Season Eight of Scrubs originally aired between January 2009 and May 2009 on ABC in 720p High Definition. It averaged 5.61 million viewers per episode, and received one Emmy nomination. It is available on DVD in regions 1, 2, and 4; Blu-ray in region A, and episodes are syndicated in most major markets.
As J.D. learns how to treat the newest batch of interns, including the harsh Denise, the suck up Katie, and lazy Ed, Sacred Heart temporarily gets used to the new Chief of Medicine Dr. Taylor Maddox. Meanwhile, Dr. Kelso gets used to retired life at Coffee Bucks.On the day that Taylor Maddox the new Chief of Medicine arrives at Sacred Heart, Janitor gets fired and Elliot finally apologizes for being insensitive to Keith. ("My Jerks") J.D. and Turk set aside a tradition to help a patient who insists he doesn't need their help. ("My Last Words") The entire staff at Sacred Heart tries to get Dr. Maddox fired, but they must turn to an old employee. ("My Saving Grace") Shortly after, J.D. and Elliot rethink their relationship, and J.D. takes the initiative to start it back up despite what others might think. ("My Happy Place") As the new interns start to show their true colors, the entire hospital starts to get a little nervous due to the lack of a Chief of Medicine. ("My ABC's") ("My Cookie Pants") When Dr. Cox takes the position of Chief of Medicine, at first he tries to do everything required of his new job, plus see some patients, but he soon learns that he has too much on his plate. ("My New Role") ("My Lawyer's in Love") Dr. Cox finally gets a couple of days to relax around the hospital without being bothered by J.D. ("My Absence") and when he returns, J.D. organizes a comedy sketch show which ends up making him and Turk feel self conscious. ("My Comedy Show") Life at Sacred Heart is seemingly normal and calm, and soon both Dr. Cox's and Jordan's relationship and Janitor's and Lady's relationship flourish. ("My Nah Nah Nah") The new interns learn by trial and error that they don't know everything, but that it doesn't hurt to speak your voice and be heard. ("Their Story II") As Elliot and Turk compare the new interns experiences with those of their own, Elliot ends up making a decision that she would not remain a doctor if she got married, because the emotional toll of telling people bad news sticks with her, long after the patients move on. ("My Full Moon") When Janitor invites everyone to his wedding in the Bahamas on short notice, J.D. rallys them all to attend, but all the couples who attend end up getting in fights. ("My Soul on Fire, Part 1") The couples resolve their arguments as they witness the still unnamed Janitor get married to Lady. J.D. also professes to Elliot that he loves her over Turk. ("My Soul on Fire, Part 2") The same time that Turk gets named Sacred Heart's new Chief of Surgery, J.D. decides to move closer to his son Sam. ("My Cuz") J.D. is offered a job at Kim's hospital and decides to leave Sacred Heart, a decision which only Elliot and Carla support. ("My Chief Concern") J.D. works during his last day at Sacred Heart and expects a grand farewell from everybody. He realizes he needs to spend time looking to the future, and believes that his fantasies of love and friendship may come true. ("My Finale")
- Category: Season 8 Cast
- Zach Braff as Dr. John "J.D." Dorian (16, plus one voice only episode)
- Sarah Chalke as Dr. Elliot Reid (16)
- Donald Faison as Dr. Christopher Turk (15)
- Judy Reyes as Carla Espinosa RN (15)
- John C. McGinley as Dr. Perry Cox (15)
- Ken Jenkins as Dr. Robert Kelso (15)
- Neil Flynn as Janitor (15)
- Robert Maschio as Dr. Todd Quinlan (12)
- Sam Lloyd as Ted Buckland, Esq. (10)
- Eliza Coupe as Denise Mahoney (10)
- Christa Miller as Jordan Sullivan (9)
- Johnny Kastl as Dr. Doug Murphy (2)
- Travis Schuldt as Dr. Keith Dudemeister (2)
- Aloma Wright as Laverne Roberts RN (2)
- Courteney Cox as Taylor Maddox ("My Jerks")
- Elmo, Grover, Oscar the Grouch and Ex Ray as Themselves ("My ABC's")
- Kate Micucci as Stephanie Gooch ("My Lawyer's in Love")
- Lee Thompson Young as Derek Hill ("Their Story II")
- Bill Lawrence as Van ("My Soul on Fire, Part 2")
- This season received one Emmy nomination, for the episode "My Jerks"; Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation.
- Writer Aseem Batra received an Humanitas Prize for the second episode of the season "My Last Words". This is the third Humanitas Prize Scrubs has won.
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- Full list: List of music featured in Scrubs
The eighth season of Scrubs continued in the fashion of the previous seasons and contained new and hit songs, including works from Death Cab for Cutie, Grand Archives, Joshua Radin, Outkast, Ziggy Marley, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ben Lee, and Peter Gabriel.
The DVD & Blu-ray disc
The complete eighth season was released onto DVD on August 25, 2009. The three disk set includes all 18 episodes in 4:3 aspect ratio, plus the following special features:
- Audio commentaries by Bill Lawrence and various cast members and production staff on 16 episodes
- Scrubs: Interns webisodes
- Two new never-before-seen Scrubs: Interns webisodes, exclusive to the DVD and Blu-ray release.
- Deleted Scenes, Alternate Lines and Bloopers
- My Bahamas Trip - A look inside the filming of "My Soul on Fire, Part 1" and "Part 2"
The Blu-ray set was released on November 17th, 2009. The two disc set includes all 18 episodes in 16:9 aspect ratio 1080p HD, plus the special features listed above and a Blu-ray exclusive feature:
- It's All In The Name - A montage of the hilariously humiliating names Dr. Cox has called J.D. during their eight years at Sacred Heart.
- Season Play
- Bill Lawrence has stated that each character had to take a couple episodes off, due to the requirement to produce the show more cheaply, at ABC's request.
- This is the first season in which J.D. doesn't appear in every episode.
- During this season, webisodes of Scrubs: Interns premiered simultaneously online. They showed the point-of-view of the new interns.
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- Category:Season 8 Patients