If we had to pick our favorite Christmas Scrubs episode, it would be this one. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t need a tissue box after watching this emotional episode.
When J.D. is assigned to talk to pre-med students about going into medicine, he instead goes off on a tangent about the best moments he’s had as a doctor. He tells them about sleeping with a hot grandma after he helped her daughter give birth.
Later, when a 10-year-old boy’s father is admitted to the ICU, J.D. promises that he’ll be okay. Dr. Cox scolds J.D. for making a promise he can’t necessarily keep, and he even says he’s not a great doctor for doing so. When the father goes in for surgery, the staff is on edge, waiting to find out what happens. When the man survives the surgery (which is done by Turk), J.D. is visibly relieved. It’s not often that we see J.D. let his guard down, and it was heartwarming to see him so concerned about a kid.
At the end of the episode, Dr. Cox lets J.D. check on the boy’s father alone, which showed that he had faith in his abilities as a doctor. The episode is one of the most feel-good of all, and it really embodies holiday cheer.
“I kept my promise, because the two of them made it home in time for Christmas. And that was my best moment in medicine,” he says.