Season 1 Episode 16

My Heavy Meddle

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Feb 26, 2002 on NBC
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When a rampaging Dr. Cox suddenly shows up at his door in a strange funk, J.D. sees a possibility of a breakthrough in their relationship - until he learns that Cox loses control in almost an annual rite. Meanwhile, Turk elects to partner with Elliot on a research project so that he can maneuver her back with his buddy J.D. Carla struggles to fulfill a comatose patient's final request - playing heavy metal music in his room.moreless

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  • The aftermath of Elliot & JD's breakup.

    A pretty good episode. It was just sort of the aftermath of JD & Elliot's breakup. The thing that annoyed me about this episode is that Elliot & JD were treating their breakup, as if they have been dating for years. When really they only dated for about a week. JD learns that his old high school teacher has died and he doesn't let it bother him, when Dr. Cox goes insanely mad, he goes out to have some drinks with JD and they have a meaningful conversation. I loved this plot because I always love Cox development. Then the next day, Cox is totally fine. And JD feels hurt, by the end he is taught to let his anger out once in a while and he starts to deal with his teacher's death. A great plot. Turk & Carla are assigned together for a medical project. Turk just uses her since she's a geek. By the end, everything's resolved. Turk tells her to go make up with JD, he wants things back to normal. I love that Turk/Elliot development. JD & Elliot make up in the end, as friends. Carla has a patient who wants to listen to music that Kelso doesn't want to listen too. With the help of the lawyer they give the patient his last dying wish. An okay plot, on Carla's plot. I love the scene at the end, where the group throws stuff off the roof to let out anger. It was nice to see things are back to it's usual norm. A great episode. Put things in perspective.moreless
  • My Best Friend's Mistake

    A very good Cox Episode. The JD subplot with his High School teacher Mr Peters was pretty good. Dr Cox confuses me a little bit, especially when he showed up at JD's house and takes him to the bar etc., but i guess that's how his character is supposed to be? His rants were great and how he tore the lap techs office apart *lol*. The Jelliot break up kinda bothers me. But it was very very well written, so i'm not gonna get into that now. The Elliot and Turk subplot was really interesting and i enjoyed the Todd. Carla's subplot was also good.moreless
  • a good development about Dr. Cox

    This episode is funny just because of the fact that it's Franklin's first appearance, i love that guy and how JD is always disappointing him. Moving on, the way Dr. Cox uses JD in this episode is quite intriguing and the fact that he is never emotionally stable but is always willing to offer others advise is another thing that makes me laugh.

    I also find it's always interesting to see how Turk and Elliot's friendship comes along, which this episode gives us insight into also. The project that Turk and Elliot are working on re appears in the episode "My Old Man" another great episode.moreless
  • Fine example.

    I thought this was a pretty good episode. I enjoyed watching it and it had the typical Scrubs humor that I look for in an episode. I liked the part with Elliot and the little rubber thingy on her finger. That was funny, and so was the rest of the episode. It was also funny how at the end they all threw watermelons off the roof, and then Janitor had to clean up the mess in the parking lot it made (I can see how that made JD happier!). So, yes, this was yet another great episode from Scrubs! I enjoyed watching it and I am looking foreward to watching more episodes of Scrubs.moreless
  • JD and Elliot can't seem to avoid each other at work and Elliot and Turk are working on a project together; Carla deals with a coma patient's last request.

    I thought this was a pretty good episode. I enjoyed watching it and it had the typical Scrubs humor that I look for in an episode. I liked the part with Elliot and the little rubber thingy on her finger. That was funny, and so was the rest of the episode. It was also funny how at the end they all threw watermelons off the roof, and then Janitor had to clean up the mess in the parking lot it made (I can see how that made JD happier!). So, yes, this was yet another great episode from Scrubs! I enjoyed watching it and I am looking foreward to watching more episodes of Scrubs.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

Neil Flynn

Neil Flynn

The Janitor

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

Zach Braff

Zach Braff

Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian

Eric Leviton

Eric Leviton


Guest Star

Leah Rowan

Leah Rowan


Guest Star

Ian Sachoff

Ian Sachoff


Guest Star

Aloma Wright

Aloma Wright

Nurse Laverne Roberts

Recurring Role

Masi Oka

Masi Oka


Recurring Role

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd

Ted Buckland

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • This marks the first episode in which Kelso mentions his dog Baxter.

    • When Turk and Elliot are watching/talking about Red Dawn, she talks about the Russians invading Michigan. But in the film the Russians are invading Colorado.

    • J.D.'s Girl Names: Marsha, Gloria

    • This episode marks the second time Ted sings in the show.

    • J.D. and Dr. Cox's bar scenes are interspersed with Elliot and Turk's studying ones. Nevertheless, in the last bar scene Dr. Cox says it's 2 a.m. whilst in Turk and Elliot's previous one we can perfectly see the clock on the wall showing 6:36 p.m.

    • Never before in the series J.D. was shown wearing pajamas as his sleepwear. Actually, most of the times he was shown awakening or going to sleep he was wearing a T-shirt and shorts. Hence, the red onesie he wears on this episode was probably an addition to make his pub scene with Dr. Cox more funny.

    • Featured Music:
      "Talk Dirty to Me" by Poison
      "Have It All" by Jeremy Kay (Elliot helps J.D.)

    • When everyone is on the roof fixing to throw the watermelons off the roof, you see all four of them throwing one but when they show the watermelons hitting the ground you only see three of them hitting.
      The fourth one is only in view for four frames. Watch the bottom left corner. Looks like it's the one thrown by Donald Faison.

    • J.D. only throws two things off the roof. The ground is clean before anything hits the ground, and Elliot declares that it's time for the finale before they throw the watermellons, so it is clear that it is all that has been thrown. When the Janitor is seen cleaning up the mess, there are more objects and something orange that were not there before.

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Elliot: You know, I'm so sick of this. I mean, every time I come here, I'm going to see him, so just get someone else to do this stupid project with you.
      Turk: No, look. Okay, maybe the reason why I asked you to work with me on this is because I knew it would force you and J.D. to see each other.
      Elliot: I don't want to get back together with him.
      Turk: I'm not saying get back together, okay? You guys made a terrible couple.

    • Turk: You know what's the cool thing about this movie? That this could really happen.
      Elliot: Which part? The Russians invading Michigan or C. Thomas Howell being a tough guy?
      Turk: Both.

    • Carla: Dr. Kelso? This is Matthew Rice.
      Ted: He's the proxy for his uncle's living will.
      Dr. Kelso: What a happy coincidence, you showing up out of the clear blue sky.
      Ted: Oh God.
      Carla: You're okay.
      Matthew: So exactly how much is my uncle leaving me? Can I ask that?
      Carla: Oh, no, Mr. Rice. This isn't about his assets. This is about executing his last living requests.
      Matthew: So... No money at all?
      Dr. Kelso: Not a dime, kiddo. I can't tell you how glad we are to finally put all this tomfoolery to rest. Once and for all! Cup of coffee, sport?
      Ted: What happened? I blacked out.

    • Elliot: Look me in the eyes and tell me I'm not a geek.
      Turk: Come on! You still got that rubber thingie on your finger!
      Elliot: Eggs can be extremely slippery!

    • Carla: Bambi, I warned you about getting caught up in Dr. Cox's wake. But does he listen?
      Laverne: You'd think so, with those ears.
      J.D.: Uncalled for, okay? Listen, it's different this time. He showed up
      at my place.
      Carla: He's showed up at my house before.
      Laverne: Showed up at my momma's on Mother's Day.
      Ted: Ruined my wedding.

    • Bartender: And you owe me $53.
      J.D.: I, uh, think I left my wallet in my other onesie.

    • Turk: Excuse me, nurse. I'm ready for my sponge bath.
      Carla: Oh, sweetie, I'm so sorry, I can't. I gotta go pick up a CD for this coma patient of mine.
      Turk: But I'm wearing silk boxers.
      Carla: Turk...
      Turk: They're the ones with the little dogs holding the big money bags.

    • Elliot: I'm not a geek.
      Todd: What's that on your finger?
      Elliot: It's a rubber thingie that I wear to help me turn the pages... quicker...
      Todd: (Laughs) She said rubber thingie.

    • Elliot: Okay, we can finish the synopsis for chapter four and process the Stegman data if we pull an all-nighter.
      Turk: Elliot, this isn't due for another month.
      Elliot: Yeah, but if we finish one week early we can just sit back and play with the fonts and margins.
      Turk: Oh, whoo... Tonight's date night with Carla, and I got on special underwear.
      Elliot: Go. Do you mind if I keep working?
      Turk: Yeah, that works for me.
      Todd: I'm wearing special underwear too. They're invisible.

    • J.D.: You are not going to believe what happened yesterday. Dr. Cox just went ballistic and destroyed an entire lab room. Oh yeah. Broken computers, chairs through windows, shattered beakers. Beakers, people, beakers. How is this not good gossip?
      Carla: J.D., he does this every year. And whatever you do, don't get caught in his wake, because if you do, he's taking you down.
      Laverne: Downtown.
      J.D.: All the way?

    • Carla: So do you think you can help me locate one of his family members?
      Ted: I guess I could try to locate one through some legal channels, but I'm really swamped.
      Carla: You know, I love your worry lines. They're so adorable, they're like sexy little forehead smiles.
      Ted: Careful, I've been hurt before.

    • Carla: Well, I came across Mr. Rice's advanced directive, and he has a few requests he would like us to honor.
      Dr. Kelso: Let's see. Blinds open. That's done. Incense burning. Close enough. Glad you called.
      Carla: Dr. Kelso? He also wants to hear Poison's 'Talk Dirty to Me' once a day.
      Dr. Kelso: He wants to hear whose what?
      Carla: Poison. It's a heavy metal band.
      Dr. Kelso: Oh, like Motley Crue, and Winger. My son was a bit of a headbanger.
      Carla: I'll get a tape-deck in here and we'll just...
      Dr. Kelso: Miss Espinoza, that's not necessary.
      Carla: It's just one song.
      Dr. Kelso: It starts out as just one song, but then before you know it, half of the hospital staff is running around piercing their genitalia, and fornicating in the back of vans.

    • Elliot: Turk, you are going to be so happy you picked me to co-write this study.
      Turk: Hell yeah. I thought we'd start off by having a couple of beers.
      Elliot: Uh, yeah. I got all the info I could find on peripheral vascular disease, and then I highlighted the important passages and color-coded them to correspond with the outline on the back of your packet.
      Turk: But I don't have a packet.
      (Elliot whips out a packet)
      Turk: Look at that, Turk's packet. So you did this last night?
      Elliot: Yeah. Why? What'd you do?
      Turk: Well, Carla had to work, so I scarfed down a bunch of fast food, right, and I got back home at around 7 o'clock. I went to the bathroom at
      about 8. I got out of there at 11:15. It was a good night.
      Elliot: I'm a nervous poo-er.

    • Dr. Cox: 'Sup, Newbie?
      J.D.: My mom called and said my favorite high school teacher just died.
      Dr. Cox: Yeah, the correct answer to that question is 'Nothing, Sir.'

    • J.D.: My high school teacher Mr. Peters died. He was a great guy.
      Turk: You okay?
      J.D.'s Narration: Even though I see death all the time now, I still react the exact same way I did when I was a kid.
      J.D.: Doin' a lot better than Mr. Peters.
      Turk: Dude!

    • J.D.'s narration: When you're a doctor you need to be prepared for anything. Heart attacks, drug overdoses, gunshot wounds, but one thing you can't prepare for is what happens after you break up with a co-worker.
      (J.D. bumps into Elliot)
      J.D.: Watch where you're walking!
      Elliot: You watch where you're walking.
      J.D.'s narration: Don't let her get the last word.
      J.D.: Just... You watch where you're walking.
      Elliot: You watch where you're walking!
      J.D.: Damn!

    • Elliot: Okay, let's get back to work. Okay, but it's gonna be different this time, okay? We take a systematic approach, we can maximize our efficiency.
      Turk: I rented "Red Dawn".
      Elliot: Wolverines!

    • J.D.: Well, you seem fine, so...
      Dr. Cox: I am not fine. I mean, why do you think we're out here at this bar at two o'clock in the morning? Just so we can go into the urinal and piss on the ice?
      J.D.: I love to melt the middle.
      Dr. Cox: We're out here because if I go home and go to sleep, the only thing I'm gonna be able to think about is how I gotta get up tomorrow morning and go back to that place, and you wanna know something, pal? I got nothin'. Honest to God, I got nothin'.

    • Dr. Cox: If you don't toss that shot back I'm gonna throw you on the counter and make you sing the theme song from 'Endless Love'.
      J.D.: Yucky.
      Dr. Cox: Yucky?
      J.D.: Yucky.
      Dr. Cox: Oh my God, I'm drinking with a Mousketeer.

    • Dr. Kelso: Interesting. It isn't often I'm paged by a nurse. As a matter of fact the last time was when... (Mumbling) Uh hm ooh, what was her name. She hasn't worked here since then. (Stops mumbling) Oh, never mind, what can I do for you and your coma patient here.

    • Turk: How is it that you can blow me off, and it just makes you seem sexier?
      Carla: Cause you're whipped.
      Turk: I thought so.

    • J.D.: Uh, I'm going to go to bed.
      Turk: Elliot, are you going to go with him? Too early for jokes, huh? That's good to know. It's good to

    • Carla: So the bartender just let you skip out on the tab?
      J.D.: He said I could pay him back by giving him a complete physical, which is actually scary because I never mentioned I was a doctor.

    • Janitor: Girl problems?
      J.D.: How'd you know?
      Janitor: You look like you got problems, you're a girl, hence girl problems. Watch your nails. (Closes counter)

    • J.D.'s narration: I guess the only positive is that a hospital's like one big family. So if one relationship ends, there are always plenty of others around you can rely on.
      J.D.: Dr. Cox, I was wondering...
      Dr. Cox: I'd say you're about a B cup, yeah.
      Janitor: At least they're real.
      J.D.'s narration: Yep, it's a good place to heal.

    • Dr. Cox: 'Sup newbie?
      J.D.: My mom called and said my favorite high school teacher just died.
      Dr. Cox: Yeah, uh, the correct answer to that question is nothing sir. Oh my God, would you look at this hell-hole. If I have to see one more broken-down piece of equipment, one more gomer who is shuffled back and forth between some God-forsaken home, one more patient who is denyed treatment because they got the wrong insurence...there are times when I'm all by myself and I concentrate as hard as I can to see if I can't make myself catch on fire like the Human Torch, and mark my words newbie, if I ever pull it off I will be back here to destroy this place.
      J.D. I used to like the Silver Surfer - hang ten!

    • Dr. Kelso: Would you turn that up please?
      Carla: What?
      Dr. Kelso: I thought I told you not to play that in the house-eh hospital.
      Carla: I'm just trying to do right by my patient.
      Dr. Kelso: Well as of this moment, he is no longer your patient.
      Carla: Doctor Kelso you...
      Dr. Kelso: Young lady, when I ask you to leave it alone, I wasn't really asking you. It's like when I ask the paper boy to avoid hitting my rose bushes, I'm not leaving it up to him, I'm saying you damn-well better do it or I'm going to forget to put the chain on Baxter. Now get on out of here and take that boom-blaster with you.

    • Dr. Cox: (Writing note to lab tech) Dear incompetent dumbass...

    • J.D.: What the hell do you think you're doing?
      Dr. Cox: Right now I'm apologizing to Franklin here for breaking his favorite microscope.
      J.D.: You drag me out of my house in the middle of the night, cry on my shoulder and then pretend like nothing happened.
      Dr. Cox: Alright. First of all Franklin, there was no crying (whistles) say it.
      Franklin: No crying.
      Dr. Cox: Good boy. And you my little precious should give some thought to purchasing some non-bunching panties. They give you the extra support you love so much while protecting against those offensive lines underneath your scrubs.
      J.D.: Oh I get it, I'm a girl.
      Dr. Cox: Franklin, you heard it, say it.
      Franklin: He's a girl.
      Dr. Cox: Good boy.
      J.D.: You just can't go around playing with peoples emotions because you feel like it.
      Dr. Cox: Okay newbie, I'm now going to give you an opporotunity to get the hell out of here before I grab you by your ankles and redecorate Franklin's lab.
      Franklin: Please go.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • The Three Little Pigs
      Dr. Cox makes a reference to the children's story: "The Three Little Pigs" when he knocks on J.D.'s door and says he will blow his door down.

    • Arsenio:
      Carla: (Refering to Turk's imitation) Who is that? Arsenio?

      Arsenio Hall is an American comedian, talk show host, and actor. He became very known after starring "Coming to America" with Eddie Murphy in 1988, which probably led to the creation of his talk show, The Arsenio Hall Show, aired from 1989 to 1994 on Fox.

    • The Click:
      Turk: (Referring to him an Elliot being friends again) The Click is back together.

      The Click is a hip hop group consisting of four members who are all closely related and were raised in a single household in Vallejo, California. After their 1995 albun, they disbanded, only to regroup in 2001.

    • Endless Love:
      Dr. Cox: (To J.D.) If you don't toss that shot back, I'm gonna throw you up on the bar and make you sing the theme song from Endless Love.

      Endless Love is a 1981 drama and romance film starred by Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt. The movie tells the story of two teenagers while their love becomes dangerously obsessive after one of their families tries to end their affair.

      The movie's theme song Dr. Cox wants J.D. to sing is also called Endless Love and was originally recorded by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie.

    • Poison:
      Carla: Poison. It's a heavy metal band.

      Poison is an American rock band from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, which originally achieved popular success in the late 1980's and early 1990's. Its music is characterised by straightforward melodies and catchy guitar riffs. The band's tunes are often not remembered as well as their garish costumes, overblown hair, feminizing make-up and frenetic stageshow.

    • Mötley Crüe & Winger:
      Dr. Kelso: Oh! Like Mötley Crüe and Winger.

      Mötley Crüe is a popular American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. It's considered one of the most successful American Glam metal and hard rock bands, having sold over 42 million albums worldwide and 24 million records in the US alone.

      Winger is also a popular American heavy metal band. Formed in 1987, it was considered one of the best new heavy metal bands of the late 1980's. After three major success albuns, the band disbanded in 1994.

    • Red Dawn:
      Turk and Elliot are watching the movie Red Dawn, which explored what might happen if the Soviets invaded the United States. They choose Colorado as their target for some reason, and a bunch of students form a resistance, calling themselves the "Wolverines". Their battlecry, "Wolverines!" is repeated several times throughout this episode.

    • David Letterman:
      Elliot: You want to throw stuff off the roof like Letterman used to do?

      Elliot is referring to an old bit of David Letterman's where he used to throw objects (usually fruit) off of high rooftops.

    • Mouseketeer:
      Dr. Cox: (About J.D.) Oh, my God! I'm drinking with a Mouseketeer.

      A Mouseketeer is a member of The Mickey Mouse Club, an ABC series ran from 1951 to 1959.

    • Silver Surfer:
      J.D.: I used to like the Silver Surfer.

      The Silver Surfer, a Marvel Comics superhero created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, is an alien exiled on Earth by his former master, Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds, when he refused to help Galactus destroy Earth.

    • Human Torch:
      Dr. Cox: There are times when I'm all by myself that I concentrate as hard as I can to see if I can make myself catch on fire like the Human Torch.

      The Human Torch is another Marvel Comics superhero who is a member of the Fantastic Four and, like the rest of his team, gained his powers on a spacecraft bombarded by cosmic rays. He can fly, control fire and safely surround himself in flames.

    • Apocalyse Now:
      Janitor: The horror...

      These are the last words of Col. Walter E. Kurtz, Marlon Brando's character in Apocalyse Now, a 1979 drama film set during the Vietnam War focusing on Cap. Benjamin L. Willard's mission to assassinate Col. Kurtz.