Season 3 Episode 4

My Lucky Night

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Oct 30, 2003 on NBC
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Sean is a bit surprised and disturbed to learn about Elliot and J.D.'s history together, but it turns out that his anger is really a cover up for his upcoming six month long trip and he doesn't want Elliot to explode. Dr. Cox. is forced to swallow his pride and actually ask for help when he decides to throw his hat in the ring for the Residency Director position at the hospital. Carla picks up an extra shift as a surgical nurse, which allows her to spend the day working alongside with Turk, to his great annoyance.moreless

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  • JD tries to win back Elliot.

    Season three got off on a pretty rocky start but this episode proved that Scrubs has not lost it's spark, and if anything, it is improving. All the plots were likable in this episode, and in some way they tie in. I liked the transitioning of everyone's thoughts and it was a memorable scene to look back on after watching this episode. Sean finds out that Elliot used to date JD, he makes a huge deal out of it, but it turns out he was making the huge deal, because he's leaving Elliot for six months for a job opportunity and he doubts that long distance would work. Leaving Elliot all alone, Elliot tries to get Sean back, but he leaves on his bus. JD continues to have feelings for Elliot while he's still fitting in to Cox's plot. Cox applies for a promotion without Jordan's help. JD helps him a bit, but only if Cox signs JD's letter of recommendation. Carla is assigned to work with Turk in the operating room, she really annoys him, but manages to be his lucky charm in the operating room. In the end, JD decides he needs to win back Elliot in her time of need. He runs to her building with flowers only to find out that Sean stayed for Elliot, and he is willing to make the long distance thing work when he leaves. Cox ends up getting the promotion as he stops being stubborn and asks for Jordan's help. I am loving their relationship by the way. Carla & Turk's problem is resolved as well. JD ends up alone, while Elliot ends up with Sean. A cringe-worthy pivotal episode that helped season three as a whole.moreless
  • Hilarious!

    JD distracts the Janitor and Troy with a riddle, which was a very enjoyable storyline. Especially the ending was hilarious.

    Dr. Cox and Dr. Steadman compete for the same promotion for the residency director position. It was a good plot, but i don't like Dr Steadman. The Turk and Carla plot was also hilarious. The only thing i can complain about is Sean, Elliot and JD's jealousy. But in this episode it (finally) hits rocky ground and they virtually break up because Sean is going away. I got a little exited about Jelliot, but sadly knew that if they would be together, it wouldn't be for long anyway.moreless
  • I liked it a lot!

    This episode was the best of the season so far. The J.D loves Elliot again plot was nice because we got to see more of jealous J.D trying to fight Sean for Elliot's affections. The other storylines were funny to especially Carla assissting Turk in surgery - and she annoys the crap out of him. She also looks good in green scrubs and those earrings she was wearing!! At a bar, Turk spills the beans about Elliot and J.D's relationship to Sean who is horrified but is really covering up telling Elliott he has to leave for 6 months. I liked when the cast's thoughts interlinked. The end is really sad and I felt so sorry for J.D who is utterly crushed when Sean returns and it looks as if J.D and Elliot will never be together...of course they will! DUH!!!!!!! Superb.moreless
  • Sean is leaving for a career opertunity and doesn't wanna be in a long distance relationship, Dr Cox applies applies for residency director, Carla does an extra shift as a Surgical Nurse and drives Turk crazy.moreless

    I loved this episode, This is by far one of my favourites.

    The whole mood was just great, each character had some kind of ineresting plot. The comedy was pure gold and as usual they manage to switch from comedy to serious almost effortlessly towards the end of the episode.

    Just an amazing episode.

    Lovin it.
  • Best episode of season three so far

    The janitor plot in this episode is one of my favourites especially the end where Janitor gets his revenge by destroying JD's bike with a riddle of his own: "Two guys destroyed your bike with a crowbar and a bat. One of them wasn't me".

    One of the most impressive scenes in this episode is the scene which travels through everyone's thoughts, linking up at certain points.

    The end was very good with a guy handing JD flowers because the baby wasn't his and the PA announcing for a Dr Leave and Winnerback aswell as JD getting the night off since he helped get Dr Cox the position, all thee coincidences leading up to a predicted ending which didn't happen, the twist at the end being that Elliot and Sean had decided on a long term relationship.

    Turk's plot of Carla being his good luck charm and Cox's residency position plot were both hilarious and overall, this e;pisode is entertainng from start to finish.

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

Jan Devereaux

Jan Devereaux

Female Resident

Guest Star

Ian Kerr

Ian Kerr

Chairman of the Board

Guest Star

Jeff Lapensee

Jeff Lapensee


Guest Star

Charles Chun

Charles Chun

Dr. Wen

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 (7)

    • At the bus station, Elliot's car has two replacement doors (red & yellow) because the two front doors were smashed off in "My American Girl (3-01).

    • At the end of the thought chain, where the janitor is thinking to himself, trying to figure out the riddle, he goes 'Damn riddle! Easy, Janitor; you'll get this.' thus calling himself 'janitor' and leaving his name once more in obscurity.

    • When Dr. Cox is talking to J.D. about his Hairmet an Asian intern is walking towards the side of them, but when the camera switches she doesn't walk past, although she walks past ten seconds later.

    • Featured Music:
      "Blind, Deaf and Dumb" by The Churchills
      "Don't Know Much" by Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville (sung by Turk)
      "Almost Feeling Better" by Keren DeBerg & Tart
      "On and On" by Keren DeBerg
      "Late Nights and Homies" by Library Cue
      "Cindy" by Tammany Hall NYC

    • In the beginning JD talks about that moment of the day as if it was early morning, and yet a few minutes later he heads off to the bar where the whole group of friends go drink beer.

    • When Turk is talking to his interns at the beginning of the episode, he is pointing to a marker board with a list of patients on it. One notable 'patient' is labelled "L. Roberts", which is possibly a reference to "Laverne Roberts", one of the nurses on staff.

    • When Elliot stops at the bus station to talk to Sean, the right (yellow) door on the car is open. Later when she's talking on the phone with him it's closed. But when the bus leaves the door is open again.

  • QUOTES (50)

    • Dr. Kelso: So, shall we all just agree that Dr. Steadman is our new residency director and get the hell out of here?
      Dr. Steadman: If anyone wants to stop by my condo to celebrate, my husband made sangria!
      Dr. Kelso: Mmmmmmmm!
      Dr. Cox: Howdy, fellas. Don't ya-don't ya dare get up - I don't want to see any broken hips.

    • Troy: Ooh! Your face is red! Like a strawbrerry!
      J.D.'s Narration: Pride's a funny thing...
      Janitor: Don't have kids.

    • Elliot: Sean! Sean! Okay... Look, I know you hate long-distance relationships, but six months is nothing! I mean, it'll be hard and we'd be going a long time without sex, but I can totally go that long without sex! Sean, I am a sex camel!

    • Elliot: Laverne, did you ever notice that in hospitals, even though you're surrounded by like hundreds of people, it's still so easy to get lost in your own thoughts?
      Laverne: Have you been drinkin'?

    • J.D.: You can't make me feel guilty for asking for help. That's just the way the world works, okay? A-and you know what? Most people actually like helping out the people around them. Take Carla, for instance! Don't you think she'd do anything in the world to help out Turk, no matter what the situation?
      Carla: Look! He didn't apologize! So just back the hell off, okay! He messes up and I'm the one who gets...

    • J.D.: You know what? Okay? This never would have happened if my Hairmet hadn't gotten stolen at your stupid suck-up fest last night! Now, I took the liberty of writing the recommendation you promised me. All you have to do is sign right below where it says, "He makes me proud to be a doctor," and right above where it says, "P.S. He ain't too hard on the eyes, either!"

    • Dr. Cox: Tell me this, there, pippy: Are you allergic to bee stings?
      J.D.: I don't know. Why?
      Dr. Cox: Oh, it's just that it looks so painful and possibly infected that I must flick it!

    • Carla: But the biggest pain of all is that you know I'd go into that operating room with you if you just apologized; but you're too stubborn to do that, aren't you.
      Turk: I am now!

    • Turk: The truth is, you never asked me how I felt about us working together. Plus, you embarrassed me in front of my co-workers. You were a pain.
      Carla: You know what? Maybe I was a pain, but do you know how many times you're a pain and I just let it go? Like when we're at home and you follow me from room to room, even when I go to the bathroom!
      Turk: I like to be with you.
      Carla: Pain! Or how you've decided that me making eye contact with you is my way of saying, "Please, grab my breasts."
      Turk reaches out.
      Carla: Don't.

    • Carla: Really?
      Turk: Yeah! Yeah. It's just like in high school - I had this girlfriend who annoyed the crap out of me, but every time she came to one of my basketball games, I played like crazy out of my mind because all of a sudden I was playing for her. I wanted to make her proud. You understand what I'm saying?
      Carla: You're saying I'm so annoying you can't stand working with me for even two days, but now that you have something to gain, you want me back.
      Turk: Exactly. Thank you!
      Carla: I didn't hear an apology anywhere in there!
      Laverne: All I heard was nonsense.

    • Turk: Hey! Hey, Baby! What's up? You know, I've been thinking: that was a lot of fun working together.
      Carla: Mm-hmmmm. And how long you been thinking about that?
      Turk: Ever since Dr. Wen offered me a gastric bypass because I was so amazing yesterday, and I realized you're the reason why.

    • Carla: I can't tell you how awesome it was just getting to be with you today and watch you work.
      Turk: I know, right?
      Carla: Yeah!
      Turk: But you know what? Schmitty heard that Nurse Green's been dying to cover surgery, and I said you wouldn't mind if she took your place tomorrow. Because, between me and you, Schmitty's been trying to hit that for like a minute, and I had to hook him up! You understand, right?
      Carla: Sure. Mm-hmm. I'm... I'm glad we could help Schmitty hit that!

    • J.D.'s Narration: It was amazing to see how much Dr. Cox actually wanted this job. And how much he was willing to put up with to get it!
      Man: So, the wife and I ended up buying Egyptian cotton bed sheets!
      Dr. Cox: Gee, you're too much. What's the thread count on those bad boys?

    • Lady: Love your Hairmet.
      J.D.: Love yours!

    • Sean: Elliot, the trip that I'm leaving on tomorrow... it's actually a lot longer than I let on.
      Elliot: What, like three days?
      Sean: No...
      Elliot: Four days?
      Sean: Six months.
      Elliot: Five days?

    • Elliot: I'm sorry, okay? I didn't tell you that I slept with J.D. and that was a mistake. And, yes, we do talk all the time and have all these inside jokes, and he met my great aunt Sally when she came to the hospital with my demented great uncle who wears an eye patch and goes "honka! honka!" when he poops.

    • Todd: Sterile high-five!

    • Carla: You know, Buppy, this guy looks a lot like your waxer!
      Todd: The Todd says, What now?
      Turk: Nothing! She meant her waxer, 'cause we're... We're working, guys.
      Dr. Wen: No, no, no. I wanna hear this.
      Carla: It's no big deal. I make Turk wax his chest so he doesn't give me a rash.
      Todd: Oh, okay. Does she also make you wax your vagina?

    • Turk: Scalpel.
      Carla: Scalpel what?
      Turk: Scalpel, please.
      Carla: Here you go, baby. Sorry: Dr. Baby.
      Dr. Wen: Shall we proceed, Dr. Baby?

    • Elliot: Okay, yes! J.D. and I work together! But it's not like we're crazy close! I mean, it's not like we have all these inside jokes! And we definitely don't do this...
      The phone rings until the answering machine picks up.
      J.D.: Good evening, Elliot! This is your great aunt Sally. Are you there?
      Elliot: I have to get that.
      Sean: Nuh-uh.
      J.D.: I guess you're at Sean's. Hey, good thing we're so crazy close, or I wouldn't know how to impersonate your aunt Sally! By the way, I ran into Eye Patch this morning - said to tell you, "Honka! Honka!
      Elliot busts out laughing.
      Elliot: It's just an inside... joke.

    • Elliot: I cannot believe you're still angry about this.
      Sean: I'm not angry.
      Sean rolls up a newspaper and violently whacks at a fly
      Sean: ARGH! DIE! DIE, DIE, DIE! ROT IN HELL! I got it.

    • Dr. Cox: Our nanny just walked out the door. Gimme a break - she's experienced, she has great credentials...
      Jordan: Oh, no, no, she's got great, huge, perky credentials. She's out.

    • Turk: Guys, I can't go!
      Todd: "I'll miss you" high-five!

    • Todd: Dude. We're goin' to the caf. so I can tell all the boys about my date with Strangely Attractive Intern! You in?
      Carla: Uhhh, I think that Turk is a little more mature than that.
      Turk: She's right. But still, honey, what I think you're missing here is that, not only is she attractive, but she's strangely attractive...

    • Todd: Dude. We're goin' to the caf. so I can tell all the boys about my date with Strangely Attractive Intern! You in?
      Carla: Uhhh, I think that Turk is a little more mature than that.
      Turk: She's right. But still, honey, what I think you're missing here is that, not only is she attractive, but she's strangely attractive...

    • Carla: Mmmmmmm. Notice anything different?
      Turk: Your tongue went counter-clockwise!
      Carla: No! Green scrubs!
      Turk: Ohhhh.
      Carla: I'm covering for one of the surgical nurses. We could use the extra cash, plus we get to work side-by-side for the next two whole days. Isn't that great!
      Turk is horrified
      Turk: So great!

    • Janitor: Hey. C'mere a sec - we wanna do stuff to you.
      J.D.'s Narration: Crap. The Janitor. And he's with Sloppy Joe Guy! Okay, just distract them before they do whatever they've got planned!
      Janitor: We were thinkin'...
      J.D.: I've got a riddle for you!
      Troy: This isn't how you said it would go.
      Janitor: Troy! We're listening.
      J.D.: Two coins add up to thirty cents and one of them is not a nickel.
      Janitor: So what are they?
      J.D.: It's a riddle. You figure it out.
      Janitor: Troy, get your hat. We're going to the bank

    • Sean: You know, it's always awkward when you run into an ex, isn't it?
      Turk: Tell me about it. I don't know how J.D. and Elliot do it.
      Sean: Do what?
      J.D.'s Narration: Oh, no! I've got to stop this! Kick him!
      J.D. kicks under the table, nearly throwing Carla out of the booth.
      Carla: Oh!
      Turk: You okay, baby?
      Carla: Yeah...
      Turk: How they have sex every year and still manage to stay friends...
      Elliot: We haven't actually had a chance to talk about that yet. But thank you.

    • Sean: So, I'm leaving the day after tomorrow, uh, to work on this project studying the fishing industry's impact on Maui dolphins. Uh, they're an endangered species; if something isn't done soon they could actually be wiped off the face of the earth.
      Turk: Mmm.
      Carla: Ohh.
      J.D.(yawns): Fascinating stuff, Sean.

    • J.D.'s Narration: It's never fun being the fifth wheel, especially when one of those wheels is Elliot's boyfriend. Still, I had decided to take the high road.
      Sean: Hey, J.D., is this regular? I asked you to bring me a diet.
      J.D.: That is diet... Enjoy.
      J.D.'s Narration: Mwahahahahahaha! All right, that's enough.

    • Elliot: Mm! In the new Sea World dolphin show, Sean opens with this impression of a blowfish that will totally crack you guys up! Show them.
      Sean: All right.
      Sean fills his cheeks with air and makes a face.Turk, Carla, and Elliot crack up.
      J.D.: What the hell, that's not funny! All he did was this-
      J.D. tries to imitate Sean's blowfish. Nobody laughs.
      Sean: Hey, you're not doing it right.

    • Dr. Cox: The point is, and you just might want to jot this down: only the weak need help.
      J.D.: I should get that tattooed on my neck.

    • J.D.'s Narration: I've learned to make Dr. Cox's rants work for me. I catch up on paperwork; I look after patients...
      J.D.: Carla, can you check room air pulse ox on Mrs. Shipp?
      Carla: You got it, Bambi.
      J.D.'s Narration: ...I take care of those official things that just have to get done.
      Janitor: You're a jerk.
      J.D.: You're a jerk!
      Dr. Cox: ...Long story short, there, Molly, I will always whistle at you like you're a blonde with big bombs and I'm a construction worker just released from prison. That clear?
      J.D.: Crystal!
      Dr. Cox: Super!

    • J.D.'s Narration: Hospitals are hectic. But there's a certain time every morning, after the bedpans have been emptied, that a calm washes over the place; and you can't help but feel peaceful.
      J.D.: Holy Vishnu! Look, we've been working together a while, could you not whistle at me?
      Dr. Cox: You're right, Newbie, we have been working together for a while. Of course, I wouldn't know the exact number of days unless I consulted my Friends For Life calendar that I keep taped inside my hope chest.

    • Dr. Cox: Just a real nice helmet, there, princess.
      J.D.: Actually, it's not a helmet, it's a Hairmet - it has extra room so you don't mess up your hairdo.
      Dr. Cox: Fair enough. I'm gonna go ahead and write you a prescription for two testicles; and you feel free to get this filled out whenever you want.

    • Dr. Cox: But right now, I'm goin' after that residency director gig, and you're joining me for a really stupid board member meet-and-greet.
      J.D.: Will you write my recommendation?
      Dr. Cox: Oh, hell no!
      J.D.: Goodbye.
      Dr. Cox: Oh, gimme a break! I'll write whatever you want! Just... we gotta go.
      J.D.: Okay, fine. Lemme just fix my hair. Oh, wait! I don't have to!
      Dr. Cox: Oh, good God!

    • Dr. Cox: I'd make you swear on a Bible, but I know how contact with holy stuff makes your skin sizzle.

    • Jordan: Besides, she's too expensive.
      Dr. Cox: About that, now, um, I've actually been thinking about going after that residency director job.
      Jordan: Residency director?
      Dr. Cox: Yeah-heah!
      Jordan: But Perry, you realize if you did that, you would be taking a positive step in your life.
      Dr. Cox: I... I know.
      Jordan: Quick: First place we made love?
      Dr. Cox: Oh, gimme a break. We've never "made love".
      Jordan: Whew, it is you.

    • Dr. Kelso: Well snip my pickle and call me Shlomo!

    • Jordan: So! I think we should make Perry residency director.
      Dr. Kelso: You honestly think the board would pick him because you had his love-baby?
      Jordan: Oh, I don't know... Of course, if they don't, I'm gonna bitch and moan about it until these nice gentlemen are dead.
      Board Member: All those in favor of Dr. Cox?
      Other Members: Aye.
      Dr. Cox: So I guess this pretty much makes me your bitch now.
      Jordan: Oh, Perry, you always were.

    • Dr. Cox: Oh, I don't know, Bob. Here, I like to think I've accomplished plenty of things much more difficult than this. Why, just yesterday morning I somehow managed to hack into your voice-mail and change the outgoing message to "Hi, this is Big Bob. Why, I'm not in right now but, at the beep, leave your name and your penis size!"
      Dr. Kelso: Perry, have you ever wondered why you've never risen above clinical staff at this hospital? I mean, come on, pal, who do you think the board listens to concerning promotions around here? Why don't I tell you after the beep?
      Dr. Steadman: Beeeeeeep.
      Dr. Kelso: Bob Kelso. Ten inches.
      Dr. Steadman: It's like a baguette!

    • Sean: How do I explain this... You know when you have really bad news to give to someone? So you try to make them look like the bad guy by taking a small thing and blowing it way out of proportion?
      Elliot: Totally. So glad that has nothing to do with us!

    • Janitor: Okay, come on: Two coins. Thirty cents. No nickels. Come on! You can do this! You went to Harvard, for God's sake!
      Troy: Relax! I figured it out.
      Janitor: Okay... You gave me a penny... and... what appears to be a button, on which you've written twenty-nine cents.
      Troy: Can't we just kill him?
      Janitor: No, no, no... That's what he wants us to do.

    • Sean: You know Betty from work - I see her every day, right? How would you feel if I told you we slept together?
      Elliot: Well, I'd be disturbed, Sean, because Betty is a harp seal.
      Sean: Yeah, but a harp seal who's smart, funny, and totally gets me!

    • J.D.: Uh, listen, while I have you here - I'm applying for a fellowship, and I could really use a letter of recommendation. I was thinking that, when you wrote it, instead of using a girl's name you could refer to me as "Dr. Dorian." I think it sounds a little more professional and, frankly, each time you call me a girl's name, I die a little inside.
      Dr. Cox: Look, Janice, Denise, Tiffany Amber Thiiiieeeessen! Lemme go ahead and share a little something special with you that I like to call Perry's Perspective. One: If someone's standing in front of me in line at the coffee shop and they can't decide what they want in the half an hour it took to get to the register, I should be allowed to kill them. Two: I'm fairly sure if they took porn off the internet, there'd only be one website left, and it'd be called "Bring back the porn!" Three and most importantly of all: The only way to be respected as a doctor - nay, respected as a man - is to be an island; you are born alone, you damn sure die alone.

    • Dr. Kelso: Good afternoon, Sacred Heart!
      Dr. Steadman: Hey! Your Chief of Medicine just said good afternoon, people!
      J.D.'s Narration: Dr. Jeffrey Steadman - world-class suck-up. Especially since the residency director position opened up.
      Dr. Kelso: Dr. Cox, you know Dr. Steadman.
      Dr. Cox: You're a doctor? Here, all this time I had thought that you were some kind of parasitic creature who lived shoulder-deep inside Big Bob's colon.
      Dr. Steadman: If only, sir.

    • Elliot's Narration: What's wrong with me? Here I am trying not to let fear ruin my life anymore, and then Sean moves away and I don't even have the guts to tell him how I feel.
      J.D.'s Narration: I feel. I mean, life's too short not to go for it with Elliot. Plus, now Sean's out of the picture? Stop being such a chicken!
      Turk's Narration: ...such a chicken! I know it's a complicated procedure, but I can do it without Carla there! What am I so scared of?
      Dr. Cox's Narration: ...what am I so scared of? That I might actually get this job, and have no one to blame it on if I fail? Good Lord, I'm pathetic! When was the last time...
      Carla's Narration: ...when was the last time he ever apologized for anything? I wanna help him, I do, but in a lot of ways I guess I'm as stubborn as he is. I wish I could make some sense out of...
      Janitor's Narration: ...I wish I could make some sense out of this. Thirty cents, to be exact. Damn riddle! Easy, Janitor, you'll get this.

    • J.D.: What the hell...? My bike!
      Janitor: It's a riddle! Two guys destroyed your bike with a crowbar and a bat. One of 'em wasn't me!

    • Janitor: Hey. We solved your dumb game.
      Troy: We been to the libary!
      Janitor: "brary" Troy. "LiBRARy." Anyway, "What two coins, when you put 'em together, makes thirty cents and one of them isn't a nickel?" Hmmmm. A penny and... a 1972 dime with a Roosevelt imperfection, today worth exactly twenty-nine cents.
      J.D: Nope, nope, nope. The correct answer is: A quarter and a nickel.
      Janitor: Uh, no. Because you said one of them isn't a nickel.
      J.D.: Right. The other one is.
      Janitor: You lied to me.
      J.D.: No. It's a riddle.

    • J.D.'s Narration: Even if I wanted to put my pride on the line and go tell Elliot how I feel, I can't. I have to work tonight.
      Dr. Cox: Say, Newbie. Seeing as how you are partially responsible for me being the new Residency Director, I'm gonna go ahead and give you the rest of the night off. I... I don't know, It's just kind of my own personal way of saying... I can't actually stand the sight of you.
      J.D.'s Narration: I still don't think I should go see her.
      Woman over loudspeaker: Doctor's Leave and Winnerback please report to the ER. Leave and Winnerback.
      Man: (gives bouquet of flowers to J.D.) Here, buddy. Baby wasn't mine.

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