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My Brother, Where Art Thou?

Season 3, Ep 5, Aired 11/6/03
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  • Episode Description
  • His brother Dan decides to stay with J.D. for a while after their mom's new fiancĂ© kicked him out, but after spending some quality time with him at the hospital, Dan isn't sure if he likes the cynical person his little brother has become. Elliot tries to deal with her own problems of a long distance relationship and decides to try moonlighting as a pet examiner with Carla to save up money.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Don Perry

    Mr. Bober

  • Mike Schwartz

  • Marc Buckland

  • Bill Lawrence

  • Eric Weinberg

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • JD's brother returns.

    By Canogaparkcindy, May 29, 2010

  • Dan's baackk!

    By Trottelfresse, May 11, 2008

  • Carla and Elliott moonlight at a veterinary clinic.

    By Dreolin, Jan 04, 2008

  • I love Dan

    By SMGslayer97, Jan 12, 2007

  • JD's brother comes back into to town to visit and complain about their mother. He tags along with JD during rounds and becomes worried about the cynical nature that his little brother has developed and tries to help.

    By JSEPegasus, Sep 30, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (41)

    • Dr. Cox: Well, Mr. Pickles, welcome back. J.D.: Here we go with this guy again. Dr. Cox: Yep. Still, it sure is nice to be doing something you love. I wouldn't trade it. How 'bout you? J.D.: No... Dr. Cox: Don't forget that. Mr. Bober: Pickles. Dr. Cox: Damn right, sir. Damn right.

    • Dan: Hey, listen, Dr. Cox: No offense, I'm a big fan of the tough-guy act, but let me tell you what I really think. I think you love the fact that these kids idolize you. Johnny does! Johnny was always the one in the family we knew was going someplace - sweet kid, smart kid. Becoming a doctor, this is all he ever wanted; and yet, somehow, you've found a way to beat that out of him, haven't you? Turned him into some cynical guy who seems to despise what he does. Dr. Cox, Johnny's never gonna look up to me. Ever. But he hangs on your every word. So, I'm askin' - I'm telling you - take that responsibility seriously; stop being such a hard-ass, otherwise you're gonna have to answer to me. J.D.'s Narration: Love can give you strength you never knew you had. Dan: It was good seeing you, Dr. Cox. Dr. Cox: Good to see you, Dan. All the best.

    • Dan: Hey, Dr. Cox. Dr. Cox: Oh, here I'd been told you left. It made me happy. Dan: Yeah, you don't like me. People don't like me. You know why? I'm a "screw-up", always "have been". For instance, when we were kids, Mom would always make me walk Johnny to school first day every year. Every year, I'd walk him to the wrong school! Just 'cause! Dr. Cox: Boy, that's a great story, really. And I'm sure you were just a horrible big brother- Dan: Well... Dr. Cox: -but I'm afraid you have me confused with somebody who gives a crap. And it's okay, you don't need to be embarrassed, turns out it happens all the time. For instance, my father actually made the same mistake on his death bed.

    • Carla: Dr. Kelso, even though we're understaffed and underpaid, I've been working here for ten years! I mean, all day long? All I hear is "Carla, Carla, Carla, Carla, Carla, Carla, Carla, Carla, Carla, Carla, Carla, Carla, Carla, Carla, Carla, Carla... Carla... Carla." Elliot: Sir, what-wh-what Carla is saying, and not in any kind of crazy or, uh, rambling sort of way...

    • Dr. Kelso: Why are you here? Elliot: My boyfriend is in New Zealand for six months, and if I don't moonlight, then I'm never gonna have enough money to see him. Carla: My wedding's costing twice as much as I thought it would, and I need the extra cash. Ted: Baxter won't get out of my chair.

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    Notes (4)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Czech Republic: March 25, 2013 on Prima COOL

    • Don Perry reprised his role as Mr. Bober, from the season 1 episode "My Last Day".

    • This episode used a much shorter opening introduction.

    • This is the episode John Ritter (J.D.'s Dad) was supposed to appear in, but he passed away on September 11, 2003. He was supposed to start shooting his scenes on September 15, 2003. This episode was re-worked.

    Trivia (7)

    • After Dan crushed the janitor's fingers, he asked J.D. where the E.R. was. However, since he has been working at the hospital for many years, he should know it.

    • When Turk is getting his underwear out of the freezer, the Margarita mixer and the Sunny-D are to the left, then when he's putting them on it's next to the Sunny-D, which both moved right. Then next time we see Turk pulling them up, the Margarita mixer is moved back to the left, and Turk is right behind the Sunny-D bottle.

    • When Dan is in the bathtub there are four beer cans floating around him. When the camera looks away at J.D and then looks back there are five beers.

    • Elliot reveals in this episode that all cats hate her, and has several run-ins with them that leave her scratched. However, in an episode during the "Nurse Flowers" storyline, she mentions having a cat that she talks to.

    • Featured Music: "Nothing Left of Me" by Joanna De Seyne

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    Allusions (2)

    • The title "My Brother, Where Art Thou?" is a reference to the 2000 film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", starring George Clooney.

    • Gomers/Article 99 Dr. Cox:..."Gomers" transferred from ward to ward... Dr. Cox explains to J.D. how certain patients called "Gomers" are constantly bounced around the hospital from one ward to another. This is a reference to the 1992 film Article 99 in which John C. McGinley (Dr. Cox) starred opposite Ray Liotta, Kiefer Sutherland, and others. Article 99 was about doctors and nurses who cared in a bureaucratic hospital who would keep transferring some patients they called "Gomers" who needed but could not afford medical care from one ward to another to keep them in the hospital, as well as perform needed but expensive operations without authorization. A must see if only to see McGinley play a NICE doctor.

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