Season 5 Episode 21

My Fallen Idol

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM May 02, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Dr. Cox starts drinking after his decisions result in the death of three of his patients. The staff tries to convince him how inspiring he is for them. Turk starts his new rotation with orthopedic surgery, but isn't so fond of his attending doctor's touchy-feely methods. J.D. and the Janitor attempt to help Turk to find ways to bond with his new supervisor.moreless

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  • Dr. Cox starts drinking again after losing three patients, and the entire hospital staff attempts to help him get through this tough time.

    This episode was definetly a huge change from the nature of last weeks very dramatic episode, but i believe that this was a good choice for thw writers to make. I scored last weeks episode with a perfect 10 out of 10 do to the perfect amount of comedy mixed with the highly dramatic ending. i was worried that this episode was going to be a very serious episode with very few comedic scenes... Well, I was wrong! this episode was one of the funniest episodes of the season with nonstop laughter and a great wrap-up of what happened last time. I found it especially hilarious with the \\\"the more you know\\\" spoof about child abuse that JD fantasized. There were also quite a few flashback moments that have been missing from the show lately. anyways, I only have one word to describe this episode... INCREDIBLE!!!moreless
  • Cox copes with the loss of 3 patients.

    This episode was pretty much the aftermath of it all. So it wasn't that interesting, I felt like the only reason this episode got highly rated was because of that last emotional scene between Cox & JD. Basically everyone goes to comfort Cox except JD. JD is upset that Cox went to work drunk. But there was a real reason, that JD doesn't reveal till the end. Nothing else really happened except for everyone trying to help Cox. And Turk's surgeon problem which is quite forgettable as a whole. People might not like the fact that I'm calling this episode "nothing special" but nothing really happened except for that last emotional scene. Some definite funny moments though, such as Elliot being hit by someone with a parachute. So overall, this episode was good, but not one of the best.moreless
  • Ok. So I cried. Scrubs just keeps getting better and better. Really. Heartwarming, this is the best show on TV.

    So I finished watching My Lunch on my iPod and was pretty much on the verge of tears.

    So what did I do? Well, just started watching this episode! The fact that they did continue the previous storyline (as was the case with Ms. Wilk and Cabbage) shows just how much this show has matured. Of course it used to be all about laughs before, and it still has them... and plenty, but recently on Scrubs more profound themes have been portrayed and I must say I'm LOVING IT (na na na na na!).

    J.D. is actually getting closer and closer to Dr. Cox. Now that he's an attending not only does Dr. Cox in fact treat him as an equal, he respects him and appreciates him as he hasn't ever before.

    I mean, when J.D. talks him out of his exile, and when Perry actually calls him by his name... man! Thank god I restrained myself otherwise there would not have been enough tissues to dry my eyes.

    Yeah, I know, I'm probably overreacting, but one of the reasons I like Scrubs so much is that I identify in some ways to the dorky J.D. (don't we all?) and one way or another I think we all have. I believe we all project ourselves on one character or another and when they are in an emotional situation we can all picture ourselves in it. SO that's what did it for me.

    The characters are all growing up and so is every single aspect of the show.

    Keep 'em coming.moreless
  • Dr Cox meltdown

    This is one of my favorite episodes, actually. Just seeing Dr Cox break into pieces, that's something you really remember for a long time. But the thing I, and everyone else I'm sure, really really love about this one is the fact that you really see how much JD means to Cox. When Cox is depressed in his apartment and the others tell him that JD couldn't come, you can really see how disappointed and sad Cox was. And the fact that it's JD who managed to pull him out of his misery is another lovely aspect of the episode. I really love it, this episode really puts a whole lot of love out there.moreless
  • The gang try and save Dr. Cox from drowning in his own pity..

    This episode is rather moving. The group from the hospital join together to take shifts to look after Dr. Cox, after he is suspended from work for showing up drunk. J.D. makes a poor excuse to get out of his shift to look after Doctor Cox by saying he doesn't agree with what he did. Though in the end, J.D. goes to look after Cox and explains why he didn't come initially and that he is proud of Dr. Cox for still caring so much for his patients after all these years.

    At the end when they are all at the bar celebrating Cox's return he thanks J.D. for bringing him back. I love the relationship between Cox and J.D. Cox is more than J.D's mentor though he won't admit it any time soon.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

Paul Adelstein

Paul Adelstein

Dr. Stone

Guest Star

Hayden Bromberg

Hayden Bromberg

Another Kid

Guest Star

Ming Lo

Ming Lo

Dr. Kim

Guest Star

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Jordan Sullivan

Recurring Role

Jordan Zucker

Jordan Zucker


Recurring Role

Travis Schuldt

Travis Schuldt


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • While in Dr. Cox's apartment, Elliot tells Dr. Cox that she was able to get over the death of a malaria patient even though she put him through agonizing pain before his death.

      This is a reference to Season 4's episode "My Hypocritical Oath." In that episode, Elliot ignored Dr. Kelso's warning that the treatment of the malaria patient was unwise. The death of the patient led to Elliot's feelings of remorse.

    • Featured Music:
      "Something Else" by Gary Jules
      "Put On A Happy Face" performed by The Blanks

    • Dr. Kim (the doctor who makes everybody drop their pants) is played by Ming Lo; Ming Lo plays another character by the same name in the season 9 episode of the X-Files, "4-D".

    • The balls Todd picks up from Dr. Cox's table to joke about when he fills in for J.D. have also appeared in Turk and J.D.'s apartment in many earlier episodes.

    • In the scene where Carla visits Dr. Cox at his home, the Scotch bottle still contains some, but when the camera angle changes, it is not only empty but also in a different position. If Dr. Cox supposedly poured out the remaining part in his glass then it should make a clear sound, since the table is made of glass.

    • This episode contains one of the few times Dr. Cox has called Zach Braff's character 'J.D.' as opposed to a girl's name.

    • Dr. Cox has only four lines in this episode.

    • The two balls on the table during the J.D. and Dr. Cox scene at the end changes position during the scene. The right one is at first closest to the couch, but later it is the left one that is closest to it.

    • If the Janitor is supposedly hitting J.D. on his hand, why is it making a sound that sounds like metal hitting metal?

    • When J.D. wants to hug Turk, but he throws him away, J.D. is thrown out of the screen, but when the camera angle changes, J.D. is in the middle of the screen.

    • There is no sign of anyone holding the button in the surgery room when J.D. and Dr. Stone are hugging, so how can Turk hear them?

    • J.D. teaches the boy's parents about Münchhausen Syndrome and how it causes parents to harm their children for the attention. Technically that was called Münchhausen Syndrome by Proxy; Münchhausen Syndrome is when a person fakes or causes illness in themselves for attention. In 2002, Münchhausen Syndrome by Proxy was renamed Fabricated or Induced Illness or FII.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Dr. Cox: (Drunk) Newbie, would you give me some trouble, I'm having a little help here.

    • J.D.'s Narration: Maybe he just needed time to heal, or maybe he just needed to see how much everybody cared. But I'd like to believe that it was because of me that he was finally able to say this:
      Dr. Cox: You don't drink scotch.

    • J.D.: I guess after all this time I still think of you as like this superhero that will help me out of any situation I'm in. I needed that. But that's my problem, you know, and I'll deal with that. I guess I came over here to tell you how proud of you I am. Not because you did the best you could for those patients. But because after twenty years of being a doctor... when things go badly you still take it this hard. And I've gotta tell you man, I mean... that's the kind of doctor I want to be.

    • Jack: Daddy drinks a lot.
      Jordan: His first complete sentence. Fantastic.

    • Jordan: Hello Bob...No cheek kiss necessary.
      Dr. Kelso: Oh good, I have pipe breath. Sooo...When was the last time I was here, '97? I know it has been a while because Enid could still fit through that door. I shouldn't joke, she is very ill.

    • Elliot: You know what I do when I have a really tough time getting through things? I just leave the city, get into nature and just stalk of what really is important...Just make sure that you don't go to a popular parachute drop zone (gets hit by a parachuter.)

    • Patient: I'm just worried about this mole.
      Dr. Kim: Doesn't look cancerous. Eeeh, get in there and take your pants off.

    • Dr. Kelso: Hello Perry. I don't really know why I'm here but nurse Espinosa said that if I didn't swing by that she would stop coming over to my house and giving instructions to my pool boy. He speaks perfect English but he doesn't have any front teeth so I can never look at him without laughing.

    • Turk: Damn! That boy is going to town on that carrot.
      Dr. Kelso: You fellas want to go to a real donkey show? It's really very tastefully done. I understand that one of the woman who entertains the donkeys used to be on Soap.
      J.D. & Turk: Pass!
      Dr. Kelso: Well, standing invitation every Thursday.
      J.D.: Always pass, sir.
      Dr. Kelso: Well, I'll ask Mickhead.

    • Elliot: Oh it was so sad.
      Janitor: I know! When I first heard about it I was like, "Whoa! No way!"
      J.D.: You don't even know what we are talking about.
      Janitor: Sure I do - the donkey-boy on ICU.
      Carla: We are talking about Dr. Cox.
      Janitor: Oh...Well if anyone is interested, there is a donkey-boy in the ICU.

    • J.D.: You had a tough day at the office, so you come home, make yourself some dinner, smother your kids, pop in a movie, maybe have a drink. It's fun right? Wrong. Don't smother your kids.

    • Turk: How the hell am I supposed to cry?
      Janitor: You need to cry, let's brainstorm. I could hit you over the head with the wrench, or I could stab you in the gut with the knife. Knife-Wrench! Practical and safe.

    • Turk: Is there another guy on this planet who is that sensitive?
      J.D.: Okay, let it out. I've got you. J.D. has got you. Hold me tighter, a little too tight...There is a good spot.

    • Todd: Nurse I need you to help me to drain some fluid. But first we are going to have to get to work on this patient.
      Turk: Todd, take this scalpel and carve this into your arm: No nurse will ever touch your dangle.

    • Carla: ...unless there are any questions, this meeting is adjourned.
      Elliot: Oh!
      Dr. Kelso, Turk & J.D.: Awww! Gosh!
      Elliot: What?!
      Dr. Kelso: For God's sake, Reid! There is a donkey-boy upstairs.

    • Carla: Alright people, listen up! We are a family and what do families do when one of their own is in trouble?
      Elliot: When my brother Barry came out of the closet my parents send him to hetero-camp.
      Carla: Families that aren't from Connecticut.

    • J.D.'s Narration: The truth is, thanks to modern medicine, 80 isn't that big of a deal anymore. It's not like the olden days.
      Fantasy J.D.: Let us not feel sorrow for Bobby Adams. He was 12. He lead a full life. He will be missed, especially by his beautiful wife, Jenny, who stood by him even when he turned six, had a midlife crisis and was caught banging one of those people naked people that brought us corn.
      J.D.: I'd be the oldest man in Pilgrim Village.

    • Dr. Kim: Yep, you've got the pink eye.
      Patient: Can I put my pants back on?
      Dr. Kim: Right after I put some drops in.

    • (Janitor hits J.D. with a wrench)
      J.D.: Owww! (points at Turk) He is the one that needs to cry you idiot, not me!
      (Janitor hits J.D. again)
      J.D.: Owww!
      Janitor: Oh yeah, I forgot about that crying stuff...

    • Keith: Did Elliot leave without telling me?
      Jordan: Why is there an intern in my bathroom? It's not my birthday.
      Keith: She made me watch.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Dr. Stone: We're not so different, you and I.

      A phrase from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.

    • Jerome Bettis:
      J.D. tells Dr. Cox that he was able to watch the Super Bowl in Cox's apartment (in disguise) because he was a fan of Jerome Bettis, "whoever the hell that is".

      Bettis is a former NFL player who spent his career with the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers. He won the Super Bowl with the Steelers in 2006, his final season in the league.

    • Celine Dion:
      Celine Dion is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actress. In 2002 she signed a contract to do a show combination of dance, music and visual effects in Las Vegas.

    • The More You Know:
      Airing since 1989, The More You Know is a series of public service announcements hosted by various NBC celebrities.