friends, however Earl forgot Darnell's name the next time he saw him and so simply called him Crabman ("Y2K").

After a period of time Darnell began an affair with Joy Hickey, wife of Earl. Despite the affair Joy continued to be with Earl, who was unaware of the affair. Earl and Joy planned to have a child, however when the baby, named Earl Jr. arrived, Earl was shocked to see that he was black, proving that Joy had had an affair ("Pilot").

After Earl was run down by a car, Joy divorced him whilst in hospital and kicked him out of their trailer, allowing Darnell to move in ("Pilot").


Darnell is a calm and forgiving man, something which often seems to be overlooked by many. He is incredibly intelligent, but often does not show this except in fleeting comments. Despite the fact that he had an affair with Earl's wife, the two are still close and he often betrays the trust of Joy to assist Earl, for instance when she tried to poison him and steal his lottery winnings Darnell informed Earl ("Randy's Touchdown"), as he did when when he knew Joy was going to get Oscar for potentially having voodoo like powers which she thought he would use against her ("Little Bad Voodoo Brother").

Episode Screenshots

01x11 - Barn Burner
Season 1, Episode 11
04x16 - Darnell Outed, Part 2
Season 4, Episode 16
02x18 - Guess Who's Coming Out of Joy
Season 2, Episode 18
03x14 - I Won't Die With a Little Help From My Friends: Part 1
Season 3, Episode 14
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