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Hey, from now on, your name is Scooter. It's short for Scooter Pie. I hate Scooter Pies.Janitor

"My Nickname" is the tenth episode of Scrubs' first season. Carla and J.D. have difficulties in their friendship when J.D. becomes more knowledgeable than her. Dr. Cox and Elliot cope with hyper patient, Jill Tracy (Nicole Sullivan). Dr. Kelso and Turk argue over who should get to sit on the idyllic bench.



Dr. Kelso and Turk on the bench

J.D. and Carla's friendship comes to a critical point where his knowledge surpasses her experience. J.D. is nervous that Carla will be upset that he is advancing in medicine as a doctor. After having a bad experience with a patient, Dr. Cox uses J.D. as his personal punching bag. J.D. talks with Carla about how it hurt his feelings, and later Carla yells at Dr. Cox for hurting her "Bambi". Following this, Dr. Cox makes J.D. look like a fool in front of a lot of people for complaining to Carla. J.D. then yells at Carla for calling him Bambi. After she accepts his apology, they continue with their plans to visit a photography exhibit. On the way there, J.D. makes a joke about not attending college, and Carla gets upset. In the rain, she explains how she's tired of interns outgrowing her, and how J.D. is the first intern to make her feel bad about what she does. The next day at the hospital, J.D. attempts to rebuild their relationship slowly but surely. He comes to terms with her calling him "Bambi".

At the same time, Dr. Cox is assigned a new patient with Elliot. The patient - Jill Tracy is super hyper even after taking two Valium. When Dr. Cox finds there is nothing wrong with her, he orders Elliot to release Jill as soon as possible. Elliot feels bad that Jill leads such a stressful life that she tells her that she can stay at Sacred Heart over the weekend. When Dr. Cox finds out, he gets upset, but ultimately teaches Elliot that everyone needs a break sometime.

Meanwhile, Turk and Dr. Kelso are fighting their own battle. A bench located by the parking lot of Sacred Heart is a place that Turk finds solace from a busy day. He eats his lunch here. However, Dr. Kelso intimidates him off the bench. In the end, Turk proves to want that comfort by eating on the bench in the rain, and Dr. Kelso secretly admires him for that.

Recurring Themes Edit

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


Cox prepares to box J.D.


J.D. as a punching bag

Fantasies Edit

  • When Turk and J.D. sit on the bench by the parking lot, they see a beautiful beach.
  • Time freezes as J.D. waits for Carla to react to his correction of her opinion.
  • J.D. is literally a punching bag and Dr. Cox beats it furiously.
  • A heartrate monitor replays Dr. Cox humiliating J.D.

Janitor story Edit

J.D. tells Janitor that he wants one day without them arguing. Janitor then tells him that he wants to give J.D. a nickname. After some attempts (Whiney-Face, Whiney-Britches, Whiney-Dancer), he chooses "Scooter", which is short for "Scooter Pie". Dr. Cox calls J.D. "Scooter" at the end of the day, and Janitor dances for joy.

J.D.'s Girl Names Edit

  • Janet
OK, Janet, but did you go ahead and fix your beeper so it doesn't play that annoying song every single time you get paged?Dr. Cox

  • Ginger
Oh, and Ginger, by the way, just a real smooth move running to your mommy.Dr. Cox

  • Dr. Cox also referred to J.D. as Carla's daughter.

Guest StarsEdit


     List of music featured in Scrubs

  • "Heard Ya Talkin" by Jeremy Kay
  • "On Fire" by Sebadoh



The bench takes them to the beach.

Did I scare Michael off?Jill Tracy

No, not if he likes a big fat cup of crazy!Dr. Cox
Ok, think of what little patience I have as, oh I don't know - your virginity. You'd always think it'd be there until that night Junior year when you were feeling a little down about yourself and your pal Kevin - Who just wanted to be friends - well he dropped by and he brought a copy of About Last Night and a four pack of Barties and Jaymes and Ba-dow! It was gone forever! Just like my patience is now.Dr. Cox

Uhh, I like to issue a warning to everybody, and I'm dead serious, F.Y.I., J.D.'s mommy has made it perfectly clear that she doesn't want her daughter picked on anymore. Nothing mean, she's a precious flower and we should all be super nice to her.Dr. Cox


Janitor threatens J.D. with a drill.

My name is not Bambi!J.D.

Yeah, it's Scooter!Janitor


  • J.D. gets eight nicknames in this episode: Whiney Face, Whiney Britches, Whiney Dancer, Scooter Pie, Scooter, Janet, Ginger, and Bambi.
  • At 11:33 minutes into the episode, when Turk walks into the room, a hand can be seen at the bottom of the screen, holding the door.
  • Janitor gives J.D. the nickname "Scooter", which Dr. Cox uses at the end of the episode. However, he couldn't have learned it, because the Janitor was meant to only interact with J.D. in the first season (as he was possibly going to be a figment of J.D.'s imagination).
    • Though one explanation could be that it is coincidence, or another could be that it is a reference to the Muppet of the same name.

J.D. and Cox appear on the monitor.

  • Dr. Kelso claims that he eats lunch on the bench everyday at 12:30 for the last 23 years, but this is the only episode he eats on the bench, and he is often seen in the cafeteria during lunch.
  • Dr. Kelso wasn't sitting on the bench the first day Turk sat there.
  • One of the things Dr. Cox quizzes about J.D. is whether he completed his SOAP notes. These are a record-keeping method used by a variety of medical fields (human, veterinary, etc.) to document interactions between patients and caregivers. SOAP is an acronym for Subjective, Objective, Assessment and Plan.
  • When Dr. Cox says "...and he brought a copy of About Last Night and a four-pack of Barties & Jaymes", he refers to About Last Night, a 1986 romantic comedy, and Barties & Jaymes, a flavored wine cooler and malt beverage.
  • When J.D. and Turk talk about Rerun and do the Rerun dance, they are referring to the 70s ABC comedy What's Happening!!.

Title explanationEdit

J.D. gets a new nickname (Scooter) from the Janitor.

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