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The Best Episodes of Scrubs

Every episode of Scrubs ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Scrubs!

In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, John "J.D." Dorian learns the ways of medicine, friendship and life.


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The best episode of "Scrubs" is "My Screw Up", rated 9.7/10 from 6023 user votes. It was directed by Chris Koch and written by Garrett Donovan, Neil Goldman. "My Screw Up" aired on 2/24/2004 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "My Lunch".

  • My Screw Up
    9.7/10 6,023 votes

    #1 - My Screw Up

    Season 3 Episode 14 - Aired 2004-02-24

    Jordan's brother and sister return, but Dr. Cox learns that his brother-in-law Ben hasn't visited a doctor about his cancer in the two years he has been gone traveling the world.

    Director: Chris Koch

    Writer: Garrett Donovan, Neil Goldman

  • My Lunch
    9.6/10 3,817 votes

    #2 - My Lunch

    Season 5 Episode 20 - Aired 2006-04-25

    J.D. asks Dr. Cox out for lunch, but runs into annoying former patient Jill Tracy, who unexpectedly teaches him something about responsibility. Elliot and Carla discover that Todd has been lying about all his hospital "conquests" and suspect that he's been less than truthful about other issues. Turk warns them not to meddle in his affairs.

    Director: John Michel

    Writer: Tad Quill

  • My Last Words
    9.3/10 2,349 votes

    #3 - My Last Words

    Season 8 Episode 2 - Aired 2009-01-06

    J.D. and Turk make a huge sacrifice concerning a decade-long steak night tradition for a dying patient. Meanwhile, Dr. Maddox, the new Chief of Medicine, begins to show her true colors.

    Director: Bill Lawrence

    Writer: Aseem Batra

  • My Fallen Idol
    9.2/10 1,797 votes

    #4 - My Fallen Idol

    Season 5 Episode 21 - Aired 2006-05-02

    Dr. Cox starts drinking after his decisions result in the death of three of his patients. The staff tries to cover for him at the hospital, while everyone tries to convince him how inspiring he is for them. Turk starts his new rotation with orthopedic surgery, but isn't so fond of his attending doctor's touchy-feely methods. Thus, J.D. and the Janitor attempt to help Turk find ways to bond with his new supervisor.

    Director: Joanna Kerns

    Writer: Bill Callahan

  • My Old Lady
    9.1/10 2,891 votes

    #5 - My Old Lady

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2001-10-16

    The three interns are each assigned patients with various illnesses. Statistically speaking, one of the three is going to die. J.D.'s patient is 86 year old Mrs. Tanner, who is in renal failure. 20 year old David Morrison is Turk's hernia patient and Elliot's patient Mrs. Guerrero only speaks Spanish and might have lupus.

    Director: Marc Buckland

    Writer: Matt Tarses

  • My Way Home
    9.1/10 1,973 votes

    #6 - My Way Home

    Season 5 Episode 7 - Aired 2006-01-24

    In a "Wizard of Oz" homage, J.D. is trying to go home, Turk searches for a heart donor and Carla worries, that she doesn't have the courage to become a parent. Meanwhile, Elliot doesn't believe, that she has the brains to lead a question and answer session. Also, the Janitor is painting color coded lines throughout the hospital for easier navigation.

    Director: Zach Braff

    Writer: Neil Goldman, Garrett Donovan

  • My Finale
    9.1/10 2,033 votes

    #7 - My Finale

    Season 8 Episode 18 - Aired 2009-05-06

    J.D. is planning on leaving Sacred Heart but before he goes there are a few things that he wants to do including; getting a hug from Dr. Cox, and learning the Janitor's real name. Elliot is ready for the next step in her and J.D.'s relationship and she begins moving her furniture into J.D.'s apartment.

    Director: Bill Lawrence

    Writer: Bill Lawrence

  • My Occurrence
    9.0/10 1,978 votes

    #8 - My Occurrence

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2002-05-07

    Jordan's brother Ben is admitted at Sacred Heart for having an accident with a nail gun. J.D. learns that Ben has leukemia, but won't believe it, since there have been many mixups in the hospital lately, so he goes on a search for the real test results.

    Director: Lawrence Trilling

    Writer: Bill Lawrence

  • My Musical
    9.0/10 3,515 votes

    #9 - My Musical

    Season 6 Episode 6 - Aired 2007-01-18

    A new patient at the hospital wakes up and sees everything happening around her as a musical. Carla can't decide whether or not to return to work and Elliot must find a way to tell J.D. he can't move into her new house with her.

    Director: Will Mackenzie

    Writer: Debra Fordham, Jeff Marx, Jan Stevens, Robert Lopez

  • My Long Goodbye
    9.0/10 1,526 votes

    #10 - My Long Goodbye

    Season 6 Episode 15 - Aired 2007-04-05

    Laverne is brain-dead, and her family decides to take her off life support. One by one, the staff say their goodbyes, except Carla, who stoutly refuses to accept what's happening. She consequently finds herself "haunted" by Laverne. Meanwhile, Jordan gives birth, but Dr. Cox doesn't want to tell anyone because he doesn't want his daughter's birthday to always be associated with Laverne's death.

    Director: Victor Nelli Jr.

    Writer: Dave Tennant

  • My Catalyst
    8.9/10 1,560 votes

    #11 - My Catalyst

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2004-02-10

    J.D. believes he may have finally found a mentor in Dr. Kevin Casey, a surgeon with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and it turns out that Dr. Cox has always been jealous of the guy. Meanwhile, the Janitor and his new assistant help Kelso out with a garbage problem.

    Director: Michael Spiller

    Writer: Bill Lawrence

  • My Cake
    8.8/10 1,383 votes

    #12 - My Cake

    Season 4 Episode 6 - Aired 2004-10-12

    When Dan resurfaces, J.D. is shocked to learn his father has passed away. The reactions from his co-workers help J.D. a little, but the one person, Dr. Cox, who he wanted to be there for him is too busy with J.D.'s patients. Meanwhile, Dan sits drunk in the bath tub the whole day and Turk finds out he has Type II Diabetes.

    Director: Henry Chan

    Writer: Neil Goldman, Garrett Donovan

  • My Hero
    8.7/10 1,631 votes

    #13 - My Hero

    Season 1 Episode 23 - Aired 2002-05-14

    Ben takes the news of his diagnosis pretty well - at least better than his sister Jordan and J.D. Remarkably, it is Dr. Cox who is the voice of reason and compassion, until his own fears get in the way. Meanwhile, Turk and Elliot have their own issues to deal with. Turk is upset because he wasn't chosen to assist on a difficult surgery and Elliot is criticized during rounds by Dr. Kelso for the 100th time.

    Director: Michael Spiller

    Writer: Garrett Donovan, Neil Goldman

  • My Last Day
    8.7/10 1,505 votes

    #14 - My Last Day

    Season 1 Episode 24 - Aired 2002-05-21

    It's J.D.'s last day as an intern, and soon he will become a resident. Carla and Turk are arguing about dating other people. Elliot finally rebels against being everyone's doormat, and J.D. is just trying to stay out of people's way. Jordan has returned to get a physical and a new patient, Mr. Bober, has been admitted, because he needs his gall bladder removed. He really needs the surgery, but doesn't have the insurance to pay for it. They enlist the help of Dr. Cox, Dr. Wen and Jordan.

    Director: Michael Spiller

    Writer: Mike Schwartz, Gabrielle Allan

  • My Butterfly
    8.7/10 1,391 votes

    #15 - My Butterfly

    Season 3 Episode 16 - Aired 2004-03-16

    An ever present butterfly prompts the question on what could have happened different as Turk looks for his lucky do-rag for surgery, and Elliot tries to find a lost stuffed animal for a child needing a bone marrow transplant.

    Director: Henry Chan

    Writer: Justin Spitzer

  • My Last Chance
    8.7/10 1,309 votes

    #16 - My Last Chance

    Season 4 Episode 8 - Aired 2004-10-26

    When Molly takes a job at a different city, she and J.D. end up having a night of kissing, and he tries to rush to sleep with her before she leaves. Dr. Cox goes on ambulance duty with a maniac, who he eventually finds out is a woman who has lost her son to an accident.

    Director: Zach Braff

    Writer: Mike Schwartz

  • My No Good Reason
    8.7/10 1,292 votes

    #17 - My No Good Reason

    Season 6 Episode 14 - Aired 2007-03-22

    Laverne and Dr. Cox engage in a philosophical debate. Carla finds a hot nanny for Isabella, and Turk struggles to find a way not to leer at her. Elliot smuggles a patient's dog into the hospital to cheer her up and ends up in hot water with Dr. Kelso. A tragic twist awaits at the end, challenging everyone to decide if they think everything happens for a reason.

    Director: Zach Braff

    Writer: Janae Bakken

  • His Story
    8.6/10 1,364 votes

    #18 - His Story

    Season 2 Episode 15 - Aired 2003-01-30

    Elliot meets a nice guy at the bar, but freaks out when she finds out he's a male nurse at Sacred Heart. Turk keeps asking Carla to marry him, but she still won't give an answer. Dr. Cox feels the pressure he puts on himself everyday: His psychiatrist, his subordination to Dr. Kelso and his paternal feelings for J.D.

    Director: Ken Whittingham

    Writer: Bonnie Schneider, Hadley Davis

  • My Porcelain God
    8.6/10 1,336 votes

    #19 - My Porcelain God

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2004-02-17

    Elliot finds herself perplexed over a simple procedure that leaves her questioning her career path. She goes to seek Dr. Kevin Casey's advice but becomes frustrated when she learns that the epiphany toilet, which the Janitor secretly installed on the roof, is getting more attention than she is. Meanwhile, Turk asks J.D. to be his best man at his wedding, which sends J.D. into sheer bliss momentarily until he hears a phone message that makes him question his friendship with Turk.

    Director: Adam Bernstein

    Writer: Tim Hobert, Eric Weinberg

  • My Best Moment
    8.6/10 1,234 votes

    #20 - My Best Moment

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 2004-12-07

    When J.D. has to address a bunch of pre-med students about what it's like to be a doctor, he strays off the beaten path and chooses to discuss his best moments as a doctor instead. When he challenges the rest of the staff to do so, they all remember their best memories in the medical field. Meanwhile, Elliot is forced to face her fear of children, when she must befriend a ten year old boy, whose father is being treated in the I.C.U.

    Director: Chris Koch

    Writer: Angela Nissel

  • My Half-Acre
    8.6/10 1,285 votes

    #21 - My Half-Acre

    Season 5 Episode 9 - Aired 2006-02-07

    J.D. meets the klutzy Julie, and when he becomes smitten, Elliot attempts to help out with romance advice. Meanwhile, Carla tries to find Dr. Cox's soft side, when he refuses to kiss his son. Turk and the Janitor put together an air band to win a contest, but Kelso gives them a tremendous obstacle.

    Director: Linda Mendoza

    Writer: Bill Callahan

  • My Overkill
    8.5/10 1,622 votes

    #22 - My Overkill

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2002-09-26

    Relationships between the staff of Sacred Heart Hospital have been shaken since Jordan's revelations. Turk is sleeping on J.D.'s bed, after Carla kicked him out of his own. Elliot is having a hard time facing J.D. every day at work. J.D. desperately tries to get Dr. Cox's attention back, unsuccessfully.

    Director: Adam Bernstein

    Writer: Bill Lawrence

  • My Philosophy
    8.5/10 1,457 votes

    #23 - My Philosophy

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2003-01-16

    J.D. bonds with a patient, who is waiting for a heart transplant and discusses with her their idea of what death must be like. Elliot puts her foot down and demands a feminine locker room from Dr. Kelso. Turk decides it's time to propose to Carla, but a kid swallows the engagement ring.

    Director: Chris Koch

    Writer: Matt Tarses, Tim Hobert, Tim Hobbes

  • My T.C.W.
    8.5/10 1,343 votes

    #24 - My T.C.W.

    Season 2 Episode 18 - Aired 2003-03-20

    J.D. flirts with the wife of a patient who's been in a coma for the past two years, whom they all call T.C.W. (Tasty Coma Wife). He feels guilty for doing that, even though she wants to go ahead with it. Meanwhile, he can't stand listening to any more relationship problems, as everybody dumps their issues on his ears: Elliot, sabotaging her relationship with Paul over beef jerky, Carla, finding out her engagement ring passed through a patient's digestive system and Dr. Cox's unsucessful attempts to get some attention from Jordan, who can only think about her baby right now.

    Director: Adam Bernstein

    Writer: Bill Lawrence

  • My Dream Job
    8.5/10 1,300 votes

    #25 - My Dream Job

    Season 2 Episode 22 - Aired 2003-04-17

    J.D. and Turk's college buddy, Spence, drops by for a visit, and accidentally tells Dr. Cox a secret. Too much partying with successful Spence causes Turk and J.D. to show up late and drunk for work, which Dr. Kelso fully reprehends them for. Elliot's feeling low since she can't measure up to Dr. Kelso's standards, and the Janitor starts another feud – this time over paychecks – with J.D.

    Director: Bill Lawrence

    Writer: Matt Tarses, Tim Hobert