Season 1 Episode 12

My Blind Date

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Jan 08, 2002 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A woman slips and falls on the wet floor of the hospital. Afraid that she might sue the hospital, Dr. Kelso asks J.D. to stand by her and be friendly, so she won't sue them. But J.D. is very busy with Dr. Cox's 24-hour marathon to keep his ICU patients alive. Elliot is desperate for some attention from Dr. Cox. Meanwhile, Turk snaps at Carla when she steals fries from his plate.moreless

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  • The first "I love you."

    One of my favorite episodes this season by far. Definitely enjoyable to watch and in some ways eventful. Kelso orders JD to take care of a patient that might sue the hospital. She gets stuck in an MRI machine, so JD doesn't know how she looks like. He definitely feels a connection with her, but doesn't know whether to ask her out since he doesn't know how she looks like. Something's wrong with Turk, and Carla wants to find out what's wrong. Until she finds out there is nothing wrong. He says "I love you" for the first time. Definitely a huge step with relationship development, and I'm glad they got this out of the way, so their relationship can mature. Elliot gets mad because Cox always chooses JD as his go-to guy. So she tries everything to win him over. Love all those sexual innuendos she said that slipped out by accident, so hilarious. "I wanna be on top!" So Scrubs was definitely up to par, and a huge step up from the last episode. Cox showing his true angry side was interesting. Scrubs' first cliffhanger, as JD runs up to the MRI machine and before he sees her, he asks her out. She agrees, and the episode ends before we get a chance to see her. Great cliffhanger, amazing episode.moreless
  • My blind date.

    GREAT episode! It was hilarious and i also enjoyed the serious parts of it a lot. I always liked Ted the lawyer, but especially in the episode. The music in the episode was also very good (as always! Scrubs has amazing Music. Everybody goes on about how great Greys Anatomy's Music is, but i'd say that Scrubs is still a little bit better). At first i wasn't really a fan of Alex. I wanted JD to be with Elliot from the beginning (later on i didn't ship Jelliot that much anyone, but back then, before they had to crazy sleeping with each other once a year history). But the episode was still AMAZING!moreless
  • When A Patient Slips And Falls On The Floor, JD Is Given The Task Of Looking After Her When She's In The ICU, But JD Is Too Busy With Dr.Cox's Marathons To Spare Her A Thought, And Elliot And Dr. Cox Have A Disagreementmoreless

    I Liked This Episode A Lot, It Was Funny, Especially When Dr Cox Goes: "Help Me To Help You Barbie, Help Me To Help You", That Was Great!

    J.D. And Alex (The Girl In The ICU Machine) End Up Going On A Date, I Reckon They Should Have Let J.D. And Alex Get Married, They Are So Cute Together!

    Dr Cox Pulls It Off Again, As He Constantly Pages J.D. Away From Alex, But Elliot (In The End) End Up Doing Most Of The Work For Dr.Cox Instead Of J.D. But She Was Happy To Do It!

    When Carla Kept Stealing Fries Away From Turk, That Made Me Laugh So Much! Great Episode, One Of My Many Favourites.moreless
  • Fine example.

    What more can I say? This was yet another very fine example of how funny and well done the show Scrubs is! It was a good and funny episode in my opinion. It was funny how JD said something about how Dr. Cox could say movie quotes and that he could not. This is a funny show and this episode is a fine example of that. I liked this episode very much, although I just have a feeling that JD would be better off with Alex! I don't know why, but I just think so. A fine example of this show that I enjoyed.moreless
  • One of my favourite eps

    One of the best episodes pace-wise and comedy-wise, but also because we get to see the sheer craziness of keeping people alive, which allows for some pretty decent drama as well. Dr Cox is such a cool character! And the actor who plays him has such great delivery.

    And the cliffhanger is pretty unexpected, but a nice idea.
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

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

Zach Braff

Zach Braff

Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian

Elizabeth Bogush

Elizabeth Bogush


Guest Star

Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald

Mike Davis

Guest Star

Jimmie Walker

Jimmie Walker



Neil Flynn

Neil Flynn


Recurring Role

Aloma Wright

Aloma Wright

Nurse Laverne Roberts

Recurring Role

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd

Ted Buckland

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • Dr. Cox likes his coffee with sugar and no cream.

    • In this episode Dr. Cox doesn't call J.D. any Dog Name.

    • J.D.'s Girl Names: Ginger

    • When Dr. Cox leaves Elliot in the deceased patient's room, if you watch carefully, you can see the board behind him in which the patients first initials are standing out forming BPR MALIBU.

    • When J.D. and Turk are talking in the doctors' lounge, Turk's hands change position after a camera shift. First he's holding a box of handkerchiefs by its sides, but later his hands are on top of it.

    • This episode marks the second time the Grim Reaper, also known as Death, appears.

    • This episode marks the first time in the entire series Dr. Cox called Elliot Barbie.

    • When Elliot is needed to play catcher to Dr. Cox's pitcher, she's wearing a left-handed first baseman's mitt. Elliot is seen writing with her right hand later in the episode.

    • Featured Music:
      "Easy Tonight" by Five For Fighting

    • When Dr. Cox tells everyone that he has kept every patient in the ICU alive so far and wants to keep it that way, Elliot tries to talk to him, only to be shushed by J.D. He then uses the sports metaphor that people don't do anything to disrupt a pitcher when he has a chance to throw a perfect game. Ironic, because even though he easily relates to sports here, in the later seasons, J.D. seems to be an absolute dunce when it comes to sports, claiming he doesn't know what kind of sport Barry Bonds plays, thinking "slam dunk" is a football term, and that basketballs come three to a can.

    • When the ICU patient dies Elliot called his time of death 1155 hours where in fact she should have said 2355 hours as he died 5 minutes before midnight not 5 minutes before noon.

    • When J.D. is in the MRI room, the MRI is supposedly on, but it's not making any noise at all, and he still is wearing his pager, stethoscope, watch, etc. In reality, a doctor would not take any metal objects into a room with an MRI scanner.

    • During the original airing, the song Easy Tonight by Five For Fighting was used. It's not present in the DVD version, but can still faintly be heard during the commentary track.

      Creator Bill Lawrence says that he asked the band to use another song for an episode Michael J. Fox appeared in, and they turned him down. Therefore, he didn't want to give them any more money to license this episode's song for the DVD.

    • When Alex and J.D. are holding hands, Alex checks for a wedding ring on J.D.'s right hand, not his left, where a wedding ring is usually worn.

  • QUOTES (28)

    • J.D.'s narration: You see, the ICU is where the most critical cases get turfed. So many patients die here, you start to think of death as another co-worker, looking over your shoulder with the same annoying demands as everyone else you work with.
      (In J.D.'s imagination)
      Death: (In a scary voice) Dr. Dorian. (In a gentle voice) Listen, I know you're busy, but my daughter's selling cookies.
      J.D.: Put me down for two boxes of those mint thingies.
      Death: She's in second place in her troop. Of course, if that girl who's in first keeps doing as well as she's doing, we're just gonna take her. (Starts laughing)

    • J.D.: Wait! Stop the machine!
      Alex: What the hell are you doing!?
      J.D.: Will you go out with me?
      Alex: If I say no, will you still let me out of this thing?
      J.D.: It's iffy.

    • Turk: I've been doing a lot of thinking, and, you know...we're past that whole new, exciting relationship phase, and...all that's left is us. Baby, I gotta tell you: You drive me crazy. All right? You take my french fries; you-you boss me around in front of my friends-
      Carla: You said strong women turn you on!

    • Turk: Hey, Carla. Carla... Wait! Where're you going?
      Carla: I'm gonna go crash at my place tonight, like you said!
      Turk: You wanna know what's wrong? That's what's wrong: (mimicks her) "I'm gonna go stay at my place like you said."
      Carla: God, you're so sexy right now.

    • Elliot: I just don't know what to do about Dr. Cox!
      J.D.: What the hell is going on, here?
      Elliot: It's like, I say one thing, he says the other. I seriously can't take it anymore.
      J.D.: Fine, why don't you just quit, become a lesbian, and hook up with some hot model?
      Elliot: What does that have to do with anything?
      J.D.: I don't know...I just thought it'd be hot.

    • Ted: Miss Hanson, he's gone.
      Alex: Oh.
      Ted: You know, if I were in your slippers, I'd sue this hospital for all it's worth.
      Alex: Really?
      Ted: We could run away together.

    • Ted: You know, I'm noticing that the bottoms of your slippers are rather slick - perhaps they contributed in some way to the incident this morning.
      Dr. Kelso: Those are hospital booties, you moron!
      Ted: And now I'm a moron.

    • Carla: You know what, that's exactly what's wrong with you men. You're all so superficial, so afraid of what you really feel. I'm so sick of it!
      J.D.: So, do you know what she looks like?
      Carla: Yeah, I do. But I ain't telling you.
      J.D.: Ohh... Come on, just tell me, does she look anything like Jimmie Walker?

    • Elliot: His H & H dropped three grams, so I'm starting pressers.
      Dr. Cox: Or, you could transfuse him.
      Elliot: Okay, I'll do that.
      Dr. Cox: Although, transfusions are riskier.
      Elliot: Which is why my first instinct was to do pressers.
      Dr. Cox: You know what they say about your first instincts.
      Elliot: Yeah: You should always stick with them. Shouldn't you?
      Dr. Cox: Should you?
      Elliot: Should I?
      Dr. Cox: "Should I?" You'll have plenty of time to think about it on the bench, because that's where you're headed.

    • Carla: I know something's wrong.
      Turk: Nothing's wrong.
      Carla: You always say nothing's wrong, then you sulk for a week and then you finally tell me.
      Turk: First of all, we haven't known each other long enough for me to "always" be doing anything.
      Mr. Davis: Well, I've only known you for ten minutes, and you're always hurting me.

    • Mr. Davis: Hurry back. God! That guy is the worst!
      Carla: Oh, be nice. He's my boyfriend.
      Mr. Davis: Not for long.
      Carla: Excuse me?
      Mr. Davis: Please! He's been dying to run out of here since the second he came in.
      Carla: Oh, he did not run out of here.
      Mr. Davis: Oh, okay, I'm sorry, you're right - it wasn't running, it was, uh, fleeing, like he was being chased by a swarm of killer bees.

    • Elliot: You make me so mad, I might actually scream! Every day you bitch and you bitch about how hard Dr. Cox is on you, and you don't even realize that you're his go-to guy.
      J.D.: Oh, come on, you're over-reacting a little bit.
      Elliot: What has he had you do today? Hm?
      J.D.: Ummm... He had me intubate and extubate Mrs. Pollard; float a Swan on Mr. Caulca; and then do two thoracenteses, a paracentesis, a radial art. line...oh, and then place a transvenous pacemaker for a complete heart-block. Why? What did you do?
      Elliot: Oh, uh... Cream. No sugar.
      J.D.: He takes it sugar, no cream.
      (Elliot screams)

    • J.D.: Dr. Cox must have my pager on speed dial. He's completely on top of me today.
      Elliot: Oh, do you know how much I wish Dr. Cox was on top of me?
      J.D.: That's naughty!

    • Alex: Oh, my God! Is it stuck!?
      J.D.: Well, stuck is such a literal term. It's more like, not moving.
      Alex: Well, pull me the hell out of here!
      J.D.: I can't; you were knocked unconscious, you could have a serious head injury. Just be glad you're not claustrophobic.
      Alex: Aaah!

    • Dr. Kelso: Dr. Dorian, I owe you an apology. Obviously I was unclear when I said, "Stay in the M.R.I. room with that patient." It must have sounded like, "Leave, and do other things."... Let me rephrase it so there'll be no more confusion: Get your ass back down there!

    • Carla: So...what'd you do?
      Mr. Davis: Well, some - ow! - some random woman just pushed me off the bus; it was totally unprovoked.
      Carla: Mr. Davis...
      Mr. Davis: I may have told her that she smelled like wet ass.
      Carla: There ya go - be proud of who you are.
      Mr. Davis: You wear too much mascara.
      Carla: You be careful, now.

    • Carla: Mr. Davis; haven't seen you in three months - it's gotta be a personal record for you.
      Mr. Davis: Oh, by all means, ignore the dislocated shoulder and let's make small talk.

    • Turk: What are you doing? When the lunch-lady asked "french fries", you said no.
      Carla: Yeah...but I wanted french fries.
      Turk: So why didn't you order fries?
      Carla: 'Cause I can't have french fries. Duh!
      Turk: Here. Have 'em all.
      Carla: Wha-?
      Turk: Have a fry salad.
      (Turk dumps all his fries on Carla's plate and leaves)
      Carla: Tu-what the? Turk? Baby, come on!
      (Laverne walks past and grabs a fry off Carla's plate)
      Laverne: Girlfriend, you know I can not have french fries.

    • Elliot: What opportunity?
      Doug: No, shush, shush.
      J.D.: Shut up! You see, in baseball, when a pitcher's really hot - no one talks to him, no one looks at him, you just stay out of his way!
      Elliot: Why are you talking about baseball?
      Dr. Cox: Because you should never jinx a pitcher when he has a chance to throw a perfect game! My GOD, Barbie, how do you put your bra and panties on in the morning?! All by yourself! It's remarkable!
      J.D.: See, 'cause he's the pitcher-
      Elliot: Yeah, I get it now!

    • Laverne: Move it or lose it, Q-Tip!
      Elliot: "Q-Tip"! 'Cause you're skinny and your head's fuzzy.

    • J.D.: Oh. Look at that. Well, you should put it back down before someone slips and falls.
      Janitor: Oh, is that what I should do. Good. Because I make most of my decisions based on your opinion. You know what, I'm thinking of splitting up with the wife - maybe you could mull that one over, get back to me? We can powwow?

    • Carla: You want to know what she looks like...did she ask what you look like?
      J.D.: No, she can tell I'm handsome. I have a husky voice: "Hellllooo, baby!"
      Carla: Well, why don't you look into your heart and see how it feels?
      J.D.: My heart hates uggos.

    • J.D.: Hey, do you know what Alex Hanson looks like?
      Doug: He's okay.
      Laverne: I don't know. I don't look at the ladies.
      Dr. Kelso: Young man, I've been married for over three decades. I would've gone there, though; oh, yes, I would've.
      Janitor: Who cares? No one'll ever love you.
      Ted: I don't find her pretty; but since my wife left, when I look at a woman, I find it hard to see past the evil. Heh.

    • Elliot: Look, Dr. Cox, you can trust me to help you. For gosh sakes, I was top five in my class!
      Dr. Cox: Enggghhh! That's the noise I make when somebody lies to me.
      Elliot: Okay! I was eighth, but I can do this! I'll get us this perfect -
      Dr. Cox: Don't say it!
      Elliot: ...perfect game!
      Dr. Cox: What part of "don't say it" did you not understand? Was is the "don't"? Or was it the "say it"? Help me to help you, Barbie. Help me to help you; help me to help you; help me to help you.

    • Dr. Cox: (To interns) Alright, bring it in here you knuckle-heads. Come on, take a knee if you need to you confoundits. I have been on since midnight, so I stand here with my usual level of contempt for all of you, but with the added wrinkle of having thirteen cups of nurse Roberts' piss-poor excuse for coffee, passing pretty much straight through me. The not-so-hidden message being of course if you screw up today hu-I'm gonna hit you hard hu-I'm gonna hit you fast. Now then, I think some of you may have noticed that all twenty-seven of the patients that were here in the ICU when I started last night are still alive and I damn-sure intend for them to still be breathing when I get the hell out of here tonight at midnight. I think you understand what kind of opportunity we have in front of us.

    • Dr. Kelso: Doctor Dorian, I need a favor...
      J.D.: Actually sir, I'm crazy-busy today.
      Dr. Kelso: Well that's just fine then kiddo. I'm not going to be able to make the board meeting today - I'm going to be tied up all afternoon at Doctor Dorian's pity party. Should I bring something? Maybe I'll rent you a clown.
      J.D.: A drunk clown hurt me once.
      Dr. Kelso: Just listen to the damn lawyer. Go Todd.
      Ted: Uhh it's Ted but hey-it's only been tweleve years. This morning one of the social workers that covers this hospital slipped and knocked herself unconscience. We're concerned that she might turn around and sue us. All the higher-ups heads could roll, haha.
      Dr. Kelso: The point is that people are less likely to sue and institution if we can put a friendly face on it. You've got a friendly face.
      J.D.: But sir I...
      Dr. Kelso: Sacred Heart is calling for your help sport. Will you accept the call? Bring!
      Ted: Bring!
      Kelso: By the way, this is a special phone. If you don't answer it, you get to be the intern who does the physicals over at the state prison.
      J.D.: Hello!

    • Elliot: Doctor Cox! I got the k-xolight and I pulled all the x-rays you asked for, so I am your for the night. Do whatever you want with me. Oh my God, that totally came out wrong I just meant I want you to use me and I don't care how degrading it is.
      Dr. Cox: What?
      Elliot: No, no, no, it's just that I know that you like torturing people and I am totally up for that. Eh-I just want to make you happy.

    • Doug: Oh no. No, no, no.
      Dr. Cox: Is this the tox. screen? Oh Dougie, this does not bode well for you.
      Doug: I know...
      Dr. Cox: I'll tell you what, second chance - you go get the results from Mr. Churven's urinalysis but if the numbers aren't good, I'm gonna take one of your kidney's and give it to him. (To nurse Roberts) Ten bucks says I can get that kid to wet himself before the day is over.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Girl Scouts
      When death appears as an annoying co-worker in this episode, he asks J.D. to buy some cookies for his daughter's troop. This is an allusion to Girl Scouts and the cookies they sell to raise money for their troop. J.D. also says he wants some of "those mint thingies". This is an allusion to a type of Girl Scout cookies called Thin Mints.

    • ER:
      J.D.: Did you know that Goose is the guy from ER?

      ER is a popular NBC medical drama set primarily in an emergency room. Created by novelist Michael Crichton and set primarily in the fictional County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, the show was first aired in September 19th, 1994, and is currently in its 12th season.

    • Discworld:
      Death acting strangely (almost humanlike) because of a blond-haired daughter may be a reference to the character Death of the Discworld novel series by Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of a giant turtle, the Great A'Tuin.

    • The Silence of the Lambs:
      Dr. Cox: It puts the lotion on its skin.

      The quote is a reference to the movie The Silence of the Lambs, a 1991 Academy Award-winning film based on the novel by Thomas Harris. The film tells tells the story of Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee, who is sent to see the imprisoned Lecter in order to ask his expert advice on catching a serial killer given the name Buffalo Bill, who is abducting women and skinning them.

    • Top Gun:
      J.D.: I'm your wingman, Maverick!

      Maverick is the navy codename of Tom Cruise's character in the 1986 movie Top Gun, which tells the story of a young naval aviator who aspires to be a top fighter pilot in a prestigious naval school which trains the top 1% of all Naval Aviators.