Well, NBC is wrapping up Green Week, and on Scrubs, we had several examples of the phrase, "it ain’t easy being green." On one hand, the Janitor caught the environmental bug, turning a green eye towards everything around him. On another, JD learned just how green he was at being an adult. On a third, Elliot treated a patient nearly green from malnourishment. All learned hard lessons in an episode that featured, in typical Scrubs fashion, a balance between the silly and the serious.
As if all the topics listed above weren’t enough to fill an episode, JD’s prodigal brother Dan returned to the scene after a prolonged absence. When last we saw Dan, he was still living at home while bartending part-time, but has since parlayed his verbal skills into a lucrative position flipping homes. His new endeavor has landed him a successful career, a house of his own, and enough cash to buy JD a car to replace his outdated scooter.
The symbolic refusal to accept this gift spoke not only to JD’s feelings of inadequacy (he long took comfort in being the more successful of the two), but his inability to actually accept his new role as a father. For seven years, we’ve seen JD essentially stay in place as those around him have evolved: the eternal man-child choosing to see life as a movie happening around him instead of to him. With Kim having taken Sam and moved to another hospital, it’s been easy for JD to pretend as if his son is metaphorical instead of physical, and Dan’s gift forces him to face an unpleasant truth. Hopefully this episode marks a turning point in this, the show’s final season.
While JD dealt with his emotions, the Janitor dealt with the environment, having been scared straight by a viewing of "An Inconvenient Truth." This being the Janitor, his fervor lasts a full 36 hours, time enough to affect the status of Dr. Kelso’s convertible (those scone crumbs will be hard to remove) but little else. Then again, the Janitor was forced to see Ted in spandex, so he’s probably earned a little time in heaven for that as well as his well-intentioned, if short-lived, environmental fervor.
In another inconvenient truth, Elliot realized that she fell prey to the exact type of hypocrisy she hates in Sacred Heart. The hypocrisy in question centered around a patient of hers that she feels is underweight and potentially anorexic. Dr. Cox seizes upon this diagnosis and forcibly drags Elliot to a newly purchased patient scale to reveal Elliot weighs less than her supposedly sick patient. I will confess that while I generally enjoy a good antagonistic Dr. Cox as much as the next Scrubs fan, tonight’s topic made me more than a little queasy. Pointing out hypocrisy is one thing: giving a woman who just called off her engagement a potential eating disorder crosses the line.
Luckily, it wasn’t all gloom and doom this week. Some comedic highlights:
- Zombie Hug!
- Ted’s Sweaty Pillow
- The Hedging Sound Symphony
- Basketball Head Turk
But this was an episode in which JD, not Green Week, was front and center, and may in fact be the pivotal episode of this series’ final season. To paraphrase the show’s theme song, JD might not be Superman. But he’s still got time to be a man before it’s all said and done.
What did you make of JD’s revelation this week? Did the Elliot storyline make you uncomfortable or did Dr. Cox make sense to you? Was Green Week a success or a distraction for you?