Scrubs (2001–2010)
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My Fallen Idol 

Carla persuades all her coworkers to rally around a despondent Dr. Cox, after three of his patients die because of his mistake. Everyone participates except J.D., who thinks his selfish reaction crossed the line.


Joanna Kerns


Bill Lawrence (created by), Bill Callahan

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Paul Adelstein ... Dr. Stone
Sam Lloyd ... Ted
Robert Maschio ... Todd
Philip McNiven Philip McNiven ... Roy
Christa Miller ... Jordan
George Miserlis ... Crispin
Paul F. Perry Paul F. Perry ... Randall
Travis Schuldt ... Keith


Dr. Cox, full of guilt over the deaths of several patients he treated, shows up to work drunk and is forced to take a leave of absence, and everyone but J.D. is quick to rally around Dr. Cox in his time of need. Written by Alex

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Comedy | Drama


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2 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second time Dr Cox calls J.D by his real name the first being the pilot. See more »


Dr Stone has a full beard, yet he is wearing a standard surgical mask that only covers his mouth and nose. Instead, he should be wearing a full mask that covers his entire beard. See more »


Dr. Kelso: [to Carla] I told them Dr. Cox was going to take a leave of absence due to problems at home.
[to Jordan]
Dr. Kelso: Should anyone ask, you beat him.
Jordan: Beat him. Got it.
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Spoofs The More You Know (1989) See more »


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McGinley is amazing
26 September 2007 | by inhumanviperSee all my reviews

I must say that until recently I had never seen an episode of Scrubs. I saw this one and it hit me like a ton of bricks. John McGinley's performance on this episode, and all episodes, is remarkable. Zach Braff may be the star, but McGinley is the heart and soul. I cannot remember the last time a TV show made me cry. Scrubs has the perfect balance of comedy and heart and its remarkable cast backs that up with performances worthy of the emotional reaction of its viewers. McGinley's performance in this episode specifically shows just how talented he is and how much he adds to the show. The follow up episode "My Fallen Idol" jumps into the depths of other characters, Kelsy, J.D, etc, but McGinley remains the source of emotion for them all. He truly is an amazing actor that does an amazing job at portraying emotion on the silver screen.

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