Season 8 Episode 1

My Jerks

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Jan 06, 2009 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The new Chief of Medicine Dr. Maddox causes a stir at Sacred Heart, while J.D. struggles to maintain the new interns, and Elliot has issues with her ego.

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  • 801

    Now that this show has gone through a horrific network change from one of the best networks on Television to a downright laughable one, this show doesn't even feel like Scrubs anymore. I just felt like I was watching a completely different show.

    Kelso is officially gone, so I guess that's one different thing, this show isn't as serious as it was before, it still manages to tie in three different plots, and do it quite well, but this show doesn't have it's essential seriousness that it had in the earlier seasons, or last season for that matter. I have nothing against Courtney Cox, and I loved her on Friends, but I'm sorry, she does not belong on this show, nothing she said was even remotely funny. I miss Kelso!

    I couldn't help but feel bad for the Janitor when he gets FIRED? A lot of changes, even with the last scene with credits, after the episode ends well, why do they have to have an "extra" scene. Something this show has never done. The plots were good, it just wasn't Scrubs and that's what got me angry.moreless
  • Monica on Scrubs baby!

    While J.D tries to get his new interns to pay attention to him and become doctors, the new chief of medicine (Courtney Cox) turns the hospital around. Cox tries to avoid her, and Elliot starts having troubles with her ego.

    Scrubs Season 8 Premiere My Jerks was a rlly good episode. It bwas awesome, with a bunch of comedy and rlly rlly cool. Courtney Cox (who plays Monica on one of my fave Tv series Friends) comes to the show and made the episode amazing! This is the beginning of the last season of Scrubs, and the season turns out to be awesome! There are rumors about a 9nth season without J.D and Elliot, but without them is not Scrubs.

    Awesome ep!moreless
  • Finally Scrubs is back!

    We have waited a long time, but eventually we had this great first episode of the season. Well written and acted, it focuses on everything that makes us love this show. The new chief, played by Courtney Cox, is an extremely interesting character and she replaces very well the retired Dr. Kelso, who doesn't leave anyway the hospital because he likes to spend time there every day. New young med students are introduced, each one with different and funny qualities and imperfections. I was pretty shocked when the Janitor loses his job, but I really liked the fact that after eight years no one knows his real name yet. Not bad the new look of JD.moreless
  • Fantastic!

    It looks like this is a fantastic start to a fantastic season, lets just hope they finish the series off well! Which i have no doubts they will...The characters are sharp and witty as ever before, with JD's ever pursuit for Dr. Cox's love. With a strange character revelation from Cox about his hate of fighting with Kelso over the many years that the series has run. It gave great depth to John. C. McGinley's character. Elliot and Carla are just as hilarious as always and of course Turk brings that strong character through like the rest of the series. It was nothing short of perfect...moreless
  • Scrubs returns with more of a whimper than a bang

    The eagerly awaited episode of Scrubs eighth season is, by the show's own high standards, distinctly average. Many wondered what changes would be made with Scrubs now airiing on a different network. If this episode is a measure of what's to come, these may not be positive changes. There were many (what I would consider standard) elements missing from this episode. The supporting characters were largely unused (no Todd, Jordan or any of the children), Ted was largely redundant without Dr Kelso, yet somehow managed to have what I think must be the longest speech he has ever given to someone else(a speech which I thought was really out of character). Some of the main cast were also little more than observers (Carla and Turk did not interact at all). The main plots revolved around JD struggling with his interns, Elliot discovering she is self absorbed, DR Cox being afriad of meeting the new chief and of course, the inroduction of Dr Maddox. JD's story was predictable, Elliot's was also predictable. Only Dr Cox's was slightly subtler, though he acted wildly out of character until the conversation with Dr Maddox.Dr Maddox is tough to warm to, but so far seems a solid character. Finally, there were no patients to focus on. One of the best things about Scrubs is the way the doctors intereact with the patients they treat and how treating these patients teaches them important lessons or reflects other events in the characters lives.

    (Not sure how I felt about the tongue-in-cheeks end credits sketch. Not sure if its smug or brilliant)

    Overall, average-i hope the show finds it feet in the next episodes.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

Michael Spiller (I)

Michael Spiller (I)

Balloon Guy

Guest Star

Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari

Ed Dhandapani

Guest Star

James Ritz

James Ritz

Mr. Hicks

Guest Star

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd

Ted Buckland

Recurring Role

Travis Schuldt

Travis Schuldt

Keith Dudemeister

Recurring Role

Eliza Coupe

Eliza Coupe

Denise Mahoney

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • J.D.: So, this intern you mentioned earlier, I'm sure eventually he turned into a pretty amazing doctor, didn't he?
      Dr. Cox: Actually, it was a she.
      J.D.: It wasn't me?
      Dr. Cox: Oh, no, it was you. It was you.

    • Dr. Maddox: (Looking in Ted's briefcase) Hey, how come all you have in here is a smiley face button and a revolver?
      Ted:'s in case I get sad and...the other one's in case I get really sad.
      Dr. Maddox: Well! See you tomorrow.
      Ted: We'll see.

    • Dr. Cox: Mr. Hicks' cardiac test results. They're negative. What do you know about that? Just like the 100 other tests we ordered for a man whose only complaint was shortness of breath?
      Dr. Maddox: I assume there's a nugget of a point buried in there.
      Dr. Cox: Why are you running that guy through the wringer?
      Dr. Maddox: Because he's got awesome insurance. He's a 100 percent pure profit machine. Ka, and might I add, ching.

    • J.D.: Someone needs to send those interns to an intern-ment camp.
      Turk: Dude, internment camps are never funny.
      J.D.'s narration: I always forget that Turk is one-eighth Japanese.

    • Dr. Maddox: You're fired.
      Janitor: (holding up a photo) What about my son?
      Dr. Maddox: That's my daughter!

    • Dr. Maddox: Do you think it would have been funny if you'd broken his neck?
      Janitor: I feel like you want me to say no.
      Dr. Maddox: What's your name?
      Janitor: Oh boy. You really are new here. (She looks at his security pass.) Uh oh.
      Dr. Maddox: "The Janitor".
      Janitor: Howdy.

    • J.D.: Somebody has some very soft hands.
      Ed: I sleep in gloves.

    • Dr. Maddox: (to J.D.) Alright, listen, I want you to run some renal function tests on Mr. Hicks. Can you do that, or do you have more questions about my vagina?

    • J.D.: (handing Ed's phone to the Janitor) Hey, wanna phone, buddy?
      Janitor: (pressing some buttons and then sniffing it) No.

    • J.D.: Ed! Stop texting.
      Ed: I'm not texting. I'm looking at photos of Sienna Miller's breasts. There's a difference.
      J.D.: Okay, we'll do that more later when we're together.

    • Dr. Cox: (to Carla) I know jerks. Hell, I married a jerk. I divorced a jerk.
      J.D.: New freckle.
      Dr. Cox: I'm interrupted by jerks. Look, just give me two minutes with this Maddox, and I'll know for sure whether or not she's a jerk.

    • J.D.'s narration: Okay. Time to connect with the new Chief using a picture of my son and some brilliant acting.
      Taylor: Oh, is that your boy?
      J.D.: What's that? Oh yeah. His name is Sam.
      Taylor: I have a daughter of my own.
      J.D.'s narration: It's working. Now seal the deal with a follow-up question. But nothing too personal.
      J.D.: Did you deliver vaginally?

    • J.D.: Huh! That's new.
      Janitor: Oh yeah. My girlfriend gave me a watch. Do you give a crap, or are you just hoping that by pointing out something new of mine, I'll segue the conversation in talking about something new of yours? Like your new pre-pubescent Miami Vice beard.
      J.D.: There are those who say I look like a young Kenny Loggins.
      Janitor: Who?
      J.D.: Me.

    • Denise: You know, it's ironic that cancer starts with can because at this stage there's nothing we can do about it.

    • J.D.: This patient's loss of temperature sensation on the contra lateral side is consistent with which syndrome...Rodney?
      J.D.'s narration: There was Katie, the self centered climber.
      Katie: (whispering to Rodney) McConaughey's.
      Rodney: McConaughey's?
      J.D.: McConaughey is not a syndrome, he is however one of our finest working actors. I recently learned how I could lose him in ten days. Katie is sabotaging you, I assume, because she knows the answer.
      Katie: Brown-Sequard Syndrome.
      J.D.: (sarcastic enthusiasm) Yay, Katie got it.

    • (Janitor sticks out mop handle and trips J.D.)
      Janitor: Stop confusing me by being nice and giving me phones.
      J.D.: Fine! But why'd you have to trip me?
      Janitor: Let me answer that question with another question: 'cause I wanted to.

  • NOTES (9)

    • The large ambulance behind the Janitor while he is talking to Dr. Maddox outside is actually hiding the generator used on set.

    • This was originally the fifth episode, but because of Courtney Cox' guest appearance it was switched to the first.

    • This is the second time the song "Catch My Disease" was used in an episode. The first time it was featured was in episode "My Bad Too" (7-7).

    • Courteney Cox-Arquette is the second Friends alum to guest star on Scrubs. Matthew Perry guest starred in season four episode "My Unicorn".

    • This episode was nominated for the 2009 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation".

    • Zach Braff (J.D.) and Taram Killam (Jimmy) also worked together in Nobody's Watching, a 2006 pilot that was never turned into a series.
      Donald Faison (Turk) and Taram Killam (Jimmy) also worked together in in the 2002 movie Big Fat Liar.
      Eliza Coupe (Denise Mahoney) and Taram Killam (Jimmy) also worked together in the show Short Circuitz.

    • This episode marks the first appearances of Besty Beutler (Katie Collins), Eliza Coupe (Denise Mahoney) and Taran Killam (Jimmy).

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: May 5, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television (aka Canal Sony)
      Sweden: October 7, 2008 on TV6
      Germany: March 16, 2010 on ProSieben

    • This is the first episode of the series to air on ABC since the switch from NBC. It is also the first episode to be shown in 16:9 widescreen.


    • The couple named Neilsen, who thought that J.D. and his co-workers don't deserve recognition, are a reference to the Nielsen Ratings, a system that measures TV audience.

      The joke is that Scrubs ratings have in fact become lower lately, but that doesn't mean the crew is going to give up and cancel the show.

    • J.D. said that Dr. Shalhoub has won a lot of medical awards, while he and his co-workers haven't.

      Tony Shalhoub has won many Emmys, Golden Globes and other awards in the comedy shows performances categories for the show Monk, while Scrubs haven't, even though it has had many nominations.

    • J.D.: There are those who say I look like a young Kenny Loggins.

      Kenny Loggins is a singer, popular in the 1980s who is well known for sporting a beard.

    • Janitor: Like your new pre-pubescent Miami Vice beard?

      The Janitor is referring to 1980s show Miami Vice, where leads Tubbs and Crockett were well known for their designer stubble, trendy at that time.

    • Ed uses the screen name HotGirl99 on his Lost fansite and has the people he is trying to trick show up at the hospital with red balloons. These are both clever references to the song "99 Red Balloons" by Nena, which has been referred to in several past episodes.