Scrubs: The Complete Second Season

Why NBC's Scrubs isn't one of the top-ranked shows on television remains a mystery, much like how no one watched Arrested Development. Thankfully, Scrubs hasn't been canned yet (a fifth season starts in January), possibly due to the growing popularity of its star, Zach Braff (Chicken Little, Garden State). The second season of this reverie-driven sitcom picks right up where the first season ended — on an awkward moment. Though unlike other shows that choose to close on a cliff-hanger, Scrubs had better things to do, like move on to a second year of residency for doctors J.D. (Braff), Turk (Donald Faison) and Elliot (Sarah Chalke), where the overwhelming pressure of a new job has now shifted into full-on responsibility and everyone's favourite theme: sex. Yes, there's plenty of sex (something that featurette "J.D.'s Mojo" boasts) for the cast, along with relationships — both new and habitual — and what essentially drives the show: those zany daydreams (best of all is J.D. dancing with a German in a room filled with 99 red balloons). There are also a string of major events for the characters: Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley, who is so Emmy-deserving it's painful) becomes a dad; Carla (Judy Reyes) and Turk get engaged with a dookie-encrusted ring; and of course, a recurring guest appearance by ratings queen Heather Locklear. In fact, the guests are out of control, with Rick(y) Schroeder, Dick Van Dyke, Amy Smart, Jay Mohr and Ryan Reynolds, among others, dropping in. But best of all, where Scrubs succeeds most is in how unpredictable, zany and consistent the laughs are with this talented ensemble, not to mention Rowdy the stuffed dog. Each of the three discs is packed with extras that surpass the usual filler, with seven featurettes covering a variety of topics. "Rare Condition" goes behind the scenes of the set — an actual defunct hospital that houses every scene, including the apartments and bar/hang out. "Imagination Gone Wild," however, is the pick of the litter, as it runs through all of the fantasies and reveals how controversial the "front butt" scene was. Trust me, you have to see it to understand. Plus: outtakes, deleted scenes, selected commentary. (Buena Vista)