Season 7 Episode 6

My #1 Doctor

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Dec 06, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Though Elliot boasts that through private practice she gets to know her patients, nobody seems to care. Carla is amazed at how the Janitor was able to score such an attractive girlfriend. The doctors are improving their services to get a higher ranking on a website and although J.D. appears nonchalant initially, he is elated when he is ranked #1.moreless

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    A good episode, this late in the game, it's admirable that Scrubs can still bring good episodes to the table. In the beginning, this episode didn't seem like much. JD bragging about being the number one doctor. Turk & Cox and their antics. The janitor and Lady, his new girlfriend, and Carla being suspicious. Kelso getting free muffins, or having any interest in Harry Potter whatsoever?

    Although, we do have something here that's quite fresh. Now that Elliot is in private practice now *Everyone falls to sleep* she is closer with her patients. When she learns that her patient is going to kill herself, she doesn't know whether to let her die or to contact the police. This is something that could haunt her for the rest of her life.

    This was one of those plots, where the character develops, and becomes more three dimensional. After the whole Kieth fallout, it's nice to see Elliot as a doctor and having more serious plots in episodes, so this episode overall was a breath of fresh air.moreless
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    Elliot boasts that through private practice she gets to get to know her patients but it comes back and bites her on the ass. Carla is amazed at how the Janitor was able to score such an attractive girlfriend and goes about trying to figure it out roping in Dr. Kelso through blackmail. The doctors are improving their services to get a higher ranking on a website and although J.D. appears nonchalant initially, he is elated when he is ranked #1. This episode touched on a very sensitive issue of euthanasia which I think was handled superbly - comicly but seriously in all the right places. I'm just not sure what Elliot did will please everyone but I probably would have done the same.moreless

    At the nurse's station, Carla tells the Janitor that it's strange he uses a cowboy voice when discussing how "smitten" he is with his girlfriend Lady. Meanwhile, Turk and Cox tell J.D. about their contest to see how long each can stay in a room with a patient who has a smelly fungal infection. J.D. wonders why Cox and Turk compete so much since they're not even friends, and he learns that competition is a cardinal rule of being a man.

    Cox tells everyone that he signed Sacred Heart up for, a website where patients rate their doctors. In the halls, the Janitor continues to annoy by using his cowboy voice. Elliot and J.D. chat with one of Elliot's terminal patients, Shannon, who Elliot has formed a close bond with. At the same time, Cox and Turk begin a contest to get higher ratings on the website.

    Shannon tells Elliot that she purposefully overdosed to try and kill herself before she gets really sick. This goes against everything Elliot stands for and she's deeply upset. In the cafeteria, Cox, Turk, and other doctors review comments left about them on the site. J.D. stops by to rub in the fact that he's rated number one.

    Carla tells the Janitor that his relationship is a lie and won't be real until Lady knows the real, much nuttier, him. In a hall, Turk tells Cox that they can't lose to J.D., no matter what it takes; after all, winning is more important than friendship.

    Elliot and J.D. discuss Shannon's situation, and J.D. tells her she can't let her patient kill herself. Elliot thinks she can handle that and maybe it's the right thing to do. The Janitor takes Carla's words to heart and reveals his stranger side to Lady, including his penchant for stuffing animals with other animals. Carla steps in and puts a stop to it before he totally ruins his new relationship. She advises to "dole out your crazy in little pieces.

    Turk has Todd pose as J.D. to force his rating down on the website. J.D. is pissed that Turk would do this to him. When Turk asks if there's anything he can do to make it up to him, he offers to let him win at basketball while the nurses watch. Outside, Elliot says goodbye to Shannon, who thanks her for being such an amazing friend even as she heads out to follow through on her overdose plans. On a positive note, Turk comes clean about Todd and J.D. returns to being the top-rated doctor for Sacred Heart.moreless
  • Turk & Cox try to get JD out of the running to be the number 1 doctor. Elliot has to face a decision regarding a patient of hers. Carla tries to figure out why Lady likes the Janitormoreless

    The episode was okay. You see Im tired of saying the following sentence: It had potential. Im concerned that many shows this season have great potential but they dont work consistently to bring out the full level of excellence, which the plot is very well capable of. Take Heroes. It was a good idea to experiment with the notion of seeing how the OLDER generation of heroes behaved. The new powers were dullsville, but i dont think it would have really mattered, if the writers had known HOW to develop a character (the developement of Elle was pre-eminent! They should have used the same method for Maya and Monica).

    Back to far as i can interpret it, the boys today were involved in a competion. Now everyone knows that, but the end narration suggests that competition isnt even PART of the theme. The plot line hadnt evolved. As a result, that one message summing up the entire episode was a little confusing (tackling problems? dealing with patients?)

    In the beginning, the narration is basicly about how doctors handle their patients. Now the ending is quite related to that, but only Elliot's storyline seemed to have shown it. Whereas JD and Turk's storyline have more to do with competition than taking care of the patients (they dont sum up the episode by describing WHY jd's and turk's way is efficient. they do so for Elliot but not for the rest).

    In the end, its about tackling problems? I sound jibberish but thats because the message I received was quite...mixed.

    JD, Turk and Cox's storyline had REAL potential. I had high hopes for this one. But JD realizing that these 2 sabotaged him, was way in the end. If it had been in the middle, the story could have proceeded to how Turk and Cox reflected on their actions, whether JD has enough competitive spirit, and whether rivalry is good in hospitals. But instead, we see the writers escaping this plot line, by telling us how Turk "made it up to JD"? Its THAT simple? Now normally i wouldnt mind...but this is Scrubs we're talking about! Simple solutions dont work, because thats not the way of life...Plus they dont really showcase Turk feeling upset. They jump to his "making up" with JD. And SURELY Cox feels something! Even if he doesnt feel sorry at all, isnt it necessary for The Coxinator to describe WHY his feeling shouldnt be construed in the wrong way? And you know, telling JD not to whine because competition WILL be there in a hospital?

    so you see, there are so many alternate routes to take, which will let us FULLY understand the story...

    The Characters. Once more my main beef with this episode is the under-developement of the plot, and the confusing message it sends out. But the Janitor-Carla plot line seemed redundant. Dont get me wrong I LOVE janitor! the show would be nothing without him But Im not the kind of person who loves the character's actions, if they're not really pertaining to the plot line...I think they could have worked in the Janitor story line had they...wait for it...developed the plot saying this for the first time right? Elliot's storyline! ONCE MORE!!! POTENTIAL!!! This had the potential to show us CLASSIC Elliot! The one we all have come to love, even for being a pigwhore. But the writers didnt really work on it...and does anyone find Elliot a bit more reclusive this season? and not elliot? the earlier one blended her ditzy nature with her professional nature and her solemn nature EXCELLENTLY! this season, the character developement seems quite unripe! (I ought to study fruits )

    The acting? I have always felt that writing affects acting so no thumbs up for Faison and McGinley there...which is sad because i adore McGinley...but he's not given enough time this season to be...well COX!!! he seems quite dull now, having lost all his energetic ranting and strides. I hope Cox isnt gone forever! Braff was good. He's been quite good this season. Once more, i think the writing this season has become a bit more lame, and is affecting his character. I only wish he wouldnt look TOO goofy when daydreaming...

    I was about to give my ratings, but you guys would probably kill me for it I think its the 2nd best this season.

    My Inconvenient Truth is the best this season...

    Rankings of Season 7 episodes:

    GOLD WINNER - My Inconvenient Truth

    SILVER WINNER - My Number One Doctor

    BRONZE WINNER - My Growing Pains

    Runner-up - My Hard Labour


    Second Last - My Identity Crisis

    Last - My Own Worst Enemymoreless
Zach Braff

Zach Braff

Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian

Donald Faison

Donald Faison

Dr. Christopher "Chris" Duncan Turk

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

John C. McGinley

John C. McGinley

Dr. Percival "Perry" Cox

Neil Flynn

Neil Flynn

The Janitor

Judy Reyes

Judy Reyes

Nurse Carla Espinosa

Lauren Stamile

Lauren Stamile


Guest Star

Susan Blakeslee

Susan Blakeslee


Guest Star

Harry Danner

Harry Danner

Mr. Clark

Guest Star

Robert Maschio

Robert Maschio

Dr. Todd Quinlan

Recurring Role

Johnny Kastl

Johnny Kastl

Dr. Doug Murphy

Recurring Role

Kit Pongetti

Kit Pongetti

Ladanielle "Lady" Williams

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • J.D. says, "that was the moment I realized I wanted to be a doctor" - in his memory, this moment was probably in high school. But in a previous episode, Dan (J.D.'s older brother) told Dr.Cox that J.D wanted to be a doctor ever since he was a little child.

    • The comments read by Dr. Cox and Turk from the website are actual comments made on the official NBC Scrubs discussion forum, in a thread started about "" weeks before the actual airing of the episode. The usernames they used on the show are the real usernames of the people who wrote the comments.

    • In this episode J.D. says that he never won anything, but in the episode "My Fishbowl" when they're in Private Dancer's room, the picture on the wall is of J.D. holding a trophy, and J.D. says that it was taken minutes after a contest that he won.

    • The song at the end of the episode was Jump Little Children with 'B-13 '

    • is a real website on which you can rate 28 of the cast of Scrubs, past and present, from one to five stars

    • Dr. Cox mentions a comment on the website about him having a shaved head one week and a full head of hair the next, this is a reference the the season 6 episode "My Night to Remember" in which Dr. Cox had a shaved head because it was aired out of order.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Turk: (While standing on a chair, talking to four different rooms at once) Patients of Dr. Turk, how are we?
      Patient #1: OK.
      Patient #2: All good.
      Patient #3: Fine.
      Patient #4: (Unintelligible speech)
      Turk: (To J.D.) The guy has a tongue surgery. He's actually OK though.
      Turk: (Standing on a chair again) Patients of Dr. Turk, would you want any one on one time with your surgeon?
      Patient #1: Please.
      Patient #2: Sure.
      Patient #3: Yeah.
      Patient #4: Would love to. A private consultation with my surgeon would be very much appreciated. Thank you!
      Turk: (Almost whispering) Damn, someone's tongue is healing fast!

    • J.D.: Yesterday, I won free muffins for life guessing how many coffee beans were in that there jar.
      Turk: Actually they had a re-count. And, you came in second.
      J.D.: What? Who came in first?
      Dr. Kelso: (Singing and carrying a bundle of muffins in his lab coat) Do you know the muffin man, the muffin man? If anyone needs me, I'll be in my office going to town on these bad boys.

    • J.D.: Hold on, Turk. Let's not declare victory until we give a shot to Dr. John Dorian and his nostrils of steel.
      Turk: Your nose can't handle smells of that magnitude.
      J.D.: Make some room. (Enters and immediately exits the room) You've got to be kidding me! That is the most disgusting thing I've ever smelled.

    • Janitor: (In southern accent) I do declare. Spending special relationary time with my girlfriend makes me happier than a bullfrog in a beetle bin.
      Carla: Why are you talking like that?
      Janitor: 'Cause I'm smitten with my girlfriend "Lady." And, this is my smitten voice. Why? What voice do you use when you're smitten?
      Carla: My normal voice.
      Janitor: (In his normal voice) You know what? You hide it well, but you're a very strange person.

    • Lady: You've got something on your face.
      Janitor: Uh-oh, what?
      Lady: Me. (Kisses Janitor) Oh, gosh. I feel like such a ho-bag. But, I'm still glad I did it.

    • Turk: So I spoke to Dr. Kelso and you're number one again.
      J.D.: That's what I'm talking about!
      (Turk stares at him)
      J.D.: I figured since you're not doing it anymore, maybe I could have it.

    • Janitor: (To Lady) I don't believe in the moon. I think it's just the back of the sun.

    • Turk: What if I let you beat me in basketball while the nurses watch?
      J.D.: Can we yell "White Lightning" every time I make a basket?
      Turk: We always do.

    • J.D.: You're my closest friend. In college, we shared a toothbrush.
      Turk: I was not aware of that...

    • Carla: (to Janitor, about Lady) If you like her, you can't keep lying to her about who you are.
      Dr. Kelso: Hogwash! Lie forever. It's the natural form of communication between men and women.

    • Dr. Cox: And now I have to take your laptop from you, as I've deemed you just too darn stupid to use it. You see, those bell peppers that you're munching, they aren't gonna do a truckload of jack against the cancer raging inside of your body. Of course, I've only been a doctor for some twenty years, and the person who wrote that Wikipedia entry also authored the Battlestar Galactica episode guide, so what the heck do I know? But if you feel like living, page me.

    • Shannon: I even had my funeral already.
      Elliot: She looked so beautiful in her casket.
      J.D.: I'm sure you did.
      Shannon: I wasn't in a casket.
      J.D.: I know that. Come on, who would do that? Except for vampires...

    • Dr. Kelso: Well, I would say love is blind, but we both know that isn't true. My love for Enid falls a percentage point with every pound she gains. Since our wedding day I am 136% less in love with her.
      Carla: You're really gonna comment on your wife's weight when you got muffins stuffed down your pants?
      Dr. Kelso: I like them warm.

    • J.D.: Dr. Kelso, I became a doctor to save lives, heal wounds, and occasionally drop the M.D. bomb to pull hot tail in bars.
      Dr. Kelso: You know what else works? Cosmonaut. Try it. Thank me later.
      J.D.'s narration: Noted!

    • J.D.: You guys aren't even friends. Why do you spend so much time competing over everything?
      Dr. Cox: Because we're men, and that is what men do.
      J.D.'s narration: Now a quick look to Turk to see if that is what men do. (Turk nods) Huh, whaddaya know?

    • J.D.: What's going on, C-Bizzle?
      Turk: We're seeing who can last the longest in Mr. Sellers' room. He has a fungal infection under the fat flaps in his stomach. It smells like the time I accidentally put Izzie's doo-doo diaper in the microwave.
      J.D.: You guys are playing Smelly Belly?

    • Janitor: In my spare time, I also enjoy stuffing animals. Usually with other animals. For instance, a badger will hold five squirrels. A squirrel will hold most of a cat. A mouse will hold a shrew and a vole. You get the idea. Circle of life.

    • Todd: Oh, it's called "Rate Your Doc dot org". I'm on a completely different, more awesome site.

    • Dr. Cox: Wow, you actually learned your patient's name. Maybe if you don't kill him in the operating room, you can take him out dancing.
      Turk: I doubt it. I'm amputating his foot later.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: May 7, 2008 on TV3
      Sweden: July 5th, 2008 on TV6
      Germany: October 8th, 2008 on ProSieben

    • Lauren Stamile (who plays Elliot's patient who wishes to take her own life in her own terms) also appears on Grey's Anatomy as Nurse Rose the same night this episode was aired.


    • Dr. Kelso is seen reading the final Harry Potter book, thus joining the mass hysteria of no-spoiler policy. He threatens everyone who tells him details from the book, and Carla says she knows whether Harry Potter lives or dies. This was one of the biggest questions of the entire Harry Potter series, answered in a chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows titled "A Flaw In The Plan".

    • When Dr. Bob Kelso asked Carla to let him "read the final Harry Potter in peace", he was referring to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (released July 21, 2007), the 7th and last of the Harry Potter books.