Friday, January 30, 2009

Random Television Post

Backbencher may have the upper hand on Scrubs trivia, but it is only because I bugged him and bugged him and bugged him to give the show a shot.  He claimed he already had enough shows.  (Is such a thing possible?)

However, I was the one who noticed this weird thing on the show.  It's odd that the staff works at a hospital called "Sacred Heart."  Okay, that's not the odd part.  Lots of hospitals have religious names, especially if they are run by the Catholic Church.  What is odd is that Sacred Heart on Scrubs has advertisements for NuvaRing, a popular hormonal birth control, on practically all its walls.  Which you would almost certainly NOT find at a Catholic hospital.  (At least not the posters.)

Also, now that I think about it, I don't think I've ever seen a priest on the show.  Psychiatrists abound.  Priests, not so much.  Either they just picked a random, vaguely-religious-sounding name for the hospital and took the NuvaRing money without thinking about it, or it's an intentional ironic riff - which makes more sense, given the utter ridiculousness of the show.  And, I realize that "Sacred Heart" is not "vaguely-religious," it's an image fairly specific to and prominent in the Catholic tradition (perhaps also in Orthodox churches, if I remember correctly).

Anyway, it's late and I'm tired.  I'll get to that list tomorrow, and I do promise to get on that Viagra sermon, too!  (In the blogosphere, my seminary professors are wrong: Sunday does not come whether or not my sermon is ready.)


Backbencher said...

There was a priest in one episode. His name is Father Rosenberg and he is pro-choice.

LiturgyGeek said...

right. Totally forgot about that. That's why you're the king of Scrubs trivia...just remember who introduced you to the show!

Lucky Fresh said...

Here's my theory. They were a Catholic hospital, but they got bought out and just kept the name.

I never noticed the posters. But you're right about it being inconsistent. Can't decide if I'm guessing it's cluelessness or irony.