Episode 14 - My Soul On Fire (1)
29 July 2009
Synopsis: The Janitor and Lady are getting married in the Bahamas. They invite everyone in the hospital but strictly for the gifts. Unfortunately JD is so touched to be invited that he drags everyone out there for a vacation. Elliott tells him that she loves him and wants him to say it back with some feeling. Turk is getting annoyed by Carla focussing all her energy on being a mum. Dr Cox teases Jordan about actually wanting to spend time with him on vacation. Ted, Todd and Kelso come along for the ride.
The Good: The setup for a big happy ending in part two is fine. The Janitor and JD’s motives for getting to the Bahama’s makes sense. Some jokes will inevitably land better than others. Turk diving into the pool just to pee and Jordan bragging that her body is 50% natural seem to fit their characters pretty well.
The Bad: Otherwise this is painful. It should be a good thing to see the gang actually leave the hospital and do something different at last but no. This is a reminder of why the show is coming to an end.
The humour is at turns recycled, implausible or just bad. We get another tedious brain trust meeting where the Janitor is either mean or stupid and the other guys just sit there and take it for no good reason. We get a string of jokes about JD and Turk being a couple or just JD not being very masculine. We get Carla mocked for basically not being as skinny as Elliott. We get Elliott irrationally hating ginger haired people. Not only has this never been mentioned before but apparently they are “God’s mistakes” which is just too harsh for her. We get Leonard (the security guard with a hook for a hand) chasing JD and somehow losing him for a minute even though they were running in a straight line.
The worst offence was JD trying to deliberately exclude the Todd. He claimed that they should go to the janitor’s wedding because he was part of the hospital family. Yet he then told Todd he wasn’t invited in front of everyone. And no one said anything so essentially they were all saying they didn’t like him and didn’t want him to come. And then he came anyway! I have no idea what the joke was meant to be. Ok I have some idea but it was terrible writing.
Surely the Janitor getting married would have warranted a bit more story about him? Perhaps we will get that in part two but it seems ridiculous that we sit through a brains trust meeting with him jabbering on and yet he never mentions Lady or how their relationship has developed.
Comic Highlight: Thank God for Turk whose enthusiasm keeps things fun even when the writing is bad. He wants to have some alone time with Carla but she isn’t turning him on by biting her toe nails and spitting them out. He squeals his disgust and then says “It’s alright – I’ll push through it!” What a trooper.
Diagnosis: With no interns and no medical story to solve we are exposed to just the characters being themselves. It exposes the writing for what it is: stupid and implausible.
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