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Chris Turk
Scrubs character
First appearance "My First Day"
Last appearance "Our Thanks"
Created by Bill Lawrence
Portrayed by Donald Faison
Gender Male
Title Chief of Surgery
Family Margaret Turk (mother), Father (unnamed), Kevin Turk, Bob "Jabbari" Turk (brothers), George (cousin)
Spouse(s) Carla Espinosa
Children Isabella "Izzy" Turk (daughter)
and expecting second daughter (implied to have been born by season 9)

Christopher Duncan Turk, M.D.,[1][2] is a fictional character played by Donald Faison on the American comedy-drama Scrubs.

Turk has appeared in every episode except three Season 8 episodes, "My Saving Grace", "My New Role" and "My Lawyer's in Love".

Donald Faison is the only original cast member, besides John C. McGinley, that returns for season nine as a regular cast member.


Christopher Turk, commonly known by his surname, is the best friend and former roommate of the series' protagonist, J.D (Zach Braff). He is currently the chief of surgery at Sacred Heart Hospital, where the series takes place, and is married to Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes), the Head Nurse. He and Carla have a toddler daughter, Isabella ("Izzy"), as well as another daughter mentioned in season 9.

Turk is a very competitive person. He says that his competitive nature drove him to "play everything" in high school, and also cites it as the main reason that he became a surgeon. At one point, he also says "winning is more important than friendship. My Gram-Gram taught me that".[3] It also accounts for his antagonistic relationship with Chief Attending Physician (and fellow "alpha male") Dr. Perry Cox (John C. McGinley). In season 1, they compete for Carla's affections, and consistently insult and annoy each other throughout the series. In the season 6 episode "My Turf War", they fight a battle of wits over a hypochondriac patient; Turk eventually tricks Cox into losing, eliciting Cox's grudging respect.

In "My Cake", Turk is diagnosed with type two diabetes; he initially jokes about this as a way of coping with his fear about the disease, but now takes it seriously.[4] Also, in "My Manhood", it is revealed Turk had a testicle removed when Izzy kicked him in the groin, causing testicular torsion.

Turk has two brothers, Kevin (D.L. Hughley), who paid for Turk's college and medical school;[5] and Jabbari (formerly Bob), who is described as "militant".[6] He also mentions a sister. Turk notes that while his family is dysfunctional, it is very close.[6] Turk's mother is a Jehovah's Witness, although Turk himself is Catholic as evidenced by his attendance of mass and his wearing of a small crucifix around his neck.

Carla catches Turk's eye immediately, although she is reluctant to go out with him at first because of his arrogance, purely physical attraction to her, and his god complex.[7] He impresses her in "My Mentor" by telling her that she should give Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke), with whom she does not get along, a break; she agrees to a date with him, and they soon become a serious item. In season two, they get engaged after Carla initially rejects his proposal. They then spend the whole of season three planning their wedding, which happens, albeit with a few problems, in the season finale.

During season 4, the two experience some marital trouble; in "My Best Laid Plans", they briefly separate when Carla finds out that Turk is maintaining a friendship with an ex-girlfriend without telling her that he was married. The situation is worsened in "My Lips Are Sealed", when Carla and J.D. share a "friend kiss" after getting drunk together. Eventually, the two fix their relationship, and at the end of season four they agree to begin trying to have a baby. They spend most of season five trying to conceive, finally succeeding in the sixteenth episode of the season, "My Bright Idea". Their baby, Isabella, is born after some complications in "My Best Friend's Baby's Baby and My Baby's Baby".

Turk and J.D. are best friends and surrogate brothers. They both attended The College of William and Mary (Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence's alma mater), where they roomed together.[8] They share a goofy sense of humor; for example, they both enjoy dancing "the robot",[9] "dramatic slow running", and are known to sometimes pretend to be the "multi-ethnic Siamese doctor." He and J.D. own a stuffed Yellow Labrador Retriever named Rowdy which they treat like a live dog. J.D. was also Turk's best man,[10] and, is the godfather of his and Carla's child, Izzy.

There have been several joking allusions to the fact that they are so close as to almost be a couple. However, they best explain their relationship in their duet "Guy Love" in "My Musical": "It's Guy Love/That's all it is/It's Guy Love/he's mine, I'm his/There's nothing gay about it in our eyes." Carla is generally supportive of Turk and J.D.'s close relationship, although she occasionally gets jealous. In "My Old Friend's New Friend", while witnessing their ecstatic reunion after she and Turk return from their honeymoon, she wistfully remarks, "Maybe one day he'll love me like that"; in "Her Story II", she refers to J.D. as Turk's "boyfriend".

In "My Half-Acre", Turk joins the air-band, Cool Cats, with The Janitor (Neil Flynn), Ted Buckland (Sam Lloyd), and Lloyd the Delivery Man (Mike Schwartz).

When J.D. leaves Sacred Heart in "My Finale", Turk makes a large banner outside the hospital that says "Goodbye J.D.". Though the two realize that their relationship will never be the same, they still remain best friends. In J.D.'s fantasy/flashforward, the Turk family spends a Christmas together with J.D. and Elliot (now married), as well Dr. Cox's family. It is also revealed that Izzy eventually becomes engaged to Sam (J.D.'s son), to the extreme delight of both J.D. and Turk.

Production details

  • The episode "My Malpractical Decision" reveals that Turk's cell phone number is (916) CALL-TUR (225-5887), although he states that he hopes that people will dial the 'K' anyway. At first, fans who dialed the phone number found themselves connected to an actual phone located on set. Several fans reported many cast and crew members picking up the phone and having live conversations with them (Zach Braff, who plays J.D., accounted for this in his own blog). The phone soon became overloaded with calls, and callers were re-directed to a voice mail message from Turk or Carla announcing that Turk was out, but would be back at the start of the next season. The voice mail was later changed to one including Braff plugging a website and movie. As of December 2006, the message was one of Neil Flynn (who plays the Janitor) advertising for the season premiere of Scrubs. As of February 2007, the message changed to one of Sacred Heart's security guard, Leonard, promoting Scrubs on Comedy Central. As of January 2008, the message is of Doug Murphy (Johnny Kastl), one of the show's supporting a website, as well as the Scrubs blog and podcast. As of July 2008, the message was of the Janitor saying "...this is J.D., I can't get to the phone right now, but leave a message and I'll call you back immediately. If I don't, feel free to come after me and personally harm me." He then advertises the episode "My Princess". As of April 2009, the message is Dr. Cox advertising the new season on ABC. As of May 2009, when the number is dialled the automatic message "I'm sorry, the number you have called is not in service. Please check the number and dial again," suggesting that the number has been deactivated. As of Feb 2010 this number is now giving the message "I'm sorry but this mailbox is full please try again later.", suggesting it has been reconnected.
  • Turk's name is based on that of real-life physician Dr. Jon Turk, a medical consultant for Scrubs.[11]


  1. ^ "My Fault". Scrubs. NBC. 2004-04-22. No. 20, season 3.
  2. ^ "My Female Trouble". Scrubs. NBC. 2004-11-16. No. 10, season 4.
  3. ^ "My Bed Banter & Beyond". Scrubs. NBC. 2002-02-05. No. 15, season 1.
  4. ^ "My Cake". Scrubs. NBC. 2004-10-12. No. 06, season 4.
  5. ^ "My Brother, My Keeper". Scrubs. NBC. 2003-01-23. No. 14, season 2.
  6. ^ a b "My Brother, Where Art Thou?". Scrubs. NBC. 2003-11-06. No. 05, season 3.
  7. ^ "My First Day". Scrubs. NBC. 2001-10-02. No. 01, season 1.
  8. ^ "My Perspective". Scrubs. NBC. 2007-02-15. No. 09, season 6.
  9. ^ "My Hypocritical Oath". Scrubs. NBC. 2005-02-01. No. 15, season 4.
  10. ^ "My Best Friend's Wedding". Scrubs. NBC. 2004-05-04. No. 22, season 3.
  11. ^ Jon Turk, M.D.


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