“Scrubs” fans get an early holiday present Thursday when the series returns for what is rumored to be the final season.
The whimsical hospital comedy was scheduled to return in early 2007, but NBC has decided to spring its new lineup early. “Scrubs” airs at 9 tonight, followed by “30 Rock” and “ER.” The night begins, as always, with “My Name is Earl” and “The Office.”
So why do we love “Scrubs” so much?
1. You almost always get a lively musical number. Check out the ode to Justin Timberlake.
2. Fantasy excursions like JD’s onstage hijinks with the Blue Man Group. OK, it was slightly ripping off “Arrested Development,’’ but I still liked it.
3. Broship between JD and Turk so close that they were called an adorable interracial gay couple by a character early in the show’s run.
4. While some TV writers like to say they never watch the tube, creator Bill Lawrence is a TV fanatic. We love that “Scrubs” has lines like Turk telling J.D. “Season 5, Episode 3, Marcia gets creamed. Don’t ever question me on the Bunch.”
5. And the producers never play down to the fans. As a little fan perk, you can call Turk’s cell phone number (1-916-CALLTURK, and yes we know you don’t have to put the K in, but it’s easier to remember and the phone doesn’t care). One of the show’s characters answers with a message, but since the phone is placed on the set, sometimes the cast or crew will pick up and chat with the caller.
It’s been a long time since we last saw the docs, so it might be good to brush up on a few pregnant facts.
After a one-night stand with another doctor (Elizabeth Banks), JD (Zach Braff) discovers he’s about to be a daddy. Meanwhile Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) gets a wake-up call about his anger issues as he readies himself for baby number two, while dealing with his precocious toddler Jack, and Turk (Donald Faison) and Carla (Judy Reyes) prepare for their little bundle of trouble.
In tonight’s stellar episode, JD, Cox and the Janitor (Neil Flynn) all the doctors begin to see a little bit of themselves in the patients.