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Since when are khakis, a pink shirt, and a neckerchief not hip?Carla

"My Fifteen Minutes" is the eighth episode of Scrubs' first season. J.D. tries to get Dr. Cox to write him a glowing evaluation. Turk gets annoyed at being portrayed as the "black doctor hero" after saving a cameraman's life live on television. Elliot finds out that Carla tried to get away from her when they went to a bar, and they lose their friendship.


J.D. and Turk enjoy their new popularity.

As Turk and J.D. head to a strip club for lunch, they meet a group of protesters. A news team is covering the protest, and while an anchorwoman is interviewing the interns, the cameraman passes out. J.D. and Turk resuscitate him and are called heroes by the news channel. Dr. Kelso thinks it would be a good idea to milk their fame a little and makes billboards and posters with Turk on them. Turk gets upset that he is being portrayed as the "black doctor hero" and gets the posters taken down.

At the same time, all the interns are scheduled for evaluations. Elliot scores an A++ on her evaluation, and J.D. gets nervous when he finds out Dr. Cox will be evaluating him. When asked about the evaluation, Dr. Cox tells J.D. that he is too busy to evaluate him and tells J.D. to fill out his own evaluation form. After J.D. stands up to Dr. Cox the next day, Dr. Cox agrees to evaluate him. During the evaluation, Dr. Cox rips into J.D., saying his biggest problem is that he is insecure about himself. Unbeknownst to J.D., at a meeting with the board of directors, Dr. Cox gives him an excellent review.

Ninja stars hold J.D. up.

Meanwhile, Elliot is bored, and J.D. asks Carla to let her tag along on an outing. When Carla introduces Elliot to Patricia and her son Darryl, Elliot makes a fool of herself. Carla then tells everyone that they will have to cancel their plans. Later, at the bar, Elliot drinks alone. When Carla and Patricia walk in, Elliot realizes that she was lied to and runs out, almost crying. The next day, Elliot decides to go out for a night on the town by herself, but when she arrives downtown, she is scared of the homeless and other scoundrels. Carla apologizes the next day, but Elliot throws herself a pity party. Eventually, Elliot and Carla get on better ground when they realize they are at Sacred Heart for the same reason—caring for other people. Carla invites Elliot to come out with her and Patricia.

Recurring themes

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

J.D. as a wrestler.


  • Turk is Batman and J.D. is Robin, and later Alfred the Butler.
  • J.D.'s and Turk's fame leads several women to buy them drinks.
  • Carla throws shurikens at J.D. after he puts her in an awkward position.
  • J.D. is a pro wrestler and trash-talks Dr. Cox.


  • J.D. realizes that Dr. Cox is doing his evaluation and remembers one of his rants.
  • A young Turk wins a science fair that he didn't even enter.

Janitor story

  • Janitor accuses J.D. of stealing something off his cart. J.D. did not steal anything, and as Janitor continues to blame him, J.D. gets more and more frustrated. The item turns out to be a spray bottle of ammonia.

J.D.'s girl names

  • Supergirl, who is Superman's cousin.
Listen, Supergirl. I'm gonna break you into so many pieces that my grandmother, who can do a thousand-piece puzzle of clear blue sky in an hour, will never be able to finish putting you back together, even if she does go back in time to when her vision was perfect.Dr. Cox

Guest Stars

Turk appears twice on his college brochure.


     List of music featured in Scrubs

  • "Going Out With a Bang" by G-Sleep
  • "See Ya Around" by Keren DeBerg
  • "Wonderful" by Everclear
  • "The Magician" by Bobby McCall and Dontrell Mayfield


Batman and Robin.

"Damn you, sir."

Holy inferiority complex, Batman! How low is my self esteem that I'm the sidekick in my own fantasy?!J.D.

It could be worse, Robin. You could be Alfred the Butler.Turk
[Fantasy changes; J.D. is now Alfred]
Damn you, sir.

Whose breasts haven't I signed yet?J.D.

Listen, Supergirl, I'm gonna break you into so many little pieces that my grandmother, who can do a thousand-piece puzzle of clear blue sky in less than an hour, will never be able to finish putting you back together, even if she does go back in time to when her vision was perfect!Dr. Cox


Turk in a science fair.

  • On the Region 2 DVD, the image for this episode and the next one, "My Day Off", are switched.
  • J.D. claims that the 38 dollar bills in his pocket are the change from his "forty" when he bought a newspaper. However, there is no $40 bill in circulation. Then again, he had to come up with an excuse for his $1 bills for the reporter on the spot, so he probably just didn't think his response through.
  • Turk says that the reporter is married to the sound man. However, neither she nor the sound man are wearing wedding rings.
  • Ted is credited as "Lawyer".
  • Ted says he "had a wife and family" before he worked at Sacred Heart, yet in Season 8 he says that Gooch is his first girlfriend.
  • The billboards of Turk ran in real life to advertise the show.
  • When Turk and Carla are talking about Elliot, the clock behind Turk reads 2:25, then 2:20, and then 2:35 when J.D. arrives.
  • Ted says that when he started working for Dr. Kelso, he had hair. This is confirmed in a flashback in "My Waste of Time". However, in "My Best Laid Plans", Ted says that he lost his hair in the 8th grade.
  • Dr. Cox calls J.D. "Supergirl", an allusion to the DC Comics heroine.
  • The scene where Elliot goes downtown in a taxi, turns around a few times, and throws her hat alludes to the end of the introduction of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, where Mary basically does the same.
  • The posters and billboards promoting Sacred Heart include the phrases:
    • Wellness through diversity
    • Time to get an EKG, G
    • Our MD's have Mad Skills
    • WAZZUP? Your white blood cell count at Sacred Heart.

Title explanation

J.D. and Turk get their fifteen minutes of fame after saving the cameraman.