Season 1 Episode 2

My Mentor

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Oct 04, 2001 on NBC
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Episode Summary

J.D. tries to persuade a smoker patient to quit smoking in order to impress Dr. Cox, who is just feeling lonely in his opinion. Elliot's attitude towards Carla annoys her, thus Turk is able to go on a date with Carla, when he convinces her to forgive Elliot.moreless

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  • Development.

    I think the second episode of Scrubs continued to set things in motion, you're still getting the feel on what the show is about, still getting to know the characters a bit more. So a good flow, all things considered. JD tries to connect with Dr. Cox, as he has a patient that could have cancer because of smoking, and he wants the patient to stop and wants Dr. Cox's help. Even though Dr. Cox is a jerk, he still helps JD in the long run which is always good. Elliot bumps heads with Carla, it was enjoyable to watch definitely, having hospital life being compared to being in a high school. I loved the "Digging your own grave" scene. Turk tries to ask Carla out, and ends up getting what he wants in the end. Carla even helps Elliot out, after their argument. A good episode from Scrubs.moreless
  • The second episode is another step up the ladder.

    In this second ever installment of Scrubs everything really fell into place. J.D. realizes that the janitor is out to get him, that Dr. Cox is J.D.'s mentor but not friend. It was just another huge step up to what this show later will become. I still think that every character's personality has been almost the same since the pilot episode, so their really wasn't much to develop except for a plot. I thought that this episode was working on the plot more than anything else, because it wasn't the funniest episode, but it gave attitude towards the characters and filled in lost plot spots.moreless
  • The second episode of Scrubs

    While the pilot was already really good, the second episode is even better. There is already a lot of character development going on. The jokes are suberb as well. I like how JD is trying to impress Dr Cox and the Janitor is just awesome once again. I enjoyed JD's plot with the smoking patient. Back then they still had good patient storylines that actually had some dept. I liked the 'battle' between Carla and Elliot (it was hard to believe that later on they would be best friends). I prefer this hospital over the one they shoot the pilot in, too. What i didn't like, is how they put no subtitles on these things Carla said in Spanish..moreless
  • second episode of the series, quite a good one

    This episode being the second of the series it still lacks a lot of the later things that make the show so funny but it does improve a lot on the pilot and help shape where the series is heading.

    It's interesting seeing no noise to make note of there being a day dream as i'm so used to it.

    Elliot and Carla's relationship is funny to watch as they are yet to be friends in this early episode. It's also funny to see Turk without a girlfriend as we never get to see that. This episode is a good insight into how Dr Cox and JD's relationship works and is a rather good episode for the second go.moreless
  • Good character development for J.D. and Dr. Cox. Turk stands up to Carla about her relationship with Elliot and ends up scoring a date.

    Although the relationships grow and change as the series progresses, several are clearly established in this episode. The Turk/Carla dynamic grows from their brief encounter in the first episode as Carla emerges as the clearly dominant partner while Turk is crude and sweet and only submissive up to a point. He can tell Carla off when she needs it and this is exactly what she needs in a partner. The chemistry is good and the relationship continues for years in the same strain.

    The other important relationship that comes into its own in this episode is, as the name "My Mentor" suggests, that of J.D. and Dr. Cox. Dr. Cox's entire sarcastic scene in his apartment, including the offer to "spoon" and the hug that J.D. attempts, are classic examples their continuing relationship. The back-and-forth love/hate thing that they have going on in this episode only continues to grow as the series progresses. It is well set up in this episode.moreless
Donald Faison

Donald Faison

Dr. Christopher "Chris" Duncan Turk

John C. McGinley

John C. McGinley

Dr. Percival "Perry" Ulysses Cox

Judy Reyes

Judy Reyes

Nurse Carla Espinosa

Ken Jenkins

Ken Jenkins

Dr. Robert "Bob" Kelso

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

Zach Braff

Zach Braff

Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian

Jack Walsh

Jack Walsh

Unconscious Patient

Guest Star

John Ducey

John Ducey

Will Forte

Guest Star

Randy Kaplan

Randy Kaplan


Guest Star

Neil Flynn

Neil Flynn

The Janitor

Recurring Role

Aloma Wright

Aloma Wright

Nurse Laverne Roberts

Recurring Role

Johnny Kastl

Johnny Kastl

Dr. Doug Murphy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Elliot came to visit JD and Turk in their apartment she left the doors open, athough when JD came to take the stuffed dog to scare Elliot, the doors were closed.

    • The scene after the opening when J.D. is walking into the hospital, is the exact same scene used in the pilot episode.

    • In J.D. and Turk's apartment, Elliot grabs a photo of Turk and his mother. The actress in the photo is not the same one who plays Turk's mother in other episodes.

    • Featured Music:
      "Good Time" by Leroy (Played on J.D.'s walkman)

    • This is the first episode in which Dr. Cox calls J.D. a girl's name (Susan). It also marks the first appearance of Rowdy.

  • QUOTES (29)

    • J.D.'s narration: I think the one thing we never stop looking for is acceptance. Acceptance of our own shortcomings. Acceptance that some things are gonna be what they're gonna be. Still, I hated Will a little 'cause thanks to him I started looking at people who are important to me in terms of what will probably kill them.
      (About Turk) Heart disease.
      (About Dr. Cox) Liver disease.
      (About Elliot) Somebody choking her.
      (About himself) I don't know...probably stress.

    • J.D.: So, yes. As of now, you have no signs of cancer.
      Will: Wow! Who rules? Will rules.
      J.D.: Will, it's important you realise this isn't great news.
      Will: Are you sure? 'Cause that's how it first hit me.

    • Turk: (About Carla) I'm not really interested in her.
      Todd: Yeah? Then maybe the Todd'll show that little biscuit some love.
      (Turk starts looking threatingly to Todd)
      J.D.'s narration: Maybe he's a little interested.
      Todd: Fine. Todd'll show himself some love.

    • Turk: (Referring to Elliot in their apartment.) Hey, dude, why is she here all the time?
      J.D.: God! Just give her a chance, man.
      Turk: Oh! You want to hit that.
      J.D.: No!
      Turk: Yeah!
      J.D.: She's just a friend. I think it's healthy, hanging out with a girl without the ultimate goal being sex. You know?
      Turk: I'm not following.

    • Turk: I'm telling ya, Kelso didn't even ask, and she gave you full credit.
      Carla: I don't care. Too little, too late. Plus, I know why you're really here. So, I'm gonna park myself right here in the "V.I.P. section," so you can give me what'cha got.
      Turk: I was gonna tell you how I busted J.D.'s chops the other day for wanting to be friends with a girl. And now I find it so amazing to see how strong you are, how well you carry yourself, how I'd give anything just to wake up in the morning and watch you read the paper. But instead, I think you should hop off your broom for a second, try and remember what it was like when you first started here, and give Elliot a break. Because she may be a chore, but she is a good person. Your ass looks especially fine today.
      Carla: Pick me up tomorrow at seven.
      Turk: She's not the only one that can do a speech. I can do a speech.

    • Elliot: Look, Turk, I know that I don't always make the best first impression...or second, for that matter. Anyway, I'd like us to be friends, and I thought, you know, maybe I could get to know you a bit better...see what you're about, uh, for instance, when did you meet Morgan Freeman?
      Turk: That's my mom.
      Elliot: ...I like her freckles!

    • Dr. Cox: Oh, this woman is just fantastic. I mean, the breasts are probably fake, but, by God, those tears are real!

    • J.D.: Oh, Dr. Cox, I know I'm being annoying. But I-I'm really getting used to talking to patients. I mean, this is why I became a doctor; right? Right?
      Dr. Cox: I heard "I know I'm being annoying," and then...white noise.

    • Carla: Come on. Out with it.
      Turk: Don't rush me! I shouldn't be impatient with what I think is the opportunity of a lifetime.
      Carla: Mmm. Okay, so I'm gonna go sit down because, you're so sexy, my knees are weak.
      Turk: Really?

    • Turk: I'm nervous, man. Why am I nervous?
      Todd: Todd's your wing-man, buddy. I will not leave your side. Hey, baby.
      Carla: Keep moving, frat boy.
      Todd: You got it.

    • J.D.: Dr. Cox; I got, uh, Will's CT results back. No cancer! So, uh, what should I tell him?
      Dr. Cox: I'd open with that.

    • Elliot: Uh, Dr. Kelso! You're the Chief of Medicine, is there a 'special' way to communicate with the nursing staff that I'm not getting?
      Dr. Kelso: Well, uh, sugar won't work because they're already so sweet. Now, listen Dr...Whatever-the-hell-your-name-is, you tattled yesterday, I responded - I feel closer to you than ever, really - but the ramifications are yours. So don't try to drag me into your pathetic, whiny, little squabble with that God-awful bunch of malcontents. I hope you all kill each other! Have a great day, ladies.

    • Turk: I'm thinking about asking Carla out today. What do you think?
      J.D.: I think the janitor's out to get me.
      Turk: Wow. Thank you so much for your help. You know what? Why don't you be just a little bit more paranoid?

    • J.D.'s narration: I never really know what to say to Turk's stupid surgery buddies. But I'm getting better.
      J.D.:'s surgery?
      Todd: It rocks...but my bedroom, that's where I really operate! Am I right? Come on, show Todd some love!
      J.D.'s narration: I hate showing Todd love.

    • Elliot: Your dog is creepy.
      J.D.: nice to Rowdy. The guy we bought him from used to keep him in a box full of old hats.

    • J.D.'s narration: The human brain is remarkable. Once a day for nine years, I thought I lost my watch 'cause I can't remember which wrist it's on.

    • Dr. Cox: How much does this guy smoke?
      J.D.: I dunno.
      Dr. Cox: You realize, of course, it's your attention to detail that impresses me most. How many packs a day, genius?
      Will: Half a pack.
      Dr. Cox: Oh, I'm sorry, I phrased the question wrong. How many packs a day... really.
      Will: Eleven. Now you don't know where I'm coming from!
      (Cox whistles threateningly)
      Will: Two or three packs.
      Dr. Cox: Well, let's hear it...
      J.D.: Oh, I don't smoke, packs!
      Carla: What tests have you ordered?
      J.D.: Oh. I know, I was just totally kidding with you.
      Will: He was...we're all in on it.

    • Dr. Cox: Do you know what you've just done? You just lost all lap-dog privileges.
      J.D.: Excuse me?
      Dr. Cox: No more walkies, no more treats, no more following me around the hospital.
      J.D.: I'm not your lap-dog.
      Dr. Cox: Hey you, back there, what do we do with lap-dogs who can't behave in the house?
      Doug: Make them stay outside?
      Dr. Cox: That's right. You now have five seconds to get out of this room, otherwise I'm gonna start whacking you on the nose with this!

    • Turk: Oh, come on, Carla, give me one good reason why you won't go out with me.
      Carla: Well, you're a surgeon. So, you've got the god-complex, the cockiness, the whole "married to the job" thing. You're cute, but you're very, very aware of it. You have no idea what I'm like, so all of your feelings for me are coming from down there. But most of all, I'm looking for the real thing; and you're nothing but a little boy who's not used to being told "no". So there's a bunch of reasons. Pick your favorite.
      J.D.: I'd go with the "god-complex"...but it's hard to choose, you know, they're all so good.

    • Dr. Kelso: Oh, uh, Dr. Reid. I just wanted to say you're out of my dog house. That was a great catch on that patient with meningoccocus.
      Elliot: Well, that actually wasn't me, sir. Carla noticed the rash on his legs.
      Dr. Kelso: Well, that's fascinating. You could have fallen back into my good graces, and instead you passed the credit on to a nurse. How noble! I'll tell you what, I'll get the cafeteria staff to write "Was it worth it?" on a big cake for you!

    • Dr. Cox: Say anything else to him?
      J.D.: Nope.
      Dr. Cox: But you wanted to.
      J.D.: Yeah, but you told me not to!
      Dr. Cox: Geez, J.D., would you be a man? Lookit, if you can't stick to your convictions, you'll never make it as a doctor.
      (J.D. feels so frustrated his head explodes)
      Dr. Cox: I can't believe your head exploded. If your head explodes, you'll never make it as a doctor. I mean, come on, you look ridiculous.

    • Dr. Cox: Would you stay? And watch the game with me? Maybe have a slice of pizza?
      J.D.: Of course I will.
      Dr. Cox: I can braid your hair. I know the couch isn't very deep, but we could move the back cushion and spoon. (Addressing his friends who have just walked in the door) Hey you guys, what do you say? Beer and chips in the back. (Turning back to J.D.) Just ignore them, and would you tell me the answer to this question: Do you want to be the big spoon or the little spoon?

    • Dr. Cox: You are to return that umbrella to me at the hospital. Not here. Is that clear?
      J.D.: Yeah.
      Dr. Cox: Hey, newbie...know what your problem is?
      J.D.: My bones hurt?
      Dr. Cox: You were gonna, what, rescue me from loneliness with a $3 six-pack of light beer? It turns out we can't save people from themselves, newbie. We just treat 'em. We're gonna treat that kid with a respiratory problem, and when he comes back with cancer, go ahead and treat that too.
      J.D.: Well, thanks for the pick-me-up.
      Dr. Cox: Hey. Smokers, drinkers, druggies, fatties, whatever. All I'm saying is, if you keep living and dying on whether or not a person changes,'re not gonna make it as a doctor, that's all. Now come here and give me a hug. It's okay, come here. Come here. Get outta here! And take this piss water with you. It's embarrassing to have it here.
      Dr Cox's friend: I'll drink it!
      Dr. Cox: I'll take the beer. You'll beat it.

    • J.D.: I ordered blood cultures and a high-resolution CT.
      Will: What are you looking for?
      Dr. Cox: Cancer.
      J.D.'s thoughts: When you say the word "cancer," every person reacts the same way.
      Will: Excellent.
      J.D.'s thoughts: Not like that.
      (Will faints)
      J.D.'s thoughts: There it is.

    • J.D.: So, I still can't figure out why Dr. Cox tore me a new one today.
      Turk: Oh, man, enough already. He's a jerk.
      Elliot: He's a jerk.
      Doug: He's a jerk.
      Dr. Kelso: He's a jerk.
      Janitor: You're a jerk.
      Carla: He's just Dr. Cox.

    • J.D.: Will, the pneumonia patient, I got him to quit smoking.
      Dr. Cox: Forever?
      J.D.: Yuh-huh!
      Dr. Cox: No "last one"? 'Cause the last ones are better than sex, trust me, I've had about a thousand of 'em.

    • J.D.'s narration: When you really lock in with a mentor, you start to understand the meaning behind their words.
      Dr. Cox: You do whatever you want.
      J.D.'s narration: Means: "Great idea!"
      Dr. Cox: I'm, I'm just happy you haven't messed up yet today.
      J.D.'s narration: Means: "You're really coming along as a doctor."
      Dr. Cox: Don't. Ever. Touch me.
      J.D.'s narration: Means: "Don't ever touch him".

    • Elliot: Just because I occasionally say something stupid doesn't mean I'm in the hospital going door to door annoying people, like some crazed Jehovah's Witness. Oh. You're not?
      Turk: No. But my mother is.
      J.D.: He's black, too. You should tease him about that.

    • J.D.: How's it going?
      Janitor: I'm 37 years old, and I'm a janitor; how do you think it's going?
      J.D.: Now, there is nothing wrong with being a janitor.
      Janitor: Really? Thank you.'ve turned my life around. I'm gonna have to go tell my janitor wife and all our janitor kids that life is worth living; and that comes straight from our hero, Dr. Whoozitz...Dr. Nothin'. No, seriously, come on. You can come over to my humble house and point out things that are cheap.

  • NOTES (2)


    • The CEO of the corporation that owns the hospital is named Whitaker Chambers.

      Whitaker Chambers was an American writer and former communist, who was the key witness in the famous communist spy case against Alger Hiss, headed by Richard Nixon in the late 1940s, that ended in a conviction for Hiss and a medal for Chambers.

    • When J.D. has the electronic voice box he says, "Do you want to play a game?"

      This line is paraphrased from Joshua, the NORAD computer from the 1983 movie Wargames. The exact line is, "Shall we play a game".

    • When Will puts the electronic speaking tube to his throat, he says "Beety, beety, beety".

      This is what the robot Twiki always said in the show "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century". Twiki was voiced by the great Mel Blanc.

    • Dr. Cox: Unfortunately, Radar, I'm out of gold stars.

      Radar is a slightly annoying character on M*A*S*H, and Dr. Cox is comparing J.D. to him.

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