Nobody But Turk Can Save This Relationship, Not Even HOOCH!
First off, let’s get a rant over with. This series is getting increasingly preposterous with every episode. I know things have always been more than a bit silly, but at least before there was the excuse that it was just part of JD’s fantasies (why they’ve cut back on them recently I have no idea, since they were a rejoiced trademark of Scrubs that distinguished the show from the rest of the pack). This episode, we get the bizarrely contrived plotline delights of Elliot falling into an open grave, a somewhat nonplussed reaction from Dr. Cox about Kelso’s wife’s paralysis (something that should have been looked into more than just a brief mention) and the sheer absurdity of the revelation that JD and Turk have been to bartending school. Given that this show is trying to play for drama, why are the writers trying to balance this with stupid unbelievable situations? Last time I checked, there was more than one type of humour. Anyway, rant over. Aren’t you glad?
Despite my grumblings, this episode wasn’t half-bad. Definitely half-average though. Much of the episode revolves around Turk and Carla’s relationship crisis. Apart from a brief aside by Elliot as to what happened last episode, there’s no mention by either of the two as to why they’re both reluctant to work things through. It’s curious, as from the opening it looks like they really wish they could patch it up. Instead, we get to see JD and Elliot’s attempts to cheer up (and by which I mean ‘not help’) their respective friends. JD does that little trick of his whereby he gets exactly what he wants, but at least he curses his own selfishness this time and is willing to atone. Elliot, on the other hand, tries to help Carla with her issues with her late mother (who, apparently, speaks English, even though she couldn’t last time we saw her alive!). However, Elliot being Elliot, she isn’t fully successful, managing to make Carla cry before finally helping her by taking her to her mother’s grave. There’s still no excuse for Elliot’s direly unfunny pratfall. If the writers needed an excuse to get Carla alone, they could have just shown an understanding look from faraway by Elliot. I think us viewers are a little more emotionally mature than that. Having said that, the scene at the gravestone was well acted (by Judy Reyes at least; Turk still looked like he wished he was somewhere else). (On a side note, I’m using parentheses way too often. Must cut down!)
Our other, more throwaway, plotline consists of Kelso doing something that his doctor status has always suggested; He takes care of a patient. Said patient is of a typically modern kind; Arrogant, know-it-all and lazy. (I’m also using semi-colons a lot, which I shouldn’t do, because I never know if I’m using them correctly.) (Dammit! Yet more brackets!) Kelso has a tough time treating her, until Perry, in an unusually friendly and goodhearted scene, tells him to speak from his heart. He does so, and the patient naturally changes her tune. Case closed.
It wouldn’t be a Scrubs review if I didn’t mention the funny bits, and I definitely should this time because it was the funny bits that gave me the most enjoyment. In fact, in terms of laugh-out-loud jokes (soon to be know as loljokes….Crap! I gotta cure this bracket fetish), this episode was surprisingly rich. We got Turk moping on the floor near-naked. We got the silly-but-in-a-good-way rearranging of the word CARNIVAL. We got Elliot crying to JD about her ‘silence on the crapper’ rule. And we got Janitor being drunk, which was highly amusing, particularly the shot where you see only his feet in the doorway. Despite all these, hats must go off to Hooch, the funniest multipart joke I’ve seen in a long time. Whoever played Hooch should be a recurring star, because his comic delivery was perfect!
All in all, an average episode that nevertheless gets a few giggles. 3 out of 5 Interracial Buddy Movies.
Best line: “I’m just not big on begging strangers to stick my hand up their butt.” ---- Dr. Cox
* Finally, I thought I’d point out something that seems completely irrelevant, but I was getting irritated by it. In almost every episode of this season, the first or second syllable of JD’s opening voiceovers is always annoyingly high-pitched. I only noticed when I watched some season 1 episodes and noticed his delivery was more, well, serious back then. See, I told you it was irrelevant, and I bet in the next episode his voiceover will be completely monotonous just to show me up!