My Bad Too-Was A Pretty Average Episode Friday, April 11, 2008Posted by Shakarean Hutchinson in just some poor attempts at humor, maybe you should read a book instead, SA, Scrubs, Things too long to read, TV.
But I don’t think I care too much because Scrubs is back on!! I don’t think people realize that the last new episode we saw was in the middle of December. Almost three and a half months since we saw what was happening with the staff of Sacred Heart and I gotta say that as an episode, it wasn’t the greatest we’ve ever seen. And considering, if the articles were right, that Scrubs had about five new episodes ready to show that just didn’t make the air then this episode was a pre-strike one. I don’t know how to feel about that. Shouldn’t it have been better?
Like I said, I don’t think I care. The show was back on. And it surrounded two storylines with a little Cox/Kelso thrown in.
I’m going to start with the sweeter storyline of the night. It’s Turk and Carla’s six year anniversary of their first date (I promise I will not go into the semantics of the fact that it is not the anniversary of their first date. That would have been back in September, but I digress) and for Carla’s present Turk learned Spanish. He tells JD, Dr. Cox, Dr. Kelso, and Janitor (all was sitting in the cafe) and they basically tell him to get her jewelry. Elliot takes Izzy for the night and right before they have a romantic dinner, Carla gets a call and tells the person on the other end in Spanish that she would cook brinner for Turk (who had been bugging her to fix it) if he would just clean up the apartment. Of course Turk understands this and proceeds to clean up their place before Carla gets off the phone. They have a romantic anniversary dinner of mostly breakfast items and Turk realizes that it’s to his advantage to not tell Carla that he knows Spanish. While sitting with Dr. Cox and pissing him off (by not leaving the table after he asked him to) Cox tells Carla that Turk thinks she’s an overbearing mother. Of course Turk disagrees with this and says so, but he has just revealed the fact he knows Spanish. Carla is originally upset by this, but let’s it go after Turk had earlier reassured her that she’s going to be a great mother to Izzy. They bond over the fact that Turk finally knows Spanish and at the end they speak in Spanish to one another (without showing us viewers subtitles). Like I said, it was a sweet little storyline. Turk is absolutely right in that everyone should have breakfast for dinner. We all knew Cox was going to be the one reveal Turk’s secret to Carla. And it was about damn time Turk learned Spanish considering his wife speaks it fluently and his daughter probably will too. But as I don’t speak Spanish and the last time I took a class was in high school with a teacher that basically gave out A’s if the students showed up, I didn’t understand a word Carla and Turk said to each other while they were talking. I do know, however, that it was about one of two things-Carla and Turk mocking the fact that the show didn’t have any subtitles (because that seems like a Scrubs type of thing to do) or they were talking about JD and Elliot (more on that in a minute). Can anyone translate?
On to the next storyline featuring JD and Elliot. JD has a new patient Emery who is a burn victim. He’s burned badly but wants to go to his high school graduation (once again, who the hell graduates in April. And yes, if this episode was shown in December like it probably was intended it would have made a bit more sense, I know that). JD doesn’t know what to tell him so he asks for Elliot’s advice. Elliot talks to him but when she gets distracted JD goes ahead and tells Emery that he’ll be able to go. Elliot then tells him that she thinks the opposite. JD tells her that all he really wanted was a confirmation and that’s it. He then gets some bad news-Emery’s burns are infected so he won’t be able to make his graduation. So they hatch a plan to get Emery to at least walk across the stage and get his diploma. While Emery is up there he falls down (cause of, you know, the burns) but as usual JD and Elliot are proud of themselves for getting Emery there. They then talk about how they never spend any time together and they make a pact that no matter what happens in their lives or who they date that they will always make time for each other (this is when we see Turk and Carla talking to each other). Now this was where the extremely average part of the episode came in at for one main reason broken down into two parts-we’ve seen this story before. Let’s start with the actual story. I can’t find the the actual episode name, but do you guys remember when Kelso was trying to ge the staff to not give patients definite answers, have a little wiggle room when they ask questions? Carla wanted to tell a patient that he would be able to be at his daughter’s wedding, but after she told him that Kelso went to Carla and told her that they would have to keep the patient for a few more days. Of course in the end Kelso was doing that to teach Carla a lesson and the patient got to go. Same premise, all we had was different characters and different patients. Hell, we even got the same end result as both patients got to go where they wanted to. The next is the JD/Elliot relationship. We saw last season right before Elliot and Keith got engaged JD and Elliot saying that they were going to try harder in making their friendship work and would make time for each other. It honestly wouldn’t surprise me if they used the same dialogue because it was exactly like that scene. Next, yet again, the scene looked like a setup to the inevitable JD/Elliot getting back together story arch. Why do we have to go down this road? If you guys remember, the last episode in December had the two in a very nice, sweet, almost romantic scene. Maybe when they were writing this out for just this last season they had started the process of getting the two of them back together.
The Dr. Cox/Dr. Kelso stuff was just downright weird. Cox had a patient that despite having weight loss surgery and taking diet pills still wasn’t losing weight. I don’t know how but somehow, someway this turned into Cox stealing Kelso’s food and replacing it with inanimate objects. Kelso obviously caught on, but what was the point of it? To have something for the actors to do?
Anyway, average episode, but I’m just excited the show is back on. Hopefully we’ll get better quality for the last episodes NBC will ever air. And maybe I’ll get back to writing semi-decent recaps. We’ll see.
Oh, and the space invaders things was good, but I totally don’t get it. Of course I’ve never played space invaders so maybe that’s why.