'Scrubs' as we know it scrubs out . . .
"Scrubs" ends its eighth season in a one-hour episode tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC amid talks that the show could return in some new form next season. But even if Zach Braff makes a few guest appearances on a revamped version of "Scrubs," it certainly seems like this will be the series finale of the "Scrubs" we have known and loved for eight years.
I'm so happy that the show had this eighth season to right (and write) all that went wrong last season on NBC, particularly that the reshuffling of episodes and the writers strike left the series ending on that fantasy fairy tale episode and with so many things not getting closure.
This season has advanced the character's story arcs and showed them moving on (to new places and new positions) in a way that makes sense. Plus the series finally put J.D. and Eliot together in a way that didn't detract from everything else that was going on. Tonight we'll learn the Janitor's real name (any guesses? Will he be John a la Mr. Big? Or something totally unfamiliar?) and I'm hearing the opening theme song will be pretty special.
Here are the top five things I'll miss about "Scrubs:"
1. The Todd: One of the things "Scrubs" did best was create a fabric of characters that populated the hospital. They might not have been on every episode but they made the world of Sacred Heart more vibrant and more hilarious. I'll miss Ted and his barbershop quartet, Doug, Laverne, and Shirley. But I'll miss The Todd and his lascivious ways the most. Long before Barney was doling out high fives on "How I Met Your Mother," the Todd was issuing them on "Scrubs." With his tattoos and teeny undergarments, Robert Maschio always went for the laugh and he always got it. There's nothing the Todd wouldn't say or do and I'm going to miss that.
2. Dr. Cox's rants: As you know Dr. Cox is in the TV Gal Hall of Fame as one of the best television characters of all time. John C. McGinley made Perry not only sarcastic and witty but also a fully dimensional character. He was never a caricature. You always knew that Dr. Cox wanted to do right by his patients and his interns. I'll miss him but I'll miss his long winded rants that covered everything from hatred of Hugh Jackman to his various names for J.D. and Elliot the most.
3. J.D. and Turk's friendship: Last night when Turk and J.D. were realizing their friendship may never be exactly the same again, I was feeling exactly like that. I'm not sure television will ever have a relationship quite like Turk and J.D.'s. They were kind of television's original bromance. And what I like the best is that their friendship follows a real life arc. Now that they both have children and significant others, they are realizing while they'll always be best friends, they won't see each other as often and things will never be the same.
4. The guest stars: The show always brought out the best in its guest stars. I still believe that when Brendan Fraser played Dr. Cox's brother-in-law were some of the best episodes the show has ever done. Courteney Cox was terrific earlier this season as the new Chief of the hospital. John Ritter, Tom Cavanagh, Scott Foley, Heather Locklear, Elizabeth Banks, I could go on and on. And it's clear that the show generated a lot of good will with its guest stars. Over 50 of them return in tonight's episode.
5. J.D.'s daydreams: Sure some worked better than others. But I so appreciated that the show always went all out and took the fantasy sequence as far as they could. That's how you find the funny. And without that go for broke attitude we may never have had the musical episode -- which is one of my all time favorites.
What will you miss most about "Scrubs?" Would you watch a version next season without J.D.? Talk about it below.
Bones (don't read if you want to be totally surprised tomorrow)
People, it is happening. Tomorrow night at 8 p.m. on FOX, Stewie from "The Family Guy" will visit a very stressed out Booth on "Bones." Why is Booth seeing cartoon characters? Apparently Bones has asked him to father her child. That means they will sleep together in next week's finale. There must be something in the water over on FOX since House and Cuddy got together earlier this week.
I just wanted to check in one more time and see how we are feeling about a Bones and Booth hook up. I'm still a little hesitant although I'm not exactly sure why. I don't think it will necessarily hurt the show, I'm just not sure the show had to go there either. What do think? Talk about it below.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
While we await for Rose to return to "Lost," it was great to see L. Scott Caldwell as Lydia's mom on "Southland." She's also Ricky's foster mom on "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."
Tessa Thompson was one of the women who had been implanted with the wrong embryo on "Private Practice." Thompson was Jackie on "Veronica Mars." Robin Weigert was the other woman. Weigert was Calamity Jane on "Deadwood," Juliet's sister Rachel on "Lost," and Lt. Karen Davis on "Life." It's time to get Weigert back on her own show, don't you think?
Karen recognized Ravi Kapoor, Bug on "Crossing Jordan," as Muhtadi Gohar, the man Jack arrested on "24."
Francesca recognized Kit Pongetti, the Janitor's wife Lady on "Scrubs," as the woman who told Marshall she could make him any graph he wanted on "How I Met Your Mother."
David recognized Dilshad Vadsaria, Rebecca Logan on "Greek," as Shakira Zayd on this week's episode of "NCIS."
Angela and Bill were the first to recognize Sprague Grayden, who currently plays the President's daughter Olivia on "24," as the woman whose children were taken away from her on "CSI: Miami." May is a busy month for Grayden, who was also Heather on "Jericho" and Terri on "Over There." She'll be on "Law & Order: SVU" next week.
Joe recognized Jordan Belfi as Neil the Bachelor on "CSI: Miami." We saw Belfi earlier this season as the missing airline executive on "Without a Trace" (remember that's why Sam and Jack went to LA). He's also agent Adam Davies (Ari's nemesis) on "Entourage" and Josh on "Moonlight."
Susan recognized Jaimie Alexander, Jessi on "Kyle XY," as Molly the college student who planned the pep rally on "Bones."
As I hinted at in Monday's column, there were a ton of familiar faces on this week's "Castle." In addition to Francis Capra (Weevil on "Veronica Mars") and Judy Reyes (Carla on "Scrubs"), Anne and Lorelei recognized Bailey Chase, Butch on "Saving Grace" and Graham on "Buffy," as FBI Agent Will Sorenson. He'll be back on next week's season finale on "Castle."
Kim recognized Megan Henning as Willow, the woman who was protesting by not leaving a tree on "Grey's Anatomy." She was Martin's girlfriend Meredith on "7th Heaven." She was also Betty's sister Judy in the second season of "Mad Men."
Nina Siemaszko was the mother of the little girl who had shot her abusive father on "Grey's Anatomy." She was the President's daughter Ellie on "The West Wing."
Kindra recognized one of my favorite actors Scott Cohen as Aaron Lesnick on last week's "CSI: NY." Among his many roles, Cohen was Max Medina on "Gilmore Girls," James Liberti on "The Street," Wolf on "The 10th Kingdom," and Detective Harry Denby on "NYPD Blue."
That's all for today. I'm back on Friday with quotes of the week. Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Talk to you on Friday.