Despite the fact that when you wake up tomorrow morning, you will be a resident, you'll still be the same excitable little girl that you are right now; the only difference will be that some sorry new intern will probably mistake you for somebody who actually knows something.Dr. Cox

"My Last Day" is the twenty-fourth and final episode of Scrubs' first season. It's J.D.'s last day as an intern, and he is reminded of everything that has happened in the past year. Elliot reveals to Jordan that the whole hospital knows she and Dr. Cox still have sex. The main trio try to get rid of Frank Bober, an annoying patient who has no insurance and doesn't need surgery.

Synopsis

Dr. Cox sarcastically hugs J.D.

J.D. can't sleep before his last day as an intern. When he gets up, he is reminded of everything that has happened in the past year. Arriving at the hospital, he greets Dr. Cox, who really doesn't care about J.D.'s last day. He is instead preoccupied with a job opportunity offered by Dr. Kelso who wants Dr. Cox to stop bothering him about monetary issues.

Carla, Turk, Elliot, and J.D. all have an idea.

J.D., Elliot, and Turk all try to pawn off Mr. Bober, an annoyingly complicated patient, on one another but when they realize that none of them cared enough to remember what Mr. Bober looks like they see just how insensitive they have become.

When Elliot gives Jordan a physical, Jordan deduces that she is still in love with J.D. and gives her hell about it, until Elliot snaps at her and says the whole hospital knows that Dr. Cox and Jordan still have sex.

Mr. Bober doesn't have insurance and does not urgently need surgery, but J.D., Turk, and Elliot try to treat him anyway. J.D. goes to Dr. Cox, who agrees to help him and compliments J.D. on the doctor he is becoming. Dr. Cox tells Kelso that treating Mr. Bober with surgery would be a one-time cost that would offset his inevitable return visits. Turk and Carla go to Dr. Wen, who agrees to leave a surgery slot open. Elliot goes back to Jordan to try to persuade her to back the decision on behalf of the board, but she refuses.

J.D. is left alone in a very empty cafeteria.

When Jordan is at Dr. Cox's apartment for a booty call, he tells her that he didn't ask for her help with Mr. Bober because she is predictable, and that she needs to "stir things up". The next day she does help getting Mr. Bober approved for surgery and everyone shares a celebratory lunch until Jordan spills the beans on everybody's secrets: that Dr. Cox is in love with Carla and that Turk knows, but hasn't told her; that the position Dr. Kelso has been making Dr. Cox jump through hoops for was filled months ago; and that Elliot still has feelings for J.D. Finally, she reveals to Dr. Cox that she slept with J.D. the first time they met. The season ends with everyone storming off angrily.

Recurring Themes

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

Carla kisses Frank Bober

Fantasies

  • When looking in the mirror, J.D. sees Elliot, The Todd, Dr. Kelso, Jordan, Dr. Cox, Turk, Carla, Ted, and Laverne talking to him about events that have happened over the past year. When he opens the shower, Janitor appears, complains that he isn't one of J.D.'s "mirror friends", and takes J.D.'s shower head.
  • J.D. and Laverne are literally roped into an argument between Carla and Turk.
  • Feeling guilty about trying to get rid of Mr. Bober, J.D. imagines that everybody in the cafeteria is Mr. Bober.

Janitor story

Janitor chooses a new target.

Janitor congratulates J.D. on becoming a resident and calls him "Tiger" (something Janitor wishes people would call him). J.D. doesn't accept his handshake and leaves in disbelief that Janitor thinks he helped J.D. through his first year.

Janitor picks on a new intern after the intern suggests that a paperclip could be the cause of a door jam. This intern is never seen again, but it can be assumed that Janitor torments him throughout his career at Sacred Heart as much as he torments J.D. (Penny)  ("My First Day")

J.D.'s Girl Names

  • Charlotte
So I thought if you looked at Mr. Bober's chart, and--and you agreed with us, you might be able to, you know, pull some strings, er....J.D.

And now, here it comes - the calling me a girl's name, the telling me not to waste my time....J.D.'s thoughts
Yeah. I'll be more than glad to help you, there, Charlotte.Dr. Cox
I was half right.

Guest Stars

Music

     List of music featured in Scrubs

  • "Away" by Leroy
  • "Beautiful World" by Colin Hay

Quotes

Janitor haunts J.D. at home.

You can't have sex with someone you care about; sex is for making babies or having revenge.Jordan


If you lay one finger on me, I'm blowing my rape whistle!Elliot


Oh, come on, Perry. No soft spot for the one woman who slept with you sober?Jordan


I'm a little doormat, I sit and I stay. I let people use me every single day.Jordan

Trivia

  • According to the DVD commentary and production lore, if Scrubs had not been renewed for a second season (something the creators were almost sure would happen), it would have been revealed in this episode, as a series finale twist, that Janitor was a figment of J.D.'s imagination.
  • Many parts of this episode mirror the pilot episode "My First Day" notably the opening scene with J.D. preparing in the mirror and the Janitor and intern discussing the broken door.
  • Dr. Kelso tempts Dr. Cox with the position as Residency Director which Cox finally achieves in the Season Three episode "My Lucky Night".
  • When Turk and Carla are arguing, J.D. has a fantasy in which they literally rope him in. However, when the rope goes around his body, it is seen that the hands are African-American.
  • Although in many episodes, Dr. Cox tells J.D. that he will never give him a hug, he does so in this episode—albeit sarcastically—because it is J.D.'s last day as an intern.
  • In this episode, Carla finds out that Dr. Cox is attracted to her, and that Turk knew this. However, in "My Quarantine" it is revealed that Carla and Dr. Cox went out on a date before she met Turk. Because of this, one might expect Carla to have known that Dr. Cox was attracted to her.
    • It is possible that Carla assumed Dr. Cox had moved on and no longer had feelings for her.
  • Mr. Bober reappears in "My Brother, Where Art Thou?" and by that point he has serious dementia and can only say the word "pickles."
  • The song "Beautiful World" appears in the episode. The singer and writer of the song Colin Hay appears in the following episode, the Season Two premiere "My Overkill".
  • The huge screwdriver the Janitor threatens the intern with is a vintage Stanley. It's the same one he used on J.D. for the penny scene in "My First Day". The props department originally had provided a smaller screwdriver, but camera operator Charles Papert had this one as part of his Steadicam kit and offered it to Neil Flynn, who liked it better as it was more menacing.


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