Season 8 Episode 7

My New Role

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Feb 03, 2009 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • On Dr. Cox' "Somtimes Allowed"-list the name "Dr. Rotinaj" is listed. Dr. Rotinaj ("janitoR" spelled reverse) is an alias used by the Janitor in an previous episode. In that episode it turned out there actually was an Indian doctor named Rotinaj, but this might as well have been another scheme by the Janitor.

    • Just after The Janitor hammers the nail into the wall in Doctor Cox's office, he starts hammering randomly on the wall and as the camera switches back and forth between him hammering you can see that the nail disappears and then reappears at a different angle to what it started off as.

    • Featured Music:
      "My Road" by Quinn Walker (Closing scenes)

    • The names on Dr. Cox's "never ever allowed in"-list were "John Dorian", "Hooch" (probably because he's crazy) and Jordan.

  • Quotes

    • J.D.: Okay, you know what? We're cool.
      Dr. Cox: No, we are not cool.
      J.D.'s narration: What?! (Surprised face) Why aren't we cool? Ohhh, (relieved) it must've been because we are "super cool". Ask him.
      J.D.: Is it becau-
      Dr. Cox: And no! We are not super cool.

    • Dr. Kelso: Listen, if he wanted to find a place to hide your patient, he could. He's just stressed and out of his elements, and hell, he's scared and even if he hasn't realized it, this job is changing him already, because it comes with a whole host of overwhelming responsibilities, including keeping this hospital afloat.
      J.D.: I'd help him if he'd let me, but you know he won't.
      Dr. Kelso: When I was chief, if Dr. Cox came to me and complained about something, I would automatically say no, and if he never complained again, I'd know it wasn't that important, but if he came back and fought for it, over and over, I knew it was something I'd have to take a look at.
      J.D.: Mm-hmm.
      Dr. Kelso: Now, he's me and he's got this damn voice in his head telling him to say no all of the time and he desperately needs someone, on the other side, to tell him what he should do, whether he wants to hear it or not, and now that person is you. Here we are.
      J.D.: Will he at least be grateful?
      Dr. Kelso: No. He's gonna hate you for it. Go.

    • Elliot: You're not mad at me. You're just frustrated about something else and you're taking it out on me. I mean, it's like last night when my favorite shoes made my toes bleed and so I called you a frizzy haired megabitch. That's why we had to make the rule that we can't just dump on each other just because we're pissy about other stuff.
      Carla: We need to cancel that rule.
      Elliot: Yeah, I agree. It was stupid. I hated it.

    • Dr. Kelso: Poppycock!
      J.D.: What?
      Howie: It's old man for "bull crap".

    • Dr. Mickhead: (to a nurse) Do you know what M.D. at the end of this badge means? (She shakes her head) It means I make the decisions. You got that, Missy? (She nods) I'll see you at home. (He kisses her on the forehead)

    • Janitor: How would you feel if I tried to stop you from taking patient's wallets after they died?
      Dr. Cox: Doctors don't do that.
      Janitor: Look at you. Sticking with the plan.

    • Dr. Cox: What the hell is that?
      Janitor: Some stupid gift from the Board. It's a photo of Sacred Heart when it first opened in 1884.
      Carla: There's a hybrid in the parking lot.
      Janitor: I might have the date wrong. So where do you want me to hang it?
      Dr. Cox: Somebody else's office.

    • J.D.: How was your weekend, Howie?
      Howie: Well, I bought some new soap but it turns out I was allergic to it. Tried to get a refund but I lost my receipt.
      J.D.: I was hoping you'd just say fine.

    • Ted: It is great to see someone other than Dr. Kelso behind that desk.
      Carla: Ted!
      Ted: This is the first time I've been allowed to use the couch. Dr. Kelso always made me stand, even when I had thigh reconstruction surgery.

    • J.D.: Why are you playing bongos?
      Janitor: It's Monday. Monday's bongo day.

    • J.D.'s narration: Turk and I used Katie as a messenger service.
      Katie: Dr. Turk liked the drawing you had me take him. He had never seen himself as a deep sea diver before.
      J.D.: Awesome. Go back and say J.D. says you're welcome. And here's a little something for your bottom.
      Katie: Oh, and he wanted me to ask you if you wanted to go to the batting cages after work.
      J.D.: Remind him I don't like to do things I'm not good at.
      Elliot: Yeah. That's why we don't have sex much.

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: April 6, 2009 on Channel 7
      Latin America: June 16, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony)
      Sweden: November 4, 2009 on TV6

    • Although credited, Donald Faison (Dr. Christopher "Chris" Duncan Turk) does not appear in this episode.

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