Season 8 Episode 3

My Saving Grace

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Jan 13, 2009 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • This is the second time Elliot has a problem with a co-worker named Veronica. The first time was in the season 6 episode "My Rabbit".

    • Jordan catches a bar of chocolate, but when the camera turns back to her after flashing to Johann, she is then holding a pill bottle.

    • Featured Music:
      "Lookin' Over My Shoulder" by The Basics (Opening scene)
      "Healed" by Matt Ryd (Closing scene)

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.