Scrubs: Season 5, Episode 21

My Fallen Idol (2 May 2006)

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Carla persuades all her coworkers to rally around a despondent Dr. Cox, after three of his patients die because of his mistake. Everyone participates except J.D., who thinks his selfish reaction crossed the line.



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Dr. Cox, full of guilt over the deaths of several patients he treated, shows up to work drunk and is forced to take a leave of absence, and everyone but J.D. is quick to rally around Dr. Cox in his time of need. Written by Alex

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Dr Cox calls J.D by his real name See more »


Dr Stone has a full beard, yet he is wearing a standard surgical mask that only covers his mouth and nose. Instead, he should be wearing a full mask that covers his entire beard. See more »


J.D.: [Voiceover] That's the thing about family. If you fall off the deep end you can always count on them to rally around you. When you come back, you might get a quick hug, a pat on the shoulder, maybe just a nod. But no words really need to be spoken. Of course, it's always nice when they are.
Dr. Cox: [Calling him by his name for the first time in the series] J.D... Thank you.
J.D.: You're welcome.
[Dr. Cox pats JD on the back]
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McGinley is amazing
26 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I must say that until recently I had never seen an episode of Scrubs. I saw this one and it hit me like a ton of bricks. John McGinley's performance on this episode, and all episodes, is remarkable. Zach Braff may be the star, but McGinley is the heart and soul. I cannot remember the last time a TV show made me cry. Scrubs has the perfect balance of comedy and heart and its remarkable cast backs that up with performances worthy of the emotional reaction of its viewers. McGinley's performance in this episode specifically shows just how talented he is and how much he adds to the show. The follow up episode "My Fallen Idol" jumps into the depths of other characters, Kelsy, J.D, etc, but McGinley remains the source of emotion for them all. He truly is an amazing actor that does an amazing job at portraying emotion on the silver screen.

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