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Scrubs - The Complete Fourth Season



DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006 (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
MSRP: $39.99
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 25
Running Time: 542 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 118 minutes
Languages: English
Subtitles: English; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: (see Special Features for Feature Descriptions)
Two Audio Commentaries; “Will You Ever Be My Mentor?”; “The Sweethearts of Sacred Heart”; “The Weapon’s Chest”; “Who is that Man?”; “Donald Keeps Talking”; Deleted Scenes; Alternate Lines; and G Tom Mac Music Video: “Half.”


This year, the laughs are off the charts in TV’s most surreal and sidesplitting show. Scrubs’ hilarious fourth season is now on DVD for the very first time thanks to Buena Vista Home Entertainment! Catch the most contagious comedy around with all 25 season four episodes, complete with hysterical bonus features and the show’s original, unedited music in 5.1 Surround Sound! This year the crew makes their biggest moves yet as Elliot leaves the hospital for a new job, J.D. faces life on his own for the first time, and catch the hilarious four camera episode!

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 Janitor and John C. McGinley as Dr. Perry Cox.. Also appearing as a recurring is Christa Miller-Lawrence as Jordan, Dr. Cox' living-together-but-divorced ex-wife.

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Touchstone Television shows are usually all so very good in quality. This show is no exception to that and therefore all the episodes are of high quality. But the best of the best include: “My Old Friend’s Friend” is the one where Dr. Clock (Heather Graham) arrives; “My New Game” in which Dr. Cox and Jordan have issues; “My Cake” is the one where J.D. finds out his father has passed away (nice John Ritter tribute); “My Best Moment” is the one where J.D. addresses pre-med students; “My Life in Four Camera” is the one where they pay homage to sitcoms like Cheers, Sanford & Son and I Dream of Jeannie; and “My Best Laid Plans” is the one where J.D. ditches Kylie.

Scrubs is known for its all-star cast over the years seeing stars like John Ritter, Markie Post, Jimmie Walker, Dick Van Dyke and more. This season that pattern continues with more famous guests! Making their way this season is: Heather Graham, Kathryn Joosten, Molly Shannon, Tom Cavanagh, Chuck Woolery, Richard Kind, Matthew Perry, Colin Farrell, Clay Aiken, Michael Boatman, Ed McMahon, and more! Recurring stars Sam Lloyd, Aloma Wright, Robert Maschio, Johnny Kastl return.


The set is again a 3 disc digipak. The outer box for the season four set is yellow in color and has The Complete Fourth Season labeling on top in blue and white, below that is the Scrubs logo in the blue & white, and below that we have a photo of the cast (7 members of it) with J.D. pointing a light towards us. The back cover of the outer box has a clipboard with info on the show & set, with bonus features and specifications below that. There are about four snapshots from the show scattered in the back, too, along with hospital materials like band-aids.

Going back to the case (digipak) now, it also is in yellow and the front has different cast photo (5 of them this time) and the back of the case has a nice photo of the Janitor along with six different snapshots/photos from the show. When the case is opened once, on the left we see a holder for any inserts and below that we have a disc one breakdown listing the episodes on that disc, on the right we see a photo of J.D. and a curtain with disc two and three episodes. The holder on the left gives us an insert for Scrubs airing 5-days-a-week in syndication. It is just what the doctor ordered! We see a photo of Elliot holding a shot when we take the insert out. When we open the case a final time, we get to the discs. Discs one and two are overlapping in the middle with disc three on the far right panel. Behind the holder for disc 1 and 2 are nice snapshots, J.D.’s ID card, and a yummy looking chocolate frosted donut with sprinkles. I need donuts now! Behind the disc three holder are more snapshots, a scissor, a bagel and more.

You think I’m finished? Oh no. Each of the three discs is blue with X-rays (skeletons!) on each disc’s artwork. In terms of what episode is on which disc: Episodes 1-9 are on disc 1, 10-18 are on disc 2, and 19-25 plus the special features are on disc three.

Menu Design and Navigation:

Menus are exceptional AGAIN. They’re in full motion animation. This time we are riding in the hospital’s cafeteria, getting food. It is so cool! I love it. The full version of the theme plays in the background of the main menu. Options are: Episode Selection, Play All, Audio Commentary (disc one & two), Set Up, Sneak Peek (disc one), Bonus Features (disc three). Each submenu has different music from the show’s soundtrack. Buena Vista is usually very good in menus (Desperate Housewives, Lost are main examples).

Video and Audio Quality:

The audio and video are obviously very good since this season is like two years old. I think this set should be in widescreen, though. It would look so cool. Another complaint I have is that this set is only 3 discs. It should be 4 discs, because it has 25 episodes. I think pushing 9 episodes or so on each disc is pushing it. It makes video go down, but I don’t really see it here. Each episode is unedited and runs near 21:30 or so. Super-sized episodes are longer…I think this season only had one of those. 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. The big question for a show like Scrubs is: Is the original music intact? As before with Scrubs, the answer is a resounding YES. It clearly states that at the back of the box.

Following are the runtimes for the episodes:

Disc 1:
1. My Old Friend’s New Friend: 24:37
2. My Office: 21:22
3. My New Game: 21:21
4. My First Kill: 21:21
5. Her Story: 21:20
6. My Cake: 21:28
7. My Common Enemy: 21:20
8. My Last Chance: 21:20
9. My Malpractice Decision: 21:16

Disc 2:
10. My Female Trouble: 21:20
11. My Unicorn: 22:29
12. My Best Moment: 21:20
13. My Ocardial Infarction: 21:36
14. My Lucky Charm: 21:36
15. My Hypocritical Oath: 21:33
16. My Quarantine: 21:36
17. My Life in Four Cameras: 21:56
18. My Roommates: 21:23

Disc 3:
19. My Best Laid Plans: 21:38
20. My Boss’ Free Haircut: 21:36
21. My Lips Are Sealed: 21:36
22. My Big Move: 21:36
23. My Faith in Humanity: 21:36
24. My Drive-By: 21:26
25. My Changing Ways: 21:38

Special Features:

Like the last set, we only get two audio commentaries, but that is better than nothing. The first commentary is with Zach Braff on disc one for episode “My Last Chance.” This is the episode about Molly Clock and J.D. about to sleep with each other. I wish he did commentary also for “My Cake” since he was a big John Ritter fan. The second commentary is by Sarah Chalke on disc two for the episode “My Life in Four Cameras.” This was a wonderful episode that paid homage to the sitcom. They even shot in front of a live audience for the I Dream of Jeannie dream sequence. Chalke mentions they couldn’t get the Cheers theme licensed or something. She should have done commentary also for “Her Story.”

Then the rest of the extras are all on disc three. We have a lot of featurettes! The first one is “Will You Ever Be My Mentor?” It runs 4:35 and is Dr. Cox themed. It has interviews with Bill Lawrence (creator), Zach Braff, Chris Koch (director), John C. McGinley, Tim Hobert & Neil Goloman (writers, co-producers), and Tad Quill (writer). Next up is “The Sweethearts of Sacred Heart.” It runs 11:00 and they talk about the romance on the show. Topics such as… J.D. & Elliot, J.D. and Dr. Molly, Colin Farrell and…, Carla & Turk and J.D., Carla & Dr. Cox, Dr. Cox & Jordan, and The Janitor and… Interviewed are Tim Hobert, Sarah Chalke, Bill Lawrence, Zach Braff, Judy Reyes, Donald Faison, John C. McGinley, Christa Miller, and Neil Flynn. Then we a featurette called “The Weapons Chest.” It runs 9:21 and showcases all the supporting/minor characters such as Nurse Roberts, Ted, Doug, Jordan and Todd. Interviewed are Bill Lawrence, Aloma Wright, Neil Goloman, Johnny Kastl, Tim Hobert, Sam Lloyd, Chris Koch, Christa Miller, and Robert Maschio. Then we have yet another featurette called “Who is that Man?” It runs 4:39 and is a hilarious look on who everyone thinks The Janitor is. Does he hate J.D.? Does he even have a name? Find out from Bill Lawrence, Randall Winston (producer), Matt Tarses (co-executive producer), Zach Braff, Tim Hobert, and Eric Weinberg (co-executive producer)--who are all interviewed. And if you haven’t had enough, we have another featurette type, but this is more of an interview type called “Donald Keeps Talking.” Donald Faison talks in detail for about 16:03 on his audition, on his character, on his chemistry with Judy Reyes, on him meeting the cast, on perfect characters, on Zach Braff, on the set, and more!

Then for the final batch we have Deleted Scenes. We have 12 of them and they run in total 17:24. We also have 7 Alternate Lines from 7 different episodes running 6:38. And finally the 3:31 music video G Tom Mac’s “Half.”

Total Runtime of Features: Approximately 118 minutes

Final Comments:

Buena Vista knows how to make a good DVD set. They have minor flaws, but they have the big picture all right for most of their sets and Scrubs is no exception. It is a shame NBC keeps delaying this show. It is very well written and acted. It is also hilarious. Emmy voters need to recognize it. I’m not sure if it is better than Grey’s Anatomy (another medical Buena Vista/Touchstone show), but it certainly is funny. I have only seen a handful of episodes before, but from what I watched, I loved. The sixth (and maybe final?) season of Scrubs will come to NBC in early 2007, but for now relive the fourth season all over again with tons of added value (bonus features) on DVD! So, get your Scrubs out and put them on when you watch the DVD!

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

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 10/09/06

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