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My Old Lady
My Old Lady
Season 1, Episode 4
Airdate October 16, 2001
Production Number S103
Written by Matt Tarses
Directed by Marc Buckland
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My Old Lady is the fourth episode of the first season of Scrubs.

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

Guest Starring: Neil Flynn (Janitor), Kathryn Joosten (Mrs. Tanner), Travis Wester (David Morrison)

Co-Starring: Charles Chun (Dr. Wen), Lela Lee (Surgical Intern), Esther "Tita" Mercado (Mrs. Guerrero), Liliana Mumy (Samantha Tanner), Jennifer Naimo (Gina Tanner), Mike Schwartz (Delivery Man), Jack Thomas (Jim Morrison), Cooper Thornton (Tommy Tanner)


Plot Overview

My Old Lady follows the interns as they deal with the simple fact that 1 in 3 patients will die in their care.

JD gets the titular 'Old Lady' (an old woman in renal failure) while Turk deals with a young hernia patient. Elliot flounders with a woman who only speaks spanish and is forced to rely on Carla to translate. Each of these patients has a lesson for the interns. JD's patient sneaks out of the hospital to attend her granddaughter's birthday party in the park then floors JD by refusing treatment for a serious condition. Turk learns about connecting with his patients by watching a classic football game as Elliot struggles with a decision that could easily kill her patient.

As each patient takes a turn for the worse, JD, Turk and Elliot are each forced to really face death for the first time.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • Humanitas Awards: Matt Tarses won the 2002 Humanitas Prize in the 30 Minute Category for writing this episode.

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments