Season 7 Episode 5

My Growing Pains

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Nov 29, 2007 on NBC
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The Sacred Heart staff has to deal with their inner children, when J.D. and Turk remember their first prank, Dr. Cox has a ten year old Leukemia patient and Dr. Kelso celebrates his birthday.

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  • 705

    The continuity on this show continues to amaze me, yet another reference that they kept going in this episode. JD and growing up. This episode sure did have a surprising ending, almost heartbreaking actually.

    To be honest, I never was a huge fan of Kelso... until now. I completely understand him now, not just by this episode, but by the past 6 years. Elliot goes through Kelso's personal files to find out his age, so she can know what put on the cake for the party. Elliot throwing the surprise party for Kelso was a bit out of character, since Kelso always used to make Elliot's life miserable. We don't know this is important until the very end which probably shook Scrubs fans to their core.

    JD trying to grow up was reasonable but different, I'm glad he got back to his old ways. Turk & JD playing with their babies was absolutely hysterical! Probably the highlight of this episode. Cox breaks the rules yet again by telling someone's son he has leukemia when the parents weren't planning to tell him, which in the end, worked out for the better. As for the shocking ending, WOW. Now that Kelso is 65, he is ordered to step down from his position of dean of medicine. And it's all Elliot's fault. Great episode, amazing ending.moreless
  • This one has hilarious moments all over!

    This one makes me laugh out loud all the way through, all the time. Totally love it. Since the beggining, not exactly the breastfeeding scene, although it is funny. JD and Turk doing voices with Sam and Izzy, is just plain hilarious. "Sorry. Kids, huh? What are you gonna do?" Another very funny stuff is Hooch being crazy, he gets followed by 4 interns all the time. "Burn for a burn, baby. It's in the Bible." There are funny stuff the entire episode, I really liked the bells with the Janitor. And when he gave the idea to cut Kelso's legs and count the rings, priceless. One moment that most appealed to me is, "Kelso: The Janitor already gave me one. Nobody likes a copycat, Ted!

    Ted: But what do I do with this?

    Janitor: (pass by) Oooohh, thanks.

    Ted: Heeeey!" HAHAHA, love that part.

    Another funny stuff is the most giant sthethoscope.

    "JD: Oh my God, That's awesome! Isn't that awesome, Carla?

    Carla: Awesome! (to herself) Idiots.

    JD and Turk: We heard that!" Is even better!

    Or when JD holds the most giant clipboard, takes out a giant pencil and fakes writing, very funny. The best part is,

    "Dr. Kelso: What has two thumbs, a funny voice, and doesn't give a crap? Bob Kelso. I added the funny voice to keep it fresh." Brilliant! A funny following to the scene.

    "Janitor: You're old! Haha, I have been saying that for two hours when the elevator door opens and I got you. I finally got my man!"

    Everything else is just funny and so worth watching, if you just want to laugh and enjoy a well written episode of the amazing Scrubs. I think this is so the best episode of of the short Season 7.moreless
  • Not that good but still awesome

    J.D. wonders what his baby is thinking when Turk asks him to shoot some hoops. Carla suggests that Turk would be better off spending some quality time with his daughter. Meanwhile, Bob mentions to a board member that he has a birthday coming up. When asked how old he'll be, Bob responds, "58." Later, J.D. and Turk hang out with their babies. Both of them miss doing goofy stuff with each other.

    Turk and J.D. get the afternoon off from caring for their babies and decide to do something stupid. Cox then checks on his young patient Josh and then tells his parents that Josh has Leukemia. They tell Cox they don't want to tell him yet. By the nurses' station, Elliot announces that she's planning a party for Bob's birthday and asks for help in finding out Bob's real age.

    J.D. and Turk plan to create the world's biggest black doctor and assemble some large novelty props. When J.D. shows Cox his huge clipboard, Cox calls J.D. an overgrown 32-year-old baby. Kelso also gives Turk a similar lecture, which forces J.D. to reconsider this prank. "It's probably time for us to grow up," J.D. tells his best friend. Meanwhile, the Janitor learns that Kelso is turning 65 and Cox tells Josh that he has Leukemia.

    Turk insists he's not ready to grow up and tells J.D. that, "I'm bringing you back." The Janitor and Elliot then tell Kelso they know his real age, and Kelso says it's none of their business. However, his age comes out when Elliot's party gets underway.

    J.D. and Cox sit down with Carla and Turk to hash out the notion of "growing up" versus changing who you are and to talk about telling Josh about his disease - Carla thinks Cox took his childhood away by telling him. Carla insists it's important for everyone to hang onto the "kid inside." J.D. realizes that Turk is right and gets into the giant black surgeon costume. Things are not as fun in Bob's office where a board member tells him that he will be forced to retire because of his age.moreless
  • Hilarious, and a good moral story. one of the funniest episodes, hooch is crazy!

    Hilarious moments, when Turk and J.D are talking for issie and sam, is comic genius, also j.ds day dream of milk at the beginning was jokes. Sweet moments with Dr. Cox and family, with the silly voice, just added to everything. The caremal bear also hilarious. It wasn't as 'odd' as some of the other episodes have been because of turk and j.d finnaly (sort of) growing up. It is weird though, how elliot has changed alot, not being scared of kelso. Hooch is crazy and hilarious! "Burn for a burn baby, that's in the bible",the funniest line in episode.. Everything from J.Ds giant clipboard and stethescope to interns following hooch, then holding them in a hostage situation means that this episode was just perfect!moreless
  • Jd starts to realize he needs to be more mature. Dr. Cox is shocked that a 10-year-old's parents don't want to tell him he has Leukeimia and we learn Dr.Kelso has been lying about his age.moreless

    I hate that fact that Josh's parents didn't want him to know that he had one of the most commen illness' that children can get, How would he be treated if he didn't know? And how is looking up the illness on his laptop takeing his childhood away? to be honest at the end when Turk, Carla, JD and Perry are dicussing this whole thing, i'd support Perry and JD because if Jd didn't start acting like a parent Kim might think he'd be a bad influence on Sam and Perry: Josh's parent's would have to let him know eventually because they had to give him treatment and he'd proberbly figure it out on his own, and if it wasn't treated he'd die all because of his parents. When the scene where Kelso tell's the board member he'll be 58 i immiediatly knew he was lying because he said he was 57 in 5x06-My Missed Perception and that was 2 season's before this he couln't have gone a whole year without ageing.

    But It was still a great episode and maybe at the end of the series Kelso finally retires.moreless
Zach Braff

Zach Braff

Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian

Donald Faison

Donald Faison

Dr. Christopher "Chris" Duncan Turk

John C. McGinley

John C. McGinley

Dr. Percival "Perry" Cox

Ken Jenkins

Ken Jenkins

Dr. Robert "Bob" Kelso

Judy Reyes

Judy Reyes

Nurse Carla Espinosa

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

Arthur Roberts

Arthur Roberts

Board Member

Guest Star

Sterling Beaumon

Sterling Beaumon

Josh Winston

Guest Star

Paul Webster

Paul Webster

Mr. Winston

Guest Star

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Jordan Sullivan

Recurring Role

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd

Ted Buckland

Recurring Role

Phill Lewis

Phill Lewis


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Dr. Kelso's age is inconsistent. In "My Kingdom," Dr. Cox puts up a sign that says Kelso's year of birth is 1947, but in this episode, it's said that his year of birth is 1942.

    • J.D. said Sam couldn't pretend to kiss Izzy in the park scene until Sam could hold his head up for real. However, J.D. only held Sam's head when he mentioned having to hold his head. Before that line and after, Sam was holding his own head up without J.D.'s help.

    • Although it has been alluded before, it was now confirmed that Dr. Cox's parents were violently abusive alcoholics.

    • Dr. Cox reveals that he's 47.

    • Zach Braff stated in the audio commentary that Neil Flynn improvised most of the "bells" shot.

    • When Turk is getting the Giant Black Doctor ready, the stethoscope he wore around his neck was the same stethoscope used in episode 6-20 "My Conventional Wisdom" where J.D. was daydreaming about the Doctor Toilet.

    • Featured Music:

      "The Man" by Pete Yorn

    • J.D. and Turk used to have a third bear named Caramel Bear before he was abducted and likely killed.

    • In the season 3 episode "My Clean Break" J.D. mentions "We tried playing Giant Black Doctor, remember what happened? People ran." However, Turk implies that giant black doctor is a brand new idea in this episode.

    • We find out Dr. Kelso's real age is 65.

    • In this episode everyone asks Dr. Kelso what his age his and he responds 58. Elliot later finds out it's 65 but what is interesting about this is that Dr. Kelso was 58 when the show started.

    • This is Hooch's first appearence since the season four finale, "My Changing Ways".

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Janitor: (elevator opens) You're old! Yes! I've been saying that when the door opens for the last two hours, and I finally got my man! (As the elevator door starts to close) Come on, give it up, a little something. (elevator's almost closed) Still got time. (door closes) We'll do it later!

    • Dr. Kelso: What has two thumbs, a funny voice and doesn't give a crap? (weird voice) Bob Kelso! ...I added the funny voice to keep it fresh.

    • Dr. Cox: Who cares about losing your childhood? I damn sure didn't.
      J.D.: Yeah, because your parents were violently abusive alcoholics. Not that there's anything wrong with that. It was probably very exciting.

    • Turk: Ok, we're both off in an hour, so I planned our plan.
      J.D.: You just used the same word twice in the same sentence.
      Turk: You just did too.
      J.D.: That is so weird that I didn't even notice that I did that. Same word, four times, one sentence!
      Turk: Dude, you're in the zone.
      J.D.: I feel it.

    • J.D.: It's just that when I have Sam I'm so busy, you know? We're up at 6, I feed him, I bathe him, then it's poopy time, then it's his poopy time.

    • Turk: I'm off. Uh, you wanna go shoot some hoops?
      J.D.: I have a baby strapped to my chest.
      Turk: So I just won't pass to you.
      J.D.: Cool, same as always.

    • J.D.'s narration: No matter how old you are you should never forget the importance of childhood. Whether it's letting your kid hold on to his... or holding on to your own; Because everything happens so fast, it all can slip away before you know it.

    • J.D.'s narration: They say that the truth hurts; and sometimes it does. But sometimes it's just surprising, and other times the truth just wasn't supposed to be heard in the first place.

    • Ted: Sir, I got you a power drill. I know you wanted one for your hobby shop.
      Dr. Kelso: The Janitor already gave me one. Nobody likes a copycat, Ted.
      Ted: So what do I do with this?
      Janitor: Ooh! Thanks.
      Ted: Heeeey.

    • Hooch: (to the interns who are following him) I'm about to use the toilet right now. So I hope you all are happy with the order that you're standing in. Because if you follow me in there, that is the order that I'm going to kill you. (to himself) Oh yeah! Today is gonna be a good day. Yes it is!

    • Elliot: So, how do we find out Kelso's age?
      Ted: We pay a hundred people, age one to a hundred, line them all up and see which one Kelso looks like.
      Janitor: I say, we cut off Kelso's legs, and we count the rings.
      Elliot: That only works on trees.
      Janitor: And puppets.

    • Ted: Kelso makes my life hell. Now, I know usually I cave, but there's no way I'm going to his party.
      Elliot: I understand, Ted.
      Ted: Fine, I'll go. Damned!

    • Elliot: Oh my god, is that a smile?
      Dr. Kelso: Well, it's like last year, when the safety brake failed on Enid's wheelchair, and she started rolling toward our pool. I told myself: "Bob, it's already too late to stop it so you might as well sit back and enjoy it."

    • Ted: Chicks, ah? They're all soft and cuddly, but you'll never get to be with one.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: March 26, 2008 on TV3
      Venezuela: May 20, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Sweden: July 5, 2008 on TV6
      Germany: October 1, 2008 on ProSieben


    • The Addams Family:
      When the Janitor pops into the scene when Elliot is trying to find out Kelso's age he says, "You rang?"

      Lurch, the butler from the Addams Family would appear immediately and respond, "You rang?" when the family pulled a bell.

    • "Growing Pains" is the title of a TV series which ran from 1985 to 1992.

    • J.D.: His roommate got straight A's that semester without even going to class.

      J.D. is referencing a common legend, that a college student whose roommate dies will get a 4.0 GPA for the next term.