Monday, March 26, 2007

Scrubs' Higher Purpose

(Be aware: SCRUBS contains material both sexual and occasionally vulgar, and their occasional treatment of G-dly things does not automatically mean the show is appropriate for all viewers.)

I consider it part of my duty with this blog to give insight into the inner workings of Hollywood. For instance, many of you may not know how television shows choose their themes from week to week.

In the case of SCRUBS, the writing staff looks at what I am studying in the Lenten season and base their show on that. In this case, “The Reversals of G-d; Seeing Hope through Tears.”

At least I assume that is how they chose their episode for last week, “My No Good Reason” (continuing to this week). Why else would it be so perfect?

(WARNING: Do not operate heavy machinery while reading this blog. Oh, and major SPOILERS of last week’s SCRUBS episode ahead – so if you Tivo’d the show, stop reading now.)

A major subplot last Thursday dealt with Dr. Cox challenging the overtly Christian faith of the Nurse Roberts.

SCRUBS has often dealt with Christianity and faith in broad comedic strokes, sarcasm, and even-handedness (as all topics are dealt with in broad comedic strokes and sarcasm). And faith has tended to hold its own.

This battle between Cox and Roberts also showed faith holding its own.

You see, Cox is down on life, especially as his pregnant wife needed an emergency procedure and is now bedridden – making Cox her slave, providing for her every whim.

And Roberts views all of life with an upbeat attitude, espousing the belief that even the bad things in life happens for a divine reason. Or, as she quotes, “God uses all things for good.”

So Cox tries to dissuade her, even pointing out the 8 year old girl that was stabbed during a robbery. How could G-d use that for good?

Roberts holds her own, and seems to get the upper hand when the doctors uncover a tumor in the girl – one that would have killed the child if she hadn’t been there for the stab wound.

When Cox has had enough, and blasts Roberts with all he has about logic, and Universal unfairness, and the fact that life sucks, the nurse responds in fury. She can only get through her days at the hospital with faith – watching the suffering, the dying, the pain; it is only her belief in a higher power and purpose that allows her to show up every morning.

And don’t you dare take that away from her!

Oh, and she argues with one last example: Dr. Cox’s wife needed the procedure and is now on forced bed rest, a seemingly no-win, unfair situation, true? But Roberts asks how is Cox’s relationship with his wife.

He is forced to admit it: his tumultuous, fiery, often painful relationship – has never been so tender and loving.

Cox is seen snuggling with his wife that night, a new man: he has a fresh angle on existence – everything just might have a purpose after all; he may even have found joy in life.
Until he walks into work the next day to discover that Nurse Roberts has been in a car accident and is now in a coma, one that she will probably never wake up from.

To be continued this coming Thursday.

Just my thoughts,


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