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Girl problems? You look like you got problems, you're a girl, hence girl problems.Janitor

"My Heavy Meddle" is the sixteenth episode of Scrubs' first season. J.D. and Elliot try to avoid each other around the hospital. J.D. tries to get over the news that his favorite high school teacher recently died. Dr. Cox gets angry and says he can't stand the hospital anymore, but then returns to work happily. Elliot gets annoyed that Turk only worked with her because she's a geek. Carla argues with Dr. Kelso about whether a patient in a coma should be allowed to listen to music.


Dr. Cox destroys Franklyn's lab.

Having broken up disastrously in the previous episode, J.D. and Elliot try to avoid each other around the hospital. J.D.'s distress is worsened when he finds out that his favorite high school teacher, who wrote the reference that prompted J.D. to go into medicine, recently died. His reaction to the news is typical J.D., though: He cracks a joke about it.

That same day, Dr. Cox gets angry and destroys Franklyn's lab when his test results don't come back on time. That night, he goes to J.D.'s apartment and drags J.D. out in his pajamas to a bar, where they spend the night drinking. Dr. Cox says that he can't take it anymore at the hospital. But, much to J.D.'s confusion, Dr. Cox comes to work the next day in a good mood. When J.D. confronts him about it, Dr. Cox explains that everybody needs to release their emotions at times.

Elliot helps J.D. get over the loss of Mr. Peters.

Meanwhile, Turk asks Elliot to help him study, but Elliot leaves him when The Todd claims that Turk only picked her because she is a geek. Later, Turk explains that he chose Elliot as his partner to encourage her and J.D. to make up with each other. They do just that, and the episode ends with J.D., Elliot, Turk, and Carla throwing food off the roof of the hospital, much to the Janitor's horror.

Recurring themes

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

J.D. is so bored, he dreams of killing himself.


  • Janitor is a terrible project partner for Turk.
  • J.D. ties a noose around his neck while listening to a girl's boring story at the bar.
  • J.D. knocks Dr. Cox out.

Janitor story

  • Janitor insinuates that J.D. is a girl.

J.D.'s girl names

  • Marsha
Marsha, I have no interest in coming in.Dr. Cox

  • Gloria

Guest Stars

Dr. Cox comes to J.D.'s apartment.


     List of music featured in Scrubs

  • "Talk Dirty to Me" by Poison
  • "Have It All" by Jeremy Kay


J.D. runs into Elliot at the batting cages while trying to avoid her.

It starts out as just one song, but then before you know it, half of the hospital staff is running around piercing their genitalia and fornicating in the back of vans. Unless a family member shows up to enforce the directive, we really don't have to do anything. Now, will you do me a favor and just forget about it, sweetheart?Dr. Kelso

We're out here because if I go home and go to sleep, the only thing I'm going to be able to think about is that I gotta get up tomorrow morning and go back to that place. And you wanna know something, pal? I got nothing. Honest to God, I got nothing. I'm cooked.Dr. Cox

My God, I'm drinking with a mouseketeer.Dr. Cox about J.D.

Dr. Cox throws a stool through a window in anger.

So the bartender just let you skip out on the tab?Carla

He said I could pay him back by giving him a complete physical, which is actually scary because I never mentioned I was a doctor.J.D.

Well, I let my emotions out! I'll show you some of this!J.D.

[He pushes a beaker onto the floor; Franklyn walks in hugging a microscope]
Oh Franklyn, I am so sorry. Wanna wear my stethoscope?


J.D. wears a onesie to the bar.

Janitor is the worst partner Turk could have chosen.

  • Dr. Kelso mentions his dog, Baxter, for the first time.
  • First time someone other than Dr. Cox (the Janitor) calls J.D. a girl.
  • As of this episode, Neil Flynn (Janitor) is credited in the main cast. He also has his first solo scene at the end of the episode.
  • J.D. goes to a batting cage, but in later seasons, his character is portrayed as being clueless about sports.
  • This episode marks the second time Ted sings on the show.
  • J.D. and Dr. Cox's bar scenes are interspersed with Elliot and Turk's studying scenes. But in the last bar scene, Dr. Cox states that it is 2 a.m., while in the last studying scene, the clock behind Turk and Elliot reads 6:36 a.m.
  • Before this episode, J.D. wore a t-shirt and shorts as sleepwear, never pajamas or a onesie.
  • J.D. only throws two objects off the roof to the (then) clean ground before Elliot declares that it is time for the finale: the watermelons. After the watermelons are thrown, it is clear that all objects have now been thrown off the roof. When Janitor is seen cleaning up the mess, there are more objects (and something orange that was not seen before) on the ground.

  • When Elliot and Turk are discussing (and watching) Red Dawn, she talks about the Russians invading Michigan. In actuality, the film is about Russians invading Colorado.
  • Janitor alludes to Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness when he says "The horror!" in regards to the scattered food in the parking lot.
  • When Dr. Cox asks if J.D. wants to commit "harakiri", he is referring to seppuku, a form of Japanese ritual suicide by disembowelment.
  • When Dr. Cox says, "Listen up, little piggy. You open up this door in the next three seconds or I will start huffing and puffing", he is referencing The Three Little Pigs, in which a wolf blows down the doors of two pigs' houses.
  • When Carla says, "Who is that, Arsenio?", she is referring to Arsenio Hall, an American talk show host, comedian, and actor.
  • Turk was actually refferencing the (now disgraced) comedian Bill Cosby who was the face of the "Pudding Pop" dessert snack for many years.
  • Dr. Cox alludes to the 1981 drama and romance film Endless Love when he says, "If you don't toss that shot back, I'm gonna throw you up on the bar and make you sing the theme song from Endless Love." The theme song is also called "Endless Love", originally recorded by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie.
  • When Elliot asks, "You want to throw stuff off the roof like Letterman used to do?", she is alluding to an old bit of David Letterman's where he throws objects (usually fruit) off high rooftops.
  • Dr. Cox calls J.D. a "mouseketeer", which is a member of the Mickey Mouse Club.
  • When J.D. says, "I used to like Silver Surfer", he is referring to a Marvel Comics superhero, Silver Surfer, an alien who is exiled on Earth by his former master, Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds, when he refuses to help Galactus destroy Earth.
  • When Dr. Cox says, "There are times when I'm all by myself that I concentrate as hard as I can to see if I can make myself catch on fire like the Human Torch", he is alluding to the Marvel Comics superhero Human Torch, a member of the Fantastic Four who can fly, control fire, and safely surround himself in flames.