Well, like a baseball (or beisbol) team, sometimes a great series needs a "rebuilding" season. "My Identity Crisis" still wasn't up to the heights of most previous years of
Scrubs, but it was the funniest episode of the season so far and it will do.
We begin with a dream sequence; Carla (Judy Reyes) is making out with her husband, Turk (Donald Faison) in a hospital bed at Sacred Heart. Turk pulls out a restraint and binds her wrist to the bedframe, but the prospect of kinky fun is dampened by the sudden appearance of JD (Zach Braff) and then Elliot (Sarah Chalke), who are there to murder Carla, allowing Turk and JD to pal around endlessly and Elliot to steal and raise Carla's daughter, Izzi. What turns out to be the most disturbing aspect of the nightmare for Carla, however, when she awakens, is that its the first dream she remembers having in English, rather than in Spanish. Meanwhile, Cox (John C. McGinley) is informed by his partner Jordan (Christa Miller, too absent of late) that she will be taking their children to visit her mother; since his not-quite mother-in-law actually has a restraining order against Cox coming within fifty feet of her house, Cox can't come along. An almost-funny argument ensues about who will cave in and call or admit they missed the other first. (Somewhat more funny is the
Risky Business daydream this inspires in JD, with the Todd's [Robert Maschio] too-enthusiastic participation in dancing in underwear.)
Elliot is particularly challenging to Cox, who is at loose ends in his otherwise empty apartment, and even comes into work on his day off to find himself helping JD study photos of the Sacred Heart staff, so JD can win a bet with the Janitor (Neil Flynn). JD, having bragged to the Janitor that he, as a beloved member of the Sacred Heart community, knew everyone's name there, only to realize when the Janitor challenged him that he didn't know anyone's beyond his circle of friends. The Janitor bets that JD can't learn all the staff names in a day; if the Janitor wins, JD has to do the Janitor's job for a day, and if JD wins, the Janitor will actually
do his own job for a day. This all boils down into Carla and Cox trying to decide what their own identies are now, while JD tries to memorize everyone else's, while Ted (Sam Lloyd) and the rest of his a cappella quartet work on a version of the Who's "Who Are You" (
Scrubs enjoys tweaking its timeslot competitors; it's taken till now, as far as I remember, to get around to
CSI, which uses the song as its theme). Carla and Turk have a bit of an argument as to whether their daughter should be raised bilingually from the beginning, an argument Carla eventually wins even as Turk realizes he doesn't really know or care much about his ancestry, while gathering how important it is to Carla. Cox and Jordan reach an understanding and a level of mutual teasing that seems a bit more like that of a true couple. And JD, having failed to ascertain the Janitor's name (he has never been named in the series), finds himself scrubbing the floor, noting how aggressive even the ammonia fumes make him feel; the Janitor is impressed by his quick adoption of janitorial surliness. And we end with another version of Carla's nightmare, this one in Spanish, with the highest level of electrical shock on the murder weapon, a defibrillator, now labelled "Mata Carla" rather than, as in the first nightmare, "Kill Carla." Carla awakens to find herself lying on Turk, who's listening to a recording with earphones; he claims, as she goes back to sleep, that it's a medical lecture, but it's actually Spanish-language instruction for beginners.
This was almost up to speed, so they're moving in the right direction (and Aloma Wright actually had a couple of lines in this one, with her new character); the first routine between Jordan and Cox, as noted above, didn't quite come off for me, but their videophone conversation did. Some of the Cox-JD interaction was as good as any we've seen, other bits seemed a bit forced. But the hilarious nightmare sequences which bookend the episode, and Turk's casual incredulity when Carla thinks he's confused about George Washington Carver's contributions ("Baby, how dumb do you think I am?") help make up for the inconsistencies elsewhere, and more. WGA strike activities interfered directly with the filming of an episode last week; we can only hope for a briefer rather than longer job action for several reasons, perhaps the most selfish of which is the hope to see this show pull further out of its slump as it approaches its last episode...and that it gets to film a legitimate last episode.
Well like a baseball or beisbol team sometimes a great series needs a rebuilding season My Identity Crisis still wasnt up to the heights of most previous years of Scrubs but it was the funniest episode of the season so far and it will doWe begin with a dream sequence Carla Judy Reyes is making out with her husband Turk Donald Faison in a hospital bed at Sacred Heart Turk pulls out a restraint and binds her wrist to the bedframe but the prospect of kinky fun is dampened by the sudden appearance of JD Zach Braff and then Elliot Sarah Chalke who are there to murder Carla allowing Turk and JD to pal around endlessly and Elliot to steal and raise Carlas daughter Izzi What turns out to be the most disturbing aspect of the nightmare for Carla however when she awakens is that its the first dream she remembers having in English rather than in Spanish Meanwhile Cox John C McGinley is informed by his partner Jordan Christa Miller too absent of late