The diagnosis of the acclaimed yet ratings-challenged
Scrubs went from being on life support to "jumping the shark"
in its ninth and final season. For most fans, season eight
was set to be the last with "My Finale", where J.D. (Zach
Braff) finally realize that his reluctant mentor and father
Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) actually like him, he and Elliot
(Sarah Chalke) have reunited, the Janitor (Neil Flynn, The
Middle)'s real name is revealed and got married, and J.D.
left Sacred Heart. The end, right? ***
No, because somehow, someway, and for some reason whatsoever,
ABC brought the show back for a ninth season, but this is
a new Scrubs with Cox and Turk (Donald Faison) as now teachers
at Winston University, where medical student Lucy Bennett
(Kerry Bishe) is the successor of J.D., now married to Elliott,
who's expecting. If Lucy is the female J.D., then Denise
Mahoney (Eliza Coupe) is the female Cox. ***
This season will have guest spots from not only J.D.
and Elliott, but also the Janitor, the Todd (Robert Maschio),
Jordan (Christa Miller, Cougar Town), and Dr. Kelso (Ken
Jenkins), but alas, no Carla (Judy Reyes). Still, not having
J.D. on Scrubs is like not having Richie Cunningham on Happy
Days, though the latter lasted four more years while the
former was pronounced dead on cancellation by ABC in the
spring of 2010 after nine seasons and 181 episodes. ***