Dr. Cox is overwhelmed by his new role as Chief of Medicine and burns himself out trying to "do it all". Ted falls in love and brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘awkward’. J.D. and Janitor call a truce (and call it off several times) in an attempt to bring Ted’s love to fruition.
No, No, No!
This episode begins with Ted jamming with his harmonica and barber-shop quartet buddies. He confesses to J.D. that he wants to ask Dr. Cox if they can perform for the sick kids in pediatrics. J.D. himself has a bone to pick with Cox: getting money so they can install pressurized rooms for isolated patients. When J.D. storms into Cox’s office, he is asked to exit, knock, and wait to be summoned. When J.D. leaves the room, Cox locks the door. He later tells J.D. that the budget won’t allow for new pressure rooms, and he also denies Ted’s request to sing for the kids. Later, Cox’s infant son teases J.D.’s newborn son. When J.D. asks Dr. Cox if he taught his son to be mean to babies Cox says: "No, just to be mean to your baby." As Jordan walks with Cox down the hall, she reminds him to pick up their son, Jackie, from school later. Kelso enters Cox’s office and warns him that he can’t do everything: as Chief of Medicine you have to learn to let some things go. Cox is confident that he can do it all, and lets Kelso know it.
Love At First Sight
Ted is smitten when he sees a young lady playing the Ukulele for some of the hospital’s patients. He blows his first shot at conversation with her in the cafeteria, as J.D. and the Janitor watch. The two observers call a truce, and resolve to make this work out for Ted. Ted is distraught at having choked up, and Janitor offers him a sip from his thermos. Ted’s swig leaves him gasping, as Janitor confesses that the thermos is filled with a drink he calls "Girumtonic"- a mixture of gin, rum, and tonic.
Man Of His Word
Cox is out to prove good on his word by tending to Craig, a slow patient, who has come to trust in Dr. Cox. J.D. offers to take this patient off Cox’s hands, but Cox is resolved to do everything himself. He informs Craig that he needs to have a surgical procedure done, and when Craig confesses that he is scared, Cox assures him that he will be there for him. Cox also approaches Ed, his lazy intern, and forces him to sit and read a textbook on the human heart. He threatens that he will return and quiz Ed, and if Ed can’t answer the questions right, Cox will use to book to beat him. Carla approaches Cox and asks that he review the nurse schedules as all the nurses have been scheduled to work at the same time. Cox says he’ll get to it and skips off to put fires out elsewhere.
Janitor and J.D. are giving Ted advice on how to handle the situation with Ted’s love interest. They begin by throwing him in an elevator with the Ukulele girl, and though he emerges cowering, he is able to communicate with her by singing "Wayward Son" with his quartet buddies. She joins in, and in that way the two hit it off. The girl offers her name- Stephanie Guch- and asks Ted to join her for coffee. Later, as Ted freaks out about what to do next, J.D. advises that he simply be honest. Janitor advises that whenever Ted tries to communicate with Stephanie, he does so only through song. Ted thanks Janitor for the advice. Later, conversation through song leads to more confusion between the two, so Ted tries J.D.’s advice. He confesses to Stephanie that he is not really what you might call a ‘winner’, that he took the Bar exam in Alaska where there are only four laws and they pertain to when and when you may not commit murder… on seals. He also tells Stephanie that he thinks she is the most beautiful person to ever hold a Ukulele, which isn’t much of a compliment since most people who play the Ukulele are fat Hawaiin people… and his rambling goes on and on and on. His brutal honesty lands Ted a date with Stephanie, and J.D. and Janitor admit that they make a good team. Their truce is ended the very second that they shake hands to celebrate Ted’s victory, as Janitor has licked his hand, getting J.D.’s all wet with saliva.
J.D. observes Dr. Cox struggling to keep his word. In his monologue, J.D. surmises that if you try to get everything done, you’re bound to let something big slip through the cracks. Cox is cut off by a mob of angry nurses: all of whom have shown up at the same time due to poor scheduling. When he makes his way to Craig’s bed, he finds it empty. Craig has already undergone his procedure, and tells Cox that he no longer trusts him. "Go away!" Craig cries miserably, "You not my doctor anymore. You broke promise!"
"Have it your way." Cox replies… not indifferently, while at that same moment Cox’s son, Jackie, is waiting patiently for his absent father to pick him up from school…
I’m No Superman
Kelso and Cox’s cover gets blown in the cafeteria- everyone learns that they are now friends and J.D. gets extremely jealous. Kelso puts J.D.’s flames out with gasoline, rubbing it in deep. When Kelso reiterates that one cannot be Chief of Medicine without giving something up, Cox maintains that he doesn’t need any help. He then realizes that he’s left his son at school. Jordan assures Cox that it’s ok, he’ll do it right next time, but Cox has come to understand that perhaps he can take a little help from his friends. He allows Carla to schedule the nurse shifts, and tells Craig that he won’t leave his bedside until he is forgiven for having broken his promise. He also realizes that he can’t force someone to be something they don’t want to be themselves, so he fires Ed, who has still refused to learn anything new.
This episode ends on an upswing, which is great because the one which aired before it was kind of a downer. It looks as though Cox may be able to walk a road different from Kelso’s as Chief of Medicine. He seems to have learned that trying to do it all will result in him breaking himself only to fail, and having his friends abandon him. This revelation has come at an opportune time because he hasn’t become wholly consumed by indifference. By begging Craig for forgiveness, he demonstrates not only that he cares what his people think of him, but that he is man enough to admit when he’s dropped the ball.
As for the love-birds: I think it’s interesting that the song which brings this awkward couple together is ‘Wayward Son’ because the term ‘wayward’ is synonymous with ‘irregular’ which is a perfect word to describe Ted… and anyone who might want to sleep with him.
Recap by Jonathan Friedler