Scrubs - Season 1 Episode 5 ((FULL))
The first season of the American comedy television series Scrubs premiered on NBC on October 2, 2001 and concluded on May 21, 2002 and consists of 24 episodes. Scrubs was created by Bill Lawrence who wrote the pilot as well as 3 other episodes in the season. Adam Bernstein directed the pilot as well as 4 other episodes. Neil Flynn was only a guest star in the first season, although he appeared in every episode of the season. Bill Lawrence said if the show had been cancelled at the end of the first season, he would have made the Janitor a figment of J.D.'s imagination.
Scrubs - Season 1 Episode 5
The first season follows J.D. (Zach Braff) and his best friend Turk (Donald Faison) in their first year out of medical school as interns at Sacred Heart Hospital. J.D. quickly meets his reluctant mentor, Dr. Perry Cox (John C. McGinley); a young woman (and fellow intern) named Elliot (Sarah Chalke), on whom he has a crush; the hospital's janitor (Neil Flynn), who goes out of his way to make J.D.'s life miserable; the Chief of Medicine, Dr. Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins), who is more concerned about the budget than the patients; and Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes), the head nurse and Turk's new girlfriend, who puts Turk through the trials and tribulations of being in a serious relationship. The characters face romances and relationship issues, family obligations, overwhelming paperwork, and a tremendous number of patients. The first season also introduces recurring supporting characters such as "The Todd" (Robert Maschio), a boorishly lascivious surgeon; Ted (Sam Lloyd), the hospital's hapless, nervous lawyer; Laverne (Aloma Wright), fellow nurse and mentor to Carla; Jordan Sullivan (Christa Miller), Dr. Cox's caustic administrator ex-wife, and Doug Murphy (Johnny Kastl), a nervous young doctor who often accidentally kills patients.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has an approval rating of 96% with an average score of 8.3 out of 10 based on 25 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Scrubs is a worthy spiritual successor to M*A*S*H thanks in part to its seamless blend of cheeky comedy and poignant, heartfelt moments."
"My Two Dads" is the fifth episode of Scrubs' first season. Dr. Kelso and Dr. Cox fight over J.D.'s trust. Elliot uses her breasts to heal numerous patients. Turk tries to stop Carla from opening a gift he gave her: a pen that has been in someone's rectum.
On this week's episode, Elliot takes over the narration while she struggles to define her relationship with Molly. In the real world Bill Lawrence is back and Charlotte Lawrence makes her FDRF podcast debut.
Along with the quotable lines, it also happened to be the most medically accurate series in TV history, even beating out more serious dramas. That led to some truly emotional moments for the show. Looking at the beginning, way back in 2001, these are the highs and lows of the first season, which set the stage for what Scrubs would become.
For the most part, season one of Scrubs was met with widespread acclaim. Even the worst episodes listed would probably be among the strongest for another series. "My Balancing Act" is right up that alley. In it, J.D. had just begun dating a new girl named Alex.
It was here that J.D. learned how difficult it can be to juggle life as a doctor constantly on call and his personal life. The subplot involving Turk and Carla wasn't anything special. However, this episode did have a wild Carrot Top cameo.
A few episodes are tied with a 7.9 rating and those have been ranked by the number of reviews they received on IMDb. The title "My Tuscaloosa Heart" is taken from a storyline where Turk and Elliot believe Dr. Kelso wrote and sang a song with that name.
Elsewhere, J.D. struggled with guilt after ignoring a rude patient who went on to die. Dr. Cox also attempted to make a decision on the three women who he has feelings for. It's not a bad episode, just a forgettable one.
"My Last Day" is the season one finale. It tracks the last day as interns for J.D., Turk, and Elliot before becoming residents. When they realize that they've become jaded in their year as interns, they get surprisingly aggressive with one of their patients.
Usually, the penultimate episode of a season will be one of the best. That's how it was for Scrubs season one. "My Hero" tugged on the heartstrings of viewers as it dealt with the diagnosis of fan-favorite Ben (guest star Brendan Frasier) and his leukemia.
The entire episode is an emotional roller coaster for the main storyline. In the side stories, Turk's ego took a blow when a new surgeon started outperforming him, and J.D. grew nervous when The Janitor proved he knew a lot about him. It turns out, The Janitor was reading his diary.
Usually, Christmas episodes rank among the best for a show. Unfortunately, that's not the case for the first season of Scrubs. Still, "My Own Personal Jesus" was an episode filled with some serious emotional beats. And it all centered around Turk, which wasn't often the case.
You could tell that Scrubs was truly starting to hit its stride as the first season began to wrap up. This marked the first appearance of Brendan Frasier as Ben and he would forever remain the best guest star in the history of the series.
Ben came in after a nail gun injury but the doctors grew worried when the wound wouldn't stop bleeding. J.D. was in denial about the results but ultimately had to deliver the news that Ben has leukemia. It set the stage for a major episode down the line.
Just before hitting its best stretch of episodes to end the season, Scrubs had a hiccup with "My Sacrificial Clam." In it, J.D. was stuck by a needle that could've given him Hepatitis B, so he spent the rest of the episode scared of getting sick despite working in a hospital.
The bigger storyline revolved around Elliot. She finally had a boyfriend but kept putting work in front of their relationship. While it's not a bad plot, it's one that had been addressed just a few episodes earlier when J.D. was dating Alex. This did have cameos from the cast of St. Elsewhere, though.
Recently, the Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach and Donald podcast came out. In it, Zach Braff and Donald Faison rewatch Scrubs and discuss each episode along with guest stars. They pointed out that they felt "My Old Lady" was when the show officially clicked.
This saw the three main interns deal with death for the first time. J.D. bonded with an old woman ready to die, Elliot had a patient who didn't speak English, and Turk became friendly with his patient. The crushing blow when the episode wraps made it special.
"My Old Lady" is an earlier episode that nails how the show touches on the topic of death. We learn that statistically, one out of three patients dies. J.D., Turk, and Elliot each go through their respective journeys with their own patients, and all of them, against the odds, die. The rapport that J.D. develops with Mrs. Tanner (Kathryn Joosten), a woman going off of dialysis, is especially bittersweet. We dare you not to cry when "Hallelujah" plays as all three patients flatline.
In this episode, we see the cracks in J.D. and Elliot's new and fragile relationship. Besides the juicy drama in the middle of the first season, we also get insight into the characters as the hospital staff gets evaluated by a psychiatrist.
"My Screw Up" is arguably the saddest Scrubs episode, and that's saying something, since the show can get pretty damn sad even if it's goofy as a whole. The episode starts out with a visit from Ben, Dr. Cox's best friend, who ends up having a relapse of his cancer. Joshua Radin's "Winter" strumming softly in the background at the end is an emotional sucker punch to top off the episode. Even though Dr. Cox thinks he's going to his son's birthday party with Ben, he's actually not...he's going to Ben's funeral.
It's a cozy Scrubs Christmas episode! The hospital staff revisit their favorite moments at Sacred Heart during the holidays, but J.D. only comes up with the fact that he hooked up with someone's grandma. But during the holidays this time around, J.D. meets Mr. Milligan and his son Tyler, who bring out the best in everyone at the hospital, even Dr. Kelso!
Even in its fun episodes, Scrubs never drops the ball when it comes to delivering its emotional beats. Filmed like a multi-cam sitcom per J.D.'s fantasy, this episode especially pays tribute to Cheers. It transitions between a goofy, everything-goes-right sitcom feel to the hospital's more sober reality pretty seamlessly.
As he turns 30, J.D. realizes that he hasn't done anything in his life, so he signs up for a triathlon, one of the things on his bucket list. It's a great episode about growing older that's carried by heart, humor, and Elliot's ridiculously strong legs.
After J.D. and Dr. Cox go out for lunch, they encounter Jill (Nicole Sullivan), who, a few days later, dies apparently by suicide from an overdose. Dr. Cox makes the decision to use her organs for several patients, who end up dying from the transplants. It turns out that Jill had rabies, which sends Dr. Cox down a spiral. The episode underlines the fragile nature of their work at the hospital, as well as the shifting relationship between Dr. Cox and J.D. Also, let's spotlight the most gripping use of the Fray's "How to Save a Life" in this episode!
The episode follows a patient named Patti (Stephanie D'Abruzzo) who starts hearing speech as singing after falling unconscious. The composing team consists of the Avenue Q writers, so it's a treat whether you're watching it for the first time or rewatching it for the umpteenth time! We'll never forget "Guy Love," a jab at insistently macho heterosexual male friendships.
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