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Scrubs: The Complete and Final Ninth Season - television series DVD / comedy DVD / sitcom DVD review
SCRUBS: THE COMPLETE AND FINAL NINTH SEASON Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 stars
Actors: Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley, Perry Cox, Eliza Coupe
Creator: Bill Lawrence   Studio: ABC Studios
DVD release: 28 September 2010   Runtime: 359 minutes
(2 discs)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Features: Audio tracks (English - Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound), Subtitles (French, Spanish), Deleted scenes (w/ introductions and explanations from creator Bill Lawrence), Bloopers, Scrubbing In, Live from the Golf Cart

Zach Braff and John C. McGinley in *SCRUBS: THE COMPLETE AND FINAL NINTH SEASON*I really liked Scrubs all through its run. I caught on late in the game but caught up when the show hit syndication. The eighth season seemed to provide as complete closure as a TV series is usually allowed, and I think most everybody was okay with that.

Season Nine moves some of the cast from Sacred Heart Hospital to Winston University Medical School. Doctors Cox (John C. McGinley) and Turk (Donald Faison), now teachers here, lead the new med students through their tough first year of education in the medical arts. Zach Braff reprises his role as J.D. for six of thirteen episodes in order to pass the torch to Lucy Bennett (Kerry Bishé). Lucy is a suitable replacement for J.D - she's insecure, gives good narration and is as prone to little flights of fancy as J.D.

Other Scrubs alums make appearances as well. Ken Jenkins comes back for several episodes as Bob Kelso. Neil Flynn makes a brief cameo as Janitor in the first episode that is priceless. Sarah Chalke shows up a few times as Elliot Reid, now married to J.D. and seriously pregnant. We also see The Todd (Robert Maschio), Ted (Sam Lloyd) and Jordan (Christa Miller). Sadly missing is Judy Reyes as Carla.

Med students Lucy, Drew (Michael Mosley), Cole (Dave Franco), Trang (Matthew Moy) and Maya (Nicky Whelan) are in deep water. They're in for difficult lessons, especially from Dr. Cox, who treats them like green Marine recruits. J.D. conducts his lessons more like a My Little Pony convention. Eighth-season intern Denise Mahoney (Eliza Coupe) helps guide the students on their way.

The students find love in unexpected places, difficulty in every waking moment, sleeplessness nearly every night and value in what they're doing. This coda season of Scrubs, beyond any expected continuation, is just as much fun as the original incarnation of the series. This season never found an audience, however, perhaps because we've already gotten closure. Loyal fans of the series watched through season eight and were surprised to discover another season later that year. We'd already said goodbye, moved on and gotten unicorn tattoos. My Tivo started picking up episodes; I saved them, but I couldn't quite bring myself to watch the new stuff. I'm glad I finally got a chance to see the season - but now I need more closure.

Extra features are sparse: a fun montage of bloopers and deleted scenes from many episodes, with visual commentary by Bill Lawrence. Unfortunately, you can't watch the commentary with the original audio, so you miss any dialog that's up while Bill is talking. His commentary has value, but hardcore fans want the extra scenes fullscreen and with original audio in a big way.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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