“Relationships don’t work the way they do on television and in the movies: Will they, won’t they, and then they finally do and they’re happy forever — gimme a break. Nine out of ten of them end because they weren’t right for each other to begin with, and half the ones that get married get divorced, anyway. And I’m telling you right now, through all this stuff, I have not become a cynic, I haven’t. Yes, I do happen to believe that love is mainly about pushing chocolate-covered candies and, you know, in some cultures, a chicken. You can call me a sucker, I don’t care, ’cause I do…believe in it. Bottom line…is the couples that are truly right for each other wade through the same crap as everybody else, but, the big difference is, they don’t let it take ’em down”
Here is the real deal, I have always loved Scrubs; from the ridiculous comedy and the sitcom styling, to it’s wise advice (as quoted above by the Dr. Cox) and “inspirational quotes”. But now, when I’m in my early 20’s watching this show through, from beginning to end again, I find myself having a new appreciation because of how relatable I now fid it. Before I had been mostly entertained by the comedic standpoint and the story telling of the show, focused more on the drama that played out in each episode as an actual story. But now that I have gotten older, coming out of college soon, and getting ready to take on the adult world, I find that I relate more to the show than ever before.
J.D is our Main character, a lovable young man fresh out of medical school trying to become the doctor he had dreamed out being when he was a kid. And like many people, confident as they graduate with their degrees and ready to go, comes to the true conclusion as they enter the real world: They know nothing!
The stories are relatable, every episode, no matter the outrageous the daydreams or schemes they try to pull off, the problems are ones that everyone has to face at some point or another. It’s the characters individual personalities that really make them shine which makes up for the fact that their environment and career options are not the most relatable aspect. The setting and careers are in a hospital, filled with nurses and doctors, isn’t something that many of the show’s demographic audience can connect to. So the show focused more on the lessons that J.D and his two friends, Chris Turk and Elliot Reid, learn as they try to balance life inside and outside of work. Many of their adventures, especially as the show first starts to take off, are trying to find how to exactly be adults. That means struggling with the different aspects of becoming adult. And that alone is a very strange task where things make as much sense as a knife-wrench could possibly be.
Usually for each episode you have one main story arc, one that has usually carried on through from the last episode, ex. J.D trying to figure out his feelings for Elliot while balancing work. And you also have a side story, usually involving either Elliot, Turk, or Dr. Cox
Throughout its 9 season run the show has ended up tackling many different issues and topics, some revolving around their workplace and some in the more personal setting. Like J.D, in Season 2, Episode 6 “My Big Brother” Where you meet the older brother of our main character, Dan, and he isn’t quite what a big brother is supposed to be. At least not in the eyes of his younger brother who sees him as more of an adult child that still needs to be taken care of.
“Sometimes the hospitals like a big angry hungry that just eats all our personal lives”
~J.D Season 2 Episode 10
“It’s hard to face truths about yourself. I guess you just have to take small steps forward. Unfortunately its hard to take steps when you’ve burned the bridges you crossed… ”
~J.D Season 2 Episode 9