Season 5 Episode 9

My Half-Acre

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

J.D. meets the klutzy Julie, and when he becomes smitten, Elliot attempts to help out with romance advice. Carla tries to find Dr. Cox's soft side, when he refuses to kiss his son. Turk and the Janitor put together an air band to win a contest, but Dr. Kelso gives them a tremendous obstacle.moreless

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  • "Because I know you."

    This was such a hilarious episode. The thing that I really loved about this episode is that Scrubs this season, has lost it's sense of realism in some place, and in this episode, it seemed to gain back it's realism. The other thing of course that it's hilarious, and it surprisingly helped with the development as well. Mandy Moore guest stars as JD's new klutz girlfriend, that made this episode all the more funnier. We got to see some development in Elliot & JD's friendship. Elliot warns JD that he's going too fast with Julie, she gives him advice throughout the episode. Cox doesn't want to be a sensitive dad, and Turk becomes part of an air band with the janitor, but things go awry when Turk disrespects Kelso. In the end, everything is resolved because of these words: "Because I know you." It was heartwarming in a sense, and it brought development since JD bought a space with Julie, but she continues to be a klutz which continues to be hysterical. A hilarious heartwarming episode with development.moreless
  • The BEST episode of Scrubs!!!!

    Seriously, this is my favourite episode, it's smart and hilarious. Julie and JD have an amazing relationship, that I wish would have gone on for more than 2 episodes. But that's the way it went. Everything about this episode was perfect (Except for the scene with Elliot in JD's wig). The airbanding was funny, the music choices seemed to fit... and Turk's "Poison" dance!!!!!!!! Haha. That was one of the greatest dance scenes in history.

    The romance was sweet, and the way that Elliot was influencing JD's relationship was also funny. Altogether, this episode is a fine example of the way Scrubs should have been more like in Seasons 6 and 7.moreless
  • My Half-Acre is one of the Scrubs episodes that seemlessly blends comedy, story and music into one neat little package.

    This is one of those irreverent episodes that has it all. From the start of the episode with Ted, Janitor and Lloyd's air band, he just rolls along from there. As the episode progresses, the air band is used to mix in some good songs that are not only fun to listen to, but also propel the story arcs in this episode. Mandy Moore does a nice job as JD's klutzy girlfriend. I realize that she and Zach Braff were dating at the time this episode was filmed, but I also think that a lot of the episode's charm has to do with Moore's acting ability. Also, there is a nice story arc involving the emotional growth of Dr. Cox. While I knew where that particular arc was going to go, it was nonetheless an enjoyable ride.

    For me, it was the air band that made this episode especially memorable. Ted, Lloyd and Janitor approach the air band with some sort of fanatical obsession. The Todd's audition, which was really heightened by the fact that the Todd hadn't dressed up for it, was a good gag. However, it was Turk's audition for the air band that showcased the episode's sense of silliness the best. Donald Faison did a spectacular job dancing to Bel Biv Devoe's Poison, but it was the reactions from the other band members that really got me laughing. They acted as though this was not only the band member they had been looking for, but the one that would propel them to stardom. All in all, very well done.moreless
  • Funny. I love this series because it can make me laugh and cry. This episode is just laugh out loud funny. Air-Banding and hide the saultine.

    Mandy Moore guest stars and is fantastic. I love the air-banding. The ending with the three different camera is amazing. This is an under-rated episode of Scrubs. It holds true to the shows core meaning and is one of the funniest episodes period. Without question I can watch this episode over and over. Also, it stands alone very well. I usually need to watch a series from episode 1 to the end. This episode can stand alone and be watched and enjoyed by someone with little to no knowledge of the series as well as being enjoyed by die-hard scrubs fans.moreless
  • Amazing episode

    The BEST EPISODE EVER!!!! I can watch this episode on my ipod 100x and still laugh my head off! Mandy more is amazing. Also, watch "Her Story", the episode after, to finish out mandy's hilarious 2-episode guest starring role!

    It is why this show is the best live-action comedy on television! This episode is a must-have for any self respecting scrubs fan.

    Ignore this, It's cuz i need 100 words... silly rule!

    Ignore this, It's cuz i need 100 words... silly rule!

    Ignore this, It's cuz i need 100 words... silly rule!

    Ignore this, It's cuz i need 100 words... silly rule!

    Ignore this, It's cuz i need 100 words... silly rule!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

Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore


Guest Star

Jo Deodato Clark

Jo Deodato Clark

Mrs. Nickels

Guest Star

Tangelia Rouse

Tangelia Rouse

Mrs. London

Guest Star

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Jordan Sullivan

Recurring Role

Michael Hobert

Michael Hobert


Recurring Role

Michael Learned

Michael Learned

Mrs. Wilk

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • After J.D. and Julie take their masks and wigs off, J.D. still has a lot of glue residue on his face. It disappears after the cut-away shot of Julie.

    • Mike Schwartz, who plays Lloyd, the air-band drummer, is a writer for Scrubs. He has appeared in other episodes in bit parts, but this is the first time the character he plays has a name.

    • Featured Music:
      "Working For The Weekend" by Loverboy
      "Poison" by Bel Biv Devoe
      "More Than A Feeling" by Boston
      "Hey Julie" by Fountains of Wayne
      "100 Years" by Five For Fighting

    • After J.D. and Julie take their masks and wigs off after their photo as an old couple, their hair is all flat and messy. on the next shot of each character their hair looks perfect again.

    • When J.D. is explaining to Julie about the misunderstanding, her keys on the table changes position as the camera changes angle.

    • Julie has the same "falling down" sound effect that J.D. has.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • E.liot: Yeah, I'm sure you said something that sucked the romance out of the moment. You used to do that all the time when we were dating.
      J.D.: Like when?
      (Flashback to J.D. and Elliot in bed)
      J.D.: Are you getting thicker, you feel thicker?

    • Dr. Kelso: Well, it seems I've stumbled into the "time-well-spent" ward. Back to your cage, Ted.

    • Lonnie: Dr. Cox, could you help me with a central line?
      Dr. Cox: Fine, Lonnie. But, hand to God, if you so much as look at me for the next month I will mummify your head in surgical tape.

    • Elliot: You know, I actually like Julie. So, don't do that thing you always do.
      J.D.: If you're referring to the game "Find the Saltine", relax. I don't even play that with Turk anymore.
      Turk: Behind your ear.
      J.D.: (Withdrawing Saltine from behind his ear) My friend, you have found the Saltine. Uh, but, don't tell Elliot we're still playing.

    • J.D.: I know, I haven't hit it in awhile but there's good reason for that.
      Dr. Cox: Two good reasons: his face and his personality.

    • Dr. Cox: Now Mrs. Wilk, you have developed an allergy to melphalan. However I've come up with a new regimen that will enable us to continue treatment.
      Mrs. Wilk: Ok.
      Carla: Oh I think he described all the extra effort he put in so you would tell him what an amazing doctor he is.
      Mrs. Wilk: Now that you told me, it won't sound sincere.
      Carla: He won't care.
      Mrs. Wilk: Dr. Cox, you're amazing.
      Dr. Cox: It's just my job.

    • Julie gets up to leave, drops her water in Elliot's spaghetti, hits Elliot in the back of the head with her purse, then hits her face with the napkin container
      Julie: Oh my gosh, oh my gosh! I am so sorry!
      Elliot: Oh no, it happens.
      J.D.: It does, it happens.

    • Elliot: Just don't repeat the same mistakes you made with me. For instance, don't speed down the road pretending your brakes are out. I don't care if it got you laid once in high school. It is not funny and I still have not forgiven you for killing that pony.

    • J.D.: Can you believe we've been talking for two hours?
      Julie: Seriously?
      J.D.: Nah, while you were in the bathroom I set the clocks two hours ahead so you'd think time was just flying by.
      Julie: Really? While I was in the bathroom, I wrote my name in the mirror with my finger so the next time you took a hot shower and it fogged up, you'd think ghosts were telling you to be with me.

    • J.D.'s narration: Tell her about the hit and run. No, she probably loves ponies. Ask her if she's been tested. Why are these odd thoughts popping into my head? My God, look at the size of her feet. Tell her. Stop it!

    • J.D.: By the way, Julie's here but I'm not going to kiss and tell.
      Elliot: Oh really? Cause I just got your text that said "bone city".
      J.D.: Oh really? That came through?

    • J.D.'s narration: So I had to use Elliot's advice with Julie. Luckily, she's not great at gloating.
      Elliot: Ha ha you had sex last night with a beautiful girl you really like.
      J.D.'s narration: Sometimes she needs a little help.
      J.D.: You probably meant to say if it weren't for you, I'd still be dating my laptop.
      Elliot: Right! In your face! Thank you.

    • Elliot: Don't go to quickly, or like I said, you'll just end up with another beautiful girl.
      J.D.: Dating my laptop.
      Elliot: Dating your laptop. Thank you.

    • Dr. Cox: Alright listen up and listen good. I will kill anyone who tells Carla. And that includes you Mrs. London. I will save your life and take it away.

    • J.D.: I wasn't saying you smelled like my Mom, I was saying you smelled like my-mum. It's an exotic flower indigenous to the hills of Costa Rica.
      Julie: God, I feel so stupid.
      J.D.: Hugsies.
      J.D.'s narration: (While hugging Julie) Ohhhh, mommy.

    • J.D.: Fine. I may have told her that she smells like my Mom. Which, by the way, I still maintain as a compliment.

    • J.D.: Why would Julie just take off like that? I bet my body intimidated her. That's it! I'm selling that Bowflex on Craig's List.

    • Elliot: So I guess your date sucked, huh?
      J.D.: HA! Why don't you ask her if our date sucked? She's in my room.
      Elliot: Twenty bucks says you blow it in less than five minutes.
      J.D.: Unlikely. 'Cause what's waiting for me in my room is what's known in football terms as a slam dunk. (Pantomiming a tennis racket swing)
      Elliot: One Mississippi. Two Mississippi.
      Julie: It's soooo late, I have to get going. I have a dog and a fish. I have to walk them and feed them and stuff. I'm Julie. Hi.
      Elliot: I was Elliot. (To J.D.) Twenty bucks, pleeeease.

    • Janitor: (Watching Turk air performing) I don't know what "IT" is, but he's got it.
      Lloyd: He's going to be trouble...
      Janitor: I know, but he's so damn talented.

    • Janitor:We don't just rock together, we roll together.
      Janitor, Lloyd, Ted, Turk: ::pounding chests:: Cool cats.

    • J.D.: How did you know I'd move too fast with Julie?
      Elliot: Because I know you!
      Dr. Cox: How do you know that I can be that kind of dad?
      Carla: Because I know you!
      Turk: How did you that Kelso just wanted respect?
      Janitor: Because I know him!
      Todd: (Watching in the security cameras) Wow! This is so cool!

    • J.D.: Stay away from my girlfriend, Elliot! And stay away from my J.D. wigs!

    • J.D.: Thanks for doing that. I wanted a picture of us old, you know, that way if one of us dies in a tragic skiing accident we'll always have that memory of us together.

    • J.D.: All right Mrs. Nickels, your new hip is on the house 'cause this girl is smoking!

    • Mrs. London: Surgery? I'm a Jehovah's Witness, I can't get a transfusion. We believe that blood should not be passed from person to person.
      Dr. Cox: Well I'm a doctor and we believe that without surgery a person in your condition can suffer from a major case of deadness!

    • Janitor: Anyway, thanks for coming to the audition in that costume!
      Todd: What costume?

    • Turk: Dr. Kelso, I'll go to that conference.
      Dr. Kelso: Turkelton, I have many more pressing issues, starting with a gigantic paralyzed wife and ending with a gay son who has just written a scathing musical about me called Dr. Dad, which despite mixed reviews, has just been held over in Buffalo. So why don't you just do whatever...

    • Jordan: Uh, Perry, this is your son. Not a rescued pit bull. Give him a kiss.
      Dr. Cox: Jordan, he's starting to look like a guy and I'm just not real big on kissing guys. I mean, when my father wanted to show me affection, he would just purposely miss when he threw bottles at my head.

    • J.D.: Sticks and stones may break my bones...
      J.D.'s Narration: ...but words will hurt forever.

    • Julie: I think there's a tchotchke in my bum.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Mandy Moore was Zach Braff's real-life girlfriend at the time this episode aired.

    • The entire perfomance by the air band, "The Cool Cats," consisting of Turk, Ted, the Janitor, and Lloyd, of Boston's "More Than A Feeling" (much of which is seen at the end of the episode) was made available by NBC at their website.


    • Bow Flex:

      When J.D. remarks that he's "selling that Bow Flex on Craig's List", he's referring to the king of all infomercial workout products: The Bow Flex. Featured in a series of paid programs all over television, the Bow Flex is purported to increase one's muscle mass, tone and definition. This has obviously not worked for J.D., though he seems unaware of it.

    • Craig's List, which was founded in 1995 by Craig Newmark, is a local community classifieds for jobs, apartments, personals, for sale, services, community, and events. It exists in more then 20 regions and gets 4 million unique visitors every month.