My Long Goodbye
|"My Long Goodbye"|
|Episode no.||Season 6
|Directed by||Victor Nelli, Jr.|
|Written by||Dave Tennant|
|Featured music||"A Bad Dream" by Keane
"Driving Down the Darkness" by DevilDriver
|Original air date||April 5, 2007|
"My Long Goodbye" is the 15th episode of season six of the American comedy-drama Scrubs. It was written by Dave Tennant and directed by Victor Nelli, Jr.. It is noteworthy for being the last episode (other than season 8's "My Finale" in a cameo) featuring Aloma Wright as Laverne Roberts, a regular recurring character since the pilot episode.
It is a direct sequel to "My No Good Reason": Laverne is still in a non-responsive coma due to injuries she sustained in a car accident, and hospital's staff worry she will never wake up. The title of the episode refers to Carla Espinosa's (Judy Reyes) reaction to Laverne situation, and to her refusal to make farewells to her. Despite her character's situation, Laverne's character appears to Carla as a "ghost".
The episode has been received well, with critics praised Reyes's performance and the emotional, more drama-oriented aspect of the story. The episode won the Humanitas Prize, for the second time in the series history.
Eventually, some members of staff start saying goodbye to her, but Carla Espinosa tells everyone that Laverne could still pull through. In deep denial, Carla hallucinates that she sees Laverne's spirit following her around and talking to her.
The whole staff is heart-broken when Laverne's latest CT scans arrive; she's brain dead. Laverne's family decides to take her off life support, and one by one the main characters say their own goodbyes to Laverne. Carla, in the end, learns from Laverne's spirit that she must say goodbye to the people she cares for before she loses her chance, and says her own tearful goodbye to Laverne. As Carla walks out of the room and collapses in tears in Turk's arms, Laverne finally dies and her spirit passes away.
Meanwhile, Dr. Cox confides in J.D. that he doesn't want people to know of his daughter's birth because it will be associated with Laverne's death, but still tells Jordan that he has told others. Jordan becomes suspicious because no one has come to congratulate her other than J.D. Even when Laverne passes away, Jordan still does not get admirers, and in desperation she declares an ecstatic J.D. the child's godfather and agrees to name her baby Jennifer Dylan (J.D.).
Everyone except J.D., who is with Jordan (who accepts him to be her daughter's godfather), goes to the bar to deal with their grief and toast Laverne.
"My Long Goodbye" received very positive reviews from critics. IGN gave the episode a very positive score of 8.5 out of 10, and praising Laverne's death scene, mainly for Judy Reyes performance and for Carla's final goodbye, stating that is "a moment both emotional and funny, but always honest", and that "Reyes hits it out of the park with her performance". However, he regrets that Wright "doesn't get anything as juicy for herself", although admitting "this choice doesn't lessen the impact any as the show says goodbye to a familiar face"
AOL TV's reviewer gave "My Long Goodbye" a positive review. He praised the character's farewells, especially from Elliot, Carla and the Janitor, and also J.D's inner monologues. He stated "All and all, a good, solid episode and a nice good-bye to Laverne, one of the unsung players on this program."
Although this is Aloma Wright's last regular appearance as Laverne Roberts, she returned in the Season 7 episode "My Hard Labor" as Nurse Shirley, whose similarities to Laverne go unnoticed by all except J.D., although he doesn't make the connection between the two characters right away. Early reports stated that Aloma Wright would return as Laverne's single, alcoholic skeptical twin sister. Wright would reprise her role as Laverne in a flashback in the Season 8 episode "My Comedy Show" and in the season eight finale "My Finale".