My ABC's

My ABC's
"My ABC's"
Scrubs episode
Episode no. Season 8
Episode 5
Directed by Bill Lawrence
Written by Bill Lawrence
Production code 801
Original air date January 27, 2009
Guest stars

Betsy Beutler
Eliza Coupe
Aziz Ansari
Kevin Clash
Eric Jacobson
Carroll Spinney
Julia Campbell
David Goryl

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My ABC's is the 155th episode of ABC Studios television series Scrubs, and the fifth episode of the series' eighth season. It was broadcast on January 27, 2009



The episode starts with J.D., Turk, and Izzy watching Sesame Street. J.D., Elliot and Dr. Cox each choose an intern to work with. J.D. picks Denise, who lacks compassion towards patients. Also, throughout the whole show, J.D. calls Denise "Jo" because she reminds him of a character from The Facts of Life. Their patient has lung cancer that has been in remission, and they haven't told his eight-year-old son of the cancer. They hope the illness is a minor infection, but after J.D. runs tests he finds that the cancer has returned. J.D. sends Denise to tell the man's distraught wife. J.D. tells her that she shouldn't let the wife put her husband on machines, which would only cause more pain. In response, Denise bluntly tells her that if she does put her husband on machines, it might lead to an infection and then to antibiotics, causing him more pain because she was "too selfish to let him go".

Elliot's intern Katie tries to use her to land a case study with Turk, who eventually gives the case study to Katie after some prodding from Elliot and Carla. In the end, however, Elliot learns that Katie has not changed at all upon overhearing her say that she'll be fine in the hospital because she "has Dr. Reid wrapped around her finger."

Dr. Cox chooses Ed, who is lazy and arrogant, but irreverently funny. He tries to figure out why he hates him so much, finally figuring it out after witnessing Ed refusing the case study.


  • This episode was originally scheduled to air on January 20, but was rescheduled to a week later so that ABC could cover the Neighborhood Ball to celebrate the Presidential inauguration of Barack Obama.
  • This episode was originally intended to be the season premiere, but ABC decided to change in order to have the Courteney Cox character introduced in the first episode, as such they did some pick-up shots referring to things in the middle of the season.

Cultural references


This episode was watched by 5.12 million American viewers. The episode following this one was viewed by 5.05 million, averaging 5.09 million viewers for the hour.


  1. ^ "Scrub's Sesame Street Episode Airs Next Week," The Muppet Newsflash (January 21, 2009).

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