Scrubs

Season 6 Episode 7

His Story IV

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Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Feb 01, 2007 on NBC
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The hospital is seen through the eyes of Dr. Kelso, who befriends an Iraq War veteran. The soldier's stay sparks a political debate among staff members.

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  • Kelso.

    3.5
    I would have to say, this is the worst "His/Her/Their Story" ever on Scrubs. Politics aren't funny at all. And probably half of the Scrubs fans didn't even know what the Scrubs cast was talking about. Liberal/Republican who cares!? This episode had a lot of potential since we never really see what's going on in Kelso's head but I just found this episode incredibly annoying.



    Cox getting that upset over a coffee discount was out of character. The only highlight of this episode was the Janitor and killing animals to make salt and pepper shakers. The patient wasn't too great either and all of his conversations with Kelso were incredibly boring.



    One of the worst episodes of Scrubs in the history of time. It wasn't funny, just idiotic. It's a wonder that after all the great previous episodes we've been having, we get something like this.moreless
  • I can see why people don't care for this episode, but I love it.

    9.7
    This episode was well-plotted, hilarious (the human magic 8 ball had me on the floor laughing), and not to mention it had Kelso at his best. As for the politics, I can understand how seeing your favorite character preach views that you are strongly against might be upsetting, but being a very political person, I found the concept fun to watch. However, I didn't much care for Private Dancer. He was okay in "My Perspective," but his performance in this episode was below par. Also, JD and Carla are hardly in the episode which was kind of disappointing. Kelso's performance is what made the episode great. Other episodes hinted that he had some morals but this episode clinched it. Also, the Janitor's performance as always left me gasping for air. The salt and pepper bunny was classic. The episode was definitely not without flaw but it is still one of my favorites.moreless
  • im a kelso fan

    7.0
    ok so heres the deal! when i watch scrubs usually the subplots dont realyl go inot my head and ignore them so all this tlak of the iraq war iwasnt really fussed about so i couldnt hate it or love it, i jsut watched it!



    kelso is one of my favorite characters on scrubs and for this reason i really enjoyed his story! the human side of him is genius and being able to see how he works is great! he's not all bad! granted he's an ass but he has his reasons like cox does! all in all i really like the epsiode! wasnt fussed about the sub plot and also lack of laughs have begun to get to me this season!moreless
  • When a soldier who was injured in the war in Iraq is admitted to Sacred Heart, tempers flare and heated political arguments between the staff cause them to neglect their duties. Dr. Kelso narrates for the first time.moreless

    9.0
    This episode humanizes Dr. Kelso more, as he is generally portrayed as shallow and evil. I enjoyed it because it was not too sappy, as they have done previously in His Story III, when they focused on the Janitor.



    Scrubs tackled an important political issue in an irreverant manner, and the writers portrayed a caricatures of both the Republican and Democratic points of view on the war. The humor was well done, especially Dr. Kelso's monologue at the beginning of the episode, his assumption of the position of Head Nurse, and Elliot and Keith's feelings when they both realize they have common opinions on politics.



    Even though the humor and subject matter were fairly good, I still felt that the episode was a little stale. Perhaps it felt a little too preachy. In short, I feel that this is a very good episode, but not up to par with the rest of the series.moreless
  • His Story IV has a injured patient who starts up a heated topic in the hospital.

    7.3
    This episode made me think a lot. I am not sure if I am pro war or against it for sure. I really liked this episode. I liked the fight that Cox and Turk had with Elliot. It was classic when they put her embarrassing quotes on the coffee cups. I think that the actor that played the injured soldier did a nice job. I liked how this episode was in Kelso's head. My favorite part was when he followed the cup cake. That was a classes. I hope that if they have another his/her story that it is as good as this one was.moreless
Donald Faison

Donald Faison

Dr. Christopher "Chris" Duncan Turk

John C. McGinley

John C. McGinley

Dr. Percival "Perry" Cox

Judy Reyes

Judy Reyes

Nurse Carla Espinosa

Ken Jenkins

Ken Jenkins

Dr. Robert "Bob" Kelso

Neil Flynn

Neil Flynn

The Janitor

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

Michael Weston

Michael Weston

Private Brian Dancer

Guest Star

Caroline Do

Caroline Do

Her Best Friend

Guest Star

Elizabeth Tippet

Elizabeth Tippet

Nurse Jessica

Guest Star

Aloma Wright

Aloma Wright

Nurse Laverne Roberts

Recurring Role

Travis Schuldt

Travis Schuldt

Keith

Recurring Role

Lindsay Ravage

Lindsay Ravage

Debbie aka "Slagathor"

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Elliot reveals to everyone at Sacred Heart that she is a Republican. A fact first mentioned to J.D. in the episode "My Sex Buddy".

    • In the scene where Dr. Kelso is narrating over Dr. Cox and Nurse Roberts, as well as Turk and Elliot, who are all arguing about the war in Iraq, Slagathor (Debbie) is standing at the end of Private Dancer's bed. You can clearly see a pink X taped on the floor showing where she is supposed to stand in the scene.

    • Featured Music:
      "Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes ("An Officer and a Gentleman" parody scene)
      "Thrift Store T-Shirt" by Brent Jordan (Dr. Kelso becomes himself again)

    • Elliot gets employee discount at the coffee shack but a major story arc in this series is that she no longer works for Sacred Heart. As Kelso is the one who organized the discount, he certainly would have made sure that she wasn't entitled.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Private Dancer: (Reading the quote on the side of the coffee cup) "My Bajingo's on fire", Elliot Reid, March 2003...(Suspiciously) What's a Bajingo?

    • Quote of the month on Coffebucks cup: "I like laughing at poor people" -Elliot Reed
      Elliot: When I said that, I was watching Good Times!

    • (Carla returns to the hospital after being on maternity leave)
      Carla: Hi everybody.
      Crowd: Welcome back, Pickle.
      Turk: Who the hell came up with Pickle?!
      J.D.: I did...if you call Carla "Pickle", then I can call Isabella "Little Gherkin"...I need this.
      Turk: (Shaking J.D.'s hand) Yeah you do.
      Carla: Actually babe, I'm just heading back home...it turns out my maternity leave doesn't end until NEXT week.
      Turk: Awwww Pickle, I'm sorry...
      (J.D. pats Turk on the shoulder and gives a thumbs up)

    • Dr. Kelso: (To the new interns) Listen up, faces. In order to save us all some time I will call all the males Daves and all the females Debbies.
      Intern: Debbie's actually my name!
      Dr. Kelso: Then out of fairness to the others, you will be Slagathor. Daves, Debbies, Slagathor, I will be in my office, if you need anything, feel free to bother Dorian.

    • Janitor: Point to Iraq on this globe.
      J.D.: Why do you carry a globe around?
      Janitor: In case I get lost.
      (J.D. tries to point to Iraq on the globe and cannot)
      Janitor: That's China.
      J.D.: You're China!
      Janitor: I'm China? What an outrageous accusation.

    • (After Turk's first statement about the War in Iraq, Elliot, perturbed, turns to J.D.)
      Elliot: What do you think, J.D.?
      J.D.: Can you excuse me a second?
      (J.D. sidles up to Turk and speaks in a hushed tone)
      J.D.: Did you break our pact and start reading the newspaper?
      Turk: Carla's making me. Normally I wouldn't go near the thing except for the funnies.
      J.D.: Oh, of course, the funnies! The funnies don't count. By the way, did you read Marmaduke today?
      (Elliot looks on incredulously)
      J.D.: Can you believe he gave the pizza delivery guy a bone as a tip?
      Turk: No! But that's what's great about Marmaduke, he's always thinking on his feet.
      J.D.: I think you mean "paws".
      (Turk laughs explosively)
      Turk: Sorry.
      J.D.: Keep it real.
      Elliot: Well, J.D.? The war?
      J.D.: I don't have time for this Elliot, I have to find an apartment.
      (J.D. turns back to Turk)
      J.D.: If you get a chance, read the Boondocks, man that little kid hates honkies!
      (J.D. walks away through a door, behind Turk)
      Turk: (Chuckles, and says quietly) Who doesn't?

    • (Elliot and Turk walking down the hallway)
      Elliot: Don't you get it Turk? All the terrorists want to do is kill you. They want to kill you!
      Turk: Elliot, if you...
      Elliot: Kill you!
      (J.D. walks by)
      J.D.: You guys, in case I find an apartment I like, I need someone to write a reference for me.
      Elliot: J.D., we're in the middle of something.
      (Turk gives his reply in one long, quick breath)
      Turk: Elliot, the only good that's come from our occupation of Iraq is exposing the neo-conservative conspiracy to perpetuate American cultural and economic imperialism.

    • J.D.'s narration: I always wondered what Dr. Kelso did in his office all day.
      (Cut to J.D.'s daydream)
      Dr. Kelso: Human Magic 8-Ball, tell me if I should play golf this weekend.
      (Dr. Kelso shakes Ted's head vigorously)
      Ted: I'm a LAWYER!!
      Dr. Kelso: I said, should I play golf?
      (Dr. Kelso shakes Ted's head again)
      Ted: Ask again later! Why would I say that?
      (Dr. Kelso shakes Ted's head even more and then cut back to J.D.)
      J.D.: My daydreams are crazy.
      Ted: Ohhhh...dizzy. (He falls onto a rack)

    • Private Dancer: Well, even though no one ever comes, every time I hit this nurse's button I feel a little better.
      Dr. Kelso: That's morphine.
      Private Dancer: That explains it.

    • J.D.: (Reading "Iraq War for Dummies" and talking to Turk on his cell) Turk, you know what's so messed up? I just got to the point where President Bush gave his gives his "Mission Accomplished" speech on a battleship, and I still got like 400 more pages to go!

    • J.D.: Come on, no-one wants to debate Iraq with me?
      Janitor: I'll debate Iraq with you.
      J.D.: Prepare to be dazzled.
      Janitor: Ok. In my opinion we should be looking for Bin Laden in Pakistan.
      J.D.: Do you have that globe near by?
      (Janitor shakes his head and walks off)

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Private Dancer

      The soldier's name is reference to the 1984 album by Tina Turner, and the title track thereof (written by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits). It was the best-selling album of 1985.

    • Elliot: Oh please Laverne, global warming. Here's an inconvenient truth for you; Nobody cares! (Spraying her hairspray)

      'An Inconvenient Truth' is a 2005 documentary film, with accompanying book by former Vice-President Al Gore about the issue of global warming!

    • "For Dummies" books:

      J.D. is reading "The Iraq War for Dummies" which doesn't actually exist, but the "For Dummies" book series does include "The Vietnam War for Dummies," "World War II for Dummies" and "The Civil War for Dummies."

      John Wiley & Sons publishes the "For Dummies" book series, which is a how-to series of books on a broad spectrum of topics, written to present a general understanding of each topic to the average reader.

    • An Officer and a Gentleman

      In the scene where Kelso imagines still being in the Navy and when he thinks about what he thought being a nurse would be like, the girl jumping into his arms and then him jumping into her arms alludes to the popular 1982 movie, "An Officer and a Gentleman", in which the protagonist "rescues" his lover from her workplace the exact same way.

    • Dr. Kelso: So, Pluto's not a planet anymore. What's up with that?

      This is in reference to the fact that as of August 2006, astronomers declared that Pluto, which has long been considered the ninth planet of our solar system, was not a planet, but instead a dwarf planet.

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