Season 1 Episode 10

My Nickname

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Nov 27, 2001 on NBC
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Episode Summary

J.D. begins a new relationship with Carla. J.D. gains a new nickname - "Scooter" - and his relationship with Nurse Espinosa evolves as he begins to out-distance her medical knowledge, while Turk trembles, when he learns that his secret lunch spot was claimed years ago by the territorial Dr. Kelso. Elsewhere, Dr. Cox gives Elliot the evil eye when she won't discharge a troublesome patient.moreless

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  • this showed me carla does have character

    Before i saw this episode i wasn't a big fan of Carla but the emotions we saw from this character in this episode where great. It's unusual for an episode to be so focused on Carla and JD's friendship, which is what makes this episode even more special.

    It is also (correct me if i am wrong) the first appearance of the "baba ba ba ba ba ba ba, baba ba ba ba ba ba ba" sad piano music in JD's head and i also believe the next two episodes also have this music.

    This episode was a great character builder that stayed with the scrubs theme: The Perfect Mix of Comedy and Dramamoreless
  • Carla & JD's friendship is tested.

    A lot of drama in this episode, which I wasn't expecting in the beginning. Nicole Sullivan guest stars as Jill: Elliot's cautionary tale. We've had plots like this in Elliot's case, in which Elliot sees someone that's overwhelmed or over-worked like she is. They end up messing up, and she learns to fix herself to never end up like those people. I liked the Cox/Elliot interaction. Turk & Kelso battle it out for a relaxing bench that is used for lunch. Kelso still annoys me beyond belief, but I guess that's the intention. The very powerful plot was JD and Carla's plot. JD & Carla start to be very good friends, so when Cox insults JD. Carla stands up for him, but then Cox makes fun of JD. Now JD wants to mark the line between doctor & nurse, which hurts Carla in the process. Some great acting from Judy Reyes who plays Carla. That scene in the rain broke my heart. She never doubted her job before JD. By the end, their friendship is still on the outs, but you can tell it will gradually fix itself over time. I like the JD/Carla interaction which is probably what made this episode so enjoyable. Amazing episode, with a touch of drama.moreless
  • My Nickname

    I never really hated Carla, but i didn't like her as much as the others earlier. In this Episode she finally gets some character development. I liked how it focused on the relationship between Carla and JD. Because most of the time it's Elliot/Carla and Turk/JD or Turla/Jelliot. The Nickname the Janitor gives JD wasn't that much, but that doesn't matter, since there are a lot of other great jokes in this. I also enjoyed Dr Cox's rants and Elliot working with him. But i'm not such a big fan of Jill Tracey. She's funny at time but she is a little over the top in my opinion.moreless
  • J.D & Carla's Friendship Goes Through A Major Test, J.D. Gets A New Nickname "Scooter", Dr.Cox Gets Annoyed At A Hyperactive Patient And Has A Rant At J.D.

    J.D. And Carla's Friendship Goes Through A Test Of Strength When J.D. Tells Her Off For Protecting Him Against Dr.Cox.

    Dr.Cox Gets Annoyed When Elliot Bonds With Her Hyperactive Patient, Jill Tracey, He Gets A Massive Headache And Elliot's Voice Isn't Helping, So He Vents His Anger At J.D. Causing Carla To Have A Go At Dr.Cox For Bullying J.D.

    Turk Is Annoyed To Discover That The Bench He Sat On To Eat Lunch Was Occupied By Dr.Kelso, They Fight Over Who Should Sit And Eat On The Bench.

    J.D. Gets A New Nickname, "Scooter" Because The Janitor Hates Scooter Pie. Awesome Episode, Carla's Character Develops.moreless
  • Fine example

    J.D. gets appendicites and is admitted into the hospital where he gets to see everything through the eyes of a patient. J.D. needs surgery but is scared to have Turk to his procedure for him. This upsets Turk and craeats a small fall out between the two of them. At the end J.D. needs surgery before his scheduled operation and the only surgeon on duty is Turk. At the end however the surgery goes smoothly and J.D. is empressed by Turk's professionalism. Another great episode showing character development that gave J.D. a new persepective to see the hospital through: The patient not the doctor.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

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

Zach Braff

Zach Braff

Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • One of the things Dr. Cox quizzes J.D. about is whether he completed his SOAP notes. These are a record-keeping method used by a variety of medical fields-- human, veterinary, etc-- to document interactions between patients and caregivers. SOAP is an acronym for Subjective, Objective, Assessment, and Plan. A more detailed explanation can be found on Wikipedia under "SOAP note."

    • J.D gets the new nickname Scooter from the Janitor which is short for Scooter Pie. Janitor says he doesn't like Scooter Pie.

    • J.D.'s Girl Names: Janet and Ginger

    • Featured Music:
      "On Fire" by Sebadoh (original cut)


      "Heard Ya Talkin'" by Jeremy Kay (DVD cut)

    • If Dr Kelso sits on the bench for lunch every day, where is he on the first day that Turk sits there?

    • When Dr Kelso pages Turk to trick him into giving up the bench, as Turk runs into the room shouting "I was paged," you can clearly see a hand keeping the door to the room open.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Carla: You know I was only gonna go to that stupid exhibit because I wanted you to think I was brainy or something. I'm so angry at myself.
      J.D.: Oh, thank goodness, 'cause I thought you were mad at me.

    • J.D.: So, did you, uh-did you get into photography when you were in college, or...?
      Carla: No, actually, I never went to college.
      J.D.: Ah. Don't tell any of my patients, but neither did I.

    • Elliot: Why'd you have me paged?
      Jill: To ask you to forgive me.
      Elliot: For what?
      Dr. Cox: Hello, sad clown. Thanks for paging her.
      Elliot: How could you?
      Jill: He-he called me "Cutie" and then he said something about my eyes... being as blue as the ocean- I... I got confused.
      Elliot: Yeah, it probably would've worked on me, too.
      Dr. Cox: You're damn right it would've.

    • J.D.'s Narration: There's nothing worse than knowing you've wronged a friend and having to just lay it all out there and apologize.
      J.D.: Look, Carla-
      Carla: It's okay. You over-reacted.
      J.D.: Yeah, but-
      Carla: I should have realized you can stand up for yourself.
      J.D.: Well, actually, I-
      Carla: Sweetie, I know you would take it back if you could; I do! We're okay, right?
      J.D.: I think I've said all I can.

    • Turk: Baby, J.D. is my best friend, but, listen, if you need me to kick his ass, I will kick his ass! 'Cause I care for you.
      Carla: And 'cause I'm willing to sleep with you.
      Turk: Hell, yeah.

    • Elliot: What did you do?
      J.D.: She called me "Bambi" in front of everyone. My name is not Bambi!
      Janitor: It's Scooter!

    • Jill: When I get out of here, we should totally hang!
      Elliot: I'd love to! I should warn you, though, I work a ton, and when I'm off I usually stay at home to catch up on paperwork or read medical journals just to stay ahead of the curve. Oh, I'm a nerd.

    • Elliot: This is so much fun!
      Dr. Cox: Careful, Rapunzel.
      Elliot: Oh!
      Dr. Cox: Fun time is officially over!
      Carla: You think you can just treat Bambi like that and walk away?
      Jill: Get him, girlfriend!

    • Jill: Okay, what if you've had three great dates and he likes you so much, he hasn't even tried to have sex with you yet?
      Elliot: I could sabotage that relationship in two phone calls.
      Jill: I could do it in one.
      Elliot: Jill, Sabotage That Relationship!
      Jill: For starters, I would ask him why he finds me so repulsive, then I would coerce him into having phone sex with me, after which I would ask him if he thinks we have a future together... and then I'd probably just cry until he hung up on me.
      Elliot: We are so alike!

    • J.D.'s Narration: After working at a hospital for a while, you develop a sixth sense for danger. Maybe there's a mass cas. alert... maybe there's a code... or maybe someone spent the morning with the most annoying patient in the world and needs to vent. Luckily, I was prepared.
      Dr. Cox: Did you do your pre-rounds?
      J.D.: Yes.
      Dr. Cox: Discharge summaries?
      J.D.: Yes.
      Dr. Cox: Pharmacy renewals?
      J.D.: Yes!
      Dr. Cox: Supply notes?
      J.D.: Yes.
      Dr. Cox: Central line changes.
      J.D.: Yes.
      Dr. Cox: Okay, Janet. But... did you go ahead and fix your beeper so it doesn't play that annoying song every single time you get paged?
      J.D.: Uh... yes.
      His beeper goes off
      J.D.'s Narration: Crap.

    • Dr. Kelso: Nice spot.
      Turk: Yes, sir... it is.
      Dr. Kelso: I usually try to get out here for lunch every day at 12:30.
      Turk: You don't say...
      Dr. Kelso: Yep. Every day. 12:30. For twenty-three years.

    • J.D.: Are we still on for that, uh, Bresson exhibit?
      Carla: Yes, we are.
      Turk: Oh, I'm sorry, uh...did somebody just ask out my girlfriend?
      J.D.: You wanna come?
      Carla: Oh: Black and white photography; very artsy-fartsy; no boobies.
      Turk: Hell no.

    • Jill(on phone): I don't care if it wasn't 'good first-date conversation', Michael deserved to know what I think about circumcising babies. I mean, over my dead body! What?... Actually,, it wasn't, which is surprising because he's Jewish.
      Elliot: I gave her two Valium.
      Jill: Okay, I'm e-mailing you as we're talking - How cool is that!
      Dr. Cox: So, she's actually sedated as we speak?
      Elliot: Mm-hmm!

    • J.D.: Ohhh, I can't believe I went out last night.
      Carla: I thought you said you were exhausted?
      J.D.: I was, but I figured I owed it to the ladies!
      Carla: Do you ever stop giving?

    • J.D.'s Narration: From that moment on, I knew I'd be "Bambi" forever.
      Cox: See you tomorrow, Scooter.

    • Carla: Todd, if you ever make that horny cat noise at me again, I will reach into your mouth and unscrew that 7-watt bulb that barely keeps your brain open for business.
      Turk: Damn!
      Todd: Dude, chick threats are hot.
      Turk: What did I tell you about annoying Carla? If she makes me choose between the two of you, you know how it's gonna end up.
      Todd: Yes, I do. And I thank you for that.

    • Janitor: Hey, from now on, your name is "Scooter."
      J.D.: I don't get it.
      Janitor: It's short for "Scooter Pie." I hate Scooter Pies.
      J.D.: Oh. Now I see.
      J.D.'s Narration: You big jerk!

    • Janitor: I'm gonna give you a nickname.
      J.D.: That--that's good, but you know, I already--I have a nickname; it''s "J.D."
      Janitor: How 'bout, uh...Whiny Face.... Whiny Britches! Whiny... something. I definitely like "whiny." Uh, Whiny Dancer!

    • J.D.: Hey. What are you doin'?
      Turk: Reading a book. About how to tell my room-mate he drives me crazy sometimes without hurting his feelings.
      J.D.: I think sarcasm works better when it's shorter.
      Turk: Fascinating.
      J.D.: Yeah, see, there ya go.

    • J.D.: But you just accepted my apology. You can't take it back!
      Carla: Have you ever spent time with a woman?

    • Elliot: Is my punishment still coming or it just the horrible staring because the anticipation is killing me.
      Dr. Cox: Make your case.
      Elliot: I'm sorry, what?
      Dr. Cox: Well you tell me why Chorey McCrazy-Chore should get to stay here two more nights.
      Elliot: Okay, you don't understand how hard it is for some women to make it on their own now-a-days, I mean, Jill is so exhausted and its not going to get any easier because she is her own worst enemy, you know? I mean shes constantly trying to please everyone. She judges herself harsher than anyone does.
      Dr. Cox: Have you actually seen what you look like today?
      Elliot: I know, I'm a skank. And she never says no to anyone so...
      Dr. Cox: Could you swing by my apartment after work, pick up a sample of my dog's stool and take it to the vet for me?
      Elliot: I can do it at lunch. Ohh...
      Dr. Cox: It's okay, Jill can stay a little longer. And if we're real lucky, she'll realize it's okay to give yourself a break every-once-and-a-while. Right?
      Elliot: Yeah.

    • Elliot: Doctor Cox...
      Dr. Cox: And there you are.
      Elliot: Excuse me?
      Dr. Cox: I was just now wondering if there is anything that could actually push my headache into a full-blown migrane and there you are. What's the story on the adbit in sixty-four?
      Elliot: She's great! I really like her!
      Dr. Cox: Yeah, let's see if you can't focus on things that I actually give a rat's ass about.

    • Dr. Cox: [Whistles] Hey-you! For what its worth, I don't care if your beeper plays "Who Let the Dogs Out, hoof, hoof" as many times as you like.
      J.D.: Actually, sir its "who, who", but thank you that's great.
      Dr. Cox: Sure and oh Ginger, by the way, just a real smooth move runnin' to your mommy.
      J.D.: Excuse me?
      Dr. Cox: Yeah, your mommy ca-crushed me. She did. Uhh, I like to issue a warning to everybody, and I'm dead serious, F.Y.I., J.D.'s mommy has made it perfectly clear that she doesn't want her daughter picked on anymore. Nothing mean, she's a precious flower and we should all be super nice to her.

    • Todd: Do you know what else stands up for itself?
      J.D.: You know Todd, I'm not sure, but I'm gonna guess that it's your penis.

    • Elliot: [To Jill] We are so alike!
      Jill: I know!
      Dr. Cox: Stop! No you stop! Hahahahah-oh dear God. Miss Tracy, we're gonna go head...
      Jill: Can you give me one sec., I'm on the zone, I'm trying to arrange up the food to have it delivered here. Fatty had a party and nobody came.
      Elliot: Preachin' to the choir!
      Dr. Cox: [Whistles] Okay, think of what little patience I have as, oh I don't know, your virginity. You always thought it would be there until that night Junior year when you were feeling a little down about yourself and your pal Kevin, who just wanted to be friends, well he dropped by. And he brought a copy of "About Last Night" and a four-pack of Bartel's and James and ba-dow hoo-hoo-hoo it was gone forever. Just like my patience is now.
      Jill: So you do scary little speeches? That is so adorable!

    • Dr. Cox: Everyone we can all relax now, the planets have been re-aligned and order shall be returned to the people. Hey-you!
      Elliot: Just give me two seconds I just gotta finish e-mailing Jill.
      Dr. Cox: I have right here your little friend's test results. Shall we have some fun and take a look? Hmm, interesting... EKG negative, tilt table negative, echo negative, neyet, nada, zilch, nothing infact is wrong with her but a little stress and exhaustion brought on most likely by, oww let it come... being her!
      Elliot: But if you...
      Dr. Cox: No, nah-no, nah-no, nah-no, nah-no, nah-no, nah-no, nah-no, no. There's no time for yeah but's, I want her punted outa here in the next five minutes or you will be personally responsible for covering every missed shift during this years flu season. Now go, now go, now go.

    • Jill: Hey Elliot, okay, first impression, did I scare Michael off?
      Elliot: No!
      Dr. Cox: No! Not if he enjoys a big fat cup a' crazy! [Laughs] Miss Tracy we're all extremely busy, so if we could get down to business that would be...
      Elliot: Oh my God! I have the exact same e-mailing-pagey-thingy!
      Jill: Get out!
      [Dr. Cox leaves laughing]

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Czech Republic: December 25, 2012 on Prima COOL

    • Title Explanation: "My Nickname" refers to J.D.'s new nickname from the Janitor, "Scooter". It also refers to Carla's habit of calling J.D. "Bambi", which is a source of conflict in this episode.


    • 'About Last Night' & Bartles & Jaymes:
      Dr. Cox: Think of what little patience I have as your virginity. You always thought it would be there until that night when you were feeling down, and your pal, Kevin, who just wanted to be friends, he dropped by and he brought a copy of 'About Last Night' and a four-pack of Bartles & Jaymes. And... It was gone for ever. Just like my patience is now.

      About Last Night is a 1986 romantic comedy directed by Edward Zwick, which is based on the play Sexual Perversity in Chicago.

      Bartles & Jaymes is a popular flavored wine cooler and malt beverage line produced in the United States.

    • Rapunzel:
      Dr. Cox: (To Elliot) Careful, Rapunzel. Fun time is officially over.

      Rapunzel is one of the most famous tales compiled by the Brothers Grimm, telling the fate of a young and beautiful woman shut away into a tower with neither stairs nor door, which could only be climbed with the help of Rapunzel's long braid.

    • What's Happening:
      J.D.: Hey, Hey, Hey. What's Happening, Rerun?
      Turk: Whutup, Rog? (Turk breaks into the "Rerun Dance")
      J.D.: (J.D. joins in the dancing) Ok, how 'bout some of this?
      Carla: Oh, come on, it wasn't even that good of a show.
      J.D.: (suddenly serious)Take it back.
      Turk: (also suddenly serious)This second.

      The quotes and the dance are references to the 70's ABC comedy "What's Happening!!". Aired from August 5, 1976 to April 28, 1979, the show dealt with the antics of three working class African-American teens living in the Watts area of Los Angeles.