Season 4 Episode 3

My New Game

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Sep 14, 2004 on NBC
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Dr. Cox is having issues with Jordan, since Ted revealed that they are still technically married due to some filing problems. J.D. has problems of his own as he can't shake off the tag of Co-Chief Resident the Janitor assigned to him, while Elliot keeps the Chief Resident tag. Elsewhere, Turk begins to doubt his abilities after letting a patient die and isn't helped, when he finds out J.D. has no confidence in him either. Dr. Cox and Molly spar about her involvement in his patients.moreless

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  • JD doubts Turk.

    A pretty good episode, regardless if there wasn't that much plots going on, this still was a very enjoyable episode. Dr. Molly Clock continues to be an amazing addition to the cast, and I think she's been really helping the last few episodes out, rating wise. In this episode, JD & Elliot are not chief residents, the janitor & Elliot make everyone believe that JD is the co-resident which manages to bother him. Elliot is having fun getting payback at JD. JD uses his privileges to help Turk out, but when Turk messes up, JD doubts him and his surgical skills. Which causes a bump in their road for their friendship. Carla needs to have a main plot, it seems as though ever since she got married, she became unimportant and pushed to the side. Jordan & Cox realize they never really got divorced which makes things worse for them which shows how crazy that relationship really is. The end up having a divorce ceremony, I really didn't want them to break up, it's good they stayed together. Molly continues to have amazing advice, I also liked the Cox/Molly interaction. The Turk/JD plot is resolved, and JD accepts being co-chief resident for Elliot. Great enjoyable episode at all angles.moreless
  • You can't really scarf Kielbasa.

    While the situation with Jordan and Cox seems to be a little over reached I honestly feel it brought out the sincerity and honesty of Heather Grahm's character, Molly. While some of the time you tend you think her character is a bit loopy and off sometimes, her true professionalism and quality came out in this episode. Amidst the tragedy and shock of her accident, Miss Meyers was unhappy with her new face. Which gave Molly the perfect opportunity to not only help her patient get over the trauma of her accident, but at the same time help Miss Meyers feel better about herself. I think it was a very powerful moment when she said "Tell me more about yourself." Cause it showed that she not only cares about others as a Dr. but also as a person.

    The best comic relief from the episode was Dr. Cox avoiding Jordan's phone calls.

    "Hi Honey I'm in a tunnel."moreless
  • JD uses his chief resident powers to help out Turk, but then doubts his decission.

    Cox and Jordan learn they are still legally married and so is Ted and his wife. Their relationship starts going downhill because of this. Meanwhile, the janitor names JD the "Co-chief" and despite JD saying it wouldnt stick it does. JD uses his chief resident powers to help Turk do a surgery, but when the woman dies, JD regrets his decission. Elliot refuses to name JD a fellow Chief-resident. Finally, Cox asks Jordan to divorce him and she says yes. Turk and JD make up after Turk says he needs JD to belive in him. Elliot decides they can both be chief resident, but to help her out, JD decides to stick with co-chief.moreless
  • Dr. Cox and Jordan are so messed up.

    This episode isn't exactly intergral to the season or anything and it does feel a little filler-y but it's still pretty good. After some kind of technical mistake Jordan and Dr. Cox find out that they were never actually divorced. And you know at first it actually seems to be a good thing and they even start wearing their wedding rings again. But knowing how evil and crazy they both are things sort of get messed up. The whole concept of being together for the rest of their lives sort of screws with their heads and makes them fight a whole lot. Thankfully though they have a divorcing cermony, a totally normal thing to do, where Jd get's tackled and all is dysfunctional and messed up. There son has absolutely no chance of being normal! But kudos to them for being so messsed individually that be equally messed up as a couple, even if they can't actually commit to that concept.moreless
  • And she's just been gravelled!

    Only on Scrubs could you have a happy ending where two people celebrate a divorce because they love each other so much. Only on Scrubs can a Janitor spread a rumour that the main character is merely a co-chief resident and have it reach coma patients, parents and bosses. Only on Scrubs can the main character invent a game of putting rocks in people's shoes as a form of entertainment. And so this is a prime exmple of what sets Scrubs apart from other shows and does it in a truly hilarious way, and truly shows the complexity and hilarity that comes from Jordan and Perry's relationship.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

Jody Carver

Jody Carver

Mrs. Covello

Guest Star

Brogan Roche

Brogan Roche

Dr. Lemmon

Guest Star

Irene White

Irene White


Guest Star

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Jordan Sullivan

Recurring Role

Martin Klebba

Martin Klebba

Randall Winston

Recurring Role

Michael Hobert

Michael Hobert


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (58)

    • J.D.: (after Elliot removes a sign with her fingers that he couldn't with a crowbar) She has fingers like biceps

    • Carla: So are you guys gonna go out tonight?
      Turk: No, we're gonna stay in.
      Carla: Well, I'll be in the bedroom with all the straight people.

    • J.D.: Oh my God! Dude! I doubted you for a second, why are you so mad?
      Turk: Maybe I needed you to believe in me!
      Carla: I believe in you, baby.
      Turk: Yeah, but we're married - that doesn't count.

    • J.D.: So! How you guys gonna celebrate your divorce?
      Turk: By not inviting you!

    • J.D.: Thirsty, huh?
      Ted: Helps the tears taste less bitter.
      J.D.: Cheers.

    • Elliot: Look, J.D., ever since you dumped me, everyone around here's been treating me like some kind of a victim. It's like, "Ohh, look at poor Elliot going home alone." Or, "Ohh, look at poor Elliot riding a tandem bike by herself." That's not something I normally do, I just really wanted ice cream the other night, my car was out of gas, and that's the bike the Gundersons loaned me.

    • Elliot: Listen, I probably shoulda put a stop to all this co-chief stuff.
      J.D.: What co-chief stuff? I haven't even been thinking about it.

    • Dr. Cox: You. You went behind my back.
      Molly: I gave you every opportunity to do the right thing.
      Dr. Cox: I'll tell you what, there, Miss Manners: Why don't you go ahead and gulp down that bear-sized bite, and then we'll talk.
      Molly: Yummy! Man, that is great kielbasa. But you can't really screw up kielbasa, can you? So, um, where were we?
      Dr. Cox: Honest to God, I can't remember.

    • Janitor: Hey! Hey, someone! Hey! Randall was in the air conditioning vent, and it collapsed on him! Buddy!
      Randall(coughing): Co-chief. Co-chief!
      Janitor: Hey, you fixed him!

    • Turk's Narration: Forget about J.D. You're just as good as the Todd. You got this.
      Turk: All right, people! I believe we're done here.
      Dr. Lemmon: Did you just sew your gown into the patient? Yeah, ya did.

    • Dr. Cox: Jordan. Jordan, come on, Jordan. Ahhh.
      Carla: Are you okay?
      Dr. Cox: Yeah, yeah. I'm gonna go check on Miss Myers.
      Carla: Molly sent her down to surgery.
      Dr. Cox: Oh-ho-ho, wrong day, new chick!

    • J.D.: What do you mean she died?
      Turk: J.D., I did everything I could. Even my attending thought I did great. He said, "Do I think you did great? Yes I do!"

    • J.D.: How'd surgery go?
      Turk: Oh, you know, I was on top of my game.
      J.D.'s Narration: It can be scary to stick your neck out for a friend. That's why it's a huge relief when they come through.
      J.D.: How's she doing?
      Turk: Uh... unfortunately she didn't make it.
      J.D.'s Narration: What?

    • Dr. Cox: Oh, you're gonna hang onto that?
      Molly: Yeah, you know, I forgot my lunch money, and it's kielbasa day in the cafeteria. Kielbasa!

    • Jordan pages Dr. Cox
      Dr. Cox: Oh, whatta you know, the paging of the shrew.

    • Molly: I think she's a little upset she doesn't look the way she used to.
      Dr. Cox: Why? How did she used to look?
      She shows him a photo.
      Dr. Cox: Oh, dear ugly.

    • J.D.: I don't know, Turk. It's a little early for me to start pulling strings - I just got this co-chief job. Dammit, now I'm saying it!

    • Turk: I know the Todd's doing her resection, but if you send her down right now, he's a little busy so it'd have to be me.
      J.D.: What's the Todd doing?
      Turk: Yeah, well, you know the city surveyor is outside taking pictures of the hospital for the zoning commission?
      J.D.: Yeah?
      Turk: I told him they were shooting a Sacred Heart calendar.

    • J.D.: Well, Mrs. Covello, your CAT-scan showed a small rectal tumor, so I want to schedule a low anterior resection. But don't worry, we have an amazing surgical team here, okay?
      Mrs. Covello: That means a lot coming from the co-chief resident!
      J.D.: Heh.
      J.D.'s Narration: How did she hear? She's been in a coma for two weeks!

    • Jordan: Our wedding rings.
      Dr. Cox: Holy cow!
      Jordan: What do you think?
      Dr. Cox: Are you kidding me? I'm gonna wear this the rest of my life!
      J.D.'s Narration: Of course, marriage can make the rest of your life seem longer.
      Jordan: So you're just going to, uh, fall asleep right after for the rest of my life?
      Dr. Cox: So I'm supposed to pay for your Botox the rest of my life?
      Jordan: I'm not sure I want to watch you drink a beer while I'm holding the baby for the rest of my life!
      Dr. Cox: Look, Attila, there's no way in hell that I'm gonna listen to you complain about the rest of your life for the rest of my life, you got that?
      Jordan: Yeah, not listening. By the way, now that we're married again, we've gotta make out new wills in case one of us dies.
      Dr. Cox: Oh, God, I hope it's me.

    • Jordan: Hi. I visited my safety deposit box today. Guess what I found?
      Dr. Cox: My grandfather's purple heart!
      Jordan: Please, I sold that years ago to pay for these (grabbing her boobs).

    • Todd: Besides, the only reason I'm getting all these great procedures is because nobody's died on me in like three months!
      Turk: Listen, man, you never have to apologize for being on a hot-streak. I'm psyched for you! And I wouldn't take those procedures away even if I could. Sir, would you mind giving me the duodenojejunostomy instead of the Todd?
      Dr. Lemmon: Am I impressed by your moxie? You bet'cha. Am I going to reward it? Not a chance.

    • Turk: Dammit, I got an appendectomy again?
      Todd: Sweet! I get the duah-d- duoh-duo... duooh-
      Turk: Duodenojejunostomy, man. What's wrong with you?
      Todd: So I can't pronounce it. Try and be a little more sensitive, okay? New bra, Janice? 'Cause it's working!

    • J.D.: What are you doing?
      Janitor: Just making it official. Chief. Co-Chief.
      J.D.: You can try as hard as you want, that is never gonna stick.
      Janitor: Hm.
      Resident: Oh! And that's Co-Chief Resident Dorian over there!
      J.D.: Dammit! You are quick!

    • J.D.: Hey, uh, you need to move your car - it's my day to have the parking spot.
      Elliot: J.D., you have a scooter! Why do you even need a parking spot?
      J.D.: Mmmm, it sends a message.
      J.D.'s Narration: Just because I lured her away from her perfect boyfriend and then dumped her doesn't mean my scooter, Sasha, needs to suffer.

    • J.D.'s Narration: Since Elliot and I are both chief residents, I'm trying not to make it all about me.
      J.D.: John Dorian, Chief Resident.
      J.D.'s Narration: You know, unless there's someone I could doink.

    • Miss Myers: Oh, you're so nice. Are you married?
      Carla: Oh! He is as of this morning!
      Molly: Really? I thought he was divorced?
      Carla: No, child, the papers didn't go through!
      Dr. Cox: You know what? I've got a son, I don't fantasize about Jordan dying as much anymore, and, even though it wasn't planned, I'm actually pretty happy about the way this whole marriage thing has worked out. Sooo, would you please stop your chirping and step away from my personal life?
      Molly: So what's his wife like?
      Carla: So scary!

    • J.D.: Anyway, I was thinking about spending some of my extra ducats on one of those classy suits we always wanted!
      Turk: You mean the leather purple jumpsuit Eddie Murphy wore in 'Raw'?
      J.D.: You know it, dawg!
      Turk: That's cold!

    • Janitor: Just so you know, I think this chief resident thing has made you a little too big for your britches? Soo... from now on I'm gonna be your britches shrinker.
      He cracks his broom over his knee.
      J.D.: Oh, what, is that supposed to intimidate me or something?
      Janitor: No. I had to do it anyway.
      J.D.: What possible reason could you have for breaking your broom in half?
      Randall: Thanks, bro.
      Janitor: Any other questions? Smart guy?

    • Ted: Anyway, I was also going through a divorce - she's with my brother now; he's nine inches shorter than me but he wears a piece - the point is, you and I signed the wrong papers, which technically means you two are still married and so am I.
      Dr. Kelso: Well, mazel tovs all around!
      J.D.'s Narration: I've never seen Dr. Cox and Jordan speechless before. It was neat-o!

    • Dr. Cox: Hey, Doctor. Doctor! Want to, uh, you wanna take a look at the guy in 302 and tell me whether or not you think he's really sick or just bonkers?
      Molly: Are you actually asking my opinion?
      Dr. Cox: Well, I'm gonna ignore it, but...yeah, knock yourself out.

    • Dr. Cox: Jordan! Will you...will you divorce me?
      Jordan: Ohh, I thought you'd never ask!

    • J.D.: Dr. Kelso, could you help me out? People have been referring to me as the co-chief resident.
      Dr. Kelso: Well, it sounds like something you should take up with the chief resident.
      J.D.: But I'm the chief resident. Look, Dr. Reid's check is made out to the chief resident, and-and mine's made out to the co-chief resident. But we both make the same amount.
      Dr. Kelso: You're right. Dr. Reid, you should be making ten dollars more a month, and of course, Dr. Dorian, you should be making ten dollars less. I know it's not much, but it's largely to symbolize the difference in your levels.
      Elliot: Coolio!
      Dr. Kelso: Coolio, indeed.

    • Dr. Cox: Oh, ohh! Hi, sweetie!
      Jordan: Save it. I was just calling to tell you that I'm taking Jack and staying at my mother's for a few months.
      Dr. Cox: But who's going to be looking after him when you and your mother go out marauding for flesh?

    • J.D.'s Narration: I couldn't help wonder if by taking that patient from Todd and giving her to Turk, I had toyed with fate.
      Turk: I know that look. You're wondering if you toyed with fate!
      J.D.: How could you know that look? It's a brand new look!
      Turk: What do you think Todd would've done that I didn't?... Oh my God! That's your "the Todd would've pulled his own heart out" look!
      J.D.: Okay, we have been spending way too much time together.

    • Turk: You know, you only got one more black joke this month before I bust your ass.
      J.D.: Dammit! I used 'em all up watching 'Barber Shop 9'.
      Turk: Okay, that's it, and I'll get you later.

    • Dr. Cox: Look, if I ever want your advice on one of my patients, I'll ask. But do not hold your breath, unless of course you can hold it for a really long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long time.
      Molly: I can't, I used to smoke.

    • Molly: Dr. Cox, I was wondering if we could talk about Miss Myers in my office?
      Dr. Cox: Yeah, I make it a point to never enter a shrink's office unless I'm planning on grossly overpaying somebody for telling me something that I already know.
      Molly: Look, you're obviously really distracted by the situation with your marriage-
      Dr. Cox: Something I already know, what do I owe? Will ten bucks cover it?

    • Molly: Obviously for your ex-wife, just the illusion of hair is important. Excuse me.
      Ted: So you're saying it had nothing to do with my impotence?

    • J.D.: Hey, Elliot! Hey, I want to talk to you about this whole chief resident thing.
      Elliot: What about it?
      J.D.: Well, as you may have heard from the loudspeaker, some residents, the janitor, my mother, your mother, and a...a coma patient, um, I'm being referred to as the "co-" chief resident. I think we should either both go with "co-chief" or "chief." Don't

    • Lonnie: Excuse me. We're working up this patient for a hypercoagulable state with a prolonged PTT? What's our next step?
      J.D.: Well, that's easy, Lonnie, what you want to do-
      Lonnie: I'd like my answer from the chief resident.
      J.D.: We're both chief residents. Isn't that right, Dr. Reid?
      Elliot: With a prolonged PTT, you'd want to do a one-to-one mixing study.
      Lonnie: 'S why she's the chief. You're the co-chief.
      J.D.: Shut up, Lonnie!
      Lonnie: You shut up!

    • Molly: Look, why don't you just talk to her.
      Dr. Cox: Mm-hm. Why don't you just-
      Molly: Mind my own business. I know, your life is your life, and it's not my job to fix it, unless of course you ask me to. And, man, would I get in there, 'cause I'm a good shrink and you, my friend, are a walking disaster.

    • Carla: Miss Myers is ready to have her bandages removed now.
      Dr. Cox: Who do you mean, dashboard-face?
      Carla: Yeah, I think she prefers "Miss Myers."
      Dr. Cox: Well then she probably shouldn't be checking her e-mail while she's driving ninety miles an hour.

    • Turk: Look, I gotta go. I've got a new attending and he hates it when we're late. Plus he's a question-talker.
      J.D.: What's a question-talker?
      Dr. Lemmon: Do I want you to be on time, Dr. Turk? Yes I do. Am I going to remember this? Of course I am.

    • J.D.'s Narration: It felt good cheering Turk up. See, now that I'm chief studly, I was making a lot more money than him. Needless to say it was a time to be extra sensitive.
      J.D.: Hey, you remember how I make more money than you now?
      Turk: Yeah?
      J.D.: Here's five bucks for remembering.

    • Turk: What's up with these rocks!?
      J.D.: HAH! You've been graveled!
      Turk: "Graveled"??
      J.D.: Yeah, it's a new game I made up this morning when I had rocks in my shoes.
      Turk: I like it.
      J.D.: Better than Play-Doh Pants?
      Turk: Play-Doh Pants became all about the money.

    • Ted:Dr. Cox, remember a few years back, you asked me to look over your divorce papers to make sure "that slag would die a penniless whore"?
      Jordan: Hmmm.
      Ted: Sorry.
      Jordan: It's okay, "slag" is kind of his pet-name for me.

    • Janitor: What's that, your new, uh, cool guy walk?
      J.D.: No, I have rocks in my shoe.
      J.D.'s Narration: Wow, that's a lot of rocks. I gotta stop taking that short-cut through the quarry.

    • J.D.'s Narration: Today I walk in here not as a resident but as a chief. Chief resident! Chief resident Dorian! Chiefy chiefy chief!

    • J.D.: Chief Resident on the house. Everybody say he-ey! (waves arm)
      Patient: He-ey!
      J.D.'s Narration: Even though councilman Donovan was handcuffed to that chair because he was once again flying high on crystal meth, his respect felt good. Honestly, it's the reason I keep voting for him.

    • Turk: Lemme buy you lunch.
      J.D.: I'm rich. Let me buy you lunch and some gold teeth to eat it with!

    • Ted: (At Jordan and Perry's "divorce" celebration) And so, by the power vested in me by the American Bar Association, I pronounce you ex-husband and ex-wife. You may now do whatever the hell you want!

    • Dr. Cox: (Patient's bandages are removed and he hands her a mirror) Go ahead and have a look there.
      Miss Myers: Wow...
      Dr. Cox: You look fantastic, you do. (To Molly) Doctor?
      Molly: Really fantastic.
      Dr. Cox: Thank God you're here!

    • Todd: (Gasping) I'm gay!
      Todd collapses.
      Nurse: I knew it!

    • J.D.: Are your giblets warm?
      Turk: Like a Christmas ham.
      J.D.: Same...

    • Dr. Kelso: We have some very exciting news.
      Dr. Cox: Don't tell me. You and sweaty Teddy here are gonna finally have that comittment ceremony that you've been dreaming about?
      Dr. Kelso: Perry, even if I went that way and believe me there were nights in the service that that didn't sound so farfetched, Ted is hardly my type.
      Ted: I beg to differ, I've seen Enid.
      Dr. Kelso: What?!
      Ted: Nothing.

    • Jordan: Have a good day. Try not to torture anyone so much that they take their own lives.
      Dr. Cox: I'll try. You know, you're not looking as processed and overly medicated as usual.
      Jordan: That is so sweet!
      Dr. Cox: Come here!

    • Molly: Hey! Sorry I'm late.
      Dr. Cox: We weren't waiting for you.
      Molly: Great! I'm on time. See, I think as a psychiatrist that I should be there when Miss Myers bandages get removed because her accident was tramatic enough, but with reconstructive facial sugery on top of that, in my professional opinion, "Yikes!"
      Dr. Cox: (To Molly) If you are coming in, I might just go ahead and phone up my pool man and my architect so we can populate the room with just as many usless people as possible.
      Molly: Great! My mom's in town, should I call her?

  • NOTES (1)


    • Dr. Cox: Oh, what do you know, the paging of the shrew.

      This is an allusion to William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

    • Turk: You know, you only got one more black joke this month before I bust your ass.
      J.D.: Dammit! I used 'em all up watching 'Barber Shop 9'.

      There were two BarberShop films, one in 2002 and a sequel in 2004 subtitled 'Back In Business'. Both starred Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer.

    • Eddie Murphy Raw:
      There are multiple references to the purple suit that Eddie Murphy wore in 'Raw', which was a 1987 film featuring stand-up and sketches by the comedian. The purple suit was worn during the stand-up routines.