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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.


Episode 16 - My Cuz

26 March 2012

Synopsis: JD and Elliot drive baby Sam back to Kim’s. There they meet Sean and find out that their two exes are now a couple. The four air out all the tension between them and JD decides he wants to move closer to his son. Dr Cox has to name a new Chief of Surgery and everyone thinks it should be Turk. But Cox doesn’t like him and has to be talked into it by Kelso who is convalescing at Sacred Heart and misses being a doctor.

The Good: JD’s relationship with his father was a difficult one. Not abusive just absent. So JD’s desire to move nearer to Sam so as to be a better father than he got is a very logical and emotive development. It’s an excellent conclusion to a good story about his relationship to his son. It’s the first time I can remember a sensible conclusion to the old baby-cries-for-one-person-but-not-another story (JDs cologne set Sam off).

It’s nice to see Kim and Sean back for one final cameo appearance. They were both important parts of JD and Elliot’s lives and so their return doesn’t feel too forced. The tension between the four is well explored. Elliot has understandable jealousy over Kim carrying JD’s child.  While JD’s childish resentment of Sean plays into the important feelings of disconnection he has from Sam. It looks like JD will move away from Sacred Heart and that should give the show a sense of closure from his story.

I’m sure Turk becoming Chief of Surgery will be a good story for him to play. Dr Cox going off on one about a monkey being the only real candidate was amusing and consistent with his opinion of surgeons. Kelso plays his cheeky old doctor role well as you would expect. The story of him missing being a doctor makes sense considering the sheer amount of time he spent there.

The Bad: Turk’s character was once all about being competitive and wanting to be the best. He’s come along way since he told the previous Chief that one day there would be a “Chris Turk Wing” in the hospital (123). But that’s the sad thing about Scrubs. There was once a real sense of hierarchy and achievement. Turk once battled hard to be the best and earn respect (204). Now those stories have been forgotten and it just seems preposterous that the thirty something Turk could have risen so highly in the ranks.

Even his relationship with Dr Cox is blown past without much thought. They have been allies (706) as well as enemies over the years. But we get no actual discussion of how Cox feels about him or who else might fill the role of Chief of Surgery. The silent montage of Turk supporters seemed like a waste of a chance to demonstrate why he is so good at his job.

The “wiener cousins” concept is something that annoys me a lot about Scrubs. It’s so obviously manufactured for the episode and is more bizarre than funny. Yet suddenly everyone knows about it and it even plays a part in the character’s behaviour (the Janitor helping Kelso). But because it’s so manufactured and silly it just irritates me to see it incorporated into the plot.

Comic Highlight: Dr Cox and the monkey. Eight years of those believable rants and he can still pull them off.

Diagnosis: More happy ending stuff for Scrubs.



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