Season 6 Episode 11

My Fishbowl

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Mar 08, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When Private Dancer is released from the hospital, the military informs him that his injuries are too severe to be reinstated into the service, so he gets depressed. The Sacred Heart staff try to cheer him up, while the Janitor is having a fish problem.

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  • 612

    One of my favorite episodes of Scrubs, definitely. I am astonished at what a great episode this show can bring after six years.

    We learn new things about everyone, and running gags are resolved, the minor flaw that this episode had was it tended to be a bit cheesy at times, but everything else about this episode conquered that minor flaw. Elliot once tried to commit suicide, which sort of gave redemption to her character a bit, and we got to understand her character a bit more as a person. This episode is about Brian, the recurring patient this season, trying to kill himself because there's nothing else going on in his life. Cox, Carla, Turk, JD, and Elliot all stay in the room until he admits to what he did.

    So we are probably all familiar with the running gag when JD suspects that Turk slept with his girlfriend in college. This gag has finally come to a close when Turk finally admits to sleeping with her, just as Brian admits to killing himself. It was nice to see seriousness in Elliot's character, something we haven't seen in a long time. Carla trying to be funny was a bit cheesy, the janitor holding the fish was genius! The way it ended, you can't help but to feel bad for the poor janitor. An amazing episode overall, dealing with suicide, outstanding.moreless
  • This was one of my favorites of season six. Lots of humor with a good message as usual.

    This was one of my favorites of season six. Lots of humor with a good message as usual.

    The janitor's scene with the fish were hilarious. Dr. Kelso's picture of him when he was in his 20's made me laugh out loud. J.D. and Turk had classic flashback recollections of what really happened with Turk and J.D.'s college girlfriend Stacy.

    The serious side of the show had Dr. Cox give Brian Dancer a tough love speech and everyone talks about bad things they've went through with some humor thrown in to keep things bright.

    The music in the episode was great as usual and perfect for the moods they were trying to set.

    The episode ended with Elliot kissing a depressed Brian Dancer. She was actually dating Kieth at the moment but she knew the kiss was exactly what Brian needed to lift his spirits and Kieth would have totally understood. There's nothing like the attention from the opposite sex to bring someone right back to the top of the world.moreless
  • I liked it but I want Dancer to come back.

    Rhis eposode was good. Though it was abit annoying with Carla trying to be funny. It didn't really seem that is something that her character would feel she has to prove. Also I really liked the Dancer character and I hope that he comes back oneday if Elliot is ever single. I would like to see if anything could come of them. But I wouldn't want anything major to come of them. Another thing is Dr.Cox's hair... What is up with that?? Shaved in the episode before yet in this one its back in full throttle? They should have written it into the script or something because his hair is his thing and over the years the characters always comment on it. So what happened? I guess thats it. Oh and what is up with the kiss for Dancer even though Elliot still has a man?moreless
  • For an episode of something, it was awesome. For an episode of Scrubs... it was ok... But why did Elliot kiss another guy when she's still dating Keith?

    Apart from the annoyances I had with Elliot completely forgetting that she's dating someone, this episode was still pretty good. It revealed a little more about Elliot's background, and the side story about the Janitor and the fish was hilarious, especially the end.

    Ted was only in for a few lines but gave us his usual great performance, which is where Sam Lloyd excels as an actor that you can just bring in for a few scenes, and then leave, but he's still in some of the greatest moments of the episode. Overall, not bad, but not good for a Scrubs episode.moreless
  • it was quite good

    although its not my favorite story, it is quite good but its a bit more like a drama episode and i thought scrubs was a comedy but...oh well! learning about elliot trying to kill herself was ok and J.D's watermelon seed spiting talent was funny and not suprising! but i think elliot has kinda cheated on keith because she kissed pvt.Brain Dancer.

    The fish is a bit random though, but the janitor is funny while he is holding the fish. J.D's fantisy about turk farting was funny but there wasn't much other comedy in this episode so i was, once again, slightly disapointed!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

Michael Weston

Michael Weston

Private Brian Dancer

Guest Star

Jamie Strange

Jamie Strange


Guest Star

Ana Rey

Ana Rey

Patient #2

Guest Star

Aloma Wright

Aloma Wright

Nurse Laverne Roberts

Recurring Role

Frank Cameron

Frank Cameron

Dr. Mickhead

Recurring Role

Robert Maschio

Robert Maschio

Dr. Todd Quinlan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Towards the end of the episode Carla catapults a cup of coffee onto Ted. Ted is shown drenched in the coffee, the camera cuts back to Carla and Dr. Cox, then about two seconds later the camera cuts back to Ted who is now completely dry.

    • Snoop Dogg Intern makes a return, although now he's Snoop Dogg Resident. His first and last speaking appearance was in Season 3, Episode 13: "My Porcelain God".

    • J.D.'s suspicion about Turk and J.D.'s ex-girlfriend Stacy from college was first brought up in the episode "My Coffee, where Turk denied the accusations saying that he and Stacy had a water-balloon fight and they took off their clothes because they were wet.
      In this episode J.D. brings up the incident again, and at the end Turk confesses to it being true.

    • In this episode, Dr. Cox says that Pvt. Dancer had been in their care for three weeks. But in "My Therapeutic Month" he was shown doing physical therapy for four weeks before being able to write his name.

    • Featured Music:
      "On & Poppin'" by Young MC (Flashback to Turk being with Stacy)
      "Half a World Away" by R.E.M. (Final scene)

    • In the episode that aired before this, "My Night to Remember," Dr. Cox had shaved his head. However, in this episode his hair has returned. This is because "My Night to Remember" was not meant to air until after this episode.

    • The door to Private Dancer's hospital room opens inward, as all such doors do. Yet when J.D. comes out, the door magically opens outward so that it can send the fishbowl sliding across the hall.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Turk: Look, man, we all have those bleak moments where we swear we'll never bounce when I was 17, my mom walked in my room with a look that I've never seen. She said: "It's over, Turk. Michael Jordan's career is over."
      Dr. Cox: Is anyone a bigger idiot than you?
      J.D.: Is he the black golfer?

    • Private Dancer: Look, Elliot. I appreciate what you're trying to do, but none of you guys have any idea what it's like to feel this hopeless in your life. Y'know, other than J.D.
      (Chorus of agreement)
      J.D.: Wait, whoa whoa whoa, wait. What's happening?

    • (After Carla tells a bad joke)
      Dr. Cox: You would hear crickets chirping, but they were too uncomfortable about just how unfunny that actually was.
      Carla: So what, I'm not funny?
      Dr. Cox: Why, I think you're very funny...WHEN you're being sarcastic or you're up on your high horse. You know, as long as you stay right in your wheel house. And it's no different for any of us. Barbie is funniest when she's an anal retentive train wreck, your husband sells it with a cocky attitude.
      Turk: Yeah, ya know, I do what I do when I do what I do.
      Dr. Cox: The janitor is amusing because quite frankly he's insane.
      Janitor: I made shoes for my rabbit.
      Dr. Cox: And Alice here, she can turn a phrase. I assume that because I just called you Alice, that you're now fantasizing about me being the maid in the Brady bunch... (Appears as Alice from the Brady Bunch) Am I right?
      J.D.'s narration: He was.
      Dr. Cox: Now sadly, some people just aren't funny, BUT...they have funny names. For example: Dr. Beardface, Dr. Mickhead, Colonel Doctor and Snoop Dogg Intern.
      Snoop Dogg Resident: Hey, hey.
      Dr. Cox: My bad, Snoop Dog Resident. The Todd is a sexual deviant, Laverne believes in God, which is hilarious to me, and Ted is the hospital sad sack.
      Ted: I am?
      Dr. Cox: Yes.
      Ted: Awwwwww.
      Dr Cox: And me, well, I'm funny because I commit. C-O-M-M-I-T-T-T-T-T- (mimes sipping a cup of tea)...T, I also do, uh, funny rants. To tell you the truth, there is only one guy in this entire DUMP who is funny no matter WHAT he says.
      Dr. Kelso: Holy hell, are my new boxers made of wool? Because my weasel's getting heat stroke!
      Dr. Cox: The point is, please, don't tell any more jokes.
      Ted: I'm not a sad sack, am I?
      Carla: Ted, your pen exploded.
      Ted: (Looks at shirt) Awwwwwwwww. (Looks at blue hand) Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

    • J.D.: See, I went with a younger picture because I like the father-son motif...that is taken seconds after I won the watermelon seed spitting contest at my theatre camp...probably my happiest day as a teenager.
      Dr. Cox: That is both very sad and not the least bit shocking.

    • Goldfish: Come on buddy, get it together. How you doing. The name's Roger Dorsey.
      Janitor: Well, that's not real. I'm starting to lose it.
      Goldfish: How do you know I'm not real?
      Janitor: Well, for one thing, you're just using my voice only slightly higher. Like this: (Higher voice) How you doing buddy?
      Goldfish: Oh yeah, well, if I wasn't real, could I hit this note? (Singing) Ahhhhhhh.
      Janitor: That was lovely.

    • Janitor: (Holding J.D's fishbowl) Oh no, I have to pee. Come on, fight it man, think about something else, take your mind of it. Here we go, ah, it passed...and that's a big bowl of swishy liquid. Damn it!

    • Elliot: Plath stuck her head in the oven, but that wasn't an option for me because every time my head gets hot I need to pee and I was not about to be found lying in a puddle of my own urine. Not again, not after the prom fiasco.

    • J.D.'s narration: After Elliot told us that she had attempted suicide, I had to ask the question that was on everybody's mind.
      J.D.: Was it because I broke up with you?

    • Dr. Cox: If I wanted my patients to be more depressed I'd just have them read Newbie's latest blog entry.
      J.D.: 'Why being really lonely is sometimes super awesome'

    • Carla: No Turk, I know that face, don't you dare make a foofie.
      Turk: Baby, I had a big old lunch and now I got the down town push down.
      Carla: No!
      Turk: Can I just have a little one?
      Carla: No.
      (Turk walks off, Carla begins to laugh)
      Elliot: Oh my God, you think farts are funny too. Shhh, we can't let them know.

    • Turk: We're supposed to renew or relations tonight for the first time since Izzy was born.
      Carla: Well I guess the only thing you're gonna renew tonight is your driver's licence, Hello!
      J.D.: Wow!
      Carla: I'm funny damn it.

    • Brian: (Handing Elliot a photo of her) Hey, ehm, would you sign this? I promise you I'll put that up in the barracks.
      Elliot: So you want to start with how I still can't walk normally and segue into an anecdote about how you played my toosh like a bongo until I cried out in pleasure pain?

    • Dr. Kelso: (About his picture) Who wouldn't want this young buck at their bedside?
      Laverne: That picture's so old the beaches are still segregated.

    • Carla: (About her postpartum depression) I am so glad I didn't do anything because I got on anti-depressants and now I don't feel that way.
      Turk: That's right. And my baby being happy is worth all the vaginal dryness in the world.
      J.D.'s narration: And none of us would ever look at Carla the same way again.

    • Dr. Kelso: (To Janitor) A small child vomited downstairs. It smells like pickles and milk...sort of like one of Enid's burps. Consider it a chance for you to prove yourself.

  • NOTES (2)


    • J.D. says he saw "Schindler's List" with his girlfriend Stacy in college.

      "Schindler's List" is a movie about the man who saved thousands of Jews from Hitler's mass murder plan.

    • J.D.: Bitches leave!

      As J.D. and Turk explained they were playing a movie quote game and this was from the movie Robocop, said by the villian, Clarence Bodicker (played by Kurtwood Smith).

    • In J.D.'s version of Turk sleeping with his college girlfriend, Turk is seen with a giant clock as a necklace and he says "Boyeeeeee". This is a reference to Flavor Flav, a rapper and more recently TV star. Flavor Flav is the founding member of the politically conscious hip-hop group Public Enemy.