Well, it's like last year when the safety break failed on Enid's wheelchair and she started rolling towards our pool. I told myself, "Bob, it's already too late to stop it, so you might as well sit back and enjoy it".Dr. Kelso

"My Growing Pains" is the fifth episode of Scrubs' seventh season. J.D. and Turk take a trip down memory lane to their first prank together. Dr. Kelso's true age is revealed. Dr. Cox has a 10-year-old patient, Josh Winston, who is diagnosed with leukemia.


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J.D. and Turk's first prank

Josh Winston

When J.D. and Turk take a trip down memory lane to their first prank together while planning another, Dr. Cox tells J.D. that he has to "grow up" due to his new responsibilities of fatherhood. J.D. tells Turk that they need to act their age, and Turk tries to convince J.D. that he doesn't need to completely lose his inner child. At the same time, Dr. Cox tries to make Jack grow up by refusing to talk to him in a "funny voice" that entertains him. Meanwhile, Dr. Cox has a 10-year-old patient, Josh Winston, who is diagnosed with leukemia. He has to deal with the child's parents, who want to keep the condition a secret from Josh. Dr. Cox goes ahead and tells Josh without his parents' consent; when he announces his deed triumphantly to Carla, she insists that he "just doesn't get it". At the same time, Turk tortures J.D. by trying to get him to play some of their childish games, like Find the Saltine.

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J.D. and Dr. Cox confront Turk and Carla in a "tag team" battle. Carla says that Dr. Cox has no right to deny Josh his childhood by forcing him to deal with such a terrible disease, saying that Dr. Cox's own lost childhood is not a justifiable excuse. Turk also manages to make J.D. realize that his new responsibilities do not necessarily preclude his individual expression; according to Turk, there is no reason for J.D. to "change who he is." The episode ends with J.D. and Turk playing at "World's Most Giant Black Doctor", asking people to sign a petition to make the hospital more giant-accessible, while Dr. Cox talks to Jack using the "funny voice" over a webcam.

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Kelso's birthday party

Kelso's birthday

Meanwhile, it's Dr. Kelso's birthday, he tells Elliot he's turning fifty-eight; however Carla and Ted reveal that he's been saying the same thing for years. Elliot enlists the Janitor and Ted's help to find out Kelso's real age. After several bizarre ideas, the Janitor and Elliot just break into the personnel files. They find that he is in fact sixty-five, and throw him a surprise birthday party. However, a board member later approaches Kelso in his office, saying that sixty-five is the hospital's standard retirement age for administrators and that Kelso will have to step down. Kelso reluctantly agrees, asking only that the search for his replacement be kept a secret.

Recurring Themes

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Sammy imagines all the men have breasts

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


  • J.D. tries to imagine what Sammy's fantasies are like. He fantasizes about all the men of Sacred Heart having breasts for Sam to feed off.


  • Turk and J.D.'s second day of college: The pair, along with Ricky (A.K.A. Caramel Bear), pull a prank with disastrous consequences.

Janitor story

Janitor helps Elliot break into the personnel files to find out Kelso's real age. He reluctantly gives Kelso his power drill as a birthday gift, before claiming the drill Ted got Kelso for himself.

Episode Running Gags

  • When Carla and Turk are "tag teaming" on J.D. and Dr. Cox, J.D. and Cox speak simultaneously.

Guest Stars

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Sterling Beaumon as Josh Winston.


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     List of music featured in Scrubs

  • "Whoomp! (There It Is)" by Tag Team
  • "The Man" by Pete Yorn
  • "I'm With You" by Avril Lavigne


Jacky, you're getting a little too old for that now pal, you're 4. I mean people are actually starting to understand about a third of what you say.Dr. Cox

I like lightning...(2/3 of a sentence of undecipherable nonsense)???Jack Cox

Damn Izzy! You looking good girlJ.D. as Sam

Thank you Sam. You not only have a soft spot in your heart, but you got one in your headTurk as Izzy
What do you say, we hit up a Wiggles concert, then go back to my crib, pop open a bottle of formula see what happens?

Come here and taste this brown sugar. Taste. This. Brown. Sugar!

I wanna hit that, I wanna spank it good, I wanna hit that, I wanna give it to you!J.D. as Sam

Anyways, when was the last time we did something "off the hook stupid".Turk

Probably not since the second day of College, remember? When it wasn't just the two of us, it was the three of us.J.D.

What has two thumbs, a funny voice and still doesn't give a crap. Bob Kelso. I added the funny voice to keep it fresh.Dr. Kelso

Hey Carla, I got you some Kelso cake (it's delish)...and a dreidel.Dr. Cox


  • First appearance of Ricky/Caramel Bear.
  • The Janitor's personnel file says his name is Captain Billy Stinkwater and that he is half gopher.
  • In this episode, Turk makes Izzy talk and move, just like a ventriloquist dummy. However, in "My Road to Nowhere", when nurse Rochelle does the same, Turk asks her "What's the matter with you?!". It's possible that his opinion on the matter changed since then.
  • Even though there are captions to what Jack is saying and it's incomplete, it sounds like he is saying "I like Lightning McQueen bicycle, stuffed pizza."
  • In the episode "My Kingdom The portrait that Dr. Cox uses to fake Dr. Kelso's death gave him the birth year of 1947 making Dr. Kelso 60, but Cox has probably been lied to about his age as well.