Scrubs: The Complete Third Season (2003) - The Complete Third Season

Genre(s): Comedy
Buena Vista Home Video || TV14 - 477 minutes - $39.99 || May 9th, 2006
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2006-06-20


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The Film

S P E C I A L
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Special Features

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Director: NA
Writer(s): Bill Lawrence (creator)
Cast: Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, Ken Jenkins, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes


Theatrical Release Date: NA


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Supplemental Material:
  • Cast and Crew Commentary
  • Twist and Shoot
  • Don't Try This At Home
  • Long-Term Residents
  • What up Dawg?
  • Scrubs Factor
  • Robert Keeps Talking
  • The New Elliot
  • Is There a Doctor in the House?
  • Scrubbed Out: Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Lines: A Second Opinion
  • Gag Reel


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 (English)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

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I’m ashamed to say, but I’ve only caught maybe one or two episodes of "Scrubs", probably early on in its first season and while it was funny, it wasn’t something I set the reminder on. With the release of the third season, I decided to try it and see what so many others have. In a word, I thought it was brilliant.

What I enjoyed the most out of this season is the perfect mixture of slapstick comedy, sarcastic humor (my favorite kind) and blends of bittersweet moments that give each character depth that, in turn, makes you like to watch them. Does “Scrubs” replace my favorite off-beat comedy “Seinfeld”? Absolutely not, though it has a chance to grow into something that can last longer than most shows.

This third season starts some story arcs including relationships between Elliot (Chalke) and Shaun (guest star Scott Foley); J.D. (Braff) and Danni (guest Tara Reid); J.D. and Elliot; the engagement and eventual season finale wedding of Tirk (Faison) and Carla (Reyes); and Dr. Cox’s (McGinley) troubled marriage. Also features are a slew of guest stars (along with Reid and Foley), like Michael J. Fox, Richard Kind, Barry Boswick (actors from creator Bill Lawrence’s “Spin City”), Christopher Meloni (NBC’s own “Law & Order: SVU”), Freddy Rodriguez, Tom Cavanagh (“Ed”, “Love Monkey”) and Brendan Fraser reprising his role in one of the more interesting episodes of the season.

“Scrubs” is the new generation of comedy as the laugh-track filled shows of yesteryear have finally faded out and replaced with the straight humor requiring the audience to get the joke without being led by a machine of laughs. I’m not much of a TV aficionado, but I do believe “Scrubs” was one of the leaders with the new format that sprouted other fan favorites like “Arrested Development” (RIP) and “The Office”. It’s because of “Scrubs” that anytime now I see a laugh track sitcom, it feels a bit... odd.

Unfortunately, these shows for whatever reason have not taken a hold of the rest of America and a short window to succeed. “Scrubs” is now on its fifth season and though the ratings are not stellar, I do hope it lasts longer than “Arrested Development” and others gone before their time.

Episode Listing (24 episodes, including 2 “supersized” eps):
My Own American Girl
My Journey
My White Whale
My Lucky Night
My Brother, Where Art Thou?
My Advice to You
My Fifteen Seconds
My Friend the Doctor
My Dirty Secret
My Rule of Thumb
My Clean Break
My Catalyst
My Porcelain God
My Screw Up
My Tormented Mentor
My Butterfly
My Moment of Truth
His Story II
My Choosiest Choice of All
My Fault
My Self-Examination
My Best Friend’s Wedding



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Buena Vista Television certainly packed this 3-disc set with features, giving insight into a lot what this season of "Scrubs" showed.

Cast and Crew Commentaries - Two commentary tracks included, both feature Donald Faison (Tirk) joined by writer Mark Stagemann on "His Story II" and episode director Randall Winston & actress Judy Reyes (Carla) on "My Self-Examination". Both tracks are cordial and don’t offer much in terms of information, but they’re fun enough.

Twist and Shoot (6:51) - Introduces the viewer to some of the many directors on the show, each usually taken in house like a line producer or director of photography. Not an entirely interesting featurette in itself, but there is some insight into how some episode directors get their start.

Don’t Try This at Home (5:42) - Probably the most interesting of the bunch is this featurette covering the stunt work done (mainly using the “cowboy switch where the stunt person does their thing and the actor merely pops up from behind something, giving the illusion they did it. Despite it being a comedy there’s also some CGI/green screen work done as well as using deleted car crash footage from Vanilla Sky.

Long-Term Residents (7:08) - Examination of the season three guest starring roles and how they came to be. For instance, Scott Foley’s character was brought back from season one and the introduction to Tara Reid whose character changed from being an opposite to J.D. (with in inner-monologue) to basically playing herself. The cast and crew also talk about the joy of working with Michael J. Fox who was healthy enough to do a 2-episode stint as a doc with OCD.

What’s Up Dawg? (6:00) - Coverage of the cast/crewmembers pooches on the set, running around and barking at each other. Also incorporated, the story on how the cast and crew bid on a dog for Sarah Clarke as a Christmas gift. Of course, this was a $7,000 dog, so what a gift!

"Scrubs" Factor (4:43) - A take on "Fear Factor", the cast and crew to pass the time and inject some energy, would put money down in exchange to do downright gross things which some include: licking Tabasco sauce on sweaty toes and consume the most pudding cups in a minute just to name a couple. The best one was Sarah’s turn having to order coffee at Starbucks wearing burlesque clothing she was wearing for a scene.

Robert Keeps Talking (4:49) - Actor Robert Maschio (Todd Quinnlen) talks about several items such as "Setting the Record Straight" about his character and how he’s not like him, "Origins" about how he came into the business as a comedian and working with Bill Lawrence and about Lawrence himself and their friendship. He also explains "The Generation Gap" and how the younger, MTV crowd seem to understand and like "Scrubs" while older folks (his parents included) can’t grasp it or follow the quick pace (based on my own mother’s reaction to the show, I can attest to this gap).

The New Elliot (5:48) - Sarah Chalke's character transformation came about due to network execs wanting a "promote able girl" on the show and in the two previous seasons she was a little more toned down. Producers didn’t take to this idea, but they did instill a change that made sense and worked with the story arc. This 6-minute featurette also covers her hairstyles, outfits and her, well, undergarments. Nice.

Is There a Doctor in the House? (4:16) - Writers and creator Bill Lawrence talk about the story arcs in this season and the plan of going away from the typical clichés in the "will they, won't they" playbook made famous by the Ross/Rachel dynamic. They wanted to turn the R.D./Elliot relationship on its head by hooking them up and then quickly breaking ‘em apart.

Scrubbed Out: Deleted Scenes (4:34) - We’re given 7 scenes cut out of a few episodes ("My Dirty Secret", "My Lucky Night", "My Advice to You", "His Story II" and two scenes on "My Fault") and even though there’s nothing wrong with them, they seemed almost alternate scenes.

Alternate Lines: A Second Opinion (2:56) - There are 9 of these in total and this is a new concept for a DVD TV release. These are primarily alternate scenes with a few lines switched around.

Gag Reel (4:06) - The always reliable gag reel features flubbed lines, difficult set props and all around cast zani-ness as actors have a hard time getting through their lines. With few exceptions, I find these reels second to commentary tracks.



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Even though the gag reel was in widescreen, the actual episodes are presented in full screen. The quality is nice and crisp and although I prefer widescreen, I can’t complain when it comes to TV shows.

We’re offered a choice between Dolby Digital 5.1 and stereo surround 2.0. Again, this is a TV show and a comedy show no less. I’m not expecting much in terms of sound depth.



.::OVERALL::.

As a first time viewer to "Scrubs", I must say I found the show to be entertaining and funny as hell. While I miss "Arrested Development", I think I’ve found a suitable replacement. I just hope this sticks around a little longer and finds an audience.