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Review: Scrubs - Our New Girl-Bro

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 1st 2010 10:41PM
Sarah Chalke and Kerry Bishe in Scrubs: Our New Girl-Bro(S09E06) Wow. Just wow.

I knew the first Zach Braff-free episode of this new version of Scrubs was going to be a bit of a bumpy ride, but I didn't think things would be this bad.

It's not just that the episode was lacking in funny. The established characters were mostly written wrong, exhibiting characteristics we've never really seen before. And the med students -- except for Drew -- were so broadly written that they could have been played by anybody.

No wonder why this episode was buried on New Year's Day.

First of all: Elliot. Was that the same person we left at Sacred Heart last year? Granted, she was a much more confident doctor and person at the end of season eight than she was at the beginning of the series. But I didn't recognize this Elliot. She was almost cocky, a characteristic even season eight Elliot never had.

Could she have developed it after getting married to J.D. and getting pregnant? Maybe. But it felt like the writers had another doctor in the original draft and just decided to make the doctor into Elliot. Really, Lucy could have been marveling at any doctor who seemingly "had it all," then called that doctor a "munch" when the doctor left her with her patient. The way it was written, we didn't really see much of what made Elliot such a compelling character all these years. And, if all Bill Lawrence could afford was a couple of full episodes with Sarah Chakle, he and his crew pretty much wasted an opportunity.

On to Turk. Jeez, the guy's got to sack up. He worked for an entire year without J.D. You'd think he'd be used to it. He never seemed to be the needy half of the couple, so having him essentially whine and pout throughout this entire episode was a little off-putting. We like Turk because he's a cocky bastard, comfortable enough in his own skin to be able to dance to "Poison" and feel fine about it. Whiny Turk is not a fun Turk. Maybe palling around with Denise will give him back his mojo.

Oh, and Denise. Didn't she kind of not like Turk? Or was she just disdainful of the whole weird thing he had with J.D.? Now all of a sudden she's liking him? Seems convenient that Turk is turning to her to find people like the Korean Helen Hunt and steal birthday cake from too-chipper employees.

And why would Cox conspire with a med student, even if the med student was his designated #1, to get another med student to do all the scut work? Is that really something Cox would even bother with? Cole is barely worth his time, much less the effort to tell him about some fake ranking system.

Finally, Lucy. Dull as usual. Nothing about her character makes me want to follow her as she moves on in her medical career. And screw-ups like mixing the bachelorette photos for the class slides didn't give me any more reason to sympathize with her.

So, if this is what the new Scrubs is going to look like going forward, then I can understand why ABC is burning off the episodes.

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I don't agree and find your review stupid because well I feel the relationship building between Drew and Denice is a great thing and adds a lot of humor to the show and I find Lucy to be fantastic replacement for John Dorian. And Cole well he's a better version of the Tod. Because well Tod's homosexual jokes kinda just got old as the seasons progressed but the show seems more balanced now. And I feel your criticism of Elliot isn't reasonable because if you take into context that she is pregnant then of course she'd be more cocky and more demanding.
Also the relationship between Denice and Turk was always that good as in the past episode when Turk and JD consoled Denice about her relationship and how she was like an island when it came to sex. In conclusion your criticisms I feel are baseless and are just based on mere hate for a "change" in the set up of the show.

January 04 2010 at 5:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I liked ep 6. I just finished eps 4-6(3 yesterday)and have changed my mind about the show. I didn't like eps 1 or 2 that I didn't want to watch again, but I succumbed and actually enjoyed.

January 03 2010 at 11:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What ever happened to Turk's diabetes, anyway? He was wolfing down that cake!

January 03 2010 at 4:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This episode was definitely just alright. There wasn't the same magic here as there was with JD in the mix. I won't say I think the characters were out of character, per se, but their other traits shone more notably this episode than they ever had before. Elliot had shown confidence of such a level before, but usually she was put in her place by Cox (kind of surprised he didn't have a retort when she jacked his patient) or someone else. Turk was probably mopey for a while after JD left last year as well, but of course we didn't get to see that.

I don't really remember any major interactions with Denise and Turk before now, her making fun of JD and Turk's "guy love" was more taking pokes at JD than Turk. They seemed like more or less acquaintances before now, so I can roll with her becoming Turk's new best friend.

Cox was the only part of this episode, and really this whole season, that I'm not digging. Before he used to be a harsh, but ultimately benevolent and wise teacher. And he was just the same in all the scenes he had with JD this season, but every other time he comes off as this complete jerk who is a jerk for absolutely no reason. It used to be he'd give someone a trial by fire and then explain why he was so cruel to them, and this person (usually JD) would realize why it was necessary to face his wrath.

Now he seems to be getting cheap laughs from the struggles of everyone but his number one student. I expected the end of the episode to include him giving Cole some profound, thought out lesson on why he shouldn't be a douche. No such luck. He doesn't teach through humiliation so much as he just humiliates the new students.

And Lucy has some funny lines and is fairly hot (but I miss the Australian chick- think her name was Maya- in terms of hotness) but she still doesn't feel like the lead character.

January 02 2010 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yikes, this bad. Denise isn't going to do the eagle or half the stuff JD and Turk did. Lucy just whines and not in the fun way Elliot used to. Frick, we're doomed.

The show's lost too much. Carla, Ted, The Janitor, the old Bob Kelso.. New cast is just floundering.

January 02 2010 at 9:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Elliot we saw last night was a different Elliot that has matured. She's different because as she said, she got pregnant. After 8 years of growing, she's matured to the point where we don't need to see her actually change with all the shenanigans.

Review of the episode on my blog.

January 02 2010 at 4:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a strange, sour review. That was a fantastic episode. The transition to post-JD is working very well. The Elliot we saw there is the same Elliot we've known and loved for years. The students are great. Scrubs is changing, but it's as wonderful as ever.

January 02 2010 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You know what.. It got a couple of laughs out of me. It still needs an episode with a big ol' injection of heart though.

January 02 2010 at 5:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I liked it. It's not as good, but a good setup to post-Braff days.

January 02 2010 at 1:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Agree 100%. Such a terrible episode.

January 02 2010 at 12:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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