Scrubs

Season 6 Episode 1

My Mirror Image (2)

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Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Nov 30, 2006 on NBC
9.0
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J.D. addresses the news that he is going to be a father. Dr. Cox is worried about how his anger is going to impact his offspring. Carla and Turk prepare for the impending arrival of their new baby. Elliot feels left out because she is childless. The Janitor wonders if he has wasted his life.moreless

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  • A below average season premiere that felt too jam- packed and very rushed.

    6.1
    One of Scrub's poorer season openers, but then it was always going to be hard to pick after that show changing cliff hanger that season 5 ended on.



    Season 6 started in a strange way, there was no opening narration from JD about the rest of the group just a group of visuals showing what they had been up to. This meant that the rest of the episode felt very direction-less and although some of the storylines were good, it felt as if they had just jumped into the storylines feet first and for a season opener this was not the best way of doing the episode.



    Still the storylines that the season opener produced were good, if a little underdeveloped- it felt like the writers were trying to give every character a storyline meaning that some of the stories felt a little hollow. For example the Elliot storyline; whole it is very natural for her to be feeling left out, her treating of the interns felt like a add-on to fill up some time. Hopefully they will develop this storyline in later episodes.



    The Dr Cox and Janitor storylines relating to their patients were very good storylines but they were let down by the fact that they had very little screen time due to other storylines.



    The fantasy/surreal scenes were fun but again made the episode feel a little disjointed. I did enjoy the appearence by the Blue Man group in Vegas and the use of NSync "Bye Bye Bye".



    Finally the main storyline of JD and Kim and their unplanned pregnancy. The manner in which JD handled it was completey true to form and his reflection of his own situation with his cancer patient was very well done.

    However the bit I most hated in this episode was the way in which JD described how Kim got pregnant. This was a hugely graphic description of sex and whilst amusing and a good campaign for safe sex, I think it went too far. This is a fairly family friendly show and the description of sex and the use of the word "penetration" was too much. I'm no prude but in a show like Scrubs the description wasn't really appropriate.



    Overall then a below average episode that had the potential to be good, but was let down by the writers trying to cram in as much as possible.moreless
  • Rather disappointing...

    6.0
    This was the start of the downward slope of Scrubs for me. Now I love Scrubs but after an amazing season 5 I really was very disappointed in this episode and season. The writing just felt off and the characters weren't as appealing. I also think that the fantasy sequences went too far.

    Usually the season opener of the show is fun and an extended adventure but this just felt too rushed and trying too hard to be funny. I thought that the Blue Man Group was a fun addition but they just didn't click with the rest of the show. And Turk and others dancing to the ring tone was not particularly funny either... Oh well.moreless
  • 601

    9.0
    Definitely a great hilarious season opener, and it owned up to it's cliffhanger. Kim wants to talk about the sudden pregnancy, and we find out that JD and Kim never really had sex, they got pregnant a very interesting way. JD puts off talking to Kim throughout the entire episode. Seeing yourself within the patients was kind of ridiculous and it went a bit out there, but it was still entertaining. Elliot treating all the new interns like babies was absolutely hysterical. Cox trying to deal with his anger issues was also entertaining, I always love to watch plots with Cox & Jordan. It all wrapped up well in the end, as JD finally decides to talk to Kim about their situation. The whole "Bye Bye Bye" bit was hilarious. I couldn't stop laughing. Great opener.moreless
  • scrubs is back and kicking lol

    9.8
    seeing how i didnt watch the end of the series b4 i caught on very fast who ever thought that jd would be a dad without actually having sex lol classic!!!!! love how the paitents that jd, dr cox and janitor are talking to are actually them dressed up took me a while to recongnise but i did in the end lol!!!dr cox trying to stop being angry was a classic again walking in to table just his luck i personal love this episode great start to a new series and cannot wait to find out what happens later onmoreless
  • It's baa-aack

    10
    I'm just so glad Scrubs is back that I didnt care that something was missing from this episode although I loved the intro with the NSYNC ringtone part and JD not actually having sex with Kim!!

    J.D. addresses the news that he's going to be a father. Dr. Cox is worried about how his anger is going to impact his offspring. Carla and Turk prepare for the impending arrival of their new baby. Elliot feels left out because she's childless. The Janitor wonders if he's wasted his life. The Janitor, Dr.Cox and JD see themselves in their patients at the end and they all learn a lesson - except the Janitor who, with help from Turk, uses JD as a flag for his new mast.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

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group

Themselves

Guest Star

Tate Hanyok

Tate Hanyok

Debbie

Guest Star

Chris Dougherty

Chris Dougherty

Jerry

Guest Star

Aloma Wright

Aloma Wright

Nurse Laverne Roberts

Recurring Role

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Jordan Sullivan

Recurring Role

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks

Dr. Kim Briggs

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (12)

    • In the beginning of the episode, J.D. calls Turk with the number 916-CALL-TUR(K) which was created in the episode "My Malpractical Decision".

    • During the episode you can notice that Dr. Cox's hair changes length and color.

    • Dr. Cox says, after making his interns run laps, that it didn't seem fair to let the kid from Kenya to run laps because it seemed it could run all day. -- The people from Kenya are known for running and winning many Medals in the olympics in track.

    • Right before J.D. is tackled by the security guards at the Blue Men concert you can see that the paint had dried even though it was splashed on him a few seconds before.

    • Turk downloads the N*Sync song "Bye Bye Bye" onto his cell, which is a Sanyo Katana. Later, when J.D. calls from Vegas, you can see that he has a different phone, it's flatter and wider. When he picks up J.D. from Vegas, he has yet ANOTHER phone, this time it's grey, not blue and has an antenna.

    • After we see J.D.'s patient transform into him, the next time we see the patient it is no longer Zach Braff playing that character but indeed a different actress.

    • Three characters on the show played their counterparts for the purpose of the episode's title "My Mirror Image". J.D.'s cancer patient was played by Zach Braff, Dr. Cox's patient was played by John C. McGinley and the old man, who held conversation with the Janitor, was played by Neil Flynn. Each patient represented what might happen to those characters if they didn't take a moment to rethink how they approached certain aspects in their life.

    • When J.D. tells Turk what Carla's middle name is, he states that he "knew it was something Puerto Rican". A couple of seasons ago Turk referred to Carla as his "Puerto Rican princess", to which she angrily reminded him she is in fact Dominican.

    • Featured Music:
      "Bye Bye Bye" by 'N Sync (Turk's ringtone)
      "Dancing Queen" by ABBA (J.D. drinking wine at his deck)
      "Here It Goes Again" by OK Go (J.D. in Las Vegas)
      "Funky Cold Medina" by Tone Loc (Kim crying in the OR)
      "Be Yourself" by Audioslave (Final scene)

    • In this episode John C. McGinley (Dr. Cox) also plays an angry patient named Slydell, after his character in the '99 movie Office Space, Neil Flynn (The Janitor) also plays an elderly patient named O'Neil, while Zach Braff (J.D.) also plays a female patient named "Mrs. Zeebee", whose name sounds like the initials of Zach Braff, "ZB".

    • Just before Turk paints a flag onto J.D.'s body, you can tell by the camera angle, that he's talking to J.D. (face contact) and begins to spray up higher, which suggests he's painting his face or hair, but in the next scene you clearly see, that he was painting his legs (red stripes).

    • Carla did not take Turk as her last name. The issue was addressed in season 3's "My Screwup" and confirmed by Elliot at the end of season 5's "My Jiggly Ball".

  • QUOTES (48)

    • J.D.'s narration: Dr. Cox, on the other hand, got halfway there. He may always be angry at work, but he had learned to control himself when it counts.
      Dr. Cox: Jacky, would you like some hot dogs?
      Jack: I don't want hot dogs!
      Dr. Cox: That's okay, 'cause we've got your favorite yogurt.

    • J.D.: Are you gonna let me down anytime soon?
      Janitor: Not until you spend a little time acting like a flag.
      J.D.'s narration: As I acted like a flag, I sensed that the Janitor learned nothing from this experience.

    • Dr. Cox: Look, you pretty obviously have short-circuited. Because the odds of you ever actually having a baby are roughly on a par with me finding the Loch Ness monster in my bathtub.

    • Janitor: Say, since we're small talking, let me-let me ask you a question: Do you have any... regrets about the way you lived your life? 'Cause I think I do.
      Dr. Kelso: You've never been to Paris and cleaned a French toilet, huh?

    • Janitor: I filled it with blue Gatorade. I just do that to freak people out.
      Dr. Kelso: Scintillating.

    • Dr. Cox: Your sarcasm is wasted on me, you giant pregnant beast. This is an anger-free zone. There's no anger here.

    • Dr. Cox: Space-wasters, why haven't any of you placed a pulmonary artery cath on this guy?
      Elliot: Hey, let's try to use our inside voice around the interns. We don't want to scare them.
      Dr. Cox: What kind of new crazy is this?
      Carla: Oh, Elliot snapped a little and decided the interns were her babies.
      Elliot: Oops, Jakie. Somebody's got a little smudgie on his face... There you go.

    • Kim: Hey.
      Turk: Hey.
      Kim: You seen J.D.?
      J.D.: (hiding in Turk's car, shakes his head "no")
      Turk: I have not.
      Kim: Any idea where he is?
      J.D.: (makes various hand signs)
      Turk: Teaching CPR to underprivileged youth at Lincoln Middle School on 18th Street.
      J.D.'s narration: I can't believe he got that! We are so ready for that charades tournament on Saturday!

    • Mr. Slydell: My anger not only cost me my health, it also cost me my job, my marriage... it cost me damn near everything.
      Dr. Cox: You're killing me.

    • J.D.'s narration: As I thought about how Mrs. Zeebee and I had gotten such a raw deal, I realized how easy it was for doctors to see themselves in their patients.

    • J.D.: Anyhoo, there was some unexpected friendly fire. And, uh, even though I never got a chance to enter... "the village"... uh, there was a..."airstrike" on one of the outlying regions-
      (Turk bursts out in a maniacal laugh. Carla pulls his ear to stop him)
      Turk: Thank you.
      J.D.: Anyway, I spoke to the gals up in OB-G, and they said it's not uncommon for a woman to get pregnant even if there was no actual penetration.
      Turk: What you trying to tell us is that you... never actually had sex with her?
      J.D.: No, I didn't have a condom. And, uh, we decided not to have sex because - here's the kicker - I didn't want to get her pregnant.
      (Turk, Carla, and Elliot start laughing)
      Turk: Oh, no you didn't!

    • J.D.: You know what's so messed up about this whole baby thing? I mean, I feel like I'm drowning, and it hasn't even fazed Kim.
      Kim: Okay, let's, uh, close her up.
      Nurse: Dr. Briggs? Why are you crying?
      Kim: This song always gets me... My brother was killed by a funky cold medina.

    • Janitor: Okay, what if... I get a sex-change operation, and I trick him into marrying me?
      Mr. O'Neil: But if it doesn't work, you'll just be an older, fairly ugly, janitor woman.
      Janitor: That's true.

    • Keith: Ted, I... I got the cola. Did you get the Pop Rocks?
      Ted: No, the vending machine was out, so I went to the generic store and got some "Fizzy Pebbles."
      Keith: Sure we should do this?
      Ted: I'm sick of legends and hearsay, Keith! I have to know!

    • Carla: Mr. Slydell here is suffering from peptic ulcer disease and hypertension - two conditions you'll often see in very angry people.
      Dr. Cox: Now, now, you don't know that this gentleman is angry.
      Mr. Slydell: Damn it! Why won't this TV go on!?
      (He hurls the remote across the room)
      Carla: That was the bed remote.

    • Dr. Cox: Hardly seems like much of a punishment for the kid from Kenya. I mean, God's sake, he could run all day.

    • Turk: So get this: My pregnant wife has decided that it's okay to steal my pillow in the middle of the night and sleep with it in between her legs!
      Patient: When am I going in to surgery?
      Turk: Oh, we can't start the surgery until the troopers find your foot.

    • Jordan: Perry? What the hell? I just got a call from Jack's school. Apparently they served spaghetti for lunch, so he had some sort of Vietnam flashback. We're having a second baby. You need to deal with your anger issues.
      Dr. Cox: I don't have any anger issues.
      Female Intern: Dr. Cox, I'm sorry, but my asthma... is really... starting... to...
      Dr. Cox: GET OUTTA HERE!
      Jordan: Seriously?

    • Dr. Cox: That's it. Every single one of you is gonna run laps around the hallways until I say stop... Think I'm kidding? Shyah! Shyah! Shyah shyah shyah! Shyah!

    • Dr. Cox: It means that I was just working out - which, incidentally, is the last remaining activity I have in my adult life that qualifies as "me time." Other activities recently crossed off of that list include my morning dump and all showers. You see, my dear son Jack has decided that those are team sports. However, I'm here, and I'm totally psyched to hear whatever the super-de-duper reason is that you paged me.
      Male Intern: Mr. White's chart said to remove his eight stitches, but we counted nine. Should we leave one?

    • J.D.: Whatever. I'm-I-I-I'm not saluting a pole!
      Janitor: And so it begins... again.

    • J.D.: Why didn't you answer your phone when I called you?
      Turk: I was dancing.

    • J.D.: All right! That's enough! I have seen Les Mis over a dozen times, so I have nothing against giant queens per se, all right? In fact, my life would be a whole lot easier if I was married to one of you guys... Excuse me.

    • Dr. Kelso: All right! All right! Now listen! This is a hospital, not a discotheque!

    • Kim: We can get through this.
      J.D.: You know what else is pretty classic - when the coffee guy asks for money, you say, "Sorry, my wallet's in my other pair of mocha-chinos." That always gets 'em.
      Kim: Ah, dammit. I have to go to the hospital.
      J.D.: Scone is also a-a funny word; but I don't like them, I prefer croissants.
      Kim: You're clearly freaking out, so, um, you need to promise me that you're gonna find somebody to talk to about this while I'm gone.
      J.D.: Please! I'll be fine. You be careful - you're walking for two!

    • Kim: It's yours, J.D.
      J.D.: Cool.
      Kim: Are you okay?
      J.D.'s narration: Aaaaaggggghhhhhh!
      J.D.: Yeah. I don't think I've ever seen the inside of your apartment before.
      Kim: Said the father of my unborn child. Heh!... That was a joke. Oh, come on. No laugh from a guy who, when he orders a coffee, says "Thanks a latte!"
      J.D.: Well, that's different, Kim, that's hilarious. This is life-changing.

    • J.D.: Uh, Kim, I'm not really sure how to phrase this, so I'm just gonna dive right in: Have there been other penises?

    • Turk: I'm downloading 'N Sync's "Bye Bye Bye." When that bad boy starts a-jumpin', I defy anyone not to shake their butt to it. I'm bringing it back.
      Elliot: Just like you brought back Pop-Rocks?

    • Turk: Yo, Elliot... what's your ringtone?
      Elliot: "Jesus, Take the Wheel" by Carrie Underwood.
      Todd: I'm carrying underwood right now. See, that's funny because it's true.

    • Dr. Cox: You love spaghetti. You had some just last night, didn't ya?
      Jack: No, I didn't!
      Dr. Cox: Jordan, the boy is lying to me.
      Jordan: Oh, Perry, nobody likes a tattle-tail!
      Jack: Nobody does, Perry!

    • Turk: Dude, what the hell am I supposed to tell Kim when she asks why I drove off like that?
      J.D.: Tell her you hate white chicks. And then when she says, "No you don't," you say, "I mean 'White Chicks' the movie... Not a fan of those Wayans brothers." Then she'll laugh and forget why she was mad at you.
      Turk: You're right! That'll work. But still, you need to man up and talk to her.

    • Dr. Cox: I'm not freshly ripping anybody anything anymore. I am done with anger.
      Jordan: Oh, is that gonna be like the time you quit drinking? 'Cause that was the longest twenty minutes of my life!

    • J.D.: Okay, on the night of said conception, uh, Kim and I nuded up, and um...the dirty talk began, and I got a little over-excited.
      Turk: Ooooh! She like-a the dirty talk!
      J.D.: No, I do. I find it gets the ladies going, but I occasionally get wrapped up in it myself, especially when I use some of my different voices....
      Elliot: He does.

    • Carla: You know, maybe Jordan's right, maybe it's time you start dealing with your anger issues?
      Dr. Cox: Carla, for something to be an issue, it needs to cause a problem. I mean, honestly, aside from having to, by law, remain thirty feet away from a certain telemarketer who I visited while he was eating his dinner, I don't see the downside.

    • J.D.: (To Mrs. ZeeBee) Trust me, I know what you're going through. Just yesterday, I found out that my girlfriend--
      (Turk pulls J.D. away from Mrs. ZeeBee by the shoulder)
      Turk: (To Mrs. ZeeBee) Excuse us!
      Turk: (To J.D.) Dude, please tell me you're not comparing getting cancer to knocking up your girlfriend.
      J.D.: I was trying to!
      Turk: You can't pawn your personal stuff off on your patients!

    • Jordan: Perry? What the hell? I just got a call from Jack's school. Apparently they served spaghetti for lunch, so he had some sort of Vietnam flashback.

    • Jordan: Welcome home, Perry. Here's the new program: You occasionally lift a finger helping with Jack, and I'm gonna try to keep from hating the unborn baby in my belly that's made my ass so big, I can't fit the whole thing on a toilet when I pee eight hundred times a day!

    • J.D.: My life is over.
      Dr. Cox: Oh come on, you gotta focus on the positives. For instance, the medical miracle that is one woman actually impregnating another woman. (Claps his hands together) Sha-daisy!
      (J.D. walks away)
      Turk: Coincidentally, I have a cousin named Shadaisy.
      Dr. Cox: WHAT??

    • Janitor: Come on, be straight with me. Do you think I'm wasting my life?
      Dr. Kelso: Let's cut to the chase, freak-show. If you're a 44-year-old man wearing a jumpsuit and you are not climbing into the cockpit of a rocket ship, chances are you've made a lot of wrong turns along the way. Good talk!

    • Mr. O'Neil: You know, you and I are quite a bit alike. I spent most of my life trying to become a lawyer. But I could never get my juris doctorate.
      Janitor: How does that make us alike?
      Mr. O'Neil: I spent years trying to get that damn J.D.

    • Dr. Cox: Gather round, doomed new interns who just paged me! What does this (flicks his workout shirt) outfit tell you?
      Dr. Kelso: You are entering a Joe Piscopo look-alike contest?

    • Mr. O'Neil: I was so obsessed with getting my J.D. that I never got a chance to do the things I really wanted to do. Start a family. See the world.
      Janitor: Punch a whale?
      Mr. O'Neil: Nah, I punched a whale. Right in the face. Down he went, like Liston.

    • J.D.: What if Kim and I don't end up together? I have enough trouble meeting girls as it is. Can you imagine? Hey, I'm J.D., and this little bugger right here already hates you for not being his real mommy. You wanna get freaky? I'm apparently very fertile! My life has changed forever. You wanna be like everybody else and say "everything's gonna be just fine?"
      Turk: Dude, I'm your best friend, I'll tell you whatever you want.

    • J.D.: You have no idea what I'm going through.
      Turk: Really, because the last time I checked I was having a kid, too.
      J.D.: Yeah, that you planned. With your wife. Whose middle name you know... It's Juanita, Turk! Carla's middle name is Juanita.
      Turk: I knew it was something Puerto Rican.

    • Janitor: We're at war, my friend. All American flags are on back-order. What do you want me to do in the meantime? Run a pirate flag up there? Maybe turn the whole building into a pirate ship? I could put a captain's wheel up on the roof... catch a parrot somehow, slap on an eye-patch, go to work with a caulk-gun, seal her up, make her water-tight... I could take her out to sea.
      J.D.: Are you insane?
      Janitor: No. I'm a pirate.

    • Turk: If it isn't my beautiful bride, Carla Juanita Espinosa.
      Carla: Juanita? You think my middle name is "Juanita"?
      Turk: I am going to kill J.D.

    • Dr. Kelso: Uh, Dr. Dorian, look, this is a bit awkward, but as Chief of Medicine I feel obligated to ask you about your relationship with Dr. Briggs...was she naughty? I bet she was a hellcat.
      J.D.: Get help, sir.
      Dr. Kelso: Never mind. (Points to his head) It's better up here.

    • (Talking about how to help J.D. cope with learning about Kim's pregnancy)
      Carla: J.D. needs us right now. Ok, so this is what we're gonna do: Dr. Cox, you're backin' off. Elliot, you go talk to him.
      Elliot: Can't wait to talk to J.D. Maybe we can chat about how everyone in this freakin' hospital other than me is having a baby. I mean seriously, having a baby, having a baby, having a second baby, oh, having her husband's best friend's baby. That's right, Mona, everyone knows. (Sees Dr. Beardface looking at her) What are you lookin' at, Dr. Beardface? You wanna kid? Cause I swear to God I will mount you right now!
      Dr. Beardface: It's Beardfacé, damnit!

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  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • When the Janitor's mirror image is talking about his life he said that he punched a whale and it went down like Liston. Sonny Liston was a boxer that fought Muhammad Ali (twice actually). During the May 25 th, 1965 bout Muhammad Ali hit Liston and Liston went to the ground though the rest of his career he wan know for being solid in not getting knocked down.

    • Dr. Cox: Gather round, doomed new interns who just paged me! What does this (flicks his workout shirt) outfit tell you?
      Dr. Kelso: You are entering a Joe Piscopo look-alike contest?

      Joe Piscopo is an actor who got his start on Saturday Night Live. He started Jersey Joe's Gyms, so Dr. Kelso's comparison between the two is accurate in more ways than one.

    • Pop Rocks:
      This was a popular candy in the late 70's and early 80's. When you put the carbonated candy in your mouth the candy seems to sizzle and pop as the carbonation escaped. It also made tingling feeling in your mouth.
      Ted and Keith put together Pop Rocks and Cola to test the popular urban legend that mixing the two will create an explosion.

    • Frankenstein:

      Ted: It's Alive!
      This alludes to the classic line from Frankenstein.

    • Mr. Slydel is played by John C. McGinley who also played a Bob Slydel in Office Space.

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