Season 1 Episode 7

My Super Ego

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Nov 06, 2001 on NBC
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Episode Summary

J.D. has finally earned the spot as brightest student, but he's got competition: Nick Murdoch, who seems to be nicer, friendlier and has a better butt than him. But even J.D. can't hate the guy, for he is so nice. But he is surprised when he finds Nick sitting in a corner crying because he can't take the pressure of medical internship. Meanwhile, Turk is having problems at the operation table and doesn't tell Carla, who keeps bothering Dr. Cox about it. And Dr. Cox gives Turk a very unique suggestion on how to calm down before surgery.moreless

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  • JD feels threatened by a new intern.

    A very touching episode. At first I didn't think this episode was going to be dramatic, just light & fun. The more I episodes I see, the more I hooked on this show. All the episodes this season so far have been outstanding. Characters are becoming more likable than they used to be, everything is falling in to place for this show. I already know I love this show, and the season isn't even half over. Pretty strong, Scrubs. JD feels threatened by a new intern, Nick. Everyone thinks he's perfect. But when things get not so perfect at the hospital, he completely breaks down which was the dramatic part of the episode. He quits his job, which made me sad, since he was so likable. And it made me think of how many wasted years he spent on med school. Elliot comes a liking to him, and decides not to feel overwhelmed anymore, but learns that it's okay to feel overwhelmed once in a while. Nick was her cautionary tale. Carla feels like Turk doesn't open up to her and turns to Dr. Cox. A huge step of character development on Cox's part. He really does care. After Carla tells him about her problems, he gets back at Turk. "No one messes with Carla". Such a great friendship I see developing there. I haven't liked the janitor so far, but he actually made me laugh in this episode. Really strong episode.moreless
  • My Super Ego

    Great nearly every episode of Scrubs. I really enjoyed the Nick character and JD's competion with him. He really is a hard to hate character..even though he is actually way to nice to everyone. For some reason i did not like Dr Cox as much as usual i this one. I don't know why though. But Dr Kelso was really great and i enjoyed the scenes with the Todd as well. I especially liked the fantasties in this one. But the sounds during the 'dog show'? fantasty were a little bit over the top and annoying. This was also a good episode for the Janitor and Turla were great in this one, since Carla wasn't too demanding etc.moreless
  • Another great episode

    In this episode, Dr. Dorian has become the "teacher's pet", and is noticed by Dr. Kelso for his fine work as an intern. However, before long, Dr. Nick Murdoch breaks onto the scene, and he completely steals the show. He has great bedside manner, great ability, and he has caught the eye of JD's crush, Elliot. It's easy to see why JD became jealous. However, not even JD could stay mad for long, because Nick's personality eventually won him over. However, the pressures of being a doctor prove too much for Nick when he has to tell a child's parents that he will not be getting better. Elliot and JD find Nick in a stairwell crying, and he admits that the pressure is overwhelming to him. He quits.

    I love this episode, not only for the comedic moments in it, but for the realness it brings. Everyone thought that Nick was so together, that he was the best intern that ever walked the halls of Sacred Heart. The reality is, even the person who seems extremely confident on the outside can be a mess on the inside. Everyone has stress on the job, but what defines them as a good worker, or even a good person, is that they do not let it define and cripple them. JD's narration said that sometimes, to deal with the pressure, one may need to feel overwhelmed once in awhile to make it through (this shot shows Elliot in her trusty closet, crying her eyes out, then doing what she has to do). In the end, JD proved that he was the most accomplished intern.moreless
  • Yet another amazing episode!

    This episode was pretty cool because it shows out how do JD believe that he was the best doctor ever as he answers all of Kelso's answers every time he asks to the interns, but later discovers that there is someone he needs to fight with in order to be the best intern in there: Dr. Nick that apparently is perfect from everything, he tells good jokes, he seems to be perfect, most of the nurses seem to like her, and they are always with the excuse that he has a great butt and everything. JD does not knows what to do against him and later decides that Nick is actually like most of the doctors and that makes him to understand that Nick is not the perfect guy that he thought he was but the fact it is that Nick is like any others, and that makes Nick to turn sad when he discovers that his seven year old patient seem to die and nothing seems to cure him. Meanwhile, Turk gets nervous in a really bad surgery and tells Elliot for advice, but when Carla discovers that he did not tell her instead she makes her doubt so she goes out with Dr. Cox for advice who finally manages to find some solidarity in his heart and helps Carla with it. This episode was really good, and I like it really really much!moreless
  • J.D. comes into his own as an intern at Sacred Heart and has to face continuing challenges.

    J.D. talks about how he feels as an intern and about competition. The stress hospital life has on interns is shown through Nick who quits at the end of the episode. However, before he cracks, Nick is shown to be quite the capable doctor. He is the classic side hero, the one who looks as though he is going to surpass J.D. in skill. He and J.D. have several clashes, in J.D's eyes at least, throughout the episode. Nick seems to come out on top each time but the stress of a little boy slowly dying under his care get's to him in the end. The lesson learned is that everyone goes through trials in life that they have to conquer.moreless
Donald Faison

Donald Faison

Dr. Christopher "Chris" Duncan Turk

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

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

Zach Braff

Zach Braff

Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian

Time Winters

Time Winters


Guest Star

Sean Hayes

Sean Hayes

Nick Murdoch

Special Guest Star

Neil Flynn

Neil Flynn


Recurring Role

Aloma Wright

Aloma Wright

Nurse Laverne Roberts

Recurring Role

Charles Chun

Charles Chun

Dr. Wen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In this episode, Dr. Cox doesn't call J.D. any Girl Name, probably because the only thing he could think of was Carla's relationship problems with Turk.

    • When J.D. talks to the Janitor, who is in the elevator, the light of the 4th floor is on, but on the wall behind the Janitor there's a huge blue number 2 indicating the floor.

    • Featured Music:
      "Electric Relaxation" by A Tribe Called Quest
      "Camera One" by Josh Joplin

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Dr. Cox: Carla? Wow. You look great.
      Carla: You're not messing with me, right?
      Dr. Cox: No. But I'd like to.

    • Dr. Kelso: Well, lookie, here. I thought this was my special place. I'd ask you not to tell any of the others about this spot, but none of them seem to be talking to you.
      J.D.: Uh... it's been a rough day, sir.
      Dr. Kelso: You see, Dr. Dorian, your problem is... you're a pansy. If you were in my way, I'd throw you off this ledge right now. We're out here alone... No one would ever know.
      J.D.: I'm'unna... I'm'unna... I have to... things.
      J.D. quickly leaves
      Dr. Kelso: Interns are fun.

    • Dr. Kelso: Good afternoon, doctors. I've gathered you all here because, well, attendance at my new conferences has been very disappointing. In fact, I've begun to wonder if maybe you have something more important to do. Maybe you feel the need to sneak off and have a little nappy-nap. I love nappy-naps. Or... maybe you've forgotten that my conferences are mandatory!

    • J.D.'s Narration: I think everyone's finally coming around to my way of thinking about Nick.
      Carla: You're right, he definitely has a cute little butt.
      Elliot: Oh, it's almost like it's been sculpted.
      J.D.: Who cares? Everybody's got a cute butt; I have a cute butt.
      Carla: You should bring it in someday.

    • Turk: You know, even though nothing happened today, it's still kinda freakin' me out.
      Todd: Mm-hmm.
      Turk: I mean, one flinch, one hiccup, and that's the difference between life and death?
      Todd: Mm.
      Turk: It's a lot to have on your shoulders, you know?
      Todd: Mm.
      Carla: Hey. What're you guys talking about?
      Todd: Cheese.
      Carla: Turk is so lucky I met him first.

    • Dr. Wen: I don't know where that smell came from!
      Todd: Uh... sir?
      Dr. Wen: What is it, do you see something?
      Todd: Sir, I farted. That smell is from the fart that I made.
      Turk: Duuude.
      Dr. Wen: Get the hell out of my OR!
      Todd: Yes, sir... Good.

    • Dr. Kelso: Ahh, if it isn't the brain trust. Someone tell me what this patient's rash is. You have until I finish my squeezy-juice.
      J.D.'s Narration: Oh, my God, I'm drawing a... Oh, my God, I can't even remember what you draw when your mind draws a... something!

    • J.D.: How about Nick?
      Elliot: Oh... I'd let him drool on me. Oh, that's gross, why did I say that? I-I shouldn't talk to people. Besides, I wouldn't know what to do even if I was interested.
      J.D.: Well, you could start by looking at him.
      Elliot looks at Nick for a split second then looks back
      Elliot: Did he look back, did he like me? Why doesn't he like me? I can't believe I already blew it!

    • Nick: Of course you're gonna have a scar, Peter. I mean... you're not getting any surgery, but chicks dig scars, so I think I'm gonna give you one anyway.

    • J.D.: It's the scrubs, because in jeans, my butt is a force to be reckoned with!

    • Elliot: I'm single! Sorry, that was a lot more subtle in my head.

    • Dr. Cox: Oh, look Carla back when I was an intern I remember the pressure being so insane that the only way I could get by was to race home and even though my wife was already asleep I'd gently wake her look her in the eyes and then I'd passive-aggressively torture her until she packed a bag and went to her mom's place for a week.
      Carla: Oh.
      Dr. Cox: Does that help?
      Carla: Like a big hug with words.

    • Dr. Cox: Nobody hurts Carla and gets away with it.
      Doug: Who's Carla?
      Dr. Cox: I was talking to myself. Don't eavesdrop... (quietly) If this kid doesn't leave I'm gonna kill him.
      Doug stands up
      Dr. Cox:Now if you leave I'll know you were eavesdropping and I'll just go ahead and kill ya anyway. Stay, good girl.

    • Dr. Wen: So listen, I scheduled an appendectomy for you later just make sure you're good on potassium.
      Turk: Sir I got so much potassium it's coming out of my assium. You know what I mean? See what I did was take the word potassium and... I dropped the first three letters... made a doody joke
      Dr. Wen: Funny stuff.

    • Todd: Dr. Wen threatened to sew my butt cheeks together.
      Turk: And yet you continue to eat chili.
      Todd: Dude I'm takin' the cheese off.

    • J.D.'s Narration: Time to put myself right back on top of Nick! That came out wrong.

    • Elliot: You know I kinda had a date last night?
      J.D.: Really?
      Elliot: Yeah a guy on the bus fell asleep on me and drooled on my shoulder
      J.D.: You slut!

    • J.D.: Wait whatever happened to the guy in the restaurant?
      Nick: Oh eventually I remembered I was a doctor. Course he'd been dead for 20 minutes, very embarrassing. Food was good though.
      J.D.'s Narration: Don't laugh! Don't laugh!
      J.D. laughs
      J.D.'s Narration: Damn!

    • Carla: Why would Turk talk to Elliot about this and not me anyway? They're not even friends, you know what I mean?
      Dr. Cox: After twenty-five minutes, the only way I could know what you mean more is if you write "my boyfriend doesn't open up to me" on a big wooden mallet and smash me over the head with it.
      Carla: Why can't you for once dig deep down in your heart, access some emotions and empathize with me.
      Dr. Cox: [Pause] I'm sorry, what were we doing?
      Carla: See, that's why no one likes you. [Carla walks away]
      Dr. Cox: Hey, you like me a little bit. [Pointing to Laverne] And so do you sweetcakes. Huh? You wanna a little sugar from daddy? [Unscrews candy jar]

    • J.D.: It's okay to be impressed by me, most girls are.

    • Doug: Hi.
      Dr. Cox: Anytime you wanna get more gauze, it'd be a real treat for all of us.
      Carla: It's hard being you, isn't it?
      Dr. Cox: It is. What's with the smile?
      Carla: This whole "Big Bad Wolf" thing - its such an act.
      [Doug brings Dr. Cox gauze]
      Dr. Cox: Neato. Well now what do ya want, a tip? Get out. [Whistles] Go! Go! Go!

    • Dr. Cox: So you had a little stage fright? It's no big deal. Happened to me once.
      Turk: Really?
      Dr. Cox: I'd be more than glad to tell you what a lot of doctors do to relieve the stress. Take a little trip to palmdale.
      Turk: What?
      Dr. Cox: Okay. Give youself the old low-five.
      Turk: I'm not getting it.
      Dr. Cox: Physician, love thy self.

    • Dr. Cox: Listen, I was thinking about what happened eariler and anyway, here.
      Carla: Wow. You finally dug deep down in your heart and came up with a muffin.
      Dr. Cox: That's store bought sister. There's blueberries in there the size of your fist.

    • Elliot: You know what? Even though I'm on call tonight, I'm not gonna let the bad stuff happen anymore. I'm not gonna let myself get overwelmed. What?
      J.D.: It's just that Friday night when you had people over you locked yourself in your room because we brought the wrong chips.
      Elliot: Look at me, that was the old Elliot.
      Laverne: Hey can you help me find Doctor Murdoch? Peter's parents are here and he's not answering his page.
      J.D.: Sure. You know Elliot's not gonna let herself be overwelmed anymore.
      Laverne leaves laughing
      J.D.: She's been drinking!

    • [The janitor comes in and blocks J.D. form exiting. He has been threatning J.D. with a soon-coming insult.]

      Janitor: You're stupid.
      J.D.: That's it? Wow.
      Janitor: Give it time. It'll eat at you.


      J.D.: Am I stupid?
      Elliot: Yeah. A little bit.
      J.D.: Damn him!

  • NOTES (2)


    • M*A*S*H:
      J.D.: I still feel like I'm seven years old playing M*A*S*H with my older brother.

      M*A*S*H was a CBS television series aired from September 17th, 1972 to February 21st, 1983 for 251 episodes, and is one of the most celebrated television series in the history. It featured the adventures of Dr. "Hawkeye" Pierce, Dr. "Trapper" John McIntyre, Dr. Frank Burns, Senior Nurse Major "Hot Lips" Houlihan, Lt. Col. Henry Blake, Corporal "Radar" O'Reilly and others in South Korea, during the Korean War, in an Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.

    • The Silence of the Lambs:
      Janitor: (Imitating Anthony Hopkins' voice) Tick-tock, Clarice.

      The quote and the imitation are references to Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, played by Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs, a 1991 Academy Award-winning film based on the novel by Thomas Harris. The film tells tells the story of Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee, who is sent to see the imprisoned Lecter in order to ask his expert advice on catching a serial killer given the name Buffalo Bill, who is abducting women and skinning them.