Scrubs

Season 7 Episode 8

My Manhood

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Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Apr 17, 2008 on NBC
8.9
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When Dr. Kelso tells the Janitor that nobody cares what he thinks, he starts a newspaper called "The Janitorial" to prove him wrong. J.D. and Turk fight over their manhood issues, while Dr. Kelso is too proud to ask for help about one of his problems.

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  • 708

    9.0
    This show pulls off being very clever this season, as the continuity continues to be flawless, and what I love about this season, is that the story lines are way more consistent. A couple of episodes ago, Elliot had jeopardized Kelso's job. Elliot finally finds out what she did by overhearing Kelso on the phone.



    Carla is anxious to know the secret meanwhile one of Elliot's patients has breast cancer, and he is really embarrassed, so he wants Elliot to go away. Carla realizes it's because he needs help. Meanwhile Turk has been acting like a tough guy and JD feels as though he needs to prove his manhood. Turk chasing around JD throughout the episode wasn't eventful but entertaining. All the fantasies were hilarious, and they managed to change it up by having fun with JD's usual voice over.



    It turns out Turk has been acting more manly because he got his testicle removed for an injury, and it turns out Kelso wasn't on the phone when Elliot overheard, he knew that Elliot was hearing. He needed help, which leaves things up in the air for the next episode. Great episode, great continuity, great ending!moreless
  • Yah!

    9.2
    A really good machismic episode where Turk and J.D battle it out several times hilariously as Turk overcompensates his masculinity because of Izzy, his pride and joy. Dr. Kelso tells the Janitor that nobody cares what he thinks while trying to indirectly ask for help with the medical board leading to a funny scene with Elliot in the mens' restroom. The Janitor who is hilariously a genius in this one starts a newspaper called "The Janitorial" to prove him wrong and openly ignores Ted. What the Janitor did to Dr. Cox was really funny and J.D and Turk's battle for masculinity along with Dr. Cox's narrations about J.D to Sammy made this episode a good example of Scrubs after its supposed 'glory days' i.e. Seasons 1-3.moreless
  • Funny episoed really good written

    10
    After a general examination, J.D's patient Mrs. Cropper asks if she needs a pelvic exam. J.D. says it's not necessary when all she has is a cold. But Mrs. Cropper won't let him leave, and tells him to go through her hard. Meanwhile, Turk is on a testosterone overload, challenging everyone in the doctor's lounge to "remote wrestling." In reception, Kelso tells a patient that he doesn't care that he had to wait over two hours for his appointment, and asks if anyone knows how to calm down the other patients. Janitor suggests a duck pond, but Kelso immediately shoots down this idea.

    Incensed by Kelso, Janitor decides to start a tabloid newspaper with Todd, Doug and Ted titled "The Janitorial." Ted is nominated as the investigative reporter no one will ever notice is around. Back in the wards, Elliot uses the men's room, as the women's restroom is closed for cleaning, and overhears Kelso on the phone with his wife. He's telling her that Sacred Heart's Board is going to force him to retire because of his age. She realizes she has to do something to help him, but what? Knowing the TV helps lull Sam to sleep, J.D. asks Cox if they can watch "The Sound Of Music." Cox agrees but Turk says J.D. has to wrestle him for control of the remote. A photo of the guys wrestling makes the cover of The Janitorial and J.D. and Turk get poster-size copies. Cox thinks J.D. is satisfied being a wimpy role model for Sam.

    Elliot feels sorry for Kelso and offers to help, but Kelso refuses. Overhearing their conversation, Carla introduces Elliot to John, her new patient, and asks what her secret is. Elliot refuses to tell. The first issue of The Janitorial is a success, and the tri-daily needs another issue before lunch. Cox thinks the paper is stupid and accuses Janitor of printing a fake interview with him. Janitor doesn't care and brushes him off. Meanwhile, Mr. Cropper confronts J.D. about the marks on his wife's back but before he can assault him, Turk steps in as the alpha male and intimidates the man into backing down. Cox shakes his head at J.D.'s wimpy reaction to the confrontation.

    When Elliot requests tests for her patient John, Carla wrongly guesses the secret she's keeping is that she is pregnant with Kelso's baby. Meanwhile, spending some quality time on the toilet, Cox reads The Janitorial which reports that his stinging personality is actually a big front he puts on to protect his vulnerable inner core of sadness, and in fact, all he needs is a hug. Cox is tortured now as the hospital staff all want to hug him. Elsewhere, Elliot tells her patient John he has breast cancer. He refuses to tell his family or accept help from anyone. Back swimming in the alpha-male soup, J.D. wrestles with Turk and knocks him out by accident but takes credit as the tough guy for once.

    Elliot can't understand why John is rejecting anyone's help and ponders why guys don't ask for help or share things. In front of Turk and J.D., Carla reminds her about when Turk had one of his testicles removed and only told his closest friend, J.D. Turk soon lets his wife know he didn't tell J.D. -- she just did. J.D. is stunned by the news while in the background, Ted makes hasty notes for The Janitorial. Later, Turk admits he's been over-compensating since his operation. He decides the only way to settle the alpha-male battle between them is to take a "Rocky III" freeze frame of the final blow in a mock fight. They take the shot and both claim bragging rights. Elliot and Carla tell Kelso that they will rally everyone in Sacred Heart to stop the board from retiring him. Kelso doesn't seem to care.moreless
  • we find out from an interview with dr cox from the janitor that what dr cox realy wants is a hug so as hearing this the whole hospital starts to hug himmoreless

    10
    i liked this episode because during the episode dr cox teaches jd's son how much of a women jd is all this cause by turk compensating from losing half of his manleyness also also so the new janitorial or how ever it is called it would be good if they carried this on in the other episodes. another good part was how the womens toilets where out of order and the women foud out more then only there but rating but they found out that having the birthday party in previous episodes was putting some1 out of there job not sure if what i have done is a review but :Pmoreless
  • Turk loses a part of himself that he holds very dear.

    9.8
    This was a fantastic episode! While I enjoyed last week's episode as well, this was more like it. It was hilarious and touching at some points. They seem to be working on making Elliot more likeable again.



    JD's interactions with Turk, Dr Cox, and Mrs. Cropper's husband were all pretty hysterical. Zach Braff was the MVP of this episode.



    The Janitor's subplot, which after reading the summary I thought would be awful, turned out really funny as well.



    Between the fantasizing while running, plant Turk, and JD thinking one testicle makes boy babies and the other makes girl babies, this was a total classic. 1.1? Ridiculous.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

Neil Flynn

Neil Flynn

The Janitor

Judy Reyes

Judy Reyes

Nurse Carla Espinosa

Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald

Mr. Cropper

Guest Star

Roshawn Franklin

Roshawn Franklin

Chris

Guest Star

Robert Maschio

Robert Maschio

Dr. Todd Quinlan

Recurring Role

Johnny Kastl

Johnny Kastl

Dr. Doug Murphy

Recurring Role

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd

Ted Buckland

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (9)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • J.D.: How did you get Sam out of daycare?
      Dr. Cox: Put on a wig and a skirt and told 'em I was you.

    • Elliot: I'm so sorry that they're forcing you out. I feel horrible.
      Dr. Kelso: Aw, sweetheart, you should. It's your fault.
      Elliot: Look. I'll talk to the board. I am so great at changing people's minds. My best friend in college thought he was gay, but I totally convinced him that he was into women. After that, he had a ton of girlfriends. Until senior year, when he hung himself.
      Dr. Kelso: Why is it that so many of your stories end with "and then he hung himself"?
      Elliot: Bad luck, I guess.

    • Janitor: What I need is an investigative reporter, yeah? Somebody who is bland enough and insignificant enough that he'd be listening in on a private conservation, get the secrets, but no one would even notice he was there.
      Ted: I'll do it.
      Janitor: You've been sitting there this whole time?
      Ted: No. First I was in your chair, then you sat on my lap, remember? I said "excuse me", and you said "get up and sit over there". And I did. Right? And... Hey, Janitor!
      Janitor: Ooh! Hey, Ted.

    • Janitor: Listen, guys. It's come to my attention that nobody around here cares what we think.
      Doug: Tell me about it. Like I thought it'd be cute if down in the morgue we got Hello Kitty toe tags. You know, for the dead kids. But no!
      Janitor: Exactly. Sorta.

    • Dr. Kelso: Anybody have an idea how we can calm down the clientèle when we're this backed up?
      Janitor: You know what would work? Duck pond. Right here.
      Dr. Kelso: I can't believe I've never said this to you. Nobody cares what you think.

    • Turk: You know what else would embarrass most guys, having their ass handed to them hong kong style in front of the whole cafeteria.

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