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Review: Scrubs - Our Drunk Friend

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 1st 2009 10:28PM
Kerry Bishe and John C. McGinley in Scrubs: Our Drunk Friend(S09E02) Here is where we see glimpses of what Scrubs: Med School could be. Lucy gets too involved with a case. Denise opens up -- well, at least as much as she can open up -- to Drew. Cole being Cole. Cox overseeing everything with his lit-on-fire rantings.

But they're just glimpses. As in the premiere, the more memorable stuff was from the old crew and how they interacted with each other. The most troubling part of that was J.D., or, more accurately, the Two J.D.s.

On the one hand, we have the mature, kind, and professorial J.D., the one who is mentoring Lucy and imparting all the wisdom he's learned over the last eight years. And we have the jaded and grizzled veteran J.D., who knew that Lucy's alcoholic patient Alan wasn't going to get himself any help. If that's the J.D. we're going to get in the six episodes Zach Braff is in, I'll take it.

But, mixed in is the silly and needy J.D., the one that seems to appear and disappear depending on the season. Last year, he was mostly gone, but this year he seems to be back with a vengeance. He tries to take Cox's "#1" sign away from Drew; he conducts class from a tree and is afraid of getting back down. He coos at Turk like he's Denzel Washington in The Great Debaters. He thinks to himself that he looks "dynamite" in a cloak. It's a J.D. that's always funny, but this version of him needs to be dialed back a bit so the other characters can shine.

I'm really enjoying Michael Mosley as Drew. Because he's older than the rest of the students, his character has some backstory to explore. I mean, who doesn't want to know about his bald black guy phase (was it like a Turk/J.D. bromance or something not as innocent?).

Drew's budding "relationship" with Denise has also been fun. Eliza Coupe was the only one of last year's young crop to show that her character can have depth, and the glimpse we saw tonight leads me to believe she'll be a lot more than the scary Gremlin that Turk described her to be. As long as she continues to have that hard shell, though, I'll be happy. I mean, who doesn't like to see a hot girl say she's "losing wood?"

I'm still not sure what to think about Dave Franco as Cole or Kerry Bishé as Lucy. Cole's just a caricature right now, notwithstanding his mom issues (don't care how hot she is, it's not OK to have a "wingmom" to help you pick up girls). Lucy is supposed to be the emotional center of the show, and at times it looks like Bishé has the comedic and acting skills to pull it off. But in other scenes... well... she just seems like "generic blonde skittish girl." I guess we'll find out as time goes on.

More fun stuff:

  • Cox still calls J.D. "newbie."
  • I hope the Aussie student is still around in subsequent episodes, and not just because Cox calls her "centerfold."
  • It seems very Coxian to make Drew send a pic of himself wearing the sign every ten minutes. Even when he's in the shower. How does he keep his phone dry?
  • "Hopefully he's gonna die someplace else, like in a yard or somebody's shed." - Cox on Alan the drunk patient.
  • Denise to Cole: "I don't know what orlando-based boy band rejected you, but you do what I tell you."
  • What's with the rash of Gremlins jokes lately? White Collar had one, and I think I've heard references to the movie elsewhere. Did the Blu-ray of it come out recently?
  • Some Todd goodness in this episode: "Naive five!"
  • Loved Lucy's fantasy of her story being a Lifetime movie, with Antonio Sabado Jr. -- her "safely ethnic dreamboat" -- as Alan the drunk. Nice wig on J.D. in that one.
  • Is it confusing to you that we are in both J.D.'s and Lucy's head? Lawrence has asserted, despite some questions from the network, that the audience is smart enough to keep track. I think he's right; it hasn't been distracting at all.
  • Kelso is great as the womanizer. I hope he does hit Cole's mom "like a big rig with no brakes."

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I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked the show. It's a very good balance of old & new. I agree though that it might lose a lot of its steam when JD leaves...

December 02 2009 at 9:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to JZ's comment

Zach said in a video on the ABC page that he will return in future seasons, if people like it.


December 05 2009 at 6:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The new scrubs is horrible. Overdone on the production. The new characters are horrible, show poor acting skills, have no range, and aren't funny.

They should have ended the series, for good. Huge mistake.

December 02 2009 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yme Sandelmann

I really like the new "Scrubs" (or is it called "Med School"?). I enjoy every character except Cole, and weirdly enough I did not miss Carla, Ted, Janitor or Elliott (first minute does not count). And even weirder: My favorite character, J.D. was totally messing with the flow of the show. I think I would have liked it even more without him. Because this show seems more grounded than the "original" Scrubs... J.D. pulled it down to "insane" a few times.
Oh and I wish they'll keep the nickname "Monkeynuts" for Lucy. I found that to be hilarious!

December 02 2009 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh my gosh this show/reboot idea was bad.
Rude rich guy, bunch of random boring blondes, Australian accent jokes (seriously?), a bikini car wash (seriously?), and an edgy dude. 2 random slutty hookups.

They left out the hooker with the heart of gold. That's the only way it could get more formulaic.

December 02 2009 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We are in both Lucy amd JD's minds because when he leaves, she takes over and the transition will be easier.
I do not miss the control-freak Carla at all

December 02 2009 at 8:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Okay, after two episodes, one thing remains clear:

David Franco is HORRIBLE.

Not the character. The "rich douche bag" character is a comedy staple, and can used to good affect.

But David Franco is killing it, and I don't mean in a good way, with his terrible acting.

Maybe it's a choice, or its direction, but either way, this kid can't act his way out of a wet paper bag.

Maybe they should go get his brother, who's slumming it over on a soap opera, to come in and take his place.

If this show comes back for a second season, I'm not watching it with this non-acting tool attached.

December 02 2009 at 7:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm liking it so far, but I get the feeling it could collapse once JD is gone.

December 02 2009 at 4:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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December 02 2009 at 9:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm digging everything so far, and I don't think they're leaning on the old vets as much as feared. Yeah, they're still there (for now) and they're great and funny, but I'm like the new setup and Lucy and Drew seem cool. Still on the fence about Cole, but I'm sure they'll flesh him out. Good stuff.

Also, I thought Drew said in the first episode that he spent some time in prison. I'm guessing that's where the bald black dude phase happened.

December 02 2009 at 1:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought I would hate the new J.D. (Lucy) but the character and actor aren't bad. J.D. and Eliot were both a bit ditzy, and Lucy has that quality. Though she's spent a lot of both episodes sad and mopey (which can get annoying).

This show looks like good but I don't think it'll be on my "must-see" list.

And I hate the Cole character - both the character (I can't imagine ever reconciling the incredible ego and arrogance of him) and the actor. As Rose's boyfriend on Privileged, he was okay but his habit of talking through clenched teeth is really annoying. Hopefully he will be seen only sparingly (like Todd is/was).

I'm glad they kept Denise from last season, though. And glad to see the old crew back (and super glad the janitor is gone!).

December 02 2009 at 1:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Guess Who

The producers had the almost impossible task of keeping enough of what people loved about the old show, while introducing new elements to make it fresh. Walking that tight rope isn't easy and they did an exceptional job given that it difficult to meet everyone expectations (just ask George Lucas).

December 01 2009 at 11:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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