Finally back, and with a good episode, albeit one that felt a bit more Sitcom than we might hope for from
Scrubs...the pace was right, the performances on, but the jokes were often just a bit too typical of what we might see in a (shall we write) lesser show. That's a problem that this series will continue to have, as it wraps up on NBC this season and, it appears, makes its way to ABC for a very short final set of episodes...it set such a high bar in its first seasons, managed so frequently to pull together its disparate elements, even the disparate styles of its performers, so well, that it's almost unfair to expect them to sustain that level of quality into seventh and eighth seasons...particularly with the syndicated and cablecast evidence of those earlier triumphs available every day.
Carla, having forgotten a playdate for her infant daughter, spirals into an intense guilt trip against herself which Turk allays, reassuring her that she's an excellent and attentive mother and this oversight won't matter a bit. Carla, slightly to Turk's dismay, lets him know that that's the nicest thing he's ever said to her; less distressing, she assures him that his much needed pep talk will result in something similarly good coming back to him. In telling JD about this later, and presuming that the good thing will runn along the lines of sexual favors, Turk first teases JD when the latter wants to high-five him, suggesting that they might be a bit old to get that excited about sex (when Turk relents, JD admits, "Cood, because I just died a little inside when you said that."). They also determine that bumping chests is an acceptable celebratory move, but bumping crotches just doesn't quite work, at very least not for Turk. They then turn to the real business at hand, tormenting interns: they've arrayed the medical and surgical interns into a Space Invaders analog in the parking lot, and stand on the roof of Sacred Heart pelting their underlings with water balloons.
Meanwhile, Cox is frustrated and ranting to Elliot and Kelso, on this occasion about an obesity patient who is undergoing extreme surgical and medical procedures to slim down, rather than simply abstaining from food...Cox begins to express how he'd just as soon slap the food our of his patient's hand as put him through his current course of treatment, when Kelso, eating one of the muffins of the lifetime supply he'd won in a previous episode, tells Cox how utterly bored he is with his rants, both irritating Cox and providing him with a new target. Cox begins a program of stealing Kelso's muffins whenever possible, and later the administrator's pizza, to make his point. Kelso comes to depend on this over the course of the episode, daring and actually hoping Cox will steal the large, ridiculously caloric cake he buys. (This would be an example of more sitcommy than
Scrubs usually allows itself to be, with Kelso willingly putting himself in a position of depending on Cox for much of anything, much less personal behavioral correction.)
Meanwhile, the sixth anniversary of Carla and Turk's first date approaches; Turk has been studying Spanish on the sly, so that he can surprise Carla with his new ability to speak conversationally with her. He lets JD and the other men in committed relationships know about his plans, even as they offer up countersuggestions and examples of what they do for such occsions, such as the Janitor's attempts to help his Lady with her neuroses, and Kelso's insistence that women, like crows, are drawn to "anything shiny." JD unsurprisingly has a daydream in which he and Turk are allowed into a sort of hidden Hispanic paradise, due to Turk making polite small talk with the day laborers who gather for jobs across the street from Sacred Heart. When Turk overhears Carla speaking in Spanish on the phone about his burning desire for breakfast food at supper time, or "brinner," he decides to act on what he's overheard and not let her know about his new abilities, and improvises a jewelry-store offer as his gift. He soon wonders if what he's doing doesn't amount to spying on her.
And JD attempts to cheer up a high school senior, admitted with severe burns, who is afraid he'll miss his graduation ceremony; JD requests a consult from Elliot, who suggests the kid should probably stay in the hospital, but JD tells him he should be able to go. Elliot wonders why he bothered to ask her, particularly in light of infection the kid developes, but eventually she, Carla and Turk help JD get the high schooler, barely and not without some suffering, through the ceremony.
Cox spills the beans about Turk's new Spanish fluency when Turk irritates him in front of Carla, and Carla, while slightly put off, quickly forgives him, letting him know that that was part of the good thing he had coming to him...and proves to him that his prediction of what she had meant by that was also accurate. As the episode ends, and Elliot and JD are negotiating how and how often they'll keep in touch with each other while dating other people ("But what if the person is fugly, but really easy?"), Carla and Turk take note of them while walking by and discuss their potential getting back together yet again, in a bit of untranslated, unsubtitled Spanish. (At least, Turk suggests they might get back together, but I'll have to check the web for a replay tomorrow to catch her response, since I had the volume low enough so that I only caught what sounded like the pre-fluent Turk's old favorite word of Spanish, "queso" [cheese]).
So, still not quite a full return to form, but a good episode and a welcome return.
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Finally back and with a good episode albeit one that felt a bit more Sitcom than we might hope for from Scrubsthe pace was right the performances on but the jokes were often just a bit too typical of what we might see in a shall we write lesser show Thats a problem that this series will continue to have as it wraps up on NBC this season and it appears makes its way to ABC for a very short final set of episodesit set such a high bar in its first seasons managed so frequently to pull together its disparate elements even the disparate styles of its performers so well that its almost unfair to expect them to sustain that level of quality into seventh and eighth seasonsparticularly with the syndicated and cablecast evidence of those earlier triumphs available every dayCarla having forgotten a playdate for her infant daughter spirals into an intense guilt trip against herself which Turk allays reassuring her that shes an excellent and attentive mother and th