Scrubs: Listen here Newbies!

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“I can’t do this all on my own. No, I know I’m no Superman. I’m no Superman.”

~Lazlo Bane; Superman

Scrubs was an American Tv sitcom that first aired on October 2, 2001 and had a long lasting run ending it 2010 with 9 seasons under it’s belt. The show centered around three medical interns as they navigated their new careers in medicine. The Main characters are J.D (John Dorian), “Turk” (Christopher Turk), and Elliot Reed, each in their own respective fields in medicine at Scared Heart Hospital; While learning the tricks of the trade they are guided by the staff members that have a wonderful balance of guiding them in the right direction while driving them mad all at the same time.

While each episode tells the story of the three interns and their respective story archs, the stories unfold mostly from J.D’s perspective. With the exception of appropriate scenes outside of J.D’s perspective that kept the story line progressing the audience mostly hears and knowns only as much the characters do. While most voice overs in other Tv shows, such as How I Met Your Mother,  told their stories as past events J.D’s was always in that moment. The Audience had a direction connection to his brain which offer unique commentary and humor.

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And sometimes words just couldn’t quite cut exactly how J.D was feeling

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or what he was thinking.

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The show was a huge success.

The first season alone had gained 11 million viewers and continued to grow hitting its biggest rating at 15 million in its second season. Outranking sitcoms in viewership that are airing even now such as the tv series Modern Family. This Graph shows that throughout it’s life span the sitcom had maintained mostly high ratings for many of its episodes, only dropping significantly when the network NBC had switched around the time slot and, at a later point, when the show was sold to ABC while in its eighth and middle season. The show, though, still had enough of a fan base that had even expanded to include webisodes in the later seasons, like season 8, showing the viewpoint of new interns being taught by our main characters. No longer the interns, but the doctors who see themselves as Medical professionals.

The show was able to find a nice balance between the drama and heaviness that comes from a hospital settings and the comedic quirkiness that came of its characters/ actors. While many hospital themed shows focused more on it’s patients and the mysteries of their ailments, Scrubs focused more on its doctors and their struggles in and out of the workplace. This is what drew me in and kept me watching. What I truly liked about the show  was that it didn’t need over exaggerated storylines to keep its viewership. They were simply stories that I felt could happen in the everyday and ones that I could also relate to; even one day probably seeing myself in a similar scenario.They were relatable problems to the everyday person. While the first season introduces the characters and even establishes the base relationships between each character, its the second season that really not only explores the relationships but each character in retrospect and in depth. Like:

 “Wolverines” the Moped Gang

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These three have one of the weirdest, and personally one of my favorite, relationships of the show, represented by J.D (played by Zach Braff), Turk (Donald Faison), and Carla (Judy Reyes). While the moped lasted only an episode, My Old Friend’s New Friend, the friendship stayed true. J.D and Turk had been friends from the beginning of their college careers in medical school and continued into their career lives, even able to work at the same hospital. Because of this you see the unique friendship that comes when you’ve been friends with someone for so long and have shared and bonded over those experiences.

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While you don’t see how their friendship develops you can certainly see that it is a real friendship that crosses some rather funny, yet strange lines….

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It’s one that you enjoy watching and feel slightly envious because you now want someone who will be the wind beneath your wings! You know that when they talk to one another they truly care about what the other one has to say, they listen and build each other up. Relying on the other when they are having a difficult day. Episode 8 of season 2, “My Fruit Cups”, is a perfect example of the test of their friendship. When Turk helps J.D get a few night shifts at another hospital he doesn’t give him the whole paycheck and instead pockets $100 in need to take care of a few bills he desperately needs to pay off.  It’s one of the first times in the series, though not the last, where their friendship is tested. And while they may have a love that is stronger than time itself-

-those two aren’t dating.

These two are dating

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This is the relationship that we not only see start, but grow and bloom into something more, eventually leading to Marriage and a child of their own. And while these two have their own relationship and love for one another, they never forget about the “kid” in the background, J.D. Through the series you see real life problems for these two and the successes and failures these two make as a couple. These two are their own little unit. Carla has always known that there is a special place in Turk’s heart for his best friend and never once tries to change it or deny him that friendship. If anything, not only does she learn to accept it, but  in her own way forms a bond with J.D that is unrelated to Turk. Episode 4, “My Big Mouth” shows this, when J.D, in hopes of knowing and bonding more with his best friend’s girlfriend, attempts to become closer to Carla, but accidentally slips some rather personal information about herself in confidence and damages the trust she had only recently placed in him. Yet, by the end of the show, despite this she not only forgives him, but it starts the beginning of their own separate relationship.

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And all three of them create their own cohesive unit……….

or at least semi-cohesive.

For me, this show is all about the relationships, the romantic ones, the friendships, and even the relationship between mentor and student. It makes me invested in the characters and the comical struggles that ensue. Like Dr. Cox and his ever growing impatience for his pupil J.D, who only craves so desperately for the hug he never got from from the bitter and sarcastic doctor he sees as a father figure. While J.D is one of main characters and leads of the series, I find it’s Doctor Cox that ends up being an essential cog to the other characters and the show.

Dr. Cox is one of my favorite characters. From his talent of elongating one word for reeeeehehehehehhhheeeeeellllyyy long time to being the role model that J.d and the other medical students need and look up to, he is an amazing character.

In this video clip you can see a collection of moments that Dr. Cox has with each of the other characters. From his own love interest, to his boss, co-workers and students. Doctor Cox has his own way of dealing with them, and himself, when his bitter tends to get the better of him.

 

What I love about this character is that you can tell he didn’t start out as cynical and sarcastic as he now is. Dr. Cox became this way. He had similar ideas and mentalities to the residents that cam in for the first time; a Naive innocence about what a hospital was exactly. Patients didn’t always go in and then come back out healthy and doctors weren’t always the heroes.

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It’s become apart of the job. He has been a doctor for so many years and the reason he is able to give the interns advice and hard hitting facts about reality is that he has already had it happen to him. He has lost patients because of his mistakes, watched patients who should have gotten treatment unable to do so because of the many factors that happen in life, and has ended up living for the job rather than having a home life of his own. For every lesson he throws at J.D you can tell that he also, at one point his career, had to learn this lesson himself. Yet while he may have some of the most sound advice most time he isn’t exactly the easiest person to get along with. Nor would he want you to.

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He is a man of wisdom and yet a complete and total ass all at the same time.

I could, and have, watched this show so many times and haven’t gotten bored with it yet. Even after watching it for years I can still relate to it, even more so now then I did when I was younger. I had been nine years old when the show first aired and I had been drawn in by the multiple comedic fantasy flashes that the show is so famous for. Now I find myself still drawn in because I can now, even more so that I am older, can relate to these characters. From Elliot Reid, the resident who tries to be a strong and a self reliant woman in a field that is mostly dominated by men, to Turk and Carla who try to navigate their relationship with one another. This show doesn’t focus on an overly dramatic plot line or storyline and it doesn’t spend its time focusing on the special effects. It focuses on the people and how they learn and experience life as it comes and at the end trying their hardest to do the best with  the situation thats in front of them. This show is worth studying because of the human interactions that, I feel, everyone can learn and take something from. That’s worth looking into.

 

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