Scrubs: My Manhood
But then something happened: the episode got funny. Not peak-level Scrubs funny, not even peak-level season seven funny. But it at least gave me hope that Bill Lawrence and his gang have enough in the tank to give us another twenty or so episodes (between what's left this season and what they'll likely shoot for ABC next year) and not make me want to stick a fork in my eye or, worse yet, turn the show off altogether.
The Janitor hasn't had much to do lately, aside from wielding his knife-wrench last week (nice catch from the commenters on that one), so the newsletter plot was good to see. I've always enjoyed seeing him screw with Cox, because he truly is the only person, with the possible exception of Jordan, who isn't afraid of ol' Per. Admittedly, I do miss seeing him torture J.D., but I guess that joke had played itself out. Anyway, the current brain trust of Murphy, Ted, and The Todd has been a funny one, especially when The Todd gives an "entire Coffee Bucks high-five."
Is it me or have J.D. and Turk been oddly antagonistic towards each other lately? First it was last week's "suck it, bitch!" gag and now we have them beating on each other and Turk chasing his Vanilla Bear down the halls of Sacred Heart. It just seems weird. Yes, I get it that the "remote wrestling" and other aggressive acts by Turk were a compensation for his testicle being removed (by the way, I was wondering if I had missed the episode where he went to visit his brother, then everything was explained). And I get that J.D. wanted to show his son Sam that he wasn't a wuss. But seeing the two of them beat on each other was a little unsettling. Though hearing how J.D.'s inner monologue sounds while he's being sat on might have made the plot worthwhile.
By the way, even though they were beating on each other, the "Guy Love" duo did take the time to admit what we all knew... Turk: "I think we're a little bit married." J.D.: "I know, and it's great."
It's interesting how the continuation of the Kelso forced-retirement plot had more to do with Elliot than it did with Bobbo himself. And, did they ever show what happened with the male patient who was mortified that he had breast cancer? Usually, Scrubs follows through on those stories, but they dropped the ball here. Anyway, even though almost none of Elliot's stories end with the phrase "and then he hung himself," it was funny that Kelso thought that was the case. Of course, both of her stories ended that way this week, but at least one of them lived. We also found out that Dr. Reid once dreamt of having sex with a half-dolphin version of Kelso, even though we don't know which half was dolphin-ized. Hmm. I don't think I want to know.
Other fun stuff:
- I do really feel bad for Kelso at this point. No one's scared of him, he's got an eating problem, and he's puttering around the hospital waiting for someone to kick him out. It was getting sad. Luckily, Elliot and Carla -- and, I'd guess Cox, eventually -- will help him keep his job.
- The overly aggressive patient J.D. faced at the beginning of the episode was played by Mindy Sterling (Frau from Austin Powers). I once guested on a segment of Attack of the Show with her, debating the merits and demerits of Saturday Night Live. I'd like to say I kicked her ass, but she got her points in pretty well. She's definitely a funny actress; I wish we saw her more often.
- Mindy's husband was played by Michael McDonald of Mad TV, who played extraordinarily frank patient Mike Davis in three episodes (and voiced Dr. Toilet last year). However, I think his role here is different. And way too brief.
- I love the shocked look on J.D.'s face when he found out that C-Bear had a ball removed. That part of the story -- remember, Turk tells J.D. everything -- wasn't really examined, was it?
- When J.D. went to give Cox a hug, Cox asked "You saw the interview, too?" J.D.'s classic response: "What interview?" J.D. always thinks Coxie needs a hug; he didn't need some fake article in The Janitorial to tell him that.
- How can you "sit 'n' surf" (or was it "squat 'n' surf?") without burning your lap? Those laptops are kinda warm.
- Don't ever, ever call the Janitor stupid. Even if he didn't go to Harvard (or Yale), he's smarter than most of the doctors there. Heck, J.D. still thinks one testicle creates boys while the other creates girls.
- Another extended fantasy sequence this week, but this one was at least reasonably funny: The "Turk tree" that grew from the extracted ball would have been a lame gag if not for Donald Faison's squeaky mumbling as the plant.
- Murphy wanted to get Hello Kitty toe tags to put on the dead kids. That's just wrong.
- The Todd's upskirt camera was an obvious sight gag (he could just use his cell phone), but it still generated a nice chuckle from me.
|Yes. The old fart has it coming for being so mean.||90 (38.3%)|
|No. He's still a good doctor.||145 (61.7%)|