I was a little concerned, after watching the two songs from the Scrubs musical that have been making the rounds online (multiple times), that the full episode might not be up to the standards of "Guy Love" and "Everything Comes Down to Poo."
It’s not that I don’t have faith in the show, but the heavy, heavy push the clips were getting online made me wonder if this was a situation like when a mediocre movie comedy puts all its good bits in the trailer.
I am happy to report, though, that my fears have been put pretty much completely to rest: The all-singing, all-dancing Scrubs is, to my eyes and ears, the show’s best episode thus far this season, and on par with (or maybe just a tiny notch below, but like a really small one) TV’s last big musical event, the "Once More, with Feeling" episode of Buffy a few years back.
The device that lets the Sacred Heart crew break into song is a pretty simple one: A woman (Avenue Q cast member Stephanie D’Abruzzo) finds that she and everyone around her is singing, and after passing out in front of J.D. (Zach Braff) and Elliot (Sarah Chalke), she winds up in the hospital.
The show — with a big assist from Avenue Q composers Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx — manages to pack 10 numbers (a couple of which last only a few seconds) into its 23 minutes. Highlights include the above-mentioned numbers, along with the big opening number "Welcome to Sacred Heart" and Dr. Cox’s "Rant Song." John C. McGinley, I think it’s fair to say, does not have a great singing voice, but the speed and precision with which he delivers his lines is something to behold, and really funny too.
Among the regulars, Judy Reyes and Aloma Wright (Nurse Roberts) appear to have the best voices, which they show off in an Act I number called "We’re Gonna Miss You Carla." Reyes also gets a duet with Donald Faison toward the end of the show.
Really, though, you’re not looking for Broadway-quality voice work (D’Abruzzo excepted) in a stunt like this so much as a full-out commitment to the gimmick from the cast. The Scrubs crew does that, and the result is one of the funnier half-hours of TV this season.
Pysched to see the musical? Come back after it airs Thursday to discuss …