Scrubs 9.3 "Our Role Models" Review - Have I seen this before? - Featured

Now that the charm of the first week back has worn off, let's see what we're left with.

I'm really getting into the Drew character, he's nice to watch and I actually find myself wanting to know more about his past and where he's going to go from here. Cutting the Golden Boy story short really gave Drew a chance to show us depth early on, and I have faith that we're going to get there.

Meanwhile, Lucy (who I continue to adore) seems to be headed more in the direction of Elliott than J.D., really Lucy, Cole, again? I'm just waiting to hear an interior/exterior monologue about how her mother ruined any semblance of self confidence she might have had a chance at.

I really admire that she really perseveres, at least so far, and takes the initiative to make changes when a situation isn't working for her, example: dumping J.D. for Denise as a mentor when she wasn't getting what she needed.

I'm loving Denise this season, she's growing and maturing as a Doctor. Unlike most characters on Scrubs she has realized the extent to which her career path as a doctor will have an impact on her life. I appreciate that the writers have gone beyond her sex life to portray her as an independent woman. She took care of her student, her patient, and her patient's child without having to be seriously goaded into actually acting like an adult and doing her job. To me this makes her one of the most mature characters on the show, and the most together.

The story of Denise bonding with a patient and having to deal with the real consequences of this bonding when things go bad brings back a more somber side of Scrubs that we know well form past seasons that didn't appear in the premiere hour block. It's a good story, and good tone, but I'm sure you'll agree with me when I say that I've seen this story from Scrubs before.

The things that I didn't like:

Cole - again. If he's going to be on my screen every week we need to make some progress with him beyond the one note legacy frat boy.

J.D - While last week I was simply confident that Scrubs would be fine without J.D. on board, after this week I'm convinced that his departure from a central role will actually benefit the show. And although I would still appreciate the occasional scene of J.D. goofing off with Turk, his jealousy of Drew and continued insecurities with Dr. Cox are becoming more than irritating.

When J.D. said to Turk, "I feel like I'm being replaced", it was clearly a self-referential comment about what is actually happening, but I just want it to hurry up and happen sooner.

Has Scrubs run out its story lines or do you think the writers will be able to pull out something new to spice up the new era of Scrubs?



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Dec 9, 2009 1:32AM EST

J.D. stayed with Dani in season 3 even though they hated each other, and I think that is much worse than regular hookups with a douchy guy who is skilled in the bedroom. I think Lucy will turn out great.

Default avatar cat
Dec 9, 2009 1:38AM EST

Don't get me wrong, I love Elliott and am seriously missing Sarah Chalke this season, and I do like Lucy. It just seems that Lucy has Elliot's particular brand of low self-esteem that leads her to sleep with Cole repeatedly.

Default avatar cat
Dec 9, 2009 6:13AM EST

i definitely see resemblences with this season and previous seasonwhat can ypu expect though, theres only so much you can do with a medical sitcom.I'm hating Cole at the moment, to me it seems like they were trying to get another Todd or big Ed(Zwaaaaaaa) but with a more central role on the showinstead all we have is this douchbag whose character doesnt seem to be going any further than being a douchei cant see him with any of his own storylinesat least with lucy and drew you can see more coming from them.
Another thing that i dont like is they only have these central characters theres no side characters like Jordan, Janitor, Ted etc. Those guys brought jokes to a scene where there werent anyBut you know its only 3 episodes deepso I'm gona wait it out

Dec 9, 2009 10:53AM EST

I like Lucy a LOT. She is quirky enough to make you sympathetic, but also pretty strong. Even though she went back to Cole (twice), she told him "no third person" and also to "get under the horse blanket". The whole horse thing was pretty awesome, too.
Overall, the show is still pretty entertaining.

Default avatar cat
Dec 9, 2009 9:32PM EST

"I really admire that she really perseveres, at least so far, and takes the initiative to make changes when a situation isn't working for her, example: dumping J.D. for Denise as a mentor when she wasn't getting what she needed." - OP
I disagree, it was J.D.'s advice that she needed a mentor to depend on that sent her looking for somebody like Denise in the first place! I don't think that demonstrates perseverance, more just the ability to follow good advice. I do agree with you regarding Lucy/Elliot though, I reckon the writers have definitely tried to make Lucy a mix between Elliot and J.D!!
J.D. did have some funny moments this week, (Footballing), but I am starting to wish he hadn't come back.

Default avatar cat
Dec 10, 2009 11:55AM EST

GunnarWB -
I agree that Kerry Bishe as Lucy isn't great yet, but she also isn't in center stage yet, and I think she certainly has potential to grow into a character with depth
The thing about Denise, as I've pointed out, she seems to be the most well rounded character, and for that reason, on a show like Scrubs, I think she's most suited for a main, but supporting role, like Turk, Dr. Cox or Carla once had.
I have to disagree with you on Drew, in the second episode we saw him actually get up and sing with JD. Again, he is a character with lots of potential for growth, and we've already seen a glimpse of his silly side.

I think we wouldn't have the same problems with these characters if this was a new series, they are new characters and like I said last week in my review of 9.1 & 9.2, the producers have set the stage for something that has a lot of potential to work with, we just have to wait and see what they do with it.

Default avatar cat
Dec 10, 2009 11:59AM EST

dammitbauer - I should clarify then, I appreciate that she didn't just break down when JD asked her to find someone else, or turn into a puddle when Denise said no the many times. She kept pushing until she got what she wanted. I consider that perseverance, but if you don't than I'll respectfully agree to disagree.

Default avatar cat
Dec 10, 2009 7:23PM EST

Agreed. Good review!

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