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Scrubs is a comedy about John "J.D." Dorian, a young doctor who begins his first job at Sacred Heart Hospital in California. The show is narrated from JD's perspective as he learns lessons about how to survive in a touch but rewarding career. NBC 2001-08. ABC 2009-10.

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Episode 10 - My Comedy Show

18 September 2012

Synopsis: JD and Turk organise the intern’s comedy roast and end up as the butt of the joke. But they don’t let it ruin their public displays of affection. Carla manages to convince the Janitor that he didn’t see her find a hair on her boob. Interns Denise and Sunny both want to help a young girl whose mother is being overprotective. Elliott tells Denise not to in order to teach her a lesson about taking proper time away from the hospital.

The Good: Finally. It feels like forever since Scrubs told a story where you are kept in doubt as to what is going on until the moral of the story comes as the coup de grace. For a long time the stories have just solved problems far too easily and the morals have seemed forced onto the end of each straightforward problem.

Here Denise and Sunny (despite their convenient personality contrast) feel like they are really struggling with a patients problems and developing their own relationship at the same time. We slowly see Denise seeing the value in having a friend like Sunny to work with as their interactions go from hostile to merely passive aggressive. Both interns instantly relate to the young girl and assume her mother is smothering her. They are so concerned with that that they forget about the interns comedy roast and end up amusingly forwarding JD and Turk’s story without meaning to. That simple act makes the whole episode feel more real and more authentic because it didn’t feel as manufactured as so many scenes in Scrubs do.

The interns confront Brianna’s mother and get told off for doing so. Her mother very justifiably points out that Brianna’s sick immune system could lead to her death and she is the one who is responsible for her. Elliott asks Denise to explain why she confronted Brianna’s mother. Her argument that Brianna needs to live life turns out to be what Elliott had urged Denise to do all episode long. So when Denise arrives at the bar and Sunny welcomes her warmly you actually believe that Denise has learned something and will one day accept Sunny as a friend. It’s the classic Scrubs moral that the only way to get through life is to lean on your friends for support and told in this clever way, its point is well made.

Brianna’s mother mistaking Elliott for being her age is a really nice joke because it’s easily relatable to most women over thirty but in Elliott’s case takes on a special sense of paranoia (see Comic Highlight). Denise asking if Elliott got together with JD because she never left the hospital was also a nice cheap shot.

The JD and Turk story is as simple as they come, but their very public affection for one another is one of the nicer aspects of the show. The use of the song “Guy Love” (from 606 My Musical) was an appropriate moment. JD imagining Turk sitting next to him (while he sits opposite him) is amusingly single minded. Their intern sketches are about as cheap and easy as humour gets but Dr Beardface was a nice touch (a costume that was nothing but a beard and a pair of eyes) and JD’s long explanation of what to do if Dr Cox laughed at his jokes fit his character well. Jimmy the overly touchy orderly can do some good impressions too. The silly skits though worked well in setting up Denise and Sunny to unexpectedly lampoon JD and Turk.

The Bad: Carla and the Janitor engage in quite the weird story. Finding a boob hair is random enough but then fooling the Janitor into believing he didn’t see it is even weirder. We rarely see the Janitor show any remorse or doubt or even sanity. It almost seems like an excuse to bring up some old Janitor stories and ridicule them for their ludicrousness. The moral of the story is Carla saying she pretends certain things never happened and that is how she gets through the day. It’s a message completely at odds with her no-nonsense character. It’s an entirely false note.

Sunny’s surname being Day shouldn’t be the joke. We know from the previous episode that her real name is Sonia, so Sunny Day is not what her parents named her.

In the sketch with Jimmy, he is talking to a caricature of Dr Wen. Seriously Dr Wen? We haven’t seen him (the Chief of Surgery) since My Chopped Liver (517), three years ago. Scrubs is weirdly consistent with its secondary characters.

Comic Highlight: Getting slightly paranoid Elliott asks Denise and Sunny to stop her when she says an age which she looks like “Twenty two, twenty three, twenty four, twenty five, twenty five, twenty f-you know this is a really stupid game!”

Diagnosis: Denise has been a really good addition to the cast of Scrubs. Her acting has been good enough to make her typically off-beat character plausible. The writers have given her genuine character development (witness the subtle moment where she goes the extra step for a patient as the episode opens, a direct result of JD’s cajoling in 806). Through her and the other interns Scrubs has found a way to make old stories new and for once this had some passable jokes to enjoy.

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