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Scrubs: My Half Acre/Her Story II

by Ryan j Budke, posted Feb 8th 2006 4:10PM
mandy moore scrubs dark hairWe interrupt Chris' regularly scheduled review of Scrubs to bring you my views and musings on NBC's brilliant gem. I'm going to be reviewing both of last night's episodes in one review, which works out nicely since they flowed more or less as one story. They both centered around guest star Mandy Moore as JD's new girlfriend. A case of art imitating life since these two are dating (and rumored to be engaged) in real life. I'm sure it's the same for girls, but guys have a couple of different groupings for their celebrity crushes. There's the *ahem* fantasies of Angelina Jolie, Shakira, and Keira Knightley, and then you've got those girls that you just wish you had as your girlfriend; Natalie Portman, Reece Witherspoon and Keira Knightley (what can I say, I've got a thing for her). Very high a top that latter list for most guys is Mandy Moore. She just comes across as one of the generally sweetest girls you could ever hope to meet, and these episodes certainly helped cement that persona. I hate Zach Braff. On with the show!

JD and Julie (Mandy Moore) hit it off right off the bat, and were quickly smitten with each other. The one fact that JD kept coming back to over and over in his mind though, was that it was Elliot's line "I'm so glad I found you" (very smooth line by the way) that she told JD to say when the moment was right, that really convinced Julie of her feelings for him. JD was already fearing that she may be right all the time, when Elliot warned him that he was moving too fast with Julie. He quickly dismissed her sage-like advice though, and bought a half acre lot with her. We all know how well JD is with girls, too, so it was only a matter of time before he managed to self-destruct anyway. He locked on to one little quirk of Julie's and managed to blow it way out of proportion. Before letting it go too far though, his friends had an intervention and made him stop and realize what an amazing girl she really was. He stopped, and he did realize how amazing she was. When he admitted his long-term plans for himself and where she fit into them though, Julie confessed that she wasn't sure that was what she even wanted with her life. They went their separate ways.

I liked these episodes, they weren't my favorites, but they were still pretty good. As I said in my intro, Mandy Moore came off very convincingly as the hot yet approachable girl that she probably is. She's the one true "crossover" stars that every pop princess of the late 90's tried to be, and has nothing but a bright future ahead of her. I do hope that they don't "focus" the show on JD's search for love. It's been a great part of the story so far, but it's just that: a part. More than anything, this show has seemed to be about "growing up," and the hospital is just the setting for this story. That's not saying I don't want JD to be happy and finally find someone (even though I still think Elliot's his perfect match), it's just that I don't want the show to become Scrubs: The Quest for JD's Love.  Let me know what you think.

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