Get ready for one wacky house call with the hilarious third season of SCRUBS. It's a whole new year for the staff of Sacred Heart as Elliot undergoes a complete makeover in an attempt to change her luck, and the residents ... more »discover the incredible healing powers of an epiphany toilet. Joining J.D. and the gang are a host of hysterical guest stars, including Tom Cavanagh (ED), Tara Reid (AMERICAN PIE), and the legendary Michael J. Fox -- "One of our all-time favorite comedy actors returns to the small screen ... on one of our all-time favorite shows," raves Entertainment Weekly. Bursting with highly contagious bonus features and featuring the show's original unedited music in 5.1 Surround Sound, SCRUBS' complete third season is just what the doctor ordered.« less
Danielle K. (kaniele85) from WALDPORT, OR Reviewed on 1/18/2013...
The later seasons start to fall flat, but this season still has 70% of the spark the the first two seasons had.
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Season 3 overview
P. Burgos | Hanford, CA | 02/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Season 3 of Scrubs is one of the best seasons on TV. This season we get to see Michael J. Fox and Scott foley, among others. here is a complete overview.
47. My American Girl, (10/2/03) A run-in with her old flame Sean and an accident in her new car leads Elliot to the realization that nothing good has happened to her in the three years that she has been at Sacred Heart. This realization drives her to take drastic measures, including a complete makeover, both inside and out, in an attempt to change her luck. Meanwhile, JD gets stuck with a patient whose diagnosis he can't quite pin down, and when Dr. Cox denies him any assistance, he looks to Carla and Turk to help him out. While Dr. Cox is busy not helping J.D., he takes the time to make amends with Dr. Kelso.
48. My Journey (10/10/03) J.D. is feeling left out of his friendship with Turk, and gets hurt when Turk is scared of opening up to him. Meanwhile, Carla is driven crazy over an unidentified urine sample and Elliot tries to balance Sean and her career, so that one doesn't end up getting in the way of the other.
49. My White Whale (10/23/03) Finding difficulties training his interns, J.D. asks to Elliot for some help. She tells J.D about Sean, who gave Elliot great tips based on his dolphin training that fit perfectly for her interns. Dr. Cox finds the ideal pediatrician for his son: Dr. Norris, who acts and looks just like him. However, Dr. Cox is quick to find a problem with him once Jack develops a cough that scares both him and Jordan.
50. My Lucky Night (10/30/03) Sean is a bit surprised and disturbed to learn about Elliot and JD's history together, but it turns out his anger is really a cover up for the fact that his six months long trip and he doesn't want Elliot to explode. Dr. Cox. is forced to swallow his pride and actually ask for help when he decides to throw his hat in the ring for the Residency Director position at the hospital. Carla picks up an extra shift as a surgical nurse, which allows her to spend the day working alongside with Turk, to his great annoyance.
51. My Brother, Where Art thou? (11/6/03) Dan decides to stay with J.D. for a while after their mom's new fiancé kicks him out, but after spending some quality time with him at the hospital, Dan isn't sure if he likes the cynical person his little brother has become. Elliot tries to deal with her own problems of a long-distance relationship and decides to try moonlighting as a pet examiner with Carla to save up money.
52. My Advice to you (11/13/03) A chance meeting in the elevator sparks a new friendship between J.D. and the mysterious Danni whose ongoing dialogue about her ex forces J.D. to talk about his feelings for Elliot. Carla's brother Marco comes to visit, but he still hasn't forgiven Turk for mistaking him for a valet at their mother's funeral. Unfortunately, Turk can't even apologize because Marco can't speak anything but Spanish. At the hospital, Dr. Cox relishes his new job promotion but is surprised when J.D. doesn't follow his lead in contradicting Dr. Kelso's orders.
53. My Fifteen Seconds (11/20/03) As J.D.'s relationship with Danni progresses, he and Dr. Cox are forced to spend more time together outside of the hospital, to Perry's great chagrin.Meanwhile, as they each deal with problems in their own relationships, Carla and Elliot work to find their own balance between their personal and professional relationships. Dr. Kelso accidentally punctures his eardrums giving the hospital staff an opportunity to tell him how they truly feel about him.
54. My Friend The Doctor (12/4/03) Turk is happy that he finally makes it through a solo surgery without the assistance of an attending surgeon. Dr. Cox dreads the fact that he is getting older. JD also makes a discovery as he finds out that many of the hospital staff don't know the Janitor as JD does.
55. My Dirty Secret (12/11/03) Elliot's feeling uncomfortable using clinical terms for her patient's private parts - a result of a repressed childhood and an accidental orgasm she inflicted on a patient during a pelvic exam - so Carla tries to teach her how to say "vagina" and "penis" without blushing. Meanwhile, Dr. Cox crashes at J.D. and Turk's after taking bad advice from J.D. Carla suggests no more sex until the wedding and Turk only comes to terms with it after learning the real meaning of romance from a patient with prostate cancer. Ultimately Carla backs down on her own idea when she has a stressful day at work finally letting people make fun of her.
56. My Rule of Thumb (1/22/04) Carla and Elliot try to help a patient, Maggie, lose her virginity as she prepares to die. Walking in on her sister and Dr. Cox prompts Danni to move in with J.D. Dr. Cox attempts to convince Turk to do a kidney transplant for a patient he has "moved up" the list. But a personal grudge seems to stand in the way and may decide whether the patient lives or dies.
57. My Clean Break (2/3/04) J.D. tries to break-up with Danni, but she beats him to it when she realizes that she will always be second place to Elliot in his heart. Dr. Cox suddenly becomes a nice guy and Elliot changes back to her old self after Dr. Kelso criticizes her new look.
58. My Catalyst (2/10/04) J.D. believes he may have finally found a mentor in Dr. Kevin Casey, a surgeon with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and it turns out that Dr. Cox has always been jealous of the guy. Meanwhile, Janitor and his new assistant help Kelso out with a garbage problem.
59. My Porcelain God (2/17/04) Elliot finds herself perplexed over a simple procedure that leaves her questioning her career path. She goes to seek Dr. Kevin Casey's advice but becomes frustrated when she learns that the epiphany toilet, which the Janitor secretly installed on the roof, is getting more attention than she is. Meanwhile, Turk asks JD to be his best man at his wedding, which sends JD into sheer bliss momentarily until he hears a phone message that makes him question his friendship with Turk.
60. My Screw Up (2/24/04) Jordan's brother and sister return but Dr. Cox learns his brother-in-law Ben hasn't visited a doctor about his cancer in the 2 years he has been gone traveling the world.
61. My Tormented Mentor (3/2/04) Jordan's friends Allison and Maddie come to town to provide moral support for Jordan after her brother's death - however, their constant presence does not provide any relief to Dr. Cox. Meanwhile, Turk tries to impress the new female surgeon, Dr. Miller, but his first encounter serves only to leave him baffled by the opposite sex yet again. Attempting to reinforce the policy on sexual harassment at Sacred Heart, Carla is forced to teach a course where Dr. Kelso is the number-one student.
62. My Butterfly (3/16/04) An ever present butterfly prompts the question on what could have happened different as Turk looks for his lucky do-rag for surgery, and Elliot tries to find a lost stuffed animal for a child needing a bone marrow transplant.
63. My Moment of Un-Truth (3/30/04) JD must keep a secret when Carla's "what-if" guy asks her out on a date. Meanwhile, on the other side of the argument, Carla hounds Turk for checking out other women. Elliot is also on the spot as Dr. Cox and Dr. Kelso both advise her not to give her patient drugs as they suspect he is an addict faking pain.
64. His Story II (4/6/04) Turk has to confront a young patient of his when he accidentally cuts a nerve and the boy (who happens to be a concert pianist) loses use of one of his hands. Meanwhile, one of Elliot's patients unintentionally teaches her a lesson about her relationship with J.D.
65. My Choosiest Choice of All (4/20/04) JD hooks up with Danni again after Sean returns, but he can't forget about his passionate night with Elliot. Meanwhile, Perry realizes he might actually have a crush on the one doctor he loathes.
66. My Fault (4/22/04) Elliot asks Sean to move in with her, which only adds to JD's problems. Turk is unsure why Dr. Miller's attitude towards him has changed, until he finds out Carla un-invited her from their wedding. Kelso outrages Dr. Cox when he announces that Sacred Heart will begin doing full body scans, starting with an ever present hypocondriac patient who wants any freebies he can get.
67. My Self-Examination (4/27/04) JD is unsure what to do when realizes he made a mistake telling Elliot he loved her. The Janitor squares off against Dr. Cox after he loses the election of the janitors to Randall. Carla's brother Marc constantly puts Turk in a tough situation when Turk forgets to write his wedding vows.
68. My Best Friends Wedding (5/4/04) The big day for Turk and Carla has finally arrived but a patient holds up Turk. With Elliot still angry at him, JD attempts to reconcile her with Sean as a way to make every thing right again in their friendship.
Look for Season 4 and 5 to come out within the next year!!"
Scrubs is back for a great Season 3...still the best comedy
A. G. Corwin | 02/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Turn on your TV. Watch the same formulaic comedies day after day on the networks. Watch your intelligence quotient begin its downward spiral. Scared? Ok, now turn on Scrubs. Every so often a show comes along that breaks the network formula, and brings a richness to a genre that is sorely lacking in originality. Scrubs is that show, and has been for several years running.
Scrubs hooked me with the very first episode I ever saw. At first I was skeptical. Five minutes in, it hit me. This show was actually brilliant; Intelligent, quirky, and sometimes wacky humor coupled with real drama and tearful emotion and writing that continues to amaze week after week. At that moment, Scrubs inherited the void left by Seinfeld's departure as TVs best comedy.
Season 3 builds on the success of the first 2 seasons by slightly tweaking the formula to maximize each episode. There is less slapstick and more emotion, making the characters deeper and ultimately more entertaining. JD and Eliot's on again-off again relationship plays a central role this season, with the two doctors having to make real choices about their feelings for one another. Carla and Turk move towards the big step of marraige, and Dr. Cox has to come to terms with the reponsibilities of fatherhood. The trademark offbeat humor remains and actually improves over Seasons 1 and 2. Zach Braff, Donald Faison, and Sarah Chalke shine as JD, Turk, and Elliot, but the real highlight of the show continues to be John C. McGinley's Dr. Perry Cox. Kelso, Jordan, and Carla play their sidekick roles with gusto, each adding their special brand of humor, and of course, Neil Flynn as the fantastically offbeat Janitor.
Season 3 also has more fantastic guest stars. Scott Foley (Felicity) reappears as Elliot's love interest, Sean, Tom Cavanaugh (Ed) returns as JD's brother Dan, Tara Reid( American Pie) has a multi-episode arc as a JD love interest, Brendan Frasier (Blast from the Past) returns from Season 1, and Freddy Rodriguez(6 Feet Under), Christopher Meloni(Law and Order), Barry Bostwick(Spin City), and Michael J. Fox(Spin City) also put in great appearances. Like Seasons 1 and 2, this DVD set is a solid winner, with tons of extras just like in the first two season sets. It's worth every penny. Highly Recommended."
Possibly the Finest Season yet???...........
fetish_2000 | U.K. | 03/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"So....your thinking of buying the third series of Scrubs, and the question you probably want to know is "Is this worth the $29 dollars that retailers are selling it for??
Well...the answer is made much easier if you're an existing fan of the series. But there is certainly a progression in the series, that will make it harder for those of you that have missed the majority of the first two seasons. The cast all return for the third season, which makes the show seem consistent with the previous seasons, and means that there are no missing central characters that are solely missed (or even ignored for the third season).
What has changed ever so slightly for Scrubs, is the reluctance to completely rely on slapstick or physical humour that was so prevalent in the first series. And the writers have taken the bold step of padding out episodes with much more in the way of witty dialogue and situation scenarios, and fleshing out the development of the more minor characters in the show (the Janitor has a much bigger role, this time around), plus the relationships of the characters within the show are central/reoccurring themes throughout this season: (Dr Cox/Jordan & Turk/Carla's relationship's feature heavily throughout), and although "J.D." is still the pivotal character of the show, a larger percentage of the running time is now allocated to some of the other central characters, such as: Elliot, Dr Cox & Turk.
I'll admit that as much as I loved the second series (and still do), it took a little while longer for me to dial into the second season, than the first season, as the pacing of the second seasons first couple of episodes seemed a little slower and a little more serious in tone. The trademark offbeat humour still remained, but it wasn't as prominent as it was in the first series. But as the series continued, it gained more momentum and retained all the superb aspects of the show that we all enjoy. And going back and watching the second series several times, reveals a series that seemed more of a transitional series and probably added a little bit more in the way of substance than the first series. (although I slightly preferred the knockabout/goofy approach of the first series).
The third series manages to strike a fine balance between the previous two series, with less of the difficulty in the transition from farcical and truly bizarre jokes of the first series, against some of the more downbeat, dramatic and emotionally charged episodes of the second series. But the third season skilfully mixes between the two styles and successfully maintains the momentum without any real drops or dips in grabbing the viewers attention. In fact some of the humour in this season is arguably some the finest so far, with easily as many `laugh out loud' moments in this series, as any of the previous two seasons. And manages to beautifully avoid the dreaded case of 'Diminishing returns', that some sitcoms are prone to.
But probably the most impressive thing, that writers have done is create episodes with a strong message, poignant moods, serious themes, or heartfelt emotions and construct/devise episodes that have some of the most memorable emotion impact in the entire series. A lot has been mentioned of the episode: "My Screw Up", and it is definitely...if not the most emotionally and intelligently written episode of the entire shows existence, than it almost certainly is considered in most peoples `Top three' favourite/most memorable episodes. And it truly deserves to be seen, and highlights the show writers truly hitting their stride.
But thankfully this series manages to pack in some truly superb episodes with "My Catalyst" (with a fantastic performance from "Michael J Fox"), "My Lucky night", "My friend the Doctor" all being a couple of my personal favourites & "My Butterfly" being an particularly innovate episode. And something else that you will notice about this season is that the guest appearances has slightly increased, with the shows popularity...with more high profile stars making successful appearances.
If you're an existing Scrubs fan and you`re unsure as to whether or not to fork out for this season, than rest assured that buying Season 3 is a complete no-brainer. With the quality of the show yet to highlight any obvious dips in quality. And the humour still as incredibly surreal and razor-sharp as it's always been. If anything, this could possibly be...overall in terms of entertaining, most memorable and lasting episodes, the best season so far!! But for those of you that are fairly new to Scrubs or have only watched a handful of episodes, than as much as it pains me to say this, you should consider getting the 1st season first, and start working your way towards the 3rd season. I tried getting my girlfriend into Scrubs by showing her some of the 3rd season, and although she enjoyed it...she still wasn't entirely convinced. But after showing her the First season....and allowing the continuity of the show , and the development of the characters personalities and relationships with each other, begin to take hold and make sense of the branching plotlines, her enjoyment of the show increased immensely. Either way....you will eventually need to own this, as it some of the funniest and repeatedly watchable shows I've seen in a loooong time, absolutely Essential!!!"
Better and better
Marinergirl | Seattle, WA USA | 02/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Unlike most other shows out there, Scrubs just gets better and better as it goes on. Even now, five years later, the storylines are still fresh and original (although some of the slapstick aspects get reduced, reused, and recycled over and over again, like the hospital barbershop quartet). Scrubs is so different than other plastic sitcoms out there with their fake laugh tracks and completely unfunny storylines. This show still has a modest viewership, but it deserves more as it is intellectually and comedically superior to most of the other stuff out there.
Season 3 keeps rolling right along, with some great stories as well as some heartbreaking ones. I'm really looking to season 4, when Tom Cavanaugh guest stars as JD's brother and spends an entire episode in the bathtub. But, it looks like these sets are being released every six months, so we can look forward to a season 4 release in November."
Finally, Season Three of one of TVs finest shows
Robert Moore | Chicago, IL USA | 02/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Why it is taking so long to bring out this great show on DVD is a mystery to me, but thank god they are finally doing it. Let's just hope that they don't dawdle on Seasons Four and Five.
Although SCRUBS was a quality show from the very beginning, Season Three stands out for the quality both of the individual episodes and the manner in which they developed the various story arcs. All the nutty and frequently surreal humor is still there and the show doesn't skimp at all on laughs, but it does an increasingly good job of going into issues surrounding understanding the behavior of central characters. Although the focus on one level is the impending marriage of Turk and Carla, much time is spent on the pathology of JD's relationships, not exclusively but primarily the one between him and Elliot. The result of this is that all the characters are far less one dimensional and cartoonish than in most comedies.
More and more various shows rely on prominent guest stars during sweeps and few shows can top SCRUBS in this regard. Scott Foley plays Elliot's Season Three boyfriend. Though he was in an earlier season, we didn't learn then that he is a marine biologist, and their relationship is put on hold for most of the year when he goes to New Zealand for a research project. Not to be outdone, the show provides for many episodes a girlfriend in the person of the lovely Tara Reid. Brendan Frasier reprises his role as Jordan's happy-go-lucky brother Ben, while Michael J. Fox has a wonderful appearance as a brilliant doctor/surgeon with severe OCD. And how about that priest who looks like George Takei, Mr. Sulu from STAR TREK? Played, of course, by George Takei.
And then there is JD and Elliot. It really is difficult to over praise the job that Zach Braff does in this series. He has to strike the right balance between being a nerdy loser and puppy dog who dotes on every word and token of praise by his mentor Dr. Cox, while still managing to be convincing as a competent doctor. Fortunately he almost always hits the right tone. Sarah Chalke as Elliot is adorable as can be, despite being a complete hottie managing to project a nerdy girl with confidence issues. In Season Three she decides to become more her own person, and takes on a somewhat aggressive new look, with a hair-do that is just a bit over-the-top, with hair falling over her heavily rouged eyes. To be honest, it isn't a look that becomes her, but the extremity was intentional, one that she tones down slightly after a run in with Kelso. Although having a boyfriend (Scott Foley's Sean) keeps her unavailable most of the season, there is still a reprisal of things with JD at the end of the season. This is, perhaps, the lone false note of the season. It is a dilemma widely known as the David and Maddie syndrome. Though MOONLIGHTING had a long tease between the two lead characters that fans adored through the show's first three seasons, once they got together, most of the tension dissipated and the ratings crashed. Since then, all shows, whether comedies or dramas, have striven to keep potential romantic partners apart than have them get together. Although JD and Elliot have had several sexual encounters, in the first two seasons they were convinced that although close friends and great sexual partners, they didn't have the right make up to be romantically involved. The end of Season Three sees JD declaring his love for Elliot, Elliot dumping her boyfriend to be with JD, and then JD instantly losing interest in her romantically as soon as she comes to him. My own feeling is that they had at this point milked this too often. I would have liked to see the two be a couple and have Bill Lawrence and his writers work to overcome the curse of David and Maddie. There are, of course, more seasons to come, but this seemed to me the right place to deal with the issue.
Nonetheless, this was a great season indeed. Everything is clicking from new variations in JD's battle with The Janitor (who he discovers once had a small part in THE FUGITIVE, Neil Flynn, who plays The Janitor, having been in that film as a cop) to a new assertiveness by staff legal advisor Ted to a host of new ways to high-five by the Todd. The great news is that Seasons Four and Five are also great. If only they will get around to bringing them out in a timely fashion. This is a great show, but frankly studios do their shows a disservice by not having all previous seasons out on DVD. Fans can create new fans by sharing DVDs. I'm always sharing my copies of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and VERONICA MARS and BUFFY and FARSCAPE to people who are about to become of those shows. Right now it is harder to do that with SCRUBS with so few seasons available."