Since J.D. and Elliot's short-lived romance ended badly, they can barely be in the same room together. It has definitely changed their friendship forever. Making things worse, Turk is co-writing a medical study with Elliot, so she is at the apartment all of the time. Elliot later finds out that Turk only picked her because she's a geek and he knew that she would do most of the work. They patch up their differences after Turk apologizes. Dr. Cox is going through his own personal crisis. For reasons known only to him, his way of relieving stress (each year) is to trash one of the lab rooms. Later, he shows up at J.D.'s apartment at 2 a.m. and drags him in his pajamas to a seedy bar. Instead of talking about the stresses of life, Dr. Cox just keeps drinking shots.