Season 5 Episode 13

My Five Stages (2)

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Mar 07, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

J.D. and Dr. Cox go through the five stages of grief with their favorite patient, who is declining in health. Carla forces Turk to go on a string of double dates including Elliot and her booty call Keith. Dr. Kelso hits Ted with his car, thus Ted finally has the upper hand with a potential lawsuit.moreless

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  • A good episode, but not a gret one.

    The thing i felt with this episode is that it was quite funny, but i found none of the storylines interesting, if you catch my drift. It's a bit like the new mr. bean movie, there isn't really a plot (even though there was for the episode) but it was funny.

    The JD and Cox story, with Mrs. Wilk was quite dull actually, it was cool seeing them work together as a strong team, but it kind of seemed forced (storyline wise) just to get Mrs. Wilk out of the show. She's been in it for a chunk of the season and has formed into decent character, but in My Cabbage, the whole staff were sad because she was leaving, but in this episode she was dieing and no one seemed to care.

    Instead, Elliot was starting to actually like Keith so that they could date as a couple instead of being booty calls. This was annoying because the actor of Keith is soooo dislikeable, probably because he acts a bit like JD, and as if he's been on the show for 6 years. No disrespect to the actor, just the charcter created.

    Anywho, not the best episode.moreless
  • Although it wasn't as good as the last episode, this episode really owned up to it's cliffhanger.

    My Five stages was a good follow up to the amazing cliffhanger we got in the last episode, but it definitely wasn't as good as the last episode. We definitely get to see a lot of Cox and JD bonding here but of course JD always has to ruin everything. In this episode, Cox and JD go through the five stages of death when Ms. Wilkes is dying because of the infection that got from Cabbage in the last episode. The counselor doesn't fail to be annoying to Cox and JD, but he turns out to be right about everything.

    Meanwhile Elliot starts to like Keith after countless booty calls. Turk makes Keith seem like he doesn't care about Elliot. But then they become boyfriend and girlfriend at the end of the episode.

    Kelso trying to buy off Ted and the janitor standing idly by was entertaining. Great episode overall.moreless
  • Oh, poor Jd!

    He and Dr. Cox finally start to bond, I mean for goodness sake Dr. Cox says we when referring to himself and Jd, but tha darned soda! He just had to open it and that three tap menthod thing, okay sure! I'm almost 100% positive that it never ever works, Jd pretty much just proved that. As a result he loses front seat privlages, too. Understandable, I mean he just had to open that freaking soda.

    I love the character of Dr. Mchead, too. He just kinda gets under Dr. Cox's skin and is impervious to his particular brand of insults. I love the scene where he just kind of pops up and says, "That sounds a lot like bargaining!" Then he makes a point of explaining he wasn't all hunched down on the floor just so he could pop up and say that, he was just plugging in his IPOD!moreless
  • I really like this episode!

    I think that this episode was really clever and very well written, and thus there were more sad moments than funny moments, I really like it. One of the main reasons I like this episode is because JD and Cox in some way finally team up in order to fight against Hedrick, when Cox says the words "we", JD begins using that term for everything, and even slipping out that he wants them to go on private practice together. The five stages of Grief in this episode were also really well written, first it was denial (which they obviously denied [at which point Dr. Cox discovers that Hedrick is immmune to his threats]), then we have anger, when Cox goes on a rampage in Hedrick's group for the terminally ill, in where JD shows his "dark side", bargainig when they look at Mrs. Wilks and Hedrick appears from the floor pointing that detail, depression when Mrs. Wilks finally dies, and finally acceptance. I really like this episode and also the quotes in it, for example when Dr. Cox and JD are hanging in tubes of the ICU with JD using prostetic arms and when they break, he just says "Ow" and picks up with his real arms. In another storyline, Elliot discovers that she was Keith's booty call, and soon a battle enrages between Turk and Carla to see who of the two, Elliot or Keith, get the power. A great, histerical episode!moreless
  • JD and Cox go through the five stages of losing a patient

    This was a terrific episode as it dealt with Mrs Wilk’s death, a patient Cox and JD have gotten close with over the season and also had some great jokes, more proof that Scrubs mixes humour and drama better than any other show out there.

    Examples of the funny scenes would be the Janitor’s sandcastle, JD messing up Cox’s Porsche and Kelso running over the psychobabblist that annoyed the hell out of Cox (sometimes you gotta love Kelso).

    Ted was hilarious in this episode as it shows not only his pathetic side but also his incompetent side, both been done before but rarely in the same episode, and also some great moments from the main cast (Turk’s impression of Keith, Elliot using Keith’s dad as an image to help her) and overall, the plots of this episode are all done well together and this is yet another season five classic.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

Alicia Fusting

Alicia Fusting

Patient #2

Guest Star

Michael Janik

Michael Janik

Patient #1

Guest Star

Dave Foley

Dave Foley

Dr. Hedrick

Special Guest Star

Michael Learned

Michael Learned

Mrs. Wilk

Recurring Role

Travis Schuldt

Travis Schuldt


Recurring Role

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd

Ted Buckland

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When Mrs. Wilk dies they show her heart monitor and it reads 30 bpm. This would obviously not be true if she just died.

    • Mexican Apple Thief
      Elliot's Mexican apple thief fantasy is first mentioned in earlier in Season 5 Episode 3: My Day At the Races. She mentions her greatest fantasy to Jake.

    • Featured Music:
      "Long Road" by Pearl Jam with Neil Young
      "Bring Me Love" by Deberg/Jacobs

    • We learn that Elliot and Keith are into roleplay.

    • The Janitor apparently lives very close to the hospital. He claims his sand castle cuts his commute in half. If the castle is in the hospital parking lot, he must live very close by.

    • When Turk is talking to Keith, his back is facing Keith, but when the camera angle changes, Turk is looking at Keith.

    • There is no way Carla and Elliot could have not seen Turk when half of his body was visible. Maybe not Elliot because she was focusing on "The Dudemeister" but Carla should have been able to see him.

    • In the captions, Lester is referred to as Leslie. In fact, when Dr. Cox is heard saying "The Lester Hendrick Story", he is clearly mouthing "The Leslie Hendrick Story".

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Dr. Kelso: Now, let's talk, Ted. Just you and me. No lawyers.

    • J.D.: He hid them in his pantalones. He loves these apples. He makes apples pie and apples juice with them.

    • Dr. Hedrick: Which one of you is gonna kick it? Don't tell me I want to guess. It's either you, or you. You because you're hooked up to a bunch of machines. And you, well you have that look of someone who's going to die young.

    • Turk: What's up buddy, you need a ride?
      J.D.: Keep moving C Bear.

    • (Dr. Cox and J.D. are holding onto the ceiling)
      Dr. Cox: Pretty strong there, Newbie.
      J.D.'s narration: (Yawns) I was not. But hopefully, the duct tape I used to connect my prosthetic arms was.
      (They both fall and J.D.'s arms are still on the ceiling)
      J.D.: Ow. (Takes arms)

    • Turk: (Pretending to be Keith) Hey, how you doing, Claire?
      Elliot: Did you just call me Claire?
      Keith: No I would never call you…
      (Elliot and Carla leave)
      Keith: That didn't even sound like me.
      Turk: I know. They hear what they want to hear.

    • J.D.: (To Dr. Cox) Want me to bury you?

    • Turk: Carla is down there telling Elliot to ignore you so she can regain the power.
      Keith: I don't really care.
      Turk: Well, you know, this isn't about you, Keith. This is about men everywhere who'd been abused and bullied by women. (Pause) This is about me.

    • Dr. Hedrick: Group, can you tell me what stage of grief Dr. Cox is going through?
      Group: Anger.
      Dr. Cox: You don't wanna see me angry.
      J.D.: Nor do you wanna see me angry. (Imagines taking Hedrick's pencil and taking off the eraser with his mouth.) It's awful.

    • Carla: OK, I know how you can regain control of Keith.
      Elliot: Carla, don't bother, booty call was for a while, but I am so sick of being this cold, emotionless bastard.
      Dr. Cox: I never get sick and tired of that. It is awesome being that.
      J.D.: We love it. (Puts arm on Dr. Cox's shoulder)
      Dr. Cox: No.
      J.D.: It's too much, I know.

    • Dr. Cox: (Entering room full with people) Ok, Lester! We are having this right here, right now! (Looks around) Oh, for the love of God, what is this? Some getting-in-touch-with-my-feelings-because-momma-didn't-love-me group?
      J.D.: Yes, is that what is?
      Dr. Hedrick: Actually...this is a support group for the terminally ill.

    • Dr. Cox: Oh, what are we still doing this, we have seen people in Mrs. Wilks' shape turn it around, right?
      J.D.: She can totally turn it around.
      Dr. Hedrick: Denial. Yeah... it's not uncommon for people close to the patient also going through the five stages of grief.
      Dr. Cox: Is not denial, she could rally.
      J.D.: Yeah, totally rally.
      Dr. Hedrick: Oh, yeah, I mean look at her. She could be in a vitamin commercial.
      Dr. Cox: How will you like to be in a broken jaw commercial?
      Dr. Hedrick: Can't help me. I don't care if it does give me cancer, I just love this fake sugar. (Leaves)
      Dr. Cox: If he keeps ignoring my threats...I'm gonna have to hit him.

    • J.D.'s narration: I was in the Porsche, I had never made it into the Porsche. It smelled like German heaven. I wasn't going to blow this opportunity. I had to be careful about every little...hey a rootbeer.
      Dr. Cox: Don't open that soda, it has been rolling around on the floor for months, it will explode.
      J.D.: Apparently you're not familiar with the John Dorian three tap method. Three taps and the foam goes bye, bye.
      (He taps the can three times and opens it)
      J.D.: Works everytime.
      (Soda explodes)
      J.D.: The quickest way to my house is to take Elm.

    • Dr. Cox: WE don´t need any of your head shrinking.
      J.D.'s narration: "We"! He said "we"! After all these years he´s finally made us a team!
      J.D.: Yeah, Hedrick! If it was up to us, WE would never even called you. WE can handle death just fine. WE might even be going into private practice together.
      Dr. Cox: What!?
      J.D.'s narration: Easy! That was not the time to discuss the Dorian-Cox clinic. Much less the relocation to Jacksonville.

    • J.D.: Oh...well...yeah...hmm...ok! Death is like a journey. A...a journey in a boat. Then this giant light shines down on your...your boat and carries you up to the Heavens.
      Dr. Hedrick: That was the ending to "Cocoon"!

    • Dr. Cox: (To Mrs. Wilk) Would you love a virgin daiquiri? It´s´s a normal daiquiri. I´ll just let him give it to you! (Gives glass to J.D.)

    • Dr. Kelso: Is that Ted and a bunch of damn bikers?
      Janitor: Why do you hate bikes so much, sir?
      (Flashback with Kelso's childhood and his father)
      Kelso's Father: Son, daddy has to move on. I just want you to know that since the car is in your mother's name, I wouldn't be able to leave the family forever if it wasn't for your bike.
      (Present Day)
      Dr. Kelso: It's complicated.

    • Janitor: Good morning loyal subjects! Enjoy your day in Janitoria. Labor until you tire, and then labor some more! Looks like rain. That could be a problem.

    • Dr. Hedrick: Clearly I'm pushing some buttons here.
      Dr. Cox: You couldn't push my buttons if you tried, in fact I have no buttons - please think of me as buttonless. All smooth, like G.I. Joe's nether regions, and by the by, this image has been brought to you by my son Jack who has been yanking the pants off of his toy soldiers and leaving them in provocative positions on my nightstand. It is just disturbing enough that, leaving the house, I'm cranky and less able to suffer fools, which brings me back to you, the fool. I'm done suffering you so go now, go, go before you can write a book entitled 'Help A Large Doctor is Beating My Ass, colon, The Lester Hedrick Story'
      Hedrick: That was a mouthful. Anyway, if you need to talk just give me a call.
      Dr. Cox:He seems strangely impervious to my threats. That annoys me.

    • J.D.: Dr. Cox?
      Dr. Cox: Yeah newbie, what do ya got?
      J.D.: That guy looks fantastic. What do you think he's dying of, a case of the handsomes?

  • NOTES (2)


    • Mrs. Wilk mentioned that in the 8th grade she was going to ask Peter Petrelli to the sock hop. Although the widley popular television program "Heroes" wasn't out until the following year, one of the main protagonists in the story is named Peter Petrelli.

    • The Janitor claims that he worked for Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Ginsberg is a Justice of the United States Supreme court. She has had a seat on the court since 1993.