Season 8 Episode 9

My Absence

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Feb 10, 2009 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When J.D. goes on a mini-vacation, his only connection to the hospital is Elliot's cellphone. Meanwhile, Turk wants to spread the news of a second baby, but he does not get the reactions he expects. Somewhere else, intern Sunny struggles to keep a one year coma patient alive, about whom Dr. Cox does not care too much.moreless

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  • JD takes a mini vaction as Carla tells Turk that she is pregnant but no one is all that ecited by it. Elliott pines for JD as Kelso tries to teach her a few things about relationships.moreless

    The first real ep without JD and I must admit that it wasn't that bad at all. This gives me the feeling that this could possibly have been a trial run to see if ABC could pull off a successful 9th season with JD. This week JD has taken a mini vacation and there is a void in the hospital with Elliott pining over him all the time while Turk has no one to tell his great news to.

    Speaking of that news Carla tells Turk that she is pregnant but he can only tell one person but JD isn't there to tell. He quickly spills the beans to everyone but is surprised to see that no one is that excited about it. They tell him that a second baby is never as big a deal as the first and Turk begins to admit that he feels that way as well but doesn't know why.

    In this ep we are introduced to a new intern, Sunny, who is as happy as her name suggests. She wants to keep her coma patient alive for one more day so his sister can say goodbye. Perry naturally refuses to elp as he doesn't care but he suggests that Sunny talks to Carla who does care about that stuff. Sunny approaches Carla but she turns her down for a night of nothing at home which Perry grills her for. Elliott can't seem to go a few minutes without wanting to talk to JD and this brings Kelso in to try and give her perspective on her feeling and her relationship. Elliott is worried about the relationship because she feel too vulnerable but Kelso assures her that relationships are about putting yourself out there and being vulnerable.

    All in all this ep was still quite funny and had a strong message throughout for al characters, but hey that's vinatge scrubs!moreless
  • 809

    This episode was a bit lackluster for me, we don't have the main character or the janitor, and it's not like they're filming for something else, they're just not in it. I guess this is when the show hit rock bottom financially. The show's main focus is on JD, without him, it just felt strange and awkward.

    Another thing that was just strange: Since there was no JD, there was not on fantasy. This is the only episode without fantasies, and fantasies are another thing that this show is known for. This show and That 70s Show in the earlier seasons. Then we have something that's a bit forced: Carla being pregnant... again. Remember how hard it was for Carla to get pregnant? In this case, it was just out of the blue. Plus I don't think a pregnancy is what this show needs right now. And when she did get pregnant, it was one of the most special moment on Scrubs. Now it just seems like any other day. Remember in season six when there was three pregnancies going on? It's just getting old, like JD said over the phone. The pros of this episode was definitely Denise, and Carla caring about her patients. A classic plot, and I always love Cox/Carla interaction. An okay episode.moreless
  • A Scrubs Episode Without J.D.

    Although I really love scrubs, one has to admit that Zach Braff provides most of it's humor so waiting for a Scrubs episode without J.D. was weird, I really didn't know what to expect, something along "Their Story" from the 6th season (which I really enjoyed by the way) or similar.

    Instead of giving most of the show to the "minor" characters, the show was mainly performed by the other main characters which was awesome in my opinion.

    Turk wanting to get a huge reaction about his new baby was great, his running around the hospital was simply hilarious, and the song from Gooch was again very cool.

    I'm really starting to enjoy Denise, It saddens me that she only entered this season, she's an awesome character and all her lines are simply hilarious.

    Carla's storyline really didn't tick me that much, it seemed it was just filled in order for J.D. to do his moral sum-up of the episode.

    Ted, again, simply great, he's always funny and I do mean always.

    J.D. although not being on the episode physically, he still made me have my biggest laugh of the episode "And that's why you should never trust a Camel", simply hillarious.

    In overall I really loved this episode, although I'm glad that J.D. came back for the next one ;)moreless

    Well it was good's sad that JD wasn't in this episode..I mean personally...I liked moment when Turk was runing in hospital and was looking for him and in the end the got fought for nothing :D that moment fus funny.....also I liked that cray biatch new girl :D shes cool and the last last moment was funnyest when phone was in COx's room JD was talking Cox couldn't find the phone anywhere and he was going crazy and mad :D :D i was laying on the floor :D Cox is great....and I like how Elliot's and JD's realtionship are going,I think on this time everything will be perfect :)moreless
  • Scrubs with no JD..

    Like I've mentioned in my earlier reviews, this is definitely not the good old Scrubs that used to air on NBC. And not only is the script so dull, the acting is way of mark, and looks rather unprofessional. Here we see Dr. Cox trying to teach Carla to keep her attachment toward brain dead patients, though most doctors don't care about vegetables. Turk is elated when he gets the news he is gonna be a dad again, but is heartbroken when no one shares the same enthusiasm. With JD missing, the very thread that held things together was lost. Yeah, some parts were funny, but for a hardcore fan of this show, such lackluster episodes are a huge disappointment.moreless
Zach Braff

Zach Braff

Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

Donald Faison

Donald Faison

Dr. Christopher "Chris" Duncan Turk

Neil Flynn

Neil Flynn

The Janitor

Ken Jenkins

Ken Jenkins

Dr. Robert "Bob" Kelso

John C. McGinley

John C. McGinley

Dr. Percival "Perry" Ulysses Cox

Marcia Ann Burrs

Marcia Ann Burrs


Guest Star

Eliza Coupe

Eliza Coupe

Denise Mahoney

Recurring Role

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd

Ted Buckland

Recurring Role

Kate Micucci

Kate Micucci

Stephanie Gooch

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Dr. Cox: Carla, if you're gonna get upset every time your husband does something stupid, then you're going to be upset every second of every minute, every minute of every hour, every hour of every day, every day -
      Carla: Stop.
      Dr. Cox: I was prepared to go to "century".

    • J.D.: (over speaker phone) You sound upset, what's wrong?
      Elliot: I don't want to get into it.
      J.D.: (over speaker phone) You know what I do when I need to clear my head? I just let my mind drift and fantasize about stuff.
      Elliot: Yeah! I've noticed. (Pause) J.D.? (Pause) J.D., you're fantasizing right now, aren't you?
      J.D.: (over speaker phone) And that's why you should never trust a camel.

    • Turk: I was pulling some dude's spleen out today, and check it, blood splashed on my scrubs, looks like a tiger. Roar!
      Carla: Why is that part a different color?
      Turk: I might have used chocolate pudding to do the tail.

    • Denise: I wish I was emotionally healthy enough to love someone so much that I died after they did. I was with that dude last night. Only way I'm going to die after him is if he had a heart attack while he was on top of me. Crap, I just turned myself on.

    • Ted: Gooch and I are going to hold off on the babies. We've only known each other a week. Plus, with all the cycling, apparently I've done a real number on my sperm.

    • Denise: Dr. Reid, no offense, but have you been drinking?
      Elliot: Oh. No. I read that shampooing with beer is good for your hair. So, all sudsed up in the shower and the hot water dies. So now I've got to spend the entire day smelling like a brewery because there is no way I'm going to rinse off with ice water. See, this dress only works without a bra, so if I get cold, looks like I'm smuggling candy cones.

    • Denise: Watch the lip, Grandpa. Because you wouldn't be the first old man I beat up.
      Dr. Kelso: Hah! I like her. She's got girl balls.

    • Dr. Cox: Mr. Francone has been in a coma for well over a year. His organs are starting to fail and he probably won't be with us very much longer. The most important thing to remember during his final hours here on Earth is do not ever come to me and ask me questions about how to treat him. He's a potato. If you do, my answer will always be the same. Sour cream, chives, and if I haven't had any protein that day, maybe just a sprinkling of some of those bacon bits.

    • Denise: I need some action. Luckily, cheeseburger day at the caf really brings out the fatties.
      Elliot: (to Ted) Denise likes the big fellas.
      Denise: Oh, check out the ripples on that gentleman. Oh, it's like somebody threw a boulder in a pond. Fat dudes rule. They never expect commitment and they try so hard in the sack.
      Elliot: Plus, they're just so grateful afterwards.
      Denise: (pushing a burger to the front of the table) I'm just going to put this out for bait and see what ambles out of the forest.

    • Dr. Cox: Hello. If it's alright with everyone, I'd like to begin this morning's rounds with a joke. Denise.
      Denise: Um, I don't really have one.
      Dr. Cox: No. I meant that you were the joke.
      Denise: Oh, good one.
      Dr. Cox: Thanks. I thought of it this morning while I was watching you trying to jam a catheter into Mr. Hazelton.
      Denise: Yeah, he was a screamer.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode marks the first appearance by Sonal Shah (Sonja "Sunny" Day).

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: March 16, 2009 on Channel 7
      Latin America: June 30, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony)
      Sweden: November 11, 2009 on TV6

    • Although credited, Neil Flynn (The Janitor) does not appear in this episode. Zach Braff (Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian) does not appear either, only his voice is heard on the cellphone.