My Fallen Idol

Season 5, Ep 21, Aired 5/2/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Dr. Cox starts drinking after his decisions result in the death of three of his patients. The staff tries to convince him how inspiring he is for them. Turk starts his new rotation with orthopedic surgery, but isn't so fond of his attending doctor's touchy-feely methods. J.D. and the Janitor attempt to help Turk to find ways to bond with his new supervisor.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bill Callahan

  • Joanna Kerns

  • Christa Miller-Lawrence

    Jordan Sullivan

  • Jordan Zucker


  • Travis Schuldt


  • Fan Reviews (32)
  • Dr. Cox starts drinking again after losing three patients, and the entire hospital staff attempts to help him get through this tough time.

    By bengarrett1439, May 04, 2006

  • Cox copes with the loss of 3 patients.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Sep 07, 2010

  • Ok. So I cried. Scrubs just keeps getting better and better. Really. Heartwarming, this is the best show on TV.

    By PauloCh, May 07, 2006

  • Dr Cox meltdown

    By Darkoism, Sep 14, 2009

  • The gang try and save Dr. Cox from drowning in his own pity..

    By cutie_tutie, Sep 09, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Dr. Cox: (Drunk) Newbie, would you give me some trouble, I'm having a little help here.

    • J.D.'s Narration: Maybe he just needed time to heal, or maybe he just needed to see how much everybody cared. But I'd like to believe that it was because of me that he was finally able to say this: Dr. Cox: You don't drink scotch.

    • J.D.: I guess after all this time I still think of you as like this superhero that will help me out of any situation I'm in. I needed that. But that's my problem, you know, and I'll deal with that. I guess I came over here to tell you how proud of you I am. Not because you did the best you could for those patients. But because after twenty years of being a doctor... when things go badly you still take it this hard. And I've gotta tell you man, I mean... that's the kind of doctor I want to be.

    • Jack: Daddy drinks a lot. Jordan: His first complete sentence. Fantastic.

    • Jordan: Hello Bob...No cheek kiss necessary. Dr. Kelso: Oh good, I have pipe breath. Sooo...When was the last time I was here, '97? I know it has been a while because Enid could still fit through that door. I shouldn't joke, she is very ill.

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    Notes (2)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2007 Humanitas Prize for 30 Minute Category.

    • The Janitor's knife-wrench follows his tradition of combining tools with eating utensils, which he explained in His Story III.

    Trivia (12)

    • While in Dr. Cox's apartment, Elliot tells Dr. Cox that she was able to get over the death of a malaria patient even though she put him through agonizing pain before his death. This is a reference to Season 4's episode "My Hypocritical Oath." In that episode, Elliot ignored Dr. Kelso's warning that the treatment of the malaria patient was unwise. The death of the patient led to Elliot's feelings of remorse.

    • Featured Music: "Something Else" by Gary Jules "Put On A Happy Face" performed by The Blanks

    • Dr. Kim (the doctor who makes everybody drop their pants) is played by Ming Lo; Ming Lo plays another character by the same name in the season 9 episode of the X-Files, "4-D".

    • The balls Todd picks up from Dr. Cox's table to joke about when he fills in for J.D. have also appeared in Turk and J.D.'s apartment in many earlier episodes.

    • In the scene where Carla visits Dr. Cox at his home, the Scotch bottle still contains some, but when the camera angle changes, it is not only empty but also in a different position. If Dr. Cox supposedly poured out the remaining part in his glass then it should make a clear sound, since the table is made of glass.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Dr. Stone: We're not so different, you and I. A phrase from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.

    • Jerome Bettis: J.D. tells Dr. Cox that he was able to watch the Super Bowl in Cox's apartment (in disguise) because he was a fan of Jerome Bettis, "whoever the hell that is". Bettis is a former NFL player who spent his career with the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers. He won the Super Bowl with the Steelers in 2006, his final season in the league.

    • Celine Dion: Celine Dion is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actress. In 2002 she signed a contract to do a show combination of dance, music and visual effects in Las Vegas.

    • The More You Know: Airing since 1989, The More You Know is a series of public service announcements hosted by various NBC celebrities.

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