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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 11 - My Nah Nah Nah

26 March 2012

Synopsis: Turk struggles to tell a father that his son will be paralysed. He goes against JD’s advice about not giving false hope and tries an experimental procedure. The Janitor fears that Lady is going to break up with him and Jordan finds out that Dr Cox has been wearing a wedding ring at work.

The Good: As Scrubs moves toward its finale we seem to be getting happier and happier stories. Not just the traditional couples are finding happiness, even Janitor and Lady. That was probably the pick of the stories as it gave Lady a smidgen of characterisation and found a plausible way of giving the Janitor a chance to find a woman he can be happy with. Lady being a germaphobe is a neat trick to help us understand her attraction to him. It was also really nice continuity from last season where Carla saved him from telling Lady too much about his weirdness (706). Now it seems he can be himself around her.

All the other couples seem happy too (yawn). But I suppose its better that Scrubs go out with a big happy ending than try to be more real and fail. As dumb as it is and as much as you know what’s coming because Zeltzer is a one-note character I still smiled at him telling Dr Cox he was watching his wife do the dishes. “Who in God’s name are those two naked people?” Dr Cox asks. “That’s uh Mr and Mrs Dish.” I suppose you have to admire the consistency of Jack who has been squealing excitedly non-stop since season five (509 firs appearance).

The Bad: Turk’s plot kind of bothers me. First off because it brings out some irrelevant JD cut away jokes which aren’t funny. But more because of the casual way his Cold Therapy treatment was just thrown in. There’s no effort made to establish how risky the procedure is or whether Dr Cox was happy to sign off on it. Carla’s argument that if Turk would do it for their daughter then he should do it for all patients is ridiculous. For a start if it were his daughter then there’d be no fear of being sued over it. Second the hospital has other legal and financial concerns which as a responsible employee he would have to consider. Where as as a loving father he would obviously be willing to break rules to keep her safe. The whole story was just so flippant. Throw in Caddy Shack jokes in the middle of it and it just came across as lame and fake.

The Janitor wanting to adopt an old man is a joke pinched from The Simpsons (518) or even inspired by another Scrubs joke about adopting a Grandfather (516). And JD and Turk met Elliott at the same time (101) so their conversation about her body would never have happened.

Comic Highlight: The Janitor confesses his Lady trouble to the Todd and Zeltzer. “Apparently she’s not a fan of hand holding. And that’s what couple do. That and sleep head to toe.” It’s all about the subtle reactions as Todd looks confused and Zeltzer nods as if that’s obvious.

Diagnosis: More lazy writing and poor comedy. Those interns really gave this show a new lease of life.

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