Judy Reyes and Aloma Wright, Scrubs
Question: Why did Scrubs kill off Laverne? One of the things that I've always loved about Scrubs is that the show tackles serious issues, even though it's technically in the comedy genre. Still, did Laverne really need to die in order for a story line like this to be carried out? Did Aloma Wright really want to leave Scrubs? Do you think that Bill Lawrence and Co. are getting a little desperate for story lines, or do you feel that this plot adds to the show at all? I'm just having trouble making sense of it all.
Answer: Isn't "having trouble making sense of it all" the point? Scrubs decided to tackle death head-on by having it happen to one of their own, a choice given even more emotional oomph by having the victim be a beloved character who was something of a moral compass at Sacred Heart, whose faith guided her belief that everything happens for a reason, even something as random as a death like this. I was reminded of Mrs. Landingham's sudden, shocking death on The West Wing. And while I don't know this for a fact, I would imagine Aloma Wright no more wanted to leave the company of Scrubs than Kathryn Joosten (Mrs. Landingham) wanted to leave President Bartlet's Oval Office. But isn't it a gift for a character actor in a large ensemble to be given an exit with this much impact? (I filed this column before seeing this week's episode about the aftermath of her death, but I was most impressed by last week's, in which the staff, especially Carla, dealt with saying goodbye.) Besides, if Laverne had somehow miraculously recovered, I imagine I'd be getting letters complaining the show had copped out. Like the classic M*A*S*H*, to which Scrubs is often rightfully compared, pathos has to coexist with the comedy, or it would all seem pointless. This didn't seem desperate to me at all.