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Scrubs: My Soul on Fire (part one)

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 8th 2009 11:02PM
Scrubs: My Soul on Fire (Part 1)(S08E14) As Homer Simpson might say, "The Scrubs are going to the Bahamas!"

For eight years, Scrubs hasn't ventured all that much away from Sacred Heart and it's surrounding environs. There was an RV-based road trip to Washington so J.D. can see Kim, and J.D. somehow ended up in Las Vegas during an extended fantasy/reality sequence. But other than that, the gang's lives have been confined to the claustrophobic world of the hospital.

But Bill Lawrence must have figured, what the heck, it's the last season, so he shipped everyone down to the Bahamas for a well-deserved location shoot in paradise. And, I've got to tell you, part one is the funniest episode of the season (I've seen part two, and it ain't bad either). I'll tell you why after the jump.

This one is funny because it's pure old-school Scrubs, only in a tropical setting: there are no interns, and the entire cast is on hand to interact with each other and just be goofy. We get Elliot's sudden revulsion to redheads, J.D. buying tikis from a middle-aged and bitter Greg Brady, Jordan asking her plastic surgeon to hook her up to the "fat vac," and Kelso doing nothing but drinking Bahama Mamas at the hotel bar.

The plot device to get everyone down there -- Janitor and Lady invite the entire hospital to a non-wedding, just to get 800 gifts -- fits right in with Janitor's personality. And J.D. wrangling everyone to take the trip (including The Todd, even though he didn't mean to include his table in his request) makes sense for him, too.

It's odd, though, to see J.D. be the mature one in the Jelliot relationship. We've seen signs from earlier this year that Elliot will want to see "grand gestures" from J.D. every so often, but she seems to be putting on the super-crazy hat in this one. It was sweet, though, to see the two of them talk about how much they love each other in an adult manner before she went off the reservation.

More fun stuff:
  • Christa Miller and Sarah Chalke in bikinis. Then watching Chalke wolf down conch fritters when her task (being hot in a bikini) is done. It was fun with the contrast of Carla in her hideous beach-mom gear ("It doesn't look any better walking away," said Cox).
  • I was wondering where Lloyd -- and Murphy for that matter -- had gone to. Braintrust stories have always been iffy for me, but I liked how Janitor is now offering seminars for Braintrust members in his garage, which are mandatory... and for a fee.
  • I really thought the tiki joke would be more developed. But maybe that's the joke; they're just souveniers, not cursed idols. Damn those Bradys...
  • J.D.:"Look, an eel." Turk: "No, that's me, I'm naked." At least J.D. knows his limits; the guy who insists on doing a "downstairs" bump with Turk was creeped out by that eel.
  • Ted soaks up sunscreen like sponge. And he's still Kelso's toady, even though Kelso can't do anything to him anymore. Maybe he's stressed out by his relationship with his mother...
  • Who knew that Turk actually chooses to pee in the pool, even when there's a bathroom nearby?
  • Finally, I did a Scrubs quiz for Parade.com. Go on over and take it, then come back here and let us know how you did.


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TheBigGuy

This week was "okay" but I liked last weeks "My Full Moon" episode much better. To me, this week's episode seem kind of juvenile and "slap sticky" while last weeks eisode dealt more with the characters, even if the only regular characters were Turk and Elliot (plus the assortment of new interns).

Maybe it is time for Scrubs to go when they can no longer satisfy both the type of people who liked last week's episode and the type of people who liked this week's episode in one and the same episode.

April 09 2009 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diego M

awesome episode. the lloyd scene was funny

"i faked my death to avoid a bookie, but he saw me at the mall"

good to see doug again.

and damn elliot got a flat booty, she should eat a few more of those steaks

April 09 2009 at 1:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fsu120

I only missed one on the quiz. This was much easier than the 24 quiz.

April 09 2009 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Johnzo

the downstairs comment was hilarious...

April 09 2009 at 12:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rahul

the whole deal with the Mouse Network not wanting to show the banana hammock made the Todd on the beach joke dumb, it was pure Elvis on the Sullivan Show

April 08 2009 at 11:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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