Scrubs

Season 8 Episode 3

My Saving Grace

2
Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Jan 13, 2009 on NBC
8.8
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Dr. Kelso and Dr. Cox have to work together to get rid of Dr. Maddox, while Carla feels she has to take care of intern Katie.

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  • 803

    7.5
    Now that's what I call improvement, after the abysmal finale last season, mediocre first episodes this season, this episode gave me hope that this show is still capable to be good. Nothing compared to the Old Scrubs, but still... good. We've got some great character development here, and this episode was definitely eventful. Dr. Maddox (Courtney Cox) is getting on everyone's nerves (yeah mine too!). So the fired Janitor, Cox, JD, Kelso, and Elliot all try to get rid of Dr. Maddox. In a very effective way. It's nice to see Kelso still hanging around, I just know he needs to be Chief of Medicine again, this show is really losing it without him. Cox saying "I Miss You" to Kelso was one of the biggest character developments I have ever seen.



    The thing that made this episode special and original was that it was all centered around Carla pep talking Katie, the undermining intern. It was a great stroll down memory lane, and I realized how awesome Carla is. Where's Todd? A good episode, with a great angle.moreless
  • The Janitor is back, Maddox goes, Cox bends to Kelso's will...

    9.5
    Scrubs continues in the same fantastic way as the first 2 episodes. The Janitor is back after being absent in episode 2 and he is as crazy and funny as ever. He had some of the most hilarious speeches in the whole episode. At last we see the back of the hateful Dr Maddox though she warns that she will be replaced by someone just like her. JD and Elliot have some nice scenes together and start to rekindle their old flame. Carla gets to put one of the more annoying interns in her place. Turk is curiously absent but he did have a lot to do previously. The series has made a truiumphant return!moreless
  • another wonderful episode

    9.5
    This is something people usually don't say but with Scrubs, thank goodness for the writer's strike. If the writer's strike never hapened, ABC wouldn't have had the opportunity to be passed Scrubs and Scrubs would never have had this worthy, stellar "last" season. Scrubs is back and it's as strong as ever or stronger than ever. In fact, it's best season in awhile. Season six was really good but got a little weird and season seven was just passable. And season eight is just terrific, blending both powerful comedy and drama. People are struggling over the iron grasp Maddox has over the hospital. Turns out Kelso was nicer than Maddox ever was. With Kelso, at least the doctors could find a way to bend the rules from time to time when it came to saving a patient's life. Maddox is too cold and too effiecient to allow that to happen. All of the doctors quickly realize she has to go. Not to worry for Kelso still sticks around the hospital for free muffins and is now joined by the Janitor because he has nothing better to do and his other choice for free time is not healthy. Cox and Janitor work to bring down Maddox while Kelso refuses until Cox can admit that he misses the old man. Right now, it's not happening. Meanwhile, and in good time, Carla realizes how much of a brat the new intern Lisa is, and to knock her off her high horse a bit, Carla tries to tell her exactly how it is in the hospital: be nicer or the hospital "family" will bury her. Cox and Janitor's search to blackmail Maddox turns up nothing, they're at a loss at what to do. Finally, Cox is forced to admit that he somewhat likes Cox and he does miss him. Kelso is more than willing to use his smarmy ways to blackmail a couple members of the medical council to fire Maddox. Lisa reveals her backstory, hoping it will gain her some sympathy but Carla bluntly tells her this: get over it. In the hospital, the personal life isn't important. The hospital is her family. The team celebrates over Maddox's termination but before she leaves, Maddox is willing to share vindictive "advice": they may have fired her but they'll find someone else like her. Still, it is a happy victory for the team, especially for JD and Elliot as now they can get treatment for a patient who can't afford it. Cox is slightly nicer to Kelso. Lisa softens a little and is willing to be less of a brat after her talk with Carla. Just as soon as she came on, Courtney Cox left. And for those of you who were worried, the Janitor comes back!!! Personal victories. Other great moments include the Janitor being possibly even more insane and the return of more Kelso. The only question over this episode was: where was Turk? Where was he in all this? Still, a wonderfully hilarious episode. It's great that this "last" season will go out with a bang. The first two episodes of Season Eight proved to be no fluke. After the first few weeks, I definitely want more and will be even more sad when the finale comes.moreless
Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

Donald Faison

Donald Faison

Dr. Christopher "Chris" Duncan Turk

Neil Flynn

Neil Flynn

The Janitor

Ken Jenkins

Ken Jenkins

Dr. Robert "Bob" Kelso

John C. McGinley

John C. McGinley

Dr. Percival "Perry" Cox

Judy Reyes

Judy Reyes

Nurse Carla Espinosa

Jennifer Jostyn

Jennifer Jostyn

Dr. Veronica Simmons

Guest Star

Annie Little

Annie Little

Christine Rosell

Guest Star

Frank Novak

Frank Novak

Pat Rosell

Guest Star

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Jordan Sullivan

Recurring Role

Betsy Beutler

Betsy Beutler

Katie Collins

Recurring Role

Frank Cameron

Frank Cameron

Dr. Walter Mickhead

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • J.D.'s narration: And then we saw something amazing. Dr. Cox said something nice to Dr. Kelso.
      Dr. Cox: When you were the Chief, you were a jackass and a nightmare and I hated you a great deal.
      Dr. Kelso: That's a good start.

    • Dr. Kelso: You know, you hurt my feelings earlier.
      Dr. Cox: In my defense, you are a soulless creature from the netherworld who doesn't really have feelings.

    • Jordan: Admittedly, getting rid of Maddox is a board issue. But, as you all know, I recently retired to become a full-time mom.
      J.D.'s narration: Crap! We forgot Jordan's retirement party last week. I hope we weren't the only ones.
      Dr. Cox: I really should have gone to your party.
      Jordan: You think?

    • Elliot: You guys, let's face it. Maddox is untouchable.
      J.D.'s narration: Not true. I know how to get rid of any woman.
      J.D.: Dr. Maddox. I love you.
      Dr. Maddox: Excuse me for just a second.
      J.D.: Where are you going? I'm telling you that I love you.
      Dr. Maddox: Okay. (An ambulance goes by in front of her and she vanishes)
      J.D.'s narration: Too mean, psyche.

    • Dr. Cox: How are we going to get rid of Maddox? Janitor, would you like to get your useless ideas out of the way first?
      Janitor: Well thank you Perry. Off the top of my head I'd go reindeer stampede, astronaut attack, barbed wire chandelier, photoshop, poisonous sushi.

    • Dr. Maddox: Hey, guys. Listen, I popped in here earlier and noticed that not Mr. Roselle but his daughter showing signs of M.S. They were lying to get her the drugs. Can you believe it?
      J.D.: I'm angry. I wanna shake these things.
      Elliot: Hard.
      Dr. Maddox: Anyway, I played the bad guy for you and I tossed them out. I love playing the bad guy. I'd even wear black scrubs if they made them.

    • Dr. Cox: I am getting rid of Maddox. Who's in?
      Janitor: I'm in. Ever since she fired me I've been moping around my apartment making barking sounds. I'm not crazy, I just need some human interaction and the barking makes the neighbors yell 'shut that damn thing up.' Then I can go over there with a bottle of scotch and apologize for Rusty, my imaginary Akita. The only downside is that by the time Lady, my girlfriend, gets home, I'm too drunk to talk to her, much less make love. You've never pictured me as an organism that has sex, have you?
      Dr. Cox: We have not, no.

    • Dr. Maddox: Looking for something?
      Dr. Cox: Yes, my cloak of invisibility so I can avoid conversations with soulless dictators such as yourself. Unfortunately, it's really hard to find because, as the name suggests, it's invisible.

    • J.D.: You locked me in a water tower.
      Janitor: You were out on the wall.
      J.D.: You destroyed my scooter, Sacha.
      Janitor: You know I don't like Wednesdays.
      J.D.: You haunted my pediatric patients.
      Janitor: You didn't wear the shorts that my imaginary wife made for you.

    • Carla: J.D.? The Janitor got fired.
      Janitor: Oh, it's okay. He knows, he just doesn't care. See, in his mind I'm the bad guy in our relationship, even though if he stopped to think about it for a minute, he'd realize I never did a thing to him he didn't deserve.

    • J.D.'s narration: Oh no, it's the first time I've seen the Janitor since he was fired. I have to seem like I care. Think of the saddest thing you can. Turk's dead, Turk's dead, Turk's de- ... oh my god, what if something really happened to him. I'd be lost. Stop thinking like that. Turk's fine, Turk's fine, Turk's fine, Turk's fine, Turk's fine.

    • Carla: So, how are you holding up?
      Janitor: Cleaning's an art. My mop is my paintbrush.

    • Katie: Dr. Reid, I thought you gave a great endocrinology lecture today. Even though some of the other interns think you go off on personal tangents too much.
      Elliot: Who?
      Katie: Oh, I shouldn't say. Denise.

    • Elliot: (to Johann) Oooh, look at that big lollipop. I wouldn't know whether to lick it or just to lift up my skirt and spank myself with it.
      J.D.: Elliot!
      Elliot: (whispering furiously) It's free candy!

    • J.D.: It's like, all of a sudden, this hospital is a police state.
      Elliot: The next thing you know, they'll be charging doctors for candy at the gift shop.
      J.D.: They do charge doctors for candy at the gift shop, Elliot.
      Elliot: Really? Then why does Johann always let me-
      J.D.: Because he wants to make you his wife and bring you back to Estonia.
      Elliot: Ah, that's why he's always asking me if I'm comfortable around oxen.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: February 19, 2009 on Channel 7
      Latin America: May 19, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television (aka Canal Sony)
      Sweden: October 21, 2009 on TV6
      Germany: March 23, 2010 on ProSieben

    • Although credited, Donald Faison (Dr. Christopher "Chris" Duncan Turk) does not appear in this episode. It is his first absence in the show.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Dr. Maddox: Alright, Dr. Cox--ridiculous name, by the way...

      The actress who portrays Dr. Maddox is Courtney Cox Arquette, making a jab at her own name.

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