Season 2 Episode 1

My Overkill

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Sep 26, 2002 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • In the beginning of the episodes, when Turk buys coffee for J.D. on their way to work, it is clearly empty. He tilts it in a careless manner which should have spilled some of the coffee.

    • Elliot's mother being happy she's straight is in reference to a scene in the season one episode "My Old Man", during which she confused Elliot's doubts about being a doctor with coming out as a lesbian.

    • In the scene where the cast (Carla, Dr. Cox, Elliot etc...) are shown sliding down the halls, Sarah Chalke (Elliot) is on roller skates whereas everyone else is being pulled on a board. This is because Sarah is an excellent roller blader/skater (as seen in later episodes of the show).

    • Featured Music:
      "Overkill" by Colin Hay
      "Elenour" by Eddie Quick

    • In the beginning of the episode when J.D. and Turk are in bed you can see J.D.'s shoulders under the covers because he's not wearing a shirt, but then when Turk accuses him of being homophobic and takes off his covers he's fully dressed.

    • In the audio commentary they mention that NBC hated this episode, however they do say that this episode received a very high rating on (the former and is generally considered a fan favourite.

    • During the fantasy where the characters are drifting through the hospital one can see a dolly that is being used to move Judy Reyes (who plays Carla).

    • Just before the Janitor squirts J.D. with water for the second time, J.D. is holding a patient's chart. In the close-up shot of J.D.'s crotch, both his hands are visible and he isn't holding anything.

  • Quotes

    • J.D.: You know, Elliot, I think we should talk about the sexual tension-
      Elliot: There is no sexual tension, okay!... Just... go ahead and look before your neck snaps.
      He drops his gaze to her breasts for a few seconds, then meets her eyes again.
      J.D.: Awesome!
      Elliot: J.D., the problem is this place. I mean, when we broke up, I had to see you the next day... and the next day. And we never... got any distance from the relationship. I never got... to move on, you know?
      J.D.: And the-and the sexual tension.

    • Dr. Kelso: Buzzy, buzz, buzz...
      Dr. Cox: I... beg your pardon?
      Dr. Kelso: Oh, uh, that's the sound of all the bees in your bonnet. And, Perry, even though I could give a rat's ass, I still think it's a pretty sound!

    • Dr. Kelso: You did... nothing?
      J.D.: Nothing at all.
      Dr. Kelso: Great job, sport!
      J.D.'s Narration: Huh?
      Dr. Kelso: Whenever a patient gets bounced from ward to ward, there's always a chance a high fever could be sustained - or even caused - by a constant stream of different antibiotics. It's call drug fever. And it's a good catch by Dr. Dorian. Next patient! Mush, people. Mush! Hyah! Hyah! Hyah!
      Mr. Zerbo: Thank you, doctor.
      J.D.: Oh, no problem.

    • Turk: You should be glad I never took our relationship for granted, you silly woman!
      J.D.: If we could just refrain from name calling-
      Dr. Cox: Oprah's right!
      Turk: Lay off of him.
      Carla: You're just pissed because you're still in love with your ex.
      Dr. Cox: Okay, that's it! Now, I have killed for so much less than that, and I'll damn sure do it again unless you all shut the hell up right now and I MEAN NOW!
      J.D.: Aren't you glad we did this?

    • J.D.: I think there are some simple solutions. Dr. Cox, you're angry with me.
      Dr. Cox: No, I'm not.
      J.D.: And you won't admit this, but you're in love with Carla.
      Carla: No, he's not.
      Dr. Cox: Actually, I am.
      Carla: You're starting again.
      J.D.: And Carla, you're mad that Turk didn't trust you enough to tell you.
      Turk: See? Trust, woman, trust!
      J.D.: Whatever. The point is that Turk is sorry.
      Turk: Not anymore!
      Carla: I can't believe you thought he was a threat.
      Dr. Cox: I'm a threat!
      Carla: You're not in love with me, you idealize me.
      J.D.: Can we just try and stay focused-
      Turk: You're mad 'cause I'm scared of losing you?
      Carla: Yes, because we're stronger than that!
      Dr. Cox: Apparently not!

    • Todd: You look totally hot, Mirror Todd.

    • J.D.: Yeah. You know what's weird, though? It's like, Dr. Cox and I are pretty vegan-kosher.
      Turk: He hasn't yelled at you?
      J.D.: No.
      Turk: This is the guy that screamed on you for like twenty minutes for dropping a thermometer? And he hasn't raised his voice once about you bumping uglies with his ex-wife?
      J.D.: Mm-mm.
      Turk: I don't get that guy.

    • J.D. and Turk in bed
      J.D.: I can't believe how weird it feels to be back here again.
      Turk: Yeah... But it seems so right.
      J.D.: If Carla's so mad, I don't understand why she doesn't just crash at her own place.
      Turk: Oh, she is back at her place.
      J.D.: What are you talking about, Willis?
      Turk: That's pretty funny! We should make that one of our things.
      J.D.: Yeah, I know.
      Carla: That's stupid.

    • J.D.'s Narration: Oh, for God's sakes, would you throw her a rope?
      J.D.: I have no idea how to treat this patient. Help me out.
      J.D.'s Narration: Now, she's in a really awkward place; so just be sensitive.
      J.D.: I think we should sex each other.

    • Elliot(on phone): Sorry, mom. It's just-it's gotten really awkward with this guy that I was seeing and... Yes, mom, 'Yay, I'm straight.' Look, I just, I don't know what to do; I mean, every time I see hm, I get so embarrassed, and... lonely, and... mortified. And I guess I was just hoping that you could... Um, about a hundred and fifteen pounds?... Phen-fen kills people, mom!... B-because I'm a-a doctor, that's how I know.

    • Turk: I'm gonna stick with the violation of trust thing - final answer.
      Carla: Yeah, right...
      Todd: You know, I got half a mind to ask her out... Too soon?

    • Turk: Baby, I shoulda told you how Cox felt about you, and I was wrong for talking behind your back, which is a violation of the trust our relationship is based on. And that is why I'm sorry.
      Todd: My boy's got mad apologizin' skills!
      Turk: Todd, not now!
      Carla: You can't just point out the obvious - you have to go deeper... And Todd, if you say, "That's what she said," I will brain you.

    • Todd: Ladies? Now that The Todd is a resident, he wants to clear things up so you don't have to wonder anymore... Yes. Yes. No. Yes. No. And... yes if I've been drinking.
      Laverne: Come here, wonderbread.
      Todd: What's up, doll?
      Laverne: If you ever get this close again, I will end you.
      Todd: I'm changing you to a "yes" because you're feisty!

    • J.D.: Could I have Mr. Buckley's chart, please?
      Laverne: No problem. I keep it right down there, in the 'Get it yourself' file.

    • J.D.: I hate it that everything is so messed up between all of us, you know?
      Turk: Well, just remember what I said to you this morning in bed.
      J.D. stops to face the musician on the bench
      J.D.: I had my shoes on, it would have been impossible to lock in.

    • J.D.'s Narration: Call it wishful thinking, but I couldn't shake this feeling that this was nothing more than a very, very bad dream.
      Turk: Good morning, Tiger.
      J.D.'s Narration: Of course, I've been wrong before.
      J.D.: How could you let a woman kick you out of your own bed?
      Turk: Baby, why you have to be so cranky in the morning?

    • Turk: I'm going out for Mexican food, and I'll see you in bed, my friend...

    • (Petting Rowdy, the stuffed dog)
      J.D.: Morning Boy.
      Carla: I can't remember the last time I was in this fowl mood.
      (J.D. takes Rowdy and makes it look like he's humping J.D.'s leg)
      J.D.: Rowdy, no!
      Carla: Is that supposed to cheer me up? Who would laugh at that?
      (Turk comes in)
      Turk: Yeah, Rowdy! Hit that!

    • J.D.: Okay, fine. I'm sorry I slept with your ex-wife!
      Laverne: I think I'll sit back down.
      J.D.: It was an accident.
      Dr. Cox: Look... first of all, it's not like you tripped and fell into her... and then out of her... and then into her... again. And, second of all, you're smart enough to know that I don't want to talk about this. I don't want to know where you did it. I don't even want to know... how it was.
      J.D.: A little scary... Sorry! Jitters!
      J.D.'s Narration: And here come the fireworks...
      Dr. Cox: I know you didn't have any idea who she was, and I understand why you were too nervous to tell me. So, whatta ya say we leave it at that? I forgive you, you are forgiven. Okay?
      J.D.'s Narration: Cool.
      Laverne: Damn.

    • J.D.'s narration: Hospitals aren't as big as people think. Eventually you run into everyone.
      J.D.: Hey Elliot.
      Elliot(Coming from underneath the table): I'm not hiding from you, I-I was... I was just looking for my... uhm, my... I was just looking for my dignity.
      J.D.: Did you find it?
      Elliot: No. I must have left it at college.

    • J.D.: After all,I am the Whiz Kid.
      (Janitor sprays J.D.'s crotch).
      Janitor: Now you are.

    • J.D.'s Narration: I just wish that one of my relationships could be back to normal.
      Janitor comes up and sprays J.D.'s crotch
      Janitor: Uh,oh. Looks like someone switched to big boy pants a little too soon.
      J.D.: Oh yeah,that's very clever. It looks like I wet myself. Do you actually think that that's funny?
      Janitor sprays him again and laughs
      Janitor: Uh... yeah.
      J.D.'s Narration: Good God, that's cold.

    • (J.D. and Turk wake up in the same bed)
      J.D.: How could you let a woman kick you out of your own bed?
      Turk: Baby, why you gotta be so cranky in the morning?
      J.D.: This is unacceptable. You said we were gonna sleep head-to-foot.
      Turk: Dude, either way the naughty bits are still in the middle.
      J.D.: Yeah, but with the head-to-foot alignment, it's just, there's no way for them to lock in.

    • J.D.: Uh... yeah, sir. I have a full patient load. I don't understand how you can just drop this guy in my lap and expect me to make him a top priority.
      Dr. Kelso: You want me to say "ta da!" so it seems more like a trick? Mr. Zerbo back there is a major hospital benefactor. And, by golly, you know it's a lot harder to write a big, fat cheque if you're dead.

    • Dr. Cox: You look pretty today.
      Carla: Don't even start with me.
      Dr. Cox: You look horrible?
      Carla: I look fantastic! And what you're doing, that's starting. I'm pretty sure I said not to start. Laverne?
      Nurse Roberts: That's what she said.

    • Laverne: (After J.D. trips and falls on top of her) Are you gonna make it worth my while?

    • Dr. Cox: Do you know how I know this is your's, Farrah? Because when I paged you earlier someone found it next to a can of Fresca and a dog-eared copy of Teen People Magazine - anyway. Long story short, the whole incident gave me a bang up idea, because you see I've got tomorrow off. So I'm gonna be on my couch sipping on some scotch paging you every twenty seconds and if you don't answer every damn last one of them I'm gonna shove this thing so far down your throat it's gonna make you take a tinkle every time it goes off. Big fun right? You're gonna need this - uuhh... uuhh... let it come-let it-ohh-let it come...ohh hahahaha. (Throws pager)

    • Dr. Cox: Okay, That's it! Now I have killed for so much less than that and I'll damn sure do it again unless you all shut the hell up now, and I mean now!

    • Dr. Cox: You know Bob, I've been thinkin' about all the times that you've manipulated me and toyed with me, and I can't help but recall that children's fable about the race between the tortoise and the pain in the ass chief of medicine that everybody hates. You see Bob, the pain in the ass chief of medicine that everybody hates kept running out in front of the tortoise and taunting him. But right at the end, oh gosh, I'm sure you remember what happened Bob. The tortoise bit clean through the chief of medicine's calf muscle, dragged him to the ground, where he and all the other turtles devoured him alive right there on the racetrack. It's a disturbing children's book Bob, I know. But its one that stuck with me... none the less.

  • Notes

    • Original International Airdates:
      Czech Republic: January 21, 2013 on Prima COOL

    • This episode was nominated for the 2003 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television Episodic - Music.

    • Title Explanation: "My Overkill" refers to J.D. going overboard in trying to reconcile the gang, when as he states; sometimes it's best to just wait. Also, the song "Overkill" by Colin Hay plays throughout the episode.

    • Neil Flynn, the "Janitor" now appears as a regular cast member in the opening titles of the show.

    • The opening titles have been changed and the theme song has been extended. This is one of the few episodes to feature the "new opening" that was removed due to fan protest.

    • Christa Miller is credited as Christa Miller Lawrence.

  • Allusions

    • Troubadour: I have other songs....

      Colin Hay (who plays the troubadour in this episode) has had many of his (and his former band's) songs featured on the show including Beautiful World, My Brilliant Feat and Waiting Form My Real Life to Begin

    • Animal House:

      At the end of the episode, when Dr. Cox smashes Colin Hay's guitar outside the hospital, it is very reminiscent of a scene in Animal House where John Belushi's character Bluto destroys a folk singer's guitar against the walls of a stairwell during Delta House's toga party.

    • J.D.: I thought people were gonna start calling me that in high school when I was in our production of "The Wiz".

      The Wiz was a 1970's disco version of "The Wizard of Oz". It starred Diana Ross, Nipsey Russell, and Michael Jackson.