Hats off there Barbie, that was one potent combination of verbal diarrhea and stunned silence.Dr. Cox

"My Faith in Humanity" is the twenty-third episode of Scrubs' fourth season. J.D. looks for humanity in the hospital. Elliot tries to get with Jake with Dr. Cox's help. Turk and Carla undergo couples therapy.


Dennis threatens to sue Jake.

J.D. is forced to confront human nature when a dying woman called Betty is brought to the hospital by her neighbor, Jake who was on his way to the airport to go kayaking in New Zealand. When Betty's lungs give out, she consults Jake on her options, Jake helps her realize it's time to die. Unfortunately, her brother decides to sue him for this. Betty falls into a coma before she can tell her brother the real situation.

Elliot is tired of not having any chances to meet men. When she sees Jake, she wants to get his attention but doesn't know how to make a good impression. She goes to Dr. Cox and Carla for romantic advice regarding Jake. Dr. Cox tells her that if she wants his attention that she should ignore him. She takes his advice and it works.

J.D. cannot believe the lack of humanity Dennis is showing and Kelso asks him when was the last time he saw any glimpse humanity around the hospital? As a result, J.D. tells Jake to leave for his kayaking trip as Betty's brother/lawyer, Dennis won't be able to track him. He leaves, but then comes back to face Dennis, who relents and does the right thing. Betty is left as comfortable as possible in her dying moments. Just as Jake is about to leave again, Elliot (with some Coxian encouragement) invites him for coffee.

Turk and Carla in therapy.

Turk and J.D. create a super crime fighting medical team in Turner and Hooch. Turk and Carla are in couple's therapy, but Turk refuses to participate. J.D. makes Turk realize that he is indeed upset deep down just as the therapist had suggested, but he still avoids the therapy. When he sees Jake standing up for himself and not hiding away from his problems Turk goes to and opens up at the next therapy session. J.D. also takes heart from Jake's humanity and stops to help an old woman change a Tire.

Recurring Themes

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


J.D. fills a room full of cottonballs.

  • J.D. imagines that the saying "make you as comfortable as possible" as meaning filling the entire room with all the cotton balls from the hospital and letting the patient lay in them.
I am very, very comfortable!Betty

Then you're ready to die.J.D.


Janitor story

Janitor's empty rat sack.

  • The Janitor tries to impress Elliot by bringing in an old lady from the mall to recreate the scene when Jake brought in his neighbor. Elliot tells him that they are through with that.
  • The Janitor has "gone clubbing", i.e. He's gone up to the roof to beat rats. He's gathered a big bag or rats that he shows off to Jake (He says he placed one dead one in the middle so the others could get a good look and "start toeing the line"), but the rats escape from the bag and scurry past Dr. Kelso's feet just as he makes a comment about keeping the hospital up to the latest codes. When the Janitor is unsuccessful in catching the rats, he exclaims breathlessly that "they are smart, organized, and they have my keys".

Episode Running Gags

  • Whenever Jake enters, trumpets play (the same "sex buddy" trumpets from My Sex Buddy).
  • People will constantly refer to Jake as "square head".
  • During the episode J.D. will show the fact he doesn't know anything in geography.

Guest Stars

Jim Hanks as Dr. Turner and Phill Lewis as Hooch


     List of music featured in Scrubs


"Turner and Hooch!" - J.D. and Turk

Who's doing the Endoscopy on Mr. Schindler?Dr. Kelso

Turner & Hooch!Turk and J.D.
Woo woo woo woo woo woo, Alright!Turk
[Laughing] Were you Hooch?!J.D.
Yeah, I was...
Everyone hates you guys.Hooch
Oh Hooch...J.D.
Hooch is crazy!Turk
As much as Hooch loved us, it was even better to see Turk happy...J.D.'s narration

Do you guys think that Clarissa is more attractive than me?Elliot

YES! Who's Clarissa?Dr. Cox
She's the short, balding woman in the pharmacy.

Oh, then definitely yes.
She just got engaged, bad combover and all.

When Clarissa beats you to the alter, it might be time to hang up the ovaries.Carla

Hey Jake. So, you're probably rushing home to wipe old person smell off before your trip, huh?Elliot

Excuse me?Jake
Oh, I'm just kidding. I love old people, still there's no denying they have a distinctive smell. I mean it's nothing bad, it's like a general mustiness. Y'know when you get your cast...taken off and...skin mould....

But Hooch, if the patient just has simple Cellulitus then why aren't the antibiotics working?Dr. Turner

Damn it Turner! It just doesn't make sense.Hooch
Even though I had created a Super Medical Crime Fighting Team I still felt lousy...J.D.'s narration

So, that girl's kinda cute, what's her story?Jake

[Elliot celebrates]
She's a dude.J.D.

Exactly! But what does he have?Carla

A shaved chest, a closetful of tiny tee shirts, and the eyes of a madman.Elliot
OHHHH! I'm sorry! The correct answer she was looking for is "a giant ego"! I have a giant ego!Dr. Cox
Dammit! I knew that!


  • It is revealed that Ted has never won a case.
  • The cotton ball scene with J.D. and Betty is reminiscent of a scene in the film Patch Adams, where the title character helps fulfill a fantasy of a terminally ill patient by allowing her to swim in a pool filled with spaghetti. Both the terminally ill patient in Patch Adams and the role of Betty in this episode were played by Ellen Albertini Dow.
  • In the scene where Betty's brother announces he is about to sue Jake, it is seen he walks off to J.D's left. But as the scene is ending, you can see turns around and walks towards J.D and Jake again.
  • Dr. Turner is played by Jim Hanks, brother of Tom Hanks, who played Scott Turner in the film Turner & Hooch.
  • During Dr. Cox's rant to Elliot he mentions that the NHL is on strike at the time of this episode's airing the NHL lockout occurred which cancelled the entire 2004-05 season.


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