Scrubs: My Chief Concern
by Joel Keller, posted May 6th 2009 9:43AM
(S08E17) After the roll the show's been on lately, it was kind of weird to see Scrubs hit a bit of a creative pothole right before the series/season/show-as-we-know-it finale. Lots of personal character movement happened during this one, but the laughs were few and far between. And, despite the upheavals, we're still dealing with some of the interns, signifying life goes on at Sacred Heart. It was just a weird mix, and it made for a decent but not great episode.
Like I mentioned two weeks ago, J.D. is finally starting to make decisions like an adult, and the consequence is that his relationship with Turk is going to change forever. Sure, they'll still be friends, but not to the same super-close degree that they had been since the first day of college. Once you start having kids, that 37-minute drive to your friend's house starts feeling like 37 days, and usually communication goes from in person to phone to text messages and an occasional visit. That's just the way it is.
And J.D. seems to be accepting that reality; he took the job at Kim's hospital (after hitting it off with Dr. Mantoots -- heh) because he knows it's the right thing to do for his son. This was one of the rare occasions where Turk was the hurt party, throwing his new chief of surgery job in his pal's face as a way of acting out. At least they got to get some blueberries that were cultivated from human poop while figuring it all out...
Notice that there was no drama between Elliot and J.D. about his job switch and move. The only thing that came close was Elliot saying that they should just go for it and live together, like Gooch and Ted are about to do. Bill Lawrence is really sticking to his guns on this one, making it so not about Jelliot, you barely even remember they're a couple half the time. I like that.
Janitor seems to hate change, doesn't he? "Change begets change" was how he described it. Of course, it's because he's not happy with how Lady is changing his life; he may actually have to live with actual people -- Lady's sister and her son -- rather than stuffed woodland creatures. And that just freaks him out. So all the change going on around him makes him even more nervous. Janitor needs his Braintrust, his punitive non-cleaning measures, and needs to be in charge, and Lady is disrupting all that. It'll be interesting to see how that plays out in tonight's finale.
More fun stuff:
- Only one big fantasy sequence, but a fun one: J.D. and Turk in charge of the hospital. For some reason, I laughed hard when Turk smacked the bowl of pudding out of Carla's hands.
- This ep was definitely a Neil Flynn improv show, between Janitor's speech to his nephew-in-law about keeping the anger in to his antics as Caged Janitor in Turk and J.D.'s fantasy.
- Loved Turk's multiple Chief of Surgery ID badges... the one with the Chief hat, the one with the scapels...
- Forgot to mention the intern story. There was really no resolution to Elliot taking the blame for Denise, was there? Maybe we'll see more of that tonight, but usually the intern or the doctor learns a lesson from his or her actions, but that didn't happen here.
- The only thing that came out of the Denise story (besides her thinking that Derek was named Eric) is that there's an inkling that Cox is going to miss J.D. We've seen snippets of how he's really felt about Newbie in the past, but I hope tonight it comes out in that gruff but stern way Cox always displays and he doesn't become a blubbering mess.
- Who did the failed backflip for John McGinley? It was odd to see any physical humor coming from him.
- Man, Ted and Gooch are adorable together. And we get to hear another cutsey song from the cutsey Kate Micucci, which is always welcome.
- The Todd finally has reached swinger status. That seemed to be the final frontier for him. He was definitely born in the wrong decade, wasn't he? But he also seems to have found a partner in Jimmy the Overly Touchy Ordely... they make Janitor seem normal.
- Ted having sex... ugh, right? It's gross even to Ted.