Scrubs: The Complete Fifth Season (2005)
|Genre(s): Comedy / Drama / Fantasy|
|Buena Vista Home Video || NR - 530 minutes - $39.99 || May 22, 2007|
|Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2007-05-22|
Writer(s): Bill Lawrence (created by)
Cast: Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Ken Jenkins, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes, Neil Flynn
Theatrical Release Date: NA
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“Scrubs” is a show that, although it has not found its way into American’s homes week in, week out, it has been consistent through its run. I’ve been a fan of it on the DVD side of things but for some reason, never made it a priority viewing. With it going into its seventh and likely final season next year (2007-08), I may have to make it weekly viewing because it is a series unlike any other. “Scrubs” invokes laughter one minute and sadness the next and back without missing a beat.
In the fifth season, the exploits and tribulations at Sacred Heart Hospital are chronicled following J.D. (Braff), Elliott (Chalke), Turk (Faison), Carla (Reyes) and Dr. Cox (McGinley) as they deal with the daily routine of saving lives and getting along with each other. This season, Turk and Carla try and get pregnant, Elliott begins a new relationship with a scrub intern and J.D. is dealing with his new found responsibility plus new relationships. This season he dates Mandy Moore and, as anyone who has followed season six, Elizabeth Banks (in which case, you also know about the season five cliffhanger).
“Scrubs” season 5 is filled with memorable moments in not only the series but television in general. It’s a shame the show never really caught on (and yes, I know I’m a part of that) but with DVD, syndication and seven seasons total, it can live on forever. I can honestly say there is not one episode that is poorly written or does not evoke any emotions. That said, my personal favorites this year include “My Way Home” (100th episode), “My Five Stages”, “My Lunch” and “My Transition” (season finale).
The season also features some great guest cameos like Jason Bateman, Cheryl Hines, Mandy Moore, Dave Foley, Tom Cavanagh and Elizabeth Banks. I really can’t say enough good things about the series and, in particular, season 5. Between J.D. and Turk’s imagination and the drama going on in these characters lives, this is a very well rounded show unlike any other.
Here are the episodes in order:
My Intern’s Eyes
My Rite of Passage
My Day at the Races
My Jiggly Ball
My New God
My Missed Perception
My Way Home (Episode 100)
My Big Bird
Her Story II
My Buddy’s Booty
My Five Stages
My Own Personal Hell
My Extra Mile
My Bright Idea
My Chopped Liver
My New Suit
His Story III
My Fallen Idol
My Déjŕ Vu, My Déjŕ Vu
Audio Commentaries - The set includes 3 commentary tracks on “My Big Bird” (by Neil Flynn and producer Randall Winston), “My Lunch” (John C. McGinley and director John Michel) and the extended cut of “My Way Home” (more later). The tracks are loose but offer little in terms of either entertainment or information. In the case of McGinley’s track, he and the director cover the same things over and over and this track is probably the dullest.
My 117 Episodes: 5 Seasons of “Scrubs” (16:58) - This 17-minute featurette shows some red carpet footage of the cast and crew celebration for their 100th episode followed by basic interview footage talking about their time on the show and the changes the character have gone through. Maybe it flew by me, but I noticed Zach Braff was no where to be found... He could’ve been off doing a movie but it was odd he wasn’t there to comment on this milestone.
Deleted Scenes (8:00) - There are 7 deleted scenes including the aired version followed by other takes with variations on the same scene.
Alternate Lines (33:26) - This massive alternate takes feature is just repetitive and most of the time, but the umpteenth take, isn’t even funny. Some scenes they must have done 20 deviations of the same lines. A good portion of the runtime I provided is taken up by showing the original scenes followed by the alternate stuff.
“My Way Home” Extended Cut - They’ve included the extended cut of the 100th episode. This one runs around 6-minutes longer and features a commentary from actor/director Zach Braff. Braff discusses the differences between the two and the process of cutting episodes down to their 22-minutes air running time. For such a milestone episode, it would’ve been fun to have the core cast there with him, but it’s still the best commentary of the bunch in the set.
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The picture, like previous season sets, is presented in regular old full frame but the picture looks as good as a TV comedy series can so I have no complaints.
Basic audio presentation with a Dolby Digital 5.1 track that shows off the music some but your TV speakers are perfectly suitable.
I don’t think there will ever be a show like “Scrubs” again. Sure, there have been plenty of series cut down before it could fully develop, but “Scrubs” will have 7 wonderful seasons and with DVD, future generations can experience it as well. As for this fifth season, while the features aren’t all that great, the show itself is why you should buy the set. As I said earlier, there isn’t really one poorly done episode and the great one’s balance comedy with drama nicely.