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Scrubs makes many cultural references for the basis of jokes and to establish that the world of Sacred Heart is set in the real world. The series makes multiple references in every episode. The references can be a passing line of dialog or as full fledged as a fantasy.
- “ I suppose I could riff a list of things that I care as little about as our last week together. Lemme see, uhh.... Low-carb diets. Michael Moore. The Republican National Convention. Kabbalah and all Kabbalah-related products. Hi-def TV, the Bush daughters, wireless hot spots, 'The O.C.', the U.N., recycling, getting Punk'd, Danny Gans, the Latin Grammys, the real Grammys. Jeff, that Wiggle who sleeps too darn much! The Yankees payroll, all the red states, all the blue states, every hybrid car, every talk show host! Everything on the planet, everything in the solar system, everything everything everything everything everything everything--eve--everything that exists -- past, present and future, in all discovered and undiscovered dimensions. Oh! And Hugh Jackman. Eh.”— Dr. Cox ("My Old Friend's New Friend")
- “Oh, I do love [Grey's Anatomy]. It's like they've been watching our lives and then just put it on TV.”— J.D. ("My Buddy's Booty")
- “I grew up on the Street. No, not the 'hood, the Sesame Street.”— J.D. ("My ABC's")
|SCRUBS FORMAT & NARRATIVE|
|Comedy||Comedic Techniques • Pratfall • Recurring gags • Slow Motion Girls • Nicknames|
|Drama||Dramatic Techniques • Music|
|Themes||Approval • Education • Family • Friendship • Life and Death • Love • Mentorship • Rivalries • Sex|
|Alternate reality • Breaking the fourth wall • Clip show • Cultural references • Fantasies • Flashbacks • Janitor story • Meta references • Narrators • Story episodes|