Season 5 Episode 16

My Bright Idea

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Mar 28, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Turk finds out that Carla is pregnant before she does, so J.D. convinces Turk to tell the entire hospital staff to surprise her with the news. However, Carla wants to personally share her baby news with everybody instead, thus Turk and J.D. need to try and contain the hospital gossip. J.D. also tricks the Janitor into swallowing a tiny GPS tracking device. Meanwhile, when Elliot puts Dr. Cox into an embarrassing situation, he decides to get even with Elliot through Keith and Carla.moreless

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  • 516

    This episode was probably one of the best episodes of Scrubs, it was creative, insightful, eventful, and don't forget hilarious. A feel good episode as a whole, I almost cried at the end out of joy at how great this episode was. Scrubs has not disappointed me not once this season. This episode was a perfect example of how great this season is as a whole.

    The whole plot was genius! Turk knowing Carla is pregnant before she does. So the whole hospital decides to surprise her, but then they abort the plan, "abort the babies" Hilarious scene. The priest being pro-choice was hilarious as well. The final scene was magical, Carla hugging everyone. She's pregnant! We've been waiting for this since season 4, so this was a very eventful episode. Fantastic amazing episode!moreless
  • Carla's Finally pregnant.

    I'll be honest, i only gave it a 9.4 because of the final 2 minutes which are worth giving it the rating i gave it.The rest of the episode is basically your average episode. Although the middle bit when everyone is outside waitng for Carla is a funny scene and so is the plot of the Janitor;

    Turk: $5 if you eat this penny.

    Janitor: Done... (eats penny) and done (takes the $5)

    They end up putting a tracker in him, trying to convince him it's a penny. Other than that it is just a normal episode. But again this is better than the chunk of weak episodes. So Scrubs is continuing it's winning streak, if you will.moreless
  • carla is finally pregnant

    i loved this episode carla is finally pregnant which is what we have been waiting for .

    i loved the part where jds like abort the plan abort the babies with the father right there it was pricelss jd always saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. i loved the scene at the end where carla walks into the bar and says that she is pregnant its one of the nicest scenes with every one congratulating turk and carla it was one of the rare scenes on scrubs where you smile not because they did something funny but because everyone was just happy for carla because everyone knows her and loves and knows how much she wants this baby.

    congrats turk and carlamoreless
  • A real feel-good episode.

    I think one of the best scenes of this season is when Carla learns that everybody knew about her pregnancy before she did, and JD says in his inner monologue that she then said something that made him confident that she and Turk would last forever. Carla then tells Turk who cares that everybody knew before she did, the important thing is that they're pregnant.

    I loved that moment. Turk told everybody the great news before he told Carla, then heard her say it was very important to her to be the one to tell everyone, so now he's really worried that he's upset her. But she just shrugs it off and points out what's really important. I love that about the two of them. He is good at screwing up, but she knows he's only out to make her happy and that's what's important.

    Overall this episode really brought Scrubs back to it's best form. The episode was funny and had a touch of seriousness at the same time. I laughed out loud several times. The funniest scene IMO was when Turk and JD were trying to get Cox, Elliot and Kelso to help them out in their plan. It was also great to get to see that others were getting sick of the Janitor too, not just the main characters.

    The best scene in the episode though was the end scene, where Carla is congratulated by everyone. It was such a feel-good scene. I especially liked seeing Jordan there, apparently very happy for Carla and Turk. It's nice when we get to see that side of her.moreless
  • A great episode of Scrubs that makes up for the recent low

    Yes, it finally happened! Carla got pregnant. We all knew this was eventually going to happen, because of all the tension and the show's devotion to the topic, but e had no idea when -- or how.

    The Turk knowing but not Carla thing added some bonus humour with the JD's extravagant plan to tell her.

    The Janitor/JD situation was good to watch, too. One of Janitor's stories is true for once!

    And how JD said "and then I witnessed one of those moments that let me know in my heart that these two will be together forever", was a happy part of the episode showing just how much Turk and Carla really love each other

    Episode highlights:

    - The "Abort the baby!" pun

    - Elliot's hilarious emotional reactions

    - "Excuse me but does anyone have a plate of jeebees because these two have given me a big ole scoop of the heebees." -- Perry

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

Arthur R. Botham

Arthur R. Botham

Old Man #2

Guest Star

Charles Butler

Charles Butler

Father Rosenberg

Guest Star

Rebecca Metz

Rebecca Metz

Volunteer Woman

Guest Star

Travis Schuldt

Travis Schuldt


Recurring Role

Aloma Wright

Aloma Wright

Nurse Laverne Roberts

Recurring Role

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Jordan Sullivan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • In this episode Elliot sees a patient with red highlights and asks if they would work on her. It is revealed in a later episode that she is afraid of redheads so this is either a goof or she is only disgusted by people who have it naturally.

    • When Dr. Cox tries to tell the German patient about his condition, unknowingly talking about the man's wife's breasts, the man responds "Was hast du gerade gesagt?" ("What did you just say?"). It is very obvious that the actor is no native speaker for two reasons: first, because he speaks with a noticeable accent, and second, because a native speaker would know that the formal form of address towards a person one isn't close with is not "du", but "Sie". Both translate to "you" in English.

    • When J.D. mentions some of the Janitor's previous lies he talks about the wife who only has "Pointer and Thumb-Pinkie". The Janitor told J.D. this in episode 21 of season 2 "My Drama Queen".

    • Featured Music:
      "Running One" by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil
      "All Of The Words" by Kutless

    • In the Janitor's (most likely fictional) story, he was born in 1965. In the flashback of his running days, he says he is 19 and the race banner says it's 1984.

    • When Turk and J.D. are planning on how Carla can find out she's pregnant the second time, they show a guy in the background walking towards the table, and cut away, when they cut back again, the guy is once again walking back towards the table and past.

    • When everyone is outside, about to announce Carla's pregnancy, Father Rosenburg holds a balloon with a small head, but when J.D. goes through his "Abort the plan" rant, Father's balloon's head has gotten significantly larger.

    • When Elliot asks Perry what he wants, he looks straight into her eyes and throws the pen away but when the camera angle changes he is looking at pen while he is throwing it away.

    • When the Janitor is looking at J.D. changing the batteries in binocular vision, the shot is taken from above. This can't be since the Janitor is on the ground. He couldn't have gotten a view like that on the ground.

    • Why is J.D. changing the batteries in the most vulnerable place in the whole hospital. If J.D. was really that afraid, then why didn't he just lock himself in a room at the hospital.

    • In the scene when Turk is mad at J.D. for talking him into surprise plan: When Turk spills his wine in J.D.'s face, J.D.'s wine is on the table but when the camera angle quickly changes he suddenly has the his glass in his hands.

    • Who takes a pregnancy test without looking at the instructions/manual? Carla even is a nurse, so she should know this better than most people.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Elliot: I'd like to remember all the carpal bones in the hand with a simple mnemonic device: Scaphoid, Lunate, Triquetral, Pisiform, Trapezium, Trapezoid, Capitate and Hamate. Some Lovers Try Positions That They Can't Handle.
      Keith: Hey?!?!
      Elliot: It was not directed at you, Doctor.

    • Dr. Cox: Hey Carla! You're glowing!
      Carla: (Smiling) Really?!
      Dr. Kelso: Nurse Espinosa, have your breasts gotten bigger?
      Carla: Wow, Dr. Kelso! That's innapropriate!
      Turk: Baby, that sounds like a compliment to me. Maybe you're just a little hormonal...

    • Elliot: Dr. Cox, I got a patient with osteomyelitis who needs a bone biopsy. Who do you use?
      Dr. Cox: You put me in an awkward spot because I'm here and I want to help but speaking to you would acknowledge your existence and you don't exist. So, I'm going to address the stapler. Hi, stapler, the red is killer. By the way, there's a certain Dr. Brownsfield who's just the most wonderful bone guy... What? What's that, stapler? Oh no, she... she's an actual doctor.
      Elliot: Neither of you are very funny!

    • Dr. Cox: (Talking to Elliot´s interns about her relationship with Keith) I wanna hear from the audience, I do. Dating in the work place: She's the boss, he's the pretty intern.
      Tell me what´s buggin' you! Courage!
      Gloria: Hmm.. Sometimes they arrive in the morning and they smell like sex.

    • J.D.: My friend, we have just lo-jacked the janitor….Hel-LO!

    • J.D.: You will never get anywhere near me.
      Janitor: We'll see.
      J.D.: Yeah, we will se.
      Janitor: Oh, we are going to see.
      J.D.: The only left to do is see.
      Janitor: You are going to pay.
      J.D.: We'll see.
      Janitor: I have no time.
      J.D.: Okay, bye.

    • Carla: I don't think we have anymore wine. Turk, can I have some of yours?
      J.D.'s narration: I felt like Turk was starting to blame me for all of this.
      Turk: (Spills his wine in J.D.'s face) I spilled mine too, honey. You know what you should do? Ask for some of J.D.'s.
      J.D.: (Spills his wine on his crotch) I spilled mine too.

    • J.D.: This plan is fool proof.
      Dr. Cox: That is impossible. You two are involved.
      Turk: We will see about that!
      (Turk and J.D. crash into each other as they try to walk away)

    • J.D.: Wait Turk! I have an idea.
      Turk: You have another idea? Well I've got to tell you, I'm done with you're ideas and not just for now but forever! Okay, are we clear on that?
      J.D.: It's a good one.
      Turk: I'm listening.

    • Dr. Cox: Ever since I was blitzkrieged this morning by an enraged German named Otto a certain doctor Barbie no longer exists for me.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode was intended to air after 'My Chopped Liver', which continues with J.D. having shaved his head and doesn't mention anything about the pregnancy. It was bumped up the schedule and the news of the pregnancy was advertised to attract viewers to the following debut of NBC's Teachers.


    • The flashback where Janitor wins running hurdles is alluding to the movie Chariots of Fire, which is about running athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics.
      The movie features slow motion scenes set to a soundtrack by Vangelis and the music playing in the slow motion scene is made to sound like the Vangelis title track.

    • Gilmore Girls:
      Turk spends his Thursday nights off watching "Gilmore Girls" on TV and discussing it with J.D. afterwards.

      "Gilmore Girls" is a TV show that currently (as of 2007) airs on the CW. It is about the life experiences of a single mother and her daughter.

    • Office Space:
      The red stapler that Dr. Cox speaks to in order to avoid directly addressing Elliot is a reference to Office Space, a movie in which John C. McGinley also appears. In the movie, a character named Milton keeps a similar-looking stapler at his desk because he likes it better than the ones that the company recently upgraded to.

    • Run Lola Run:
      The music when Janitor is running towards J.D., is music from the movie Run Lola Run, where Lola runs throughout Berlin.