Scrubs Season Guide
|Scrubs - The Complete First Season (1)|
The first season follows J.D. (Zach Braff)'s and his best friend Turk (Donald Faison)'s first year out of medical school as interns at Sacred Heart Hospital. J.D. quickly meets his reluctant mentor, Dr. Perry Cox (John C. McGinley); an attractive young woman (and fellow intern) named Elliot (Sarah Chalke), on whom he has a crush; the hospital's janitor (Neil Flynn), who goes out of his way to irritate J.D.; the Chief of Medicine, Dr. Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins), who is more concerned about the budget than the patients; and Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes), Turk's new girlfriend, who puts Turk through the trials and tribulations of being in a serious relationship. The characters face romances and relationship issues, family obligations, overwhelming paperwork, and a tremendous number of patients. The first season also introduces minor characters such as Todd, a surgeon and sexual deviant; Ted, the hospital's sad-sack lawyer; Laverne, a nurse and Carla's good friend; and Jordan Sullivan, an administrative official and Dr. Cox's ex-wife.
|Scrubs - The Complete Two Season (2)|
The second season focuses on Dr. John Dorian's second year practicing medicine at Sacred Heart, where he is now a resident. In the season opener, everyone is still in shock from the secrets Jordan just revealed ("My Last Day"). As the season develops, J.D.'s older brother Dan (Tom Cavanagh) comes to visit, money issues affect J.D., Elliot, and Turk, Turk proposes to Carla, and Elliot finds a new boyfriend, a nurse named Paul Flowers (Ricky Schroeder). Dr. Cox resumes a sexual relationship with his ex-wife Jordan, with quite unexpected results.
|Scrubs - The Complete Three Season (3)|
It's J.D.'s, Elliot's, and Turk's third year at Sacred Heart and second year as residents. As the season opens, Elliot decides to change her image, with some help from the Janitor. J.D.'s undeniable crush on Elliot emerges again, but J.D. instead begins a relationship with Jordan's sister Danni (Tara Reid), who is also dealing with feelings for her ex. Turk and Carla are engaged and planning their wedding. Turk, along with the Todd and the other surgical residents, deal with the new attending surgeon, Dr. Grace Miller (Bellamy Young), who dislikes Turk and considers him sexist. Dr. Cox and Jordan are doing well with their relationship and their son Jack, although Dr. Cox develops a schoolboy crush on Dr. Miller. He also struggles with the death of his best friend. Elliot gets into a serious relationship with Sean Kelly (Scott Foley) and tries to work out their long distance relationship while he's in New Zealand for 6 months.
|Scrubs - The Complete Four Season (4)|
In Season 4, J.D. finishes his residency and becomes a full-blown colleague of Dr. Cox, although their dynamic does not change much. As the season opens, Turk arrives from his honeymoon with Carla but they soon have issues when Carla tries to change many things about her new husband. Their marriage and Turk's friendship with J.D. are also endangered when J.D. and Carla share a drunken kiss. Dr. Cox and Jordan learn that their divorce was not final, but this seemingly good news causes friction. Elliot is still angry with J.D. for breaking her heart, and the situation becomes more uncomfortable still when she dates J.D.'s brother. J.D. has a new love interest of his own when a new and very attractive psychiatrist, Dr. Molly Clock (Heather Graham), arrives at Sacred Heart. Molly also serves as Elliot's mentor during her time at the hospital.
|Scrubs - The Complete Five Season (5)|
Though a full season of 24 episodes was produced for the fifth season, NBC decided against broadcasting them during the 2005–2006 fall schedule. On December 1, 2005, NBC announced the return of Scrubs for mid-season. At first, two new episodes were broadcast back-to-back every Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. ET. The first twelve episodes of the season were broadcast in this fashion, then NBC returned to broadcasting one new episode every week (still at 9:00 p.m. ET), followed by a Scrubs rerun. For the first three weeks of this, the old episode was a cast favorite episode, with available audio commentary tracks on NBC's website to accompany the episodes. After this, with the premiere of Teachers in the 9:30 p.m. time slot, new Scrubs episodes continued to be broadcast at 9:00 p.m., with previous season five episodes being broadcast in the 8:30 p.m. time slot before.
Season 5 begins with J.D. living in a hotel . He has become an attending now on the same level as Dr. Cox. Elliot has taken a new fellowship in another hospital. Turk and Carla are trying to have a baby, despite Turk still having doubts. Finally, some new interns have arrived to Sacred Heart, chief among them being Keith Dudemeister.
|Scrubs - The Complete Six Season (6)|
On May 15, 2006, NBC announced that Scrubs had been renewed for a full season (2006–2007), although it would be a mid-season replacement rather than appearing on NBC's autumn 2006 schedule (as was the case for the show's fifth season). On October 25, NBC announced that, on November 30, Scrubs would move to Thursdays at 9:00pm, as part of two full hours of comedy (My Name Is Earl, The Office, Scrubs, and 30 Rock). Over the course of the season, J.D. and the other characters must mature to fill the different roles required of them. J.D., for instance, is cast in the role of expecting father since his girlfriend, Dr. Kim Briggs, is pregnant with his child. Turk and Carla become parents when Carla gives birth to their daughter, Isabella Turk. Elliot plans her wedding to Keith, although she and J.D. still harbor feelings for each other. Dr. Cox, as father of two children with Jordan, struggles to prevent his foul disposition from affecting his parenting. And important issues are touched upon, such as the importance of leadership, whether everything happens for a reason, and even death.
|Scrubs - The Complete Seven Season (7)|
Scrubs returned for its seventh season on October 25, 2007, as part of NBC's Fall Schedule, broadcast on Thursdays with My Name Is Earl, The Office and 30 Rock. According to Braff's blog, he and Bill Lawrence would direct a bulk of the episodes, and the show would see the return of many previous characters, including appearances by Aloma Wright, formerly nurse Laverne Roberts, as a new character, Nurse Shirley. Also, Lawrence hinted that the Janitor's name would be revealed in the final episode; as of May 8, 2008 (the end of season 7), this has not occurred.
Season 7 was confirmed to have a reduced number of 18 episodes, but only 11 episodes were finished before the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. During the strike, several sources — including Braff's blog — announced that the series would end with the remaining 5 episodes already produced, starting on April 10, 2008, with the seventh episode My Bad Too, and that the last 6 planned episodes of the final season would not be produced. However, on April 4, 2008, Kristin Dos Santos wrote in her E! Online gossip column Watch with Kristin that the thirteenth episode was produced and that ABC may be planning to broadcast an eighth season in the 2008 Fall season. At the time of her article, ABC refused to confirm this rumor.
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