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Scrubs Episode: "My Dumb Luck"

Season 7, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: Dr. Cox struggles to diagnose a patient, and J.D. and Turk set out to one-up the veteran doctor by beating him to the punch. Elsewhere, Carla and Elliot try to persuade the hospital board to not force Kelso into retirement.
Original Air Date: Apr 24, 2008

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Season 7, Episode 9
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Length: 21:35
Aired: 4/24/2008
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"My Dumb Luck" Season 7, Episode 9

An episode that could stand comfortably with any of the previous seasons' episodes, the first one in this stymied season that I can write that about without hesitation. And, of course, I failed to heed my own advice and forgot that NBC changed time slots for the show on Thursdays to 8:30p ET/PT, so missed it last night and caught it today on NBC's website. But it's a fine sendoff for Ken Jenkins's Kelso, with the A story devoted to Elliot and Carla's attempts to rally folks to attend a meeting of the hospital's board of directors, to get them to rescind Kelso's forced retirement at age 65 (Kelso had falsified his age on HR documents so as to buy himself some time). The B story is mostly devoted to Kelso's reminisces about his life at the hospital, as delivered to a young intern named Boone (or Boon, which Kelso, with characteristic charm, refers to as a stupid name). The C story involves Cox unable to diagnose a chronically ill patient who's been in and out of Sacred Heart for months; JD and Turk, by accidentally leaving the patient's urine sample in sunlight, are able to make a diagonsis of a rare disease that would be difficult to determine otherwise. Particularly since they've spent some of the episode teasing Cox about his failure to diagnose (and suffering bungee-cord attacks in revenge), this little victory is particularly sweet for them. Ken Jenkins and Sarah Chalke are in particularly fine form in this episode, and it's nice to see Christa Miller again, and the joy that Sam Lloyd's Ted evinces at the prospect of Kelso's retirement, and that joy's consequences, are a treat. I see that one commenter would've liked to see more dramatic vignettes in this farewell-to-Kelso episode...I'll suggest that they did well by him, and I must admit (since I avoid spoilers as much as possible) that I was surprised that they were giving Kelso the big exit this soon in the windup. I have to wonder how and if he'll return. For more on Scrubs, please see our Online Video Guide. show less
An episode that could stand comfortably with any of the previous seasons episodes the first one in this stymied season that I can write that about without hesitationAnd of course I failed to heed my own advice and forgot that NBC changed time slots for the show on Thursdays to 830p ETPT so missed it last night and caught it today on NBCs website But its a fine sendoff for Ken Jenkinss Kelso with the A story devoted to Elliot and Carlas attempts to rally folks to attend a meeting of the hospitals board of directors to get them to rescind Kelsos forced retirement at age 65 Kelso had falsified his age on HR documents so as to buy himself some time The B story is mostly devoted to Kelsos reminisces about his life at the hospital as delivered to a young intern named Boone or Boon which Kelso with characteristic charm refers to as a stupid name The C story involves Cox unable to diagnose a chronically ill patient whos been in and out of Sacred Heart for mont read more

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Premiered: October 02, 2001, on NBC
Rating: TV-PG
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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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