In the first episode, "My Saving Grace," there was a good, if rather facile, continuing thread of Carla trying to take new intern Kate (Betsy Buetler) in hand and convince her that relating with both patients and her colleagues is in her own best interest...while around them, an object lesson is made of the new and suddenly former Chief of Medicine, Dr. Maddox (Courteney Cox, not Courtney as I misspelled her name in last week's recaps). Carla has no visible affect on Kate at first, but gains the upper hand with a trick involving a folded note that supposedly includes Carla's assessment of the newbie...which Kate snatches from Carla's hand, disproving the intern's claim as to not care about what others think about her. Meanwhile, Maddox discovers that essentially no one in the hospital thinks that her money-grubbing is resulting in better medical care at Sacred Heat, which doesn't faze her in the least. Crowing triumphantly, she thanks them for letting her know en masse, so she doesn't have to tell them individually. She puts the last straw on Cox's back by discharging a head-trauma patient of his (and mocking Cox's name); she annoys Elliot and J.D. as they attempt to help a patient with a daughter with multiple sclerosis pull a minor fraud to obtain medication for the young woman. The trio attempts to find a way to get her fired, turning to the still-fired Janitor, Jordan (who's retired from the board of directors) and finally Kelso for help. Kelso agrees to do so, but only if Perry admits that he misses Kelso as Chief. With great difficulty, Cox notes that while he still hates Kelso, he also realizes that his job required him to be hateful sometimes, and that that clearly weighed on the old man. Cox also admits that Kelso's attempts to cut some slack for special cases among the patients made him a much better Chief than Maddox is.
Kelso not so subtly blackmails the board members (reminding one of their mutual trip to Thailand, and the hermaphrodite the married member had had an affair with) and gets Maddox axed. She doesn't leave without telling her former underlings off, but she is out the door, and a certain grudging respect between Cox and Kelso has been fostered, while Carla, with very little help from the Janitor, convinces Katie that no matter how bad things have been for her, she should at least make an effort with her coworkers.
The Todd also makes a fiving reappearance, decidedly invading J.D.'s personal space while doing so. Jordan's almost inexplicable excitement at seeing the Janitor feed Bob Kelso a bite of scone, and her command that Perry come home for sex that evening bearing scones, is one of the more memorable gags (perhaps in more than one sense of that word). Likewise Dr. Mickhead's casual, public reassurance to Maddox that her firing doesn't mean their sexual affair has to end (she disagrees).
The second episode, "My Happy Place," another episode clearly meant to help wrap up the series, Elliot and J.D. find themselves having a long and unusually honest conversation about their relation. On the way to that, we see Kelso, having pulled his power play in the previous episode, being braced by Ted (why, in retirement, does Kelso still hang around Sacred Heart and its coffee shop all the time?) Quite aside from the Free Muffins for Life, Ted notes, his constant presence seems almost as sad as Ted's own life still is. Kelso, taken aback, not too obviously fabricates a story about taking his wife on a week's vacation, and leaves.
Meanwhile, the Janitor is back in his jumpsuit and is providing some cleaning services, having disposed of his replacement. He finds that actual work is a bit more strenuous once one is out of practice, and lets Ted do a fair amount of his work for him...despite the fact that the Janitor hasn't actually been rehired. The Janitor's philosophy of how things always work our in his favor, and his knowledge that he was never actually purged from the payroll, allows him to slip back into his old position. Turk, who is finally earning some respect from Cox, manages to convince a recalcitrant couple to trade kidney transplants with another couple in even more dire need; the run-up to the eventual simultaneous operations allows both Turk and particularly Cox to tease the Todd...who also gets at least one lick in.
And Elliot and J.D., who have been spending a lot of time together, find themselves in the same coffee shop with Kelso, who's hiding out from the Sacred Heart staff. Kelso mentions his feelings of aimlessness, but really shakes up the younger doctors by noting he's glad their back together as a couple. The protest and explain that they are simply very good friends and near-constant companions, and Bob notes that they are clearly doing everything a couple might except having sex. He then excuses himself, and J.D. and Elliot find themselves in a limbo set, discussing how they never got over each other, how they hurt each other, how they've changed, and how much they like each other still. They remark that everyone they know will mock them if they try romance yet again, at which point Kelso rejoins them and mocks the notion of worrying about the opinions of others, while not doing what makes one's self happy. He then takes his own advice, and returns to Sacred Heart.By the end of the episode, Elliot and J.D. are holding hands, then each other, as they are clearly working up to giving it another try.
Meanwhile, the Touchy orderly Jimmy is back, as well, and practicing massage on and/or groping J.D., Ted, and anyone else who will let him. The Sacred Heart Coffee Bucks barista tossing Kelso his free muffins from off camera has become a running joke as well.
Good episodes, if definitely with the feeling of being among the last episodes.
In the first episode, "My Saving Grace," there was a good, if rather facile, continuing thread of Carla trying to take new intern Kate (Betsy Buetler) in hand and convince her that relating with both patients and her colleagues is in her own best interest...while around them, an object lesson is made of the new and suddenly former Chief of Medicine, Dr. Maddox.