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Oh my God. What happened in your life that made you so needy that you've got to fill every waking second by babbling on?Dr. Cox to Denise Lemmon

"My Last Chance" is the eighth episode of Scrubs' fourth season. J.D. has a chance to sleep with Molly, but will have to work hard to actually use the chance. Dr. Cox has to go on ambulance duty with his worst nightmare: an optimistic woman who can't stop talking.


Dr. Cox & Denise Lemmon

Dr. Cox fake laughing at one of Denise's many jokes

Dr. Kelso tells Dr. Cox that he has not met the hospital’s requirement of 24 hours of community service and that he is suspended until he does so. The next day Dr. Cox begins a twelve-hour shift in an ambulance with EMT Denise Lemmon. He is immediately repelled by her annoying rambling. She draws his attention to a photo of her son on the dashboard, saying that he is ten-years-old in the picture and that “he’ll always be that age to me.”

Molly standing in a seductive position

The next day Denise shows up at Dr. Cox's apartment before his second shift. She talks to him and Jordan about her son's favorite Ken Griffey Jr. baseball card, that he always carries on his person. He resigns himself to his fate and prepares to endure another twelve hours of torment. Dr. Cox ignores her during the day and sits in the back. Denise crashes the ambulance and breaks her collarbone. Dr. Cox gets her to sign his community service form and, once she has done so, finally releases all his irritation about her in a brutally honest tirade about how annoying she is. As he leaves the room, an orderly tells him that Denise had left something in the ambulance and hands him a Ken Griffey Jr. baseball card. Suddenly piecing everything together, Dr. Cox realizes that Denise’s son is dead. Remorseful, he goes back into the Denise’s hospital room and learns that her son was killed in an accident, which is what caused her to become a paramedic.

Dr. Cox later brings Jack to visit Denise in the hospital.

J.D.'s Quest for Molly

Turk and J.D. lost in the middle of nowhere.

Elsewhere, Molly tells Elliot that she has accepted a psychiatric fellowship in Milwaukee and is leaving the hospital. Elliot is saddened to hear this and decides to throw her a goodbye party. People begin to leave the party until only Molly and J.D. are left and they spend the rest of the evening passionately making out. The next day Molly tells Elliot about her night, and Elliot claims that it doesn’t bother her. Elliot later tells J.D. that she will make him pay. J.D. refuses to do so, confident that Elliot has no leverage over him as there is no possibility of the two of them ever having sex again. J.D. finds Molly at the hospital entrance and asks if she would like to go out later, as she is leaving for Milwaukee the next day. Molly is uncertain, but he pours out his heart to her and the two kiss.

J.D. must obtain permission from Elliot to sleep with Molly, who writes a note for J.D. to give to Molly. After running into a wall on Sasha, J.D. awakens and he's terrified to see that he is being treated by Doug. Still wishing to have sex with Molly, he hitches a ride with Janitor wearing only a hospital gown. Janitor abandons J.D. in the middle of nowhere. He immediately calls Turk for help, who shows up with Carla to pick him up. Carla leaves when Turk says that he thinks that sex with Molly would be awesome. J.D.'s phone is stolen by a coyote so the two friends begin jogging to Molly's.

Dr. Kelso and an Asian girl

Turk and J.D. arrive at Molly’s apartment building, but her name is no longer listed. They call Elliot to find out the apartment number, but she doesn't help. The first apartment they knock on is occupied by Dr. Kelso and an Asian prostitute. Turks spots Molly outside the apartment, getting into a cab. J.D. tears the gown off of Turk an uses it to slide down a wire towards the cab. However, he loses control and falls into a pile of garbage bags. He gets up and urges Molly to stay in town one more day so that they can spend it together. Molly isn’t sure, so J.D. hands her Elliot’s note. She reads it and, saying it must be for him, hands it back and gets into the cab. Confused, J.D. unfolds Elliot’s note and finds that it actually reads, “Now we’re even!” Distraught, he cries out in agony.

Recurring Themes

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


All the old patients secretly up and about

  • All the old patients are up and dancing around, and then quickly fake being ill as J.D. and Elliot appear.
  • Molly is wearing tiny lingerie and waiting for J.D. - a fantasy J.D. uses as an incentive to keep him running to Molly.


  • J.D. and Turk chilling on the roof at college with a girl and their friend 'Shinski'. They're drinking beer and listening to Young MC whilst Turk and the girl are soaking their feet in a kid's paddling pool, Shinski falls off the roof when J.D. throws a beer at him.
  • Todd is at home, chatting up a Molly Piñata.

Janitor story

J.D. has a scooter accident while trying to rush to Molly for sex, he wakes up to find Janitor cleaning up his blood. Janitor stops to bug him, but J.D. explains the situation of how he has the opportunity of sex, so Janitor immediately invites him into his van for a ride. Janitor then drops him off in the middle of nowhere, remarking "It's been four years. How do you not get how this works?", before driving off.

Guest Stars

Molly Shannon as Denise Lemmon.


     List of music featured in Scrubs

  • "Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)" by Robert Palmer
  • "Bust a Move" by Young MC
  • "Can't Hold On" by Tart
  • "Honestly" by Cary Brothers
  • "If You Were Here" by Thompson Twins
  • "In the Mood" by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra
  • "Something" by Cary Brothers
  • "Honestly" by Cary Brothers
  • "Boogie Woogie"by Andrew Sisters


"They're here. Ignite the tractor beam! Kkkssssh!" - Half-naked Patient

They're here. Ignite the tractor beam! Kkkssssh!Half-naked Patient

"Aaaah! The sinks are broken! The sinks are broken!" - J.D. On fire.

J.D., you just don't have that edgy mean streak that I'm attracted to.Molly

[J.D. pushes Turk over a railing.]
You were saying?J.D.
Dude! What the Hell!Turk
[J.D. whispers to Turk about the situation.]
Oh, that's wassup, you go about your business.

[J.D. Runs out of the bathroom on fire]
"Aaaah! The sinks are broken! The sinks are broken!" - J.D.

Look, I'm sorry, but I'm attracted to damaged, dysfunctional people, and you're just too normal.Molly

[Sometimes, all it takes is a slammin' hotty to make you dig down deep, and discover who you really are.] My emotional journey began at 5 years old, when I walked in in my parents having sex in a position that later my father would playfully describe as 'The Jackhammer'. I have a mentor that verbally abuses me every chance he gets and no matter how much I try, I cannot stop constantly narrating my own life. [At that very moment I feared I had divulged to much] Molly, I'm narcissistic, I'm pessimistic, I'm obsessive, I'm insecure and I'm so afraid of intimacy that every one of my relationships is a journey of self-sabotage that inevitably ends in a black vacuum of shattered expectations and despair.J.D.

[They kiss.]

"I just saw an adorable inter-racial gay couple" - Denise

Hey Per, I just saw an adorable inter-racial gay couple.Denise Lemmon on J.D. and Turk

God bless Molly Ringwald. And God bless this Molly too. Aw, to hell with it, God bless Mollys everywhere!J.D.

Docta, docta give me the news, I got a...Denise Lemmon

Yeah I'm not a big car singin' kinda guy.Dr. Cox
Aww bad case of lovin' you, Per. Come on, where's the fun?

I think that's how my nose got bent. Who knows? Nose knows. I love words, don't you love words?Denise Lemmon

I like "strangle".Dr. Cox

"So's your face!" - J.D.

If you bring sarcasm my way, baby, prepare to be stung.J.D.

So's your face.

That doesn't even make any sense.
'So's your face' always makes sense.

J.D., that's stupid.Carla
So's your face! I'm on fire, hellooo!

I heard you were working back-to-back shifts, so I pulled a couple of strings so we could get the old band back together.Denise Lemmon

Perry, you've always wanted to be in a band.Jordan
Get outta town.

Get outta town, Perry.

It's been four years. How do you not get how this works?Janitor


  • This was the first time that Zach Braff directed an episode for Scrubs and TV.
  • Denise says that her high school nickname was The Big Easy. This is the same nickname that Turk says his mother gave to one of his ex-girlfriends in "My Old Man."
  • The music played at the start of this episode is the same as the music Kelso dances to in "My Case Study."
  • J.D.'s comment of "God bless Mollys everywhere!" in reference to Molly Clock and Molly Ringwald is also a subtle nod to the fact that the guest star in this episode is another famous Molly.
  • Amy Ferguson, the woman who plays the girl in the bar talking to J.D. about her nephew later appeared in Zach Braff's movie Garden State.
  • Molly accepts a fellowship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which may be a reference to the birth place of the actress who portrays her, Heather Graham.