Season 4 Episode 19

My Best Laid Plans

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Mar 01, 2005 on NBC
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J.D. ditches a seemingly uninterested Kylie for Dr. Molly Clock, who has just returned from Milwaukee. Carla fumes over Turk's frequent phone calls to an ex-girlfriend. The Janitor and Dr. Cox make a wager over Elliot.

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  • One of my top five favorite Scrubs episodes of all time.

    I've come up with three main points as to why this episode is so flippin' amazing.

    1. Zach Braff's direction. The stretch/real-time/summary relationships in the directing of the break up scene was absolutely fabulous. The less perfect but still awesome direction of the 'what could have happened if JD pushed Molly's bangs back' was great. Normally I don't like when actor's put their hands in the director's role, but in this case I think Braff did an excellent job.

    2. The music choice of "Closer" by Joshua Radin was brilliant and so perfectly fitting for the direction which, as stated above, was creatively above-average.

    3. Neil Flynn's performance is so impressive in this episode. His interactions with blonde doctor are so moving that it makes me teary-eyed everytime I watch it. The Janitor is not given nearly as much attention as he deserves for his acting chops, and Neil Flynn's dramatic storyline in this episode blew me away. [This episode is just another reason why Neil Flynn is my absolute favorite actor of all time.]moreless
  • The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, except sometimes they go just like you want (Like this episode)

    This episode is the climax to the last 4 or 5 episodes and really the season has been working towards this episode.

    I'm not gonna bore everyone with the summary of the episode but instead give the good and bad points of the episodes.

    First off, I tip my cap to Mr. Braff for the Direction of this episode, his second; the scenes with JD and Molly and JD and Kylie at the end are supurb with the a great use of editing effects and 2 great selections of music in Cary Brothers "Waiting for Your Letter" and Josh Radin's "Closer". When they have serious moments in this show, they work best when they coinside with great music.

    Those serious moments are some of the best this show has had this season, probably next to JD's dad dying. However, the drama moments in this serious have become a little more hit and miss, so when they have an episode that is spot on it is obviously one of the best of the season.

    The funniest moments also are some of the best. i.e. Cox and Janitor battle; specifically Cox running Janitor's van into the wall and is post reaction, and absolute classic. Also a note of hilarity is JD's "nightly ritual" (pleasure myself, weap, and repeat).

    My favorite part of this episode is the use of the old phrase, "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry". They set the entire episode toward this, and 3/4 the way in you think that maybe this isn't true with Turk's, JD's, and Janitor's success in their lies or bad decisions.

    But in the last 5 minutes it all really does go awry. JD, who was in the clear, is too honest to Kylie about his date with Molly, and he loses her. Janitor is just as close to success until Cox exploits him for his misdeeds. Luckly for him he gets to apologize and explain his actions and Elliot seems to forgive him. However, Turk is not as lucky when Carla leaves him after finding out he had not told his ex-girlfriend, that he was talking to, that he was married. The episode ends with JD and Turk alone in their living room pondering what they have done and how they can fix it.

    The way this episode, and this show for that matter, teaches lessons to its characters really will make you look at your own life in a different perspective, is something that can only be found in less than a handful of series on television.

    This episode is 10 out of 10 tug boats.moreless
  • JD is getting impatient with having sex with Kylie and is quickly having his cake and eating it too as he has drinks with Molly Clock who is back; Janitor bets Dr Cox that he'll go out with Elliot; and Turk is speaking to his former high school girlfriendmoreless

    Directed by Zach Braff, this episode is fulled with laughs. In my opinion the best episode of Season 4. This is a Must See Episode. Alot of the humor is involved between The Janitor and Elliot as he goes out with her for a bet, even though he actually has deep feelings for her and continues going out with her when he has won the bet. However he doesn't tell her he hasn't won.

    Turk and Carla's marriage problems continue from "My Roommates" and to make things worse, Turk begins talking to his Ex.

    And JD is sick and tired of waiting to have sex with Kylie. However, Turk convinces him to have his cake and eat it too as Dr. Molly Clock arrives back to Sacred Heart. Due to him having a huge crush on her and hopping he'll have sex with her that night, he blows off Kylie and goes to the bar with her.

    A Very Well written episode by the lead star of the show. Watch this episode people, seriously.moreless
  • Girl problems everywhere!

    Season four keeps getting better and better, this episode being one of the funniest so far, the ending, while being entertaining, also makes you feel disappointed in that JD didn’t get with either of the girls he’s been dying to all year and Carla and Turk’s relationship does seem to be getting worse by the episode.

    The Janitor’s plot is a barrel of laughs and shows he and his imaginary relationship with blonde doctor finally completing its circle when he learns her name after accepting that they will never be. Cox destroying the van is a brilliant way to end the plot, the Janitor rejoining his old gang.

    The episode is very well plotted with humour and creativeness really shining through, one relationship being ended, another looking that way and a year-long crush being concluded, making the next episode one that I, for one, will try my hardest not to miss.moreless
  • Like the title suggests, we get to see the best laid plans of three of our male characters go awry.

    I keep seeing this episode pop up in reruns and it just reminds me how much I enjoy it. It's one of my favorites of season 4, second only to "My Life in Four Cameras". Here we see the three underhanded and not completely honest plots set up by three of our guys and how my half of the human species can completely mess them up, especially when we make a stupid offhand comment as in the cases of Turk and J.D. With Turk, we get we get the least central and seemingly malicious action as he, having a bit of a cool period with Carla, connects with one of his old girlfriends. While Turk's intentions are relatively innocent, his turns out to have the most consequences of all, giving us an open and uncertain ending. It's a little worrying.

    J.D.'s old crush Dr. Molly Clock returns and Turk helps him decide that since he isn't getting any from Kylie, he should go for Molly. Unfortunately, for J.D., he's not quite that much of a jerk. Even more unfortunately, he's also a bit of a blabber mouth. And his pecker is British. Who saw that one coming? I certainly didn't. My favorite storyline of the night has to be the Janitor's plot to get a date with Elliot and his vehicle to vehicle bet with Cox. As the two tormenters in J.D.'s life, I like it when Janitor and Cox square off. Add to that we get two different sets of brain trusts, the first made up of a few familiar of the hospital "blue collar" staff, and the "new" one made up of secondary all stars: Ted, Doug, and the Todd. It doesn't get better than that. The Janitor/Elliot scenes are pretty nice, and I enjoy seeing them as friends. They also get a very sweet ending, giving Janitor at least something to be somewhat happy about. The scene where he explains why he did what he did is a good one. Even better is Cox's maniacal glee as he smashes the Janitor's steady ol' van into the building where it in true Hollywood fashion promptly explodes. Janitor sums up the entire situation for our best laid planners with two simple words: "Bad day." Indeed it was, Janitor. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better and those Turkletons will make up.moreless
Zach Braff

Zach Braff

Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian

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

Cullen Douglas

Cullen Douglas


Guest Star

Ian Kerr

Ian Kerr

Mr. Peeps

Guest Star

Jennifer Bowman

Jennifer Bowman

Nurse Birdie

Guest Star

Heather Graham

Heather Graham

Dr. Molly Clock

Recurring Role

Chrystee Pharris

Chrystee Pharris


Recurring Role

Martin Klebba

Martin Klebba

Randall Winston

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Featured Music:
      "Waiting For Your Letter" by Cary Brothers
      "Closer" by Josh Radin
      "Can't Go Back" by Keren DeBerg
      "Roseanna" (Turk's ringtone)

    • When J.D. is thinking about what would happen if he brushed Molly's hair, the first shot has Molly's hair half over her face. However in the next shot her hair has moved and is no longer covering her face.

    • It is revealed in this episode that Ted lost his hair in eighth grade. However, in My Fifteen Minutes, the eighth episode of the first season, Ted mentioned that when he started his job as the hospital's legal counsel, he had hair, a wife, and kids. This leads one to the absurd conclusion that Ted attended eighth grade after becoming the hospital's legal counsel and had also somehow gotten married and had kids before even reaching high school.

    • In the beginning of the episode when Dr. Cox is annoying Elliot in front of her residents, most of the time his stethescope is in his white coat. However in a couple shots it's on the outside instead.

  • QUOTES (41)

    • Carla: You've been talking to this girl you used to sleep with, and you never told her you were married?
      Turk: She never asked?

    • Janitor: You guys are out. You guys are back in. Where's Margo?
      Randall: She's at a Ludacris concert with her birth mom.
      Janitor: I lose my van to him, and I lose Margo to gangsta rap. Bad day.

    • Kylie: I was thinking about how patient you've been with me. How right things feel. And then you showed up and it feels like fate.
      J.D.: Wait, are you saying that you're ready? Awesome.
      Kylie: First, let me set the mood.
      J.D.: And Kylie, you're right. It is fate. Because I was out with this girl tonight that I totally could have had sex with, but it was easy for me to blow her off because I was excited to be with you... Why have you stopped lighting incense? It makes the room smell like Chinese rain.
      Kylie: You blew me off tonight to be with some random girl?
      J.D.: Well, she's not a random girl. I mean, I had a crush on her long before I met you.
      Mr. Peeps: I will kill you!

    • Carla: So you guys think I'm overreacting about this whole Turk thing?
      Elliot: Phone calls from an ex would drive me nuts!
      J.D.'s Narration: I knew how to get rid of both of them, but I can't do that to Turk.
      He hears a voice from the direction of his pants
      Mr. Peeps: If you don't do it, I will.
      J.D.: Mr. Peeps? Why are you British?
      Mr. Peeps: I'll explain later. Just lose the extra bitches.

    • Janitor: Sorry guys, I can't go clubbing tonight. Daddy's got a date.
      Ted: Aw man! I ironed my going out hair!

    • Janitor: I'm going to paint your Porsche mint green so it looks like my van's baby.

    • J.D.(on phone): Hey, Kylie. I was calling to see how your day was going.
      Molly: ...this ninety degree cave and sweat would just be dripping off our naked bodies.
      J.D.: Naked sweat drips...
      Kylie(on phone): What?
      J.D.(on phone): Um, nothing, Kylie. It's a new band called the Naked Sweat Drips. They have a great song called Perfect Breasts...
      Molly: ...And then I got so flexible I could put my legs behind my head.
      Kylie(on phone): J.D., are you there?
      Molly: You should come.
      Elliot: Oh, frick on a stick. I gotta go. I want to hear the rest of the story, don't forget where you were.
      J.D.: Feet up behind her head.
      Kylie(on phone): Who has their feet behind their head?
      J.D.: A patient, Kylie. Horrible car accident. You gotta wear your seatbelt, I'm telling you. Even around the block.

    • Carla: Turk. I found your cell phone in the parking lot.
      J.D.: Four stories and not a scratch. What are you made of?

    • Janitor: Um. We should be friends.
      Molly: Okay.
      Janitor: Do you like vanning?
      Molly: I don't know what that is.
      Janitor: It's kind of my thing. It's like taking a long drive in a car, only uh... it's in a van.
      Molly: I'm still not getting it.
      Janitor: Could you hang on for one sec?... She's an idiot.

    • J.D.'s Narration: *Even though she did the fake forget-my-name thing, she's here for me. I think we all know there's no patient.
      Patient: They've landed. Grab some blankets and all the canned goods you can carry. We're moving to the sewers.
      Molly: Apparently he's gotten really possessive of me. He won't talk to the new staff psychiatrist.
      J.D.: Molly, I'm sure he's not that possessive. (He pats her on the arm)
      Patient: Get away from my doctor! (He tackles J.D.)

    • Turk: Damn you, ruptured spleen! To be continued!

    • Janitor: How about my van for your Porsche?
      Dr. Cox: I suppose when I win I could destroy your vehicle and make you watch, couldn't I? Bet.

    • Elliot: Okay. The patient is in shock so the first thing we want to try to do is assess intervascular volume.
      Dr. Cox makes a buzzer sound
      Elliot: What, that's right.
      Dr. Cox: I know. I wasn't bzzing you to indicate an incorrect answer. I was bzzing you because I was bored and I just thought that might drive you crazy.
      Elliot: Ah, you're a wonderful teacher! Now stop bzzing me in front of my residents. It's unprofessional.
      Dr. Cox: You're right Barbie. Carry on.
      Elliot: Ahem. So, when you're dealing with cardiogenic shock... it's best to start fluid resusita-
      Dr. Cox: BONG!

    • Carla: See Turk? This is our problem. We're trying to have a serious conversation here, but you're more concerned about how your OTHER wife is doing!

    • J.D.'s Narration: Turk and Carla were having some relationship trouble of their own. But at least they were working on it.
      Turk: Baby, I don't understand why we can't discuss this after The A-Team.

    • Kylie: Wait right here... It's for your scooter- What are you doing?
      J.D. has stripped down to his boxers and is lying on the couch
      J.D.: Nothing. I was just going to do a little laundry. I assume your facilities are in-building?
      Kylie: Why is it always about sex with you?
      J.D.: It's not! Look. Kylie. I'm just really proud of my abs. Or... ab.

    • Ted: You want to get Elliot, get in good with her best friend.
      Janitor: Who's Elliot?

    • Turk: I did it! Cut off all ties with Rosanna. Forever.
      Carla: Baby, that took like 20 seconds. How did you do that so quickly?
      Turk: It was easy. I just told her I was married.
      Carla: You've been talking with this girl you used to sleep with, and you never told her you were married?
      Turk: She never asked...?
      Carla: It's no big deal... 'cause if you're lucky, maybe you won't be married for much longer.

    • Janitor: There was one other girl, a few years ago... Red Haired Doctor. She used to eat lunch with me. Until the other residents started making fun of her. They called her Janitor Lunch Eater. Not the most clever group.

    • Elliot: College was weird. I was so worried about being liked that I let my freshman roommate think we were dating for three months. We broke up at a sorority formal. Ah, nobody could snuggle like Daisy. Didn't you say Dr. Cox was coming at 8?
      Janitor: Oh, I'm sure he'll be here soon. I kissed a dude once. It was at furnace camp.

    • Molly: You know, they make thongs specifically for low-riders now.
      Elliot: They don't work for me. I still can't sit down without showing the
      whole world the crack of my ass. The other night, some guy tried to put a
      pen in it.
      J.D.'s Narration: Some guy... I never get credit for anything!

    • Dr. Cox: I gotta tell you there, Supercuts. I've seen a lot of crazy things at this hospital. I've seen smokers live to be a hundred, and I've seen triathletes come in here and drop dead at twenty. I've seen unbridled joy, and I've seen debilitating pain. But I never thought I'd see a jumpsuit wearing, van driving, vomit cleaning, no good confounded Frankenstein looking baffoon like you get a girl like Barbie.

    • Molly: That's the 'Close' button.
      J.D.: Oh no, it's the 'Close' button. When somebody gets close it activates a sensor that opens the door.
      Molly: Fancy.

    • Dr. Kelso: Ladies, this is a hospital, not the junior league. Let's break it up. And Dr. Clock, I feel as though I've been seeing less and less of you recently. We don't pay you good money to go hide in your office. Let's get out there on the floor.
      Molly: I moved to Milwaukee four months ago.
      Dr. Kelso: Welcome back.

    • Ted: Trust me. The way I got my girlfriend in junior high was by getting her best friend to like me.
      Janitor: And how'd you do that?
      Ted: I posed as her dad so she could rent a car. I lost my hair in eighth grade.
      Todd: Tough break five.

    • Todd: So once you've got the hole at the bottom of the popcorn box, it's
      basically just a waiting game.
      Doug: And for the record, that technique does not work with hot nachos.

    • Turk: Dude, it's been a month.
      J.D.: Oh really Turk? Has it been a month? Because time just flies when you're dry humping your way through three pairs of cords.
      Turk: Look. Kylie hasn't slept with you so what she's saying is that she doesn't want to be exclusive. Is she dating?
      J.D.: She did go to a movie with her brother-in-law.
      Turk: That's perfect. Dude, you can have your cake and eat it too. It's like me talking with my old girlfriend. It boosts my self esteem and I take all of this positive energy back to Carla. Now this is what you do: you go out with Molly and have a great time while she's in town. But once she leaves, you go to Kylie and you tell her you want to get your exclusive on.

    • Turk: Dude, you're pretty horny for a guy who claims to be getting it on a nightly basis.
      J.D.: What are you implying?
      Turk: Let's just say a little birdie told me that you and Kylie haven't slept together.
      J.D.: Who?
      Turk: Nurse Birdie.
      Nurse Birdie: Well, you haven't.
      J.D.: I trusted you!

    • Molly: So, you seeing anyone?
      Elliot: I went on a few dates with a guy named Rick, but then he met my mom
      and it all fell apart.
      Molly: She didn't like him?
      Elliot: No, she loved him. They're in Aruba.

    • Dr. Cox: Unlike you, Bobbo, Gandhi here is in a healthy relationship. I mean, come on, lookit. Even Jordan lets me keep in touch with women from my past. Give me a pound, my dawg.
      Turk: He gets me.
      Dr. Cox: Give me a pound, dawg.
      Dr. Kelso: Does he know you were being sarcastic?
      Dr. Cox: I hope not.
      Dr. Kelso: Splendid.

    • Turk: We're just friends!
      Dr. Kelso: Ahhh, just friends... I was just friends once with a Vietnamese girl. Long story short, I'm on the hook for sending Trong Tree Kelso to college and he doesn't want to go to a state school.

    • Dr. Cox: I'm on a break here, Newbie. Just tell your shiny headed roommate if he doesn't shut up his first surgery tomorrow will be removing that cell phone from his own ass.

    • Molly: How you doing, J.J.?
      J.D.: That's J.D.
      Molly: Oh, right. I was just thinking of that Jimmy Walker sitcom.
      J.D.: Good Times?
      Molly: Not great, my sister had a miscarriage.

    • Turk: Alright. Give me all the details on Kylie.
      J.D.: Dude it was so naughty. We're kissing, right, and she's like "I think it's a little hot in here" and starts pulling down her skirt.
      J.D.'s Narration: Oh my God, I'm getting turned on by my own fake story!

    • Janitor: You know, I don't really appreciate you messing with my lady.
      Dr. Cox: Your lady?
      Janitor: Blonde Doctor and I are going to end up together. I'm talking the whole shebang. House in the 'burbs, Volvo in the driveway, dogfighting ring in the basement.
      Dr. Cox: I guess it wouldn't be the first time the janitor got the girl. Oh, wait a minute... Yes it would.
      Janitor: You want to place a wager?
      Dr. Cox: I do. But here I really have no need for a cracked thermos and two pounds of keys.

    • Carla: Turk! If you can't remember to put the cap on the toothpaste how are
      we going to raise our children? You know what? I'm going to stay with my

    • Turk: Hey hey! There he is! My buddy hit it and quit it, didn't he?
      J.D.'s Narration: Hell no.
      J.D.: Hell yes! Now if you'll excuse me, it's time for my nightly ritual.
      J.D.'s Narration: Pleasure myself, weep and repeat.

    • Kylie: I have a surprise for you tonight.
      J.D.: God, I hope it's sex. Or a pony. I'll bet it's sex because I don't see a pony.

    • Dr. Cox: Well if it isn't Marginally Attractive and the Beast.

    • Janitor: Gentlemen, Crazy-Eyes Margo. I've called the Brain Trust together for one reason: I have to find a way to make Blonde Doctor mine.
      Randall: Burn down her apartment.
      Troy: I have an idea, but we're gonna need a tugboat.
      Janitor: Tugboats and arson, that's all I ever get from you guys. We call this a Brain Trust, and I'm the one with all the solutions. I saved you from that eagle, Randall. I saved your job, Troy. And Margo, I found your birth mother! She was a tree person, remember? Now there's no shame in that. I'm sorry, guys, but I've had enough. I'm afraid I have to find a new Brain Trust.

    • Dr. Cox: Oh, my goodness. He actually tricked you into a date. This is so very delicious and filling I don't think I'm going to be able to eat the rest of the evening; in fact, I honestly don't think I can have one more bite of your painful humiliation. I'm...I find I'm just a little stuffed. Will take my keys to go, though!

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