While we seem to be going through an old Twilight Zone episode, or an updated Steven Soderbergh movie, the heartfelt sense really enabled an ancient clip off the classic “Scrubs” TV show from 2006 — life imitating gag-infested art.
During high school Scrubs taught me so many important lessons, once again it’s come through with a great little example of why hand washing and social distancing is so important right now.
— Scotty McDonald (@Scotty_McDonald) March 15, 2020
Details via the Washington Post yesterday:
As the dire consequences of the coronavirus outbreak and the importance of social distancing continue to sink in, my mind keeps going back to an unusual place: A 2006 episode of “Scrubs.”
Specifically, Season 5, Episode 12, which features an extremely vivid (and educational) scene that shows how disease can spread.
The scene traces the inadvertent spread of an infection from person to person with a glowing green light — until it has fatal results.
Apparently I’m not the only person who can’t stop thinking about this fictional example, and it makes sense: Not only are pop culture moments frequently imprinted in our psyches in ways we don’t expect, but “Scrubs” has often been called the most realistic medical show on TV.
Many people on social media have shared clips from the episode, including a woman who tagged series protagonist J.D. (Zach Braff) and wrote, “I showed this to my kids and I think it made a bigger impact than anything else I’ve said.” Braff retweeted her video, which now has 1.4 million views.
Despite the T-Rump blubbering today, ‘“I’ve always known this is a real — this is a pandemic. I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic,”‘ he’s lying, of course, like he’s always lied and blustered how on-top of shit and so forth, but he’s still a danger to the public, and an idiot (h/t BJ):
There are 16 people in this photograph https://t.co/tKDld4NOEE
— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) March 16, 2020
And here we are…
(Illustration: ‘Pinocchio,’ by Enrico Mazzanti (1852-1910), found here).