Season 7 Episode 1

My Own Worst Enemy

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Oct 25, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

In the aftermath of their near-indiscretion, Elliot realizes she doesn't want to be with Keith and J.D. resolves to stop sabotaging himself. Meanwhile, Dr. Cox and Turk find a patient they both like who is in danger of being discharged.

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  • Another phenomenal portrayal of what Scrubs has come to be.

    Scrubs has returned and in force. This is one of the classic episodes with all the humour, music and solid storyline in place. A brilliant masterpiece to open the Season 7 first episode. Everything and more I expected through this episode was great, although the incident between Elliot and Keith was expected, it was still powerful and I am certain it isnt the last we will see of him. We will see.

    This episode has left me with wonder as to what this season will bring, and as stated by Bill Lawrence himself, this wont be a typical cliche that would be expected in a final season. The perfect level of humour mixed with plot made this really enjoyable and wonderful episode.

    Overall, a solid episode and a 9.7 out of 10 from me. Scrubs is back to the way they should be and I am loving it.moreless
  • 701

    Probably one of the weakest premieres on Scrubs. It did not own up to the finale in any way. All of the fans must have been incredibly angry that after JD & Elliot almost, it's not mentioned again throughout the episode, since they don't end up kissing. Elliot ends her 2 year relationship with Kieth, then sleeps with him, and then breaks up with him again? Elliot really deserves all that name calling. And how she took it as a joke how she left Kieth was just cruel. All of her story lines with Kieth last season, and probably the season before that was completely pointless. There was not enough closure, and the breakup scene was inaudible. JD continues his relationship with Kim but comes in to realization that he's only in it for his baby, not because he loves her. When is she going to have her baby? Seriously, she was pregnant all of last season. The patient with lime disease was probably the only truly entertaining part of this episode. It was amazing that Occam's Razor was finally mentioned, and how it related to the other storylines. All in all, not the best premiere, but good wrap up though.moreless
  • Looks like I'm about to disagree with a lot of people on this site...

    This is a very lazy review today, ladies and gentlemen. Here goes...

    I thought it was a brilliant, funny season premiere, a lot better than last season's opener!

    J.D. and Elliot are about to kiss, and J.D. pluckers up, but Elliot moves away. The two admit that what almost happened wasn't about "them" but was about the fact that they were panicking as they were making lifelong commitments to their respective partners. Elliot realizes that she doesn't want to get married to Keith, but just wants to be married. She breaks it off with Keith, and he doesn't take it lightly, calling her a "pigwhore". When Keith is moving out of Elliot's apartment, Elliot arrives and the two make out and get back together again. Elliot is once again worried, and once more, at the end, breaks up with Keith.

    J.D. thinks he's a self-saboteur as he is always trying to screw up his relationships, and so tries to go the entire day without screwing any relationship. Turk tells him that the reason J.D. is "screwing" up his relationship with Kim, is because he impregnated a girl he just met, and before he could love her she betrayed him. J.D. refuses to accept this. At the end of the day, J.D. manages to maintain all his relationships but at the last minute, screws up his "relationship" with the Janitor, by doubting that he has a girlfriend. In the end, J.D. accepts the fact that he does not love Kim.moreless
  • JD sticks with Kim, Elliot dumps Keith and Dr.cox can't diagnose a patient.

    This was the overhyped premier for season 7. I can't remember the plot too good but here goes. JD and Elliot decide not to kiss at the last minute and then Elliot breaks up with Keith, only to hang out withe him later. Turk gets to pick one candy bar to eat*yawn*. Finally, Dr.cox can't figure out what's wrong with his patient. This episode was okay but it felt kind of out of order like none of the scenes matched. Elliot breaking up with Keith was pretty good but I wish that I could hear what she said. All in all pretty decent episode.moreless
  • you have to agree scrubs has hit it's peak but this was still enjoyable!

    wasnt amzing wasnt bad either.

    finally elliot broke up with keith and now we say bye to his farm boy looks! i thought that was kinda funny!

    i dunno i enjoyed the epsiode overall but it wasnt amzing so im not gonna go rave about it!

    some very funny moments like " hey lady"

    see this show can always make up for it when it has some funny sub plots! the cliffhanger was good and it really gives a good idea on where this season is going to go! so im looking forward tosee if jd does fall in love with kim or if indeed he does sabotage this relationship!

    good day to you all!moreless
Zach Braff

Zach Braff

Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian

Donald Faison

Donald Faison

Dr. Christopher "Chris" Duncan Turk

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

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

Kevin Rahm

Kevin Rahm

Joe Hutnick

Guest Star

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks

Dr. Kim Briggs

Recurring Role

Travis Schuldt

Travis Schuldt

Keith Dudemeister/Dr. Keith Dudemaister

Recurring Role

Robert Maschio

Robert Maschio

Dr. Todd Quinlan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Snoop Dogg Resident has now become an Attending.

    • When J.D., Turk, Carla and Elliot sit down next to Doctor Cox in the cafeteria, he says "What, are you bored up there?" and looks up, clearly addressing God. This contradicts, however, to Cox claiming in previous episodes that he doesn't believe in God. So why would he talk to someone he does not believe in?

    • Turk whispers something into Elliot's ear to which Elliot replies "No". Carla then asks what Turk said and Elliot tells her he asked if they still made Mars Bars. Elliot replied no, although they do in fact still make Mars Bars.

    • When Elliot is breaking up with Keith, and everybody is watching, at first there is no one behind J.D. Yet in the next shot, a man wearing a green t-shirt stands behind him. In the shot after, he's gone, and once again he appears in the next shot.

    • Kit Pongetti, who guest stars as the Janitor's girlfriend, Lady, made a guest appearance briefly in "My Philosophy" (S02 E13) as Dr. Mitchell, the woman on fellowship who was in the office next to Dr. Kelso.

    • When J.D. is naming all the girls he broke up with (Mole-Butt, Tina TwoKids, RumpleFugly, etc'), Turk tells him that they were all wrong for him, except for "Mole-Butt". According to "Her Story II", "Mole-Butt" is Elliot.

    • In the "House" episode "Ugly" airing November 13, 2007, Dr. House also had to deal with a patient who had all the symptoms of Lyme Disease but with no sign of the target-shaped bite. It was when "Thirteen" was reviewing older pictures of the patient that she noticed some discoloration at his hairline. In a Cox-like epiphany, she decided to shave the patient's head to see the target.

    • J.D. is claiming that his ex-girlfriend Stacy from college broke up with him by arranging it so that he would catch her and Turk in the middle of having relations. J.D. says: "I still have nightmares about your cheeks Turk, just bouncing and bouncing".

      This contradicts the story told in My Fishbowl (and also previously in My Coffee) about this event. There it was told that J.D. walked in on them lying under the sheet after the actual act.

    • When Turk is deciding what candy bar to have there are a couple of "Apollo" ones in the vending machine. These are actually fictional candy bars from the TV show Lost.

    • Featured Music:
      "Alive With the Glory of Love" by Say Anything (Opening scene)
      "Where We Gonna Go From Here" by Mat Kearney (Closing scene)

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Kim: Don't you miss me?
      J.D.: Of course I do!
      J.D.'s Narration: But the truth was, I didn't. And then I had this weird, crystallizing moment. You see, there's an age-old principle you hear a lot about in medicine; that the simplest, most obvious answer is usually the correct one. It's called Occam's Razor.
      (Later in the narration)
      J.D.'s Narration: In my case, it was never about sabotaging myself. It was the simple answer, just like Turk said: I had knocked up a girl on our first date, and I don't have strong feelings for her, and probably never will. And the only reason we're still together is because there's a kid involved. Which means I'm going to stay with her until the very end, whether I love her or not.

    • Dr. Cox: If you want to lose the nickname, you've gotta lose the beard. But then you'd be Doctor Face.
      Dr. Kelso: Hah! Doctor Face!
      Dr. Beardface: Damn you all!!

    • Janitor: Would you be interested in seeing a cognitive therapist? Because I know a guy, he's good. I'm gonna give you his card, then I'm gonna bash your head in. I'll see you in the morning.
      J.D.: I'm in at seven.
      Janitor: Wear a helmet.

    • J.D.: Who's named Lady?
      Janitor: She is! Got a brother named Him.

    • (To The Janitor)
      J.D.: Hello? Oh yes, he's here. It's the Truth calling. Wants to know why you never tell it.

    • J.D.: Big news, sports fans! I've decided to start calling everybody "sports fans".

    • Elliot: I care about you so much, I don't want to lose you from my life.
      Keith: Well you're going to, because from now on, Pig Whore, you're dead to me.

    • Dr. Kelso: Seriously - am I having a stroke, or is someone making an omelet?

    • J.D.: I have sabotaged every relationship I've ever been in. Look at this, Mole Butt, Tina Two-Kids, Rumble Fudly, Giftshop Girl...
      Turk: None of those girls were good for you anyway. Well, except for Mole Butt. I don't even know if Rumble Fudly was a girl.
      J.D.: Stop it! Fudz was awesome.

    • J.D.: See Turk, now we can save that Dad dying thing to go see the new panda baby at the zoo.
      Turk: Oh it's too late for that, she died.
      J.D.: Not Ming-Ming.
      Turk: Her mama sat on her and then ate her!
      J.D.: Stupid nature!

    • Kim: Come here, check out these big pregnant hippo feet!

    • Elliot: Screw it! I'm just gonna marry Keith, maybe he'll die young.

    • J.D.: Who are the flowers for?
      Janitor: My girlfriend.
      J.D.: You have a girlfriend?
      Janitor: Just because I'm a janitor means no woman could possibly be attracted to me?
      J.D.: No.
      J.D.'s thoughts: Yes!
      Janitor: There she is right down there.
      (J.D. turns around to see a woman at the far end of the hall, talking to a man)
      J.D.: Really? What's her name?
      Janitor: (pauses) Lady.
      J.D.: (stifles laugh) Lady?
      Janitor: You don't believe me?
      J.D.: Well, let's just say you've lied to me before.
      Janitor: Watch this. (yells) Hey lady!
      (The lady looks around at the Janitor)
      Janitor: (waves) Stay there! D-don't come down here. I'll give these to you later! (To J.D.) Your witness.

    • (Elliot comes into her home where Keith is packing his stuff away)
      Elliot: Hey Keith.
      Keith: You came to your house while I'm packing up my stuff even though you promised not to be here. Awesome.
      Elliot: Well, you know you can't take my word. I mean, I also promised you I'd marry you last Saturday, right? (laughs) Riiiight?! I know. Too soon. I'm sorry. But, c'mon, we love "too soon" jokes. Come on now. Let's see the chuckle. Huh? Here it comes. I think I see it bubbling up!
      (Keith looks stony faced)
      Elliot: Haha, do not make me start laughing because you know that if I start laughing, then you'll start laughing! Haha! Hahahaha! (abruptly stops laughing) Ok, ya know what? This is why it was so easy to walk out on you.

    • Elliot: Carla, what resident ordered a CAT scan on Mr. Hersh last night?
      Keith: That would be me, Pig Whore. It's all in the notes. (mock gasp) Aww, can't Pig Whore read?!
      Kelso: Hah! Pig Whore Reid! See, your last name's Reid so it works two ways.

    • Dr. Cox: Beardface! What do ya say?
      Dr. Beardfacé: It's Beardfacé! Why do you people insist on calling me Beardface?!
      Joe: (clears throat) May I?
      Dr. Cox: Go for it.
      Joe: Well, I just got here, but if I had to guess, I would say it's because your face is like... five sixths beard.
      Dr. Beardfacé: Damn you!

    • (Bob Kelso sits down at Cox's table)
      Cox: Come on Bob, there's an empty table right there.
      Kelso: I'll leave for ten dollars.
      (Cox hands him ten dollars)
      Kelso: Pleasure doing business. (He gets up and sits on table behind)
      (Carla, Turk, Elliot and J.D. sit down at Cox's table)
      J.D.: Hey friend!
      Cox: (looks up) What? Are you bored up there?

    • Elliot: I'm sorry for barging in so late. I hope I didn't interrupt anything important.
      Carla: Um...
      Turk: (interrupts) Actually, since I'm diabetic, Carla only lets me eat one candy bar every six months and so she was helping me choose one to go with.
      (Carla mimes shooting herself in the head)
      Turk: First! We cut out all candy that sounds remotely racist, which includes all dark chocolate and I know this sounds weird, but Jujubes.
      (Elliot nods)
      Turk: Then Carla was like, "Well what about Junior Mints?" and I was like "Junior Mints?! Baby, if I want my candy to freshen my breath, I'll just slap some toothpaste on a whatchamacallit bar and go to TOWN on that bad boy, you know what I'm saying?!"

    • Dr. Cox: What is it, fun sized?
      Josephine: (Loud, high-pitched voice) I checked Mr. Hutnick all over, but I couldn't find a tick bite.
      J.D.: god. (In response to her voice)
      Dr. Cox: I gotta go figure this out...I can't believe it... (turns back to Josephine) Oh, and by the have a ridiculous speaking ju... (turns away grimacing)

    • J.D.: I can't believe I almost messed things up with Kim. What's wrong with me?
      Dr. Cox: You're an annoying, whiny manchild.
      J.D.: That question wasn't directed at you.
      Dr. Cox: What question?

    • Carla: That's's over.
      Crowd: (Sadly) Awwww...
      J.D.: (Happily) Awwww!
      Carla: J.D.!
      J.D.: No, Snoop Dogg Attending finally told Josephine how he feels!
      Crowd: (Happily) Awwww!
      Turk: Hey everybody, look, a rainbow!
      Crowd: Oooooo!

    • Carla: (To Elliot) So, how's Keith?
      (Keith walks by)
      Keith: Carla. (To Elliot) Pig whore.
      Elliot: Better actually. Used to be "Stupid Pig Whore". It's only been a few days and he's already dropped an adjective.

    • J.D.: Keith?!
      Elliot: Keith?!
      J.D.'s thoughts: Keith?! Wait, I was already surprised out loud!

    • J.D.: Who wants to turn out like Snoop Dogg Intern?
      Ronald: Hey!
      J.D.: Sorry, Snoop Dogg Resident.
      Ronald: Hey!
      J.D.: Snoop Dogg Attending?!
      Ronald: That's right, baby.
      J.D.: Alright!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Venezuela: April 22, 2008 on AXN
      Peru: April 22, 2008 on SONY
      Denmark: March 5, 2008 on TV3+
      Sweden: July 5, 2008 on TV6
      Germany: September 3, 2008 on ProSieben
      Australia: October 9, 2008 on Seven


    • Dr. Cox: (about J.D.) ...Dame Judi Dorian!

      Dr. Cox mixed J.D.'s last name with actress Dame Judi Dench.

    • The title of the episode "My Own Worst Enemy" is similar to the song of the same name performed by the band Lit.

    • Hoosiers
      J.D. states that he watched Hoosiers last night.

      Hoosiers was a movie that was released in 1986 starring Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper. The movie was based on the 1954 Indiana State high school basketball champions, the Milan Indians.

    • Tony Shalhoub
      After winning Dr. Cox's "Annual Who-Cares-Award", J.D. says, "Suck on that, Tony Shalhoub!"

      Tony Shalhoub stars in the hit show Monk, and has won many awards including Emmies and Golden Globes. Coincidentally, Zach Braff, the actor who plays JD, has in reality lost to Tony Shalhoub for the Best Actor Emmy award, twice.