I'm not sure. I don't know what confidence feels like.Ted

"My Brother, Where Art Thou?" is the fifth episode of Scrubs' third season. J.D.'s brother, Dan, visits again, and Dan thinks that the hospital has changed J.D.'s attitude for the worse. Carla and Elliot get in trouble for moonlighting despite Dr. Kelso banning it.


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Carla and Elliot moonlighting

J.D.'s demented patient, Mr. Bober, can only say "pickles". J.D. mocks Mr. Bober and Dr. Cox says that the nursing home sent him to bring down his temperature and then bounce him back. His temperature is now 99.9. J.D., who is still angry about Elliot being in love with Sean, calls his brother, Dan. Dan comes down because his mother is getting remarried.

Since Elliot's boyfriend is in New Zealand, Carla asks if Elliot has tried to have phone sex with him. Elliot says that she hasn't tried yet because the walls are too thin. Elliot then tries to have phone sex in the woods, but then is disrupted by Boy Scouts. Elliot asks Carla how to make money quick to go see Sean. After Dr. Kelso suspends someone for moonlighting, Elliot asks other doctors where they moonlight. Then J.D. brings Dan to work, and he meets Dr. Cox. Cox asks if Dan could possibly tail him for the day. J.D., wants him to say no, and Dr Cox does, but after Dr Cox finds out that J.D. wanted him to say no, then he changes his mind.

To make money, Carla takes Elliot to her moonlight at the animal hospital. Then Mr. Bober is back, and Cox asks why this "gomer" is back. J.D. explains to Dan that "gomer" is an old person who doesn't have the common decency to die. Dr. Cox explains that this is the attitude around the hospital.

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Dr. Kelso holds Baxter

While Carla and Elliot were moonlighting at the animal hospital, Dr. Kelso brings his dog Baxter over and catches them. Dan stays around longer because he is angry about J.D.'s attitude. They start fighting, and Dan says that they are brothers and that all that counts, but J.D. thinks otherwise.

Elliot and Carla plead to Ted not to be suspended, and Turk tells J.D. that he needs to apologize before Dan leaves. J.D. apologizes to Dan, while Elliot admits that she needs the money to visit Sean, and Carla needs the money for her wedding. Kelso changes his mind about suspending Elliot and Carla.

Dan stops to talk to Dr. Cox as he is leaving. Dan says that he is a screw-up and J.D. may never look up to him, but he knows that J.D. is going places. Dan asks Dr. Cox to take the responsibility of being J.D.'s mentor more seriously. Dr. Cox agrees with Dan and they shake hands. Carla and Elliot continue to moonlight and Mr. Bober comes back to the hospital.

Recurring Themes

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

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Traveling fart show


J.D., Turk, and Dan are dressed in old time clothes performing a synchronised fart show in front of an audience of people who have their shirts pulled up over their noses or wearing gasmasks.

Janitor story

The Janitor thinks that J.D. is using Dan to do his "dirty work" after Dan slams a board down onto the Janitor's fingers.

Guest Stars

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Tom Cavanagh as Dan Dorian


     List of music featured in Scrubs

  • "Nothing Left of Me" by Joanna De Seyne


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"Black by popular demand"

Me neither! And you know what, J.D.? I'm worried, 'cause I think this marriage might actually stick. ...Unlike Mom and Dad, who tried to solve everything with sex.Dan Dorian

They did?J.D.
Oh, yeah, yeah. Matter of fact, the only reason you were born is 'cause Mom bounced a check at the market.

Oh, that's great! I--I guess you're only here because Mom wrecked the car?
No, they wanted me.

I have dreams where I staple your fingers to your face.J.D.

[into phone] Darling, I wanna say something. For the past 25 years, we've been going through the motions -- once every couple of weeks we have sex, and then we have breakfast without saying a word. Well, tonight, I want you to put on a nice dress, because I'm gonna take you to dinner and I'm gonna start telling you all the things I haven't taken the time to say all these years. ... I love you, too.Dr. Kelso

That was...beautiful, sir!Ted
Thanks, Ted. Call my wife, tell her I won't be home tonight.

Hey, listen, Dr. Cox. No offense. I'm a big fan of the tough guy act. But let me tell you what I really think. I think you love the fact that these kids idolize you. Johnny does! Johnny was always the one in the family we knew was going someplace. Sweet kid, smart kid. Becoming a doctor? This is all he ever wanted. And yet somehow, you found a way to beat that out of him, haven't you? Turned him into some kind of cynical guy, who seems to despise what he does. Dr. Cox... Johnny's never gonna look up to me. Ever. But he hangs on your every word. So, I'm asking... I'm telling you: Take that responsibility seriously; stop being such a hard ass. Otherwise, you're gonna have to answer to me.Dan Dorian

Well, Mr. Pickles, welcome back.Dr. Cox

Here we go with this guy again.J.D.
Yep. Still, it sure is nice to be doing something you love. I wouldn't trade it. How 'bout you?

Don't forget that.

Pickles.Mr. Bober
Damn right, sir. Damn right.


  • This episode has a much shorter opening introduction.
  • The word "gomer" is a real life medical term from the novel The House of God written by Samuel Shem (a pseudonym of the psychiatrist Stephen Bergman) and means "Get Out of My Emergency Room".
  • In this episode, Carla states that she has been working at Sacred Heart for over 10 years.
  • When Dan tackled J.D. to the ground, the front door is open. However, in the next shot, when Turk joins the dogpile, the door is closed.
  • Mr. Bober, a patient from "My Last Day", reappears.
  • John Ritter was originally intended to appear in this episode, but he died before the shooting of the episode.
  • The title is a reference to the 2000 movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?, in which three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.
  • In this episode it is revealed that one of the doctors names is "Dr. Brogen" who was caught for moonlighting. In "My White Whale" he was called Seth which means his name is Seth Brogen most likely due to his resemblence to Seth Rogen.
  • Considering that Janitor has worked at the hospital longer than J.D., he should know where the emergency room is, yet he still asks J.D.

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