Review: SCRUBS Season 8

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By: Aleks Chan

2009 was predetermined to be the year of change: Jay Leno will take over five hours of NBC programming this fall, PUSHING DAISIES will airs its final episode, and SCRUBS, the long-running medical comedy moves from its home of seven years at NBC to ABC. (Though at its core, SCRUBS was always an ABC show, seeing how the alphabet net’s ABC Studios produced it.) It was also announced last year that this eighth season would be Zac Braff’s final year, if there even is one after this.

Creator Bill Lawrence acknowledges this looming fate by helming a pseudo-creative renaissance for SCRUBS, which returns with two back-to-back episodes that manage to encapsulate the series’ breadth for juxtaposing irreverent humor with affecting emotional moments. It’s like a nostalgic retread for the auteur, one that’s completely aware of its age and doggedness: inner-monologuing and star doc J.D. (Braff) sports a ragged beard, lines growing thick and deep under his eyes. In a quieter moment with his longtime mentor/hero Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley), he airs how he’s weary of his work: “I’m just tired of it all.” Dr. Cox, with no contest, concedes the remark.


Tired, but willing to send itself off on in a way that appreciates its work rather than lament it. Lawrence, in a brief letter attached to the review screeners, said that he wanted to get back to how the show was in its initial seasons: charming, light, and soundingly effective in delivering morsels of heart and ease – and it largely lives up to this, including an inspired daydream bit where J.D. explains to best friend Turk (Donald Faison) how wants to be stuffed when he dies.

The premiere is screwy, introducing Courtney Cox’s character Dr. Maddox, the new Chief of Medicine, whom J.D. describes as “an odd combination of super-friendly, and soulless.” All this while she attempts to smother a patient with a pillow, sharing how she just tried windsurfing for the first time with a smile. (Cox is only signed on for four episodes, which is too bad – she seems so much more comfortable here than she was on FX’s short-lived DIRT.)

ABC will be double-pumping episodes for the remainder of its run – putting it up against THE MENTALIST (the season’s only hit) and FRINGE. (Also PRIVILEGED, but The CW isn’t much of a ratings threat.) I’d say go ahead and watch SCRUBS’ swan song: it may not be in the same vein as its NBC stepsisters, but it is consistent, completely in control of its zaniness – the goofy kid of sitcoms with a big heart.

SCRUBS airs Tuesdays at 9PM & 9:30PM (est) on ABC

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  • Manny

    omg I believe that tonights scrubs was infact a great episode, the humor is still there, it’s sad to know that they will be leaving us after 8 great years

  • DawgsFan117

    The first to episodes of this season completly lived up to my expectations. I thought these episodes showed just how broad a spectrum the show covers by having a more humoress episode followed by an extremly well done more emotional episode. I will be sad to see this show go after this season.

  • Gigi

    I CANNOT STAND THE NEW CHIEF RESIDENT! COURTNEY BELONGS ON THAT OTHER SHOW OOOOHHHHH I THINK IT IS CALLED FREINDS OR SOMETHING! SHE REALLY SUCKS. HOW DID YOU THINK FOR ONE MINUTE THAT DR. MADDOX COULD EVEN COME CLOSE TO DR. KELSO? HOW COULD YOU BE SO WRONG, GET RID OF HER SHE SUCKS. BUT I WILL STILL WATCH BECAUSE I LOVE EVERBODY ELSE GIVE US MORE TED, MORE TED, FLOP SWEAT TED, WE LOVE HIM! GET RID OF COURTNEY COX. BRING LITTLE JACK BACK AND DR. KELSO, AND DON’T FORGET JORDAN AND THE OLD CREW, GREAT JOB, I LOVE YOU GUYS!

  • Rachel

    Dr Maddox (courney) is only cheif for a short time.
    Dr Cox becomes cheif.

  • mookie

    Where has Turk been…I am so going to miss the gang…I

  • Joe

    Rachel, thank you for that information. I’m watching recorded eps of the 8th season, and I seriously would have lost it if I’d thought Maddox had any chance of staying; the first thing I thought when I saw her was “wtf, Cox is like twice her age – why isn’t he chief?”

    And where’s The Todd?