Scrubs/My Day at the Races

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My Day at the Races
My Day at the Races
Season 5, Episode 3
Airdate January 10, 2006
Production Number 503
Written by Eric Weinberg
Directed by Michael Spiller
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My Day at the Races is the third episode of the fifth season of Scrubs, and the ninety-sixth episode overall.

Starring: Zach Braff (Dr. John "J.D." Dorian), Sarah Chalke (Dr. Elliot Reid), Donald Faison (Dr. Christopher Turk), Neil Flynn (Janitor), Ken Jenkins (Dr. Bob Kelso), John C. McGinley (Dr. Perry Cox), Judy Reyes (Nurse Carla Espinosa)

Guest Starring: Charles Chun (Dr. Wen), Johnny Kastl (Doug), Sam Lloyd (Ted), Robert Maschio (Todd), Christa Miller (Jordan), Josh Randall (Jake)

Co-Starring: Meredith Bishop (Melissa), Kerris Dorsey (Kid #3), Matthew Evans (Kid #2), Jeff Griggs (Hypnotist), Meredith Roberts (Kathy), Dakota Sky (Kid #1)


Plot Overview


Arc Advancement



  • J.D.: J.D. is no longer homeless and moves in with Elliot, at least for the time being.
  • Elliot: After realizing that Jake isn't really what she wants in a guy, Elliot breaks up with him.



The Show

  • Music: The songs featured in this episode are "Everybody's Changing" by Keane, "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas and "Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats.
  • Gone Fishing: Neil Flynn only appears once in this episode and has no lines.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • Safety Dance: In 1982, Men Without Hats released the single for Safety Dance, their first and best selling single, from the album Rhythm of Youth. The single peaked at #3 on the Hot 100 charts. The song was written as a reaction to pogoing (a dance style popularized by Sid Vicious) being banned from mosh pits.

Memorable Moments

  • The Kung Fu Fighting sequence where Turk and the Todd fight a horde of surgical ninjas.
  • Turk attempting surgery on a woman under hypnosis.
  • J.D. entering into a triathalon and only finishing by having Elliot carry him.


  • Todd: Betrayal Five!
[Todd punches Turk in the chest and steals Dr. Wen's briefcase from him]
  • Turk: My apendectamy patient wants me to use hypnosis instead of anestesia.
Dr. Cox: Look it, I'd like to throw it in Gwen Stefani tonight instead of Jordan. But that ain't gonna happen either.
Carla: Dr. Cox!
Turk: Dr. Cox! No! Awful!
Carla: Hypnosis is a very powerful tool, its helped people with depression and weight-loss; It helped me quit smoking.
Dr. Cox: Hypnosis is for birthday parties and bad Vegas lounges. Now, you go tell your patient to let you do what you do best; Knock her out and then start digging around inside her like a blind man looking for a nickel.
Carla: I think you should do it.
Dr. Cox: Knock her out and dig!
  • Turk: I don't know if you know this, but tomorrow I'm doing an apendectamy using hypnosis instead of anestesia.
Dr. Kelso: Well, it's about time. Hell's bells, son, when I say the name "Turkleton" people laugh.
Turk: Maybe because that's not my name.
Dr. Kelso: Not yet, Turkleton. Not yet.