|Scrubs: The Complete Second Season|
|DVD TV Shows|
|Written by Mel Odom|
|Tuesday, 15 November 2005|
"Scrubs" is headed into a welcomed fifth season in January 2006, during a time when many television shows don't even make it through their initial order of episodes. The 30-minute comedy with moments that touch hearts, all set to outstanding music scores, has been favorably compared to “M.A.S.H.” Located in an actual hospital, "Scrubs" totally has the look and feel of the environment. Nothing in the show feels like a set. Instead, we get the impression that we’re looking into the inner, if somewhat zany, workings of an actual medical facility under a full head of steam.
Dr. J.D. Dorian (Zach Braff) is the narrator, always providing voiceovers to tie in the episodes to real life and get the viewer up to speed. His best friend, Chris Turk (Donald Faison), works in surgery. Dr. Elliott Reid (Sarah Chalke) is J.D.'s on-again, off-again love interest. Nurse Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes) is Turk's girlfriend, as well as a foil for their problems and catalyst for doctor/hospital friction. J.D. wants to be just like Dr. Perry Cox (John C. McGinley), only not so much of a jerk. Dr. Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins) is the chief of medicine and ultimately everyone's boss.
Together, these people make up the dysfunctional family that is the nexus of
Sacred Heart Hospital. Every episode plays to their strengths and weaknesses, taking fans of the show over familiar territory - such as J.D.'s ongoing feud with the janitor - and introducing new wrinkles and unexpected curveballs.
Episode 1: "My Overkill" opens up with J.D. and Turk in bed together. J.D. remembers the fiasco Dr. Cox's ex-wife Jordan stirred up by announcing everyone's secrets, including the fact that she slept with J.D. Some of the best parts of the episode are the appearances of the Troubadour. The music rolls through the surround sound system, blowing pure and true. J.D. has to find some way to get around the discomfort all his colleagues are having with each other.
Episode 2: "My Nightmare" deals with Dr. Cox's resolution with his ex-wife.
J.D.'s relationship with the janitor hits an odd note after J.D. plucks a splinter from the janitor's foot. Again, the imaginary sequences J.D. has when he thinks about something like Hank the tow truck driver and his pet dog add a lot to the episodes. But J.D., Turk and Elliott are left on call by themselves, which makes for all kinds of problems.
Episode 3: "My Case Study" has one of the funniest sequences in it on the morning after Dr. Kelso's anniversary. His dance through the floor to "In the Mood" is an exercise in insanity. Supposedly, after an evening of wild sex with his wife, people in the hospital can line up and ask him for anything. Turk gets into trouble when he forgets to request equipment. Dr. Kelso also gets the hospital into an uproar when he offers to send the person with the most unique medical case on a trip.
Episode 4: "My Big Mouth" talks about the teams in the hospital that aren't functioning so well. J.D. blows the trust Carla shows him. Dr. Cox totally ignores Elliott. The physical comedy sequences, such as Elliott getting slammed by the wheelchair and the food cart are hilarious. The sign language bit between Turk and Carla is another nice piece that really sets this show apart from others.
Episode 5: "My New Coat" opens with J.D. wearing a white doctor's coat for the first time and drawing a lot of flack from everyone around him. Elliott makes the mistake of sleeping with a doctor she hardly knows and ends up being the butt of all gossip. One of the best sequences of this episode is the dressing down J.D. delivers to Dr. Cox. Turk deals with having to work with an incredibly short doctor. The impact of the music score is particularly felt in this episode.
Episode 6: "My Big Brother" introduces J.D.'s big brother after Turk and
J.D. start having issues with getting older. Dr. Cox finally has some real competition in the sarcasm department. The dialogue is swift and sure, cracking back and forth. Turk dodges a funeral invitation from a past patient and trades insults with Dr. Cox. The Halloween costumes are a blast. Turk makes the mistake of betting with Dr. Cox about the survival chances of a patient he wants to do surgery on. Dr. Cox's revelation about why doctors distance themselves from patients is touching and funny at the same time.
Episode 7: "My First Step" starts out with J.D.'s lecture on being safe, which is an absolute riot. Julie, the pharmaceutical nurse, makes an arrival to the tune of "Doctor, Doctor" and totally blows the socks off the male staff. J.D. catches the janitor trying to skip out of the hospital and it backfires on him. Elliott has a problematic patient. Turk tries to encourage Carla to go back to school, but she gets angry. Later in the episode, J.D. and Elliott bungee jump off a bridge (a stunt that actually ended up with the two people who met for the very first time on that stunt getting married).
Episode 8: "My Fruit Cups" opens up with J.D. and Turk having to steal food and toilet paper to get by. The pharmaceutical rep shows up to make Dr. Cox's life good. The pillow fight fantasy sequence between the gyno girls totally rocks, but they start putting pressure on Elliott to join them. Elliott's dad visits and tells her she should find more suitable employment. Things get even more complicated with Jordan, Dr. Cox's ex-wife, shows up pregnant.
Episode 9: "My Lucky Day" opens with J.D., Turk and Carla helping Elliott move out of her ritzy apartment after her father cuts her off. Later, J.D. gets into an argument with Dr. Cox that leads to a new realization that their relationship hasn't changed as much as J.D. would like. Carla steps into Dr. Cox's relationship and causes problems with Elliott and Dr. Cox. J.D.'s flashback to his childhood is an absolute hoot. Carla and Elliott both have revelations about self. The final scenes between J.D. and Dr. Cox for this episode are warm and fuzzy, showing again what makes this show so great.
Episode 10: "My Monster" deals with J.D.'s dry sexual period and Elliott is trying to find a new apartment. The flash of the hospital as a monster is awesome. One of the most endearing aspects of the show is its proclivity for one-liners – a bit with choirboys is terrific. Dr. Cox is struggling with his relationship with his ex after she moves in. Turk and Carla get into an argument over who gives who the most. The music as Elliott and J.D. become intimate rocks the surround sound system.
Episode 11: "My Sex Buddy" opens with the fear J.D. has after letting Elliott move in. The sequence regarding infant circumcision is hilarious. Turk gets worried over J.D. and Elliott's relationship. Elliott's patients start switching off of her, and when Dr. Cox reveals that Turk is behind it, things get ugly.
Episode 12: "My New Old Friend" shows the fallout between J.D. and Elliott as they try to remain separate while sharing work and an apartment. The physical humor in this episode is really at an all-time high. Carla has to deal with a hypochondriac. Dr. Kelso pins Turk with taking an elderly patient's driver's license away, and the wild fantasy J.D. has about it is fantastic. Later, Elliott's truck with all her belongings is stolen. Turk's session in the ER is one long line of laughs.
Episode 13: "My Philosophy" opens with Turk's decision to ask Carla to marry him. The segue into the striptease with Elliott blows us away as the vocals power through the surround sound system. Turk has trouble delivering the engagement ring in a suitably romantic moment. Later, the ring is swallowed by a young male patient. Elliott lobbies for a women's locker room. The song at the end of the episode makes excellent use of the surround sound system, and it's very touching.
Episode 14: "My Brother, My Keeper" continues Turk's anxiety over whether or not Carla will marry him. Dick Van Dyke puts in an appearance that is charming. Dr. Cox is having a hard time dealing with his ex-wife's pregnancy. J.D. gets into a hard situation when he has to reveal that everybody's favorite doctor isn't up to speed medically.
Episode 15: "His Story" deals with Turk's relationship to Carla after he came in drunk with his brother. Elliott starts getting involved with a new guy. J.D.'s fireworks display is a riot. The interesting twist is that this episode is largely told by Dr. Cox.
Episode 16: "My Karma" makes major strides toward showing off the progression of relationships. J.D. gets jealous of Elliott's new boyfriend, Paul. Turk and J.D. hit golf balls off the roof and end up causing all kinds of accidents. The wreck slams through the surround sound and subwoofer. Dr. Cox and Jordan get ready for the baby to be born. The stand-up comic routine with Turk and J.D. is hilarious.
Episode 17: "My Own Private Practice Guy" shows J.D. at his most uncomfortable with Dr. Cox and Jordan. The basketball fantasy is off the hook. J.D. finds out one of their patients has been assigned a private practice doctor. The sexual arousal thing that Elliott does on the narcoleptic guy is a scream.
Episode 18: "My T.C.W." opens with J.D. and Turk working on J.D.'s kissing techniques. The whole episode deals with relationship stress between the different couples. Again, this is one of the episodes where the physical humor is at a high. Carla finds out that her engagement ring passed through a digestive tract. Paul ends up getting eight stitches after being blindfolded by Elliott. The wife of a coma patient comes onto J.D., which causes lots of guilt.
Episode 19: "My Kingdom" has a great opening sequence which shows J.D. and Turk as surgeon pimps. The music rolls through the surround sound system. Dr. Cox has problems with the computer, and J.D. ends up hanging on a pole. Dr. Cox's resolution to the computer problem hits the spot for every techno geek out there. One of the best bits in this episode is J.D.'s inability to fit into surgery. Elliott inadvertently tells Paul that she loves him, and he sends Ted's band around to her. To get even with Dr. Kelso, Dr. Cox tells everyone that the chief of medicine is dead so that Dr. Kelso will know what everyone thinks of him. The janitor's fantasy about the saw is way over the top, but very much appreciated.
Episode 20: "My Interpretation" begins with Jordan asking Dr. Cox to baby-sit their child. J.D. starts up a relationship with Tasty Coma Wife at her husband's funeral. Everyone's screams blast the surround sound system, and all of them come at awkward moments.
Episode 21: "My Drama Queen" opens with Jamie and J.D. in bed, and she is rocking his world, but J.D. then has to work on the cooling off of their relationship. After the janitor gives J.D. a pair of shorts, he has to deal with them. Jamie's drama addiction starts stressing J.D. The group therapy stuff with bad patient relationship is a riot.
Episode 22: "My Dream Job" begins with Carla getting busted for being late on a regular basis. One of Turk and J.D.'s old college buddies shows up. The fantasy about the dream job is great. The physical humor hits the spot in this one too.
The opening interface for the discs has got a great feel, putting us in mind of a video game. The three-disc set comes with a lot of features that are well worth watching. "Musical Stylings" is terrific because it allows us to really see how music is used in the show. "Secrets and Lies" gives a lot of background material on the show and the stars. The selection of deleted scenes in "Scrubbed Out: Deleted Scenes" is pretty interesting. "Practice, Practice, and Malpractice" is absolutely hilarious, but way too short for what had to have happened on the show. "J.D.'s Mojo" discusses all the sexual encounters that he had in the second season. But the cake has to go to "Imagination Gone Wild," which showcases a lot of the fantasies from the year's episodes.
"Scrubs: The Complete Second Season" is absolutely some of the best money a television fan can spend. The package comes with 22 episodes and a good amount of background and extras. Fans will love watching the episodes again with the commentary and features adding extra bang for their bucks, and people new to the series can pick up the cast mix quickly after only an episode or two and settle in for some real enjoyment. Admittedly, the offbeat humor and fantasies might not be to everyone's liking, but viewers who enjoy comedy should at least sample what the discs have to offer. From physical comedy to the outlandish, to musical numbers to truly meaningful social commentary, "Scrubs" offer a full buffet. The best thing about the series is that it's like eating popcorn. With episodes that are only twenty-one minutes in length, finding time to watch an episode here and there is easily accomplished, and a pleasure at that.