So the finale for season eight of Scrubs was Wednesday night, effectively ending the series, or at least the show as we know it. The episode was incredibly sad (yes, I even shed a tear or two), funny and fulfilling all at the same time, and was probably the best ending to a TV show I’ve seen. Scrubs will forever live on as one of my top five favorite shows of all time, and J.D.’s last final monologue was a perfect and poignant way to go out:
“Endings are never easy. I always build them up so much in my head they can’t possibly live up to my expectations and I just end up disappointed. I’m not even sure why it matters to me so much how things end here. I guess it’s because we all want to believe that what we do is very important. That people hang onto our every word. That they care what we think. The truth is you should consider yourself lucky if you even occasionally get to make someone – anyone – feel a little better.
“After that, it’s all about the people that you let into your life. As my mind drifted to faces I had seen here before, I was taken to memories of family, of coworkers, of lost loves – even of those who have left us. As I rounded that corner, they all came at me in a wave of shared experience. Even though it felt warm and safe, I knew it had to end.
“It’s never good to live in the past too long. As for the future, thanks to Dan, it didn’t seem so scary anymore. It could be whatever I want it to be. And who’s to say this isn’t what happens? Who can tell me that my fantasies won’t come true? Just this once…”