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Scrubs - The Complete Third Season



DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006 (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
MSRP: $39.99
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 477 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 101 minutes
Languages: English
Subtitles: English; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: (see Special Features for Feature Descriptions)
*2 Audio Commentaries on episodes His Story II and My Self-Examination
*Twist and Shout
*Don’t Try This at Home
*Long-Term Residents
*What up Dawg?
*Scrubs Factor
*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
*Gag Reel


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' living-together-but-divorced ex-wife.

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 Thou?
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 Self-Examination
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 thing here.

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.

Disc 1
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

Disc 2
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

Disc 3
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.

Special Features:

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 show.

”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 random. 4:19

”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 elevator.

”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. 4:09

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

Final Comments:

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
Overall: 5/5

Seth Thrasher Seal of Approval

-- Reviewed by Seth Thrasher on 05/06/06

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