- “You just wanna call me a name: Like "tramp" or "ho" or "slesident" - which, apparently, is half "slut" and half "resident".”— Elliot
"My New Coat" is the fifth episode of Scrubs' second season. J.D. struggles to find his identity at Sacred Heart. Elliot gains a new reputation around the hospital. Turk betrays his friendship with Elliot in order to fit in.
In adjusting to their new positions in the hospital, the residents embark on a search for different identities. J.D., feeling more like a doctor, proudly dons a white lab coat and attempts to stand up to the Janitor and Dr. Cox. Turk finds himself with intense back pains after being stuck working with Dr. Amato, a very short surgeon. Meanwhile, Elliot is getting some extra attention from Dr. Di Stefano, a handsome surgeon, and Turk's boss, who constantly assigns Turk to work with Dr. Amato to punish him for skipping guy's night out with the other surgeons. When they all get together later, Carla brands them each with an identity: J.D. is the geek; Turk is the jocky frat boy with back problems; and Elliot is... white, an identity that Elliot hates because J.D. is also white.
A new patient, Mr. Blair, has been admitted for a severe sinus infection and J.D. is treating him. As Mr. Blair's infection persists, J.D. decides to administer a stronger antibiotic intravenously. The patient ends up losing his sense of smell and blames J.D. After much anxiety, J.D. finds that it wasn't his fault after all and confronts Dr. Cox for seemingly placing the blame on him.
Looking to change her straight-laced reputation, Elliot has a one-night stand with Dr. Di Stefano. Soon after, rumors of her tryst spreads like wildfire throughout the hospital. At first she is upset, but later revels in her new reputation as a sex expert.
Carla and Elliot are treating Mrs. Brumbry when Carla realizes that the patient's age disqualifies her from a beneficial G.I. clinical trial. Dr. Cox decides to break the rules and enters her in the trial anyway. Dr. Kelso takes pleasure in reprimanding Dr. Cox, but later finds that the patient actually was qualified. He apologizes, but Cox states he would have broken the rules anyway.
In an attempt to fit in with the other jocky surgeons, Turk betrays his friendship with Elliot. Later, after having an eye opening talk with Dr. Amato, he stands up against the other surgeons.
- Elliot rips off her shirt and wildly makes out with a Dr. DiStefano.
- Dr. Cox uncontrollably pees his pants.
- A man singing opera whenever J.D is about to make a mistake.
- The Janitor starts wearing a white coat also, that says 'Janitor' on it to confuse patients into either believing they are both doctors, or they are both janitors.
J.D.'s Girls Names
- “Look Babs, if you're truly worried about people seeing your ass, just go ahead and do what all the other girls do and tie a sweater around your waist.”— Dr. Cox
- Tiny Dancer
- “Now listen closely Tiny Dancer, I wouldn't be flapping my mouth if I had forgotten to get a blood culture on My Blair.”— Dr. Cox
- Fiona, used by Perry Cox.
- “I can't honestly decide whether to say "duh", "adoy" or a very sarcastic, "Oh, really?" My God, Fiona.”— Dr. Cox
- Ted Lange as Mr. Blair
- Derek Miller as Orderly
- Linda Tran as Noelle
- Bruce Sledge as Dana Gould
- Britt Erickson as Beautiful Woman
- Kerry Michaels as Mrs. Bumbry
- Brian McGovern as Dr. DiStefano
- Jeff Asch as Dr. Amato
- "A Little Better" by Keren DeBerg
- "Here Comes My Baby" By Cat Stevens
- “Armed with the knowledge that I was right and he was wrong, I thought I'd enjoy this walk more. Still, I couldn't help but empathize, because I've been there, and I saw the signs: The shameful, averted gaze... The nervous shifting... And, of course, the wild, uncontrollable urination.”— J.D.'s Narration
- “What? What!? You wanna ask me how many ceiling tiles I've counted this week? Or maybe you just wanna call me a name: Like "tramp" or "ho" or "slesident" - which, apparently, is half "slut" and half "resident".”— Elliot
- “As soon as we get out of this sterile field, I am going need the man who hit that to hit that!”— Todd
- “I'm not just some, you know, nameless, faceless, white doctor. I'm Elliot Reid - Tramp.”— Elliot
- After this episode, J.D. mainly wears scrubs until Season Nine.
- To contrast J.D. wearing a lab coat for the entire episode, Dr. Cox virtually doesn't.
- According to the DVD commentary, While Dr. Cox rants to J.D. about getting Mr. Blair's blood culture, he revolves around J.D. instead of walking around him. Zach Braff was trying (horribly) not to laugh during this scene.
- In Ted's office, the picture behind him is of Sam Lloyd's (the actor who plays Ted) mother.
- J.D.'s fantasy of an imaginary opera singer (Bruce Sledge) singing "Mistake!" whenever he is about to do something stupid is a joke also used in a stand-up routine by comedian Dana Gould. In the end credits, it is revealed that Bruce Sledge's character's name is Dana Gould.
- When Dr. Cox calls J.D. "tiny dancer" he is referring to Elton John's song "Tiny Dancer".
- Most of the names on the surgical assignments whiteboard appears to be taken from members of the crew:
- Both "Winston" and "Keenan" are likely named after Randall Keenan Winston.
- Rose might be taken from Danny Rose. Though, a Dr. Rose did appear in the episode, "My Nightingale".
- "Iannizzotto" is named after Paul Iannizzotto, property master for the episode.
- "Newman" appears to be named after Liz Newman.
- "Hirsc" might be named after Hillary Simone Hirsch, production coordinator, but lacks the last "h". "Hill" may also be a reference to Hirsch.
- "Franklyn" may either be Franklyn, or named after Franklyn Gottbetter, who served as second assistant director on this episode.
- "Pedreira" is named after Paul Pedreira, first assistant director on this episode.