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Scrubs Episode: "My Long Goodbye"

Season 6, Episode 15
Episode Synopsis: The staffers deal with the possibility of losing one of their own who is gravely ill in differing ways: Turk and J.D. pull childish pranks while Elliot and Keith spend time together in the bedroom. Meanwhile, Cox and Jordan welcome their new baby, and J.D wants to be named the infant's godfather.
Original Air Date: Apr 5, 2007
Guest Cast Christa Miller Lawrence
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Season 6, Episode 15
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April 5, 2007: You Were My Friend Season 6, Episode 15

I have to say, I'm feeling a little conflicted. I really didn't want Laverne to die, but man, this was a fantastic episode. This show always manages to perfectly handle heavier material by mixing in much-needed humor at just the right moment. So I thought it was appropriate that during Carla's goodbye to Laverne, she thanked her for helping her through her first bad patient experience by making her laugh. Moments like that can seem so small at the time, but they end up meaning so much in the long run. I'm glad Carla realized that. And I'm glad the writers do as well, because that's what makes this show work so well. Now, on to the specifics. As much as I loved the earnest goodbyes of the main characters, the farewells from the supporting cast made up some of my favorite moments from the episode. Between Todd's offer to "do" Laverne if it'd help her get better, and Ted's gratefulness for the time she (seriously) said he'd be happy some day well, it doesn't get better than that. Oh, and Kelso and Laverne? What?! I actually love the idea of that pairing. As tough a cookie as Kelso is, there's no doubt that Laverne could sass the pants right off him. And did, apparently. But I have to give the gold star for all-time sweetness to Janitor. During his goodbye to Laverne, it was pretty typical Janitor fare. A wacky story and a shrug of the shoulders. But in the final seconds he pulled off such a small and genuine act of kindness by buying the gang at the bar a round of beers. His small nod in their direction actually made me clutch my heart in adoration. What a guy. And while all this sadness was hovering over the hospital staff, there was also a reason to celebrate. (Well, two reasons, if you count Dr. Cox shaving his head.) I really felt for Jordan and Perry in this episode. It must have been hard for them to temper their joy and relief at the safe delivery of their daughter with the sadness and sense of loss for their friend. I couldn't help but think how this situation would be exactly where Laverne would normally come through with a good explanation that made everyone understand that sometimes life doesn't make sense, but it's all part of a bigger plan. And I bet Dr. Cox would need some extra special convincing from her that J.D. was meant to be the godfather. How great was that last bit? Just when the group's mourning had me in tears, we get to see J.D. catch Jordan in just the right mood to get his coveted role. And Jennifer Dillon? Awesome. I think he deserves it, too. I mean, I know Jordan and Cox have a strange relationship, but he was at a bar on the night she gave birth! Come on! At least J.D. was there to support her. I just hope we get to see when Perry finds out the good news about his daughter's new godfather. I bet that will be priceless. And after all that emotional stuff tonight, here's a quick list of some laughter-through-the-tears moments: - The bad-news robot. - Jordan printing a cute baby picture off the Internet since theirs "still looks like a lizard." - Elliot's revelation that Mr. Pibb used to be called Sr. Brownwater - The Pearl Harbor shadow puppets. Seriously, hilarious. - Elliot's glowing uterus. And that should do it. Sigh I'm going to go hug all my friends now. I'd advise you all to do the same. show less
I have to say, I’m feeling a little conflicted. I really didn’t want Laverne to die, but man, this was a fantastic episode. This show always manages to perfectly handle heavier material by mixing in much-needed humor at just the right moment. So I thought it was appropriate that during Carla’s goodbye to Laverne, she thanked her for helping her through her first bad patient experience by making her laugh. Moments like that can seem so small at the time, but they end up meaning so much in the long run. I’m glad Carla realized that. And I’m glad the writers do as well, because that’s what makes this show work so well.Now, on to the specifics. As much as I loved the earnest goodbyes of the main characters, the farewells from the supporting cast made up some of my favorite moments from the episode. Between Todd’s offer to “do” Laverne if it’d help her get better, and Ted’s gratefulness for the time she (seriously) said he’d be ... read more

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Premiered: October 02, 2001, on NBC
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Premise: An engaging (and periodically serious) look at hospital work through the eyes of a young intern, coping with unusual challenges presented by colleagues as well as patients. The show is a smart mix of humor and social commentary, and has had a diverse lineup of guest stars, including Colin Hay of Men at Work, Brendan Fraser, Dick Van Dyke and, in one of his rare TV appearances since he left full-time work because of Parkinson's disease, Michael J. Fox.

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