International Writers Magazine - Our Tenth Year:TV
Season 8 (Overall impressions)
Produced by ABC Studios
Gareth M Bryant
hit US comedy is back for its final (or at least Zach Braffs
final) fling, but does season 8 compare to the brilliance that is
When I sat down
ready to watch the season premiere, I had that nervous-excited first
date feeling in my stomach. It took all my willpower not to go
for a jumping-hug towards the TV when the theme tune started. Welcome
back old friend. Id say as I pressed my cheek to the warm
glow of the screen and the blurred image of Zach Braff. But, as I was
not alone I decided it would be better to contain myself.
If Friends and ER had a baby, but Friends had drunk a lot during the
pregnancy, Scrubs would undoubtedly be their child. But for those yet
to see it, here is the basic rundown. JD (played by Braff) joined Sacred
Heart Hospital with college buddy Chris Turk (Donald Faison) for their
internship. Under the guidance of the slightly more than grumpy Dr Cox,
JD learns valuable life lessons that show Dr Cox as his (reluctant)
mentor. He must also deal with the drama of an on-off relationship with
Dr Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke) and confrontations with the unhinged janitor
In the first episode of this season, the team find themselves with a
new chief of medicine after Dr Kelso retires. While he finds himself
spending his retirement in the aptly named Coffee Bucks,
Dr Maddox steps in to take the reins. At first it seems like she is
finally the chief of medicine they have all been waiting for. But the
character shows a robotic side when dealing with the patients of the
hospital as Cash Piñatas (to a far greater extent
than Dr Kelso ever did). Its refreshing to see Courtney Cox play
a character very different to the one were all accustomed to.
She, as Maddox, brings about some changes in the hospital that make
the team long for Dr Kelso to return. JD is also now sporting a beard
if it can so be called, of which Dr Cox brings up in one of his usual
JD-directed insults. Whats interesting is to see JD in the position
Dr Cox was in 8 years ago. He approaches his interns in a very different
way, and yet utilises a lot of the things Dr Cox taught him.
Weve followed all of the characters through various transitions
and difficult situations to reach the places that they stand at now.
Turk and Carla have a second baby on the way as do Dr Cox and Jordan.
Bob Kelso finds himself an unlikely best friend and Ted even finds himself
a girlfriend. Each of them have really become the foundations to an
amazing series and each character is vastly different from the other.
Because of this its easy to relate to all the characters at one
time or another. That same thing holds true throughout not just the
first episode, but entire season.
Scrubs season 8 certainly looks like a finale (even if it isnt)
and a lot of loose ends get tied up. The final episode will have you
laughing and crying if, like me, you have followed the series through
its journey. The show has evolved from a mild comedy-drama to something
that is both brilliantly funny and yet turns around with a deep message
that can often tug at the heart strings. But if you want to see exactly
who ends up as chief of medicine and what situation JD and Elliot find
themselves in, or you want to see if we ever find out the janitors
real name, you will have to tune in and watch the rest of the series
Gareth M Bryant
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