Scrubs: Season 3 (2003 - 2004)

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Air date: Oct 2, 2003

A difficult case rallies the residents behind J.D.; mishaps plague Elliot, who has a calamitous run-in with an old beau (Scott Foley); and the feud between Kelso and Cox continues to fester. Laddy: Sean Whalen.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2003

Hospital duty conflicts with Elliot's new romance with an old beau (Scott Foley), who's really more attached to the sea creatures he trains; the bond between J.D. and Turk faces a stern test as the latter finally sets a wedding day.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2003

Christopher Meloni ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") plays a pediatrician who defies Cox. Elsewhere, new interns test the patience of the residents, especially J.D. and Elliot, who has separate issues with her buttinsky boyfriend.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2003

The residency directorship appeals to Cox, but Kelso's a hurdle; tensions surface between Elliot and Sean, who learns of her fling with J.D.; a surgical procedure partners Carla with Turk, who's not anxious to work side by side with his fiancee.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2003

Tom Cavanagh ("Ed") returns as J.D.'s brother, a scamp who awakens troubling memories; Elliot and Carla moonlight at a pet clinic, where they incur the wrath of Kelso, seeking care for his adored pooch.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2003

Carla's brother (Freddy Rodriguez of "Six Feet Under") rankles Turk; a scattered yet beguiling hospital visitor (Tara Reid) intrigues J.D., whose loyalty to Cox is tested in an issue involving the critically ill that embattles Cox with Kelso.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2003

The diagnosis of a jovial patient (Nicole Sullivan) stymies J.D., whose lover (Tara Reid) learns of his affair with Cox's ex; an elderly woman's care creates tension between Elliot and Carla; Kelso's temporary hearing loss amuses staffers.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2003

OR success buoys Turk's ego; the attention of a sympathetic patient (Bernie Kopell) cheers Elliot, who doubts her ability as a doctor; a back injury gives Cox a lesson in mortality. Danni: Tara Reid. Jordan: Christa Miller Lawrence.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2003

Barry Bostwick plays a straitlaced patient facing prostate-cancer surgery in an episode addressing sexual issues and innuendos that also impact on Elliot and Turk. Markie Post has a cameo as Elliot's prudish mom.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2004

Sex obsesses a cancer patient seeking a one-night stand---with Carla and Elliot's help; a liver-transplant controversy embroils Cox and Turk. Miss Himsel: Cheryl White. Mr. Iverson: Mike Starr. Randall: Martin Klebba.

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In the third season, J.D. (Zach Braff) puts his feelings for Elliot (Sarah Chalke) on the back burner and has a fling with Dr. Cox's (John C. McGinley) wild sister-in-law, Danni Sullivan (guest star Tara Reid). Elliot, meanwhile, revamps her look and begins a romance with handsome animal trainer Sean Kelly (guest star Scott Foley), while Turk (Donald Faison) and Carla (Judy Reyes) plan their wedding. Notable patients checking in to Sacred Heart this season include Nicole Sullivan as an upbeat woman whose troubles run deeper than they appear, and Brendan Fraser as Dr. Cox's brother-in-law and good friend, who's battling leukemia.

Critic Reviews for Scrubs Season 3

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

At its best, it was as funny as any other comedy on television, as moving as any drama.

Sep 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Bill Lawrence and his writers reject simplification at every turn...

Sep 4, 2018 | Full Review…
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As with most sitcoms entering their third season, Scrubs has now established a formula of character romances and break-ups.

Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The show's third season is another prime example of what makes Scrubs so compelling. It's one of the few series on television that can so delicately handle issues of love, life and loss while also pulling off an "I.P. Freely" joke

Oct 31, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

I think almost everyone agrees that, in a sea of amazing episodes, My Screw-Up is the best episode of the series.

Sep 4, 2018 | Full Review…

There's a bit more General Hospital in the show now than when it first premiered as an offbeat and highly original comedy. But the writing and acting are still top-notch.

Sep 4, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The real triumph of this show is its ability to wring laughter from tears - and vice versa.

Sep 4, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Scrubs: Season 3

  • Jun 28, 2020
    Very funny and very enjoyable
  • Feb 12, 2020
    One of the very, very few comedy shows the last couple of decades with actual laugh out loud moments. And the occational gut punch. Brilliant.
  • May 14, 2014
    Season three of Scrubs is more of the same, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Incredibly difficult to tell apart, season three resembles the phenomenal season two to a T, except with slightly different plot points. In this season, J.D. and Elliot are crushing on each other (what else is new), J.D. starts dating Jordan's sister Dani and Elliot dates Sean. Eventually, Elliot realizes she's in love with J.D. and leaves sean, only to discover that once he had her, J.D. didn't want her. Dr. Cox also starts crushing on Dr. Miller. Basically, this is just another flawless season of one of the best sitcoms ever made. Watch it.

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