Season 6 Episode 16

My Words of Wisdom

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Apr 12, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

In the wake of Laverne's funeral, the Sacred Heart Staff decide to implement lessons from her life to their actions. Carla is upset that everyone seems to act as if nothing has changed. Dr. Cox tries to take twenty minutes for himself every day, but has great difficulty doing that. The Janitor helps J.D. and Turk treat a deaf patient, and Elliot learns that Keith wants more from their relationship.moreless

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  • Deaf child and Father

    This episode hurt my heart. I was so excited to see sign language and deaf culture on a mainstream show like scrubs, especially dealing with such a controversial topic. But after watching it I was so disappointed. It was so one sided. It was interesting to see JD say that not providing a cochlear implant was abuse, because many hearing people share this opinion, but I keep waiting for the alternate opinion to show up and explain deaf culture. It was such a poorly planed side plot. They never explained the procedure or how it affects a child with deaf parents. Or the fact if they really work for all children. AND this mother that came out of nowhere and approved the procedure. Of course someone involved in deaf culture is already very aware of cochlear implants, and the extreme surgery that it is, so a mother who is across the country wouldn't just say sure go for it, when she wasn't there. I invite anyone with further interest (which unfortunately is probably very few) in this topic to do further research like watching a movie called "sound and fury" or reading books like "Mask of Benevolence" or other books by deaf authors. BUT PLEASE, before you click disagree do some research on deaf culture, talk to a deaf person about their feelings and ideas or click nothing at all.moreless
  • 616

    Sort of a calm after a string of absolutely flawless emotional episodes, I felt as though the Scrubs cast was "taking a breather" which sometimes is for the better, so it wont be so over the top, and in this case it was.

    A lot of people were offended by this episode because apparently it was offensive to the deaf community. They might have not delved in to the plot very well but does that make this a bad episode? Because you think it's offensive because the plot was "one-sided" as someone said on here. Honestly, you shouldn't judge an episode based on not fulfilling your expectations, you have to judge it based on quality. And I think rating this episode a 1 was a bit of a stretch, for some people. These are supposed fans of the show, are you really going to rate an episode "Abysmal" because it didn't fulfill your expectations? That's just my two cents on the matter. Anyways, I thought this was a very enjoyable episode. And I have definitely not liked Elliot all season, and I'm glad Carla said something about it, and I finally understood why she was so unlikable. But after this episode, once she let Kieth in, and started feeling vulnerable, and she opened up, it just reminded me of how much of a character she was. This episode completely redeemed her character. Everything else was the aftermath of Laverne's death. And how people deal with it at different paces and ways. Jordan never fails to crack me up. Great enjoyable episode.moreless
  • Begins with Laverne's Funeral. When the staff returns to the hospital, people deal with her death in different ways. Meanwhile the Janitor help JD and Turk with a Deaf Patient.

    This is my favorite episode of Season 6. I always think the Janitor is hilarious, but I like him a lot in this episode. The JD Dream scene is awesome when he fakes his death to get Dr. Cox to hug him. JD and Turk run into a problem treating a Deaf Patient as the Child and Father are both deaf, so they set out to find someone who knows sign language. The Janitor comes to rescue and helps with sign language. another great part is when the Janitor is telling one of his false stories about why he learned sign language, He is talking about a Gorilla who like his boobs "Big and hairy", which brings the Todd into say "Who Doesn't, Brother". The only drag in this episode is Carla, who is complaining that everyone should be walking around sad because Laverne is gone. Life goes on, you got to get back to your life Carla! Good thing Dr. Cox is their to set her straight and tell her how it is! My deaf friend really enjoyed this episode. Overall I give it a 9 out of 10, it's one of my favorite Scrubs episodes, and the reason I watch religiously and have the DVD's!moreless
  • Mourning Laverne's Death

    After attending Laverne's funeral, which has a very FUNNY JD fantasy involving his very own "funeral", people begin to move on with their lives, while keeping her life lessons (unknowningly) close to heart...... Dr. Cox tries to be at one with himself (for atleast 20 mins) Dr. Kelso is enjoying watching him be unsuccessful at it. Carla, fights to keep Laverne fresh in everyone's minds. Elliot tries to be the "perfect" girlfriend while Keith is having second thoughts, and Turk & JD deal w/ a death patient & his father w/ help from the janitor...Scrubs is getting back on track! :)moreless
  • Scrubs keeps going with classic episodes.

    My Words of Wisdom is a great example of patient communication. You've may have not liked the Deaf patient and father storyline. I didnt agree with the storyline of the father not wanting to get a implant for the son to hear. I dont think any father would disagree with letting his son hear.

    It was a good episode, though. I liked the whole Elliot/Keith thing. Although Carla was a little mean to her about it. Other than that, a solid episode. Cant really say much more to you about it.

    See you next time for the very original "Their Story" next week.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

Neil Flynn

Neil Flynn

The Janitor

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Dr. Elliot Reid

Keeshan Giles

Keeshan Giles

Lester Roberts

Guest Star

Benton Jennings

Benton Jennings

Mr. Hobbs

Guest Star

Deanna Webb

Deanna Webb

Tammy Two Toes

Guest Star

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Christa Miller-Lawrence

Jordan Sullivan

Recurring Role

Frank Cameron

Frank Cameron

Dr. Mickhead

Recurring Role

Johnny Kastl

Johnny Kastl

Dr. Doug Murphy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Elliot, Jordan and Carla are at the bar, Jordan is shorter than Elliot in the first shot, but grows instantly taller when the shot changes.

    • Turk and J.D. have problems communicating with the deaf father and son because they don't know sign language, and look for interpreters. But in earlier episodes it's been established that both Turk and Carla can at least finger spell - this would be enough to do basic communication with them and ask questions, although it would take longer than full sign language.

    • In the first scene, after Dr. Cox has listed what he has been doing whilst Jordan has been in hospital, flowers miraculously appear next to him.

    • Featured Music:
      "Beautiful Morning" by the Rascals (J.D.'s reaction to the baby's name)
      "Amazing Grace" (Performed by the church choir)
      "Party All the Time" by Eddie Murphy (Performed by the fantasy church choir)
      "Last Request" by Paolo Nutini (Final scene)

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Lonnie in season six.

    • When J.D.'s friends are lining up to give him a hug in his fake funeral, behind Elliot is Turk. But after Elliot hugs J.D., Dr. Cox is next to go up to him.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • (J.D. comes out of the church, singing)
      J.D.: It's a beautiful morning!
      Carla: J.D.!
      (Cuts to everyone at the funeral)
      J.D.: Sorry, I was thinking about something else.

    • (J.D.'s fantasy funeral)
      Dr. Cox: Hell, I love you, Newbie. Should have done this a long time ago.
      (Dr. Cox hugs J.D., then J.D. hugs him back)
      J.D.: I knew you loved me, I just had to fake my own death to prove it. He loves me, everyone! Can I get an amen!
      Everyone: Amen!
      J.D.: Whoo! God is good!
      (Dr. Cox snaps J.D.'s neck)
      J.D.: Worth it.
      (J.D. falls and dies)

    • J.D.: (To the a deaf father) Oh you're deaf, it's alright. (To the child) Can you help me communicate with your dad? (The kid signs to his father) You're deaf, too? What are the odds? I'm a doctor, I should probably know that.

    • J.D.: Ted, we know that denying surgery isn't technically child abuse, we're just wondering if we have any legal recourse.
      Ted: (Takes out a big book) Just give me one second.
      Turk: Are you looking for a legal precedent?
      Ted: No, I'm looking up the word recourse.

    • Turk: And tell him, that's, if you know the sign that is, "booyah".
      J.D.: (Giving Nazi salute) Booyah.
      Janitor: Nazi salute.
      J.D.: My bad. (Puts down arm)

    • Elliot: I'm a trailer trash pop star who barely wears underwear and you're my backup dancer who's not quite sure about his sexuality.
      Keith: I don't want to do Britney and K-Fed anymore. Since the divorce, it's too sad.

    • Doug: (About Laverne) I am thinking about her. I haven't seen my cell phone since her autopsy.

    • Janitor: You know when I was a kid I made my dad teach me sign language so I could communicate with my deaf sister. I ended up closer with her than anyone. Maybe Mr. Francis is afraid of losing that.
      J.D.: Is any of that true?
      Janitor: Mostly. My dad died before I was born.
      J.D.: Wait a minute, I met your dad.
      Janitor: You met a man.

    • Keith: Elliot, I don't think this relationship is working out.
      Elliot: Well, this sucks caboodle.

    • Doug: (Talking about Laverne to guy in front of him) I did her autopsy!
      Man: I'm her uncle.
      Doug: Oh. Your niece had very nice guts.
      Dr. Kelso: Good save, chief.

    • J.D.: Can you teach me how to sign "I think we can fix your son's hearing"?
      Janitor: Or I could just tell him.
      J.D.: I think it's best if he hears from a doctor.
      Janitor: No, you just want the glory. Are you really that emotionally needy?
      J.D.: Have we not met?
      Janitor: Oh, you're right. I'm sorry...wasn't thinking.

    • Dr. Cox: Hm, who could you possibly go to if the father won't sign? Here a hint: It begins with an "M" and ends with an "R"...
      Janitor: Marg Helgenberger!

    • J.D.: You know, if we learned sign language we could talk in the movies without Carla yelling at us.
      Turk: But it's so dark, how could we see what we're signing?
      J.D.: We'd get special glow-in-the-dark signing gloves.
      Turk: Yeah but then the popcorn butter would get all over the gloves.
      J.D.: Why do you keep poking holes in this? We'd cut off the fingertips!
      Turk: Okay, I'm in.

    • Elliot: Uh, what's up your caboodle?
      Carla: Caboodle?
      Elliot: Oh, it's a new word I'm trying out to replace "ass". I have loose morals and I'm living in sin so...still hoping that not being a potty mouth will get me into heaven.

    • J.D.: Turk, she's back!
      Turk: Oh my God, Tammy Two Toes.
      Carla: So that's it? One second we're mourning Laverne and the next you're making up ridiculous nicknames?
      Turk: Baby, what am I supposed to call her? Her name's Tammy and she's got two toes!

    • (After Keith leaves in a huff)
      Dr. Kelso: (To Elliot about Keith) Bitches, huh. What are you gonna do?

    • Elliot: Sir, can we help you here?
      Dr. Kelso: Oh, you already are sweetheart. I forgot to bring my paper down here but this gab fest is just delicious. So go on, you were talking about your relationship, only it was like he's the chick and you're the dude.
      Keith: All you think about is sex.
      Elliot: Here we go, nag, nag, nag.
      Dr. Kelso: Ha! You nagger!
      Snopp Dogg Resident: Hey, what'd you just call him, you punk ass?
      Dr. Kelso: A nagger.
      Snopp Dogg Resident: Ok, we're cool. (Pumps fist on chest)
      (Dr. Kelso pumps fist on chest)

    • Ted: Were you for real?
      Doug: That's a trick, right? I mean, when he gets back from Vegas you're gonna tear him a new one.
      Elliot: No. With Keith I've decided I'm going to be the best girlfriend ever. If that means skipping some silly anniversary, that's fine. If that means having some crazy sex and then running off without cuddling to go meet the fellas for a beer, great.
      Doctor: I might cry.
      Ted: Man, if you were just 40 years older.

    • Turk: How do you know sign langauge?
      Janitor: Well, when I was in high school I was a volunteer janitor at the Hoboken Zoo. And one night I was out plucking peacock feathers to sell for pens when I noticed Gary the gorilla making the sign for "food". I gave him my Danish, he gave the sign for "thank you". Those were the only two signs Gary knew, except for "boobs", he liked them big and hairy.
      Todd: Join the club, player.
      Janitor: Get away.
      Todd: Ok.
      Janitor: So, eventually Gary, I'm sorry to say, died of lung cancer. For that I blame myself because I used to share my smokes with him. But he also piqued my interest in signing and in his memory I took my first signing class.
      J.D.: Is any of that true?
      Janitor: Someone would have to read it back to me.

    • Dr. Cox: Right about now I'm going to be entering my imaginary sound-proof glass bubble. That way, I don't have to be bothered-
      (Dr. Cox then enters the imaginary bubble and acts as if he shuts the door thus making the rest of his speech unable to be heard)

    • Minister: Brothers and sisters, as we leave here today, let's not mourn Laverne's passing, Amen?
      Everyone: Amen.
      Minister: Let us celebrate her life, for isn't that what she would want us to do?
      Everyone: Mm-Hmm.
      J.D.: That's where she got that!

    • (When J.D. comes out of a daydream about what his funeral would be like)
      J.D.: And then we'd have my real funeral.
      Dr. Kelso: Are you an idiot?
      J.D.: No, sir, I'm a dreamer.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: April 25, 2007 on TV3

    • We find out that Elliot once had a dog called Precious.

    • The use of cochlear implants in deaf patients can be very controversial. According to Wikipedia "the use of cochlear implants has long been seen as 'selling out' like becoming an 'Uncle Tom', although recently the Deaf community has become more accepting of the cochlear implant." This is touched on by the fact that the father doesn't want his son to get the implant but his reasoning may be based on other factors as well.


    • (After Keith leaves in a huff)
      Dr. Kelso: (To Elliot about Keith) Bitches, huh. What are you gonna do?

      This might be an allusion to the movie Say Anything, where a guy just got dumped by his girlfriend. He tells his friends what happend and afterwards all one guy says is: "Bitches, man".

    • Nazi Salute:
      Turk tells the Janitor to do the sign for 'Booyah' if he knows it. And the Janitor looks confused, so J.D. throws his hand up at about 45 degrees and yells "Booyah!" The Janitor then says "Nazi Salute". J.D. embarrassedly answers "my bad".

      The Nazi Salute was a way the Germans showed their honor to Adolf Hitler by throwing up their hands and yelling "Sieg heil!"

    • Dr. Kelso: Ha! You nagger!
      Snopp Dogg Resident: Hey, what'd you just call him, you punk ass?
      Dr. Kelso: A nagger.

      This may be an unintentional reference to the South Park episode "With Apologies to Jesse Jackson". In that episode Randy Marsh says "nigger" on Wheel Of Fortune, confusing the puzzle word which was "nagger".