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My Own Personal Jesus
My Own Personal Jesus
Season 1, Episode 11
Airdate December 11, 2001
Production Number S109
Written by Debra Fordham
Directed by Jeff Melman
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My Own Personal Jesus is the eleventh 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), Christa Miller (Jordan Sullivan), Aloma Wright (Nurse Roberts)

Co-Starring: Paul Connor (Patient), Granger Green (Meredith), Cathy Herd (Mrs. Wheeler), Joel Hurt Jones (Mr. Wheeler), Derek Miller (Orderly), Ted Pitsis (Al), Steve Tom (Narrator / Doctor)


Plot Overview

It's Christmastime at the hospital and Turk is the only one feeling the season. A patient of JD's comes out of a coma when he was supposedly braindead and Turk sees this as a christmas miracle. He tries to inspire some faith in his friends as they tease him. Unfortunately, Turk ends up being on call christmas eve, statistically one of the worst days to work in a hospital. The sheer volume of human misery that he sees in one night rocks his faith and causes him to question the existence of a god that could allow that suffering.

Meanwhile, Elliot is spending her time in the free clinic after angering Dr. Kelso with a muttered comment. Kelso reminds her that the majority of female doctors end up in paediatrics or ob/gyn and that she too will feel the call. Still reeling from his comments she ends up being abrupt with a young pregnant woman named Meredith who then flees the hospital before Elliot gets back test results that indicate a possibly fatal condition.

JD is recruited by Dr. Cox to film the birth of his friend's son, but forgets to change the tape and doesn't get the footage. Thinking fast, they tape another birth instead, careful to not show faces, but the baby in question has a full head of hair, unlike the actual baby. Quickly concocting a lie about shaving the baby to ward off prenatal lice, the pair are quickly found out by Cox's ex-wife Jordan. JD escapes only to continue accidently ruining the Janitor's christmas preparations.

Finally, as Turk mulls over his faith on the hospital roof, he catches sight of the star on a christmas tree in a nearby park and somehow knows that that's where Meredith has gone. He arrives in time to deliver the baby and save both lives, restoring his faith and leading to a great JD fantasy shot of the entire group as a nativity scene.


Arc Advancement





The Show

  • Music: The songs that play in the episode are Moving in Stereo by The Cars and Sinnerman by Nina Simone.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • Personal Jesus: The episode name is taken from the Depeche Mode Song Personal Jesus
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High: JD's nurse Tisdale fantasy is a take on the classic scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High where Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates) climbs out of a swimming pool in a red bikini and takes her top off in Brad Hamilton's (Judge Reinhold) fantasy.

Memorable Moments