Scrubs was one of my favorite shows of all time. It was critically acclaimed, insanely funny and never got as much credit as it rightly deserved. So in honor of the show I love, here are my top ten episodes:
10) My Lunch (Season 5, Episode 20)
This episode was based on a true story where organs infected with rabies were unknowingly transplanted into several recipients. When an annoying patient dies, J.D. feels guilty for not noticing her depression but Dr. Cox tells him that blaming himself sends him down a slope that’s hard to come back from. But after transplanting her organs and killing three other patients due to rabies, it’s J.D. who has to pull Dr. Cox out of the guilt spiral.
9) My Own Personal Jesus (Season 1, Episode 11)
The Christmas episode of the first season put Turk in a crisis with his religious side. It was shown that not only are the holidays the worst time to be working in healthcare, it is hard to believe in a higher power seeing all the despair that happens. But in the end, Turk is able to help a patient who really needs him and his faith is restored.
8) My Long Goodbye (Season 6, Episode 15)
This was a shining moment for Judy Reyes as Carla had to say goodbye to her friend, Nurse Roberts. Even though Laverne was a supporting character, she had really grown into a well rounded person through the years (another great thing about this show, even the small characters were written with back stories and personality). As the staff said goodbye, Dr. Cox was trying not to tarnish his daughters birth by having it out-shadowed by Laverne’s passing. In typical Jordan fashion, she named the baby after J.D. and made him the godfather, to his undying joy.
“Whoa, I’m still not ready to do this. It’s gonna be weird not having you by my side everyday; making fun of the doctors, going on about Jesus. Man, I hope he’s real or you’re gonna be piiiissed. Remember my first day, when that patient came in and started bleeding out on me, and I was so shocked I could barely move. But you stood by my side, and you guided me through it. And then you did the most amazing thing of all, you made me laugh. For the last 15 years you’ve been my role model, but most of all you’ve been my friend. And I don’t know what else to say but I’m gonna really really miss you [kisses her cheek]. Goodbye.”— Carla
7) My Porcelain God (Season 3, Episode 13)
This episode not only had the “epiphany toilet” but it also had an appearance by Michael J. Fox as a doctor with OCD. The Janitor gets increasingly aggravated as news of his rooftop toilet spreads throughout the hospital and the toilet helps each character with the particular problem they were facing, from J.D. being hurt over Turk’s choosing his brother as his best man first to Dr. Cox finding a way to deal with Dr. Kelso shutting down a wing of the hospital. Even Elliot got the help she needed. But as quickly as the toilet appeared, it was gone.
6) My Five Stages (Season 5, Episode 13)
This episode focused on J.D. and Dr. Cox going through the five stages of grief when a favorite patient, Mrs. Wilk, catches an infection and sits in the hospital dying. They both get annoyed when Dr. Hedrick, the hospital grief counselor, helps them go through the stages even as they push him away.
5) My Cake (Season 4, Episode 6)
The late, great John Ritter played J.D.’s dad in early episodes of the show so when he died in 2003 the show wrote it in and had J.D.’s brother show up to bear the bad news the only way their family knew how….with cake. He then proceeded to sit in the bathtub for days and get drunk. Everyone, even Dr. Cox and the Janitor, put their issues aside and helped J.D. in his time of need which helped J.D. accept that even though his dad wasn’t perfect, he did the best he could and J.D. had some great memories to remember him by.
4) My Screw-Up (Season 3, Episode 13)
This episode takes place on the day of Dr. Cox’s sons first birthday, which included a visit from Jordan’s brother Ben. Dr. Cox puts J.D. in charge of Ben’s cancer follow-up checkup but then punishes J.D. when he’s informed that a patient died. Throughout the episode, Ben talks Dr. Cox down and eventually has him show up to the party…..only it’s not the party. It’s Ben’s funeral, who was the patient that had died earlier in the episode, and the episode was Dr. Cox eventual acceptance of the fact that his best friend was dead.
3) My Way Home (Season 5, Episode 7)
The 100th episode of the show took a Wizard of Oz theme, even using Technicolor halfway through. After a revenge page from Dr. Cox, all J.D. was trying to do was find a way to get out of the hospital and go home. Instead he helped his friends find brains (Elliot), heart (Turk) and courage (Carla).
2) My Musical (Season 6, Episode 6)
Normally I find myself sort of cringing through some musical episodes that have happened in other shows but this episode worked and was so well done. The songs were original and written by the guys behind “Avenue Q” and the storyline completely fit with the heart of the show.
“We cannot find anything that explains why she’s hearing music.”— J.D.
“No? How about this for an explanation? She’s cuckoo-pants.”— Dr. Cox
1) My Finale (Season 8, Episode 18/19)
I consider this the last episode of the show, yes there was a season 9 but it was renamed and it was a different show. This was a perfect finale: it wrapped up the story for all the characters, had inside jokes and history for the long time fans and had you walking away sad but with no complaints about how it could be better. If a show has to end, Scrubs showed you how to do it right.