All-star night on 'Raising Hope' includes 'My Name Is Earl' reunion and Hilary Duff guest spot
It was an all-star party for the eccentric, lovable Chance clan on Tuesday night's back-to-back episodes of "Raising Hope." And not just any party -- a birthday party! Little Hope turned 3 on the first installment, "Making the Band," and she had some familiar guests to help her ring in the special occasion: the cast of "My Name is Earl" -- which, along with "Raising Hope," was created by Emmy Award–winner Greg Garcia.
Jason Lee (the lead on "My Name is Earl") reprised his role as troubled rock 'n' roller Smokey Floyd -- only now he's on the mend and making amends after a stint on "Rehab With the Stars." He shows up at the Chances' door with a list of people he wronged and needs to apologize to -- hmm, that storyline definitely sounds familiar to "Earl" fans!
Jaime Pressly and Ethan Suplee ("My Name Is Earl's" Joy Turner and Randy Hickey) return as Virginia and Burt's neighbors Donna and Andrew -- only this time in costume. Eddie Steeples ("Earl's" Darnell "Crabman" Turner) pops in as the pizza man delivering festive fare to the party, and Nadine Velazquez ("Earl's" Catalina Aruca) shows up as Valentina, a party supply store employee delivering a not-so-memorable party activity.
When Jimmy and his wife, Sabrina, try to keep up the Joneses, they realize that they simply don't have enough dough to throw an epic birthday party with all the trimmings like the other parents do. But after they notice that Hope (Jimmy's daughter with a now-deceased serial killer) is taking on some of the lonely-kid traits Jimmy had, they are determined to try.
Virginia and Burt attempt to show them how it's done without spending beaucoup bucks, but it all backfires when pizza guy Tyler appears with two tiny pizzas, the bouncy castle is just a minitrampoline, and the cake has a picture of a shirtless Barney (Gregg Binkley) instead of a picture of Hope. Not to mention that Donna and Andrew are dressed as beauty and the beaver and are bombing onstage in front of the kids -- even their attempt to dance "Gangnam Style" doesn't interest the discerning tykes.
It's also worth noting that Donna and Tyler can't stop making eyes and salacious comments at each other, which should be no surprise to "Earl" fans, as these two played a very affectionate couple.