Season 7 Episode 4

My Identity Crisis

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Nov 15, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Turk tries to assure a worried Carla that their daughter will acknowledge her Latin heritage. The Janitor challenges J.D. to identify everyone in the hospital, when it is discovered that he uses nicknames, because he doesn't know the people's actual names. If J.D. can't name all of them, he must take up the mop for a day. Dr. Cox realizes that he is lonely without his wife and children.moreless

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  • 704

    Everyone is having an identity crisis at the hospital. JD not being able to memorize anyone's names, Carla losing her Latin heritage, and Cox realizing he misses his family.

    All in all this episode was quite forgettable, but definitely an entertaining 22 minutes. We finally get some JD/Janitor interaction, something we haven't seen in a long while. Since the janitor hangs out with Ted half the time. Carla's dream was absolutely hilarious! And it reminded me of the old days of Scrubs. I like how they finally made Carla & Turk's baby useful to help the story line.

    Cox realizing he misses his family? I don't know if that's being out of character, or character development? Lets just hope this soft side of him sticks, then it would be character development, not some lame out of character plot on Cox's part. The end as great, the janitor's name remains a mystery. Entertaining episode.moreless
  • Definetly better than last week !!

    I'm just thankful that Scrubs is on television and I'm able to watch it but something is different. It isnt like Season 1-3 and its not even like 4-5. I dont know ever since Season 6, the show's comedy has changed? Dont get me wrong, Scrubs is still one of the best shows around but it seems shows kinda lose it a bit around Season 5 or 6 which is why I applaud the producers of Friends because I dont know how they did it to be honest. 10 golden years! Back to the episode itself it was a nice plot, had good lines and J.D and the Janitor's scenes were good especially the end where J.D lost the bet because he didnt learn the Janitor's name!moreless
  • better then last week

    Carla and Turk are about to get it on in a patient's room when J.D. shows up to take Turk away on a nationwide water-park tour. When Elliot arrives to kill Carla, Carla awakes from this terrible nightmare, upset that she's been dreaming in English. Meanwhile, Jordan tells Cox that she's taking their kids to her mom's for the weekend, and he's thrilled to have some time alone.

    As Turk gets ready to leave for work, he worries that Carla is only speaking Spanish to Izzy; she assures him that she speaks English as well. At the hospital, Cox arranges for Jordan's car to arrive early, but she claims that he'll miss her more than she misses him.

    With Cox alone for the weekend, J.D. fantasizes that they'll perform the famous "Old Time Rock n' Roll" moment from the movie "Risky Business." J.D. then catches Turk and Carla arguing about raising their baby as both African and Latina - Carla is concerned Izzy won't know her Latin heritage.

    A new nurse named Shirley joins the team. Since she looks exactly like the dearly departed Laverne, J.D. nicknames her "Laverne-again," which she hates. The Janitor asks J.D. if he knows anyone's real name, and J.D. is forced to reveal that he only knows people he works with by nicknames. At the end of the day, Cox returns home and is upset to learn that Jordan is staying at her mom's for an entire week.

    J.D. admits to the Janitor that he's in the wrong for not knowing everyone's name and bets that by the end of the day, he will learn all 310 names. If J.D. wins, the Janitor will do his own job for a day; if he loses, J.D. will do the Janitor's job for a day.

    Cox is disappointed that Turk doesn't need his help; in fact, no one seems to need his help. J.D. overhears this and soon Cox is using flash cards to help J.D. learn all the staff names. Elliot catches them and tries to get Cox to admit he doesn't like being alone. This theory seems to be true, considering that Cox is in on his day off. Cox reluctantly says he feels like he's losing track of his identity.

    Carla tells Turk that she feels she's losing connection with her Latina heritage. Turk assures her that she's not losing her identity and will always be "a Latina with an upside-down exclamation point." J.D. and the Janitor then go through photos of all the Sacred Heart staff members and J.D. nails the test... all except for the Janitor's name, making J.D. the loser. Meanwhile, Cox messages Jordan and admits that he misses her while Carla has her first great dream in a long time.moreless
  • good but something is still missing

    unlike wine scrubs is not getting better with age. however if they keep making episodes that are like this on an average scale i still will watch for the sake of the show!

    i enjoed cox's indenty crisis relasiing that he did indeed miss his wife. how could u not shes damn hot! sorry i havea weird thing for her character! dont know no why!

    but yeah i also enjoyed the jd janiotr stuff! it was really funny! unlike the last epside i actaully like watching this one, the last one i thought was boring and jsut not good!moreless
  • Great episode! A big improvement from last week!

    This episode was a great episode because it showed many different plot lines and it also revealed a bit about the end of the series. It seems as though Bob Kelso is getting old, and a little too old so there may be a chance that the end of the series will show him leaving his post as the Chief Doctor of the hospital. It is also weird to see that JD has a baby now and that he is growing up, while Turk continually encourages him to bring his child side out. We also see Perry showing his softer side when it comes to kids and especially when it comes to his own kid. We see Carla and Turk continually growing in their relationship, possibility that they may move at the end of the season? Also, with JD broken up from Kim, will he and Elliot ever date again? Will we ever find out what the Janitor's name is? I just hope this writer's strike ends so we can see the finale the right way.moreless
Zach Braff

Zach Braff

Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian

Donald Faison

Donald Faison

Dr. Christopher "Chris" Duncan Turk

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

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

Aloma Wright

Aloma Wright

Nurse Shirley

Guest Star

Andy Kreiss

Andy Kreiss


Guest Star

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Jordan Sullivan

Recurring Role

Robert Maschio

Robert Maschio

Dr. Todd Quinlan

Recurring Role

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd

Ted Buckland

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The Janitor comes up with a nickname for J.D. who says, "I finally have a nickname!" and is desperate for it to stick. However, when he tries to give him one in the episode "My Nickname", J.D. says, "I already have a nickname - it's J.D."

    • In the scene where Turk is listening to a recording of conversational Spanish while in bed with Carla, the recording gives the wrong Spanish phrase for "What time is it?" The recording says "Cuando es?" when the correct phrase is "Que hora es?"

    • Featured Music:
      "Who are You?" originally by the Who, covered by The Blanks
      "Opportunity" by Pete Murray (Closing scene)

    • It is revealed that Colonel Doctor's real name is Coleman Slawski which is so similar to the salad sold by KFC, the Cole Slaw.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Jack: (On answering machine) Daddy, Grandma says you once peed in the garden.
      Perry: Guilty.

    • J.D.: (while mopping) It's like this ammonia is seeping into my brain and making me violent and angry and hateful.
      Janitor: Yup, that's how it starts.
      J.D.: (at a passing doctor) What the hell you lookin' at?!
      Janitor: Nice.
      J.D.: That felt good.

    • Turk: Somehow, distantly, I'm related to the guy who invented peanuts.
      Carla: Turk, that's George Washington Carver. He didn't invent peanuts, he just thought up uses for them.
      Turk: I'm talking about the little foam packaging peanuts. How dumb do you think I am? (Carla shrugs) Baby!

    • Dr. Cox: Go to hell, Bob.
      Dr. Kelso: I didn't even say anything.

    • Carla: My mother taught me how important my heritage is. I will do the same for Izzie, and speaking Spanish is a huge part of that. Plus, I want to take her to the homeland.
      Turk: Baby, you're from Chicago. Just get her a deep dish pizza. You know what, why don't you get me a deep dish pizza? With onions and sau-saaage.
      Carla: Turk, I was referring to the Dominican Republic. And if you say, isn't that where I bought my wrinkle-free chinos, I may kill you.

    • Dr. Cox: (looking at an X-ray) Yeah, that looks like a healthy bone.
      Todd: Speaking of healthy bones...
      Jordan: Perry.
      Todd: (to Jordan) One sec, ma'am. (to Dr. Cox) I've got one in my pants. (to Jordan) He's all yours.

    • J.D.: I don't even like waterparks. I mean I did, until someone thought it'd be funny to go down the slide two seconds after me.
      Turk: Dude, the lifeguard told me to go.
      J.D.: Really? Did he also tell you to take your trunks off, Turk? Because the last thing a guy wants to see when he's in a splashpool is his best friend's junk headed towards him at forty miles per hour. Felt like I got pistol-whipped.

    • Dr. Cox: (to J.D.) You know what you should use? Mnemonic devices. Associate the person's name with something about them. I do it all of the time. Like... (stops Ted) this guy. Look... at him. Now, there's no way he's ever going to make love to a woman, unless that woman is dead. And "dead" rhymes with "Ted". Ted.
      Ted.: That's how most people remember it.

    • Janitor: You are gonna learn 310 names in one day.
      J.D.: Hey, the night before my anatomy final, I got drunk on peppermint schnapps, 'cause Turk told me it was a special new mouthwash, could swallow, and after I was done crying and dry heaving and lying in a fetal position, I still managed to memorize all 216 bones in the human body.
      Janitor: There's only 206 bones in the human body.
      J.D.: Well, it appears I learned ten more than I needed to.

    • Janitor: Well done, "Dr. John I think I am a man of the people but now thanks to the Janitor everyone knows I'm a fraud and I have egg on my face Dorian". That's your clever new nickname!
      J.D.'s narration: Oh my god! You finally have a nickname!

    • Jordan: What have you been doing all day?
      Dr. Cox: Right up until this very moment, I've been successfully avoiding you.

    • J.D.: Okay, Snoop Dog attending, I saw him with his pants down once and he has crazy skinny legs like French fries, French fries are sold at McDonald's, whose founder is Ronald McDonald; Ronald.
      Janitor: You saw him without his pants on once.

    • Dr. Cox: (To Elliot) Barbie, puh-LEESE stop lumping us in together. Tomorrow is my day off, and I'm joyous to have my place all to myself. Y'see, I'm a lot of things. I'm a Scorpio, a registered independent, a foodie, a Parrothead, yes, I do love that Jimmy Buffett, always have, always will, a leg man...
      Dr. Kelso: A right bastard.
      Dr. Cox: ...thank you, Bob. But I can assure you that one thing I am NOT is...
      Dr. Kelso: Straight?
      Dr. Cox: ...audience participation is now over. The one thing I am not is lonely. Capisce?

    • (After the "Risky Business" fantasy)
      J.D.: Sometimes, you just gotta say "What the Fudge."
      Elliot: That's not the line.
      J.D.: I saw it on a plane.

    • J.D.:Hello, Tall, Dark and....whatever.
      Janitor: Handsome.

    • Turk: Hola, Carla.
      Turk: That's how you say hello, right?

    • Janitor: Ahh...the first spill of the day.
      (Said after Janitor slurps up spilt coffee)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: March 26, 2008 on TV3
      Sweden: July 5th, 2008 on TV6
      Germany: September 24th, 2008 on ProSieben


    • Carla: Turk, I was referring to the Dominican Republic. And if you say, isn't that where I bought my wrinkle-free chinos, I may kill you.

      Carla is referring to the store Banana Republic, the high-end division of the Gap Corporation, known for their high-quality chinos.

    • Laverne and Shirley
      Aloma Wright previously played the character Laverne and her new character's name is revealed in this episode as Shirley. A nod to the TV series "Laverne and Shirley".

    • Clone High
      Turk has a conversation about whether or not he is related to George Washington Carver. Donald Faison voiced Carver's clone on the animated show from Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence.

    • Risky Business
      When J.D. is thinking of what Dr. Cox is going to do when he is home alone, he pictures Cox reenacting a scene from the movie Risky Business, starring Tom Cruise.