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Scrubs: My New Role

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 4th 2009 8:35AM
John C. McGinley as Cox(S08E07) Readers got all over my case because I didn't like either of last week's episodes, which is fair. Fans of the show are just happy that it's getting back to a rhythm that hasn't been seen since its earliest seasons. And I appreciated that dramatic parts of both episodes; I just didn't think the funny parts were funny enough.

This week was different.The mix of drama and comedy was much better in both episodes. This one was the slightly better of the two, mainly because it focused on the great John C. McGinley.

One of the more interesting turns of character in this final season is how Cox and Kelso are becoming friends. It makes sense, though, because the only person who can understand the pain of being Chief of Medicine is Kelso, and Cox is going to need him in order to do the job without going crazy. But what was just as interesting was who else Kelso decided to coach.

After Kelso's speech to J.D. on how to fight Cox for what he wants, the torch was officially passed: Cox is the new Kelso, and now J.D. is the new Cox. J.D. is going to be the pain in Cox's backside, being tenacious to the point of annoyance in order to care for the patients. It was cool to see that J.D. has the maturity to take that role, despite the fact that he knows it's going to make Cox hate him more than he does already.

But the reason why I highlighted McGinley is that you could see the resignation in his face when he realized how much of a draining trap the job is, and not just because he has to deal with the Janitor's picture antics or that he's in charge of the care and feeding of Ted. When you're the man in charge, everyone wants something from you, whether it's a favor or a decision. The fact that he couldn't get out of his office on the first day gave him that foreboding feeling of "what did I just get myself into?", and McGinley communicated it well.

The B-plot was fun if only because we saw a lot of Carla and Elliot. And with Eliiot, we saw the combination of insecurity -- telling the nurses that everyone heard Carla say she's her best friend, for instance -- and supreme confidence that makes her such a compelling character.

More fun stuff:
  • We got a glimpse of Kelso at home for the first time. Is it more than a bit creepy that he names the angels on his fountains?
  • Missing cast member alert: No Turk this week. But it made for a fun joke to have Intern Katie pass messages and pictures between Chocolate Bear and Vanilla Bear. The pic of J.D. with cactus hands was funny, if only because the cacti were so cartoonish.
  • Elliot trying to go low on "Swing Low, Sweet Charriot" makes me wonder why Scrubs only starting doing those credit tags this year.
  • Mickhead gets an extended sequence! Who knew that M.D. stood for "I Make the Decisions?"
  • Notice who else was on the "Never, ever, hever enter this office list" with J.D.: Hooch (that Hooch is crazy, after all) and Jordan.
  • Janitor's calendar is complicated... every Monday is "Bongo Day." Nice way to bring that joke back from the cold open (and a nice move to have Janitor bongo into the opening notes of the theme song).

OK, on to the next episode.

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Or Ukulele or whatever. Tiny instrument *snicker*

February 05 2009 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to StillBash's comment
Eric H


February 06 2009 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think you mean "loser."

February 08 2009 at 9:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You are right this one was the better episode but simply because I can't stand Ted. And the banjo lady had an enormous nose ;-)

February 05 2009 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The opening reminded me of that Volkswagon ad from a while ago - in a good way.

February 04 2009 at 8:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diego M

i loved bongo day, the opening was great. Cox expects JD to be overly emotional and plan something for Cox but JD doesn't have anything so he just taps his pen and the music comes alive and there are BONGOS.

that was a great open and the credit joke was great, the black doctor just stares at elliot

February 04 2009 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Gross

i'm loving kelso's role this year... he's funny and not so one dimensional

February 04 2009 at 10:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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