Season 4 Episode 12

My Best Moment

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Dec 07, 2004 on NBC
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When J.D. has to address a bunch of pre-medical students about what it's like to be a doctor, he strays off the beaten path and chooses to discuss his best moments as a doctor instead. When he challenges the rest of the staff to do so, they all remember their best memories in the medical field. Meanwhile, Elliot is forced to face her fear of children, when she must befriend a ten year old boy, whose father is being treated in the ICU.moreless

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  • Teamwork.

    A great teamwork episode that was heartwarming and it was the first holiday themed episode that I didn't think was the weak one of the group. This episode was insightful, eventful, and it just made you think afterward. The point of the episode, was everyone's "best moment" in medicine. Everyone has different best moments, but in the end, this became their best moment. A definite Christmas miracle I would say. Cox comes in to realization that JD is a great doctor, Carla gets to be heard, Elliot connects with a little kid, and Turk can do a surgery with people watching. The end if this episode made me smile, everyone telling this story. We even get to see a nice side of Kelso for once. As he pays for someone who doesn't have insurance. In the beginning, JD makes a promise that he would get his patient home for Christmas in time, and by the end, he completes that promise. A good heart warming episode that was definitely one of the stand out episodes of season four. Amazing episode.moreless
  • It's Christmas time and JD asks everyone what their best moment in medicine is.

    JD explains to his class what his best moment was, having sex with some woman on New Year's Eve. He then asks the doctors their best moments. Meanwhile, a man is admitted to the hospital along with his son Tyler. Carla thinks she knows whats wrong with him but no one listens. Everyone goes through their best moment in their head. Turk is worried because familys now get to watch operations. Meanwhile, JD gets mad at Cox for always watching him. Carla tells them whats wrong with the man and also tells Cox about JD's problem. The man needs a operation, but Turk is ok because Elliot lost Tyler. However before the operation Tyler is found. Turk gets through the surgery anyways. Cox let's JD take care of the man himself. Now JD is explaining to his class that is his real best moment.moreless
  • When a student asks J.D what is favorite moment in medicine was, J.d couldn't answer. J.D then asks his collegues their best moments. When they realize they do not have a great best moment, they strive to change this as a new patient arrives.moreless

    This is by far one of the greatest episodes of Scrubs that doesn't really strike hard on the comedy scale. This plot is heart-warming and it engulfs the viewer from the beginning. This episode also shows that each actor/character can participate in a serious, soap opera type episode. The humor that is shown in this episode is enough to get laughs from the viewer, but not enough to destroy the true point of this episode. This might be one of the best episode of Scrubs that has tried to establish a point throughout the whole episode and I give kudos to the writers for this episode.moreless
  • Set at Christmas, a captivating episode bring all the gang together creating the best moment in medicine.

    This episode links all the characters together nicely. Set during Christmas it combines all the characters qualities and shows their strengths and insecurities. The character development is brilliant in this episode the softer side of Dr. Kelso brings a balance to the ‘devil’ image presented with his usual actions. The end recount of how the gang all worked together to save Mr. Milligan and allow him to have Christmas with his son is inspiring. JD is finally ready to take the next step and proves himself as a doctor which is difficult for Dr. Cox to accept but through the episode he lets go. Carla finally feels as though she is valued as it is her catch that tips JD off as to what the real problem with Mr. Milligan is. It is good to see Carla finally get some recognition for her hard work. I feel Elliott could have been developed a little better however considering how she has huge issue with small fears it is good to see her get over this one. All and all this is the most captivating episode of Scrubs to date and is a must see for any Scrubs fan.moreless
  • This episode shows the best moments in the medical history of the characters. It mixtures some very funny moments with very emotional ones.

    The episode stars with JD being asked by some students about his best moment in Medicine. And then the funny flashback moments start to interact with the very emotional ones in the present.

    The present story evolves around Mr.Milligan and his little son. They enter the hospital in Christmas Eve and JD promises them that they´ll leave before Christmas. But, of course, it won´t happen so easily.

    The interesting thing is how everyone gets involved by Mr. Milligan´s history. It was splendid the way that the writers developed each character´s relation to Mr.Milligan´s case. JD taking care of the case all by himself; Dr. Cox learning how to deal with JD´s "independence"; Elliot facing her fear towards kids; Carla being listened by the doctors; Kelso showing his good side; Turk dealing with performing a surgery while somebody´s watching him.

    And the scene when they are all "telling the story" is amazing!!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

Mike Weinberg

Mike Weinberg


Guest Star

Wells Rosales

Wells Rosales


Guest Star

Colin Bain

Colin Bain

Intern Steve

Guest Star

Charles Chun

Charles Chun

Dr. Wen

Recurring Role

Aloma Wright

Aloma Wright

Nurse Laverne Roberts

Recurring Role

Robert Maschio

Robert Maschio

Dr. Todd Quinlan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (42)

    • J.D.: All right, you guys, we still got a lot of work to do. Turk, why don't you go check the post-op films in radiology; and Carla will transfuse back to a hemoglobin ten; and Elliot, why don't you take Tyler and go get us all ice cream immediately.

    • Turk: Uh, hey, Elliot? Can I talk to you in private?
      Elliot: Parlez-vous Français?
      Turk: You know, I did learn a little when my high school class went to France, but that was just stuff to pick up chicks.
      Elliot(Translated): Turk, I really think it would make Tyler feel better if he could watch, OK?
      Turk(Translated):I have... an... Eiffel Tower... in my pants.
      Elliot: What?
      Turk(Translated): Grapefruit!

    • Carla: He figured out that spleen thing, maybe you should get off his case.
      Dr. Cox: I would love to get off of his case. In fact, nothing would make me happier than to watch him walk into a patient's room and not feel that I have to run in after him and check up on everything.

    • Elliot: I just realized that people here need me to be brave. Just like your dad needs you to be brave for his operation.
      Tyler: Can I hold his hand?
      Elliot: They're not actually very big on that.

    • Elliot: Check this out.
      She opens the door to reveal a male intern in there sobbing.
      Tyler: Cool.
      Elliot: Hang in there, Steve.
      Steve: In med school, they never teach you how to deal with death-
      She slams the door on him.
      Elliot: Steve'll be stronger if he gets through this on his own.

    • Elliot: Don't run off on me again, Tyler.
      Tyler: Sorry. I got scared. And when I get scared I hide. I know it's stupid...
      Elliot: It's not stupid! Wanna know where I used to hide when I used to get scared? This closet right here. And the one on the second floor. Oh, and there's also this broken MRI machine down in the basement. It's like my own private cocoon...

    • Tyler: Is that fun?
      Dr. Kelso: No, son. It's work. But this body didn't happen by accident.

    • J.D.: You know, try and discourage me all you want, because kites fly highest against the wind.
      Dr. Cox: What?
      J.D.: I'm a kite! I'm a big, beautiful kite! Fly!

    • J.D.'s Narration: I can't figure this out. Maybe if we tried stress-dosed steroids? I think I'll tell Dr. Cox that.
      J.D.: I can't figure this out. Maybe if we tried stress-dosed steroids?
      Dr. Cox: Or maybe we could just fill a syringe with false promises and inject him with that. Hm! Says here you already got that one covered!

    • Dr. Cox: Are you swanning this guy?
      J.D.: Look, I really don't need you checking up on me every five seconds, okay? I'm a doctor, and I have as much medical expertise as anyone in this place... Now what exactly is swanning?
      Dr. Cox: What?!
      J.D.: I'm kidding. Enough of the backseat doctoring - I got this.

    • Dr. Mickhead: Dammit!
      Carla: Little club soda will take that right out.
      Dr. Mickhead: Thanks, Carla!
      Carla: You're welcome, doctor.
      End Flashback
      Dr. Cox: Carla? What's goin' on up there?
      Carla: I'm sorry, I was just thinking about the last time a doctor actually listened to me.

    • Laverne: Dr. Reid. Would you sign this for me, please?
      Elliot: Sure! So... what are you doing this weekend, Laverne?
      Laverne: Minding my own business. How 'bout you?
      Elliot: Hopefully lighting the crap out of Saint Martha's auditorium!
      Laverne: Yippee.

    • Carla: Hey, J.D. Turns out Mr. Milligan doesn't have insurance. Dr. Kelso said once he's stable we have to bounce him to County. Sorry.
      J.D.: Turk! Hey! If you go talk to Kelso for me, I'll give you this special Christmas gum.
      J.D.'s Narration: Okay, this is actually Mrs. Cross's medicated denture gum? So you have to sell it with your eyes. Sell it... Sell it...!
      Turk: Okay.

    • J.D.: Damn, his cultures are back, he's not septic.
      Dr. Cox: Well, I'd start him on Dopamine.
      J.D.: Already done.
      Dr. Cox: Well, I'd scan his head.
      J.D.: I already ordered it.
      Dr. Cox: Well, I'd definitely give Mrs. Cross her teeth back.
      J.D.: That I will not do!

    • Tyler: My dad's in the I.C.U. What does that mean?
      Elliot: Well, uh, Tyler, that stands for "Intensive Care Unit." It's where we put our patients who need extra care, like somebody who might need help breathing because their lung collapsed, or maybe they had a brain aneurysm, which is basically when a vessel ruptures and then blood pours into the- You know what, forget it. You wanna see someone who's worse off than your dad? We call him The Head in the Bed!

    • Carla: Hey, Elliot? Would you keep an eye on Tyler, here, while we take care of his dad?
      Elliot: Hi! Yeah, I'm not that great with kids. They've got such tiny hands. It's creepy.
      Carla: I'm leaving now.

    • Dr. Cox: Newbie! You never promise a patient that they're gonna be fine!
      J.D.: Mr. Milligan? His blood pressure's a little low; he just has mono.
      Dr. Cox: Oh, for God's sakes, Newbie, take a look around, would you please? What's the difference between your Mr. Milligan and every other patient in this I.C.U.? And if the answer to that question is that he's the only one young enough to have never made a phone call like this: "Brring! Hello? Operator? Give me (old man hacking)," then you'd be right. But since I'm not in the mood to make some big, dramatic, sweeping statement, I'll just tell you this: God hates doctors, He truly does. You see all these old people in here? Well, any of 'em would give just about anything to be able to sashay off this planet, but most of 'em are gonna stay and they're gonna live forever and ever and ever. And your Mr. Milligan, well, it turns out he's just young enough to die. I mean, think about it: It's the holidays, there's a sweet little kid involved. Can't you just feel it?

    • Dr. Cox: Phyllis. Outside. What the hell was that in there?
      J.D.: Agh! That's one more point for Mrs. Cross. But let's see how she enjoys her beloved hard candy without... her choppers!

    • Mr. Milligan: Am I gonna get out of here in time for Christmas? Tyler's mom isn't around anymore, and I'd really hate to ship him off to his grandparents'.
      J.D.: You'll beat Santa home. I promise.

    • Carla: Hey! You brought Tyler a new ice cream cone!
      J.D.: Uh... sure.
      Tyler: Thanks.
      J.D.: It's a waffle cone.

    • Mr. Milligan: Just been so tired lately. Yesterday, when the little man and I were wrestling, he-he dropped me in ten seconds.
      Tyler: I got him with a power kick.

    • J.D.'s Narration: There's nothing sadder than a young guy checking into the hospital during the holidays. I think I'll tell Elliot that.
      J.D.: There's nothing sadder than a young guy checking into the hospital on the holidays.
      Elliot: Mmm.
      Tyler: Hi. That's my dad.
      Elliot: Except that.
      Tyler's ice cream scoop falls off his cone and plops onto the floor.
      Elliot: And that.

    • J.D.: You know what'd be really neat? If you guys all took a second and thought about what your best moment in medicine was.
      As one, the whole group stand up and leave.
      J.D.: It woulda been neat.

    • Dr. Wen: Dammit, we lost him. Call it.
      Todd: I'm not giving up on this guy! Prop his hand up.
      Nurse: What?
      Todd: I said prop his hand up!
      The patient's hand is lifted, and Todd spits on his own palm and gives a high-five. The heart monitor jolts into a rhythm.
      End Flashback
      Todd: That's right: The Miracle Five.
      Dr. Kelso: You take this one, Perry.
      Dr. Cox: Great moment, there, dumb-ass. It starts out with a profound misunderstanding of how the human body works, and winds up with you shattering some old man's hand.
      Todd: Oh, yeah.

    • J.D.: So even though Dr. Mickhead actually delivered the kid, yours truly rang in the new year with grandma! We had sex... That's how I do it.

    • Turk: Kelso's got this new stupid outreach program where families are allowed to observe surgeries. Yesterday I had to do a bypass on this guy. You should have seen the family, standing there motionless, silently judging me. And today I gotta do a colectomy on that guy. What do you think his family is gonna be like?
      Black Woman: There's a tumor in there! There's a tumor in there!
      Guy: Ohh, don't go behind the kidney, brotha!
      End fantasy
      J.D.: Shhhh!
      Turk: You didn't go to the black family yelling at the movie screen stereotype, did you?
      J.D.: Like a bear to honey.

    • Dr. Kelso: (On phone) Mabel, this is Bob Kelso. Uh, what's say we juggle some things and see if we can't free-ride Mr. Milligan financially for a while, okay?...Yes, this is really Bob Kelso!

    • Tyler: Well, you know what I think is fun? Baseball.
      Dr. Kelso: My son is a big baseball fan. Not so much playing it, but more the designing and sewing of uniforms.
      Tyler: That's neat.
      Dr. Kelso: No, it's not.

    • Elliot: So, uh...what do you want to be when you grow up?
      Tyler: A baseball player.
      Elliot: Yeah, well, I wanted to be a ballerina when I was little. But, according to my mom, six-year-olds with mild scoliosis and giant man-feet aren't dancer material. But the joke's on her, because I am currently waiting to hear if the Saint Martha's Community Theatre will let me work lights for their production of The Nutcracker.

    • Turk: I totally get it. Older ladies know how to work it!
      Carla: Okay, see, now you're in a bit of a pickle because the older lady you're talking about better not be me, and it sure as hell better not be somebody else. So whatta you have to say?
      Turk: Your favorite jeans are too tight and they look ridiculous!
      Carla: What!?
      Turk: Well, I-I'm in trouble anyway and it needed to be said!

    • J.D.'s Narraion: Despite my burning thighs, giving Turk that piggyback ride was worth it. Because I'm sure it put him in a great mood.
      Turk: I'm in the worst mood.
      J.D.'s Narration: Why did I do it!?

    • Dr. Wen: Well, it's official. Dr. Turk is now the fastest appendectomy in the hospital.
      Turk: In your face, Dr. Beardface!
      Dr. Beardface: It's Beardfacé!

    • J.D.: They came back negative. I feel like we're missing something in his patient history.
      Carla: When he came in, Mr. Milligan said that he and his son had been wrestling and goofing around.
      Dr. Cox: Oh my God, he just might have goof-arounditis.
      J.D.: We should also check him for the silly-willies.

    • (J.D.'s words echo: "Think of your best moment in medicine...." ***FLASHBACK: ADMISSIONS*** Dr. Cox passes the time by tossing little wads of paper through a toy basketball hoop stuck over a waste basket. He's distracted by the sound of a patient in the waiting area choking).
      Dr. Cox: Huh? (He rushes over, administering the Heimlich)
      Dr. Cox: Come here. Here y'go.
      (the object flies out of the man's mouth, and sails right into the mouth of a nearby sleeping woman. She begins choking, and Cox Heimlichs her)
      Dr. Cox: Here y'go!
      (the object flies out of her mouth and soars over to the wastebasket, circling the rim of the hoop and dropping in)
      Dr. Cox: (raising arms) WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Let's see anybody else make that shot! Huh? Who's your daddy? Who's your daddy! Who's your daddy?

    • Dr. Kelso: Looks like you have a case of the 3T's.
      Turk: What's that?
      Dr. Kelso: Tough Titties Turkelton

    • Dr Cox: Newbie, 1, 2, 3... 4. My new thing is to count just exactly how many people in any room can kick your ass. And in here, the number is four.
      Carla: Five if you count Mrs. Cross. The other day, she went off her meds, sa-lammed him with a cafeteria tray!
      J.D.: She came out of nowhere!

    • Carla: When he came in, Mr. Milligan said he and his son had been wrestling and goofing around.
      Dr. Cox: Oh my God, He just might have goof-around-itis.
      J.D.: We should check him for the silly-wllies too.

    • Turk: So, dude, you don't understand. When I operate, I don't see a person, I see a machine with parts that need to be replaced and circuits that need to be rewired.
      J.D.: So you think you're a robot mechanic?
      Turk: As a surgeon, the more detached I am, the more focused I am. And it's pretty impossible to feel focused or detached when this guy's family's watching every move I make.
      J.D.: Well, I wouldn't worry about that. Mr. Milligan only has a son and Elliot lost him.
      Turk: Awesome!... For me.

    • Dr. Cox: Carla, Carla, have you seen newbie?
      Carla: Oh you mean he got off your leash?
      Dr. Cox: Ha, give me a break. The kid's like like a, have you ever seen a drunk baby? Eh, it's a long story involving my son, rum cake, and a low counter. Suffice to say, as it turns out, at first, it's enduring to watch them bounce off of the walls, but then you take your eyes off of them for one second and BAM! They've got a bucket on their head and they're plowing right through your brand new flat screen TV. God save me, it was barely out of the box. The point is... newbie is MY drunk baby.

    • Carla: You wanna know what I think?
      Dr. Cox: (thinks) No.

    • Carla: I think you know how good a doctor J.D. is, and whether you admit it or not, you have a great personal stake in his future. So don't pretend for one second that all this attention you throw at him is just for him, because it's also for you. As your friend, I'm telling you that if you want him to keep growing you oughtta back off of him once in a while.
      Dr. Cox: Carla-
      Carla: And don't say anything because you know I'm right and my jeans DO look good.

    • Dr. Cox: God, I hate Christmas. I really do.

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