Season 1 Episode 9

My Day Off

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Nov 20, 2001 on NBC
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J.D. gets to see the hospital through the eyes of a patient when he's admitted for appendicitis. Elliot examines him and he tells everyone how cold and rough she is, which drives her crazy. J.D. doesn't want Turk to operate on him, which hurts Turk's feelings. Meanwhile, Dr. Cox is trying to show off to his mentor, Dr. Benson, the ex-chief of medicine, who is also a patient at the hospital. The only thing in his way is Dr. Kelso, who almost dismissed Dr. Benson prematurely.moreless

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  • Thanksgiving: JD becomes the patient.

    This episode was very enjoyable. Cox keeps it coming with all his character development as he continues to battle it out with Dr. Kelso, and has a heart to heart with the old dean of medicine. Once Thanksgiving rolls around, JD ends up needing surgery, he needs to get his appendix taken out. It was a great experience, and it's great to watch, JD seeing in the eyes of the patient. Definitely interesting and different. In the process of being the patient, he finds out that Elliot is a cold nurse. She tries to improve her situation, with Carla's help. I liked that whole sequence with Carla giving everyone advice. The Fat Albert joke gag got old real fast. Turk is upset at JD when, JD orders someone else to take his appendix out, since he still sees Turk as the wild college guy. In the end, he needs to have the surgery right away, and the only one that's on call is Turk. They end up having the last 20 minutes of Thanksgiving together. Everyone was together which was a memorable moment. "Drink." - Cox. Everyone drinks, as JD is about to sip, Carla takes it away from him, because of the surgery. Perfect scene! Great Thanksgiving episode.moreless
  • My day off

    It's Thanksgiving at Sacred Heart and J.D. is diagnosed with appendicitis. I really enjoyed the 'sick JD' plot and how he dealt with being a patient.Dr. Cox tries to gain the attention of his former mentor, and former chief of medicine, Dr. Benson. This is very interesting to see that Dr Cox was once a little bit like JD (he had a mentor he keeps trying to impress etc.). Elliot tries to become a 'warmer' doctor towards her patients. The scene were she give JD an exam was hilarious. It was nice to see Carla helping Elliot, instead of teasing her like usually. Dr Cox keeps getting better every episode, his rants are hilarious. Same to Dr Kelso.moreless
  • J.D. Sees The Hospital Through The Eyes Of A Patient When He Is Admitted With Appendicitis, Elliot Examines Him And He Tells Everyone How Rough And Cold She Is, Dr Cox Tries To Impress A Former Chief Of Medicin, Only Thing Standing In His Way Is Kelso.moreless

    J.D. Gets To See Life Through A Patient's Eyes, When He Is Admitted With Appendicitis, Turk Was Supposed To Do The Surgery But J.D. Doesn't Want Him To, Which Hurts Turk's Feelings.

    Elliot Examines J.D., But She Is A Little Rough With Him, Then He Tells Everyone That She Is Rough Which Drives Her Crazy.

    Dr.Cox Tries To Impress A Former Chief Of Medicine Who Is A Patient At The Hospital, The Only Thing Stopping Him Is Dr.Kelso.

    Turk Ends Up Doing The Operation On J.D. And It Was Successful! He Stitched His Initials Into J.D. The Scene Ends When The Gang Is At The Bar Making The Most Of The Last Few Minutes Of Thanksgiving.moreless
  • Fine example.

    J.D. gets appendicites and is admitted into the hospital where he gets to see everything through the eyes of a patient. J.D. needs surgery but is scared to have Turk to his procedure for him. This upsets Turk and craeats a small fall out between the two of them. At the end J.D. needs surgery before his scheduled operation and the only surgeon on duty is Turk. At the end however the surgery goes smoothly and J.D. is empressed by Turk's professionalism. Another great episode showing character development that gave J.D. a new persepective to see the hospital through: The patient not the doctor.moreless
  • JD finally has a day off...but his peace isn't meant to last as he has appendicitis and must undergo surgery.

    JD has a day off but ends up needing surgery. Turk is elected to perform the appendectomy but JD seems to only see the "Frat boy" side of Turk. Meanwhile, Dr. Cox's old mentor, Dr. Benson, is in the hospital and seems to not be paying much attention to Perry. Dr. Kelso finally shows why he's chief of medicine, keeping his cool in a high stress and rather tricky emergency involving Dr. Benson. Kelso saves the man's life and Benson shows Kelso respect, which angers Cox. Each character has a trait revealed either to themselves or someone very close to them. Cox's stubbornesss and self sabotage, JD's insecurity in taking Turk seriously, Elliot realizes she has no bedside manner, and Turk understands that he needs to be a little more serious sometimes.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

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

Zach Braff

Zach Braff

Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian

Paul Collins

Paul Collins

Dr. Benson

Guest Star

Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald

Mike Davis

Guest Star

Trevor Davis

Trevor Davis


Guest Star

Neil Flynn

Neil Flynn


Recurring Role

Charles Chun

Charles Chun

Dr. Wen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Continuity: Despite the fact that J.D. has his appendix removed in this episode, a scar is never seen in any of the future episodes which include him taking his shirt off.

    • In this episode Dr. Cox didn't call J.D. any Girl or Dog Name, which happened probably because he was too worried with his former mentor, Dr. Benson.

    • In the scene Turk is operating J.D.'s appendix we can see behind Turk a wall full of x-rays, meaning the "O.R." is actually the x-ray room.

    • In the scene in which Elliot stumbles and because of that spills food in a patient's face, we can perfectly see there was no spaghetti on the plate and, if you watch carefully, you can see the spaghetti was already in the patient's face.

    • Featured Music:
      "Hooch" by Everything
      "Fuzzy" by Incredible Moses Leroy
      "The Magican" by Bobby McCall & Dontrell Mayfield

    • The song, The Magican by Bobby McCall & Dontrell Mayfield was featured in this episode and last episode.

    • In the Fat Albert reaction shots, look closely. Donald Faison, who plays Turk, is at the bottom left. All the other actors are guest stars.

    • Dr. Kelso didn't become Chief of Medicine in the '70s, he became a doctor in the '70s. We find out in the third episode that he's been in the medical profession for around 30 years. Unless I'm mistaken, hospitals don't promote somebody to Chief of Medicine on their first day. Therefore, it's entirely possible for Dr. Benson to have been Chief of Medicine while Dr. Cox was starting out as a doctor.

    • Dr. Cox claims to have worked under Dr. Benson when Benson was the Chief of Medicine at Sacred Heart. However, in later episodes it is revealed that Kelso first became Chief of Medicine in the 70's and that Dr. Cox has been at Sacred Heart for about 20 years, which would mean that Dr. Cox could never have worked under any Chief of Medicine other than Dr. Kelso.

    • Turk says he is going to make the incision on J.D.'s right side of the abdomen to remove the appendix. However, when he's actually doing the surgery he's cutting on J.D.'s left side, which is very awkward since all normal people's appendices are on the right one. Nevertheless, when Turk check's up on J.D. later in the episode he checks the incision which is on the right side.

  • QUOTES (36)

    • (Janitor removes the television while J.D. is watching)
      J.D.: Hey, I was watching that.
      Janitor: It's broken.

    • Turk: So Elliot's exam was that bad, eh?
      J.D.: Dude, she violated me.
      Turk: In a good way?

    • Turk: This girl's pretty hot, so try not to blow it, okay?
      J.D.: Why do you say that?
      Turk: Because you're like a 24-hour convenience store. You never close.

    • J.D.'s Narration: Ah uncomfortable silences and alcohol… just like Thanksgiving at home.

    • J.D.: No seriously man, I want you to know if I ever need surgery again, I want you inside of me.
      Turk: I wanna be the one inside you.

    • Mr Davis: If it'll make you feel better, I hate this whole touchy feely culture anyway.
      Elliot: Thank you!
      Mr Davis: And that whole kiss hello thing.
      Elliot: Ugh!
      Mr Davis: Ew.
      Elliot: Yeah, I don't want anyone touching me unless we're gonna have sex and even then I don't want them to overdo it.

    • Dr. Kelso: See Dave at Sacred Heart we don't treat symptoms, we treat people.
      Dr. Benson: Hey, there's something on your back.
      Dr. Kelso: What does this one say?
      Dr. Benson: "Never stop kicking me" and on the other side is my discharge form. Uh, Bob you tried to discharge me an hour before I almost died?
      Dr. Kelso: Well- How very clever.
      Dr. Cox: What? It wasn't me. In fact, I think you put it there yourself to get more attention.

    • Dr. Benson: I'll be out of your hair soon enough.
      Dr. Kelso: Just a sec, Skipper, you'll stay here until you decide you're ready to leave. For God's sake, you were the chief of medicine here for over ten years. Am I right?
      Dr. Cox: That was just exactly what I said this morning.
      Dr. Kelso: Yeah it sounded familiar.

    • Dr. Cox: Kelso's not just some harmless guy pushing my buttons Carla. He's a pod person.

    • Elliot: Great. Carla, everyone likes you so much it makes me wonder-
      Carla: Why all your patients think you're a cold fish?
      Elliot: Oh my God you noticed?
      Carla: No, honey, they told me.
      Elliot: Great, anyone needs me I'll be in the supply closet eating sugar packets.

    • Dr. Cox: You know, you're not supposed to scare me like that sir?
      Dr. Benson: Oh, it was just a prank. Admittedly I took it too far.

    • Patient: Dude what are you doing?
      Mr Davis: Too frank right? I know, that's probably why my mom pushed me down the stairs. She is fat though… and boring.

    • Elliot: Hey we've gotten to know each other over the last week, haven't we?
      Mr Davis: I'd say so.
      Elliot: And as a doctor you found me comforting?
      Mr Davis: God no.
      Elliot: Come on, I'm pretty good with people.
      Mr Davis: You're horrible with people.
      Elliot: I'm warm.
      Mr Davis: You're very cold, I mean your hands it's like you're a yeti.
      Elliot: I have bad circulation. I- I do this all day and it doesn't help.
      Mr Davis: Listen sweety, you're a very efficient competent doctor but your exams - do you examine everyone like that or just people you feel have wronged you in some way?
      Elliot: Well, I appreciate your opinion-
      Mr Davis: Oh no, it's not an opinion. You see those guys right there they're just pretending to be asleep so you won't manhandle them anymore.

    • Dr. Kelso: Which most likely indicates what Dr. Reid?
      Elliot: I'd say he has a simple case of appendicitis.
      Dr. Kelso: And how would you proceed Dr. Dorian?
      J.D.: Well, for starters, I would've given me that news in private no matter how angry I was at me.
      Dr. Kelso: Sounds like there's some fascinating back story here, turf him to surgery. Moving on.

    • Dr. Kelso: So I've been looking at Dr. Benson's chart. His chest X Ray was normal, his vitals are stable. So let's discharge him.
      Dr. Cox: Well now hold the phone there Skipper. Now, Dr. Benson should be able to stay here until he feels he's ready to go. I mean give me a break, he was only the chief of medicine for ten years!
      Dr. Kelso: Well, I haven't had my coffee yet so I'm finding it hard coming up with a more colorful way to say who gives a crap? Actually that wasn't half bad.

    • Elliot: I heard you're telling everyone I violated you.
      J.D.: Not everyone, just the people that work here. Oh, and my parents.
      Elliot: Was there something wrong with my exam?
      J.D.'s Narration: So there it is, the classic trap. Two choices, either wuss out or tell the truth.
      J.D.: Well, you're kinda rough, yeah you're rough. And you're a little business like. Oh, and you're cold.
      Elliot: Mm hm, you mean my hands?
      J.D.: Yeah, those too. I just think you know you could be more comforting.
      J.D.'s Narration: I could tell she appreciated how hard it was for me to say that.
      Elliot: Do you know how annoying you are when you talk?
      J.D.'s Narration: Maybe not.

    • J.D.: He seemed nice.
      Dr. Cox: Careful newbie.
      J.D.: You know I'm hearing it now, it is kind of annoying when I talk.

    • Elliot: Shortness of breath, dizziness, problems urinating?
      J.D.: No, no, is it a problem if it whistles?
      Elliot: Oh, you're making this so much easier! Are you sexually active?
      J.D.: Oh it's active.
      Elliot: I'll write, rare dry spell in the margin.

    • Dr. Benson: Still have that great rapport with the nurses huh?
      Dr. Cox: Actually Carla totally gets me. That's why I've been systematically trying to driver her away.
      Dr. Benson: You ever see that therapist I recommended?
      Dr. Cox: Not yet, no.

    • Carla: So did you talk to any girls last night?
      Turk: Baby, I'm an attractive man, we both know this. It's just a burden you'll have to live with.
      Carla: One of many.

    • J.D.: Don't worry about it man! I feel good tonight, you know what I'm saying? Except for this stabbing pain in my side.

    • J.D.'s Narration: Hey wait a second he's dating Carla. This is not good.
      Turk: First of all, I already told her I got a girlfriend. Second, you just put your bare lips on my ear!

    • Turk: So he was up all night with a high fever, cramping and crying.
      J.D.: Dude!
      Turk: Oh, my bad. Not crying. Punching the wall all manly and angry like.

    • Turk: I just want you to know how serious I am about what I do.
      J.D. Did you stitch your initials in to me?!
      Turk: That's not important.

    • Dr. Cox: Dr. Benson was kind of my mentor, so don't do that annoying thing.
      J.D.: What annoying thing?
      Dr. Cox: You know when you talk.
      J.D.: Come on that's a little-
      Dr. Cox: See there it is. How does that not drive you crazy?

    • J.D.: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. You're examining me? I don't want you to see my unmentionables.
      Elliot: I've seen underwear before.
      J.D.: Actually I use the word unmentionables for my genitals as well.

    • J.D.'s narration: I know two things about bars, one they're always packed the week of Thanksgiving and two put a beer in my hand and I'm Mr. Smooth.
      Jennifer: I was laughing so hard milk was coming out of my nose.
      J.D.: Well, I once tripped over an I.V. and blood shot over everyone! Er uh a little got on my nose. Every damn day saving those children!
      Turk: Who wants Margaritas? Dude, less blood more fruity drinks.

    • Turk: To me, you'll always be that geeky kid with the Pat Benatar t-shirt on.
      J.D.: Dude, she rocks.

    • J.D.: You're wrong.
      Turk: You're so wrong.
      Dr. Cox: (Singing as the clock chimes) Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong...wrong, wrong, wrong,'re're're wrong...

    • Turk: Dude! I'm about to bust a mad slizz-ice in your insides!

    • Turk: You're like school in July.
      J.D.: What do you mean, like school in July?
      Turk: No class.

    • J.D.: You want some salsa for that chip on your shoulder?

    • Carla: You better watch it Bambi. You don't want a hundred pound white girl mad at you. You'll flinch everytime you hear a Range Rover.
      J.D.: I can't believe I have to spend all of Thanksgiving here. Tell me that wouldn't kill you.
      Carla: Not really.
      J.D.: Do they celebrate Thanksgiving in your homeland?
      Carla: You mean Chicago?
      J.D.: You have a Chicago?

    • Dr. Cox: Huh. I was just wondering how you comb your hair so the horns don't show.
      Dr. Kelso: I wonder what bothers you the most, is it that I saved his life, that he likes me as a person, I bet its how he respects me as a doctor. How does that taste? Bitter, hard to get down?

    • Janitor: You know people die here.
      J.D. You're a good friend.
      Janitor: Eh, I do what I can. Can I have your stuff?

    • Dr. Kelso: Doctor Cox, did you get my memo reminding all senior staff that lab coats must be worn at all times?
      Dr. Cox: You know I did get it there Bob and at first I just threw it away, but then I decided that wasn't a grand enough gesture, so I made a replica of you out of straw and I put my lab coat on it with your memo in the pocket, and then I invited all the kids in the neighborhood to come over to light it on fire and whack it with sticks.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Columbus:
      When J.D. says "there was the Niña...", he is referring to one of the boats Columbus used to sail to America (Santa Maria, Pinta and Niña).

    • Pat Benatar:
      Turk: To me you'll always be that geeky kid with the Pat Benatar t-shirt.

      Pat Benatar is an American rock singer, which is widely known between other things to have featured with the music "You Better Run" in the second music video ever played on MTV.

    • Rodin:
      (J.D. daydreams Dr. Kelso is exihibiting him as if he was The Thinker during rounds)
      Dr. Kelso: Still, Rodin's masterpiece makes us wonder, why didn't he spend a little less time thinking and a little more time at the gym?

      Auguste Rodin was a famous French sculptor, painter and printmaker, being accounted as one of the most preeminent sculptors and also one of the few with broad name recognition outside the arts community.

    • Fat Albert:
      Turk: You're like a 24 hour convenience store. You never close.
      J.D.: That sounds like a Fat Albert joke.

      Born from the mind of legendary comedian Bill Cosby, Fat Albert was an old cartoon series that was made into a movie starring Kenan Thompson in 2005. "You're like a _____. You _____." was a common format for jokes on the show.