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Review: Scrubs - Our True Lies

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 20th 2010 3:25PM
Kerry Bishe as Lucy in Scrubs(S09E10) After last week's seemingly out-of-order interlude with J.D. and Elliot, we're back to the purity of following the med students around, and I have to say, this was the best of those episodes to date.

Given the proper elbow room, you can see even some of the more one-note characters, like Lucy and Drew Cole, grow and change. And, given the fact that even Bill Lawrence thinks it's a 70/30 shot against renewal, it's a bit of a shame; episodes like this make me want to get to know these characters a little more and follow them through their med school trials and tribulations.

Again, the pacing of the episode was slower, and we didn't see as many flashbacks and fantasy sequences. Which is fine with me; I want to get to know these characters with regards to how they interact with each other, not how they fantasize.

So the cheating scenario, where Cox keeps everyone from that med student study group in the same room until one of them admits to cheating on the exam, was very helpful in that regard. Nothing like having all the main characters in the same room for an extended period to see how everyone bounces off each other. It's why there always seems to be one bank robbing / hostage scenario episode on every show.

Here's what we learned: Lucy is overwhelmed, and she chews her hair when she lies, among other things. Drew Cole is actually noble, willing to take the hit for Lucy, especially because everyone expected him to be the cheater, anyway. Hottie Maya really, really has the hots for brainiac Tran ("You're smothering me" might be the funniest line in the episode).

Finally, all the students are going to pull for each other because med school is tough enough and they all feel overwhelmed -- and Drew is the king of second chances. So they'll take Cox's wet re-exam that probably asks who won the 1952 World Series, mainly because they all know they could have been the ones cheating.

I'm really liking Drew and Denise as a couple. Interesting how it was Lucy, horse lover and Denise's polar opposite, that finally convinced Denise to reciprocate Drew's "I love you." Though even Cox is afraid of Denise's "murder eyes," people are starting to see the normal, vulnerable person underneath. Yes, it's a shocker that Denise is capable of love, but if she can match up with anyone, a guy like Drew, whose parents are convinced is dead, seems to be perfect.

Even the Cox-Turk story was fun, because it's interesting to see the peer dynamic develop between the two, especially their deal involving lunchtime pages and hip-hop handshakes. Oh, and it was fun to see Nadine Velasquez in any role, even if it's in a hospital bed. And, good to get some extended face time with The Todd. You knew that with lesbians in the area, it would have been criminal for him to have the day off.

I still don't know what they're doing with Ken Jenkins. Kelso is just randomly hanging around the hospital now, talking about the "good old days" when doctors used to talk to their patients? I seem to recall Chief of Medicine Kelso hated talking to patients. Maybe he was more of a conversationalist in those heady, sexual harassment filled days of the sixties and seventies.

Like I said, this one was fun to watch. Hopefully, the last three episodes will build on this.

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I was kind of hoping that if the show comes back they make Drew the new central character. He keeps dropping hints that his last ten years have been totally different than any of the other people at the hospital.

I miss the old Sacred Heart building. I don't understand why they stopped filming in the old hospital. It always was a teaching hospital, and putting it right on campus makes no sense.

January 22 2010 at 12:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joel Keller

It was a matter of real-life costs and logistics. The first eight years of Scrubs were shot at an abandoned hospital in the San Fernando Valley. This year, both Scrubs and Cougar Town are shot on adjacent soundstages in Culver City. This helps Lawrence keep tabs on both shows more easily and helps reduce costs. So instead of recreating the old hospital on the new soundstage, they decided to "move" and "rebuild" Sacred Heart and update the sets.

January 22 2010 at 8:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This show may be getting better, but it's still awful.

Let's see:
Yet another episode where Lucy has a hard time with a basic task of medical school, gets a second chance and everything works out in the end.

And it works out in the end because everyone is OK with cheating because school is hard. Was this episode green lighted by AIG & Citibank, and Al Capone? It's ok to cheat if things are hard. That's the message? Seriously?

And I think Bill Lawrence has a thing for mismatched sexual pairs for cheap jokes. Remember when Denise used to like fat chicks, but now she doesn't because she's paired with the "hot but edgy" guy? What happened to that personality trait? Oh it was only a vehicle to make fat guy jokes.

Instead of Denise, now he's paired up Aussie and Asian, and good for a joke an episode before they fade back into the background.

January 21 2010 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John From Raleigh

Scrubs 2.0 just keeps getting better and better. Last week and this week were great episodes highlighting each of the new characters. I like the addition of pretty blond doc and the Asian guy. His comment about, "stop being so needy" was great as she dreamily looked into his eyes.

I really do wish ABC would keep the show on the air. It is funny, I never watched ABC before Scrubs. Now, I am watching MFamily and CTown as a direct result of catching the promo's during Scrubs episodes.

January 21 2010 at 1:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The show is improving on a weekly basis. I am amazed that a sitcom rewrite mixing old and new is even remotely working at this stage. ABC should at least give this a half season order for next year.

I do like how they are showing a bunch of episodes in order to get people hooked. Nothing worse than a 6 episode run then nothing, then 6 then nothing. You know, like V.

January 20 2010 at 11:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dump the Lucy character -- she's bland, boring and a pathetic character to have a once dynamic show revolve around.

I can tolerate Cole better now but only because he's the butt of many of the other characters' jokes (or jabs, in the case of Drew).

Drew and Denise are great and should be more front & center in the storylines. Don't soften Denise too much.

Why is Judy Reyes not returning? The show could really use Carla's sass again.

January 20 2010 at 9:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really enjoyed this episode. However, I still haven't quite warmed up to Lucy. I feel that all of the other characters are well fleshed out and the actors fit their roles. However, both Lucy and the actress playing her seem out of sorts. I know BL won't pull her anytime soon, but if they start alternating amongst the main characters for voice overs & point-of-views, I think that would also help.

Despite what BL says, I see this as Scrubs 2.0. Although I enjoy the new characters, I don't feel that burst of energy from the new cast that the original cast displayed during the first three seasons. I love Jo, but with each episode, they've decreased her evil while increasing her makeup. I love that Cox and the janitor stayed strong for the first 2 seasons, so I'd love to see more of the Jo from last season.

However, I am increasingly loving Cole and Kelso. Last season, he stated that the position forced him to morph into evil. So, I love his slow re-construction as the old school doc randomly doling out advice.

January 20 2010 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I will be devastated if scrubs gets canceled. This show is finally starting to catch its stride. They need to put it on Wed to help the ratings. Its hands down the best comedy/drama on tv. I love how Bill Lawrence can pull that off

January 20 2010 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Definitely a better episode. I really do like Cole, I said last review he reminded me of Shawn Spencer and I'm seeing it more now with his willingness to protect his girl but still be an annoying prick about it. I also felt Lucy's story was really HER story and not just a rehash of a JD plot. I think I'm actually a little happy Scrubs returned now. Though I don't really care if its cancelled quite yet.

January 20 2010 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This kind of episode is exactly what I was pulling for. I thought the Turk call to Carla was silly as Judy Reyes is never coming back and let's just drop this outside distraction. They coud incorporate more nurses, though, as they were more than background noise in the good ol' days (last year)

January 20 2010 at 4:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think you mean Cole in 2 spots.

The first is where you got to see more of one dimensional characters like lucy and drew(did you mean cole)

and also cole was the heroic going to take the blame not drew

January 20 2010 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joel Keller

Yep, that's what I meant. Thanks. All fixed.

January 20 2010 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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