Two episodes aired last night, and it looks like this will be the trend for the next couple of weeks, at the very least. It was a definite return to form for the show, as the super quirky scenarios of the last couple of years were indeed jettisoned to bring back some of what made the show great to begin with.
Kicking things off with the first return episode, here’s the summary from ABC:
“My Jerks” — Dr. Kelso’s beautiful but unethical replacement, Dr. Maddox (played by guest star Courteney Cox), shakes things up at Sacred Heart, while J.D. struggles to manage a new crop of incompetent interns and Carla helps Elliott put her ego in check, on the season premiere of “Scrubs,” TUESDAY, JANUARY 6 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
This episode will repeat Jan. 7 from 8:00-8:30 p.m., ET.
Starting out pretty strongly, the episode was so fast paced that it was over before I knew it. Luckily, there was another episode to immediately follow up. This episode served two purposes. It was a reminder that the cast of Scrubs is full of characters that you enjoy spending time with each week. It was also a reminder of how great this show is, with realistic situations creating the back-bone for the comedy.
Dr. Cox and Dr. Dorian have a conversation partway through the episode, that is well directed within a vacant hospital cafeteria. This creative choice was symbolic and telling, as the conversation would be between two men, now equals, both sharing the sentiment of wanting to give up, and coming to terms with the fact that they’re at a teaching hospital.
That’s only a third of the overall story for the episode, though, as other storylines move forward as well, but I’m going to keep things moving into the second episode.
“My Last Words” — J.D. and Turk set aside their decade-long steak night tradition to comfort a dying patient, while Dr. Maddox (guest starring Courteney Cox) begins to show her true colors, on “Scrubs,” TUESDAY, JANUARY 6 (9:30-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
This episode will repeat Jan. 7 from 8:30-9:00 p.m., ET.
This episode is probably my favorite of the two. It’s a definite reminder of episodes past, but it also deals with the subject of death in a different light than the other episodes had. Dr. Dorian and Dr. Turk spend the evening, after work, with a man that is terminal. The time they spend with him is shared with us, as stories are told, and we’re brought through real emotions that one deals with when facing or dealing with death, or the death of a loved one. I feel this is one of the best episodes of the series to-date, and if this is a taste of things to come, I welcome the show back to its’ roots, and am hopeful for more seasons to come, after what is reportedly the final season for a few of the primary cast members.
The new interns are pretty hilarious as well, and share a great dynamic. I hope to see more of them as well, as the season goes on. I could easily see some of them becoming primary cast members if the show does continue to a ninth season.
The episodes, if you missed them or just want to watch them again, are going to repeat tonight at 8 and 8:30 on ABC. You can also watch them both online at ABC.com