The Complete 5th Season
to series creator Bill Lawrence, the American Medical Association
considers Scrubs to be the most realistic of medical
shows. Perhaps like us, he finds that both weird and frightening.
For anybody that's a Scrubs fan, however, it's no
surprise. This is one fine show.
consider it a comedy with dramatic moments or maybe even
a funny drama, it's been one of the most consistently entertaining
series of the last decade. Lawrence assembled a cast that
has tightened into a formidable ensemble. Though a little
twee in places, that's best exemplified by the show's 100th
episode, included on the fifth season DVD set in both broadcast
and extended formats.
A loose pastiche
of The Wizard of Oz, the episode covers a day in
Sacred Heart hospital. What it's really about, though, is
celebrating the growth of the characters throughout their
five years on the show. In some places, it even acknowledges
and throws away clichés the series developed.
After four DVD
sets, it gets hard for the cast and crew to add much new
information in the extras. So most of the additional features
focus on that 100th episode. In a documentary (ostensibly
celebrating all 117), cast and crew reflect upon how far
they've come. Episode director Zach Braff provides commentary,
but most of it alternates between underscoring the obvious
and commenting on the thousand alternate lines that the
actors did, none of which were appropriate for broadcast.
none of Robert Maschio as the Todd's alternate takes appear
on the disc. A few other takes do appear in the extras,
but most of them prove why the final product was the one
Other cast and
crew provide commentary, but again, after so many times,
it's become just the expected praise. On the other hand,
it's interesting to hear how little Dr. Cox varies from
John C. McGinley. His favorite phrase? "He really nailed
To be fair,
McGinley nails Cox, and the fifth season has the best arc
he could have asked for. Based on a true incident (and that's
weird and a little frightening), the arc finds Cox carrying
guilt over the deaths of several patients. It provides a
chilling, moving storyline near the end of the season, cementing
the show's place in quality television history.
As if it needed
that. Every season so far has been a winner. Unsettling,
hilarious, heartwarming and heartbreaking, Scrubs
belongs in your DVD collection. And then it brings
in Elizabeth Banks. Most of her work on the show, though,
guarantees you'll be eager for the sixth season.
Scrubs - The Complete Fifth Season
Seasons 1-4 (One Through Four)