Scrubs

Season 8 Episode 4

My Happy Place

2
Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Jan 13, 2009 on NBC
9.1
out of 10
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295 votes
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J.D. and Elliot's relationship seems to have been rekindled when they encourage Dr. Kelso to find his true happy place. Meanwhile, Dr. Cox has issues with the surgical staff, and the Janitor comes back to the hospital.

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  • This is the main reason why I'm loving season 8 so far. My Happy Place needs to be considered as a classic.

    10
    So, I don't know why people would think this one isn't that funny. It sure was hilarious at times, and very well done at the end. Very solid and very important for the season and the show overall [scrubs]. JD and Elliot come back to the same old on/off again, when Kelso mentions is nice to see them dating again. But this time they realise that and decide to avoid talking about their relationship past cause they've done that every year, "blah blahblah" was a nice detail. They realise they've changed, JD has a beard now. They do all this conversation with a black background effect (their little own world), that wasn't corny, but a detail they decided to do and it worked out. At the end, nothing "amazing!", is what made the episode so great, like it didn't feel forced. They just do what they were meant to do since the beginning. They hook up nervously, Elliot says if that's the right thing to do and JD replies "who cares?". Then they leave the hospital holding hands. There is the Janitor plot who confesses to Ted he practically doesn't work there, he has to come up with something when he doesn't get paid. There's funny stuff with these two guys. We also have Kelso hanging around the hospital eating free muffins, until he is discovered he has nothing else to do. He is like Norm in that b¡+ch! But he as well does what his heart tells him to do "who cares?"

    On the fourth hand, we have Dr. Cox and Turk having some issues between each other. They have some problems with two patients who don't want to have simultaneous organs 'switcheroo'. Turk feels like Dr. Cox doesn't trust surgeons overall, he thinks smartest surgeon is like being the smartest in the cast of the Hills. At the end we discover Dr. Cox really trusts Turk, in a moment where the characters were having their resolutions, meanwhile JD and Elliot pass by. Very nice.



    Funny stuff in this episode is everywhere. At least for me, this is what I consider to be hilarious Scrubs. At the beginning there is a classic Todd moment "I can feel little JD five!". The Oprah's references and the "do you want some cereal?". We have two funny stuff with Jimmy the overly touchy orderly, "I'll get my own gold, thank you!". JD and the Janitor reencounter again. When JD starts daydreaming about him and Turk in bed. Hilarious! Also the ninja vs. bigfoot moment was so funny. When JD pictures Elliot in a sexy oufit, then Elliot 'imagines' him posing too, funny moment. Turk mimicking he is stabbing Dr. Cox, awesome. The Todd and the glass. Dr. Jan Itor firing the new janitor. "you get a paycheck!". Sex buddies! (trumpets plays) And there's more. All in all I loved the episode, already in the top 20 at least.moreless
  • 804

    9.5
    I guess Courtney Cox leaving was just what this show needed to get back on top again. After going back and forth over the past 7 years, JD & Elliot get back together again, after not being together for 4 years, which is what made this episode so special. A lot of jokes reminded me of the earlier seasons of Scrubs. The janitor and his common antics, and thank god he got his job back by the way. Cox saying he trusts in Turk in the end of the episode, which gave a sense of emotion, which this seasons hasn't had just yet. Elliot & JD going off in their own world to talk about their relationship, was golden and completely fit their story. The Todd's first appearance in season eight, for a while there, I thought he left the show. He always reminds me of the earlier seasons of Scrubs.



    The ending was perfect, Kelso going back to the hospital, for the muffins of course. JD & Elliot getting together, and Cox still over Turk's shoulder. Great episode, with amazing development.moreless
  • JD y Elliot afrontan nuevamente su alianza amorosa, y los demas miembros del equipo medico resuelven problemas de confianza.

    9.5
    Las historias paralelas son las siguientes: JD y Elliot afrontan su nueva relacion cuando encuentran al Dr. Kelso en una cafeteria (cuando en realidad les habia comentado que iria de vacaciones con su esposa). Dr. Cox debe aceptar que Turk es un cirujano competente, y el conserje retorna a Sacred Heart.

    Empezamos de atras hacia adelante: el conserje retorna al hospital sin ser contratado, pero se las arregla para que lo reintegren a pesar de no haber sido llamado. Cox sigue dudando de los cirujanos, a quienes detesta porque solo abren personas sin conocer su enfermedad a fondo, pero debe aceptar que Turk es un buen cirujano cuando ambos se ven en un caso de transplante de organos. Pero, la historia mas significativa es la de Elliot y JD, quienes siguen siendo amigos pero son vistos como pareja. MIentras conversan con Kelso en la cafeteria, se dan cuenta que ambos tienen miedo de iniciar una relacion, y temor a los comentarios de los demas. Finalmente, cuando salen del hospital, JD toma la mano de Elliot y salen abrazados de su centro de trabajo.



    ***

    Deberia darle 10 puntos a este capitulo. Scrubs vuelve a ser el de las primeras temporadas. Dialogos rapidos, situaciones que cada vez cobran mas hilacion en sus mas de 100 episodios. La escena final de una mano temblorosa de JD para tomar la de Elliot sera profundamente recordada por los seguidores de esta serie. Ademas, como es casi costumbre, la banda sonora al final merece mucha atencion.moreless
  • More of the same from the clowns at Sacred Heart.

    7.0
    I will preface this review by saying that I do think this episode was the best one since the end of season six. So hopefully all of what I'm about to write is in vain and the show is on its way back up. Now that that is said, I believe Scrubs, which started out as one of my favorite TV shows to watch, has been in steady decline since season 5, with an abysmal 7th season. I still laugh here and there but most of the show seems very phoned-in by every cast member, save maybe Donald Faison, who doesn't seem to get quite as much face time as he did before. Watching Scrubs is starting to feel a lot like watching The Simpsons: the same old jokes, told in a different way that is less funny than the first time. As I sated before, I hope I'm wrong and the show is on its way back up after moving to its parent station; however, I just am not that optimistic. Since I'm a sucker, I will keep watching and will likely chime in here again.moreless
  • thank god the janitor came back-i missed him! elliot and j.d. back together, who would guess?

    8.0
    as far as medical dramas go, this one aint half bad. i am not a big fan of e.r. or greys anatomy etc. but this show is the best by far.

    i am liking the little changes to sacred heart like introducing jimmy (the overly touchy orderly) and bob kelso's retirement and yet how things stay the same. its about time though that j.d. and elliott had another stab at a relationship as i think they suit each other and wouldn't mind the series ending with them that way. bob kelso makes me sad though with no friends but i like the fact he still hangs around and got dr. cox to admit he is missed.

    bring on the next episode-wot else will i spend my time doing? work?...bahhh!moreless
Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

Donald Faison

Donald Faison

Dr. Christopher "Chris" Duncan Turk

Neil Flynn

Neil Flynn

The Janitor

Ken Jenkins

Ken Jenkins

Dr. Robert "Bob" Kelso

John C. McGinley

John C. McGinley

Dr. Percival "Perry" Cox

Judy Reyes

Judy Reyes

Nurse Carla Espinosa

Scott Allen Rinker

Scott Allen Rinker

Tom Halford

Guest Star

Cathleen Kaelyn

Cathleen Kaelyn

Darcy Halford

Guest Star

Jack Grinnage

Jack Grinnage

Marvell

Guest Star

Robert Maschio

Robert Maschio

Dr. Todd Quinlan

Recurring Role

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd

Ted Buckland

Recurring Role

Taran Killam

Taran Killam

Jimmy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Elliot: Do you still let that inner voice of yours control you?
      J.D.'s narration: This is getting too serious. Kick her, kick her in the head.
      J.D.: Not as much.

    • J.D.: The point is, Elliot, you're a lot stronger than you used to be. I've changed too. I have a beard now.

    • J.D.: (to Dr. Kelso) Did you know that Elliot's granny panties are actually her Granny's panties?

    • J.D.'s narration: Now it's time to split before he shares something so personal that we're trapped here forever.
      J.D.: We should probably get going.
      Dr. Kelso: Last thing I expected was to be an old man with no idea what the hell to do with his life.

    • Dr. Kelso: I bet you can't wait to call all your friends and tell them how pathetic I am.
      J.D.: Actually, sir, we young people are more into texting these days.

    • Turk: I don't understand. If I'm the best surgeon here, how come you're always looking over my shoulder?
      Dr. Cox: Oh give me a break, would you? Saying someone is "the best surgeon" is like saying someone is the smartest cast member of The Hills. Let's face it, it's just not that tough to float to the top of the surgical toilet.

    • Turk: (talking to his patients) Hello folks, I'm Dr. Christopher Turk. (He looks at Dr. Cox.)
      Dr. Cox: You're right so far. Continue.

    • Elliot: (talking about Turk) How did you know he was hurting. Did you, like, hear it in his voice?
      J.D.: With Turk I can always feel it from his soul, like a wave of heat. Are you going to make a joke about how gay that sounds?
      Elliot: Definitely. I just don't have the words yet.
      J.D.: Well let me know.

    • Dr. Cox: (to Turk) Look, surgeons always want to slice people open whether it's the best option or not. No disrespect, but you're just not that bright, you have no idea how to do anything else. Unfortunately, sick people are also very, very stupid and almost always agree to anything that a blood-letting corpse carpenter, such as yourself, tells them. I simply stay in the room to make sure they make the right choice.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: February 19, 2009 on Channel 7
      Latin America: May 26, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television (aka Canal Sony)
      Sweden: October 21, 2009 on TV6
      Germany: March 23, 2010 on ProSieben

    • Although credited, Judy Reyes (Nurse Carla Espinoza) does not appear in this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • J.D. states to Elliot that he doesn't want to be in one of those relationships where one person runs to the airport to stop the other from leaving, nor does he want to do something to mess up the relationship when he thought they were on a break. These are references to two different episodes of Friends, and Elliot asked J.D. if he watched the Friends marathon on TV the day before.

    • Dr. Kelso: I'm like Norm in this bit!

      This is an allusion to the 1980s sitcom Cheers, about a bar named Cheers. Whenever the character Norm entered the bar, he was greeted by a loud "Norm!"

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