Scrubs: Season 3, Episode 16

My Butterfly (16 Mar. 2004)

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An ever present butterfly prompts the question of what could have happened differently while Turk searches for his missing lucky do-rag and Elliot hunts for her patient's stuffed toy.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Wen (as Charles Chun)
Michael Coleman ...
Frank Encarnacao ...
Zaid Farid ...
Mr. Strauss


An ever present butterfly prompts the question of what could have happened differently while Turk searches for his missing lucky do-rag and Elliot hunts for her patient's stuffed toy. Written by Anonymous

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The butterfly theme refers to "the butterfly effect" used in chaos theory, where a very small change in the initial settings may create a significantly different outcome. While the change in this episode is where the butterfly lands, "the very small change" is figurative and does not really have to be butterfly-related. See more »


In the second variation of events, just after Carla complains to Turk about not standing up for her, she goes to walk 'away' from him, but when the scene cuts to another angle, he is on the other side of her and she has to walk past him to leave. It's a re-use of the first variation of this event. See more »


Dr. John "J.D." Dorian: I should get Turk a washboard.
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Great episode *watch for spoilers*
21 January 2008 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

*watch for spoilers*

Ah, the famous Butterfly Effect. The episode demonstrates that the simple decision of a butterfly can change a whole series of events. In this episode the outcome is inevitable, sadly enough.

I especially like the way the contrast between the timelines are made in the jokes, such as JD claiming he is "a lefty" in the first and "a righty" in the second, or Carla demanding two opposites from Turk. What less to expect from the brilliant writers of Scrubs?

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