Scrubs

Season 7 Episode 3

My Inconvenient Truth

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Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Nov 08, 2007 on NBC
8.7
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J.D's brother Dan returns and delivers a few home truths to his little brother. Elliot and Dr. Cox debate over the morals of their practice and the staff of Sacred Heart find the Janitor's behavior rather odd after he watches An Inconvenient Truth.

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  • 703

    9.0
    Doctors are hypocrites. Something that is discussed in this episode, I am surprised at the continuity of this show. Carla tells Elliot in the first episode this season that she's human, and warns her that 2 weeks later, she's going to say it again. And what do you know, she said it again, in this episode, exactly 2 weeks later.



    Cox & Elliot get in an argument when Elliot says she hates hypocrites but she is the one that is telling her patient to eat more, when she is at the same level as her. Finally we get a Dan episode when things are a bit different. In the past 6 years, every time Dan comes, he continues to be a loser. But it's different this time around, he actually put his life together, and bought JD a car! Looks like Kim has moved away with JD's baby, so we wont be seeing Kim in a while, but at least we got to see JD spend time with his baby. And Sam got to meet his uncle Dan! A definite heartwarming moment. The Cox & Elliot interaction was great. The janitor caring about the environment was a bit too out of character, but it was entertaining. A great episode with amazing development in character.moreless
  • The worst episode of Scrubs since "My Night To Remember"

    1.5
    Usually, I'm excited about watching a new episode of Scrubs, however with this episode, I felt sorry for the writers, as the jokes were boring and only one line (From Ted) was actually funny. The main idea of the story consisted of Dan (J.D's brother) returning and JD having to grow up. This should have been a fine example, in the same vein as "My Screw Up" in which it was both heartfelt and hilarious, however, each joke attempted fell on its face. Altogether, I would advise you not to watch it, as there is no real purpose other than to cringe.moreless
  • When the Janitor watches An Inconvenient Truth, he decides to become an Environmental Officer at Sacred Hear

    8.2
    JD's brother Dan retuns. Appearntly Dan changed quite a bit since he last showed up. He is now very suggestful and JD is the 'loser' (it always used to be the other way around). I really liked the Dan plot but the main plot (inconvenient truth) wasn't that great. I would have given it a higher rating if that plot would have been better. This one for once had some really great fantasies though (like the scale one etc.)! The jokes were also pretty great. But yeah, i gave it a 8.2 rating because of the inconvenient Truth plot. Dr Cox was amazing in this once though!!!!!moreless
  • So Dan's back in town...

    8.5
    This may contain spoilers. So again, Scrubs are keeping up the good work and i'm glad they've brought Dan back as he's always a blessing. Not as good as the first 2 episodes, but still a solid episode as it had great humour i.e. Turk and his face paint, plus his reaction to the behive (look behind JD after seeing his car), Dan's entrance was great also. On a personal note, i love how they introduce him in every appearance. I was dissapointed with Elliot's storyline as i felt it didn't really develop too much, although i like Dr. Cox's teasing, as always. Plus i hate the fact how they are over using and bluntly putting the word 'frick' as the word 'f*ck' nowaday's. The Janitors storyline was okay, but did seem forced abit, although it was suppose to be green week on NBC.



    Overall, a solid episode.moreless
  • Dan tells JD he needs to grow up. Elliot realizes she is guilty of hypocrisy with her patient. The Janitor decides to make the hospital more environmentally-friendly.

    8.0
    FINALLY! a good episode of Season 7. I was starting to think that Scrubs had jumped the shark. Except Im not quite sure where the shark is. But it would have jumped something.



    All in all, not a Scrubs-branded episode. It had many flaws that the series I have come to love, wouldnt have had. But at least it was the rose among the really sharp thorns that we call Season 7: The Doomed Season. JD & Dan's relationship could have been better elaborated. Instead of one-liner conversations between them, they could have done the classic speeches which they had in season 5. Turk telling JD later that he needed to grow up: now that was sweet. That moment right there was a Scrubs classic because it had real material to work on.



    Janitor finally acted obnoxiously towards JD!!! is it sadistic to enjoy this? JD: Go easy on me

    Janitor: Nope



    The Elliot storyline was slightly innovative but still had kinks. Dr Cox retained some of his charisma which seems to have vanished with this episode.



    All in all, it was okay. Not great but okay.moreless
Zach Braff

Zach Braff

Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian

John C. McGinley

John C. McGinley

Dr. Percival "Perry" Cox

Donald Faison

Donald Faison

Dr. Christopher "Chris" Duncan Turk

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

Ken Jenkins

Ken Jenkins

Dr. Robert "Bob" Kelso

Judy Reyes

Judy Reyes

Nurse Carla Espinosa

Corena Chase

Corena Chase

Robyn

Guest Star

Greg Martin

Greg Martin

Tan Doctor

Guest Star

Paul Latham

Paul Latham

Mr. Barnhart

Guest Star

Thomas Cavanagh

Thomas Cavanagh

Dan Dorian

Recurring Role

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd

Ted Buckland

Recurring Role

Tyler Poelle

Tyler Poelle

Boon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • In the scene where J.D. smashes the trashcan into the windshield of the Prius, Janitor comes up to smash a soda can on his forehead and the scene cuts. However, right before the screen fades you can clearly see that Neil Flynn's (Janitor's) hand stops dead in the air right before hitting the can.

    • The "Hedging Noise Symphony" is performed to the tune of the Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" by Carla (Judy Reyes), Elliot (Sarah Chalke), Ted (Sam Lloyd) and Dr. Kelso (Ken Jenkins).

    • In this episode, it is said that Elliot is 5'9" and weighs 118 pounds, and she should gain some weight. However, in season 5, Carla refers to Elliot as a "108-pound ski pole", but she isn't seen as too thin.

    • Carla mentions that she told Elliot and J.D. that they are both human when she told the same thing to Elliot (again) and the Janitor.

    • Featured Music:
      "Friends And Family Song" by Trick Turner (Closing scene)

    • Dr. Cox weighs 180 pounds.

    • Carla mentions it has been two weeks since "My Own Worst Enemy".

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Carla: Whew, Elliot. Double dessert?
      Elliot: Yeah, I promised a patient we'd gain weight together.
      Ted: Wow! It's not every doctor that would take a hot bod like yours and go all jiggly for a patient.

    • J.D.: (To Janitor) Move it, Jolly Green.

    • Dr. Cox: (To Elliot) New from Mattel, it's Hypocrite Barbie. Now when you do waltz into your similarly stick-like patient's room, I don't want you to feel guilty because you brought in a bag of celery sticks and some air for lunch today. Remember (whispering sarcastically) it's not about you, it's about her.
      (Elliot drags Dr. Cox into her patient's room)
      Eliot: Robin, this colleague of mine has pointed out that I could also stand to gain a few pounds. And, I don't want to be a hypocrite. So, how about you and I do it together.
      Robin: Sure. (Looking at Dr. Cox) He's got crazy eyes.
      Dr. Cox: I do. And, I'm okay with it.

    • (J.D. furiously screaming, trying to break the windshield of the car Dan just gave him with a trash can)
      J.D.: I'm gonna take a quick breather.
      Dan: J.D., I enjoy a demonstration of your lack of physical strength as much as the next guy. But, what's your problem?
      J.D.: Dan, you come here with your new job, and your new house and you give me a car.
      Dan: So what?
      J.D.'s Narration: Don't say it.
      J.D.: You're supposed to be the loser, not me. (Hits the windshield again and it breaks) Clearly I loosened it.
      J.D.'s Narration: And then Dan said the last thing I ever expected to hear from him.
      Dan: You know what, J.D., you need to grow up.

    • J.D.'s Narration: Having Dan here wasn't all bad.
      Carla: So Dan, you still living with your mom?
      J.D.: Carla, Dan doesn't live with our mom. He lives in an apartment that happens to be in Mom's attic.
      J.D.'s Narration: Yep, nothing makes my life seem less crappy then hanging my loser bro.
      J.D.: I mean sure, there's lots of bats up there. But, that's because there's no air conditioning.
      Turk: Bats like heat?
      J.D.: Musty heat, yes. Good question, Turk.
      Turk: Thanks. (To Carla) How come you don't point out when I ask good questions?
      Carla: Because I don't love you like he does.
      J.D.: Tooold yooou.

    • Intern: (Holding out mug of coffee) Here's your coffee, Dr. Cox.
      Dr. Cox: You want me to grab that, even though I suspect the reason you're holding the handle is because the mug itself is scalding hot. Now, I sent you out to get me some Joe not to give me a burn. Put the coffee down. (Waving arms wildly) Get out, get out! Go, go go!
      (Intern runs away)
      Dr. Cox: Yes. You. Questions? Comments?
      Elliot: You do realize that you told a a patient to reduce stress and then yelled at an intern over coffee.
      Dr. Cox: You are going to be a huge help when it come time to write my memoirs.

    • J.D.: Here I've got this new kid, but it's come at the crappiest time of my life. Plus, I'm makin' that 40 minute drive on a scooter. And, if I ever wanna bring Sam here, I can't because his stupid, floppy baby neck isn't strong enough to wear a helmet.

    • J.D.: You know what sucks?
      Dr. Cox: Being trapped on an elevator with you while you whine about your stupid life? (Puts on stethoscope ) You know what it'll be okay. All I need is a little white noise. (Breathes into bell of stethoscope)

    • Ted: Hey! Is your engine still running?
      Janitor: Yeah. I let it run all day so I can leave the air conditioner on that way it's nice and cool when I drive home. I gotta gas up sometimes over lunch, but it's worth it.

    • Elliot: Since Keith and I broke up, I haven't been eating or sleeping very well, so I'm down a dress size.
      Turk: You look like you've been sick.
      Elliot: Turk, that's so sweet.

    • J.D.'s narration: (looking at a baby) Nothing in my life could compare to this.
      J.D.: I'm a dad.
      Turk: That's not your kid.
      J.D.: I know, but he reminds me of Sam.
      Turk: That's a girl.
      J.D.: Stop ruining it! Why do you have to ruin things? I'm having a moment here!

    • Ted: What happened to you? You were going to change the world, man!
      Janitor: I've learned to pick my battles in this world, otherwise ya fight, and ya fight, and one day you'll look in the mirror and there's an old man looking back atcha, and you have to ask yourself "was it all worth it?"
      Ted: It's been 36 hours!
      (Ted stands up)
      Ted: I'm going to say something to you that's been said to me by every person I've ever loved: I'm really disappointed in you, you are pathetic and weak, and I don't love you anymore. Get out!

    • J.D.: Do you think I need to grow up?
      Dr. Cox: Well... You dream your whole life about that one moment and when it finally comes, you just... you're just not ready for it. Here it goes: the answer is a sincere, emphatic 100%definitiveneverbeenso- sureofanythinginmylifeunequivocal... yes. And the fact that you came to me means everybody else thinks so, too.

    • Janitor: Okay, people. Time to save the planet! But where to begin?
      Ted: My first step was going with all hemp underwear. It's awesome! Except when the hemp oil seeps into your bloodstream. Then it's awesomer!

    • Ted: Hey! If you're gonna drive that gas guzzler, the least you can do is car pool.
      Janitor: Hey! I don't see you bring anybody to work.
      (Ted arrived by bike)
      Ted: Hey! I've just dropped my mom off at the mall. She... She sits on the seat and... then holds on by tucking her hands inside my bike shorts.
      Janitor: That's disgusting.
      Ted: Yeah. Doesn't feel right.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: March 12th, 2008 on TV3
      Sweden: July 5th, 2008 on TV6
      Germany: September 17, 2008 on ProSieben
      Australia: October 23, 2008 on Channel 7

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