Scrubs: Season 8
DVD | Box Set
This half hour comedy focuses on the bizarre experiences of fresh faced medical intern John JD Dorian as he embarks on his healing career in a surreal hospital crammed full of unpredictable staffers and patients, where humor and tragedy can merge paths at any time.
Bonus Features Include: My Bahamas trip, Bill Lawrence answers fans' questions, deleted scenes, bloopers alternate lines, webisodes
The first episode of Scrubs' final season ends with a sly kicker in which Zach Braff's J.D. rallies his colleagues as they enter their eighth year at Sacred Heart. "It's tempting to just mail it in," he states, "but there are still a lot of people who rely on us week to week. I think we owe it to them to be as inspired as we were in our first few years. I still think we're as good as anybody else out there." Indeed, Scrubs goes out at the top of its game. "People don't change, relationships don't change," the super-friendly but soulless new Chief of Medicine Taylor Maddox (a game Courteney Cox) proclaims at the end of her all-too-brief three-episode arc. How wrong she is. J.D. and Elliott (Sarah Chalke) become a couple again without too much drama. Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) and his dread ex-wife (Christa Miller) likewise declare their love for each other. Cox even forms a grudging friendship with his former nemesis Dr Kelso (Ken Jenkins), who in retirement has become a fixture in the hospital cafeteria where he takes full advantage of free muffins for life. Sad sack lawyer Ted (Sam Lloyd) and J.D.'s enigmatic tormentor Janitor (Neil Flynn) find someone to love, and Turk (Donald Faison) and Carla (Judy Reyes) prepare for their second child.
Things are different on the job front as well. Dr. Cox assumes the mantle of Chief of Medicine and struggles not to be overwhelmed by the bureaucracy. Bringing the show full circle, there is the next generation of interns (spin-off, anyone?) who test their mentors' patience. Eliza Coupe is a standout as Denise, who has a problem with compassion ("It's ironic that cancer starts with 'can'," she tells one patient). J.D.'s signature reveries aside, the final season goes easy on the fantasy. This season's Very Special Episode is a two-parter that takes the cast to the Bahamas for Janitor's wedding. Will Janitor finally reveal his name? Will Dr. Cox express his true feelings for J.D.? "Endings are never easy," J.D. muses in the finale. "I always build them up so much in my head, they can't possibly live up to my expectations, and I just end up disappointed." That will not be the case for loyal viewers who have stuck with Scrubs through thick and thin, NBC and ABC. If you're not moved by J.D.'s final walk through the halls of Sacred Heart or his home-movie vision of the future, then get yourself a heart transplant stat! --Donald Liebenson
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I never much cared for sitcoms, but this one won me over from the start and kept me hooked throughout its successful run.
The actors deliver their roles exceptionally well and keep you laughing, not to mention somewhat exposed to medical realities and the heartbreaking wisdom that comes from seeing people dealing with difficult issues. I work in a healthcare setting, so I know that they always did a good job of keeping it real.
Although there was a 9th season, this one (season 8) is the true last season as it is where JD says goodbye. The full cast, including the production crew, are not all involved with season 9. And without JD, the "bro-mance" between he and Turk that we came to love and laugh at makes for a HUGE hole in season 9 episodes.
But this review is about Season 8 ...
The finale is extended over two episodes, and for me has the most emotionally charged climactic final scene of any sitcom I've seen - and that includes the very famous MASH finale. The director (who does occasional cameos and shows up in the last scene) put together a marvelous goodbye that sticks with you for a while.
Makes me wish it would never end...
PQ - not demo quality, but definitely for fans with an HDtv and a BD player. very close in quality to the original HD broadcast.
AQ - unexceptional.
extras - always a pleasure. the audio commentary for the Bahamas episodes (bill lawrence and christa miller) i found to be very amusing.
technically, a 3 star/silver tier set, but for scrubs fans, this is definitely at least a 4 star buy.
First problem...I have watched the first 7 seasons on the external monitor on my laptop PC. No problems. That came to an end with season 8. Season 8 seems to have some sort of nasty copy protection that prevents playback on a PC. I tried viewing the season 8 DVD's on 7 different PC's. These DVD's failed to play on any PC. I feel ripped off.
Second problem...Scrubs suffers from MASH Syndrome...it gets increasingly dramatic (read sad and depressing) and less humorous with each season. I watch Scrubs to laugh and enjoy, not to contemplate dialing the suicide hotline. We all know people pass away in hospitals. We don't need to get repeatedly smacked in the face with that fact. I think I laughed 2 or 3 times while watching season 8. Back in the good old days of season 1, I laughed so much my cheeks and ribs ached in a good way.
Final bit of bad news, the Janitor is still in the show. I never cared for the Janitor character. He is inane and the antidote to comedy. The only time I laughed because of Janitor, was when he used the rabbit peppermill. And that was visual humor! Janitor is just a consistently sadistic guy who makes no positive contribution to the show. In real life, Janitor would have been fired long ago.
If you have seen the first 7 seasons, watching season 8 will only break your heart.