Caitlin Ferraro | Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The doctors of Sacred Heart returned with their eighth and possibly final season of “Scrubs” on Jan. 6, but this time around J.D. (Zach Braff) and gang have left the Peacock and found a new home on ABC. The NBC finale left viewers unsatisfied as it took place outside of the hospital in the form a fairy tale Dr. Cox told his son. It would have been a devastating end to an underrated yet much loved, hilarious show. The end of the seventh season also left viewers wondering who would take over for the Chief. The new season premiered with Courtney Cox joining a lengthy list of great guest stars as the new Chief of Medicine. Cox played a gorgeous, but unethical doctor that butts heads with Dr. Cox. But after her exit, sarcastic Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) is offered the position of Chief of Medicine and surprisingly goes to retired Dr. Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins) for advice. Kelso is hanging around the hospital enjoying his life-long supply of free muffins while messing with his former co-workers. Old storylines have resurfaced, as the tumultuous love saga of J.D. and Elliot (Sarah Chalke) started a new round in the fourth episode of the season. And of course the couple’s best friends Turk (Donald Faison) and Carla (Judy Reyes) are back as the hilarious married couple. Our favorite sanitation man, the Janitor (Neil Flynn), also returns to torture J.D. every chance he gets. Audiences will also be happy to see other favorite quirky hospital employees such as the sex-obsessed Dr. Todd (Robert Maschio) and horribly depressed lawyer Ted (Sam Lloyd). Fans were overjoyed last season when ABC picked up the show to save it from certain demise. Talk has swirled that this will be the final season, but “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence has suggested a possible ninth season without himself and star Zach Braff. Lawrence has promised that no matter what happens everyone will be given a proper farewell, including the big reveal of the Janitor’s real name. While new interns have been introduced this season, fans can expect the typical quirkiness and fun of the old “Scrubs.” At least for now, J.D. will continue to have his outrageous daydreams and voice-overs, which have helped to navigate the important lessons about life and love that the characters have learned over the years. “Scrubs” has always had trouble with ratings so be sure to catch this great comedy and your favorite eccentric doctors on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.