Hey everybody! Just to let you guys know, I have another busy day of work ahead of me, so I’m going to write this post, respond to some comments, and get back to it. So if I’m kind of quiet today, I don’t want anyone thinking I’m dead! I’ll try to check back in when I can though, and in the meantime, let’s talk Scrubs, shall we?
I’ve gotta say … it’s growing on me. And I mean that in the good way, because JD is also kind of growing on me, but like a fungus. Seriously, I thought he used to be more fun but he’s was just such a whiner in this episode. It was like, Luke Skywalker bad. I know it’s only three more episodes, but still, I’m kind of counting down until he leaves. How bad is that? I cried at the Scrubs finale last year with the future home movies … ALRIGHT, I’m a cheeseball deluxe, but whatever–I hate when things are over. That is why “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (the song, not the movie) is my jam.
But since we’re doing this and launching the new version and all that, I do think it’s time to ditch JD and maybe Turk, although I’m curious about him in a JD and Carla-less world. I still like Dr. Cox, I guess mainly because I like insults, so he’s welcome to stay. But seriously? MORE NEWBIES.
Alright, so if Hot Australian Girl was anywhere to be seen, I missed her. Also, how long do you think it’s going to take me to get around to a “down under” joke?
AssCole (thanks, Nicole!) got better for me this week, actually. I liked Lucy telling him not to talk in third person (are they trying to make him into the new The Todd?), and Dr. Wolverine did crack me up. There is just something about people being that pleased with themselves that I will laugh at every time. Also, did you notice that when he was in Lucy’s bed suggesting a threesome that he was actually sleeping with a stuffed horse? Hee!
Okay, speaking of. Lucy’s horse thing gets mixed reviews from me. On the one hand, it was kind of worth it for the sheer joy I got out of Denise calling her Seabiscuit, but on the other hand, it’s kind of been done. But on the OTHER other hand, I totally had a roommate in college, and I am so not fucking kidding about this, who had the ENTIRE room decked out in … wait for it … LITTLE MERMAID. It was like … you almost wouldn’t believe it unless you saw it, really. Words fail me. But it probably was about that overwhelming and so I really can identify and it did bring back memories, PTSD-style.
Also, I kind of wish that they weren’t just trying to make Lucy into the girl JD. I was fine with the crazy horse room until she and Denise talked, and then she tacked on a defense of horses and their wisdom at the end, and it just seemed so misplaced and so … well, so JD. Come on, writers. Give us LUCY.
Now, as for Denise. I like her a lot and she’s still by far my favorite part of this show. I don’t really want her going to soft, although I think it’s fine to show the occasional soft side. And I did laugh at her and Drew’s horror about kids. I kind of feel the same way, only my horror is more babies–they make me nervous and I never know what to do with them.
Alright, now I know this might be nitpicky, especially when there are so many other things to think about and when really, the show did a better job balancing stories this week (I thought), but that whole part with the 12-year-old kid? I don’t know. I didn’t buy it. 12-year-old kid bonding with Denise over “Are you gonna cry about it?) and pulling things out of the vending machine? Yes. 12-year-old kid hearing that his mom is going to die and coming out, totally of sound mind, and saying, “I know this next year is gonna suck, can I call to share my feelings with you?” No. No no no. First of all, what 12-year-old would emotionally respond to hearing their mother is going to die that way? I don’t know ANY. Secondly, what 12-year-old isn’t so self-conscious that they wouldn’t die of embarassment if they asked that? Again, none that I know. They can barely go fifteen seconds without fixing their bangs or scratching their balls to prove they have them. They’re just way too self-possessed. And then at the end with him putting his head on her shoulder while she figured out his video game? I mean … it was a sweet thought, but again … wouldn’t happen.
And I just say all this because I have REALLY loved some of the patients they’ve had on Scrubs. My personal favorite was the lady who had already done everything she wanted to do in life and was ready to die, but there really have been a lot of others (good discussion topic, btw, HINT HINT). So I know this show is capable of well-written patients, and I want more of that. This was way too far into sitcom territory for me, and, okay, I know that Scrubs IS a sitcom, but for me, it’s always relied more on campy, over-the-top humor mixed in with some real genuine emotional stories to give it its own flavor. The head on the shoulder in particularly felt a little Full House to me and I don’t want it to go down that road.
Alright, speaking of “going down that road” … I guess I’m going to have to get to the JD crybaby fest eventually, right? The real pisser of this is that I kind of was into the Dr. Cox and Drew parts of the story–I like that he’s done this before and failed (also, unchronological “hee!” to the Cole Train nipping at his heels) and that he doesn’t want attention. I liked how he started to know what to do with the coding patient but then freaked out and lost it, because hello, ME. I am Queen of the Freakouts. And I also liked Dr. Cox shunning him because he disappointed him, if for no other reason than it showed he actually cared and wasn’t just torturing Drew with #1 in a sarcastic way.
Also, semi-related to this plot line, I like the idea of Dr. Cox and Turk becoming better friends, especially since Dr. Cox and Carla are such good friends. It seems like a natural progression.
Anyway, with the exception of JD being jealous of the pink t-shirt, everything about his involvement grated on my nerves. Him competing for Dr. Cox’s attention seemed stupid, and going to class seemed even stupider, and sabotaging Drew in class AND refusing to help him (until Turk stepped in) just seemed totally childish and I was over it. JD should really, as a character, be allowed to grow up. I don’t mind him having fun with Turk or hanging out in a tree with Lucy (necessarily), but honestly … he should really be past this with Dr. Cox–I mean, hello, doesn’t anyone else remember Perry trying to quit medicine and become an alcoholic and JD and the gang taking turns convincing him otherwise? That was some serious shit right there, and all of this “look at me” crap just … I don’t know, it’s like it totally negates any and all progress made in that relationship ever, and there were plenty of other examples as well.
And seriously? JD has a wife, a kid, another kid on the way, he IS a board-certified doctor, as Dr. Cox pointed out … he’s a grown up, and he should be able to deal with Dr. Cox like one. I’m kind of okay with JD being jealous of Drew, but again, I think we have writing problem here where instead of making it a legit storyline, it plays out like a two-year-old throwing a tantrum. I am all for the manchild thing–I’ll watch Apatow movies all day long. But manbabies? Well, I already told you my feelings on babies.
But you know, I found myself kind of looking forward to Scrubs this week. It’s been REMARKABLY easy to kind of ease back into, like an old comfortable habit. And with Tuesday nights being a vast TV wasteland and V off the air until March, I see no reason to NOT watch it. If it was on Thursdays would I watch it? Ya know? Maybe I would, on DVR. In fact, I’m pretty sure I would. So that’s good.
How about you guys? What did you think? Good, bad? Let’s chat it up in the comments!