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Scrubs: My Nah Nah Nah

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 19th 2009 11:02AM
JD on SportsCenter(S08E11) Ah, the wonders of corporate synergy. ABC has produced Scrubs since day one, but since it aired for seven years on NBC, an episode like tonight's would have probably never gotten made. Actually, it would have gotten made, but SportsCenter would only be referenced, not shown in extended sequences airing on the break room TV. And we wouldn't have gotten an opportunity to see extended shots of Hannah Storm wearing her sexy outfits (she's in her late 40s, a mom, and a respected journalist, but she still rocks those tiny dresses, doesn't she?).

This was an odd episode. Very light in tone, without a lot of guffawable moments. But the dramatic moments were spot on, and the nice easy-going vibe of the episode really reminded me of ones I used to see very early in the show's run. I mean first-season early.

If you watch the first season reruns, you notice there's a lot more "silence" than there was in later episodes (it's not completely silent; you hear the bustle of the hospital in the background). Dialogue was given room to breathe. There wasn't a joke-a-second pace. There was maybe only one Coxian rant per episode. And even though most of what we've seen this season has come close to the pace of those early episode, this one matched it pretty well, despite the lack of laughs.

Another quirky thing about this one: the sudden appearance of Elliot halfway through. I seriously thought this was going to be a Chalke-free episode, figuring it was her turn to take a week off due to the budget. But I guess she only took a half a week off. It was good that she was there, because we got to see everyone, including J.D. tell her what we all want to say: "No one cares about this relationship." It's just a great meta-joke that I hope they carry for the remainder of the season.

More fun stuff:
  • Good to see a Cox/Jordan plot for once. Despite the fact that their relationship is built around "a mutual affection for jet black hate," as Janitor put it, somehow they make it work -- and seem like one of the most real couples on primetime TV outside of TLC's Jon and Kate. The fact that Perry decided to re-don his wedding ring shows yet another sign of his maturing... think they'll be re-married by the end of the season?
  • Lady needed to be as weird as Janitor. She just had to be. This way, Janitor can be as odd as he wants (dinner by firefly light, for instance) and feel comfortable.
  • Funny that when Turk said he had to go to the boss to ask about doing that unconventional therapy for the paralysis patient, he turned away from Cox and went to his real boss... Carla.
  • Also, Carla's witch cackle at J.D. ("You're a girl!") also brought the fans in, because we knew that when Turk said he was "surrounded by girls," he included Vanilla Bear in that mix.
  • Missing cast member alert: None of the biggies. Just Ted. Kelso was there just long enough to power walk through the hospital and laugh derisively at everyone from his Coffee Bucks perch. Oh, and no interns this week.
  • "As I took Elliot's hands and nodded to make her think I was listening..." Oh, that's also a pretty real relationship aspect, isn't it?
  • Odd that J.D. needed to give Turk advice on how to give a patient's family bad news. Seems like he's done it enough over the last eight years, no? Though it gave us the opportunity to see Turk do the gopher dance from Caddyshack.
  • The tag, where J.D. imagines being in the "involuntary luge", looks like it was filmed later, since John McGinley suddenly has a beard. I guess since it was a fantasy sequence, those consistencies don't really matter much...


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Gavin

Call me weird but did the Elliot / JD scenes look fake?
You never saw them in the same scene except for one and it looked like it was one of those split scenes...
Also look for the placement of other characters that hide one of them.
Very weird stuff. Even the hands and hair were fake.

March 21 2009 at 3:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diego M

i love that this show is the only show that gets u with a dramatic scene of a father askin whether his son will be paralized right after a fantasy scene with a tag line
"it's fun to see you, we have to talk. i got bad news, ur son can't walk"

and has a picture of a kitten shruggin!!!

that and the caddyshack cracked me up.

i love me some scrubs after 5 weeks

March 19 2009 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JW

Is it just me or did Kate look different, as in she got some kind of nip tuck to the face? Great episode over all, I thought it was funny when Bob appeared and rubbed it in that he was retired, yet he still visits.

March 19 2009 at 5:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
xtinemichele

What do you mean "none of the biggies"? I love Ted and definitely missed him during the episode! I'm also glad I'm not the only one who noticed Cox's sudden facial hair growth during the last commercial break!

March 19 2009 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kevin

I laughed so hard when Turk thought of the gopher and laughed in the middle of his explaining that his patient would be paralyzed. Then his comment about being "90% sure that the gopher was a puppet" had me laughing for the rest of the night.

March 19 2009 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Grover

Loved the sportscenter stuff.. J.D.'s 'oh, what's this show? is it new?' and his attempts at the theme music, and his adding of lyrics... fantastic.

March 19 2009 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

It looked to me that the fantasy at the end was shot during the 5th season due to cox's beard plus elliot looked different, besides that great episode, so glad that they brought back Dr. Zeltzer the s&m doctor such a funny character, but where's doug wanna see him.

March 19 2009 at 11:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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