Season 7 Episode 9

My Dumb Luck

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Apr 24, 2008 on NBC
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Dr. Cox had a patient that he hadn't been able to diagnose for two years, and he is back again. Dr. Kelso has to face a retirement board when his true age is revealed. Elliot and Carla try to find enough people in favor of Dr. Kelso to keep him as Chief of Medicine.moreless

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  • Hmmm, quite disapointing. SPOILERS!

    I'm not sure if it's because i've watched Scrubs for so long or what, but i've been disappointed in season 7 in general. People say 707 was a bad episode, but i think this is.

    First of all, a quick rant about the overall quality of this series. Now, i absolutley loved the first 2 episodes of this season, they were hilarious and a nice dose of drama, but now its just getting silly. It's kinda like the creators don't know where they want the show to head. I mean seriously: pretty much every episode this season has been about JD growing up, it's like they totally forgot that JD still has feelings for Elliot from My Cold Shower based on how they are going on it (i know Bill has said this season wont be about JD & Elliot, but at least make it believable), speeking of which, what has happened to Elliot? Ever since she wore that lab coat and started dating Keith she turned into a cocky **** I thought that may change once she broke up w/ Keith but obviously not, oh and this is stupid of me but can she straighten her hair again, The Janitor has just gotten silly (hearing bells, thinking he has magical powers, etc.), and what is with just one fantasy an episode (and it's always long and drags out, what happened to the early, quick, fast pace, fantasy's)

    Now on to this episode, sorry about that.

    When i first saw Kelso talking Boone on the bench, i did think we were gonna get a cool kinda of flash back sequence going on (not flashbacks from the show i.e. a clip show, but like from his first time at the hospital for example), but no we had to hear him just ramble until the end of the episode.

    Then (like i said in my rant) The Janitor was just silly and un-funny i.e. i have magical powers. And JD and Turk were just... meh, uncute.

    And i'm not convinced why Elliot would help Kelso after 3 years of torturing, and season 6 when he wouldn't talk to her. They could at least acknowledge it any how, they could've had something like, "i spent almost 6 years of him being a jerk, but its made me who i am today" something sh*t like that.

    Now, don't get me wrong i loved the final 3 minutes, with the twist and Kelso will be missed, but overall, it's upsetting to know that this is the sort of episode that Kelso had to leave in.

    Come on, shape up guys.moreless
  • 709

    Well looks like it's Goodbye Kelso from here on forward. Elliot & Carla try to save Kelso's job, by trying to start a petition, meanwhile Kelso reminisces his career with an intern, throughout the episode, knowing his job is doomed. Honestly, I can't tell "the quality" change everyone is talking about, there are some minor changes that I could do without but regardless, Scrubs continues to manage to bring great things to the table. That was the case for this episode. Meanwhile Cox is having trouble diagnosing a patient, and Turk & JD end up getting the answer just bout of luck.

    The plot was very clever, just like the past episodes have been so far, they find out the diagnosis because they left the patient's urine out in the sun which turned it purple, which gave us the answer. Which pushed Dr. Cox to back up Kelso. In the end, when Kelso gets his job back, he quits. The plot kind of seemed pointless but it was still really good, and just was Classic Kelso. Great episode, with a great ending.moreless
  • This episode is pinyata

    J.D. and Turk move patients from the remodeled geriatric wing and some escape, wandering aimlessly around Sacred Heart. Carla and Elliot try to get staff support for Dr. Kelso but no one is willing to speak out. Mr. McRae, a patient of Dr Cox's for the past two years, is back with his mystery illness. J.D. and Turk tell Ted that Kelso is being forced out and in celebration of his impending freedom from his boss, Ted runs naked from the hospital and gets knocked over by Janitor's van.

    Kelso takes a quiet moment outside by the wall of remembrance with student nurse Boon, while Elliot and Carla stitch up Ted's tongue. Elliot and Carla can't figure out why no one will support Kelso when deep down they know everyone loves him. Ted tries to argue to the contrary, but he can't speak. Jordan suggests Carla and Elliot confront the Board at the meeting that evening. Janitor also offers his help, as he can control people's minds with magic.

    J.D. and Turk extend an olive branch to Cox after earlier trying to bait him about his lack of diagnosis. He gives them Mr. McRae's sample that needs to be taken to the lab for tests. Kelso still has Boon trapped outside listening to his rambling memoirs of forty years of medicine, while pensioners meander unattended around the hospital grounds. Elloit and Carla ask Cox to help them confront the Board, but Cox admits he can't wait to get rid of Kelso. Cox then asks J.D. and Turk about the sample they delivered for him to the lab. J.D. and Turk realize they've misplaced it and retrace their steps until they locate it sitting on a ledge in the sunlight. Remarkably, it has turned purple.

    J.D. Googles "purple pee" and learns it's a symptom of a rare genetic disorder, of which Mr. McRae has all the listed symptoms. They've solved the two-year riddle. Back in the cafeteria, Elliot and Carla again confront Cox but he isn't interested in helping. When J.D. and Turk tell him of their discovery, he can't believe they found the answer to the mystery illness.

    Jordan says there's no way anyone will be able to sway Cox but J.D. has an idea. He tells Cox about leaving the sample in the sun and finding the answer on Google. Cox still won't budge on the vote for Kelso through, who is still telling stories outside. Cox and J.D. tell Mr. McRae they know the name of his condition, but there is no cure. He seems happy just to know the name of it and Cox has an epiphany: It's better the enemy you know...

    Carla, Elliot, Turk, Janitor and Jordan wait outside the boardroom when J.D. arrives with Cox and a group of doctors to show their support for Kelso. The Board asks Dr. Kelso to stay on in front of everyone but now having thoughts about it, and things being on his terms again, Kelso quits and walks out. The staff wonder aloud if he ever cared about the hospital. Boon assures them he did.moreless
  • Chief of Medicine, Bob Kelso, is 65 and gunning for forced retirement.

    With the up and down season of Scrubs, great episodes like My Manhood, and stinkers like My Bad Too, this one ranks somewhere in the middle, and is a funny installment of season 7, despite the fact that it isn't as entertaining as usual.

    Scrubs usually has a way of balancing drama and comedy perfectly, where you can laugh and feel emotion almost simultaneously, but this episode seemed to focus too much on the drama, and even a few of the jokes failed to make me laugh, but it was good nonetheless.

    I think Kelso's plot could have been handled much better, since Boone is a boring character and Doug would have been a much funnier person for Kelso to talk to and insult at the same time (like when recalling his first kill, and all the others, Doug could compare how many have fallen at the hands of him, and how Doug killed more people in 7 years than Kelso did in 40, or Doug being late for his shift didn't matter since all his patients are dead already). The ending was very well done however, though I think it would have been funnier had Kelso sincerely thanked Ted, but then given another insult to balance it out, and I would have liked Cox to tell Kelso to blow it out his ass one last time. I also would have liked to have Kelso point out that he did like being evil occasionally because it was fun, since its clear he enjoyed torturing Elliot and fighting with Cox, and insulting Ted, Doug, JD and every other intern in the past, but the plot ended well and was a good sendoff for Kelso.

    JD and Turk inadvertantly helping Cox was funny, and lended itself to quite a few good moments, as well as a few dull ones, and the narration dumbing down the connection was pointless, and unnecessary, but regardless, the episode was good, but certainly not as entertaining as several other dramatic episodes.moreless
  • Sacred Heart is going through some changes

    The Board is forcing Dr. Kelso to retire because of his age. Carla & Elliot feel guilty and decide to help him out by getting everyone in the hospital to speak to the Board on his behalf.

    Meanwhile J.D. and Turk diagnose a patient that stumps Dr. Cox (although the only reason they know is that they left the urine sample out in the sun).

    While everyone else is occupied Kelso bonds with one of the interns and tells stories about Sacred Heart...he truly did love the place. In the end everything makes sense: JD comes clean to Dr. Cox, and Kelso gets to leave on his own terms.

    Surprisingly I'm sad that Kelso's gone, who else will have two thumbs and not give a crap? And who else will get the muffins for life?moreless
Zach Braff

Zach Braff

Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian

John C. McGinley

John C. McGinley

Dr. Percival "Perry" Cox

Donald Faison

Donald Faison

Dr. Christopher "Chris" Duncan Turk

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

Neil Flynn

Neil Flynn

The Janitor

Judy Reyes

Judy Reyes

Nurse Carla Espinosa

Peter Holden

Peter Holden

Alex MacRae

Guest Star

Jerry Sherman

Jerry Sherman

Mr. Mandelbaum

Guest Star

Duke Stroud

Duke Stroud

Board Member

Guest Star

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Jordan Sullivan

Recurring Role

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd

Ted Buckland

Recurring Role

Geoff Stevenson

Geoff Stevenson

Dr. Beardface

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Dr. Cox's patient is eventually diagnosed with acute intermittent porphyria. J.D., Turk, and Dr. Cox all pronounce the porphyria incorrectly. The correct pronunciation is "poor-feer-ia".

    • When Turk is celebrating to his diagnostic of Dr. Cox's patient he is clearly air guitaring to the opening song of the series.

    • A lot of facts about Dr. Kelso are revealed:
      - his first kill was a 19 year old girl
      - he started working at Sacred Heart when he was 26
      - he became Chief of Medicine in 1985

    • Ted gets 23 stitches after he bites off his tongue.

    • Featured Music
      "Little Victories" by Matt Nathanson (Closing scene)

    • When Dr. Kelso tells the new doctor that J.D. and Chris remind him of two dogs he had when he was a boy - who were named Jojo and Spike - behind Kelso, a plaque on the wall reads the name "Jojo Wilson".
      Over Kelso's right shoulder is "Jojo Wilson" and over the new guy's left shoulder is "Sparky Redoglia".

    • When Dr. Kelso is telling the new doctor about the fact that when he looks at the hospital he can see all the faces of the people he's lost - when the camera looks up to the hospital, in the top floor window you can see J.D. and the rest of the staff looking back out - in a reference to a previous episode.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Elliot: You ask him. If I do he is going to say something mean only to hurt my feelings.
      Carla: We want you to reconsider helping Kelso.
      Dr. Cox: Can I get a "hell no" from any random doctor?
      Josephine: Hell no!
      Dr. Cox: Thank you, whomever. Now if you'll excuse me I have to get far far away from annoying people. Hee-specially whiny shallow blondes with stained coffee teeth. Urhgh. (Dr. Cox leaves)
      Carla: Oh, look at that. He got you anyway.

    • Board Member: Well, Bob. Your employees will still buy you, they've pointed out to the board tha-
      Mandlebaum: (Passing by) Hi.
      Board Member: Well, you're on a tied ship. And we'll like you to stay on.
      Dr. Kelso: Girls, thank you for saving my job. The one thing I wanted was to end things in my own terms. But since you are letting me... you can shove it up your ass, Rodney! I'm outta here.

    • Janitor: Look, I'm a simple unassuming janitor. Who can control people actions with his mind. Observe. (Turns to a nurse) EXPLODE!
      (Carla leaves annoyed)
      Janitor: If that'd work it would've freaked you out. You'd loved it! ...fall.
      (The old lady falls down)
      Janitor: Woohoohoo!!! Hello? Agghhh!

    • Janitor: Ok, I'll support Kelso. But in return, I want you to put me on a bag full of gas and take me to the airport. I'll explain later.
      Carla: Why would we do that?
      Janitor: Because I'm the bigger mover, slash shaker in this dump. Pfft... you know.

    • Jordan: Why would anyone wanna save Kelso's job?
      Carla: For starters-
      Jordan: You know what? I don't honestly care about one way or the other. Hhm.
      Carla: About Kelso?
      Jordan: Oh, about anything. But then again, you two are young enough and attractive enough that I'm not angry to be seen with you and people assume we are friends. So what the hell!

    • Carla: There's gotta be the way to get to Dr. Cox's to change his mind.
      Jordan: Perry does not sway so easily. Unlike your husband who would probably cave if you show him your cans.
      Carla: Don't even have to show 'em both.
      Turk: Left one's cooler. Looks like a sea lion's face.
      J.D.: It does, Turk drew it for me.

    • Dr. Kelso: Uhh, he is not gonna publish the paper on the case. He knows just how to play me. Sure, he likes to pretend that I win more than he does, but he walks away victorious more often than none.

    • Dr. Cox: I realize your heart is made of mostly of muffin bits, the souls of little babies and the entry creepy swallow every time you suck your teeth to get out the muffin and baby souls stuck in there. But what do you care? You are not even around anymore!
      Dr. Kelso: Dammit, I'm still Chief. Now, if you wanna fudge the paper work I want a promise from you, that you are gonna publish the paper on the case. Deal?
      Dr. Cox: Uggh. Deal.

    • Carla: I just don't understand why won't anybody help save Kelso's job.
      Janitor: That's easy. I work it out that he (points to Dr. Cox) wants Kelso gone. And nobody wants to cross him, because he is a scary guy. Now, I'm not scared of him, but that's because I'm magic. (Snaps fingers) Is he dancing?

    • J.D.: Ok, I'm googling "purple pee".
      Turk: Google that bitch!
      J.D.: That's it, we left it in the sun. If urine exposed to UV light turns purple it's a sign of a rare generic disorder called Acute Intermittent Porphyria.
      Turk: Symptoms include bloating, high blood pressure, seizures. Dr. Cox patient has all of those. We figured it out. One, two, three.
      J.D. and Turk: In his faaaaaace!

    • (About J.D. and Turk)
      Dr. Kelso: You know, those two remind me of a couple of dogs I had when I was boy, Jojo and Spike. One day, Jojo had his head stuck in the mailbox and Spike went over to trying to help him and got his head wedged in there too and they both suffocated. They were extremely dumb animals, but close.

    • Carla: Ok, so we just have to run up to everyone else. That should be easy!
      (next scene)
      Carla: That was impossible.

    • Janitor: Well, well. Look who's crawling coming back, through the desert of shame to the oasis of hope. Begging for just one sip of cool Janitor forgiveness. Well, the answer is no.
      Elliot: Please, Janitor.
      Janitor: Alright, I'm in. Dug on it. I cannot resist that adorable mug of yours! I'd have to throw a cup of acid to keep it from having power over me.

    • Dr. Kelso: Hey, that's a nice jacket, Ted. What is it, wool? (Rubbing Ted's jacket)
      Ted: It's a polynylon blend. Do you really like it?
      Dr. Kelso: No. Bathroom is just out of paper towels.

    • Carla: Janitor, have you ever heard the phrase "delusions of grandeur"?
      Janitor: I believe I coined that phrase.

    • J.D.'s narration: Dr. Cox had a patient that he hadn't been able to diagnose for two years; and he was back.
      Dr. Cox: Look, Alex, I'm afraid I still don't know what's causing all of this, so I'm gonna go ahead and treat your heart palpitations with beta blockers.
      J.D.'s narration: Turk and I couldn't resist playing a little game called "poke the bear".
      J.D.: So Turk, yesterday I had this patient that I just could not diagnose.
      Turk: Wow, you must have felt like a real jackass.
      (Dr. Cox starts looking at them, getting suspicious)
      J.D.: I did feel like a jackass, but then I was able to figure out what was wrong with him, because I'm not a jackass, I'm a good doctor.
      J.D.'s thoughts: Ok, now just stay calm so he doesn't realize what you're up to. (Dr. Cox looking angrily at them) Oh no, Turk's breaking. Quick, distract the bear with a casual greeting.
      J.D.: Oh hey, Dr. Cox, how are things?

    • Dr. Kelso: You know, when I was an intern, they made us work sixty-hour shifts. Quite a few colleagues got drummed out because they couldn't cope. The rest of us were so sleep-deprived we barely managed to stay sane. I'll never forget the day we caught Seth Finkel gently cradling a cadaver head which he swore belonged to his ex-girlfriend, Millie. (Chuckles) A year later, Seth actually did kill Millie. Ironically, Millie donated her body to science and that spring, we caught another intern cradling her dead head. (Chuckles again) Life's little cycles.

    • Elliot: I keep thinking about Kelso. He reminds me of my grandpa. He's pervy, demeaning and an eensy bit racist, but you crave his love anyway because he smells like peppermint.

    • (J.D. and Turk hug)
      J.D.: You smell like an athlete.
      Ted: I need one of those.
      J.D.: A hug?
      Ted: No, a black friend. I think it would make me much cooler.
      Turk: I should be offended, but he's right.

    • Dr. Kelso: I feel like I've given my life to this place and gotten nothing in return. I mean, is there an MRI machine in my basement? Maybe.

    • J.D.'s narration: Since Elliot revealed that Dr. Kelso is 65, the board was forcing him to retire in a few weeks.
      Elliot: This is even worse than when they decided female staffers couldn't wear open-toed shoes! (Carla and Dr. Kelso stare at her) Ob-obviously, this is much worse...but that sucked too.

    • J.D.: Turk, focus. We're being insulted. I'm tired of your not focusing when someone insults us. It ends up all on me.

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