DVD Review
by Kevin Carr

    MOVIE: **** (out of 5 stars)
    DVD EXPERIENCE: **** (out of 5 stars)

    Zach Braff as DR. JOHN “J.D.” DORIAN
    Sarah Chalke as DR. ELLIOT REID
    Donald Faison as DR. CHRIS TURK
    Ken Jenkins as DR. BOB KELSO
    John C. McGinley as DR. PERRY COX
    Judy Reyes as CARLA ESPINOSA

    Rated TV-14
    Studio: Touchstone Television

    Directed by: Bill Lawrence

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It was supposed to be the “Seventh and Final Season” on DVD, but “Scrubs” was resurrected to ABC from its death on NBC. For fans, that’s a great thing. And if you want to catch up on the last NBC season before completely diving into the new one on the other network, you can pick up “Scrubs: The Complete Seventh Season” on DVD.

The story continues the zany life of Dr. J.D. Dorian (Zach Braff) at Sacred Heart Hospital. Things have changed since he first became an intern, and it’s become more complicated. J.D. is having a baby with another doctor (Elizabeth Banks), and both he and Turk (Donald Faison) – who also has a baby girl with Carla (Judy Reyes) – are learning to be parents. Elliot (Sarah Chalke) is coming off a tumultuous relationship with her jilted lover, and Dr. Kelso (Ken Jenkins) looks ahead to retirement.

I have loved “Scrubs” since I started watching it on DVD. With the flood of medical dramas on television (including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “e.r.” and “House M.D.”), “Scrubs” continues to be one of the most touching and oddly realistic shows out there.

After going down some pretty emotionally heavy paths in recent seasons, the seventh outing has lightened up a bit but still manages to be rather poignant. And considering it’s starting its eighth season on ABC, it’s amazing that things have stayed fresh for so long.

Because this was originally planned to be the last season, there’s an interesting finale wrap-up show which lays on the special effects and takes the doctors into a fantasy world. Fortunately, for fans like myself, they didn’t kill everyone off so there’s plenty of material for season eight and beyond.

I’ve come to love “Scrubs” so much that I really don’t have much to complain about, even in this season. The only drawback to this DVD set is that it runs rather short – only eleven episodes on two discs. Thanks, WGA!

While the DVD features aren’t as healthy as previous seasons, that’s to be expected being the seventh outing, and a short one at that. Still, there’s a nice array of bonus material for this set.

There’s audio commentaries on several episodes, deleted scenes and bloopers. If you’ve seen the previous seasons of “Scrubs” on DVD, you’ll be happy to find more alternative lines for several gags. There’s also a one-on-one with Ken Jenkins about his character of Bob Kelso (which was supposed to be gone at the end of this season) as well as a look at the making of the so-called finale of “My Princess.”

Fans of the show and anyone annoyed with the overly serious nature of medical shows on TV today.

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