Season 7 Episode 2

My Hard Labor

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Nov 01, 2007 on NBC
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Kim goes into labor, and J.D. struggles to decide if he should tell her what he really thinks of their relationship. Turk, desperate to do something not baby-related, races to beat a video game before Carla discovers him. Dr. Cox searches for someone he trusts enough to give his daughter a shot.moreless

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  • I know this is late but....

    I just had to say this. Dr. Cox is soooo adorable with his daughter. The man who seems to love everyone being scared of him is willing wander around the hospital for hours just so his child will never fear him.
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    The episode where JD becomes a father was definitely groundbreaking, Kim & JD's relationship comes to an end when JD realizes he might never love her. But in some ways, it's just the beginning, like stated in this episode. Some emotional scenes, and a subtle Laverne mention, and you got yourself an episode worth watching.

    I used to really like Kim, but now it seems like she's holding the show back if anything else, when ironically, I felt like she really supported the cast well in season 5. Looks like maybe we'll be seeing a lot more of her now, since her & JD have a son together. Kieth continues to hate Elliot, which she completely deserves, which was funny. Cox trying to find a doctor that can give s hot to his baby, was a great plot. And related to JD's, in a lot of ways. About parenting, the pep talk that Cox gave to JD was one of his best. Carla & Turk playing a video game was pretty funny too, I loved the ending, a very heartwarming episode, that I'm sure touched a lot of the Scrubs fans' hearts.moreless
  • Great episode with some funny moments.

    Great, Great episode for everyone involved. I first want to talk about Carla and Turk and The Janitor in this episode. Turk wanting to finish the game was really funny and Carla wanting to get rid of it was a great touch. And the Janitor wanting to pray for his 'fallen' friends, I guess you could say was so funny and just added to the wierd character of the Janitor well and was so funny. Also, I loved how cute Carla and Turk were when they finally got the game finished, They really do love each other don't they? :) I also really loved where Turk is happy he finished it and Carla is like 'I finished this game 3 times'. The moment where Kelso is talking to Harrison was so beautiful and I honestly felt so happy for Kelso to finally show himself as a nice character. Next thing I want to talk about is how angry Kim was at J.D, I have to admit that I would be too if I was in Kim's situation, I loved that she was giving birth to the baby in this episode but it wasn't as good as it could of been and doesn't match up to either of Jordan's birth's or Carla's birth. Sorry Kim, I love you as a character but didn't care for you on this episode. :(

    Last thing I want to comment on individually is when J.D is standing up against the wall with the baby pictures and diagrams laying up behind him and Keith walks past and is like 'Hey JD' and then he's like 'Oh, That's disgusting' when Elliot walked past, I thought it was so hilarious!! I hated Keith through s5, but he's definitely come my favourite Elliot boyfriend. Even above JD. (He's actualy like, 4th if you wanna know.)

    Great Episode. One of the best. 10/10moreless
  • JD becomes a dad.

    Amazing episode, beautifully scripted and masterfully executed. One of the defining moments in Scrubs emphasising the importance of family and the unrewarded sacrifices people make for others. This is relevant to life in general and I am glad that it has been acknowledged in such a superb script. Dr. Cox's and JD's sacrifices for their kids enlightened me more to my own parents' altruism which is often taken for granted by many sons and daughters. The acting was excellent and although all characters stayed true to their personality for which they are known, we saw a rare sensitive moment from Dr. Cox when consoling JD and it is because of their rarity, and the extent to which JD seeks his guidance that it is always memorable when Dr. Cox actually helps him.moreless
  • The second time in the series where the second episode of a season has the birth of one of the main characters' child...

    Kim goes into labor, and J.D. struggles to decide if he should tell her what he really thinks of their relationship.

    Turk, desperate to do something not baby-related, races to beat a video game before Carla discovers him. Dr. Cox searches for someone he trusts enough to give his daughter a shot. A very funny episode that, contrary to some people's opinions, demonstrates the level of comedy that Scrubs still has from the first two seasons. Jordan was hilarious in this one although she didnt really have to say anything! Kim is also hilarious in this one as the ranting pregnant woman and the birth of 'Sammy' rounds of this nice episode.moreless
Zach Braff

Zach Braff

Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

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

Debra Azar

Debra Azar

Dr. Donna

Guest Star

Aloma Wright

Aloma Wright

Nurse Shirley

Guest Star

Colin Hay

Colin Hay


Guest Star

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks

Dr. Kim Briggs

Recurring Role

Travis Schuldt

Travis Schuldt

Keith Dudemeister

Recurring Role

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Jordan Sullivan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • When J.D. asks to do a three person jump hug, it actually is four people because Izzy is on Carla's back.

    • Turk is meant to be playing a co-op campaign on a single XBox 360 but when the visual comes up it clearly isn't split-screen which would be necessary on the single console.

    • When J.D. and Turk are playing the Xbox 360, the light on J.D.'s controller is not on meaning it is not on.

    • Turk can be seen using a blue Transformers shirt with a picture of Optimus Prime, a rainbow and the number 84. That exact shirt design can be found at

    • The game was clearly described as a two player game, so it wouldn't have been possible for Carla to play it let alone win it several times as a single player.

    • Turk and J.D. (and later the Janitor and Carla) can be seen playing the Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 controller J.D. is using is a wireless controller, the controller Turk is using is a wired controller with the wire cut off.

    • Dr. Donna (Debra Azar), who delivered Jack in "My Karma", delivers Sam Dorian in this episode.

    • When Dr. Cox is asking for help with his daughter, Jennifer Dylan, Dr. Kelso is drinking from a mug labeled "Plomox". Julie Keaton, played by Heather Locklear, was Plomox's representative in "My First Step" and "My Fruit Cups".

    • Turk says that two players are needed to play the game, however, every time the screen is shown there is only one person playing and Carla never mentions a partner during her previous victories (including at least one all night session).

    • Featured Music:
      "Heartbeats" by Jose Gonzalez
      "Down Under" by Colin Hay

    • Turk's Xbox 360 has two controllers - one with a detachable battery and one with a smooth back. In the scene where Carla takes over for Janitor in the Xbox 360 game, every time the camera cuts between Turk and Carla the controllers seem to be switching hands between them.

    • The woman, Nurse Shirley, who J.D. thinks is familiar, looks like Laverne. Laverne died in season six, episode 15, "My Long Goodbye". This is because they were played by the same actress, Aloma Wright.

    • While Carla uses terms from the Halo series, such as Warthog and Jackal, the visual that is shown on television is not from the Halo series.

  • QUOTES (28)

    • J.D. Carla, let him finish!
      Carla: (hands J.D. the console) You can have it!
      J.D.: Family comes first, Turk

    • Dr. Cox: Regardless, you interns are the future of this hospital. If you don't treat patients, you won't learn. What I want you to do is walk over to Mr. Setzer and say these words, "I'm your doctor. Deal with it." Can you say that?

    • Dr. Cox: "He doesn't want to be treated by interns", with the I dotted with a little heart and a little frownie face at the end. It's incredible. Your handwriting's actually more annoying than your voice.

    • Kim: You're a piece of crap!
      J.D.: You're doing great.
      Kim: I hate your hair!
      J.D.: Impossible, nobody does.

    • Dr. Kelso: Of course you had to break up with him, no one you love should ever sell your car without asking and then blow the money on meth.

    • Dr. Kelso: I swear you could line up a hundred gay men and Harrison would pick out the attention starved bipolar ex-con every time.

    • Dr. Cox: But if you use the words "emotional roller coaster" I am O U T.
      J.D.: Deal. I just feel like I'm on this emotional......ride.

    • Dr. Cox: Do you have the time to give my daughter a shot now that you've ruined your life?
      J.D.: Will you talk me through what I'm going through?
      Dr. Cox: Absolutely not.

    • Elliot: You're having a baby! Wanna do a celebratory jump hug?
      J.D.: Nah, Turk Carla and I tried one earlier. Turned out to be lame.
      Elliot: Oh please, you probably loved it and just don't want to admit it.
      J.D.'s narration: God, she knows me!

    • Janitor: That sounded like criticism, and I don't respond well to criticism.
      Carla: Whatever, you still suck.
      Janitor: I'm Out

    • Dr. Kelso: I would give her a shot, Perry, but this is scotch and I'm all Hasselhoffed out.

    • Dr. Cox: Look I know that I called you at home and threatened to kill your dog, but thanks for coming in Dr. Callahan.
      Dr. Callahan: No problem, it's not like you need a lot of sleep to practice medicine on small children.

    • Kim: I deserve to be with somebody who doesn't cross his fingers and hope that he falls in love with me, maybe, someday.

    • Kim: Would you even be with me if i wasn't dropping this kid?
      J.D.: I don't know how to answer that.
      Kim: I think you just did. You know what? We're done.

    • Kim: There's a lot of guys out there who think I'm a good catch! The words "cute as a button" have been thrown around on more than one occasion!
      J.D.: I know, Kim. You're amazing.
      Kim: Stop calling me amazing!

    • Turk: You realize while you're talking his alien buddies are shooting you in the face?
      Janitor: Well that's just rude.

    • Janitor: Forgive me, space goblin. If it were not for the novice setting and the 10 cups of coffee I had earlier today you might have bested me in the marsh of Kathrik. We're not too different, you and I, despite your arm mounted cannon and your insatiable taste for human flesh.

    • Turk: Ok all we have to do here is kill space goblins.
      Janitor: And what's my motivation?
      Turk: Your motivation is to kill space goblins.

    • Dr. Cox: All the best there, Kim. Please note the entire world is hoping that all the dominant genes are yours.

    • Dr. Cox: Over the next couple of years plenty of doctors and going to be poking and prodding her, and I would like her to see me as her father and not another white coat that she will forever associate with pain.
      Jordan: Totally legitimate argument, if three month olds didn't have the memory of an earthworm.

    • J.D.: That's my baby pager. I'm having a baby!
      Turk: Oh my god I'm gonna be a bluncle!

    • Josphine: (Chasing Dr. Cox with her high pitched voice)Dr. Cox, we heard that you were waiting for the pediatrician!
      Dr Cox: Please.. Remember our rule.
      (Josephine begins writing what she was saying)
      Male Intern: (Cutting in)We heard that you were waiting for the pediatrician... uh.. He's at home, so we paged him and he said that we should give your daughter the shot ourselves.
      Dr. Cox: There is no way in hell I'm letting an incompetent intern touch my child.
      Male Intern: But you said we were the future of the hospital and we need to learn.
      Dr. Cox: You need to learn on patients not related on me... Ones that I don't care if you kill or maim.
      Male Intern:We're you're doctors... Deal with it!
      Josephine: (In a normal voice) Yeah! We're you're doctors!
      Dr. Cox: Why don't you always talk that way?
      Josephine: (Back to her high pitched voice) Because it hurts my throat too much.

    • J.D.: I'll be in charge of the epidural, and as soon as you're ready I'll have them make you so numb it'll feel like you're passing a marshmallow.
      Kim: But that sounds sticky and uncomfortable!
      J.D.: Passing a unicorn
      Kim: That's a big horse with a horn!
      J.D.: Passing a rainbow!
      Kim: That's better.

    • (When Dr Cox won't let the Interns give his daughter a shot)
      Intern: But you said we're the future of the hospital and we need to learn
      Dr Cox: You need to learn on patients not related to me, ones that I don't care if you kill or maim.

    • J.D.'s narration: As I looked around the room, I thought about the things parents do for their kids; like going to extraordinary lengths to ensure their child never fears them, helping them mend their broken heart… or staying up late to make sure there's one less distraction around them. And I realized that parenting is about sacrifice, and I had to go there and be there for my child; even if it meant taking some well deserved abuse. (Doctor delivers Kim's baby) And right there I couldn't help but wonder: are you ever?

    • Kim: (In labor, screaming) I hate you SO much right now J.D.
      Dr. Donna: (To J.D.) Don't worry, all women say that stuff during labor. She doesn't mean it.
      Kim: I do… he just broke up with me.

    • Delivering doctor: Okay Kim, you're still a few hours away and I understand you'll be wanting an epidural?
      Kim: Yes. But I hate pain so much I'm hoping there's a pill you can give me so that getting the epidural itself won't hurt.
      (Delivering doctor laughs)
      Kim: Haha… Why does she think I'm joking? I hate her and her chipmunk-y face.
      J.D.: Kim your quiet voice is a little louder than usual.

    • Turk: Alright people, listen up. I need to beat this video game before Kim delivers J.D.'s bastard child. It takes two people to do it, so I can't do it by myself. Who's with me?!?! (Holding an Xbox360)
      Dr. Kelso: I would, Turkleton, but I only play Pacman and that car-jack game. There's nothing like scoring a Caddie and mowing down street hoes.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: March 12, 2008 on TV3+
      Sweden: July 5, 2008 on TV6
      New Zealand: July 9, 2008 on TV2
      Venezuela: April 29, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Germany: September 10, 2008 on ProSieben
      Australia: October 16, 2008 on Channel 7


    • J.D. tells Nurse Shirley that she reminds him of someone. That would be Nurse Laverne, who is deceased in the show mythology and is portrayed by the same actress. This is a reference to the sitcom Laverne & Shirley from the 70's, which also ran on ABC.

    • Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
      The game that is shown on television is "Enemy Territory: Quake Wars".

    • Grand Theft Auto
      Dr. Kelso mentions that he enjoys playing a "carjack game" that involves "scoring a caddy and mowing down street hos". This is a reference to the "Grand Theft Auto" series of video games, in which a player is allowed to steal vehicles (including a golf cart) and gun down pedestrians, including prostitutes.

    • The Flintstones
      J.D. makes a comment comparing his son Sam to "Bamm-Bamm" of The Flintstones.

    • Halo
      While playing the game, Carla tells Turk to "get in a Warthog". A Warthog is a vehicle in the Halo games.