In the Scrubs episode “My Screwup” (3x14), Jordan's brother Ben returns to the hospital after being two years around the world after his cancer diagnosis. He follows Dr. Cox around the whole episode, but in the end, it is revealed that he already died and most of this happened in Cox's mind as a coping mechanism.
When did Ben die? During the episode? Or did he never really return?
We see him interacting with JD in the beginning, so I would assume he was still alive then. Also, Cox blames JD for letting a heart patient die. Was it maybe about Ben instead? On the other hand, it seems strange that he would die this quickly, and there actually is a heart patient in the episode.
It's very unclear what really happens in this episode because of the whole dream/imagination element. Can anyone clear this up?