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Review: Scrubs - Our First Day of School (season premiere)

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 1st 2009 10:02PM
Kerry Bishe in Scrubs: Our First Day of School(S09E01) As much as I want to treat Scrubs: Med School as a new series, let's face it: The show is listed everywhere as being Scrubs' ninth season. So that's the way I'm going to treat it until told otherwise. Sound good to you folks?

Anyway, my preview of this new iteration of Scrubs pretty much gave the entire setup, so we can mercifully skip past that and just talk about what was funny, and what wasn't.

Oh, and for those of you who are still hanging on to the story thread that is the Elliot / J.D. relationship, you'll be happy to know that everything's fine there. More after the jump.

Nice to see a glimpse of Sarah Chalke at the beginning of the episode; I can't imagine we're going to be seeing more than that in whatever episodes she happens to be in. So, we know now that J.D. and Elliot are married and expecting a kid. That's about all we're probably going to know. So, sorry, 'shippers; this series is about the med school, not about the old characters.

At least that's what I hope we eventually get to. As I said in my preview, the humor in this and the second episode of the night were more centered around J.D., Turk, and Cox, and that's not a good thing. With Cox, his disdain for all the young "murderers and assassins sent here to kill my patients" was natural. But the bromance scenes between Turk and J.D., and the scenes where J.D. yet again seeks love and approval from Cox feel a bit like a comedic crutch, as funny as they were (had to love hearing "Guy Love" as Turk and J.D. ran towards each other in the "quad"). I'm with Cox: "I thought we were over this."

It was fun seeing Cox take an interest in Drew from the start, mainly because he saw a little bit of himself in the second-time med student. As Bill Lawrence told Will Harris at Bullz-Eye, what might be worse than Cox torturing a med student is having Cox actually have an interest in him and making the pressure that much higher. We need to see more than just Cox grousing at students, and this turn of events has some possibilities.

As for the other new students: Cole's a prick, and every show needs a prick to play off of. I'd imagine the school and hospital will give him some humanity. Lucy is the new voice of the show, and it seems to be a good choice: she's a combination of the young J.D. and the young Elliot; unsure as well as brittle and emotional. She's got enough moxie, though, to deal with the horrors of the profession; she didn't seem to get all that freaked out that the patient she had bonded with ended up being her cadaver for the semester.

At this point, I have a wait-and-see attitude when it comes to the med students. They have shown just enough comic chops and personality to make me think some good writing will take them somewhere. Anyone who's seen Mike Mosley knows he's a good actor; it's Kerry Bishé and Dave Franco that are the blank slates right now. Luckily, Eliza Coupe as the anti-social Denise will be enough to carry that part of the cast for the time being. Just her "romance" with Drew ("Grab me like a man. Let's do this.") has promise.

More fun stuff:

  • J.D. to Turk: "You smell like prison."
  • Of course J.D. would use the jacket worn by Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds.
  • Looks like the one and only time we'll see Neil Flynn has already come and gone. Liked that, without J.D. around to torture, he quit the hospital.
  • I did like Cox mocking the pretty Aussie student, not understanding what she was saying. Other good Coxian jokes: referring to Lucy by steadily declining rank numbers, and his Dikembe Mutombo question.
  • On the whiteboard in J.D.'s class: Medicine!
  • Of course Kelso is a popular professor! He loves to go out and have fun. He only tortured people in the hospital.

[Watch clips and episodes of Scrubs on SlashControl.]

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