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Honestly, Perry, the only way I could have felt more taken care of is if I were at a four-star resort, or a spa...or a third-world country where you have to boil your own sewage if you want something to drink! Oh, and by the way? A giant, giant feather in your cap for how much power you wield in this hospital after 15 years.Jordan

"My Karma" is the sixteenth episode of Scrubs' second season. J.D. and Turk cause an accident while playing golf on the roof, causing them to fear bad karma. Jordan goes into labor, and J.D. is too scared to keep an eye on her. Elliot and Carla start going insane over their respective partners.


Jordan's demon-baby attacks J.D.

J.D. & Turk's Karma

Dr. Kelso complains to J.D. about how the crappy coffee is worse than a faulty MRI machine. After dismissing Mr. Simms although he was complaining of stomach pains, Turk asks J.D. to join him on the roof to shoot some golf balls. One ball hits Dr. Kelso in the parking lot, spilling his coffee and burning his face. When J.D. takes a shot, the two hear the sound of glass breaking and a car crash. They rush inside.

Later, the two residents meet their patient Mr. Foster who was in a car accident after a golf ball flew through his windshield. The doctors panic but do not tell him that it was them who caused his accident. Dr. Cox asks J.D. to keep an eye on Jordan while he gives her a break from himself, but J.D. is too afraid of her so he avoids her room. He then begins to run into bad situations - having to take all of Dr. Kelso's patients, learning that his favorite Dairy Queen has burned down, and Turk has to hold the fat flaps back during a surgery. The two doctors believe that karma is affecting their lives so they admit to Mr. Foster that they were playing golf on Sacred Heart's roof. Mr. Foster tells them that his accident happened downtown so it was not possible that they caused it.

J.D. realized that their karma may have been because of other patients. He entered Jordan's room and she confessed her true feelings of Dr. Cox. Turk later confessed to Mr. Simms that he may a minor mistake during his lung surgery that resulted in his pain.

Jordan Gives Birth

Meanwhile, Dr. Cox brings Jordan to the hospital for her scheduled delivery date. He promised her that he kissed every butt in the hospital to get her the best room, but the room is occupied by a woman in her 40th hour of labor and Jordan is stuck with a crappy room and her OB-GYN's cherry student Dr. Donna Berlutti. Jordan complains to Perry that he doesn't have the clout in the hospital as he thought he did to which he responds that her baby is not his so he's have to be as nice as she demands. Upset, she walks toward the exit but Perry stops her when he notices her water has broken.

While begining contractions, Jordan demands her ex-husband leave her alone so Dr. Cox asks J.D. to check in on her. After avoiding her for a while, J.D. enters the room and she is happy to hear that Perry cared about her enough to send someone in. She confesses that the baby really is Perry's, but that she wanted him in her life because he wanted to rather than was obliged to. Perry storms in the room and demands to be present for the birth, but Jordan still doesn't tell him the secret. She then gives birth to a very healthy Jack Cox, who Perry says "must have had an ugly father".

Elliot & Paul

At the same time, Elliot struggles to hide her craziness from Paul. On their fourth date on which Elliot plans to sleep with him, Paul leaves without going into her apartment. She panics and tells Carla that she needs to continue hiding the crazy until Paul is too invested to back out. On their next date, Paul is upset that Elliot still seems to be hiding something from him. Elliot pours her soul out, revealing odd secrets. He says he is very turned on and they make out. Back at Sacred Heart, Carla is still freaking out about her recent acceptance to marry Turk. When Dr. Cox is looking for someone to listen to him, she tells him that there are no perfect relationships, but the only ones that come close are when people are there for each other no matter what.

Recurring Themes

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

J.D. as Jerry Seinfeld


  • J.D. is the comedian at a comedy club, but gets no laughs from the audience. Turk and a patient do the drums in the background.
  • Jordan gives birth to a demon baby which jumps on J.D. and starts strangling him.

Janitor story

Janitor claims that it was J.D. and Turk who broke his windscreen, despite it having being broken for a year. He blackmails them with the knowledge of the golf ball incident into replacing it. The Janitor later tries to sell the van to them for $500, but ups the price to $800 when he learns the windscreen itself cost $500. Karma later pays him back when Ted's golf club breaks the windshield again.

J.D.'s Girls Names

  • Girl's Name & Ellen
Hey, Girl's Name!Dr. Cox

Gimme a break - I got a lot on my mind, Ellen! Ooh! Look at that! I bounced back!

Dr. Cox's Girls Names

  • Alice
Now, in honor of this little goblin's arrival, I have gone ahead and taken care of everything: Dr. Gerson will be _waiting_ to induce you; she will also administer the world's largest epidural. I have wealthily under-qualified residents covering all of my patients, so that I can be with you every step of the way. And, here's the kicker: I have traded every single one of my weekends, I have called in every favor, and I have kissed every pompous, wrinkled ass in this fluorescent hell-hole, so that I could secure for you the one and only mack-daddy, out-of-your-mind birthing suite in this entire hospital! Dr. Cox

[Flash forward to the poor-quality birthing suite]
Nice job, Alice.Jordan

Guest Stars


     List of music featured in Scrubs

  • "The Stripper" by David Rose, performed by John C. McGinley
  • "Question" by Old 97's


Do not say splotchy.J.D.'s narration

Good splotchy, Dr. Splotchy.J.D.

Get the hell away from my stomach, or I put you in a leg lock and break your little bird neck neck with my enormous thighs.Jordan

Enjoy your special day.J.D.

What are you two talking about?Dr. Cox

[pause...] Apartheid.J.D.
That it's wrong.Jordan

Damn you, KarmaJ.D.



  • As the episode is dedicated to karma, there are many karmic paybacks:
    • Turk and J.D. playing golf on the roof caused:
      • J.D. to cover Dr. Murphy's shift and Dr. Kelso's patients
      • Turk to hold the fat flap of a patient getting their stomach stapled.
      • The Dairy Queen burned down.
    • The Janitor's windshield breaks (again) after he blackmailed J.D. and Turk to fix it.
    • Dr. Kelso gets his face scarred from hot coffee after he dismisses a patient in need of help.
  • The Janitor and Turk meet each other in this episode.
  • Elliot narrates a few sentences in this episode.
  • JD hits with a righty club, but when he grabs he golf bag, the irons are all lefties.


  • The Comedy Sketch fantasy is a spoof of the famous 90's NBC series Seinfeld.
  • The Janitor uses the golf club cozy as a puppet and says "Hi Davey", which is a reference to the 1960's animated Christian television show Davey and Goliath.
  • When Carla says "This isn't Shangri-La", she is referring to a paradise described in James Hilton's 1933 novel Lost Horizon.
  • When Dr. Kelso's face is burned, Dr. Cox calls him Backdraft. Backdraft is a 1991 movie about firefighters and arsonists.


  • Elliot says she has a cat, but this causes some continuity errors:
    • In "My Brother, Where Art Thou?", she says that all cats hate her and she is attacked by a bunch of them.
    • This cat has never been shown during the whole series.
  • Elliot says that she is seeing three different psychiatrists.
  • In "My Old Man" Turk exhibits his faith in karma but in this episode he doesn't believe in it (at first). Likewise, J.D. believes in karma in this episode where he didn't before. However, it is possible that the apparent karmic payback in "My Old Man" has convinced J.D. of its power.
  • When Elliot is talking to Carla about Paul, the clock in the background reads that the time is 15:10. At the end of the conversation, the clock reads 15:30. That's a long conversation for just about 20 sentences.
  • This episode takes place on March 21, 2003, as Paige Cox later states in "My New God" that Jack's birthday is March 21, 2003, about one month after the episode air date of February 20, 2003.