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Our reviews of Scrubs: The Complete First Season (published July 13th, 2005), Scrubs: The Complete Second Season (published June 7th, 2006), Scrubs: The Complete Third Season (published May 29th, 2006), Scrubs: The Complete Fifth Season (published May 22nd, 2007), Scrubs: The Complete Seventh Season (published November 13th, 2008), Scrubs: The Complete Eighth Season (published September 2nd, 2009), Scrubs: The Complete Eighth Season (Blu-Ray) (published November 23rd, 2009), and Scrubs: The Complete Ninth And Final Season (published October 6th, 2010) are also available.
"Don't say 'hate,' Gandhi. You kids throw that word around so much, it's lost all of its meaning. Now, now I have to find a word stronger than hate to describe how I feel about others. Hmmm…I megaloathe you all. Good day."—Dr. Perry Cox (John C. McGinley)
It's babies, babies, babies as Scrubs: The Complete Sixth Season opens. J.D. (Zach Braff, Chicken Little) just found out that his girlfriend Kim (Elizabeth Banks, Spider-Man 3) is pregnant, Carla (Judy Reyes, Oz) and Turk (Donald Faison, Big Fat Liar) are preparing for the birth of their daughter Isabella, and Jordan (Christa Miller, The Drew Carey Show) and Dr. Cox are expecting another baby. Add to the mix an increasingly serious relationship between Elliot (Sarah Chalke, Roseanne) and Keith (Travis Schuldt), and you've got a pile of big changes for everyone at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Facts of the Case
Twenty-two episodes. Three discs. No mercy.
• "My Best Friend's Baby's Baby and My Baby's Baby"
• "My Coffee"
• "My House"
• "My Friend With Money"
• "My Musical"
• "His Story IV"
• "My Road To Nowhere"
• "My Perspective"
• "My Therapeutic Month"
• "My Night To Remember"
• "My Fishbowl"
• "My Scrubs"
• "My No Good Reason"
• "My Long Goodbye"
• "My Words of Wisdom"
• "Their Story"
• "My Turf War"
• "My Cold Shower"
• "My Conventional Wisdom"
• "My Rabbit"
• "My Point of No Return"
Scrubs has always been something of an odd duck, not only in that it continuously showcases some of the most bizarre moments on network television, but that it does so and still manages to fly under the radar. The show's profile has been raised recently with the proliferation of endless reruns on Comedy Central, but Scrubs still has more of a small, loyal cult following than a huge mainstream audience.
Fortunately, creator Bill Lawrence and company have never been terribly interested in garnering that widespread acceptance, and the sixth season offers up more classic bizarre imagery, including Dr. Cox dressed up as Alice from the Brady Bunch, J.D. as David Hasselhoff in Knight Rider, and one of Dr. Kelso's old war buddies reincarnated as a goldfish. And those are just the fantasy sequences. The actual narrative is populated with characters like Dr. Beardface; Leonard, the security guard with the afro and the hook-hand; and Gloria, the geriatric intern who's carrying Leonard's unborn twins. If you had told me in 2005 that the show would be able to top gems like season five's Floating Head Doctor and Dr. Acula, I would call you names and throw things at you, because Floating Head Doctor was hilarious. But season six has a secret weapon: the musical episode.
Yes, much has been made of "My Musical," the all-singing, all-dancing episode of Scrubs. The cast and crew were bursting with pride, the fans couldn't wait to see it, and judging by the advertisements, even NBC was excited about it. Let me tell you something: it's great. That episode alone is worth the price of the DVD set; it is truly one of the finest episodes in the series' history. The writers got some help from the folks behind Avenue Q, and the resulting collaboration is both an infectious homage to musical theater and a case study in fidelity to established characters. I eagerly await the Broadway adaptation.
Character development is another area in which Scrubs has always excelled. I've always been impressed with the way the show has taken these meek interns and allowed them to grow. Scrubs isn't necessarily one of those shows that requires the viewer to have seen every prior episode, but it's also not the kind of show that wipes the slate clean at the end of every episode. The events of one episode inform the next, and, over the years, the result has been a naturalistic shift in dynamics. With the prospect of parenthood and settling down looming for so many of the characters this season, there are a lot of opportunities to further explore those personalities. Most of these opportunities are capitalized upon, with a few glaring exceptions. More on that later.
First, a note about the commentary tracks: you didn't misread the episode synopses. There's a commentary track on every single episode. The fun thing about these commentaries is that the participants are members of the cast and crew that wouldn't normally appear on these things—"My Perspective" has a commentary that includes Phyllis Williams, the show's makeup department head. Braff, Faison, Reyes, McGinley, and Lawrence are conspicuously absent from the tracks, but presumably that's because they've said their piece in the previous seasons' commentaries. It's actually pretty refreshing to hear some of these different perspectives from people who clearly know and love the show so much.
Other special features highlight the background characters, Judy Reyes' thoughts on the season, and the making of the musical episode. And what Scrubs DVD set would be complete without a compilation of alternate line readings? Flynn and Braff in particular are improvisational geniuses. I don't know these people actually manage to crank out a new episode every week. How do you not crack up when Neil Flynn is riffing extensively about braces on spider monkeys?
The Rebuttal Witnesses
I'm generally reluctant to assign grades to individual episodes, but in this case they're just there to illustrate that there are a few real clunkers in this set. I mentioned that characterization is one of the show's strengths, but a few of these episodes just ignore the years of character development in service of a given storyline. The clip show was lame, too.
Despite a few missteps, this is another solid season of Scrubs. The DVD presentation is excellent, as usual, and the inclusion of the musical episode makes this on an essential for fans of the show.
You'll want to keep these DVDs overnight for observation. I mean, buy them.
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