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Scrubs Season 9
Promotional poster for season nine
Series Scrubs
Country of origin  United States
Network ABC
Original run December 1, 2009 (2009-12-01) March 17, 2010 (2010-03-17)
No. of episodes 13
DVD release date Late 2010
Previous season Season 8

The ninth season of the American comedy-drama television series Scrubs, also known as Scrubs: Med School premiered December 1, 2009, on ABC in the United States and will consist of 13 episodes. This season marks a major change in the series; it takes place at a different location[1] and only two of the seven main characters from the first eight seasons remained as regular main characters. The rest of the cast is made up of new recruits, including Lucy, played by Kerry Bishé, who is also the show's new narrator. Former star Zach Braff returned for six episodes of the season. The new season focuses on students at a med school at the fictional Winston University, rather than interns at a hospital. Doctors Perry Cox and Christopher Turk, played by John C. McGinley and Donald Faison respectively, will return as teachers. The show's filming location moved from the North Hollywood Medical Center to sets at Culver Studios. The series takes place at the new Sacred Heart Hospital, located on the Winston University campus.



The eighth season was expected to be the last for Scrubs, but in May 2009 ABC announced that the series had been renewed for an additional 13 episodes.[2] John C. McGinley and Donald Faison signed one year deals and are the only cast members staying on as regulars. Zach Braff will appear in six episodes to assist in transitioning the show, while Sarah Chalke signed on to guest star in 4 episodes throughout the season. Neil Flynn, who is also busy with his new show The Middle, appeared in the first episode of the season. Ken Jenkins will appear in what Bill Lawrence describes as "a bunch", he ended up appearing in nine episodes. Judy Reyes is the only original cast member to not return for this season.[3] Eliza Coupe, who portrays Denise Mahoney, becomes a series regular along with new cast members Kerry Bishé, Michael Mosley and Dave Franco.[4]

Bill Lawrence considers the eighth season to be the end of the show Scrubs, going so far as to ask ABC if he could change the name to Scrubs Med.[2] ABC declined, but Lawrence still advises fans to treat it as a new show, even putting a caption under the "Created By" on the X-ray in the opening sequence saying [Med School].

Plot overview

Season Nine focuses on the unique point of view of Lucy, (Kerry Bishé), an impressionable med student, sharing narration duties with (for the first five episodes) Dr. John "J.D." Dorian (Zach Braff). After leaving for a job at another hospital, J.D. returns to Sacred Heart to teach at its medical school alongside Chris Turk (Donald Faison), Perry Cox (John C. McGinley), Denise (Eliza Coupe) and Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins). Together they serve as professors (and inspiration) to a brand new class of med students, including Lucy, former med school drop out Drew, (Michael Mosley) and cocky, entitled Cole (Dave Franco). J.D. is now married to longtime sweetheart Dr. Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke), and the happy couple are expecting their first child.[4]

Cast and characters


Main cast

Recurring roles

Guest stars


Show creator Bill Lawrence wanted to change the name of the show to Scrubs Med, but ABC did not allow this. The setting has shifted from the original hospital building to a new Sacred Heart medical school and university campus, with shooting locations moving to Culver Studios.[2] Executive producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, and Bill Callahan have departed from the series and are replaced by Jonathan Groff, Zach Braff, and Josh Bycel, who will also serve as the co-showrunner, alongside creator/executive producer Bill Lawrence who is doing double duty with both Scrubs and his new show Cougar Town.

Every writer from previous seasons has departed from the show with the exception of Bill Lawrence, Andy Schwartz and Sean Russell.

Writing staff

  • Bill Lawrence – executive producer/co-head writer
  • Josh Bycel – executive producer/co-head writer
  • Corey Nickerson – supervising producer
  • Kevin Etten – supervising producer
  • Jonathan Groff – executive producer (episodes 1-4, 6) / consulting producer (episodes 5, 8-13)
  • Steven Cragg & Brian Bradley – consulting producers
  • David Walpert – consulting producer (episodes 5, 8-13)
  • Prentice Penny – co-producer
  • Andy Schwartz – executive story editor
  • Leila Strachan – staff writer
  • Lon Zimmet & Dan Rubin – staff writers

Production staff

  • Bill Lawrence – executive producer/co-showrunner
  • Josh Bycel – executive producer/co-showrunner
  • Zach Braff – executive producer
  • Randall Winston – co-executive producer
  • Liz Newman – producer
  • Danny Rose – co-producer


Includes directors who directed 2 or more episodes, or directors who are part of the cast and crew


# Title Directed by Written by Viewers (millions) Original airdate Prod. Code
169 "Our First Day of School" Michael Spiller Bill Lawrence 4.63[5] December 1, 2009 (2009-12-01) 901

Set one year after the finale of Season 8; J.D., Turk, Cox, Kelso and intern Denise return to Sacred Heart to teach med school while new med students Lucy, Drew and Cole are put through the wringer on their first day of school.

Guest stars: Sarah Chalke, Neil Flynn and Ken Jenkins
170 "Our Drunk Friend" Michael McDonald Josh Bycel & Jonathan Groff 4.43[5] December 1, 2009 (2009-12-01) 902

Lucy learns a hard lesson about what it takes to be a doctor. Meanwhile J.D. and Turk spot a potential love connection between Denise and the new med student Drew, as they play matchmakers with a little bit of help from Dr. Kelso.

Guest star: Ken Jenkins
171 "Our Role Models" Gail Mancuso Steven Cragg & Brian Bradley 5.44[6] December 8, 2009 (2009-12-08) 903
J.D. and Drew learn a tough lesson in mentoring when Dr. Cox and Lucy show them that sometimes the student is the teacher. Meanwhile, Lucy decides to shadow Denise. 
172 "Our Histories" Ken Whittingham Corey Nickerson 4.22[7] December 15, 2009 (2009-12-15) 904

J.D. and Turk show up in costume at a med student's party. Meanwhile, Kelso bids a fond farewell to Ted and Gooch. Also, if Cole, Lucy, and Drew and the gang want to go to the med student party, they have to perform a 'final interview' on a dying soldier before that.

Guest stars: Ken Jenkins and Sam Lloyd
173 "Our Mysteries" Michael Spiller Steven Cragg & Brian Bradley 3.55[8] December 22, 2009 (2009-12-22) 905

J.D. still clamors for Dr. Cox's approval as he approaches his final day of teaching at Sacred Heart, Lucy searches within herself for the courage to perform a basic medical procedure on a real human, and Denise and Drew make things official.

Guest star: Ken Jenkins
174 "Our New Girl-Bro" Michael McDonald Kevin Etten 3.53[9] January 1, 2010 (2010-01-01) 906

While Turk struggles to find a replacement best friend, Elliot offers some sound advice and guidance to an over-worked and exhausted Lucy. Also, Cole finds out he could fail med school.

Guest stars: Sarah Chalke and Ken Jenkins
175 "Our White Coats" John Putch Andy Schwartz 3.86[10] January 5, 2010 (2010-01-05) 907

Before receiving their white coats, the med students of Winston University must figure out why they want to be doctors, and Denise gets a little relationship help from Elliot. Also, Cole reveals a secret Drew has been hiding.

Guest stars: Sarah Chalke and Ken Jenkins
176 "Our Couples" Chris Koch Prentice Penny 3.05[10] January 5, 2010 (2010-01-05) 908
Lucy finds couplings, dysfunctional or not, throughout the hospital. Meanwhile, Turk is angered after Perry makes him operate on an old friend. 
177 "Our Stuff Gets Real" John Putch Leila Strachan 2.74[11] January 12, 2010 (2010-01-12) 909

The reality of having a baby begins to settle in for both J.D. and Elliot while Lucy struggles with the reality of operating on people. Also, Perry doesn't know if he's ready to sign a will.

Guest stars: Sarah Chalke and Christa Miller
178 "Our True Lies" Michael Spiller Lon Zimmet & Dan Rubin 3.34[12] January 19, 2010 (2010-01-19) 910

A case of guilty conscience plagues the med school when a student cheats on an exam and Dr. Cox takes it out on the entire class. Meanwhile, Drew reveals he was married and Denise makes a startling admission of her own.

Guest star: Ken Jenkins
179 "Our Dear Leaders" Peter Lauer Corey Nickerson & Kevin Etten 3.30[13] January 26, 2010 (2010-01-26) 911

Lucy takes her new assignment as hell week "team leader" a bit too seriously. Perry challenges Drew to stay away from his friends, and Dr. Turk feels threatened when an internationally renowned surgeon pays a visit.

Guest star: Ken Jenkins
180 "Our Driving Issues" Eren Celeboglu Alessia Costantini & Prentice Penny 4.31[14] March 10, 2010 (2010-03-10) 912

When Cole and Kelso both get negative results back after a few routine tests, they learn the hard way to put their egos in check in order to rein in the support of their so-called friends. Meanwhile, Denise and Perry put Drew in the middle of their fight.

Guest star: Ken Jenkins
181 "Our Thanks" Rick Blue Sean Russell 3.46[15] March 17, 2010 (2010-03-17) 913
The med students of Winston University finally find something to be thankful for when Cole identifies his true calling in surgery, Drew finds the love of his life, and Lucy finds the inspiration to become a doctor. 

American ratings

# Episode Original air date Timeslot (EST) Rating Share 18-49 rating Viewers (in millions)
1 "Our First Day of School" December 1, 2009 (2009-12-01) 9:00 pm 2.9 4 2.0/5[5] 4.63
2 "Our Drunk Friend" December 1, 2009 (2009-12-01) 9:30 pm 2.8 4 2.0/5[5] 4.43
3 "Our Role Models" December 8, 2009 (2009-12-08) 9:00 pm 3.3 5 2.3/6[6] 5.44
4 "Our Histories" December 15, 2009 (2009-12-15) 9:00 pm 2.6 4 1.8/5[7] 4.22
5 "Our Mysteries" December 22, 2009 (2009-12-22) 9:00 pm 2.3 4 1.3/4[8] 3.55
6 "Our New Girl-Bro" January 1, 2010 (2010-01-01) 9:00 pm 2.3 4 1.2/3[9] 3.53
7 "Our White Coats" January 5, 2010 (2010-01-05) 8:00 pm 2.6 4 1.5/4[10] 3.86
8 "Our Couples" January 5, 2010 (2010-01-05) 9:00 pm 2.0 3 1.4/4[10] 3.05
9 "Our Stuff Gets Real" January 12, 2010 (2010-01-12) 9:00 pm 1.8 3 1.2/3[11] 2.74
10 "Our True Lies" January 19, 2010 (2010-01-19) 9:00 pm 2.2 3 1.4/4[12] 3.34
11 "Our Dear Leaders" January 26, 2010 (2010-01-26) 8:00 pm 2.2 3 1.2/3[13] 3.30
12 "Our Driving Issues" March 10, 2010 (2010-03-10) 8:00 pm 2.9 5 1.5/5[14] 4.31
13 "Our Thanks" March 17, 2010 (2010-03-17) 8:00 pm TBA TBA 1.2/4[15] 3.46

See also


  1. ^ "Creator: New 'Scrubs' not set in hospital". Retrieved June 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "'Scrubs' creator previews next season - Sepinwall on TV". Retrieved August 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Bill Lawrence: Judy Reyes won't appear in season nine, and other Scrubs news". Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "ABC Announces the Season Premieres of "Scrubs" and "Better Off Ted"". Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Tuesday Broadcast Finals (minus Presidential address)". Retrieved December 2, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "TV Ratings Tuesday: Biggest Loser Finale Wins Large; Leno Bulks Up; Ted Premiere Weak". Retrieved December 9, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Tuesday Broadcast Finals: “Ted”, Not Any Better Off; “NCIS” still rules night". Retrieved December 16, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "TV Ratings: CBS Repeats Win Slow Tuesday; Scrubs, Ted Ratings Keep Falling". Retrieved December 23, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "TV Ratings: Bowl Games Win Big; Better Off Ted Not Much Better Off With Rose Bowl Lead-In". Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c d "TV Ratings: Biggest Loser Weighs In Huge; NBC Edges NCIS Lead CBS; Orange Bowl Up". Retrieved January 6, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "TV Ratings Tuesday: American Idol Premiere Steady; NCIS Holds Up; Conan’s Tonight Show Soars". Retrieved January 13, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "TV Ratings Tuesday: American Idol Up vs. Last Year, Biggest Loser Jumps". Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "TV Ratings Tuesday: Fox, American Idol Win As Most Shows Fall; NCIS:LA Bounces Back". Retrieved January 27, 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "TV Ratings: American Idol Down, But Still Dominates; Modern Family Rebounds". Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  15. ^ a b "TV Ratings: Idol Paces Fox; Human Target On The Bubble; Ugly Betty Sinks To Lows". Retrieved March 18, 2010. 

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