Earl Hickey is a reformed low-life determined to right his past wrongs. In the "Orphan Earl" episode,
Joy and her friends have been scamming an unwitting good samaratin for money for their fake charities for years.
After his death, all of his money is left to their charities and Earl is determined to stop Joy and her friends from collecting.
Amanda gave a hilarious performance as Tammy, one of Joy's trailer park neighbors and co-cospirators. One of her lines was mentioned in a TV guide review
as one of the best of the episode. This episode
was regarded by fans of the show as one of the best episodes of the season.