TITLE: SCRUBS - THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON
DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007 (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 522 minutes
Running Time of Special Features (Excluding Commentary): 62 minutes
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; Closed Captioned
*Audio Commentaries featuring pretty much everyone.
*My Making Of: My Musical
*Judy Reyes Keeps Talking
Fill your prescription for laughs with the sixth dose of the Emmy Award-winning Scrubs. The doctors of Sacred Heart make their rounds in the most surreal comedy on network TV. Expect big bundles of laughs this year as JD and Kim, Turk and Carla, and Dr. Cox and Jordan are all expecting little bundles of joy, and the entire crew take an unforgettable road trip. Continue your Scrubs collection with all 22 episodes of the groundbreaking sitcom’s sensational sixth season. This three-disc box set is the perfect cure for the entertainment blues.
Scrubs is one of my favorite shows on television. To me, the plots, jokes, characters, settings, and pretty much every aspect about this show makes it one of THE top shows on television today, hands down.
Season six initially started as the show’s final season. In fact, the show’s status was in the air for a while. Eventually, however, the show’s status was locked in when it was made known that if NBC didn’t renew the show, ABC would be airing the show. NBC ultimately DID renew, and now the show has begun their *true* final season.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
There are four episodes this season that stand out in absolutely clarity to me -- they are four of my favorite episodes of the season, and they are all here. And two of the four are very different episodes.
The first of the foursome is “My Musical,” the sixth episode of the season. If you’ve paid any attention at all to Scrubs in the last year you KNOW this one. A woman faints in the park and is admitted to Sacred Heart. She has an undiagnosed illness (later revealed to be “the biggest aneurysm I’ve ever seen” by Dr. Cox) that results in her hallucinating the character’s dialogue in the episode into song. She hears their words well enough -- they are just set to tune. Various songs play throughout the show, from the opening full-cast affair “Welcome to Sacred Heart” to the diagnostic “Everything Comes Down to Poo” to the Major-General’s Song-inspired “Rant Song” to the Grease-esque “Friends Forever” and more.
#2 of the 4 is in fact the very next episode, “His Story IV.” This episode is shot from the perspective of...Bob Kelso! As Kelso is one of my two favorite characters (the other being Dr. Cox), naturally I loved this. There were some people who weren’t thrilled with Iraq being used as a plotline in an episode, but it really just served as a secondary device that ultimately allowed us to understand why Kelso is the way he is -- if the hospital staff is divided, they can’t focus on their jobs, and bad things happen. By being the bad guy, the staff unites in their hatred of him, which improves the quality of care. The two Officer and a Gentleman flashback scenes with Up Where We Belong (both an English and a Vietnamese version) were well-done too.
3 and 4 I’ll describe together. They are the 19th and 22nd episodes of the season: “My Cold Shower” and “My Point of No Return.” In “My Cold Shower,” Keith proposes to Elliot, but when the ring does not fit, she retracts the proposal; he then lets her plan the whole thing. Needless to say she’s a control freak over the whole thing. Over the course of the episode, numerous characters including Kelso, the Janitor, Cox, Turk, and even Carla daydream what life would be like married to Elliot. They vary wildly depending on the personality of the character. Finally at the end of the episode you see JD’s, meant to be the only serious one with the rest meant to be comedic. In “No Return,” Elliot’s wedding day has arrived, while Kim and JD move in together in preparation for raising the baby. Both begin to experience cold feet and wonder if they are making the right move -- but both being past the seeming point of no return in their relationship (particularly JD, as he likes to point out, given there’s a baby involved). The episode ends with a cliffhanger that ultimately went nowhere and did nothing, with JD and Elliot leaning in for a kiss.
While looking at the Scrubs pages on Wikipedia trying to compile a guest list, I was reminded of another favorite: My House. It’s a takeoff on the TV series House, another favorite series of mine, and acknowledges the similarities between Dr. Cox and Dr. House. I also remembered, while doing disc breakdown, the A/B part episodes “My No Good Reason” and “My Long Goodbye.” In the former, Cox and Laverne argue over whether things happen for a reason or not, with the balance seeming to come in Laverne’s favor. At the end of the episode, though, it’s revealed that she’s been in a car accident and is in a coma. In the second part, Laverne slowly passes away, while the characters say their goodbyes.
In terms of guest stars, Scrubs’ sixth season seemed to have fewer than past years. Elizabeth Banks has a recurring role in both the first and last parts of the season as Dr. Kim Briggs. Dave Foley (“NewsRadio”) guests in My House as his recurring character Dr. Hedrick. Keri Russell guests in My Turf War and My Cold Shower.
Like previous sets, the Scrubs release is a 3-disc Digipak, with discs 1 and 2 in an overlapping disc holder. I cannot say ENOUGH how much I can’t stand overlapping disc holders. It increases the incidence of scratching of discs, and is generally a bad thing for you the consumer. I don’t like it. Disc 1 features episodes 1-8, disc 2 features a whopping NINE episodes (9-17), while disc 3 contains 5 episodes and the bonus features. I’d rather see 4 discs to a set than see 8-9 episodes per disc on a 3-disc set. It is absurd, and the compression required putting nine shows on a disc -- even a dual-layer one -- results in compression problems.
The package art for this set is...well, it is orange. The main cover features the principal cast wrapping JD up in bandages while Kelso stands by looking kind of grumpy -- but not really doing anything. The front panel of the Digipak features this same art. Other art panels on the digipak feature Cox and Kelso posing, and JD and Elliot, in front of what I can only refer to as “random medical stuff.” Each of the three discs features a reflective surface, with each featuring a different item. Disc 1 features a couple of IV bags, one on each side. Disc 2 features a red/pink flower -- due to the reflective nature of the disc I cannot really tell what type. Disc 3 features a top-down view of an “appletini.”
Menu Design and Navigation:
This is yet another season in the series of 3D hospital menus. You fly down the hallways and this season wind up at...Coffee Bucks. Various show clips play in the tops of cups of coffee. Menu options, as always, feature white text on scattered black bars. Long version of the main theme plays in the background. Episode selection features the Coffee Bucks cash register, with episode selection being a still image “bill” shape in each bill slot in the register
Video and Audio Quality:
The Video is flawless. For whatever reason the lighting in Scrubs sixth season seems darker, which affects the picture -- but it was this way on television as well. Audio is also flawless. Chapter stops at the end of each act. As far as I can tell all songs were licensed for the DVD release. There may or may not be a change or two, but I couldn’t notice any.
My Mirror Image: 22:01
My Best Friend’s Baby’s Baby and My Baby’s Baby: 21:41
My Coffee: 21:41
My House: 21:42
My Friend with Money: 21:41
My Musical: 23:41
His Story IV: 21:37
My Road to Nowhere: 21:35
My Perspective: 21:39
My Therapeutic Month: 21:39
My Night to Remember: 21:38
My Fishbowl: 21:38
My Scrubs: 21:38
My No Good Reason: 21:38
My Long Goodbye: 25:35
My Words of Wisdom: 21:38
Their Story: 21:39
My Turf War: 21:38
My Cold Shower: 22:52
My Conventional Wisdom: 25:39
My Rabbit: 21:32
My Point of No Return: 22:30
Commentaries. Everywhere. And I’m not counting them in the special features runtime. You see, NBC was a bit sneaky here. Some of the commentaries may not be new, but they may not be. And some are CLEARLY just recycled NBC.com podcast commentaries. And I just don’t have the time to sort through something you can hear for yourself now online. But there’s commentary, and a LOT of it.
My Making of My Musical (11:21): Behind-the-scenes feature detailing the production of the musical episode.
Judy Reyes Keeps Talking (6:45): Interview with Judy Reyes, who obviously plays Carla.
Deleted Scenes (15:52): 12 scenes running a total of 15:52
Alternate Lines (14:10): 13 different scenes for a total of 14:10
The Third Tier (7:52): A featurette about all the extra characters on the show.
The Debra and Stephanie Show (6:59): Features Debra Fordham, the writer of the Scrubs musical episode, and Stephanie D’Abruzzo, who played Patti (the one hallucinating in the episode). Interview with them about the episode.
Runtime of special features (EXCLUDING COMMENTARY): approx. 62 minutes
I absolutely love this show. Despite my fears over compression issues, there are none that I was able to notice...overall the set is EXTREMELY well produced. Season six is felt by some to be a weaker season for the show, and I could possibly see that, but there are a good EIGHT *great* episodes this season, which is a strong quality ratio for any series. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Final Score: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by Seth Thrasher on 10/28/07
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