Newman brought a lot of energy and pent-up good-ol’-boy rage to the creatively foul-mouthed sheriff — he’s an expert on how a country dog feels in the city, or how a goose might use a brass horn for sewage, or something like that. He got laughs (a huge one with a line putting down soap operas), but, along with Alex, also added a touch of humanity in the show. Ed Earl is a man who is fine with prostitution, but can’t manage regular male-female romance. He got to sing of a “Good Old Girl” alone, and Alex’s Mona got her own heart-rending song, “Bus From Amarillo” by her lonesome.
Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd, is in the capable hands of guest star Robert Newman. He takes full advantage of the lawman’s penchant for x-rated language , hair-trigger temper and lack of self-control to express himself vigorously, especially when confronting hypocritical politicians. His feelings for the “Good Old Girl” are obvious, even without words.