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I grew up on the Street. No, not the 'hood, the Sesame Street.J.D.

"My ABC's" is the fifth episode of Scrubs' eighth season. J.D. fantasizes about Sesame Street all day while he works with Denise on her bedside manner. Dr. Cox investigates his hatred of Ed. Elliot gets Katie a position on Turk's academic team.


J.D. with new intern Denise

Dr. Cox & Ed

Dr. Kelso arrives at Sacred Heart, fully comfortable as his role as the "regular guy". Shortly after, Dr. Cox conducts rounds with the new interns. He lashes out at Katie, even though she got an answer correct, but can't come up with anything to insult Ed. After rounds, he, J.D., and Elliot pick which interns they want to take under their wing for the next year. Dr. Cox picks Ed. At coffee bucks, Dr. Cox can't figure out why he hates Ed, despite the fact that Ed is a pretty good intern. Carla doesn't care that he hates him, and Dr. Kelso isn't any help either. Dr. Cox later asks Janitor for help, but to no avail. When Ed turns down Turk's offer to help with his research, Cox realizes he hates Ed because he is lazy.

Elliot asks Turk to help Katie.

J.D. & Denise

J.D. picks Denise to be his lackey. They help treat a patient, Jack Fremont, who has lung cancer. J.D. tries to teach Denise bedside manners, but she still comes off as very rude to Mrs. Fremont. After learning their patient is going to die, Denise shows no emotions, but J.D. can't hide his and his eyes water in the hallway.

Elliot & Katie

Elliot picks Katie because she believes Katie is no longer a suck up (and they have the same hair). Katie whines about her fear of not getting picked for Turk's research paper. Elliot asks Turk to consider her, but he ultimately chooses Ed. Elliot confronts Turk, and asks Carla to withhold sex from him. Later, Elliot finds out that Katie scammed her, using her to make Turk give her the research position.

The interns at rounds.

Recurring Themes

     More: FantasiesFlashbacksJ.D.'s girl namesJanitor's pranks and lies

J.D. fantasizes about Muppets all day


  • Oscar the Grouch lives in the trash can on the Janitor's cleaning cart, and has become the new Chief of Medicine.
  • Grover is a doctor who loves high-4's.
  • Ex Ray is diagnosed as having a hand in his head.
  • Elmo role plays with J.D. and flirts with Denise.

Janitor story

Janitor and Dr. Cox talk about why they hate everybody. Janitor claims he only hates people who wrong him, such as robbing him, breaking doors with pennies, or looking at him wrong. He then stalks a doctor who looked at him "funny".

Guest Stars




Joshua Radin - Sunny Days (Sesame Street Theme Song)

"Sunny Days"

     List of music featured in Scrubs

  • "Can You Tell Me How To Get To Sesame Street"- Sesame Street Theme by Joshua Radin


Janitor pushes his cart

Oscar the Grouch

Janitor and Cox talk

J.D., Elliot, and Turk

Denise learns from Elmo

Sy-sy-sy-syphilus...I used to be a DJ.Ed

Yay! You hurt my feelings.J.D.

Seriously, I am so happy to be done with all that, I could drop a deuce right here.Denise Mahoney

Dude, have you been having fantasies about Muppets all day?J.D.

No, I'm straight.Turk

What is Elmo? A seal?J.D.

No can do other Indian guy. I'm about to go get myself some pizza!Ed

Seems like it could be a host to a variety of infectious bacteria or even fungus.Elliot

Plus it's hard to look at. I recommend it's removed immediatelyTurk
[The next shot is of J.D., showing that they are talking about his new beard.]
Forget it you guys. I'm keeping the beard. Chicks dig the extra fuzz!J.D.


  • The title of the episode was a reference to not only the new home of the show ABC, but what Sesame Street often teaches: the alphabet.
  • There are four notable Scrubs overlaps with The Muppets
    • In 2002 most of the main Scrubs cast appear as their Scrubs characters in It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie.
    • Stephanie D'Abruzzo portrays Patti Miller in the Scrubs episode "My Musical" as the woman with a condition where she only hears singing.
    • Scrubs characters mention Muppets in several episodes:
      • In the Season One episode "My Super Ego" Dr. Cox refers to Nick Murdoch as Muppet character "Guy Smiley".
      • In the Season Two episode "My Sex Buddy" Elliot, in the middle of watching Sesame Street, reveals that "I had my first sex dream about Mr. Hooper. At least, I think it was a sex dream. He was trying to choke me." In the same episode, Dr. Cox says to Elliot, "It's not like I've always been the centered, well-adjusted Guy Smiley you see walking up and down the halls of this dump ..."
      • In the Season Seven episode "My Bad Too" Nurse Carla and Dr. Turk discuss the fact that they each have a present for the other person to celebrate the sixth anniversary of their first date. As Carla gets up and walks away, Dr. Cox takes her seat and says to Turk, "So, what's the big gift there, Gordon?" Turk gives him a quizzical look, and Dr. Cox replies, "Black guy from Sesame Street?"
    • Zach Braff and Donald Faison appeared in episodes of Sesame Street. Faison held a recurring role in the early '90s and Braff appeared in a 2015 episode explaining the word "anxiety".
    • The Walt Disney Company owns ABC (which produced Scrubs' entire run and aired the final two seasons) and Muppet Studios. However, Sesame Street is owned by Children's Television Workshop, a non-profit established by Jim Henson to protect Sesame Street as an educational show. Scrubs in theory could've featured Sesame Street before the move from NBC to ABC, but never underestimate the power of Disney.
  • The assumed homosexual interns named Neil and Garrett are a reference to the writing duo Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan.
  • Elliot tells Katie that she told J.D. the wrong answer in rounds in her first week, which happened in "My First Day".
  • This episode was originally planned to be the first episode of Season Eight, which explains some inconsistencies in the story such as J.D. being surprised at Denise's abrupt bedside manner or her being surprised at being called Jo despite that nickname already having been used and everyone in the Hospital commenting on J.D.'s new beard. In addition, J.D.'s comments about "Chicks digging" his beard make more sense as he is meant to be dating Elliot again at this point.