Last night something aired on NBC that in some places was billed as some sort of a finale for Scrubs.
Though it hasn't been officially announced by ABC yet, everyone knows that Scrubs will be moving to ABC for 18 final episodes next season.
However, last night was still the finale for NBC - and for a show that has aired on the network for 7 seasons - it sure didn't feel like it!
The episode was certainly not bad. In fact, it was one of the better episodes to have aired post strike. The way in which the fairy tale personalities paralleled the real-life hospital characters (from Dr. Cox's perspective, at least) was adorable, as was the way that the fairy tale paralleled the current medical case in the hospital (golden ring = copper deposits around the eyes). The episode also consisted of some cute gags:
1. Homage to The Princess Bride: "My name is Percival Cox. You're killing my friend. Prepare to die."
2. The two headed Turk/Carla character with one side of armor resembling a breast and the other a pec...
3. The monster was totally a cartoonized version of Lost's smoke monster, no?
4. I loved Cox's line at the beginning, "Much like one hit wonder Natalie Imbruglia, I'm torn."
However, here was my problem with the episode. It clearly was aired out of order. Kelso was the Chief again and JD referenced the on-call room "almost moment" with Elliot from last season's finale as occurring one month ago.
While I understand that the strike messed things up, airing this episode as the final episode, right after a bunch of episodes centering on the idea that Kelso was no longer Chief was a slap in the face to Scrubs viewers (in my opinion, at least). NBC's decision to do this made a statement that was essentially, "We know this makes no sense, but we don't care". For that reason alone, I was incredibly bothered that this was the way NBC chose to send off a program that had aired on the network for so long. If they really wanted to, I imagine they could have done some additional editing to make the episode make sense, continuity-wise. Furthermore, while again the episode was not bad, it was a novelty type of episode that did not reflect what the series normally is; I would have preferred to see one of the other post-strike episodes as the last one that aired on NBC.
What do you guys think? Did you approve of the NBC Scrubs finale? Will you be following the show to ABC?