• Publication date: September 16, 2009

John Moves Up and Elliot Moves Out Another Season of Medical Foolery

�Scrubs� is Dr. John Dorian�s (known as J.D.) view of a typical day at the fictional Sacred Hearts Hospital located in an intentionally unidentified part of California. J.D. is accompanied by fellow practitioners Chris Turk (John�s former college roommate), Carla Espinosa (Turk�s wife and straitlaced head nurse), Elliot Reid (who can be described as beautifully strange)

�Scrubs� is Dr. John Dorian�s (known as J.D.) view of a typical day at the fictional Sacred Hearts Hospital located in an intentionally unidentified part of California. J.D. is accompanied by fellow practitioners Chris Turk (John�s former college roommate), Carla Espinosa (Turk�s wife and straitlaced head nurse), Elliot Reid (who can be described as beautifully strange), Dr. Bob Kelso (who mysteriously oversees hospital operations from its coffee shop), Dr. Perry Cox (a no nonsense but caring character), and lastly � the unnamed Janitor, who taunts J.D. at every opportunity.

In season five of �Scrubs� former newbie J.D. (Zach Braff) is no longer an intern, but an attending physician, now supervising his own group of trainees. J.D. struggles to find housing and secretly stays at Turk�s apartment, arriving there contorted and in a gym bag. Meanwhile, Carla (Judy Reyes) is off the pill and desperately attempting to have a baby with her new husband Turk (Donald Faison). Elliot (Sarah Chalke) leaves Sacred Heart to begin a fellowship at a fancy hospital across town; strangely enough, her old colleagues see her more often than before. The unnamed Janitor (Neil Flynn), much to J.D.�s dismay continues to pester him in front of his students, populating the hospital�s exterior with life-size cardboard cutouts of the newly promoted doctor.

J.D.�s new recruits inadvertently let him know his jokes are horrible as Eliot earns herself a not so flattering nickname. Despite this turn of events, Elliot is still homesick and desperate to join the ranks of Sacred Heart again. Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) struggles with his annoying born-again Christian sister while Elliot attempts to convince Carla and Turk that attempting to conceive a child is romantic. The team also has to deal with a patient�s unexpected death while they face questions from authorities regarding their possible complicity.

As with past seasons, the fifth has plenty of guest stars including Gary Busey, Jason Bateman, Billy Dee Williams, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and many more. �Scrubs�� creator, Bill Lawrence remains on board as the show�s producer alongside executive producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, who also contribute their screenwriting abilities to two episodes.

Music remains a central focus in this season featuring artists such as disco hit maker Carl Douglas (of �Kung Fu Fighting� fame), David Bowie, Toto, Boston, Bell Biv Dvoe, The Turtles and many more.

Newcomers and former viewers hungry for more �Scrubs� absurdity will not be disappointed this time around. Even new viewers who are those tired of typical, monotonous hospital dramas will find a relief in the Sacred Heart crew�s weekly antics.