TITLE: SCRUBS - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006 (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 477 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 101
Subtitles: English; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: (see Special Features for Feature
*2 Audio Commentaries on episodes His Story II and My
*Twist and Shout
*Don’t Try This at Home
*What up Dawg?
*One on One With “The Todd” (Robert Keeps Talking)
*The New Elliot
*Is There a Doctor in the House?
*Scrubbed Out: Deleted Scenes
*Alternate Lines: A Second Opinion
Get ready for one wacky house call with the hilarious
third season of Scrubs. It's a whole new year for the
staff of Sacred Heart as Elliot undergoes a complete
makeover in an attempt to change her luck, and the
residents discover the incredibly healing powers of an
epiphany toilet. The show stars Zach Braff as Dr.
John Dorian, Sarah Chalke as Dr. Elliot Reid, Donald
Faison as Dr. Chris Duncan Turk, Judy Reyes as Nurse
Carla Espinosa, Ken Jenkins as Dr. Bob Kelso, Neil
Flynn as Janitory and John C. McGinley as Dr. Perry
Cox.. Also appearing as a recurring - recurring
meaning nearly every episode is Christa
Miller-Lawrence as Jordan, Dr. Cox'
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
Normally this is the part of the review I’d recommend
certainly episodes based on their memorable ness or
general quality. But Scrubs is a bit different, as
the show is pretty much flawlessly good start to
finish. Honestly, I’d just recommend making a day of
watching this season, grab some snacks, and just watch
the season start to finish.
List of Guest Stars:
First of all: Scott Foley (A.U.S.A, Felicity) was a
recurring character for the majority of the season, so
he’s not listed.
Maureen McCormick (The Brady Bunch): My Journey
Markie Post (Night Court): My White Whale
Tom Cavanagh (Ed, Love Monkey): My Brother, Where Art
Tara Reid: My Advice to You, My Fifteen Seconds, My
Friend the Doctor, My Rule of Thumb, My Clean Break,
My Screw Up, My Choosiest Choice of All
Erik Estrada: My Fifteen Seconds, My Fault, My
Self-Examination, My Best Friend’s Wedding
Nicole Sullivan (Hot Properties): My Fifteen Seconds
Bernie Kopell (The Love Boat): My Friend the Doctor
Barry Bostwick (Spin City): My Dirty Secret
Michael J. Fox: My Catalyst, My Porcelain God
Brendan Fraser: My Screw-Up
Richard Kind (Spin City): My Fault
Larry Thomas (The Soup Nazi from Seinfeld): My
Hattie Winston (Becker): My Best Friend’s Wedding
George Takei (Star Trek): My Best Friend’s Wedding
The set is a 3 disc digipak. While there is a digipak
configuration that allows for three disc holders,
Buena Vista, for some reason, went with a two-holder,
overlapping, setup. This means discs 1 and 2 overlap,
while disc 3 sits in its own holder. I REALLY hate
overlapping discs. I really do. The outer box for
the season three set is made of clear plastic. To
the left and right of the clear area are opened doors.
The logo stretches across. The space where there’s
no art on the outer box makes sense when the inner box
is slid into the outer box, as the cast appears to
come flying out the doors the front picture on the
inner box featuring JD on an elevator facing forward,
with the rest of the cast pushing him through quickly.
The back cover of the outer box has a hospital
privacy curtain, with the usual set text, and a
clipboard for bonus features. A folder with a
picture of each main cast member is also on the back.
The rating/copyright/technical/gibberish at the bottom
actually has its own artwork too, which surprised me:
the text sits on top of a strip of surgical gauze at
the bottom. Going back to the inner box now, when
unfolded, there are of course three separate panels
for art. The right panel is the front cover, and I’ve
detailed that already. The center panel has various
miscellaneous joke x-rays against a light board, with
the Sacred Heart Hospital logo in the top left corner.
The leftmost panel has the most generic artwork, the
cast standing (in JD’s case sitting) in front of a
generic hospital-green wall, with Emergency sign over
their head. Each of the characters does their own
But wait, there’s more. The interior panels also
have art, though you’ll have to remove the discs to
see the center and rightmost panels. On the left is
the hospital assignment board for the doctors for
patients. Below it is the disc by disc breakdown.
To its left is a portable IV drip (You know, the ones
that sit on a pole with wheels with a blue box in the
middle…). Behind the holder for disc 1 and 2 is JD.
Over his right shoulder is a sign saying “Scrub-Up
N4-52”, while beside his left arm is a blood pressure
tester, and by his right left is a gas canister.
Behind the disc three holder is a stretcher and x-ray
light board with a joke x-ray posted on it.
You think I’m finished? Oh no. Each of the three
discs is a reflective yellow. The reflection is on
the entire disc that almost gives the discs a 3d feel.
Anyway, on disc 1 is JD and Elliot. Disc 2 has Turk
and Carla. Disc 3 features Perry and Janitor. In
terms of what episode is on which disc: Episodes 1-8
are on disc 1, 9-17 are on disc 2, and 18-22 plus the
entirely of the special features are on disc three.
Menu Design and Navigation:
Menus are exceptional. They’re in full motion
animation. AS before, you careen down hallways at
full-tilt, with your destination being a supply
closet. The full version of the theme plays in the
background of the main menu. All three discs feature
the same menu system: you go flying around the
hallways, and ultimately wind up in the supply
closet/toilet. There are three TV sets in-picture,
with various cleaning supplies on the other shelves.
Clips play on the two TVs in mid picture (a still shot
of JD stays frozen on the 3rd TV), with the menu
options appearing in a label maker-type font. Episode
selection has an alternate closet shot, with episode
stills in the TV screens, more cleaning supplies, and
episode details. Bonus features, as before, takes you
to the elevator.
Video and Audio Quality:
Last season, the video was absolutely and unbelievably
amazing. Unfortunately, it looks like something
happened. The episodes, particularly on the first two
discs, are just a bit too compressed. You can see
compression artifacting in the video. 8-9 episodes
per disc are pushing it, and this time, it was just a
bit too far. Audio’s still a superb 5.1 track. I
could, honestly, not detect a single thing problematic
about the audio. Chapter Stops occur after the
beginning of the main act one and two (act one
beginning after the opening teaser before the opening
credits) and before the closing credits. As before in
the Scrubs series of releases, there IS a play all.
The big question for a show like Scrubs is: Is the
original music intact? As before with Scrubs, the
answer is a resounding YES.
Runtimes for the episodes, even given the original
airdates of the 2003-04 season seem a bit short.
However, I’m relative sure that these are just short
episodes. One of the problems with new shows is
that it’s harder to tell. There ARE super-sized
episodes (NBC’s 40 minute comedy slots for sweeps),
denoted with an asterisk below.
My Own American Girl: 21:07
My Journey: 21:05
My White Whale: 21:03
My Lucky Night: 26:50 *
My Brother, Where Art Thou?: 20:23
My Advice to You: 20:11
My Fifteen Seconds: 20:58
My Friend the Doctor: 20:55
My Dirty Secret: 21:17
My Rule of Thumb: 20:48
My Clean Break: 21:44
My Catalyst: 26:20 *
My Porcelain God: 26:20 **
My Screw Up: 21:33
My Tormented Mentor: 20:18
My Butterfly: 20:49
My Moment of Un-Truth: 20:50
His Story II: 20:48
My Choosiest Choice of All: 21:05
My Fault: 20:50
My Self-Examination: 20:46
My Best Friend’s Wedding: 21:20
** - The box doesn’t denote this as a “Super-sized”
episode, yet it has the same runtime as one.
For this release, the special features including the
two commentary tracks- are all confined to disc three.
Previously they were spread out. This is a bit sad
only two commentaries.
”Twist and Shoot”: This is a quick interview with Bill
Lawrence and various others about the personnel
decisions (particularly directors) that happened for
the third season. 6:55
”Don’t Try This at Home”: Interview with cast and crew
about the insane stunts that occur on the show. Zach
was such a physical comedian that it just naturally
worked it’s way in. After that, the cast started
trying to out-do each other. 5:46
”Long-term Residents”: This is regarding the guest
stars on Scrubs. Most are just friends of the crew.
They continued to work on getting each member of the
Spin City cast on the show. Richard Kind, Barry
Bostwick, and Michael J. Fox all appear on the show.
Originally they wanted Tara Reid’s character to be
more like JD, but it just wasn’t working, so they let
her be her. 7:12
”What Up Dawg?”: Every single person that works on the
third floor has a dog…practically everyone…has a dog.
So, a feature about the Scrubs dogs. 6:04
”Scrubs Factor”: Essentially, they have this thing
among the cast/crew that’s like Fear Factor. 4:46
”Robert Keeps Talking”: Interview with Robert
Maschio. Thanks for spelling that out at the start.
Just 4:55 of various comments and things about the
”The New Elliot”: The network wanted a promotable girl
on the show. They needed an image change for her,
and decided to work in a personality change at the
same time. Runs 5:52
”Is There a Doctor in the House”: They decided to
make JD and Elliot the main arc for the season. And
even more, once they hooked up, they immediately break
it apart, and go back to normal. It was fairly
”Scrubbed Out”: Deleted Scenes: 4:42. There are
scenes from My Dirty Secret, My Lucky Night, My Advice
to You, His Story II, and My Fault. The deleted
scenes menu is actually a bulletin board outside the
”Alternate Lines”: A Second Opinion: In 8 episodes,
they had one line in the episode, however, in another
take, they said something different. 8 for 3:06.
This also has its own menu, the front of a door
Gag Reel: Bloopers and outtakes from the season.
His Story II: Donald Faison and writer Mark Stegemann.
20:48. They actually do try to point out the
background people. They decided early on that they
would have an episode a season where they switch the
inner monologue to another character, hence the His
Story/Her Story episodes. Did NOT know Donald Faison
was on Sesame Street.
My Self-Examination: Randall Winston, Donald Faison,
and Judy Reyes. Always love it when the first
episodes on a commentary are “oh snap!” Yes, that IS
the Soup Nazi. 20:46
Total Runtime of Features: Approximately 101 minutes
Wow. Great DVD set again. The video is admittedly a
bit worse than before, but it’s still good by any
measure. Normally at this part in the review, I’d
make recommendations about what to do in future sets,
but honestly, aside from maybe shooting for no more
than 7 episodes per disc, there’s nothing I can really
think of. Strongly recommended DVD set.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 4.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
-- Reviewed by Seth Thrasher on 05/06/06
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