Season 6 Episode 13

My Long Goodbye

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Apr 05, 2007 on NBC
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Laverne is brain-dead, and her family decides to take her off life support. One by one, the staff say their goodbyes, except Carla, who stoutly refuses to accept what's happening. She consequently finds herself "haunted" by Laverne.
Meanwhile, Jordan gives birth, but Dr. Cox doesn't want to tell anyone because he doesn't want his daughter's birthday to always be associated with Laverne's death.


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  • 615

    After the amazing cliffhanger and episode, we get yet another amazing flawless outstanding episode, that probably touched all the fans of Scrubs in a special way. It was a strange feeling to feel joy and desolation at the same time. The way that Scrubs affects it's viewers it's what makes this such a good show. I don't care what anyone says, Scrubs is most definitely not going downhill at season 6. I think someone used the term "getting muddy." Which is the most false statement I have ever read. Laverne dies in this episode as she goes completely brain dead, and everyone says goodbye. It was emotional definitely, but I still don't think that it would be the best thing to kill Laverne off. Now for now on, it will feel like something is missing. I felt joy at the same time I felt sad because Jordan has her baby, and forevermore, it will be associated with the death of Laverne. Which is kind of sad when you think about it.

    Their baby being named Jennifer Dylan was hilarious, and JD becoming godfather, that was a great scene! I love all the bar scenes on Scrubs, and the final scene when everyone says "To Laverne" was a very powerful scene. Another powerful scene was Carla's breakdown as she is saying goodbye to Laverne. Great acting from Judy Reyes. Amazing episode, very emotional.moreless
  • Good enough, but they've done it before.

    This episode would have been so much better if they hadn't had "ghost Laverne" following Carla around. It only worked in the episode where Ben died because we didn't know he had actually died yet. In this episode it just felt cheezy.

    I liked the goodbye scenes though. Especially Carla's. It was sweet and was emotional without being too emotional. They didn't go over the top, which made it feel genuine.

    The storyline with the birth of Dr Cox' daughter was handled well enough. They didn't give it more screen-time than it needed, which was a good thing. I also found it very refreshing that they didn't make a big "a life ends and another begins" thing out of it.moreless
  • An overall moving episode involving Laverne's vegeatative state and the hospital staff's sad goodbyes. Mean while the long awaited birth of Dr.Cox's daughter is plagued by the imminent death of a much loved co-worked.moreless

    A normal episode of Scrubs is as funny as hell yet they never really have any plot or character development. This episode however breaks that cycle. Carla is 'haunted' by the ghost of Laverne who has been her best friend from the start of her days at Sacred Heart. Much like when Ben followed Dr. Cox it was simply a case of denial of a much loved companion passing on. Amazingly enough the scrubs writers, managed to cram in jokes amongst the sadness as, one by one, the hospital workers say their farewells to Laverne. Mean while Dr. Cox doesn't tell anyone about the birth of his daughter, except J.D, for the fear that there would be an accosiation every time her birthday came around. Unfortunately for Dr. Cox, Jordan is not so pleased with Dr. Cox idea and so names her child Jennifer Dylan. Or J.D for short :) One of the last scenes in the episode is definately one of the most moving i have seen on T.V for a long time, and in Scrubs probably the most. The speech Carla makes made me cry, to say good bye to such a good friend is something most can relate to. Not only that but Laverne is undoubtably one of the most loved characters. Overall this is one of best Scrubs episodes there is, perhaps even the best. Aside from the usual comedy it holds the loss of deeply loved character and the birth of a child.moreless
  • It was amazing. My second favorite episode.

    Carla is the main character in this one. Not the saddest one, but here it is: Laverne is brain-dead, and her family decides to take her off life support. One by one, the characters say their respective goodbyes, except Carla, who denies what's going on, being "haunted" by Laverne, when she wasn't dead yet.

    Meanwhile, Jordan gives birth, but Dr. Cox doesn't want to tell anyone because he doesn't want his daughter's birthdays to always be associated with Laverne's death. And JD picks the name of the baby, is Jennifer Dylan. A very important episode. Superb.

    Even though, this is season 6, it was awesome and one of the best of the whole show, in my opinion. This episode had it all, the emotions, sadness, laughter, dramedy, touching, great comedy and it's always great to watch.

    One of the reasons I love this is because of the comedy, I love the bad news robot scene. Wow! I was amazed, that's a joke I never gonna forget, totally cracked me up. Another funny stuff is: the shadow theater, the uterus scene, the parts where JD forgot what Dr. Cox told him, Laverne's haunting, Jordan and Cox private moment and many more "scrubsish" stuff. The other reason is that is a memorable sad episode, Laverne dies. The best of season 6.moreless
  • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Why did she have to die. Well she believed in heavan so she's with god now

    When i found out that lavern was gonna die i couldn't believe it and Carla was the only one who refused to believe what was going on and was just in denial though she eventually accepted it. I nearly cried myself at that point. I'm going to miss Lavern and i feel bad for Carla and Lester (to those who don't know him, he's Lavern's Husbund). Though Jordan finally got her C-section and it's hard to believe she let JD be the godfather and name the baby after him one would be generous but both is amazing espesially since it was Jordan; though i wonder how Perry will react to this.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

Ken Jenkins

Ken Jenkins

Dr. Robert "Bob" Kelso

Neil Flynn

Neil Flynn

The Janitor

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

Michael Bullard

Michael Bullard


Guest Star

Keeshan Giles

Keeshan Giles

Lester Roberts

Guest Star

Jeffrey Hutchinson

Jeffrey Hutchinson

Dr. Berman

Guest Star

Nicole Sullivan

Nicole Sullivan

Jill Tracy

Recurring Role

Aloma Wright

Aloma Wright

Nurse Laverne Roberts

Recurring Role

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Jordan Sullivan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Carla asks if Dr. Cox had ever been followed around by the memory of someone and he replies no, saying he is a "sane person." This, however, is not true because in "My Screw Up" Ben's memory followed Dr. Cox around for the whole second half of the episode. This encounter is quite similar to that of Carla and Laverne.

    • Laverne's breathing apparatus was out when Kelso visited her, in when Cox said goodbye, then out again after she was taken off of life support.

    • When J.D. learns what Dr Cox asked him to do he lip synchs, "Pick up my SON from daycare". However, in the original scene where Dr. Cox asks him what he wants done he never used the word son. Dr. Cox said "Pick up my KID from daycare", which can just about be heard over J.D.'s narration.

    • In one of the last scenes Dr. Cox says that only four people knew about the baby so Jordan wasn't getting any visits. That was not true because Elliot told everyone about it and many people applauded Dr. Cox when he entered the room.

    • When Turk and Elliot want to talk to Carla, Elliot takes a seat next to the imaginary Laverne. While talking, Elliot unintentionally touches her with her arm and Laverne's sleeve moves, although this is obviously not possible, because Laverne is a ghost.

    • We find out why Dr. Cox had a shaved head in "My Night to Remember". That episode was obviously aired out of order and should have been shown after this one.

    • When Elliot says that Laverne taught her how to get lab results back faster, she can't be telling the truth, as we saw in "My Unicorn (4-11)". Carla and Jordan taught Elliot how to get lab work back faster.

    • Dr. Cox and Jordan's second child will be called Jennifer Dylan, as suggested by J.D. so that "she'll be J.D. forever".
      J.D. will also be the child's godfather, as he was the only one to congratulate Jordan.

    • When Carla is talking to Laverne's family she calls the younger member Lester. But in "My Office" it is said Laverne's husband's name is Lester, although it is entirely possible that Laverne married someone with the same name as her younger sibling.

    • When Turk talks to nurse Roberts about the other black people in the hospital he mentions Snoop-dogg resident, Leonard the security guard with the hook hand, but his sentence trails off and he fails to mention Hooch, a secondary character from season four.

    • Featured Music:
      "Driving Down the Darkness" by DevilDriver (Lloyd gives Jack a ride)
      "A Murder of One" by Counting Crows
      "A Bad Dream" by Keane (Final scene)

    • Laverne's room at the start of the episode is different to the one at the end.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • J.D.: I'm on it.
      Dr Cox: Like how you picked my son up from daycare?
      J.D.: He got home, didn't he?
      (cutaway to Lloyd driving Jack and blasting speed metal. Lloyd is screaming along and Jack is air-drumming eagerly)
      J.D.: In my defence, some say speed metal can be very soothing.

    • (After Dr. Cox shaved his head)
      Dr. Kelso: Are you on call tonight, or will you be too busy fighting Superman? (Dr. Cox looks at him) Because you look like Lex Luthor.
      Dr. Cox: I got it.

    • Elliot: Someone just had a baby.
      Dr. Cox: How do you know?
      Elliot: My uterus is glowing.

    • J.D.: As-t-il une mère dans la maison? That's French for "is there a momma in the house". Wow, do you look hot for a woman who just got gutted. Can you believe it, Per? Are you with me? You are, I know I am. What's that smell? That's the sweet scent of after-birth.

    • J.D.: Three quick questions. Did you do that to your head so your baby will think that everyone looks like that? Can I be Godfather? And why is it a secret?
      Dr. Cox: I'm going to answer the first two with the same sentence. Stop making dumb jokes.

    • Dr. Cox: Sylvia.
      J.D.: Yes.
      Dr. Cox: We've got some super secret news.
      J.D.: Hit me.
      Dr. Cox: Sugarplum.
      Jordan: They're scooping the baby out of me today.
      J.D.: You guys congratu...
      Dr. Cox: Don't say it.
      J.D.'s thoughts: Congratu...
      Dr. Cox: Don't even think it.
      J.D.'s thoughts: He's in my head. I love it.

    • Carla: Could you just do me a favor and go away?
      Laverne's ghost: I'm an extension of your psyche. All you have to do is close your eyes and think me away.
      Carla: Ok.
      (Carla closes her eyes)
      Carla: I can see you crouching under the table.
      Laverne's ghost: Damn.

    • Jordan: Well, it's for the best 'cause if you knew, you'd just get all panicky and annoying. This way, you'll only have to freak out for a couple of hours, most of which, I'll be unconcious. Kind of like our honeymoon.
      Dr. Cox: Except this time when you wake up you're gonna have a baby girl in your arms instead of the Bolivian limbo champion.
      Jordan: Ah, Marco. What a cheeky monkey! How come we don't travel anymore?

    • Jordan: God, I can't believe I'm getting my C-Section today.
      Dr. Cox: Did, uh, did you forget to tell anyone?
      Jordan: No, I told the nanny to stay overnight and my mom booked a flight for next week and I'm meeting the O.B. at the hospital in two hours.
      (Dr. Cox grunts)
      Jordan: Did I not tell you?
      Dr. Cox: You did not.
      Jordan: I could've sworn I texted you.

    • Dr. Cox: (Stands up to reveal his shaved head) There. No one liked my haircut so now they can all just suck it.
      Jordan: Yeah, you win.

    • J.D.: My mom had a uterus. I lived in it.

    • Carla: Dr. Cox! Nice head.
      Dr. Cox: Thanks.
      Carla: This may be a strange question, but, uhm...have you ever had the memory of someone follow you around? Kinda like...a ghost?
      Dr. Cox: No. But then again, I'm a sane person.
      Carla: Okay.
      Ghost of Jill Tracy: Liar. Hi, Dr. Cox! I got pregnant in heaven. Who knew that could happen?
      Dr. Cox: Come on.

    • Dr. Cox: Here's what I need you to do...
      J.D.'s thoughts: Oh my God, Dr. Cox is letting me into his inner circle! He wants, no, he needs my help! If you do this stop, godfather! Wait, what did he say?
      Dr. Cox: Can you manage that?
      J.D.'s thoughts: Ask him to repeat it. No, no, no, then he'll know you weren't listening and he'll never trust you again.
      J.D.: I'm on it, Perry.

    • J.D.: They're probably just forming a line outside to make sure they come in one by one.
      Jordan: Screw it. Y'know what? You're the godfather!
      J.D.: YES! Yes! Yes! In your face! Can you name her Jennifer Dylan?
      Jordan: Sure. What the hell?

    • Carla: Wow, I'm still not ready to do this. It's going to be so weird not having you by my side everyday. Making fun of the doctors. Going on and on about Jesus. Man, I hope he's real or you're gonna be pissed. Remember my first day? When a patient came in and started bleeding out on me. I was so shocked I could barely move. But you stood by my side. And you guided me through it. And then you did the most amazing thing of all. You made me laugh. For the last 15 years, you've been my role model...but most of all you've been my friend. And I don't know what else to say, so...I'm really, really gonna miss you. Goodbye.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Janitor: I wanted to share a few words before she passed through the golden doors of Valhalla.

      Valhalla in Norse mythology is like the Christian idea of heaven.

    • Carla: Remember Mr. Chung. He slipped into a coma in 1984 and woke up last month.
      Mr. Chung: Hey Ladies! Where's the beef?

      "Where's the beef" was a famous Wendy's commerical in the 80's. Mr. Chung is also wearing a red jacket and a white glove that looks like the one that Michael Jackson wore in the early 80's. He is holding a rubix cube that was a big fad in the 80's.

    • Lex Luthor:
      Dr. Kelso makes fun of Dr. Cox's haircut by saying he looks like Lex Luthor. Lex Luthor is a fictional super-villain made by DC Comics. He was Superman's archenemy and was known to have a bald head.