Season 5 Episode 8

My Big Bird

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Jan 24, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

J.D., Turk, Elliot and Carla are interrogated about the mysterious death of a patient. Dr. Kelso learns that J.D. and Turk were away tracking down a patient, Elliot was traumatized over finding out that her make-out buddy was married, and Carla was busy recruiting hospital personnel for a group lottery purchase.moreless

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  • "What would you do with 100 million dollars?"

    So much unforgettable things in this episode, and they are held by flashbacks and hilarious fantasies. This episode had all of the above in what makes Scrubs episodes great. Being emotional, hilarity, directing, writing, plot. The plot itself was genius. A patient dies, and Turk, Elliot, JD, and Carla are all held in to see who's fault it is. This is shown in flashbacks while they are all in the room trying to figure out who's fault it is. All plots were flawless.

    Lets start off with Carla's plot: "What would you do with 100 million dollars?" The janitor would train a shark to kill JD. Cox would buy an impenetrable glass to trap Jordan when she's being annoying. Elliot would buy "the right man" Carla would make Turk pregnant, and JD would do research so he separate his head from his body and still live. All the fantasies were absolutely hilarious! The whole nursing staff and interns chip in to buy lottery tickets. They are almost sure they are going to win.

    Meanwhile Elliot makes out with a random guy and didn't realize he had a wife. So his wife hunts for her to "kill" her throughout the episode. Elliot the whore. She ties her up with tape in the end, which i found absolutely hilarious. Turk & JD go to a patient's house when he didn't thank JD after leaving the hospital, they are stuck in a predicament when Jason Bateman's (the patient) character has a bunch of ostriches that taunt JD and Turk. The plot was a bit too ridiculous for my liking, but it fit, and I love Jason Bateman so it was good. In a way it was everyone's fault, since Elliot was tied up, Carla was losing the lottery, Turk was stuck in traffic, and JD was thanking garbage man. In the end they find out it was someone else's fault, but inside they know it was their fault, because of Dr. Cox. It continues to haunt them, which was an amazing ending to this episode, it tied everything up perfectly. Amazing unforgettable episode.moreless
  • This episode is basically set in one room using flashbacks to discover who is at fault (either J.D., Turk, Elliot or Carla) in a Morbidity and Mortality Conference. Being set in one room may seem dull but the flashbacks go into so much detail.moreless

    This episode sticks in my mind so heavily as it was one episode I missed when it was originally aired and I caught it when I had almost completely lost interest in scrubs, especially the newer episodes which I thought were just average. Then...I saw this.

    The episode was incredibly well written with each character taking on a certain role and dealing with it in a different way. We see Dr. Cox and Dr. Kelso on the same review panel which makes them allies which is completely different from what we normally see when they are normally at completely different ends of the spectrum. J.D., Turk, Elliot and Carla act like suspects in a murder trial which is made all the more humorous by the ranging reactions to being on trial. An example is J.D. reaching across the entire table to get a microphone to talk to people ten feet away from him. It was just pure comedy gold as everything was silent and in such a real scenario but something has just happened which is so ridiculous but still manages believability.

    The back stories about all the character's days are hilarious. J.D. is up first with his need for praise from his patients and how he gets upset that he doesn't get it is just so funny. Then even funnier is when he goes to a patient house with Turk to seek a "thank you". Elliot making out with a married man, then discussing it so openly with loads of people is insane and a huge laugh. Carla's obsession with the lottery brings in a lot of hilarious one-liners with people saying what they would do with the hundred million. Then when J.D. does his fantasy sum up thing but it isn't at the end had me laughing out loud really loudly as it is out loud which makes Kelso scold him. It ends with them getting out of it on a technicality but them still having ghosts of the patient following them. It ends on quite a depressing note which fits well.

    In this episode the humour was fantastically done with a mixture of one liners, scenarios (which arc over into a larger scenario), expressions and body language. This episode truly restored what I first felt about Scrubs when I watched the pilot episode. This episode was cleverly made and balances story, humour and emotion well without just piling on one and missing the others. Amazing episode, watch

    Hell of a quote-

    Mr. Sutton: I'm a garbage man. How many times a day do you think I get thanked?

    Turk: SIX!

    Mr. Sutton: You're off by about...six.

    Turk: TWELVE!

    Mr. Sutton: Starting to see why Leon outfoxed you...

  • Dead patient. Hospital inquest. Jason Bateman. And... ...ostriches.

    The backdrop for this episode is the hospital's inquest into the death of a patient. Who is responsible: J.D., Turk, Elliot or Carla? But, that has basically very little to do with what is going on. Jason Bateman makes a memorable appearance as J.D.'s patient who refuses to give him a thank you after J.D. cures him. Bateman, who plays an ostrich owning garbage man, offers some of the best lines of the episode. Hopefully, Bateman will make another appearance on Scrubs before the show ends.

    The writing for this episode was phenomenal. Disparate and ridiculously hilarious storylines are woven together nicely by use of the hospital inquest. One of my favorite episodes.moreless
  • Turk,Elliot And JD And Carla Are Under Investigation When A Patient Dies Under Their Care, JD & Turk Were With Mr Sutton, Elliot Was Busy Running Away, And Carla Was Trying To Win The Lottery With The Rest Of The Nursing Staff Plus The Janitor.moreless

    J.D.,Elliot,Turk Are Under Interrogation After A Patient Dies While In Their Care, Bob Kelso Calls For A M&M Conference, And Finds Out That:

    1. J.D. And Turk Had Gone To Find Mr Sutton, To Make Him Thank JD For Treating Him, And Gets Mauled By Ostriches In The Process.

    2. Elliot Was Busy Running Away After She Finds Out The Man She Had Been Kissing Earlier Was Married, And His Wife Isn't Dead.

    3. Carla Was Trying To Motivate The Staff To Get Them To Buy Lottery Tickets.

    One Of The Best Episodes Ever, Especially When J.D. & Turk Gets Beaten Up By Mr Sutton's Ostriches And They Both Fly Through The Window! Robert "Bob" Kelso Is So Funny! He Ate Ted's Sandwich!moreless
  • Slip

    there is a short sideout during this episode featuring doctor cox and jordan, explaining just what he'd do if he won 100 mill.

    Cox is trying to watch the game and has jordan in a glass case so she cant interrupt him. However to tempt him to break the case with a hammer labelled for "sex emergency only" she unbuttons her bouse. This is where it got really interesting cos she then proceeds to rub her left boob against the glass, however as this bra she has on is tranparent you can totally see her nipple!!!. This was just great Christa Miller is Sah-MO-Kin hottie and i would definitely like to see mroe of her nipples!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

Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson

Mr Foster

Guest Star

David Doty

David Doty


Guest Star

Gerald Downey

Gerald Downey


Guest Star

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Jordan Sullivan

Recurring Role

Travis Schuldt

Travis Schuldt


Recurring Role

Johnny Kastl

Johnny Kastl

Dr. Doug Murphy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When Turk and J.D. are helping Mr. Foster into the MRI machine, Turk mentions J.D.'s bracelet with the phrase "Sasha forever." After the machine was "fired up", as J.D. puts it, his left hand is magnetically attracted to the machine due to the bracelet being present on his wrist. Turk's left hand is also attracted to the machine because of his watch.

      In reality, the powerful magnet in an MRI machine is always on, and no personnel, doctor or otherwise would have been allowed near the machine with any ferrous metallic objects. Additionally, the magnet is in the circular part of the machine, so J.D.'s bracelet would likely not have been attracted to the outer part.

    • During the Morbidity and Mortality conference (when J.D. crawls over the table to find a working microphone) the first angle shows Turks cellphone neatly aligned with the upper left side of his notepad. However, when the angle changes the cellphone is disturbed and to the right of Turk's notepad.

    • When the police shoot up J.D.'s scooter, the last shot fired knocks out the kickstand which shatters and is obviously made of wood. In reality the kickstand would be made of metal, not wood (and metal does not shatter).

    • Carla should not be present at the M and M conference. Whilst nurses are very important members of hospital staff, they are never legally responsible for patient care. Only doctors would attend these conferences as they deal with the decisions taken in that patient's care and whether their death brings to light any personal or institutional issues which need to be addressed. Nurses, as they do not make decisions regarding patient treatment, are not involved in these.

    • After Ted is thrown against the window when Doug is trying to straighten out the dead patient, you can see the dead guy's feet are moving.

    • During the floating head doctor sequence J.D.'s head moves toward an extra, Nurse Myers. When he does this she runs away from him, but when the camera turns back in front of J.D.'s head she is walking.

    • When Perry fantasizes about trapping Jordan in a glass box, an small door can clearly be seen on the back of the box. Even were it simply locked, that wouldn't explain the hammer to be used "In Case of Sex Emergency".

    • When Perry tells Ted to set the time for 10 seconds Ted actually counts to 14 seconds.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • J.D.'s Narration: After a day like today, there's really only one thing you can do.
      (Cut to a bar with J.D., Elliot, Turk and Carla present)
      J.D.: (Making a toast) To bad radiologists!
      Dr. Cox: (Entering) Wait, wait, let me get in on this. Let's also have a toast to Mr. Foster's widow and his fatherless kids. (Raises his beer bottle and drinks)
      Elliot: Dr. Cox, it wasn't our fault!
      Dr. Cox: No, because you were lucky. You know as well as I do that it could have been any one of your faults. Congrats again. Have a, eh, have a swell party. (Walks out)
      J.D.'s Narration: It's never easy when someone accuses you of screwing up...especially when you know it's true.

    • J.D.: Why ostriches?
      Mr. Sutton: They're such majestic creatures, don't you think? And, you know, they're kind of like my children. (Removing belt and displaying it for J.D.) Plus, I make belts out of their necks.

    • J.D.: Elliot, would you do me a favor and cover Mr. Foster for me? I have to go Mr. Sutton's house and get the thank you I deserve.
      Carla: You are so obsessing about this.
      Turk: It's like the time you you were convinced the cafeteria workers were giving you small waffles. How'd that work out for you?
      J.D.: They waffle-ironed my foot. But, this different, buddy. Look, I need a ride.
      Turk: Pass.
      J.D.: Oh, pass, huh? Well, this is what happened last time you passed.
      (J.D. presents his waffle-ironed foot)
      Turk: Okay. Put the foot away. Put the waffle foot away.

    • J.D.: Sooo, Mr. Sutton. When you came in with heartburn, I bet you thought I'd kick your butt right outta here. But, not this guy. I admitted you and I stayed up all night studying your EKG because I had a hunch...and no girlfriend. But, it was mostly the hunch thing. And, that hunch paid off because if I hadn't found that blocked artery you'd be dead right now.
      J.D.'s Narration: And here comes the gratitude. The two words every doctor lives to hear.
      Mr. Sutton: Later, Dude.

    • Doug: Sorry I'm late. I got the keys to my Miata stuck in the cadaver.

    • J.D.: Did you try to escape?
      Turk: I did escape. There was one waiting in the car.
      Mr. Sutton: That's Leon. Loves the car rides.

    • Turk: Can I admit something to you? I kinda missed not getting my hug today.
      J.D.: Here comes your vanilla bear!
      J.D. leans over to hug him
      Turk: J.D., J.D, oh J.D.
      J.D. falls out of the tree

    • J.D.'s narration: So a patient was a dead and one of us was going to be blamed.
      Turk's cell phone of dramatic music plays
      J.D.: Dude, you've got to change that ring.
      Turk: You think so, huh? (Into phone) Mom, not now.

    • J.D.: Don't be such a baby! It's a magnetic image. I apologize Mr. Foster. I'm a little upset. My scooter, Sasha, was assassinated this morning.
      Turk: Yeah, he was so attached to that thing. He used to wear a bracelet that said "Sasha forever".
      J.D.: Come on, Turk. It was just a joke. And I only wore it for one week.
      J.D.'s wrist hits the machine
      J.D.: Ok so I still wear the bracelet.

    • J.D.'s Narration: It's never easy when someone accuses you of screwing up, especially when you know it's true. When that happens you can't track it off, because in a hospital the best way to learn from your mistakes is to carry them with you...

    • J.D.: (Speaking at the microphone) This whole experience got me thinking about the nature of gratitude. I guess in the end, whether you're a doctor or a garbage man-
      Dr. Kelso: Dorian! What are you doing?

    • Elliot: I've been making out with a married man while his sick child slept a few feet away. Oh my god! I've become my mother!

    • Turk: Dude, don't sweat it - It says here that the ostrich is generally a docile creature.
      J.D.: Thank God!
      Turk: It also says their kick can kill a man!

    • Mr. Sutton: I'm a garbage man! How many times a day do you think I get thanked!
      Turk: 6!
      Mr. Sutton: You're off by about 6.
      Turk: 12
      Mr. Sutton: Starting to see why Leon outfoxed you!

    • Dr. Kelso: Who's a whore?
      Elliot: That'd be me, sir!
      Dr. Kelso: Oh.. of course!

    • Carla: Hey, Dr. Cox. You wanna put in for some lottery tickets?
      Dr. Cox: Oh gosh, Carla! I would, I really would! But you see, I already set fire to a big pile of money just this morning!

    • Turk: Dude, he keeps a hug schedule with his friends!
      J.D.: Okay, Turk.. looks like someone's getting crossed off their 2 o' clock spot and getting penciled in for never! How does that feel? Does it sting?
      J.D.'s Narration: He's hurting! Hug him.. hug him now!

    • Ted: Hey Carla, did you hear the lottery's up to a hundred million? If I win that baby it's separate beds for me and my mum!
      Carla: Yeah, and you could spend the other 99.999.000 on therapy!

  • NOTES (1)


    • Jaws:

      In the Janitor's fantasy, he envisions J.D. jumping into his shark-infested pool. As J.D. bobs up and down in the water, ominous music plays and the camera is placed at water level to suggest that the shark is closing in on J.D. In the movie Jaws, similar music and camera angles were used to indicate that the shark was nearing its victims.

    • Scooby Doo
      When Mr. Sutton walks out on Turk and J.D. and Leon enters the room, J.D. says "ruh-roh", a la Scooby.

    • Desperate Housewives:
      During Dr. Cox's 10 second rant he mentions how he doesn't care one bit for what is happening on Wisteria Lane. This is a reference to the popular TV show, Desperate Housewives which is set in the neighborhood of Wisteria Lane.