Season 4 Episode 25

My Changing Ways

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM May 10, 2005 on NBC

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  • There were various themes throughout the episode suggesting additional storylines, but My Changing Ways lacked detail.

    "My Changing Ways\" starts off in J.D.\'s new apartment. At the first installment, we catch a glimpse of what appears to be a tear running down J.D.\'s cheek, his dead dog \"Rowdy\" and a bunch of boxes that he is sitting on. This introduction, as it turns out, is actually the concluding scene, in which J.D. explains how he got to this point.

    As J.D. starts off his story, with Turk and himself associating about basketball. We get to see J.D. be the stereotypical \"dork\" he is, and fratenize with Turk about making him (J.D.) out to be the best Basketball player. Of course, things go awry and J.D. ends up on the ground after being hit by a basketball. Yet, a scene that is a grand sketch of comedy, lacks just that. It is too predictable and J.D. acts TOO strongly to be a dork. A major difference from the past three seasons.

    Keeping it a bit more short, there are a few other storylines within the total, as always. The first storyline involves Elliot and her new Boyfriend Jake. It begins with Elliot and Jake eating lunch with the \"gang\", so to speak, and the topic of gaining a fellowship is brought up. Elliot says how much she wants it, but she doesn\'t feel she has the skills. Jake tries to pursue her to go along with an interview, which she goes along with. Carla becomes involved because she thinks Jake is too controlling of her (sound familiar? Nurse Paul Flowers..?), and tells Elliot. She confronts him, not much goes on and then near the ending, Elliot ends up getting the job and we find out she is leaving Sacred Heart.

    The first storyline would have been a great storyline had they spread it out more. I felt that Elliot\'s departure from the Hospital was too abrupt and once again, lacking detail. Elliot\'s leaving could have been so much more powerful had it been acted out further and with more emphasis on one subject.

    The second one is about Jordan never leaving Perry alone at the hospital, and this annoys him. Dr. Cox is even more agitated when Dr. Kelso offers Jordan a full-time job promotion. So, he tries to make her feel guilty by making it seem as if she\'s never with their son. She agrees not to do it, but there\'s always that twist. The twist, naturally, was predictable in that Perry, whom is more soft than usual, feels sour for restricting what his wife wants to do. Once again--Too forced and lacking detail. The twist was a nice addition to the sketch, but it was predictable and didn\'t develop further to make it of interest.

    The third story is of J.D.\'s moving out of the apartment. This leads into a conflict between Turk and J.D., in which J.D. decides that \"Hooch\" is going to be his \"CB2\", or, Chocolate Bear 2. Naturally, Turk is upset, but J.D. is teribly sad to confront him about how he feels. The plot seems to thicken, when suddenly Rowdy is taken and J.D. finds that Turk has it. They talk it out, and tell each other that things will be different, but they\'re still going to be friends.

    This storyline would have been so much better had the characters portrayed more emotion and less of the \"Goofy\" acting, so to speak. It seemed as if J.D. was taking the situation a bit more childish than usual. The moral presented was pretty obvious as well and no real build-up to it. Could have been alot better.

    The last storyline is between Turk and Carla. Basically.. They decide to have a child. This storyline was perhaps the worst played out in the episode for there was no build-up whatsoever, more just an \"Okay.\" and then bam. It lacks detail and in-depth acting.

    Finally, all these storylines meet up to the end with J.D. and we find out that his tear is actually just leaky water. Not such a great ending..

    Overall, the episode presented some very well thought-out story lines, but there was too little time to act out each one in such a short episode. If the acting were better, more detail added to each, less of them acting like children toward rather serious decisions, and the storylines were spread out over two different episodes, it would be a grand finale like First Season\'s Cliffhanger.

    For these reasons, I give it a 71 %.