Well, despite J.D. (Zach Braff) finally being told by nearly everyone he knows that he needs to grow up, and Cox's useful, if revenge-driven, demand that Elliot recognize that she is starving herself dangerously, this was the frothiest episode of the season so far. And yet, while pleasant, it also managed to be the least funny, even given that it was paced like the most like typical
Scrubs episodes of past seasons.
As part of NBC's "Green Week" stunt, the episode begins with a discussion between hospital lawyer Ted (Sam Lloyd, sadly underused this season till this episode) and the Janitor over Ted's relative eco-friendliness versus the Janitor's tendency to leave his van running all day so that it's air-conditioned for his drive home. Ted shows the Janitor Al Gore's augmented-lecture documentary
An Inconvenient Truth, and the latter is inspired to ask Kelso if he can become the ecology officer for the hospital. Assured that it will cost Sacred Heart no money, Kelso agrees, just to get the Janitor out of his hair. The new EO wears a sash, in the manner of fraternal organization poobah or a Boy Scout, and begins to nag and bully his coworkers, sometimes even for good reason. Elliot, bothered by her medical colleagues' hypocrisy, chews out Cox for telling a patient to lessen his stress by letting little things go. Cox notes that Elliot, who is growing ever thinner, has a patient who is blacking out because she's starving herself. Elliot's instruction to the patient to start eating more healthily gives Cox an opportunity to both mock her and point out that as a doctor, she will have to give advice and instruction to patients that she herself might not be able to follow. Later, Carla finds herself telling both Elliot and the Janitor a variation of the same message: that they have to forgive themselves for not living up to their own ideals at all times, something, Carla notes, she had advised Elliot of two weeks ago. That was a nice way to suggest that they realize the show is running back over old ground. In fact, the A storyline in this episode has been dealt with explicitly before, when J.D. finds himself saying aloud to his newly successful brother Dan (Tom Cavanagh) that Dan's success has shaken J.D.'s confidence. J.D. is invested in having Dan being a screw-up so that J.D. can feel better about his own flaws. Dan, who'd enlisted Turk in a particularly bloody stunt to spook J.D., gets to be the first in this episode to to tell his younger brother to finally grow up. This leads J.D. to quiz his friends and colleagues, all of whom, with greater or lesser kindness and reluctance, tell him that Dan is right. J.D., having avoided visiting his newborn son, since his ex Kim had moved about 50 miles away, asks Dan to accompany him to go meet the baby boy.
These actors are still masters of comic timing and are still good at keeping their characters grounded, even when they're being ridiculous caricatures, but there was a certain lack of surprise about nearly everything in this episode. Some bits might never grow stale, but, sadly, nearly everything in the episode seemed, when not simply overfamiliar, then forced or at least lacking the energy of the early seasons. It's clear they are aware of wrapping up the series, and what they're doing is still very good, even at times excellent, but it's not quite what it was when the show was insanely great. Ted and the Janitor's argument came close, but the Green Week promo run during the show, featuring Faison and Braff, may've been the worst bit we saw tonight (and, of course, wasn't properly part of the show).
Well despite JD Zach Braff finally being told by nearly everyone he knows that he needs to grow up and Coxs useful if revenge-driven demand that Elliot recognize that she is starving herself dangerously this was the frothiest episode of the season so far And yet while pleasant it also managed to be the least funny even given that it was paced like the most like typical Scrubs episodes of past seasonsAs part of NBCs Green Week stunt the episode begins with a discussion between hospital lawyer Ted Sam Lloyd sadly underused this season till this episode and the Janitor over Teds relative eco-friendliness versus the Janitors tendency to leave his van running all day so that its air-conditioned for his drive home Ted shows the Janitor Al Gores augmented-lecture documentary An Inconvenient Truth and the latter is inspired to ask Kelso if he can become the ecology officer for the hospital Assured that it will cost Sacred Heart no money Kelso agrees just to ge