My Big Bird

Season 5, Ep 8, Aired 1/24/06
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  • Episode Description
  • J.D., Turk, Elliot and Carla are interrogated about the mysterious death of a patient. Dr. Kelso learns that J.D. and Turk were away tracking down a patient, Elliot was traumatized over finding out that her make-out buddy was married, and Carla was busy recruiting hospital personnel for a group lottery purchase.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Debra Fordham

  • Rob Greenberg

  • Christa Miller-Lawrence

    Jordan Sullivan

  • Travis Schuldt


  • Peter Jacobson

    Mr Foster

  • Fan Reviews (15)
  • "What would you do with 100 million dollars?"

    By Canogaparkcindy, Jun 18, 2010

  • This episode is basically set in one room using flashbacks to discover who is at fault (either J.D., Turk, Elliot or Carla) in a Morbidity and Mortality Conference. Being set in one room may seem dull but the flashbacks go into so much detail.

    By IFish2050, Jan 09, 2009

  • Dead patient. Hospital inquest. Jason Bateman. And... ...ostriches.

    By locke-ness, Mar 26, 2008

  • Turk,Elliot And JD And Carla Are Under Investigation When A Patient Dies Under Their Care, JD & Turk Were With Mr Sutton, Elliot Was Busy Running Away, And Carla Was Trying To Win The Lottery With The Rest Of The Nursing Staff Plus The Janitor.

    By xCeeCeex2007, Nov 29, 2007

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    By latoole, Mar 03, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • J.D.'s Narration: After a day like today, there's really only one thing you can do. (Cut to a bar with J.D., Elliot, Turk and Carla present) J.D.: (Making a toast) To bad radiologists! Dr. Cox: (Entering) Wait, wait, let me get in on this. Let's also have a toast to Mr. Foster's widow and his fatherless kids. (Raises his beer bottle and drinks) Elliot: Dr. Cox, it wasn't our fault! Dr. Cox: No, because you were lucky. You know as well as I do that it could have been any one of your faults. Congrats again. Have a, eh, have a swell party. (Walks out) J.D.'s Narration: It's never easy when someone accuses you of screwing up...especially when you know it's true.

    • J.D.: Why ostriches? Mr. Sutton: They're such majestic creatures, don't you think? And, you know, they're kind of like my children. (Removing belt and displaying it for J.D.) Plus, I make belts out of their necks.

    • J.D.: Elliot, would you do me a favor and cover Mr. Foster for me? I have to go Mr. Sutton's house and get the thank you I deserve. Carla: You are so obsessing about this. Turk: It's like the time you you were convinced the cafeteria workers were giving you small waffles. How'd that work out for you? J.D.: They waffle-ironed my foot. But, this different, buddy. Look, I need a ride. Turk: Pass. J.D.: Oh, pass, huh? Well, this is what happened last time you passed. (J.D. presents his waffle-ironed foot) Turk: Okay. Put the foot away. Put the waffle foot away.

    • J.D.: Sooo, Mr. Sutton. When you came in with heartburn, I bet you thought I'd kick your butt right outta here. But, not this guy. I admitted you and I stayed up all night studying your EKG because I had a hunch...and no girlfriend. But, it was mostly the hunch thing. And, that hunch paid off because if I hadn't found that blocked artery you'd be dead right now. J.D.'s Narration: And here comes the gratitude. The two words every doctor lives to hear. Mr. Sutton: Later, Dude.

    • Doug: Sorry I’m late. I got the keys to my Miata stuck in the cadaver.

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    Notes (1)

    • The non-speaking character, Dr. Flannery, is NOT played by Bill Lawrence as recently reported.

    Trivia (8)

    • When Turk and J.D. are helping Mr. Foster into the MRI machine, Turk mentions J.D.'s bracelet with the phrase "Sasha forever." After the machine was "fired up", as J.D. puts it, his left hand is magnetically attracted to the machine due to the bracelet being present on his wrist. Turk's left hand is also attracted to the machine because of his watch. In reality, the powerful magnet in an MRI machine is always on, and no personnel, doctor or otherwise would have been allowed near the machine with any ferrous metallic objects. Additionally, the magnet is in the circular part of the machine, so J.D.'s bracelet would likely not have been attracted to the outer part.

    • During the Morbidity and Mortality conference (when J.D. crawls over the table to find a working microphone) the first angle shows Turks cellphone neatly aligned with the upper left side of his notepad. However, when the angle changes the cellphone is disturbed and to the right of Turk's notepad.

    • When the police shoot up J.D.'s scooter, the last shot fired knocks out the kickstand which shatters and is obviously made of wood. In reality the kickstand would be made of metal, not wood (and metal does not shatter).

    • Carla should not be present at the M and M conference. Whilst nurses are very important members of hospital staff, they are never legally responsible for patient care. Only doctors would attend these conferences as they deal with the decisions taken in that patient's care and whether their death brings to light any personal or institutional issues which need to be addressed. Nurses, as they do not make decisions regarding patient treatment, are not involved in these.

    • After Ted is thrown against the window when Doug is trying to straighten out the dead patient, you can see the dead guy's feet are moving.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Jaws: In the Janitor's fantasy, he envisions J.D. jumping into his shark-infested pool. As J.D. bobs up and down in the water, ominous music plays and the camera is placed at water level to suggest that the shark is closing in on J.D. In the movie Jaws, similar music and camera angles were used to indicate that the shark was nearing its victims.

    • Scooby Doo When Mr. Sutton walks out on Turk and J.D. and Leon enters the room, J.D. says "ruh-roh", a la Scooby.

    • Desperate Housewives: During Dr. Cox's 10 second rant he mentions how he doesn't care one bit for what is happening on Wisteria Lane. This is a reference to the popular TV show, Desperate Housewives which is set in the neighborhood of Wisteria Lane.

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