Zoey: "Everybody thinks it's so fucking cute when the mousy naïve character acts like a badass drill sergeant, so let's do a bunch of that. Watch me scream!"
Jackie: "What on earth is going on here?"
Sam: "We're giving all the doctors their flu shots, for to combat the influenza. It's Doctor Day."
Jackie, verbatim and awesome: "Every day is Doctor Day."
Zoey does more of that mess. It's something I'm personally allergic to, dating all the way back to Willow Rosenberg, but I guess I get the appeal. The problem is that what begins as a funny reversion-of-type gimmick usually ends up overused because it's such an easy trick that every writer wants to try it in their episode, which means it becomes the character, into realms of shrill and stupid, and plays in the final analysis as even more infantilizing than before it started. A minor grace note becoming a central piece, which Zoey is already turning into a collection of those anyway, c.v. all the repetitive bullshit with Lenny in the back half of this season.
Thor: Flirting up a storm; beyond adorable. Has no braces on teeth that were previously embraced.
Kelly: "You guys, I cannot wait to tell you all about how awesome I am!"
Everybody: "We are still mysteriously okay with this shit."
Coop: "For me, it is because I am kind of gay about Nurse Kelly."
Jackie: "Everybody, you better shut up. Itching."
Patient One: "So an infant scratched my cornea..."
Everybody: "We're really more interested in going on and on about ourselves."
Coop: "I managed to sleep with that girl I'm stalking and planning to marry. She has no idea I have a crawlspace."
Gloria: "Jackie, this is one of those times where I'm your boss."
Jackie: "I am already weirded out."
Gloria: "Come with me."
Jackie: "Piss test? PISS TEST?"
Gloria: "I know, right? Sorry about this. But it's related all the drugs you're constantly doing."
Jackie: "Good thing I'm accidentally in detox and can take this test worry-free. I was afraid that a truck might have to hit you."
Gloria: "Nobody is happier about that than I am, believe me. Not that anybody on this show ever takes for granted that they won't get hit by a truck."
Jackie: "But PISS TEST?"
Gloria: "Listen up, because I'm only going to explain this once and it's not going to make any sense anyway. But basically HR has determined that somebody in the ER is a huge drug addict, and since we know that's you, they're connecting the dots. Except not really, because nothing ever happens on this show and you are consequence-exempt. So all that's going to happen here is that you're not allowed to administer meds for the duration of this episode, and then -- like most things on this show -- we'll never talk about it again. Clear?"