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Scrubs - The Complete Eighth Season - television series DVD / comedy DVD / sitcom DVD review
SCRUBS - THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON Rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 stars
Actors: Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes, Neill Flynn
Creator: Bill Lawrence   Studio: ABC Video
DVD release: 25 August 2009   Runtime: 414 minutes
(3 discs)
Format: Box set, Color, DVD, NTSC
Features: Audio tracks (English - Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound), Subtitles (French, Spanish), My Bahamas Trip, Deleted scenes, Bloopers, Alternate lines, Webisodes

From the beginning, Scrubs has been a clever, quirky show. We've followed J.D., Turk, and Elliot from resident to fully-licensed medical practitioners. Turk (Donald Faison) and Carla (Judy Reyes) are married with a child and one on the way. J.D. (Zach Braff) has become a father and has grown up a bit (he can apparently grow a beard now). He and Elliot (Sarah Chalke) have perhaps matured enough to finally make a successful go of it. Doctor Cox (John C. McGinley) and Jordan (Christa Miller) have settled into an odd relationship that works for them. It's more full of spite and anger than some other relationships, but it's mostly directed at other people.

The secondary characters have always shone brightly in this series, perhaps more so this year. The new residents Denise "Jo" Mahoney (Eliza Coupe), Howie (Todd Bosley), Ed (Aziz Ansari), Katie (Betsy Beutler), and Sunny Day (Sonal Shah) really pull their weight, bringing that na´vetÚ the main cast channeled when the show started. What's more is that the creators give these characters some spotlight in which to shine while keeping up on the storylines of the main characters.

Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins) is retired from the hospital, but he still hangs out in Coffeebucks devouring the free muffins for life he earned last season - which is good, because Kelso is a great character and would be sorely missed if he'd left. The Janitor (Neil Flynn) gets married to Lady (Kit Pongetti) in a two-part episode set in the Bahamas. The eighth season also sees fit to pair up the awkward lawyer Ted (Sam Lloyd) with an adorable ukulelist named Stephanie Gooch (Kate Micucci). Her songs are a scream.

In many ways, Scrubs has come full-circle in its journey. Many of the stories are nearly wrapped up as the series comes to an end. Creator Bill Lawrence has assured us that while Scrubs is over, there is more in this vein to come. This will allow Zach Braff to move on and to hopefully make more great films like Garden State.

The final episode is excellent and bittersweet. Many faces from over the years essentially wave goodbye to J.D. and those who've enjoyed Scrubs these eight seasons. You'll want to step through slowly with your finger on the pause button to place all the faces.

Scrubs has always been a labor of love for those who created it. You can feel that in the show itself; you can hear it in the plentiful commentary and alternate lines, outtakes, and extras. It goes out well, and the next iteration (I suspect we'll see Season Eight's interns carry on) shows promise.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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