The original cast and crew of Scrubs return for another season. But it’s not just any season, ladies and germs: this is the final season of Scrubs as we know it (so we’re told). Needless to say, this one will definitely be a keeper since it features the departure of series lead Zach Braff as the daydreaming Dr. J.D. Dorian (although there’s no need to cry just yet — we’re also told he’ll return in subsequent seasons/series in guest roles).
A few more changes come to pass with this season. As you may recall, good ol’ Chief of Medicine Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins) was forced into early retirement towards the end of Season 7 (although you may not recall that from viewing the Season 7 DVD set, wherein the final episodes were shown out of order). And yet, that grumpy old man can still be seen, day after day, sitting in his favorite Sacred Heart Hospital coffee shop (Coffee Bucks). After all, he did win free muffins for life in the last season — so why wouldn‘t he be there? He’s even nice now. Yikes.
Of course, some people will never be nice. Take Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) for example. He still hates everyone. Especially J.D. But when a new Chief of Medicine — played by Courtney Cox — appears on the horizon, Sacred Heart’s most valued physician may have to shift his anger a bit. In other news: J.D.’s best friend Turk (Donald Faison) and his wife Carla (Judy Reyes) find out they’re having a second baby; J.D. and Elliot (Sarah Chalke) start dating again; Ted (Sam Lloyd) finally gets laid; the Janitor (Neil Flynn) gets married; and a new group of interns arrive to either save of bury the show (you decide).
Whoa, whoa — wait, what? The Janitor gets married? This is madness!
Aside from the aforementioned Courtney Cox, additional “celebrity” appearances in Scrubs: The Complete Eighth Season include Brady Bunch kid Barry Williams (in a cameo that had me rolling on the floor), select crew from Sesame Street (seriously), and sports hosts Josh Elliott and Hannah Storm (the last two of whom I know nothing about whatsoever — I’m about as sports-motivated as J.D.).