Scrubs

Season 5 Episode 12

My Cabbage (1)

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Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Feb 28, 2006 on NBC
9.1
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Dr. Kelso is outraged when he discovers, that a bird has been living at Sacred Heart. He orders the Janitor to dispose of it immediately. However, the Janitor likes the bird so much, he secretly keeps it as a pet. J.D., annoyed with Keith, tries to get his intern fired, but things don't turn out as intended.moreless

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  • "...and I will try to fix you" :O

    9.5
    Wow, I got chills at the end of this episode with the Coldplay song at the end, and what was going on... wow.



    At first, this seemed to be like any other Scrubs episode, not a lot was going on except for the fact that Ms. Wilkes is leaving Sacred Heart after being there for quite a long time. The episode also mentions infection, and it passes on quite rapidly. Kelso mentions this because of the janitor's bird. Kelso wants the janitor to get rid of it. But the bird is helping the janitor taunt JD. So he keeps the bird throughout the episode, which was actually quite funny.



    Meanwhile Turk gets mad at Elliot for not having him in her phone. Then they get in to an issue of a paper that they got from a patient, they need to give to his sons if he dies, when he does die, Turk & Elliot lose the letter. So they end up forging the letter, when really the bird had it the whole time. It was definitely a funny situation. JD continues to make Keith's life hell at the hospital, all the while, he doesn't realize that one of his favorite interns are messing up. When Cabbage does mess up, JD suspends him, but then realizes the problem is bigger than he thought it would be, thanks to Dr. Cox. So Cabbage has to leave his job, as he is leaving, the big cliffhanger is he gets infected and then he passes it on to Ms. Wilkes as she is leaving while "Fix you" is playing in the background, and Turk & Elliot renew their friendship. I got chills all over while watching the scene, because it was mentioned beforehand and it was incorporated in to the ending. Great episode, amazing cliffhanger.moreless
  • Though this is a filler episode it is still hilarious, as usual.

    7.9
    Between Jd and Turk remembering something they had managed to block out for the entire span of their friendship, The Janitor's crow Sanchez, Jd and his interns, and Dr. Cox's insane anger of his clicky top pen I really thought this was a funny episode. Though it is a filler episode that isn't really key to the serious or anything it's still funny. I particularly love when Dr. Cox throws a bedpan at Jd's head. Hey Newbie, watch of for the bedpan! The only thing I don't understand is why Jd hates Keith so much, I never understood that.



    J.D.: You're late Keith. Which doesn't surprise me, because you're a terrible person.

    Keith: Sorry, I was helping with a gunshot victim downstairs.

    J.D.: Lies won't get you anywhere, Keith.

    Keith: I'm... covered in his blood.

    J.D.: That could be anyone's blood.

    Carla: Here's the gunshot victim from downstairs.

    Gunshot victim: Hey, my blood!

    J.D.: That's not your blood.

    Gunshot victim: Yes, it is!

    J.D.: Quiet time.moreless
  • A bit of a drop from last week's.

    8.9
    The pretty good, and had some great moments i.e the fantasy sequence with Turk and Carla nursing a pumpkin, and when Turk and Elliot are presenting the fake letter to the two twins. However, it was missing something, i don't really know what. Although the ending was good, especially with Coldplay's song 'Fix You' blasting it's emotinal electric guitar rally, really adding impact to the scene with Miss Wilk getting infected, before she's about to leave. The storyline with JD trying to get Keith fired was fun too. The storylines were well written and i was interested, but like i said, it was missing something but i don't know what.moreless
  • A great start to a two part episode

    9.5
    I ahve to confess that I am a cabbage lover, I share JD's thoughts in why did he have to go? Sure he would have endangered the lives of patients but he would have done it in a sweet and cute way. Still I suppose it all leads to charcter development on JD's behalf.



    I loved the way the germs were shown to move throughout the hospital. It was very clever and thened result was terrible. And just as she was about to go home too.



    In conclusion Cabbage may have been cute and funny but he really was a danger to patients, just look at Mrs Wilks.moreless
  • Typical everyday problems: A friendship on the rocks, Main character has to deal with a tough decision and a pesky crow keeps stealing pens and cash

    9.5
    Season five is my favourite season and I have been a fan of the show since the beginning of the series. The reason I like this season is not only does it have some of my favourite funny episodes like My Jiggly Ball and My Way Home but it also has very impactful endings to some episodes like My Lunch and this episode. While Scrubs has always been the best at mixing comedy with drama (My Old Lady, My Butterfly), this episode has a great twist because the rest of the episode wasn't as dramatic and you expect a funny ending but in the last five seconds, Cabbage makes a lethal mistake.



    I found the episode sidesplitting right up until the last minute where everything changes for the worse and once again Scrubs proves to be the best sitcom with dramatic moments, with a perfectly chosen song, one of the main reasons that it is my favourite show.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

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Himself

Guest Star

Nathan Lee Graham

Nathan Lee Graham

Eric/Devin

Guest Star

Aly Carpenter

Aly Carpenter

Girl

Guest Star

Travis Schuldt

Travis Schuldt

Keith

Recurring Role

Michael Learned

Michael Learned

Mrs. Wilk

Recurring Role

Shaughn Buchholz

Shaughn Buchholz

Jason

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • When the bird drops the pen on Dr. Cox's head, you can see the pen bouncing off the head.
      In the next shot, Dr. Cox is holding the pen to yell at J.D. He can't possibly have caught the pen, as it clearly bounced away too far.

    • The one button is in fact missing on the Janitor's cell phone when it is in the bird's cage.

    • Sanchez the bird is a Chihuahuan Raven also called a White-necked Raven.

    • During the long "Turk as a father" dream sequence, it first says "10 years later" to show the pumpkin playing baseball. After that it says "21 years later" at the pumpkin's graduation. This means the Turks' pumpkin graduated college at 31 rather than 21. However, this could also mean 21 years after the initial incident, meaning the pumkin graduated at 21.

    • Janitor's line "Tienes mi corazon" when he lets Sanchez go is Spanish for "You have my heart" which is a common expression of love in Latin America.

    • Keith's (The Intern) last name is "Dudemeister"

    • Featured Music:
      "Fix You" by Coldplay

    • Mrs. Wilk's first name is Patricia.

    • At the end of the episode in the bar Turk reads off his phone "incoming call from Elliot Reid". However, when we see all of the numbers he has for Elliot earlier none of them say Elliot Reed, only "Elliot Home", "Elliot Work", "Elliot Cell" & "Elliot's Parents (in case Elliot isn't reachable).

    • When Dr. Cox is showing J.D. that his pen is a clickly top by clicking on it over and over, when he starts off doing it he is clicking it with his index finger, but when the shot changes to behind him, you can clearly see that he is clicking it with his thumb.

    • When J.D. and Carla are in Mrs. Wilk's room with the giant card, everytime the camera switches to Carla and J.D., there's nothing on Mrs. Wilk's tray. When the camera clearly shows all three of them together, you can see her napkin and food on her tray. At the very least, we should be able to see Mrs. Wilk's napkin when the shot changes to show only Carla and J.D., but nothing is visible.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Turk: Dude, you all right? You were gone for a really long time.
      J.D.: You're gonna be an awful father!

    • J.D.: Cabbage!
      Cabbage and Mark: Yes sir.
      J.D.: Oh no, Mark. I wasn't talking to you, I was talking to Cabbage.
      Mark: But my last name's Cabbage.
      J.D.: I know that, but I've nicknamed you "Wolfman" for your keen sense of smell.
      J.D.'s narration: And your ridiculously hairy torso.
      J.D.: Now, what can I do you for?
      Cabbage: Dr D., is the IV supposed to leak like this?
      J.D.: Well, yes and no. Mostly no. Really, really all no.

    • Dr. Cox: I would sooner leave my medical care in the hands of Dr. Acula. (J.D. gets excited) Yes, I read your vampire screenplay and as much as it pains me to say it, I didn't hate it. So here's what you have to do with this Keith: Turn the heat up on his ass and he'll make a mistake, then you'll bounce him the hell out of here.
      J.D.: What did you think of the Transylvania dream sequence? Because I wrote it while I was on-call and the next morning and I read it and I was like, "What was I thinking?"
      Dr. Cox: Bethany, focus.

    • J.D.: I treat each and every one of you like unique individuals, ok? Take Gloria, for example. The woman's 400 years old. She needs to sleep a lot. I work around that schedule. Wolfman's got to be home by daybreak so he does all his work come nightfall. Crazy Barry's not allowed near children. We work around that.

    • J.D.: Those are beautiful antlers.

    • Devin: "Make sure you clean out the gutters at the lake house so the front porch doesn't flood"?
      Turk: Ours was better than that.

    • Janitor: (as he lets Sanchez go) Tienes mi corazon! Tienes mi corazon.

    • Dr. Kelso: Patricia, it´s been a real pleasure having you here at Sacred Heart. And I certainly hope, the next time you fall ill, you remember us. Umm.. I´m.. not implying that you´ll get ill. But..it´s just that... you´re old and chances are good... Stop talking Robert!!

    • Dr. Cox: (Talking to Mrs. Wilk) I can't believe you´re finally getting out of this death trap. I mean, the odds were against you. You had a life-threatening disease... (looks at J.D.) a life-threatening doctor... (J.D. waves to Mrs. Wilk) Anyway, it was a pleasure treating you and...
      Mrs. Wilk: I know how hard it is for you to say something nice. So you can go!
      Dr. Cox: Thanks!

    • J.D.: Dr. Cox, may I borrow your pen?
      Dr. Cox: Not going to happen!! I had to strangle a nurse to get this clicky top.
      J.D.: Pleeaasse! I´m in the middle of a very threatening speech.
      Dr. Cox: Return this pen or die painfully!

    • Keith: How come I don't get a nickname?
      J.D.: The other's surnames lend themselves to a nickname.
      Keith: My last name is "Dudemeister"!
      J.D.: What can I do with that? I'm not a magician!

    • J.D.: You're late Keith. Which doesn't surprise me, because you're a terrible person.
      Keith: Sorry, I was helping with a gunshot victim downstairs.
      J.D.: Lies won't get you anywhere, Keith.
      Keith: I'm... covered in his blood.
      J.D.: That could be anyone's blood.
      Carla: Here's the gunshot victim from downstairs.
      Gunshot victim: Hey, my blood!
      J.D.: That's not your blood.
      Gunshot victim: Yes, it is!
      J.D.: Quiet time.

    • J.D.: What guy drunkenly kissed you when you were sleeping?
      J.D.'s narration: And it was at that moment that Turk and I remembered the incident we managed to block out for twelve years!
      Turk: Uh, you're okay with us not hanging around for a couple of weeks?
      J.D.: Totally!

    • Elliot: My dearest Eric, it is my wish for you that you finally find a woman...
      Eric: I'm gay.
      Elliot: ...so that she might find you a man...
      Eric: Dad didn't know I was gay.
      Elliot: ...so that he might find you a woman!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also worked with Ken Jenkins (Dr. Kelso) in the mini-series The Stand (they only appeared together in "The Dreams" (the second part)).

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • The part were Dr. Cox tells J.D. about the clicky top pen it seems like a reference to the episode "My Self-Examination" but in that episode Dr. Cox tells Carla that he doesn't care about clicky tops or twisty bottom pens.

    • Credit sequence:
      During the episode we see J.D. fix lots of mistakes "Cabbage" makes. One of these is J.D. turning around an x-ray of a human chest. This is a joke/reference for the opening credit sequence, where J.D. puts the x-ray up and the chest is backwards. Many people thought of this as a mistake, but it actually was intentional. Bill Lawrence, the creator, said in an interview "the mistake" was intentional as he wanted the audience to think of the interns as inexperienced and therefore making a simple mistake. So when J.D. turns around "Cabbage"'s x-ray, it is ultimatly saying that J.D. has come a long way and is no longer inexperienced and making mistakes.

    • King Kong (2005):
      JD is giving Cabbage the Saturday off to go and watch King Kong, which was at the theaters arround the time this episode originally aired.

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