Aside from being
one of the funniest (and still, strangely underrated) shows
on television right now, Scrubs has always been a
series that pushed its boundaries. For viewers, NBC's mistreatment
of the show has led to greater creative risks. Held off
to be a winter replacement, the sixth season took that mandate
to heart, with creator Bill Lawrence taking off the restraints.
Some of the
season may be a little uneven in its treatment of the main
characters. Certainly, Dr. Elliott Reid (Sarah Chalke) went
from quirky to out and out insane, though every other character
took it all in stride. But that also allowed for her fiancé,
Keith Dudemeister (Travis Schuldt) to deepen as an important
part of the cast.
strengthened. More supporting cast members built up, in
what Lawrence calls "the third tier" of characters in one
extra on this set. Interviews with these bit players, background
extras that have grown into being essential parts of the
Scrubs madness, make it clear that this is a special
that musical episode. With some songs from the composers
of Avenue Q, the episode moves series subplots along,
stays true to characters even in song and has a fairly reasonable
(if not scientifically plausible) explanation for the music.
A true high point for the series, it's no wonder the disc
extras spend more attention on this episode than any other.
For me, a personal
favorite among the extras is seeing alternate takes of Neil
Flynn's Janitor. Largely left to his own improvisational
devices in the script, Flynn rarely fails on his end, and
as the disc shows, often has two or three great riffs from
the same launch point.
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