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The best episode of what is the best show currently on television
I will start by saying that I am a little bit biased in favour of Scrubs. Mainly because each of the amazingly well-written episodes can make me laugh to the point of hysterics, an instant mood booster. However, there are a few episodes that move past the typical ideas of a comedy series. This is one such episode.
Featuring incredible acting, foremost by Zach Braff and John C. McGinley, this episode goes from hilarity (The Todd being embroiled in the best sub-plot of the season) to sadness (JD believing he could have done more to have saved an apparent overdose patient) so quickly that it feels like a constant roller-coaster ride of emotion. Seeing the transformation of Dr. Cox, the attending who treats his patients as best he can while attempting to stay as emotionally distant from them is possible, to what becomes of him in the final minutes is monumental and is a turning point for his character. We get to see a side of Dr. Cox that we have only caught glimpses of in previous episodes.
This episode made such an impact on me that I rewatched it not once, but twice in the one sitting. The truly moving acting of McGinley, the emotional build-up, the role reversal of key characters and the excellent implementation of songs ("How to Save a Life" by The Fray is used superbly) combine to make this episode by far my favourite. Is this episode the pinnacle of the show, the greatest height that the show could possibly reach? Quite possibly. It would take an episode of unparalleled quality to do so.