I know I haven’t written about Scrubs yet this season but don’t take that to mean that it isn’t one of my favourite shows on TV. How much do I love the Scrubs? When it ends its run either this season or next, without a doubt it will be in my TV Hall of Fame. I own the first 4 seasons on DVD and intend to buy the rest when they come out. There is no other comedy that blends humour, fantasy sequences and emotional moments portrayed by one of the best ensemble casts on television.
Which is a perfect segue into a discussion about Thursday’s brilliant musical episode which was a great reminder just how big (and of course talented) the Scrubs extended cast is (although I missed Jordan’s presence). I have a soft spot for musicals so I was somewhat predisposed to liking this episode but they really knocked it out of the park. For those who haven’t seen it, the premise was a woman with a brain tumor who heard everyone around her speaking in song and let me say it just worked.
The songs were written by the creators of the Broadway show Avenue Q which is essentially a musical adult version of Sesame Street. The influence of their previous work was best highlighted in the sure to be best selling, Everything Comes Down to Poo where JD and Turk explained how “they can find what’s wrong with you by looking at your poo” and Man Love. They didn’t just draw influence from their own show as many other great musicals got their own homages. Like the Les Miserables influenced group march to When the Truth Comes Out to the Rent influenced You’re Going to be Okay to the Grease We’ll be Friends Forever – all toe tapping numbers that will find their way on to my MP3 player in short order.
Also loved the Cox rant and who knew what a pretty voice Carla had? Her duet with Turk reminded me a lot of the Xander-Anya number from the Buffy musical episode (couldn’t not mention it) as they sang about just how little Turk knows of his bride. Still they are a great couple and it’s hard not to appreciate how the writers have developed their relationship over the past 6 years.
In writing about shows like Grey’s Anatomy I’ve highlighted how annoying and pretentious the voice over is. With Scrubs though I rarely have that feeling and in fact it is the closing voice overs that usually give me the lump in my throat and tonight was no exception.
Most shows can’t pull off what Scrubs does on a week to week basis – see Boston Legal, for example, as a show that just can’t find the proper balance between the ridiculous and the serious. For most other shows what Scrubs did this week would be a risk where the odds of failure were really high. Fortunately Scrubs isn’t like other shows.
Avi’s Episode Rating: A+