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My Bad Too-Was A Pretty Average Episode Friday, April 11, 2008

Posted 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.
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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.

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1. Rockabye - Friday, April 11, 2008

The bit at the end, with Turk and Carla speaking Spanish, was Turk remarking that J.D. and Elliot looked like they were together “otra vez,” or again, and Carla agreeing. I consider myself fluent, or at least close to it, but Donald Faison was a bit quick on the Spanish throughout and Judy Reyes is “dominicana,” so she’ll always be a bit fast.

Also, the Space Invaders thing was great because it a) mimicked the noises and movements of Space Invaders perfectly and b) hearkened back to Nickolodeon’s “Wild and Crazy Kids,” a pre-teen game show that did Space Invaders the same exact way Scrubs did last night, minus that intern’s annoying voice. It was good.

The episode overall? Kinda bleh, though the Kelso/Cox food stuff and the Spanish plot/Space Invaders joke were great. I’ll bet it’s suffering from the same sort of expectations that The Office had, and/or from people who are realizing 30 Rock is becoming the flagship comedy for the Peacock.

2. stjoehawk - Friday, April 11, 2008

Stolen from another board:

The translation was something like this:

Turk: Those two are going to be back together in about 5 weeks.*

Carla: A lot of people aren’t going to be happy about that.

*5 weeks coincidently marks the season finale.

3. Jordan - Friday, April 11, 2008

The spanish at the end:

Turk- ” i bet that in a couple of weeks, these two will be getting together again”
Carla- “people aren’t gonna like that”

4. Rockabye - Friday, April 11, 2008

I suppose I wasn’t listening hard enough. But all that jibes with what I heard.

5. DougOLis - Friday, April 11, 2008

This episode was pretty weak. I had assumed that was due to the writer’s strike, but if it was done before that worries me a lot. I remember laughing once and I don’t even remember what that scene was.

It definitely seemed like Turk and Carla were directly talking to the audience at the end.

6. Jerkwheat - Friday, April 11, 2008

I haven’t had a chance to watch last night’s Office yet – but 30 Rock was also slightly off last night in my opinion as well. Its gotta be the shows getting back into a groove post-strike.

7. DougOLis - Friday, April 11, 2008

@Jerkwheat: IMO, 30 Rock was the best last night (note: didn’t watch Earl). The Office wasn’t that funny and it made me feel horribly awkward. I don’t like the Michael/Jan fighting and Michael being submissive stuff; I thought they worked that out in the episode where Michael tried to runaway on the train. But on a positive note: Jan’s boobs looked huge and Michael has 2 of those “hand chairs” that Buster had in Arrested Development.

8. SA - Saturday, April 12, 2008

Scrubs had about five already filmed episodes that NBC didn’t show because the rest of their shows didn’t have any new episodes. These next five are the pre-strike ones. Going by the original NBC order of 18 episode, they still have seven more to write and film, etc. I wonder if we’ll just get these five (and if they play them out continuously it’ll get to May 15, around the time of a season finale) on NBC and just get a whole new season on ABC. That’ll make for a pretty crappy season finale, but I’m willing to live with it if we get another season. I wonder what’s going to happen with the seven episodes that was suppose to get filmed? I thought I had read somewhere that the shows were written, just not produced yet.

Either way, weak show. The graduation stuff I could have bought since if they had shown this the third week of December it would have made sense. Turk and Carla’s anniversary I will and cannot buy.

And thanks for all the translation everyone. Maybe the show is leading us to believe that Elliot and JD are getting back together only at the very end they won’t. I can hope, right? Bill Lawrence needs to go back and watch “My Bed Banter and Beyond” again and listen to Cox’s speech to the psychiatrist.

9. JB* - Saturday, April 12, 2008

Watch With Kristen on E!, reported Scrubs was filming the new episodes as 0713/0801 – so they are filming them, but will also have them as openers for next year, going up to 0816 – so I guess 16 episodes on ABC next year to close it out?

She also said they filmed 0712 and wrapped it last week, so there should be at least a somewhat “close” on the season.

(The link on my name SHOULD go to the article I was referring to)

Also – isn’t the Wiggle Room episode “My Sex Buddy”?

10. DougOLis - Sunday, April 13, 2008

@SA: If he was graduating from college I might be able to buy it, but not high school. I don’t know of any high schools that have a full ceremony for early grads.

11. Act - Sunday, April 13, 2008

JD and Elliot are in fact a horrible couple who would never actually get along except as some forced plot device (see: My Bed Banter and Beyond), but what putting them back together also neglects is that if they get together, then they’re together. Or, the sexual tension is gone.

That’s probably what broke Elliot and Keith (who actually worked together) up, after all. Having Elliot married when the producers thought the show was ending was one thing, but having her married and the show still going on wouldn’t have worked.

*shrug* IMO.

12. JB* - Monday, April 14, 2008

All true, Act, but who would want to be Mr. Dudemeister?

13. t(h)om - Monday, April 14, 2008

JD and Elliot – like all late 20-somethings in real life and in TVLand – have actually GROWN as people. Imagine that? The idea of them “working” as a couple would be very entertaining, if Bill and the writing team do it right.
7 years of episodes that are worth watching again and again says if they make they choice, they’ll do it justice. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy the ride, people. I re-heally don’t think they’d go and f**k it up after all they’ve been through with the network, the strike, and finally being back on.

14. JB* - Monday, April 14, 2008

I think many people would disagree with the thought that JD has grown as a person.

Hell, they’ve had multiple episodes about how he hasn’t (despite the fact that he resolves at the end of them that he should).

15. DougOLis - Monday, April 14, 2008

I completely agree JB, which is one of the frustrating parts of the show. Didn’t we have this discussion a few episodes ago? One of the most recent episodes revolved around him needing to grow up (when Dan returns and gives him the car). It has yet to be scene if that actually made an impact but there’s not much that really leads me to believe so. I feel like he may have actually shrunk (degraded? what’s the opposite of grown?) since the first couple of seasons, and this scene may have been the turning point.

It’s not that I don’t want them together and I don’t think they could be good for each other, but how frustrating it is each time they get together and breakup the next day. I’m over it and want them to move on.


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