My Balancing Act

Season 1, Ep 13, Aired 1/15/02
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  • Episode Description
  • J.D. is frustrated when his budding romance with an ex-patient wilts as their dates are constantly interrupted by emergency calls, while the beastly Dr. Kelso becomes less fearsome to the wide-eyed interns, when Dr. Cox informs them how to avoid the blowhard's bite. In addition, a perplexed Carla and Turk deal with their first sexual intimacy complication.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Spiller (I)

  • Neil Goldman

  • Garrett Donovan

  • Elizabeth Bogush


  • Carrot Top


  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • JD starts dating Alex.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Apr 15, 2010

  • My balancing act

    By Trottelfresse, May 10, 2008

  • J.D. Tries To Balance Work With His New Girlfriend, Everybody Else Learns How Not To Be Afraid Of Kelso.

    By xCeeCeex2007, Apr 18, 2008

  • Fine example

    By MrPixelAttack, May 27, 2007

  • JD is having trouble with his dates with Alex and everyone learns how to not be so afraid of Dr. Kelso.

    By platedate, Feb 25, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (28)

    • Dr. Kelso: You paged me? Dr. Cox: I didn't page you. J.D.'s narration: And that's when Dr. Cox started poking the old bear with a stick. Dr. Cox: You know what, I'm sick of the old grill-'em-and-drill-'em. What do you say we shake things up a littler bit, here? You kids ask me the questions, and I'll just give you the answers; whatta you say? Dr. Kelso: Uh, Dr. Cox, could I talk to you? Dr. Cox: Well, sure you can, Bob, but you're gonna have to go ahead and raise your hand like all the other children. Dr. Kelso: I-I just think it's inappropriate- Dr. Cox: Bobbo, now, you've got five good ones right there. Whatta you say you put 'em up in the air like you just don't care.

    • Turk: Baby, there's nothing that could scare me away. Carla: Ever since we said "I love you" to each other, I've been feeling all this pressure, and wondering about the future - our future. Like, are we gonna get married? Are we gonna have kids? If so, how many, and when will I get my figure back? Should I keep working? Where're we gonna live? Is my mother gonna live with us? How big a house do we need? How many bathrooms? What if my mother walks in on you while you're in the bathroom, you slip and fall, and I can't afford the funeral costs? Turk: Okay, that's a little scary.

    • Carla: We have to talk. Turk: No time for talk - we have a specific problem, and we need to take care of it. Carla: Why are you wearing one of those nose breathing thingies? Turk: Baby, bear with me - I got big ideas.

    • Carla: So... you've really never had...? Elliot: Nope. Carla: Not even by yourself? Elliot: Gross! Uhh... Is it easy? Carla: When's your next laundry night?

    • Elliot: Listen, Carla, I can't even pretend that I can give you tips on intercourse... Carla: I got one for you - stop calling it that. Elliot: My therapist thinks my trouble in bed stems from a basic fear of intimacy. But I just think it's just because any type of repetitive motion makes me nauseous. Oh, and since I was a little kid, I've always had nightmares about being crushed. Carla: That poor shrink.

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    Notes (3)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Czech Republic: December 31, 2012 on Prima COOL

    • Title Explanation: "My Balancing Act" refers to J.D. trying to balance work with his new girlfriend.

    • The song "New Slang" by The Shins that was played at the end of this episode is also a single off the soundtrack for "Garden State" which Zach Braff starred, wrote, directed, and chose the music for.

    Trivia (8)

    • In this episode Dr. Cox doesn't call J.D. any Dog Name.

    • J.D.'s Girl Names: Clarabelle and Lillian (through a pager message)

    • In the end scene in which Alex and J.D. make their peace, if you watch carefully you can see the elevator's light indicate it's the third floor, although the plate in the wall beside Alex reads "2ND FLOOR SOUTH".

    • Carla and Elliot (and Turk and Todd at the same time) start talking about Carla not having an orgasm before J.D. tells Dr. Cox what is Mr. Yeager's disease. Nevertheless, their conversation is still in the same point it was left when the scene shifted to J.D. being 80 minutes late to his date with Alex.

    • Just before J.D. tells Dr. Cox he thinks Mr. Yeager has Kuru, if you watch very carefully, Jim Coari (who plays Mr. Yeager) is opening and closing his mouth, probably due to discomfort of having a tube in his mouth.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Judging Amy: Dr. Cox: I assumed that you were afraid of missing Judging Amy. Judging Amy was a CBS television legal drama that aired from September 19, 1999 until May 3, 2005, being famous for its emphasis on examining issues related to domestic family life.

    • The Jetsons: Turk saying "I love you" like Astro is a reference to the dog from The Jetsons which first aired in 1962.

    • Kuru is a progressive neurologic disorder that occurs primarily in the Fore natives who inhabit a tiny pocket of the New Guinea highlands.

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