My Name Is Earl:
Season: 1 / Episode: 10
White Lie Christmas
Date: December 6, 2005
This Television Episode plays Away in a Manger
An instrumental version of this song plays as Earl and Joy pretend to still be married, to keep Joy's parents from discovering that they have been divorced for many years.
Earl has wrecked every Christmas he's spent with Joy, so he, Randy and Catalina try to win a Dodge Neon in a contest wherein they had to keep their hands on said car, in an attempt to get Joy the car for a Christmas present. Earl is eliminated when he goes to shake hands with Randy, so it's up to Catalina and Randy to win the car. Earl decides to correct his mistake of wrecking Dodge's and Earl Jr.'s Christmas one year in the meantime. He then finds out that Joy never told her parents that she and Earl were no longer married, and lied about his absence by saying he was serving in Iraq. She explains to Earl that her father is a racist and would freak if he knew she were married to Darnell. Joy's mother has also been struck with rheumatoid arthritis and kidney failure, and needs dialysis and is in a wheelchair. Earl finds out that this is a lie; she has been gambling away the "dialysis" money at an Indian casino. Earl has much work to do if he wants this Christmas to go well.