Season 4 Episode 4

My First Kill

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Sep 21, 2004 on NBC
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J.D. is shocked to hear Dr. Cox tell his interns that eventually, they will screw up and kill a patient. J.D. fears his first time killing someone will soon be upon him. Elliot is upset with Molly, after she disagrees about a patient's promise to attend drug rehab. Carla loses Rowdy, and she and the Janitor go looking for him.moreless

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  • Elliot & Molly's friendship is tested.

    All plots were pretty much amazing in this episode, and so far season four has definitely impressed me. Lets hope they continue with this amazing streak they have had. This episode was definitely emotional in some ways counting on the fact that the plots were pretty serious once you were right down too it. I'll start off with the light fun plot was when Carla loses Rowdy, Turk's stuffed dead dog. And she tries to replace it with the help of the janitor. Definitely an odd situation, but it's always an enjoyable one. When JD realizes that he hasn't really had his "first kill," he starts to worry when he will kill his first patient which steers him away from a surgical procedure that he needs to get done. It was nice to see the past patients that JD killed, good continuity. he best & most serious plot is Elliot's. Elliot fight for her drug recovering patient to get a new heart valve. Molly & Elliot's friendship is tested when Molly begs to differ and goes against Elliot professionally, while still trying to be her friend. Elliot ends up getting what she wants, until her patient, like predicted, went back on drugs. It was sad to see Elliot like that, but Molly ended up being for her by the end. Great emotional episode, Scrubs continues to be a great show after four seasons running.moreless
  • JD becomes worried when he will kill his first patient.

    After JD asks Cox to give his interns a speech, he tells them they will kill someone eventually. JD doesnt believe this, but soon learns its true. He becomes worried he will kill someone. Meanwhile, Carla gets Rowdy dry-cleaned, but then losses him. She gets the janitors help to find a replacement "dead stuffed yellow dog" They cant find one and Carla is worried Turk will find out. Cox tells JD he has killed before and JD is happy until he learns Cox was lying. Cox gives him a speech and JD becomes ok. The janitor trades his squirrel army for a new stuffed dog and gives it to Carla. Turk falls for the replacement.moreless
  • Rowdy or Steven?

    This episode is quite fun because it has a whole storyline dedicated to Rowdy and Carla actually managing to lose a dead stuffed dog and also manages to continue the Janitor's fascination with squirrels which is also very entertaining.

    The main plot however is even more terrific because we get to see that every doctor eventually kills a person whether it's Turk, Doug, Todd, Doug, Elliot, Doug and everyone except (so far) JD, Cox and Doug, oh wait, he's killed before too.

    Overall, this episode is both funny and plotted very well, Dr Cox having his advice taken quite seriously and the end really sums up his character.moreless
  • Cool!

    JD asks Cox to tell JD's residents something to motivate them, but later Cox tells him that they will eventually kill a patient and that puts everyone nervous, even JD who is convince that he had never kill someone, but he also discovers that everyone in the hospital do accept they have kill someone and JD is really scare of doing a difficult procedure to a patient. But thanks to Cox, JD manages to do it in the end. Meanwhile, Turk gets mad at Carla for throwing Rowdy to the floor and in repay he wants to clean Rowdy, but ends up losing him, so Janitor offers to help but does not brings exactly Rowdy, and Elliot believes that Molly is not her friend because of not supporting her in something she push her on. Cool episode!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

Jill Tracy

Jill Tracy


Guest Star

Kathryn Joosten

Kathryn Joosten

Mrs. Tanner

Guest Star

Tim Conlon

Tim Conlon


Guest Star

Heather Graham

Heather Graham

Dr. Molly Clock

Recurring Role

Robert Maschio

Robert Maschio


Recurring Role

Aloma Wright

Aloma Wright

Nurse Laverne Roberts

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • J.D. claims to not know Turk has let a patient die, where in the previous episode, J.D. gave Turk one of the Todd's patients who consequently died.

    • In J.D.'s fantasty where he asks if he killed all his dead patients. All the patients were wearing regular day clothes except for the patient who died in "My Philosophy". That patient was wearing a white version of the dress she was wearing at the end of "My Philosophy" instead of regular clothes like everyone else even though they all died in hospital gowns.

    • In J.D.'s fantasy about his dead patients, a couple patients reprise their roles from previous episodes - for example, Kathryn Joosten reprises her role as Mrs. Tanner from Season 1's "My Old Lady," and Jill Tracy reprises her role as Elaine from Season 2's "My Philosophy."

    • Featured Music:
      "Blue Eyes" by Cary Brothers (plays in the background leading up to the scene in the Karaoke bar where Cary Brothers is singing the song as a Karaoke singer)

    • The patient refered to as "Mrs. Sampson" is clearly a young girl. While it is possible that she is married at a young age it is very not probable.

    • Greenland is always five hours ahead of California time not three hours. (All cars, scooters, taxis and ambulances on the show have been accented with California license plates.)

  • QUOTES (47)

    • Molly: What are you doing?
      Elliot: Oh, just waiting for Mr. Phillips. He, uh, showed up the first couple of days, but he's missed his last three rehab appointments.
      Molly: I'll wait with you.
      Elliot: Thanks. I got my eyebrows waxed.
      Molly: They look really good.

    • J.D.'s Narration: Mrs. Carter?
      Dr. Cox: Ooh, did I trick Newbie? I did, didn't I! And now of course he has to live in fear of when he will kill. When, when, when when when when when when when when?
      J.D.: You know what, I don't appreciate lying.

    • Mrs. Carter: I don't know how my car ended up in the community pool.
      Laverne: You musta lost control after you went through the snack bar.

    • J.D.'s Narration: Killing Mrs. Carter, though admittedly bad for her, was just the pick-me-up I needed.

    • J.D.: She died?
      Dr. Cox: Three days ago of endocarditis. You didn't get blood cultures and you missed it. You happy?
      J.D.'s Narration: The weird thing was that I was a little happy.
      J.D.: Sticky needle please!
      Laverne: Here you go, Doctor. Oh, by the way, when this is over, I'm kicking your ass!

    • Dr. Cox: Hey, Peggy? Yes, I noticed the turtleneck choice in August, and can only assume it's got something to do with that grapefruit you store in your trachea.

    • J.D.'s Narration: Besides, I had bigger problems. I had to do Mr. Daniels' procedure. Luckily I'm a professional, and professionals finish the job.
      J.D.: This needle is too sticky! I'm out! Get it together, Laverne!

    • Molly: Don't push me. 'Cause one of the reasons I became a therapist is I've always been able to zero in on a person's greatest insecurity.
      Elliot: Ohhh, I'm real scared, Molly, what'cha gonna-
      Molly: Eyebrows.
      J.D.: "Eyebrows." Like that's gonna make you-
      Tears stream down Elliot's face.
      J.D.: Elliot, come on, you can't be that insecure.
      Elliot: Giant Adam's apple!
      J.D.: I have to go.
      J.D.'s Narration: Elliot's comment didn't bother me, because I'm proud of the body God gave me.

    • Molly: Did you just page me so you could rub my face in this?
      Elliot: Yes. Uh, there's also a couple of messages on your home machine.
      Molly: Look, Elliot, I hope I'm wrong, and I hope he stays clean. Let's just not make this personal, okay?
      Elliot: Said the loser. Who lost.

    • Carla: Where, where am I gonna find a dead stuffed yellow lab?
      Janitor: I can help.
      Carla: No, you have work to do.
      They both laugh
      Janitor: Let's go.

    • J.D.'s Narration: Bullet dodged! He totally bought it! Hey, where's he taking me?
      Dr. Cox: Mr. Daniels. We have rethought things and decided that you should have that procedure.
      Mr. Daniels: Okay.
      Dr. Cox: I know that took quite a bit of cajoling, but I think I was able to convince him.

    • Dr. Kelso: Dr. Clock. Edwards, here, is at best just a few minutes away from walking towards the light, so what's say you stop wasting our time and give me your professional opinion.
      J.D.'s Narration: Of course, sometimes friends will surprise you.
      Molly: Mr. Phillips' numerous relapses paint the picture of someone who has not overcome his addictions, sooo, no, I don't think he will.
      Elliot: Karaoke's so off!

    • J.D.'s Narration: Still, we all end up leaning on certain clichés when making major decisions. Like, "Don't jump off a bridge if you don't know how deep the water is."
      J.D.: This procedure's too risky right now, Mr. Daniels, I think we should wait.
      J.D.'s Narration: And, of course, the classic, "No matter how clean the janitor gets your husband's dead dog, you still need to put him in the trunk and not accidentally leave him on the roof when you drive off."... And finally, the lesser-known, "You can accomplish anything with a friend by your side."

    • Elliot: Anyway, because of the heroin use, surgery doesn't want to give Mr. Phillips a heart valve. So now an ethics committee is gonna decide if he gets the operation or not. And I'm freakin' out, because I've gotta go and argue his case at... Oh my God! Is it already two o'clock!?
      Molly: Oh, relax, that's Greenland time. This way I remember to call my mom on her vacation before she goes on the boat.
      Elliot: "The boat"?
      Molly: Yeah, she's been sleeping with a commercial salmon fisherman.
      Elliot: How fun for her!

    • Ted: What happened to all the cute little squirrels, Flo?
      Flashback: Janitor's Garage
      Janitor: Let's call this meeting to order. Uh, first things first, I counted the ballots, and, uh, someone voted twice. Interesting. I'm not pointing fingers - Troy.
      End Flashback
      Janitor: There were never any squirrels.

    • Janitor: Heard you're trying to clean a dead dog.
      Carla: Yeah, who told you that?
      Janitor: Mmm, the wind... Blonde doctor.

    • Fantasy
      J.D.: Listen, dead people, do any of you feel that I may have, you know... killed you?
      Mr. Bursky: No.
      Mr. Simon: I mean, you weren't a great doctor.
      Elaine: He was nervous.
      Mrs. Tanner: Oh, like a little bird! But no, dear. You didn't kill any of us.
      J.D.: You know what? I left my wallet back on earth.
      End Fantasy
      J.D.: Haha! Suckers!

    • Carla: Your sign doesn't say live dog groomer!

    • Turk: Want some of my pancakes?
      J.D.: Ah, devil-cakes! No thank you.

    • Dr. Cox: Come on. I know you're scared. A lot of times you feel like a little girl in a big gal's body. But here's the dirty little secret: Fear is good. It keeps you from becoming a crappy doctor. Trick is you just can't let it paralyze you. But don't you worry about a thing, there, Newbie. You're a sure thing to get a kill. In fact, should be any day now!

    • Carla: You found Rowdy!?!
      Janitor: Nope. Not Rowdy. This is Steven. You know, Rowdy was 48 inches from snout to tail, Steven's only 46...on a good day.
      Carla: I think we're okay!
      Janitor: I got him off another taxidermy guy on the internet. Had to trade him my, uh, squirrel army.
      Carla: Oh, I'm sorry you had to do that; but thank you!
      Janitor: Nah. Everyone thinks squirrel armies are so great...I'm not sure it's the healthiest habit in the world.

    • Molly: Hey! Did somebody page me? I'm sorry I took so long, I was just eating lunch.
      Elliot: Oh, of course you were! It's 8:30 in the morning!

    • Turk: Hey. Baby. I'm gonna head home and watch some television with Rowdy.
      Carla: Rowdy? NO! Um, you shouldn't go home.
      Turk: Why?
      Carla: I need you to go somewhere for me. I want you to go to a...strip club!
      Turk: Okay.
      J.D.: Hey, Turk, can I talk to you for a second?
      Turk: Can't talk now, good stuff's happenin'!

    • J.D.'s Narration: I know I bailed on Mr. Daniels, but the whole having not killed thing got in my head. Still, no one will notice.
      Dr. Cox: Ah! Kiki Dee! I heard Mr. Daniels isn't getting his periocardiocentesis. Since when?
      J.D.'s Narration: Now you're gonna lie here. Don't be too specific!
      J.D.: Since 1:42 yesterday afternoon. His wife did not want him to do it. She's beautiful, by the way - one green eye, one blue. She's from Luxembourg. They're both from Luxembourg. I believe they're, uh, Luxem... bourgian.
      Dr. Cox: Where in Luxembourg? I-I spent two weeks there.
      J.D.'s Narration: What are the odds? Just stay vague.
      J.D.: Uh, outside Mertert, near the German border.
      Dr. Cox: Ah.
      J.D.: They say what they miss most are those lazy summer afternoons on the Moselle River.
      J.D.'s Narration: You are channeling that seventh grade book report!

    • Elliot: I understand that because of his drug problem, some of you don't think that Mr. Phillips is a good candidate for surgery, but believe me, he understands that this heart valve is a responsibility. Those of you who have met him, like Ted, can attest to this.
      Dr. Kelso: This is a very dicey case. Ted, what do you think?
      Ted: She knows my name! Whatever she wants!
      Dr. Kelso: Very ethical. Why don't I open the floor to those people who currently do not have erections? Dr. Clock. Do you think this guy'll stay clean?
      Molly: Oh, I'm just here as a friend. I-I think you should ask Ted again.
      Ted: Oh, good God, she knows it too! Am I awake?

    • J.D.'s Narration: As I was contemplating how easy it would be to make my first fatal mistake, I had a feeling that Mr. Daniels felt good about this procedure.
      Mr. Daniels: You know, I feel good about this procedure.
      J.D.'s Narration: See?

    • Dr. Cox: No, Newbie, I have not killed. But I happen to be, as always, the exception that proves the rule. So, right about now, you gotta be asking yourself, do you think you're that good?
      J.D.: Oh my God. I'm gonna kill someone.

    • J.D.: Do you know that Dr. Cox is trying to convince me that everyone eventually kills a patient? But I haven't! I know you haven't!
      Turk: Hell yeah, I have. Remember my first year? Mr. Quinn? I forgot to write the order for his albumin drip and he...hemorrhaged and died. You want your doughnut?
      J.D.'s Narration: And it turned out Turk wasn't the only one.
      Elliot: Mmm, Mrs. Kahn, my second year.
      Doug: Uh, Mrs. Studebaker, forty minutes into my first day.
      Dr. Kelso: I've been a doctor for thirty years. What do you think?
      Doug: On my third day, there was Mr. Kirshnar.
      Todd: Jenny Roth, about eight weeks ago. It was really tough, because she was hot.
      Doug: And then later that third day...

    • Turk: Is he a good candidate for surgery?
      Elliot: Definitely. Thirty-five, married, good job, cute little boy, great dog... Can't remember what kind they said - long-time recovering heroin addict - a bulldog! That's what it was! Named Paris - after the city, not the slutty socialite tramp.
      Turk: He's a heroin addict?
      Elliot: Yeah, but he is, like, super serious about his sobriety. I mean, he's been to rehab like six times.
      Turk: Sounds like he needs to dial it up to super-duper serious, huh!

    • Janitor: I can clean it for you.
      Carla: Why would you do that?
      Janitor: I don't know.... Still a little drunk from breakfast. Plus, taxidermy used to be kind a...hobby of mine. You know, till the state took my license away.

    • J.D.: Heaven's a diner?
      Mrs. Tanner: Get anything you want, dear.
      J.D.: Ooh! Maybe I'll have some flapjacks!
      Elaine: They don't have those.
      J.D.: No flapjacks in heaven!?! Are flapjacks evil?

    • J.D.: Dr. Cox, I want to thank you for that "everyone's a murderer" speech. Nice scare tactic. Unfortunately, my residents have stopped eating.

    • Elliot: And any drug use?
      Mr. Phillips: Been on and off heroin for the last eight years, but I've been clean for the last six months. See? Look, no track marks.
      Kid: Way to go, daddy!
      Mr. Phillips: 'S my biggest fan!
      Elliot: Heh. Umm... Do you smoke cigarettes?
      Mr. Phillips: No way.
      Elliot: Of course not. Those things'll kill ya.

    • Elliot: And, Mr. Phillips, do you exercise?
      Mr. Phillips: Yoga every morning.
      Elliot: Ugh, I can't do yoga - all that deep breathing. I hate breathing. Except, you know, to live.

    • Turk: Wow, isn't that a shocker, you don't care about something that's important to me. You know what? Why don't you just throw him out?
      J.D.: Don't listen to him! He's drunk on cheese!

    • Carla: Turk! What is Rowdy doing in my closet?
      Turk: He's guarding your shoes, baby!
      Carla: He almost gave me a heart attack!
      Turk: Baby, could you do me a favor and not hold him by the haunches like that? Yeah, he has hip dysplasia.
      J.D.: He's a pure-bred - it's genetic.

    • J.D.: So anyway, after Dr. Cox scared them, no one wanted pizza or punch. Except for Doug, who'd worked up a hearty appetite neglecting Mrs. Samson into a coma.

    • Elliot: Hey, do you wanna go down to Little Tokyo and do karaoke with me tonight?
      Molly: Do people with trichotillomania compulsively pull their hair out?
      Elliot: Do they?
      Molly: Yeah!
      Elliot: Cool. 'Cause inviting you to karaoke is kind of a big deal to me. I'm a little shy about my "-aoke." Heh.
      Molly: I'm sure you have nothing to be embarrassed about.
      Elliot: Oh, I don't know. I'm pretty tone-deaf. And I do these, like, kick moves that I don't think people really get. Plus I sometimes wear a cape. Eh! It's probably all in my head.
      J.D.'s Narration: It's not.

    • J.D.'s Narration: Being the new doctor at a hospital can be difficult. That's why it's always nice when someone takes the time to reach out and befriend you.
      Doctor: Hey! I'm Ron, I'm a new doctor here.
      J.D.: Yeah, Ron, the I Don't Care ward's down there.

    • Elliot: Well, I guess I was a little more persuasive than I thought. You got the heart valve!
      Mr. Phillips: That's amazing! We ought to celebrate. How do you celebrate without heroin?
      Elliot: With cake, mostly.
      Mr. Phillips: Then let's score some cake!

    • Elliot: I don't get why Turk was so upset about Rowdy. He's just a creepy, stuffed, stupid, yellow, dead dog. Too many adjectives?
      Molly: Well, I'm sure he's more than a pet to Turk. I mean he's basically a link to his childhood.
      Carla: He bought him eight years ago at a garage sale.
      Molly: Oh, well then he's just a nutter-butter.

    • Elliot: Oh, I don't know, if you were a real friend you could have lied, kept your mouth shut, made out with me - any of the stuff that we talked about!
      (The Todd runs out of the shower)
      Todd: Did I just hear...?
      Elliot and Molly: (together) Todd!

    • Molly: I tell you what: I'll go with you for moral support. And, you know, if things get dicey 'cause it's just a bunch of stuffed shirts, then we could make out - and they'll give you whatever you want.
      (The Todd runs in)
      Todd: What? I thought I heard something.
      Elliot: Goodbye, Todd.
      Todd: Back to the transplant.

    • Mr. Daniels: Someone's gonna stick a needle in my chest?
      J.D.: Not just someone -- Dr. deMan.
      Mr. Daniels: Who is Dr. deMan?
      J.D.: Say it...say it without the 'Dr.'
      Mr. Daniels: Who's Mr. deMan?
      J.D.: No, just say the...the last name.
      Mr. Daniels: Who's deMan?
      J.D.: I'm deMan!

    • J.D.: So Mrs. Carter, it turns out your fever is just a reaction to the anestetic we gave you during your catarct surgury. I'm sending you home.
      Mrs. Carter: Can I drive my Trans-Am?
      J.D.: That's not up to me Mrs. Carter, its up to the police and the owner of those horses you killed.
      Mrs. Carter: They were everywhere.
      J.D.: You were on a race track Mrs. Carter.

    • Dr. Cox: Each and every one of you is going to kill a patient. At some point during your residency you will screw up, they will die and it will be burned into your conscience forever. Hell, take pee-pants here.
      Doug: Pee-pants...
      Dr. Cox: He might just go ahead and get himself a good, clean kill this morning seeings as his patient Ms. Samson is in DKA and he hasn't been tracking her phosphate level, her phosphate level, her phosphate level.
      J.D.: Doug! Stop writing and go!
      Dr. Cox: That young man has killed so many patients, I'm starting to think he just might be a governmet operative. The point is, the harder you study, the longer you might be able to hold off that first kill. Other than that, I guess cross your fingers and hope that the guy that you murder is a jackass with no family. Great to see you kids, all the best!
      J.D.:Thank you, thank you Doctor Cox... Okay you guys, pizza and punch in the penthouse. Doug! Wrong patient, one bed over!

    • J.D.: Doctor Cox! Can I ask you something?
      Dr. Cox: The answer is yes, it was me who saw you doing leg lifts in the gym on that inflatable ball - it was quite the display of girl power - absolutly love the leg warmers.
      J.D.: First of all they were just big socks, okay? And secondly, if you need to do some laundry, here's the washboard (lifts his shirt) ...right?

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