Season 4 Episode 21

My Lips Are Sealed

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Apr 05, 2005 on NBC
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When Carla and J.D. go out to let Carla have some fun, they get drunk and end up kissing accidentally. Dr. Cox gets the hammer dropped by Jordan, when Jack has to get stitches under Perry's watch. Elliot has trouble with a male patient, who has taken enhancement pills.moreless

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  • JD & Carla kiss.

    This was such an unexpected plot! So the plot thickens when Carla & JD share a kiss which is another add in to the Turk & Carla marital problems. JD tries to convince Carla that Turk is trustworthy and in the process they both end up getting drunk and sharing a kiss in Elliot's apartment, Elliot ends up finding out and now Carla & JD don't know whether to decide if it was a friendly kiss or a more than a friend kiss and that will determine if they should tell a Turk or not. Definitely an interesting unexpected plot that I never thought they would do. I would have never imagined JD & Carla pairing up, and I'm glad it was just a kiss. Elliot had a hilarious plot. When she tries to be professional with a patient that has erectile problems when he has an erection for more than nine hours. She ends up laughing and feeling bad about it afterward. Jordan & Cox get in a fight about being too dangerous around Jack, the janitor busts both Jordan & Cox's chops when he reveals how dangerous they are around him. That was also an eventful Cox & Jordan plot. Then we get a cliffhanger surprisingly! Carla & Turk finally resolve their problems and get back together and then Carla reveals that she kissed JD leaving the episode in a cliffhanger fashion. A great episode that was strange in some places but was still enjoyable, at least we got Turk & Carla back together!moreless
  • After getting drunk Carla and JD kiss and struggle to tell Turk.

    Turk and Carla continue to struggle with their marriage with J.D. as the middle man. After some persuasion from Turk, J.D. takes Carla to a bar so they can talk. They get drunk and return to J.D.'s apartment where they briefly kiss. In the morning, they decide that because it was merely a friend's kiss, they should not tell Turk. Carla tells Turk she will move back in with him because she thinks little things can ruin marriages, thus deciding to forgive him. The episode concludes with Carla being honest to Turk about her kiss.

    Dr. Cox and Jordan argue over Dr. Cox's playtime with Jack that oftens puts their son at risk of injury. Their fight is exacerbated by the Janitor who photographs Cox and Jack as proof and photoshops pictures of worse situations. Jordan accidentally reveals her tendency to allow strangers to touch Jack, which the Janitor has also photographed and photoshopped; as a doctor, this scares Dr. Cox. Together, Cox and Jordan form a set of parents worried about all potential harms to their son.

    Elliot treats a patient with an enduring erection after taking pills for erectile dysfunction. After yelling at her colleagues, including The Todd and Dr. Kelso, for laughing at the patient, she laughs upon hearing his story. Feeling horrible about her actions, Elliot teaches the patient the importance of laughing at oneself.moreless
  • Carla and JD kiss!

    Just when you think Carla and Turk’s problems are over, Carla makes the fatal mistake of telling the truth in the last second of the episode.

    Elliot laughing at the patient was a very good plot because it shows many sides of her character at different times in the episodes whether it be fun, serious, regret or dedication.

    Cox and Jordan’s plot was very funny with the Janitor’s pictures making it quite obvious that both of their approaches to parenting were a little unusual and hilarious.

    Of course, the main plot is Carla and JD getting drunk while JD tries to patch things up between her and Turk and they share something that can barely pass as a kiss which is also entertaining especially Carla’s blurting out to Elliot and the monkey.

    Overall, these plots are all what make Scrubs great and keep the show entertaining after four years and also leave viewers wondering what Turk’s reaction will be.moreless
  • What’s Between Faithfulness and Cheating? A Drunken Kiss Of Course!

    What’s Between Faithfulness and Cheating? A Drunken Kiss Of Course!

    This was a hugely satisfying episode. What might sound awfully unbelievable on paper – JD kissing his best friend’s girlfriend – was directed and acted so superbly that the moment actually seemed (almost) completely innocent. Add to that some interesting sub-plotlines and many great jokes and you get an episode of Scrubs that’s back on form.

    First, taking a look at the B-plots, Dr. Cox (or should I call him Perry? The first e-mail I get telling me which name I should use will help me decide for sure!) and Jordan are arguing over their son’s safety and their different attitudes towards it. Eventually they compromise, but not before Perry wins one of their fights, which is a momentous occasion. (‘You’re speechless! I won! I won an argument Jack, it’s unprecedented! We’ll be at the playground drinking beer!’) Tied into this is the Janitor butting in by showing photos of the couple’s misdemeanours. This doesn’t work as well, but is welcome because it generated my favourite line of the week – see below.

    Elsewhere, Elliot treats a patient who has taken erectile dysfunction pills, and is suffering an hours-long erection because of it. Elliot wonders why he took the pills when he wasn’t even experiencing problems, leading to a terrific putdown by Dr. Cox (‘What’s this? Why, it’s a dummygram, and it’s addressed to you Barbie.’). Afterwards, the patient becomes the laughing stock of the hospital, and when Elliot chastises her colleagues for being so disrespectful, it makes her feel all the more worse when she bursts out laughing at her patient’s tale of woe. However, she manages to redeem herself by telling him a similarly embarrassing story and advising him to see the funny side of his situation. This was a great storyline, and it’s nice to see an episode show one of the doctors treating a patient rather than just their own romantic failings.

    Not that there isn’t some of that too, as the meat of the episode is devoted to Turk and Carla’s reconciliation, albeit with a few hurdles. After a great scene where JD and Turk try to figure out what time it is since they’ve changed the clock a few times, the usual silliness ensues. For once, it’s actually quite amusing, particularly JD’s drink with the bike gang afterwards (‘Napkin on your lap, Satan’s Valet!’). Turk and Carla talk and it seems the major issue she has is that she doesn’t think she can trust him – how’s that for preemptive irony? When Turk gets his best friend to convince Carla that he’s trustworthy, they instead end up getting very drunk. After a great night out, they collapse on the floor of Elliot’s apartment and kiss. It’s something that I thought the show would never do, given how their friendship over the last four years has been that and nothing more. Despite that, it definitely wasn’t the most passionate kiss in the world, and they were drunk, so I can forgive the writers (although this is, what, the third episode in a row where JD’s life has been in some way worsened by alcohol? Are we subliminally being given a message here?).

    After the viewers are left to ponder whether it was a friend kiss, JD and Carla do the same, with satisfyingly pointless banter and a great fantasy in which JD imagines a messenger monkey about to tell Turk what happened. It’s stuff like this that Scrubs does so well. They decide to dismiss the kiss as a drunken accident, and Carla takes Turk back whilst JD keeps quiet (‘What’s between silence and talking? Blah-kil ooo!’). Everything seems like it’s back to normal, with Carla moving back in and the three of them sitting happily on the couch, with JD in between Turk and Carla – perhaps to represent him as their last great hurdle? When Turk says that he’s not going to keep anything secret, Carla hastily confesses what happened. The next episode is going to be very interesting.

    Overall, a fantastic episode that’s put Scrubs back on form. 5 out of 5 Messenger Monkeys.

    Best line: ‘Hey, all my pictures were in there! Dead patient with fancy shirt, dead patient without fancy shirt, me in fancy shirt being yelled at by angry family!’ ---- Janitor

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

Neil Flynn

Neil Flynn

The Janitor

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

Chris Hogan

Chris Hogan

Mr. Gerst

Guest Star

Michael Cotter

Michael Cotter


Guest Star

Jeff Chase

Jeff Chase


Guest Star

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Jordan Sullivan

Recurring Role

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd

Ted Buckland

Recurring Role

Robert Maschio

Robert Maschio

Dr. Todd Quinlan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (54)

    • JD: This never leaves the room!
      Elliot: Why did you close my window?
      (A monkey comes up to Carla and Elliot)
      Elliot: Oh, no! She wrote JD and Carla kissed on a paper! She is gonna tell Turk!
      Carla: No, no! STOP HER!
      JD: Don't worry, ladies. I've closed the window. (monkey can't get out)
      Elliot: JD, I don't have a messenger monkey.

    • J.D.: Wow, that was a moist kiss. Wish I was wearing an apron.

    • Dad: Hey. Kid's back on the jungle gym. Guess your wife backed down.
      Dr. Cox: You bet your sweet ass she did.
      J.D.'s Narration: Even if it involves a compromise.
      (Jack is hanging from the jungle gym, wearing many layers of heavy padding)
      Dr. Cox: Hey Jack! Just blink when you want me to get you down. Just give me the old blink-a-rooney. Terrific athlete. I'm thinking 2016 Olympics. Oh God, was that a blink? Excuse me.

    • J.D.: This is nice. The three of us sitting together again like the Three Musketeers.
      Carla: Yeah! And I need you guys to scrape your plates before you put them in the dishwasher!
      Turk: She's back! My baby's back!

    • Elliot: This is funny, Mr. Gerst. And if you don't just embrace it and become part of the joke then it will follow you around and devour you.
      Gerst: Can I get a look at that mole?
      Elliot: No! Ahem. No.

    • Jordan: What's the matter with me? I mean, I don't think twice about people holding him, and yet I obsess about things like broken arms, broken legs, choking, kidnapping, drowning, silly putty, bad babysitters, pretty babysitters...
      Dr. Cox: Yeah, I pretty much freak out over staph infections, blood disease, mumps, measles, sex, drugs, rock and roll, and definitely all registered independents. So I think between us we've got everything covered.
      Jordan: Was this taken at my mother's house?
      Janitor: I gotta go.

    • Woman: What a sweet little angel! Can I just give him a little squeeze?
      Jordan: Of course.
      Dr. Cox: Back off there, lady. How's about you save up all that energy for the cruise? Go on get out of here. Hippity hop to the barbershop. Come on, Mom. Jordan, this hospital is literally crawling with germs and disease and in all fairness, you don't know if that lady is a sickie or if she was here visiting a sickie and she ran her sickie hands all over her sickie face.

    • J.D.: Ted, you should probably sit down. You're looking a little purple.
      Ted: I know my own body.
      He collapses.

    • Turk: Calm down, I just want to see if you got anywhere with Carla.
      J.D.'s Narration: Alright, he knows your lying face, but silence is incriminating too. So think. What's between silence and talking?
      J.D.: Hmgnphitldj!

    • J.D.: Ted, what are you doing?
      Ted: I like to do stomach crunches after lunch.
      J.D.: Ted, lunch was four hours ago.
      Ted: Yep, I wasted most of my Tuesday.
      J.D.: It's Wednesday.
      Ted: Aw, man! I missed the Gilmore Girls!

    • J.D.: It was just a friend kiss!
      Carla: Were your lips parted at all?
      J.D.: No, I pursed them like this.
      Carla: I don't know, J.D. I remember my one lip being on top of your upper lip and my other lip being somewhere in the middle of yours, which means your lips were apart and I don't think that's a friend kiss.

    • J.D.'s Narration: There's nothing like the rays of the morning sun kissing you awake and gently reminding you that you got drunk and kissed your best friend's wife!

    • Carla: Good night.
      J.D.: Good night.
      Carla: Buenas noches.
      J.D.: Buenas... those things.

    • Elliot: You're coming in because you need to set an example of professionalism and you're certainly not going to do that by making fun of that man's slinky-doo.
      Dr. Kelso: Don't pull me, I'm your boss for God's-

    • Girl: Giant Man, why are you making that noise?
      Janitor: Oh. Well, cause my camera doesn't make a real sound, and it's more fun that way. See, here you go. Look happy. Look sad. Look crazy. Look like you're going away.

    • Dad: Look at my girl. Right back up on the monkey bars, even after she chipped her tooth there last week.
      Dr. Cox: That's nothing. My kid's got a forehead full of stitches from leaping off the jungle gym.

    • Carla: J.D., I know what you're trying to do and it's very sweet, but the last couple of days have been so messed up and confusing, I'd love to just try and forget about it and have a few drinks, okay?
      J.D.: But I told Turk I'd talk about him constantly until you made me leave.

    • Intern: That guy needs to do some serious thinking about baseball.
      Todd: He wouldn't even let me see it.
      Elliot: Hey meathead! Oh good, you both looked. Now, Mr. Gerst came here for help, and we're doctors, so how about we try and treat him with at least a little bit of dignity and respect, okay?
      Dr. Kelso: That man is a human sundial!

    • Dr. Cox: Jack just- He just fell off of the jungle gym.
      Jordan: You're not careful enough with him!
      Dr. Cox: What about the time you had him and he brained himself on the coffee table?
      Jordan: That was an accident.

    • Jordan: Hi.
      Dr. Cox: Hello there.
      Jordan: What's with all the band-aids?
      Dr. Cox: Oh, Jack was just getting nutty, having some fun. See, I even let him put one on me.
      Jordan: Really? (She leans down and takes one of the band-aids off, revealing the stitches) Are those stitches?!
      Dr. Cox: What are the odds you'd pick that one?

    • J.D.: Hey! Wanna grab a beer?
      Carla: If you lose the hat.

    • Turk: That's why I need you to go in.
      J.D.: No way, dude. It's never smart to get in the middle of someone else's relationship.
      Turk: I'll let you wear my top hat.

    • Turk: Dude, she's got this whole trust issue with me.
      J.D.: Just tell her she can trust you.
      Turk: I did. But apparently if I'm the one she didn't know she could trust, how's she supposed to trust she can trust me telling her she can trust me?
      J.D.: My head hurts.
      Turk: Yeah, mine did too.

    • Elliot: Oh, get this. He doesn't even have erectile dysfunction. I mean, why would you take those drugs if you didn't need them?
      Dr. Cox: What's this? Why, it's a dummy-gram. And it's addressed to you, Barbie. Let's read it and find out what's in there. "You are disturbingly naive. Stop. Almost fifty percent of ED drugs are taken by recreational users. Stop."
      Elliot: That can't be true.
      Dr. Cox: Everyone. Would you go ahead and close your eyes for a second? Great. Now, would all the men in the room who've tried Mr. Happy pills go ahead and grab your fork and bang your glass.
      (The cafeteria is filled with the sound of banging)
      Dr. Cox: Thank you!
      (The banging stops, except for one lone man)
      Elliot: Ted! Everyone stopped.
      Ted: Oh. Dammit!

    • Janitor: Well, I hope you realize this means war.
      Dr. Cox: Ah, buzz off, you big monkey.

    • J.D.: I wish I knew how it was going. Sorry about your hogs, fellas. Enjoy the free espressos... Warlord, I told you to sip it. Use your words.
      Warlord: Warlord... burn mouth.
      J.D.: Yeah he did, because he wasn't listening. Napkin on your lap, Satan's Valet. Thank you.

    • Carla: Turk, why are you wearing pajamas?
      Turk: Uh, I really want you to come home and on the off chance you said yes, I'd be ready to snuggle. And that would hopefully lead to but not necessarily require relations of the intimate nature.

    • Elliot: Mr. Gerst, what seems to be the problem?
      Gerst: I took some pills.
      Elliot: Come on, help me out here. Were they happy pills, sad pills, sleepy pills, wake up pills, sane pills, pain pills, brain pills, Spain pills...
      Gerst: Man pills? The commercial says I should consult a physician if the condition persists for more than four hours.
      Elliot: If what persists?... Oh! Um... Let's just say you took uppers.

    • J.D.'s Narration: We all held our breath together.
      Dr. Cox: The surgeon lives!
      (The Todd faints)
      J.D.: The Todd forgot to breathe again. Starting CPR.

    • J.D.: Dr. Cox, got here as soon as I-
      Dr. Cox: Shut it, Newbie. Your blacker half is trying to concentrate.
      J.D.: How are you holding up?
      Turk: I'm a little nervous.
      J.D.: Well, now you make me all nervous.

    • J.D.'s Narration: In my four years there have been many emergencies at Sacred Heart, but none like this one, because today-
      J.D.: Where is he?
      J.D.'s Narration: Dr. Cox's son needed two stitches!

    • Turk: Baby, from here on out I hide nothing from you. It's a clean start for us. Sports time!
      J.D.'s narration: Because in the end, things work out for the best.
      Carla: J.D. and I kissed.
      J.D.'s narration: Or not.

    • Elliot: I have to tell you a story. When I was in the seventh grade, I was at a roller rink and I needed to go to the bathroom. So I just skated right on into a stall and I did my, uh, private business. And then when I went to pull up my pants, I started rolling towards the door, which as it turned out wasn't latched. Now, I don't know if you've had any experience roller skating with your underpants around your ankles--it's very difficult to stop. Unless of course, you know, you scream so loud that they turn off the music and everyone is looking at you. Anyway, that's how I wound up with the nickname "Roller Moler".
      Gerst: I'm sorry?
      Elliot: I have a mole on my ass. The cute kind! Not the hairy kind.

    • Jordan: I normally never let people touch him.
      Janitor: Oh really? Because these photographs would beg to differ. Old lady, kissing Jack. Teenage girl, hugging Jack. Homeless man, holding Jack.
      Dr. Cox: Jordan!
      Jordan: That's just Carl. He holds Jack when I get a bikini wax!

    • Turk: There you are. Hey Ted. So how'd it go last night?
      J.D.: Whoa! What's with the fifth degree?
      Turk: Don't you mean third degree?
      J.D.: No, because this is two degrees worse. I can't breathe, it's like you're all over me. I'm trapped in a death coffin.

    • Elliot: I'm going to try to better myself, and unlike you, I'm going to follow through, Mr. "Sign up on the Hospital Bulletin Board for Private German Lessons and then Never Show Up"! Yeah, that's right. That was my flyer! I waited at that coffee shop for hours.
      Dr. Kelso: I broke up with my German mistress. She smelled like sauerkraut.
      Elliot: I'm so sorry.

    • Elliot: I'm such a horrible person. I mean, there I was, up on my high horse about Mr. Gerst and then I just turned out to be just as bad as everyone else.
      Dr. Kelso: Sweetheart, give yourself some credit. You're much worse than everyone else.

    • Jack: Flip.
      Jordan: Flip? What does flip mean, Perry?
      Dr. Cox: Jack probably thinks that Mommy and Daddy are being a little too sarcastic with each other.
      Janitor: Maybe. Or, it's because every time he says "Flip", Daddy does a little trick where he grabs Jack by the ankles, he flips him upside down, he drops him down onto his shoulders, and then puts him in a little baby trapeze, shoots him across the sandbox without a net.

    • Dr. Cox: Alright, fine. I'm a little rougher than you are, but guess what? The two of us have two distinctively different parenting styles. You're an overbearing hypercautious psychotic, and I'm... well, you know... fun? And I think if we could meet somewhere in the middle, I think Jack's going to be terrific! And besides, it's not like I ever put him in any real danger.

    • J.D.: Yes it is! It's a friend kiss and we will never talk about this to anyone ever!
      Elliot: What's going on?
      J.D.: Nothing.
      Carla: J.D. and I kissed.
      J.D.: Carla!
      Elliot: You kissed? Like a friend kiss?
      J.D.: Yes!
      Carla: No!
      J.D.: Carla! You're killing me!

    • Carla: J.D., you're drunk!
      J.D.: Carla, I'm not as think as you drunk I am.

    • Elliot: So, Mr. Gerst. Your situation doesn't seem to be reversing itself. I think we're going to need to schedule a procedure to relieve the... uh...
      Dr. Kelso: Woodiness.
      Mr. Gerst: My fiancee's only twenty-four and she said she wanted to do something special this morning. Turns out she just meant having breakfast with her family. The pills didn't really kick in until just about the moment I'm introduced to her ninety year old grandma. Sure enough, that little lady gives me the waist hug from her wheelchair.

    • Carla: Oh, it's so nice to get out. Oh, hey do you know who sings this song?
      J.D.: No, but I can tell you who doesn't sing it. Billy Joel, who brought us such hits as "Uptown Girl" and "Matter of Trust". And speaking of trust, do you know who's really trustworthy? Turk. I call him Turkey Turkey Turkey Turkey Trust Trust. A little nickname.

    • Dr. Cox: Just a quick question. Why is it an accident, when he's with you, but when Jack gets hurt on my time, it's because I'm not careful enough?
      Jordan: Because, I...
      Dr. Cox: Oh dear God, you're speechless. I won! I won an argument! Jack, it's unprecedented. We'll be at the playground drinking beer. Oh God, we love beer!

    • Elliot: Poor Mr. Gerst. I wonder what that's like, to have an erection for nine hours.
      Todd: Ask me in twenty minutes.

    • Carla: Turk, with everything that's happened I'm just having trouble trusting you.
      Turk: Baby, if there's anyone in this world that you can trust, it's me.
      Carla: Turk, you're the one I don't know if I can trust, so how am I supposed to trust that I can trust you telling me that I can trust you?
      Turk: My head hurts.

    • J.D.: You were late the last time.
      Turk: Yeah, but I set the clock ahead an hour last night so I wouldn't be late.
      J.D.: Yeah, but last week I set it back three hours so we could see what it felt like to live in Honolulu.
      Turk: Yeah, but then I set the clock ahead five hours so I wouldn't feel like a skeeve for watching porn in the middle of the day.
      J.D.: But then I set it back forty-three minutes to 8:08, turned the clock upside-down to see if it looked like the word Bob, which incidentally, it totally does-
      Turk: That's true.

    • J.D.: That is the most ridiculous hat I've ever seen.
      J.D.'s narration: And I must have it.

    • Dr. Cox: I'd focus, because that tiny patch of skin on my son's forehead is more important to me than the entirety of your whole high-fiving, head-shaving, air-balling, mole-lipping, insulin-needing existence, which I guarantee you will come to an abrupt very unnatural end.

    • Turk: That was a thick bush.
      J.D.: Oh really Turk? Was that a thick bush? Because there's berries in my ass!

    • Janitor: Hey, all my pictures were in there! Dead patient with fancy shirt, dead patient without fancy shirt, me in fancy shirt being yelled at by angry family!

    • Jordan: Jack's fine, but the doctor said if the cut was four inches to the left and seven inches deeper, it could have potentially scratched his eye.
      Dr. Cox: That was a close one.

    • Janitor: Heh, Photoshop, you can do anything. (Holds up a photo) Here I have you wearing a ducks bill. Get it? Because you're a quack! Get it? Classic comedy my friend.

    • Dr. Cox: Do you have any idea what events would unfold if Jordan actually were to see that picture? It's a heart-wrenching tale of woe involving Jordan's second cousin who plays for the New England Patriots and me having the Superbowl ring removed from my oesophagus.

  • NOTES (1)


    • The title of this eppisode, Our Lips Are Sealed was the name of a song by the Go-Go's and was later redone by Hilary and Hailie Duff.