Dr. Kelso assigns J.D. (to work on a patient with Dr.Townshend -- his longtime friend and colleague -- but things go downhill when Dr. Townshend insists on using his "old school" treatment method which proves to be an alien concept to an inept J.D. While Kelso defends his friend's technique, Dr. Townshend's lack of current medical knowledge forces Kelso to admit his mistake.
Meanwhile, Carla tells Turk she needs time to consider his proposal because she thinks he is still too immature, promtping Turk to invite his married brother for a visit to show Carla how seriously he is. In addition, Elliot learns the sex of Jordan's baby, but Dr. Cox and his ex-wife can't agree if they want to know.
original airdate--January 23,2003 ratings--14.1 million
songs--"Theme Song: "Superman" by Lazlo Bane
J.D. removes a knife from Dr. Townshend's back.
Dr. Townshend tells Janitor to be nice to J.D.. He gets a group of people (an early version of the Brain Trust) who are workers in the hospital (Brent from parking, Crazy-Eyes Margo, and Troy), and tells J.D. they will help him. After J.D. tells Dr. Kelso that Dr. Townshend forced him to perform an outdated procedure, Janitor blames J.D. for Dr. Townshend getting fired. In the end, the group flips over J.D.'s car.