Scrubs: Their Story II
by Joel Keller, posted Mar 26th 2009 9:06AM
(S08E12) It's always fun when Scrubs takes its annual trip outside of J.D.'s head and lets us know what some of the other people around Sacred Heart are thinking. Considering we've heard from just about everyone else, it was nice to give the interns a chance in the spotlight. And, after last week's heartfelt but mostly laugh-free episode, it was good to see the show come back to the funny standard it had set for itself this year.
I'm starting to realize that if Bill Lawrence had actually taken the plunge and given us a spin-off featuring the interns, the character whose head we'd be in would be Denise / Jo. Yes, Jo's caustic. Yes, she's got about as much sympathy as a rock. But she seems to be the most well-developed character of all the interns, the one whose history we already know a little about and the one we know is ripe to go through a transformation over time. It doesn't hurt that Eliza Coupe a) does such a great job and b) is so darn nice to look at...
I thought it was funny how Jo never played into Elliot's constant need for validation on everything about her that wasn't medical. "I think that dress is inappropriate to wear in a hospital, but you're totally rocking it." It shows that she has a backbone but still knows what's needed to get the job done. And it's good to see that she's learning to take the heat when necessary.
By the way, isn't it funny how Elliot seems to be completely confident in her medical abilities but a mess about everything else? It's like we have a combination of early-day Elliot and last-three-seasons Elliot this year. I welcome the change...
It seems we have a young Turk (pun definitely intended) in Derek, a new surgical intern. It did seem like things were out of balance, intern-wise, between medical and surgical. I liked hearing what he was thinking, like when he chided himself for snidely comparing J.D. to Martin Luther King (which J.D. took seriously, of course). But I have to wonder what intern in their right mind would charge back into a cafeteria and yell at two attendings, the head nurse, and the chief of medicine on his first week on the job. Now, Cox is the kind of chief who probably admires that the guy stood up to him, but I can't see this realistically happening at an actual teaching hospital. But, who knows? A lot of times I thought this show took creative license when in fact the events they dramatized actually happened.
More fun stuff:
- I really do think Neil Flynn's entire role is now improvised, from him saying he's been hypnotized for 15 years to how he interacted with is robotized cart.
- Missing cast member alert: No Ken Jenkins as Kelso.
- Funny how that cart went from radio-controlled to almost sentinent ("It's learning..."). It seems like the writers are reserving all their whacked-out non-fantasy stuff for Janitor this year.
- I'm still getting used to Sunny. Good to see that she wanted to be included in Janitor's sick taunting, though.
- Even J.D.'s fantasies are turning on him: In the strutting fantasy, Turk goes to choke him when he learns J.D. used his removed testicle as a disco ball.
- Ah, the circle of life: Cox is the new Kelso, and J.D. is the new Cox.
- Gotta love how Jo's fantasy about enhanced Elliot's "I told ya so!" dance became a reality (without the split, though). It shows how literal her thinking is. And it gave us a chance to see Elliot's robot again. That whole segment showed why Sarah Chalke needs her own series; she's got that "go-for-it" comedic mentality that I haven't seen since Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
- Carla flirted with Derek. Odd.. "Be careful, she likes brown men. We both do," said J.D.
- Carla also delivered my favorite line to Turk: "If we do hook up tonight, for once, you won't be the only one thinking about J.D."