In honor of our Musical Week, I present to you, with no intermission, the 5 Awesome(st) Musical Moments from Scrubs.
Cabaret’s Sally Bowles taught us that “life is a cabaret.” So maybe it’s only fitting that a sitcom about a hospital has taught us that maybe as they say, laughter is the best medicine, but music is the aspirin of the soul. In honor of our Musical Week, I submit to you 5 (most) Awesome Musical Moments from Scrubs.
Ted Sings “Hey Ya” (Season 8, Episode 15 “My Soul on Fire Part 2”)
I’m not quite sure if Outkast ever thought it would be a wedding song, but as the Janitor and Lady finish their wedding vows against a tropical-beach-backdrop, baritone Ted takes to the stage, guitar in hand to serenade what’s turned into a couples weekend. Conflict between Turk and Carla, JD and Elliott Dr. Cox and Jordan has finally died down and it’s a nice little moment, ya know, if you’re into sun burnt bald white men singing hip hop songs in the Bahamas. What? You’re not!?
“Light and Day” (Season 3, Episode 19 “My Choosiest Choice of All”)
As you may have noticed, the Scrubs producers, writers and actors really love to showcase onscreen things, people, places and music they love off-screen. Case in point, the band The Polyphonic Spree and their musical cameo in this episode. In this episode, guest-ish, surgeon Dr. Miller operates on a patient who will need to spend time in recovery instead of embarking on tour with his band. While Dr. Miller pushes for the patient to get in one last show, Dr. Cox refuses. In a very Scrubs-esque tragi-comic ending, Dr. Cox surprises Dr. Miller (on whom he may, does, have a bit of a crush) by bringing the band to the patient’s bedside for one last song.
Luckily, for all of us, this episode also includes cameos by Scandal series regulars Bellamy Young (First Lady Mellie Grant) as Dr. Miller, and Scott Foley (Jake) as Sean who is not even actually in that scene, but is still awesome.
“Waiting for my Real Life to Begin” (Season 2, Episode 13 “My Philosophy”)
Scrubs has always been a delicate balance between comedy and well this-is-a-hospital-people-do-die-and-making-that-funny-is-hard. Luckily Broadway has taught us that if you can sing it, you can make it. Even the poor (literally) unfortunate French men and women in Les Miserables asked “Do you hear the people sing?” Why of course you do! Enter Elaine, a favorite patient of Dr. Dorian who has returned to Sacred Heart in need of a heart transplant. She and JD get to talking about the afterlife and well, what if death is really a person’s last big curtain call. And so, as JD stands in Elaine’s hospital doorway as she takes her final bow, he can only imagine her performance of “Waiting for My Life to Begin.”
Fun fact: The song is actually by Scrubs favorite Colin Hays who makes his own musical cameo at the beginning of Season 2, Episode 1, it’s pretty good, just not “awesome.”
“A Surgeon and a Doc Above All” (Season 1, Episode 12 “My Way or the Highway”)
In this ode to West Side Story, the surgeons and the medical doctors are locked in a battle of wills as the docs are the brains of the (pre/post) operation, while the surgeons are the brawn (such jocks). In typical musical-mapping Drs. Dorian and Turk find themselves on opposite sides of the Scrubs battle royale, but must trust that their love, er friendship? bromance?, transcends the rivalry.
“My Musical” (Season 6, Episode 6)
The MOST Awesome Musical Moment from Scrubs really isn’t a moment at all, it’s an epic, twenty minute, extravaganza of songs. That’s right, a full-on musical episode complete with Broadway-led compositions and songs. In the episode, a woman (played by Sesame Street and Broadway’s Avenue Q star, Stephanie D’Abruzzo) collapses and is taken to Sacred Heart Hospital only to realize that now she hears talking as singing and finds herself in the middle of a medical musical.
Fan favorites include the song “Guy Love” a tribute to the bromance between Turk and JD because they’re absolutely just best friends…in love. Later in the series the song will serve as Turk’s ringtone.