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Dr. Christopher "Chris" Duncan Turk
Dr. Percival "Perry" Ulysses Cox
Nurse Carla Espinosa
Dr. Robert "Bob" Kelso
Dr. Elliot Reid
Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian
When Turk is with his patient he says, "thanks I'll take your fruit cup", but when he gets up he leaves the fruit cup on the tray and grabs the red jello.
When Turk's patient David assumed that no-one has ever heard of "The Catch", Turk replies with, "Joe Montana to Dwight Clark, NFC Championship game, no time left on the clock." This is not entirely true, as there were 51 seconds left on the clock at the time of "The Catch".
When J.D. is avoiding to enter Mrs. Tanner's room and is forced to do so only by the Janitor and his floor polisher machine, if you watch the scene carefully, you can see the Janitor's shadow in the corridor, meaning he was just around the corner all the time.
"Dracula from Houston" by the Butthole Surfers (Opening scene)
"Hallelujah" by John Cale (Final scene)
In the scene where "a ton of bricks" falls onto J.D., if you watch carefully you'll notice that he flinches a second before they fall, indicating that he knew what was about to happen.
When J.D. asks Mrs. Tanner if she lived in another country, she says in Japanese, "I lived in Kyoto for about five years".
When J.D. and Death are playing Connect-4, if you count the number of chips placed, J.D. has placed eight, whereas Death has just placed his sixth to win. Since each player in Connect-4 places their chips in turn, it seems that J.D. placed two extra chips at some point during the game. Yes, J.D. was apparently trying to "cheat Death".
The opening scene features a fantasy sequence where J.D. "rewinds" a fight between Elliot and Carla, so he can "do over" his part in the whole thing. The first run through, Carla says: "If she's from el barrio, she must not like music". Second time, she changes the line by saying: "If she grew up in the barrio, she must not like classical music".
(Turk is performing a surgical procedure)
Surgical Intern: We are so lost.
Turk: We are not lost.
Surgical Intern: Go left here.
Turk: It's right.
Surgical Intern: You passed his Cooper's ligament three times already. Just stop and ask for directions.
Turk: You wanna drive this thing? 'Cause I will pull, I will pull this thing over and let you drive this thing.
J.D.: "Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower".
Mrs. Tanner: Done.
J.D.: Fine. "Go to the top of the Meiffel Tower".
Mrs. Tanner: Oh, now you're making stuff up.
J.D.: No, I'm not; it's right here, you can look at it!
J.D.: You didn't tell them, did you.
Mrs. Tanner: It didn't come up. Look, they don't need that burden; besides, they'd just give me a bunch of reasons to change my mind.
J.D.: Speaking of which, I took the liberty of jotting down a few things I think everybody should do at least once in their life.
Mrs. Tanner: Oh, no.
J.D.: Okay. "Number One: Eat a sausage-and-pepper hoagie from Enrico's".
Mrs. Tanner: Well, of course I've done that.
J.D.: "Number Two: Go to Asia".
Mrs. Tanner: (Something in Japanese)
J.D.: I'm gonna take that as a yes, and I'll also check off "Learn a foreign language".
Elliot: Speaking of Heparin, have you slept with Turk yet?
Elliot: I'm sorry, I'm-no, I'm sorry...too personal.
Carla: I like to wait. I like a guy to want it so bad he basically thinks he isn't gonna get it ever. Then when he's lost the will to live, that's when I jump him.
Elliot: So, how long does that usually-
Carla: A month, maybe two. What about you?
Elliot: I like to use sex as an ice-breaker.
Carla: Ah. And how's that working out for you?
Elliot: I guess I don't have what you would call high self-esteem.
J.D.: Okay, enough of this. I don't think any of you realize how serious this is. Right now we need to be worried about your mother, your grandmother...your...I'm sorry, we-we haven't met, I'm Dr. Dorian.
Mrs. Tanner: Just until Samantha blows out her candles. What are you gonna wish for, honey? Uhhhhm....a bike?
Mrs. Tanner: A doll house?
J.D.: How about the ability to make quick decisions?
J.D.: Look, I don't know how it's been with your other doctors, but when you're under my care, you stay in the hospital until I say it's okay for you to leave.
Mrs. Tanner: We saved you a plate.
J.D.: I don't care about food right now!
J.D.'s narration: Oh my God, are those s'mores?
J.D.: Dr. Kelso...hi. I wanted to get your opinion about a patient. She's uh...a seventy-four-year-old renal failure, Mrs. Tanner.
Dr. Kelso: Oh, of course! One of our frequent fliers - she's a neat lady.
J.D.: That's what I said!
Dr. Kelso: Nobody likes a brown-nose, son.
Elliot: I called down and requested a Spanish-speaking nurse. So...no English, huh? I'm a chunky monkey from funky town.
Carla: I'm gonna have a little trouble translating that.
David: Oh, see, this is embarrassing - you guys are wearing the same outfit. Don't sweat it, I'm not wearing pants.
J.D.: I'm...I'm...I'm the doctor.
Guy: What are you, sixteen?
Woman: Oh, this is unacceptable.
Guy: What'd you have, like, coupons to this hospital, ma?
Woman: I should-we should have gone to my doctor.
Mrs. Tanner: Now that's enough! Now, sure, he's young, but he's probably a very good doctor. Are you a good doctor?
J.D.: It's kinda too soon to tell.
David: Hey, come on man, it's the fourth quarter, you got a minute?
Turk: David, right?
Turk: I'm Turk.
David: What's up...you want some IV?
Turk: No, I'm good.
Delivery guy: I've got a ton of bricks for Dr. Dorian. (Hands J.D. a pen and extends his clipboard. A pile of bricks falls on J.D.) Could I get that pen back?
Dr. Kelso: Spare me.
Turk: (Laughs) Oh, that's good! (Dr. Kelso gives him a weird glare) You know 'cause...you're not joking, are you sir?
Dr. Kelso: Not at the moment.
Dr. Cox: Well, if she refuses dialysis, then there really is no ethical dilemma, is there?
J.D.: But what about our duty as doctors?
Dr. Cox: (In mock crying voice) But what about our duty as doctors? (Back to normal voice) Look. This is not about Mrs. Tanner's dialysis, this is about you. You're scared of death, and you can't be; you're in medicine for chrissakes. Sooner or later, you're going to realize that everything we do around here, everything is a stall. We're just trying to keep the game going, that's all. But, ultimately, it always ends up the same way.
J.D.: You have had an amazing life.
Mrs. Tanner: Good, then we agree. Now, aren't there other patients you need to be seeing?
J.D.: Me? No, no, I've been off for two hours.
J.D.: I admitted this really neat old lady today.
Turk: "Neat?" Dude, the 1930s called and they want their lingo back.
Mrs. Tanner: Sweetie, I'm seventy-four years old, I'm ready to go.
J.D.: Yeah, but with dialysis, you could live another...eighty or ninety years.
Mrs. Tanner: I think you're being a little irrational.
J.D.: No I'm not.
Mrs. Tanner: Everybody dies sometime.
J.D.: No they don't.
Turk: Dude, the League of Women Voters called and they want to know where to send your membership info.
J.D.: You're using that "somebody called" joke a lot.
Turk: I know, I can't help it. I got a hernia patient to take care of.
J.D.: What's his name?
Turk: Well, his name is Hernia Patient, but we've gotten close so I like to call him "Hernia".
J.D.: He must feel so safe and taken care of.
(J.D. and Death are playing Connect Four)
Death: I win.
J.D.: What? Where?
(Points to the game)
J.D.: Pretty sneaky Death.
Dr. Kelso: Gosh, sport, I sure hope you're not using that phone to make a personal call.
Turk: No. Actually that was David Morrison's father. He's a patient of mine. Dave's a good kid.
Dr. Kelso: Well he sound's teriffic. You two becoming best pals?
Dr. Kelso: Well you know what we should do? The three of us should play a game of stick ball. Sure, all we need is a stick and a ball and a pocket full of dreams. Or we could take turns bowling your patient down the hallways of my hospital.
Elliot: Mrs. Guerrero is a forty-year old lupus patient who presented with shortness of breath so I started her on a hepron drip and ordered a VQ scan. I just wanted to run that by you.
Dr. Cox: One...two...three...
Elliot: (Interrupting) So should I continue with the hepr...
Dr. Cox: It's really important that you let me get to ten.
Elliot: Well, I just thought...
Dr. Cox: Listen, cookie, you've been here over a month, this is Medicine 101. I don't want every little thing run by me, I don't wanna give you my two cents worth, but if you every do want to know my opinion, rest asured it will always be that you're an incredible pain and that every time I see your cut-ie-doll face it just makes me wanna pick you up and shake you until all the hours of my life that you've wasted fall out. Now laugh.
Dr. Cox: Laugh, so she doesn't think I'm yelling at you. (Starts laughing and leaves)
Original International Airdates:
Czech Republic: December 13, 2012 on Prima COOL
The music in two of the sequences in this episode was changed by the time it got to DVD; the music when it was originally aired included a song called "Why We Gotta Die?"
This episode won the 2002 Humanitas Prize in the 30 Minute Category.
This episode was nominated for the 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.
"Push Thrombolitics" is not a real medical term. Bill Lawrence says in the commentary that this term was used because the writers knew that it would irk the show's medical consultants.
According to Zach Braff, he was mad at Sarah Chalke during the filming of the episode's final scene. When J.D.'s friends join him as he relaxes in the park, Zach interacts with the other two actors and doesn't look at Sarah.
J.D. playing death in Connect-Four mirrors the 1970's Connect-Four commercial complete with the dialogue "Pretty sneaky, sis."
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