Season 1 Episode 1

My First Day

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Oct 02, 2001 on NBC

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  • The first day for John "JD" Dorian and others at a new hospital, bringing out their fear and insecurities

    I like the pilot episode of Scrubs. It\'s one of my favourite of the first season. It leaves room to find out more about the characters, and shows how strong JD and Turk\'s bond already is. While the characters obviously haven\'t been fully developed yet, later on, they get their own signature personalities (especially Elliot).

    One thing I like about the pilot, and season one in general, is the fantasies. They are something no other shows really have, and they add to the charm of Scrubs as a show.

    The pilot of Scrubs shows how difficult and scary it can be on the first day of a new job, and draws out all your insecurities about being a doctor.

    Just as a thought, what\'s with that resident guy Jeffrey? They should have just made Dr. Cox do it all.

    Highlights of the episode:
    * The fantasies
    * The first JD/Janitor interaction scene, which is revisited in the last episode of season one
    * Dr Cox -- I liked him a lot in the pilot
  • Best pilot EVER!

    This is the episode that set the bar for Scrubs! There are more sound effects in the pilot than the other episodes but I think that's something they could have kept and the show would still work. Right away they set up all the main characters. Carla the older nurse who has been working there forever, Turk JD's surgeon friend who he's known since college, Elliot the medical geek who may be gay the Janitor who is mean to JD for no reason, Dr. Kelso or should I say satin, and Dr. Cox the nice guy that's not so nice. And of course JD our narrator, our main character, our star who no one knows. This is a show that you can watch and have no idea if you are watching the pilot or season 3. GREAT!
  • Start of one of the best shows on tv today!

    The first episode of Scrubs is not only a great one, its one to be remembered. The episode is about a young doctor named John Dorian "JD" who is starting his first day at Sacred Heart. While he is a Medical doctor, his best frind Chris Turk, is a surgeon. He meets another doctor named Elliot Reed, who he automatically likes, even though she has a strange personality. Turk also falls for someone, a nurse named Carla. JD assumes that the head of medicice, Dr. Kelso is the good guy and his mentor, Dr. Cox is the bad guy. He soon realizes that is backwards. To top all that off, JD starts his never ending hatrid relationship with the janitor after he correctly guesses whats wrong with a door by mistake. Awesome episode and great start to a great show! They need it on iTunes though.
  • A great start... for a great series!

    The beginning of the legendary Scrubs! One of my favorite comedy programs these days, and I am really excited to see the new season this november. But that is not the point, this episode introduces us to JD's life and to his best friend, Turk and the first day of his internship. First he meets with Kelso, who apparently is a good doctor and cares a lot about the interns and their beginners' mistakes. Then, he meets with Elliot a medical intern whom to him is attracted, but after asking her on a date she apparently accepts, but later decides not to defend JD, which causes to mistrust her. Also, he meets with Carla who is nice to him, but bad to Elliot, and with Dr. Cox who seems like the type of sarcastic doctor, who is at fisr the bad guy of the movie, but after Kelso reveals who he really is, JD begins searching mentorship into Cox. The funniest part was the Janitor, to whom JD accidentally tells there is a penny stuck into the door, and he finds one, swearing that he is going to torment JD throughout all the time he stays on the hospital. This episode is one of my favorites, is really cool!
  • This is a completely off the wall and brilliant series for sure, it revolves around the principle characters of JD, Turk, Carla, Elliot, Perry and Bob and not forgetting my favourite, the janitor.

    The episode starts with the show's principal character, JD, by narrating everything that goes around him, that he has been able to sleep through anything, storms, sirens, but his first day at sacred heart meant that he wasnt able to sleep.
    He's feeling pretty cocky and full of himself as he is a newly qualified Dr. capable of anything and everything, this comes crashing down the moment he steps through the doors and into the reality of being a doctor, as he just doesnt know where to go, what to do, what's happening where, when or by whom.

    Then the stark reality of who does all the work, knows all that is happening and is the centre of the wards is made known, the nurses, and the main nurse being carla takes JD under her wing and calls him bambi and takes him under her wing, esp. when Perry asks him to do a procedure, only for him to take too long, so he gets Carla to do it.
    Perry as a defence mechanism, doesn't call JD by his name but insists on calling him a variety of girls names, so that he can detach himself from various underlings.

    Bob Kelso, shows his true inner self, as he tells JD, that he is only to treat patients with insurance. Then Perry tells him that if it becomes known that the nurses are doing his procedures for him, that he'll be fired, but it gives him the incentive to get the nurses to help him get them right.

    On his second day, he has to wait by the sliding door as the Janitor is fixing it, JD suggests it might be a penny, the janitor asks why a penny and the mind games of the janitor starts. Also the friendship between Elliot and JD heats up, when she says she doesnt know the answer when JD is stuck, but answers it when she is asked. Turk says he needs some space and that he and JD should not room together, but by the end of the episode has relented this decision and has JDs keys in his pocket.

    But Elliott gets back into JDs good books by getting the permission of a family member to perform an autopsy on their recently departed family member. Then as he is wraping up his 3 days on shift, feeling good that he didnt really make a complete prat of himself, he knocks himself out on the exit door. LOL TFF.
  • awesome

    this was a great episode but of course it was the first scrubs episode thats why last night when i watched the finale last night it was like an ending of this whole series but of course it was the great episode cause bill lawrence of course he made the 1st and last episode amazing just like every other episode ok so thats why they made this episode awesome jd was scared but i loved when they sang good time also bill lawrence it was de ja vu in season 8 because bill lawrence is very smart to maki it like this also its funny with ted
  • A strong foundation for an extremely underrated show.

    The pilot episode of Scrubs was fantastic. This being Zach Braff\'s first leading role, he was perfect as the insecure John (J.D.) Dorian. His own fears about carrying the show played well as J.D. was nervous about the transition from medical school into residency. For characters as complete as these, very strong foundations were built for further character development. Braff and Donald Faison\'s budding off screen friendship also made their charcters\' bond more believable. Its interesting to see that the character of Elliot Reid was fine tuned as season one continued, as she was portrayed more as an only out for herself type in the beginning, only to show her more neurotic and insecure self later on. Also, the road was paved for Dr. Kelso\'s turn from friedly Chief of staff to money grubbing monster. However, we didn\'t get the clearest idea who Dr. Cox and Carla were. Outstanding debut.
  • My First Day is a really good episode, especially for a pilot. It really captures how J.D. is feeling as a new intern and also sets up the personalities and feelings of the other characters in the show. You learn a lot. Overall, very good episode. :)

    My First Day is the pilot episode for Scrubs. It takes place in an un-named hospital, because according to DVD commentary, they were still deciding hospital locations when it was filmed. The rest of the series takes place in a different hospital, named Sacred Heart Hospital, and there is no more changes after that. It starts out as J.D. waking up and being nervous about his first day at a hospital. It basically really captures the overwhelming emotions of going into a hospital as an intern, not entirely knowing what to expect.

    Characters are established early on, such as J.D's best friend Turk and Turk's future wife Carla and attending doctor, Perry Cox. The off and on again relationship of J.D and Elliot is also quickly established. The chief of medicine, Robert Kelso, is also shown and his relationship with J.D. is established.

    This episode generally introduces all of the characters and how the interact with one another. Character development and actions are made here. I like this episode, because it really sets Scrubs up for what it's going to be. A serious medical show from a first person perspective with humor thrown in to mellow out all the drama. It is done very well here and overall, this is a great introduction and set up for what the rest of the series is going to be like over the course of the next 8 years.
  • Meet J.D, A Fresh Faced Intern Who Works In Sacred Heart Hospital With His Best Friend Chris Turk, J.D. Encounters Many Adventures On His First Day.

    John Dorian, Fresh Outta Medical School And Working In Sacred Heart Hospital As A Medical Intern, Alongside Him Is His College Buddy Chris Turk Who Is A Surgeon.
    J.D. Meets The Ever-So-Sarcastic Dr.Perry Cox, The Scared Lawyer, Ted, The Chief Of Medicine Robert "Bob" Kelso, The Nurse Carla Espinosa & The Todd, Who Cracks Rude Jokes Every Now & Then.
    J.D. Gets Scared To Do Anything On A Patient, But In The End, He Did It! :D Go JD!
    We Also Meet Elliot, A Blonde Woman Who Comes From Conneticut, And Has A Family Who Works In Medicine.
    I Love This Show & I Love Hearing J.D. Thoughts! It's Very Thought Provoking.
  • JD is awesome!

    JD is such a funny guy! The pilot was one of the best pilot you could hope for! I'm glad it carried on for another bunch of seasons... otherwise I would have nothing to watch a 10am on a sunday! Scrubs is a lighter hearted version of Grey's anatomy, although I can't say I have ever watched it haha. JD is just a young lost intern, and through the seasons we see him grow into a great doctor, and a really funny guy. This episode introduced JD into the real world of being an intern. He learns to cope by the end of the episode though lol.
  • The beginning of a funny show that has kept me occupied over and over again for the last 3 years.

    Scrubs is a high quality show full of humor and drama, and best of all, they do it right. A lot of shows stick to one genre because their afraid they might mess up, Scrubs takes that risk a dozen times every season but it always pays off.

    They have an amazing cast, full of great actors such as ZachBraff, John C. McGinley, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison and many more! Bill Lawrence is a stroke of genius. A lot of people feel that some Scrubs episode haven't been very good. I wont deny that Ive enjoyed some more than others but I have found all 140 episodes (or so) highly entertaining.
  • Amazing

    One of the best pilots for anything I have ever seen. The pace is great and ensures no one even has time to lose interest. The humour works without over-riding the drama, the characters are great (especially JD and Dr Cox) and the actors give fantastic performances.
    Great start to one of my favourite shows.
  • j.d begins his rotation at the hospital. turk and carla begin their torrid love affair and elliot attracts the attention of a love lorn newbie.

    great pilot to begin a great series. the acting was great. i enjoyed john c. mcginleys beginning turn as dr. cox. turk and carla initially can\'t stand one another but by the end of the episode, she has him stripping in one of the offices. and kelso, i had never seen the kelso j.d thought was nice. that lasted the span of the episode before kelso turned into the monster that he usually is. j.d and turk move into their new apartment. j.d has his first encounter with elliot and is already in love. good starting point for new comers.
  • JD gets his close experience with the hospital...

    The first episode ever from Scrubs, it is such a funny episode, JD finds it difficult to fit himself into the rules of the hospital and then it comes even more difficult when JD meets with a cute girl name Elliot, and he falls in love with her, but later discovers that she doesn't wants anything serious with her...
    While, his best friend Turk reveals that he is afraid of the hospital too and in the end agrees to live with JD again, while Cox seems to give JD the appropiate advices that he needs, while JD discovers that the well behaved Kelso is the total encarnation of Satan.
    And Carla forces Turk to take out his clothes in order to see how is he, but they end up with nothing, and later when Elliot tells something about it, she goes mad.
    This episode is the first episode of Scrubs, and I think that this is one of the best episodes of Season 1.
  • A spectacular show of an amazing serie

    It is a great show that introduce to the viewers the theme and hilarious characters as JD, Turk, Carla and Elliot. Including Laverne, Todd, Kelso, Dr. Cox and the Janitor.
    The episode treats about the first 3 days of JD as an intern, his fears of screwing it up and killing someone and the comic thing tha happen to him. He has a crush on Elliot, other intern that didn't help him when he need it. Turk, his best friend and room mate, that is a surgery intern, tell him that he is moving out. He was so confident on himself, not like JD that was scared like hell, so JD's world started falling apart.
    Elliot didn't really like him, Turk was moving out, and he was so scared of screwing it up. But then Kelso helped him defeating his fears, Turk move in again because he was also scared, and Elliot end up being his friend.
  • Fine Example of how a hit starts! Great begining to a great series!

    In this first ever episode of the hit series Scrubs we are intorduced to many of the shows main characters! Though the characters have changed a lot throughout the course of the series we get a great look at what this show is about, and what it can and will become! JD and his best friend Turk show a true example of how friendship can conquer all, even if it takes awhile to realize this! Dr. Cox and Dr. Kelso do an amazing job at balancing each other out! Bill Lawerence and his crew of writers did an amazing job at putting this sitcom together and it has only gotten better over the years!
  • Unintentionally funny

    John Dorian or "J.D.", is a boyishly handsome, likeable guy who would be confident if he only realised his assets. Four years of medical school have prepared J.D. for his first day as an intern at Sacred Heart Hospital — but he has his doubts. As J.D. is thrown into the chaotic world of hospital life, we not only get to see the quirky characters that he encounters, but also hear the humorous commentary of thoughts streaming through J.D.'s head.

    The handsome and confident Chris Turk is J.D's buddy from college. As a new surgical intern, Turk struts around with a cocky demeanor that hides a terror that he only admits to J.D. The attractive Elliot Reid is a medical intern as well and J.D. quickly finds out her beauty is only surpassed by her hyper-competitive attitude.

    Dr. Robert "Bob" Kelso, Chief of Medicine, 'the safety net' wants the interns to think they can count on him. On the other side of the personality spectrum is Dr. Percival "Perry" Cox, a steamroller of a man short on patience. Watching over the interns with a teasing but caring attitude, is nurse Carla Espinosa, a woman who is motherly and sexy at the same time — which appeals to Turk. The minor characters like Ted, Todd, Laverne and the Janitor are also there to offer their little jokes to this great pilot episode which couldnt have asked for more.
  • Great start for the show!!

    This was really a fantastic pilot episode. Most of the time, pilots are still a little weak. Well, not this one. I liked the way the characters were introduced and i found them all either likable or ar least entertaining. You really can't wait till the next episode after you watched the pilot. Donald and Zach have a great 'friend' chemistry. One thing i didn't like that much, were the sound effects. They were really too much and luckily they got rid of them. The hospital looked slightly weird (green) compared to the later episodes. I'm glad that they changed the hospital right after that. I liked how JD struggled with treating the patients in the beginning and how Cox helps him overcome his fear in the end of the episode.
  • The First Day of Scrubs, plain and simple

    I think it was amazing. I was too young to know about scrubs when it first came out (I was 7, so i was watching Disney Channel)and i started watching when i was 13. I had een a lot of episodes before this one so is was to to look back and see how it all started out. I really think this was a good way to start the series, just as funny as most of the episode..just the way it should be. I really think this pilot was one of he best i've ever seen. It really shapes the characters' futures.
  • A great beginning.

    The pilot episode of "Scrubs" is a great beginning to what is an amazing show. In the pilot all the major characters are introduced and you truly get a feel for what type of a person JD is. The pilot begins with JD's first day on the job and his first night on the job. It shows what a great comedy the show is while at the same time still being a good drama. Creating a good dramdy is one of the hardest possible shows to make, yet even in the first episode it is pulled off perfectly. If you watch this show you must see this episode.
  • You get an idea of what everyones like pretty quickly.

    This is the pilot episode of one of the best sitcoms in modern times.

    Its a fantastic start and straight away you learn a fair bit about each characters personalities and what they will continue to act like in the future.

    JD (played by Zach Braff) is the star of the show, he starts narrating straight away so you'll gather that very quickly.

    He and his best friend Turk have completed Med school and are about to start working at Sacred Heart hospital.

    JD encounters all the people who will have a significant part of his life. The main plot seems to circle around him Dr Cox and Dr Kelso.

    Cox initially comes across as a gruff bad guy, Kelso is as he calls it the interns "safety net". By the end of the episode JD learns that Dr Cox is the one who should be trusted and Kelso is the bad guy.

    JD also goes through a bunch of jittery moments as a doctor but by the end of the episode he has some new friends, seen his first patient die (wasn't his fault though)and he has completed task as a doctor.
  • Great start to a terrific series

    This episode is hilarious and introduces all of the regulars on the show including The Todd, Laverne and Ted in his hilarious scene about "the hospital doesn't want to be sued" and in the background blackboard "ALCOHOL + SURGERY = NO NO".
    The Janitor's first torment is terrific (Why a penny?") and was so popular that Neil Flynn became a regular on the show with even more hilarious torments. Elliot is not the right character in this episode as she is more uptight and fortunately this characteristic is changed after the first few episodes.
    John Dorian also receives all the nicknames that are frequently used in the show by various characters (JD, Bambi, Newbie).
    All the characters have very memorable scenes in this pilot and this is a brilliant example of all Scrubs episodes to come.
  • the beginning of one of the best shows on television

    Although looking back on this episode it is not quite the same as the average scrubs episode it's all forgiven for a few reasons:

    1. It's the start of the best show on tv.
    2. It's a pilot, they are hardly ever brilliant and shows do generally change to the pilots
    3. It is not the same because it is J.D's first day

    The fact that it's his first day makes him nervous meaning there would be less happy fun moments. I use those reasons as my excuse as to why it's not as good.

    The fact that there is a different hospital used also is something you don't really think about until you pay close attention and that hospital also does not help by the fact that it gives the show a darker feel, colours wise.

    Anyway this pilot started one of the best shows on television :)
  • Great format.

    I thought this pilot was definitely a great start off the the show, all the characters were introduced, the format was also introduced. I love the format of this show. In the perspective of a guy named JD. He can't do it on his own (Hence the theme song). He has funny thoughts in his head, that really show what he's thinking but he never actually says what he's thinking. We were introduced to some possible relationships in this show such as JD/Elliot, and Turk/Carla. We see some of the jerk doctors such as Dr. Kelso, and even Dr. Cox at times, but he was classified as the "good guy". The janitor was also a funny character. A great start.
  • A great pilot for a great, quirky show

    The pilot of Scrubs focuses on the first day of interns at the hospital Sacred Heart. The main interns that are focused on are J.D, who is an awdward, light hearted person. There is also Turk, J.Ds best friend since college and there is also Elliot, an intern to whom J.D is immediately attracted. Once this has been established, the interns realise when they enter the hospital is that they "don't know jack". The reality of the hospital is then displayed to the interns. J.D. meets Dr Cox, a doctor who he sees as insensitive at first, but learns to aspire to him and Dr Cox is now, in J.Ds mind, a mentor. This idea sets the basis of the entire programme, where J.D. constantly tries to impress him. The episode also has a fairly sad ending, as again it shows how realistic working in a hospital is. Overall, this episode, with a mixture of humour, flashbacks and more serious moments has a great formula going which will become the basis of Scrubs for the rest of the seasons :). A great episode.
  • The beginnings of one of the best shows on television.

    It's JD's first days in Sacred Heart Hospital and they are more difficult than he has imagined. He has to face his own fear of hurting his patients, a ranting new boss who seems to be very mean, a nice new boss who turns out to be mean, a hyper-competetie collegue with whom he falls in love with, a best friend who wants to "branch out a little", a nurse who calls him Bambi and some other very disturbing characters (including an annoyed nurse, a very crazy lawyer and the hospital's janitor). The janitor becomes annoyed with JD for starting a conversation, foreshadowing a horrible seven year relationship.
  • The beginning of one of the best shows ever - and what a wonderful beginning.

    It's JD's first day in Sacred Heart Hospital and they are more difficult than he has imagined. He has to face his own fear of hurting his patients, a ranting new boss who seems to be very mean, a nice new boss who turns out to be mean, a hyper-competetie collegue with whom he falls in love with, a best friend who wants to "branch out a little", a nurse who calls him Bambi and some other very disturbing characters (including an annoyed nurse, a very crazy lawyer and the hospital's janitor)

    This first episode of Scrubs is the fantastic and funny beginning to a wonderful series. The jokes, the dynamic, the sounds and the stories in this episode are just great. Although this episode is almost seven years old and has some things that are now different (Elliot being this competitive, Kelso trying to play nice, the hospital, the many, many sounds and the line at the end, which I would have kept) the characters and basic stories are already there and as funny as they will be in the years to come (Ted, Cox ranting, JD and Turk's friendship and so many more)
  • It's J.D.'s first day as a hospital intern at Sacred Heart Hospital with his best friend Chris Turk, and he develops a crush on fellow intern Elliot Reid.

    I liked this episode a lot. I really like the show Scrubs and this episode was really funny and good for a pilot episode. There was a lot of humor and I liked how you could hear and occasionally see what J.D. was thinking. This is a good show and it began with a good episode. Good shows don't always start with a good pilot episode, but this one did and it was really funny. I enjoyed it and thought it was fast-paced and well done. There is not much I can say about this show that is bad. It had pretty good acting and this episode got me attached to the show.
  • A Great Start

    This was a very good start to a great show. It is basically showing J.D.'s first day and him meeting all the his co workers. Like Cox,Carla and Elliot. Also the love affair between Turk and Carla begins. I like how Cox always calls J.D. newbie and Carla calls him bamby. It dont even make sense but its brilliant. Also how they show Bob is really evil and the devil himself as J.D. learns that is pretty funny. Theres not much else to say about the show except that it was clever and funny. The episode basically started it off for you as any plot would. In the end good start to the show and love this show.
  • A great start to a brillant Programme.

    this was a good episode and a good start to Scrubs, one thing i noticed about this episode is how quickly the relationships were formed i.e JD and Dr Cox. This episode really set the tone of the series very quickly and did it very well. This episode also has many funny moments but before it could become a brilliantly funny show it had to form the relationships and give the viewer what the show was going to be about. Overall this was a good episode with many funny moments and some brilliant character development in only 30 minutes. I personally think Scrubs improved every season so this was one of my least favourite Season openers also partly due to the way Elliot is.
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