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Scrubs: My Dumb Luck - VIDEO

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 25th 2008 12:55AM
Ken Jenkins as Kelso(S07E09) Last week, one of our commenters, perhaps inspired by Shakespeare, left the following comment on my generally positive review of "My Manhood" (spelling and capitalization have not been touched):

what are you doing reviewing a show you obvioulsy disdain? you suck.

While I generally don't respond to witty comments like these, it gives me a good opportunity to remind folks that, yes, I do like Scrubs. In fact, it's one of my all-time favorite shows; I laugh my butt off at the reruns, even if I've seen them a hundred times. When I don't like an episode, it's usually because I'm disappointed. I know the show can do so much better, and with limited episodes left, it disheartens me when I come across a dud. It disheartens me even more when there's a string of a few duds in a row.

This episode, though, was not a dud. In fact, it was pretty funny, and it felt like one of the show's original writers penned it. I'll talk more about that later, but I first want to ask one important question...

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Scrubs: My Identity Crisis

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 16th 2007 1:40AM
Scrubs: My Identity Crisis
(S07E04)
This was kind of a quiet episode, wasn't it? It seemed to go at a relaxed pace that I haven't seen from the show in quite some time. As we've been finding out this season, Bill Lawrence and company have been trying to scale back the zany and make some episodes that were more reminiscent of the show's early years. But this one felt like an early one, like one of the first few half-dozen where even J.D.'s internal monologue was subdued.

But I liked it. It really got in and explored some of the characters' insecurities while giving us a few of the classic laughs that Scrubs is known for.

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Scrubs: My Inconvenient Truth

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 9th 2007 1:31AM
Scrubs: My Inconvenient Truth(S07E03) Based on the first two episodes, I was tentatively hopeful that the final season of Scrubs was going to be a good one. Now, after this third episode, my confidence in Bill Lawrence and company is almost fully restored after last season's awkwardness and inconsistency.

What worked this week? Well, having Tom Cavanagh come back to play J.D.'s older brother Dan always helps. But, like last week, we had a refreshing lack of insanity, punctuated by some funny situations that came out of the characters' personalities instead of zippy lines.

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Scrubs: My Rabbit / My Point of No Return (season finale)

by Joel Keller, posted May 18th 2007 12:17AM
Scrubs: My Point of No Return(S06E21 / S06E22) Now that we know that Scrubs is going to be back for a seventh season -- though from what we've all heard, the seventh season was all but assured, even if it was on ABC instead of NBC -- the way this season concluded made a whole hell of a lot more sense. Since I don't want to spoil anything for people who haven't seen the episode yet, I'll save my thoughts on that until after the jump.

You know what? I really shouldn't call this an "episode." Really, it was two episodes edited into one. You could just tell by the fact that the tried-and-true Scrubs structure was run through twice here. Oh, that and the two different names and episode numbers. Those were also a good indication. Anyway, my point is that if the pacing of the episode felt weird to you, that's the reason why.

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Scrubs: Their Story

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 20th 2007 12:05AM
Scrubs cast(S06E17) Bill Lawrence and company really seem to be on the back pages of the playbook, aren't they?

For the second time this season, we're out of J.D.'s head, this time hearing about the everyday thoughts of Ted, The Todd, and Jordan. We were already privy to Kelso's thoughts in an earlier episode, which means the writers are breaking the pattern of jumping out of J.D.'s head for an entire episode only once per season.

But, you know what? Sometimes, the last pages of the playbook have all the best plays. This was a funny and refreshing episode.

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