Episode 8 - My Lawyer's In Love
4 February 2009
Synopsis: Dr Cox tries to do it all, pick up his son, sort out the nurses schedule, take care of an old patient and teach the interns. He learns that the only way he can cope is to give some of it up. Meanwhile Ted falls for a ukulele player and can only communicate with her by singing. JD and the Janitor team up to help him out.
The Good: Again the show does a good job of showing the stress that Dr Cox is under. The demands of his new position are serious and it’s a good story to see the normally super human Cox made to feel so overwhelmed. The final shot is not of him succeeding either, it’s of him missing out on reading his son a bedtime story. It’s very subtle for Scrubs because that was the first thing that Kelso warned him about. “Don’t drop the ball with your son” he tells him and we know that Kelso did and now lives with the resentment from his only child. The story is much more powerful for Cox’ final failure. He may have learnt to keep his workload under control but that meant he failed as a father.
Dr Cox also reminds us why he is a good doctor by caring for his patient even when he doesn’t have the time. And firing Ed was a bold move. Again it emphasised the importance of the work that doctors do and was a surprising moment given Ed’s relatively prominent role in this season.
Kelso provides more laughs by taunting JD with how well his friendship with Dr Cox is developing. He even describes their secret friendship as having “all the thrill of an affair without all that exhausting sex.” Jordan drops by to make fun sex jokes at Perry’s expense too and be a supportive wife for once which was nice. Especially as she encouraged him to take the job in the previous episode.
Too much Ted can be a bad thing. The writers have made him so unbelievably pathetic that much of his dialogue can become tiresome and annoying. They just about squeeze enough humour out of his story to keep this on the positive side of the line. Part of that is JD and the Janitor working together and annoying each other. I particularly liked Ted asking them what to do because he could only talk to Stephanie through song. JD says he needs to “dig down deep and find the courage to tell her how you really feel.” The Janitor retorts that “For the rest of your life, 100% of your communication with this woman should be in song.” Through all his babbling Ted himself can still occasionally be funny such as his claim that most ukulele players are “fat Hawaiians.” And to see him in a happy relationship would be a relief after eight seasons of sad sack jokes (assuming they keep Stephanie around, of which there are no guarantees). If Scrubs begins to find happy endings for its secondary characters then I won’t complain.
The Bad: Still, we do have to suffer through some bad humour. Such as Ted describing how he will get dry mouth and then immediately thinking about Stephanie and sticking out his tongue pathetically. His claim that his singing group all legally have to spend all day within hearing distance of him is the kind of joke that has no basis in reality.
Dr Cox forgetting to pick up his son twice is actually too serious a story for this show. He can’t seriously leave an infant standing by the side of the road and not be completely mortified. It would have been fine if Jack were standing with his teacher instead of standing alone. As it was filmed it was too grave a mistake.
Comic Highlight: The Janitor and Stephanie sing a duet where she is less than subtly coming on to him. They build up the affectionate lyrics to “as sure as the stars above I’d really like to … you.” He says “kiss” and she says “screw.” They both say “oh” awkwardly.
Diagnosis: Another improved effort from the revamped Scrubs. The change in dynamic for Dr Cox makes his story more interesting and anything good happening for Ted is better than more of the same. With an assortment of jokes sprinkled throughout this is more enjoyable than usual.
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