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And so, by the power vested in me by the American Bar Association, I pronounce you ex-husband and ex-wife. You may now do whatever the hell you want!Ted

"My New Game" is the third episode of Scrubs' fourth season. A technicality results in Dr. Cox and Jordan finding out they're still married. Meanwhile, J.D. does not get the respect he craves as Co-Chief Resident and feels guilty when he allows Turk to do a surgery which went wrong when Todd was meant to.


Ted divorces Dr. Cox and Jordan

Dr. Cox and Jordan Sullivan find out that their divorce didn't go through and they are still technically married, due to a legal mishap - Ted and Dr. Cox had signed the wrong papers. Although this initially seems like good news for Cox and Jordan, they find the dynamic of their relationship has changed for the worse... as they get used to being husband and wife again, they start to argue and bicker over minor things. In the midst of this, Cox is being pestered by Molly as they jointly treat Miss Myers (a facial reconstruction patient). Miss Myers preferred her face before the surgery, and asks about more surgery. Molly argues that she should be allowed more surgery, but Cox thinks her body has been through too much trauma already. Molly goes behind Cox's back and Miss Myers has the surgery. When Dr. Cox speaks to her about this she asks him that if he was happier before wouldn't he want to go back to the way it was. Cox recognizes that he was happier when he was divorced and rushes home to ask Jordan for a divorce. Cox and Jordan have a wedding-like divorce ceremony presided over by Ted, and Cox gains newfound respect for Molly.

J.D. tries to take off the "co-chief" sign

As Chief Resident, J.D. now earns more money than Turk. He begins giving out money to him and other employees for trivial things, but Janitor sees that J.D. has gotten an ego boost from his promotion, and prompts the entire Hospital (and J.D.'s mother) to call him the 'Co-Chief Resident' to bring him back down to earth. Elliot, still scorned from their break up, remains the Chief Resident. Janitor does such a good job that even Dr. Kelso takes notice; $10 a month is taken out of the Co-Chief's paycheck and given to the Chief. Elliot enjoyed being the lone Chief Resident, because for the first time since J.D. dumped her she didn't feel like a victim, and people had stopped patronizing her. J.D. voluntarily keeps the Co-Chief title.

J.D. sends a patient to the O.R. early so that Turk can do a surgery originally assigned to The Todd. When the patient dies, J.D. worries that he has toyed with fate, and Turk feels like J.D. doesn't have faith in him as a surgeon anymore. At Cox's divorce, Turk says that J.D.'s faith in him has gotten him to where he is today, and that his confidence was shaken. The two make up by the end, bonding over beer and wearing the purple leather jumpsuits from the 'Eddie Murphy Raw'.

Recurring Themes

"I'm gay" - Todd


  • Todd pulls out his own heart to save a patient, reveals that he is homosexual, and dies immediately afterward.

Janitor story

Janitor thinks that J.D.'s new role as Chief Resident has made him to a "little too big for his britches", so he takes it upon himself to be J.D.'s "britches shrinker". His first order of business is to convince everyone in the hospital that J.D. is only the 'Co-Chief' and Elliot the Chief. The new title sticks, making J.D. miserable.

J.D.'s Girl Names

Episode Running Gags

  • Turk's new attending, Dr. Lemmon, is a "question talker."
  • J.D. finds rocks in his shoe, then 'gravels' Turk, and then Elliot.

Guest Stars

Martin Klebba as Randall Winston


     List of music featured in Scrubs

  • "Lost Cause" by Beck
  • "Have It All" by Jeremy Kay (DVD/Netflix only due to copyright issues)


"Jordan, Jordan! Will you divorce me?" - Dr. Cox

Jordan, Jordan! Will you divorce me?Dr. Cox

I thought you'd never ask.Jordan

Today, I walk in here, not as a Resident, but as a chief. Chief Resident. Chief Resident Dorian. Chiefy Chiefy Chief.J.D.'s opening narration

Y'know you're not looking as processed and over medicated as usual.Dr. Cox

That is so sweet!Jordan

It felt good cheering Turk up. See, now that I'm 'Chief Studly', I was making a lot more money than him. Needless to say, it was a time to be extra sensitive.J.D.'s Narration

Hey, y'know how I earn more money than you now?J.D.
Here's five bucks for remembering.

Since Elliot and I are both Chief Residents, I'm trying not to make it all about me.J.D.'s narration

John Dorian. Chief Resident [hands nurse a John Dorian, Chief Resident business card]J.D.
Y'know, unless there's someone I could doink.

"He-ey!" - Councilman Donovan

Chief Resident on the house. Everybody say he-ey!J.D.

He-ey!Councilman Donovan
Even though councilman Donovan was handcuffed to that chair because he was once again flying high on crystal meth, his respect felt good. Honestly, it's the reason I keep voting for him.J.D.'s narration

That's why she's the Chief, and you're the Co-Chief.Lonnie

Shut up Lonnie!J.D.
You shut up.


Coolio, indeed.Dr. Kelso

She's got fingers like biceps.J.D., on Elliot

Ha! You've been 'Graveled'J.D.


J.D.'s shoe is full of gravel

  • Dr. Kim Briggs, although she hasn't appeared yet, is seen being listed on the surgical board.
  • Ted is revealed to be impotent.
  • It is never revealed if Ted divorced his wife again, but it can be assumed so because he starts dating Stephanie Gooch in Season 8.