Scrubs: Season 5 (2006)


Season 5
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Air date: Jan 3, 2006

Sacred Heart is seen through the eyes of a new intern, who's trying to muster the courage to speak up. Meanwhile, J.D. survives his first day as an attending physician and moves back in with Turk, but without Carla knowing it; and Elliot has difficulty adjusting to life at County Hospital.

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Air date: Jan 3, 2006

The truth hurts when J.D. comes to the realization that his interns aren't laughing at his jokes because they are funny, but rather because he is their boss. Meanwhile, Elliot gets a rather unflattering nickname from her new colleagues---thanks to Carla; and Dr. Cox lets Jordan fall for a con artist's sob story. Sam: Alexander Chaplin. Charlie: J.P. Manoux. Fellowship Director: Tom Schmid.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2006

As J.D.'s 30th birthday approaches, he sets out to accomplish one item on his "Things to Do By Thirty" list: complete a triathlon. Meanwhile, Elliot urges Jake (Josh Randall) to open up about his wants and needs, but immediately regrets it when he does; Turk lets Carla believe she's responsible for his decision to perform hypnosis surgery, but he's really doing it to impress Dr. Kelso. Jordan: Christa Miller.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2006

J.D. is given the undesirable job of having to think up some nice words to say about Dr. Kelso at an awards function. The task is made even more difficult by Kelso's seemingly unfair treatment of a deserving patient. Meanwhile, after it becomes public knowledge that Elliot has been working at a free clinic, the gang tries to get her old job back. Keith: Travis Schuldt.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2006

Dr. Cox's born-again sister (Cheryl Hines) tests her brother's faith when she visits for her nephew's baptism. Meanwhile, Turk and Carla try to conceive a child---but Carla's overly technical approach turns off Turk; and J.D. tries to connect with the Janitor by helping him move.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2006

A seriously ill senior (Michael Learned) decides to drop J.D. as her doctor and switch to Dr. Cox after J.D. wrongly concludes that she's at peace with dying. Elsewhere, Turk and Elliot are at a loss to find any medical reason for a man's chronic pain; and Carla will stop at nothing to get a staff picture, but she receives a less than enthusiastic response from her Sacred Heart colleagues, especially the Janitor. Keith: Travis Schuldt.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2006

There are allusions to "The Wizard of Oz" galore when J.D. realizes there's no place like home after he's pulled into work on his day off. Meanwhile, Carla thinks she lacks the courage to have a child; and Elliot doesn't believe she's smart enough to hold an intensive Q&A lecture on endocrinology. Zach Braff directed.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2006

During a morbidity-and-mortality conference to determine who should be held responsible for a patient's death, J.D. and Turk recall leaving Sacred Heart to track down a cured patient (Jason Bateman) who owed J.D. a thank-you. Also, Elliot reveals how she got mixed up with a married man and his vengeful wife; and Carla explains how she organized a lottery pool. Mrs. Wilk: Michael Learned. Millie: Allison Smith.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2006

Mandy Moore plays someone who has the potential to be J.D.'s perfect love match; Elliot offers J.D. relationship advice and tries to help break his bad habit of ruining romantic moments by uttering really inappropriate things. Elsewhere, Turk lip-synchs in an "air band" made up of Sacred Heart regulars; and Carla encourages Dr. Cox to treat a Jehovah's Witness patient. Jordan: Christa Miller. Ted: Sam Lloyd. Lonnie: Michael Hobert.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2006

J.D.'s friends and colleagues meet Julie (Mandy Moore) and absolutely adore her. Therefore, they worry that "commit-a-phobe" J.D. is going to ruin the relationship, especially after he begins saying his thoughts out loud. Meanwhile, Carla is fuming inside over not being pregnant after two months of trying with Turk. Billy Dee Williams. Jordan: Christa Miller. Mrs. Wilk: Michael Learned. Dr. Matthews: Jay Kenneth Johnson.

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"Scrubs" hits its 100th episode milestone in a fifth season that brings about significant changes for the Sacred Heart gang. J.D. (Zach Braff) tries to adapt to a new living situation and dabbles with the idea of home ownership. He also dates Julie Quinn (guest star Mandy Moore) after being set up by a patient. Turk (Donald Faison) and Carla (Judy Reyes) try to have a baby, and Elliot (Sarah Chalke) enters a relationship with the lovable-but-dull intern Keith Dudemesiter (Travis Schuldt).

Critic Reviews for Scrubs Season 5

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

The fifth season was produced under the belief that the show's audience was as big as it was ever going to get, and that emboldened the writers to reach increasingly bizarre heights.

Sep 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Even with the raised stakes in this fifth season, the sharp writing and casting continue to keep Scrubs out of the emergency room.

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

All of Scrubs' weirdness works because the actors are so game.

Jan 3, 2006 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Arguably, Season 5 isn't as sharp as some of the earlier seasons, when the characters' peculiarities were fresh and new.

Nov 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

No sitcom has really ever mixed comedy with poignancy as well as Scrubs has. It was a show set against the backdrop of life-and-death stakes, and it was often the deaths of patients that would bring out the best in Scrubs.

Sep 4, 2018 | Full Review…

To fans of the series: enjoy the show; while not every episode is perfect, the ones that are make you remember why you started watching the show in the first place.

Sep 4, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Scrubs: Season 5

  • 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.
  • Sep 07, 2019
    Heartfelt but still hilarious!!
  • Aug 14, 2019
    A few good laughs, but usually cut short by painfully unfunny segments or morbid drama. Didn't really find any of the plot lines for this season particularly riveting. Still, there are shows that have dropped off a lot worse by their fifth season.
  • Aug 09, 2014
    Can't give this one a perfect score due to the fact that a lot of cast changes in the end didn't hold it together that well. Even if it is one of the best comedies of all time. Yes bold statement, but it really is. A truly talented cast with all hard hitters up till almost the end. That's including what was to be the 9th season revival that couldn't take off.
  • May 14, 2014
    Season five is perhaps the best Scrubs has to offer with the best episode of the series short of the finale (My Lunch). This season focuses on J.D.'s relationship with Dr. Cox and less about Elliot, who changed hospitals only to change back. Turk and Carla also focus on having a baby. Everything that made Scrubs what it is is still in this season, but perhaps it's just getting a bit stale. Without major mix-ups of the cast structuring, it all gets redundant eventually. Still incredible television though.

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